Cost and Financial Support: Ph.D. Degrees in Basic Sciences

Tuition and Fees

The Division of Basic Science pays tuition and fees during the first year of graduate school. In subsequent years, tuition and fees are paid from research grants awarded to their dissertation mentors or from one of the Institutional NIH training grants associated with various areas of research training. This includes the fee for membership at the Bryan Williams, M.D. Student Center and all computer usage fees.

Financial Support 

All students studying for a Ph.D. in Basic Sciences receive a nationally competitive research assistantship of $34,500 per year throughout the course of their Ph.D. studies.

The Division of Basic Science provides this support during the first year of graduate school. This allows students to choose freely among the graduate programs and their participating faculty mentors. In subsequent years, students receive a research assistantship paid from research grants awarded to their dissertation mentors or from one of the Institutional NIH training grants associated with various areas of research training. Students are also encouraged to apply for external fellowship opportunities.

Health Insurance

The annual research assistantship includes an allowance for individual health insurance. Students are required to provide proof of coverage if covered by a parent or spouse’s policy. The University of Texas System offers affordable Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance, and family health insurance coverage is available if a student wishes to purchase at his/her expense during any benefits enrollment period.

Loans and Grants

Information about loans and other financial aid is available from:

Student Financial Aid Office
UT Southwestern Medical Center
5323 Harry Hines Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75390-9064
Phone: 214-648-3611
Fax: 214-648-3289