PhD Program Costs

Financial Aid, Student
Weiskotten Hall
Rm. 1213, 766 Irving Ave.
Syracuse, NY 13210
Map & direction
Phone: 315 464-4570
Fax: 315 464-8867
College of Graduate Studies
Weiskotten Hall
3122, 766 Irving Ave.
Syracuse, NY 13210
Map & direction
Phone: 315 464-4538
Fax: 315 464-4544
Email: biosci@upstate.edu

All PhD students receive a full-tuition waiver and a competitive 12-month stipend of $22,845.

By receiving stipends, PhD students become part of the SUNY Graduate Student Employees Union, which provides periodic and automatic increases in stipend awards in addition to other benefits including a low-cost health care package. The comprehensive health benefits include: coverage for medical services; hospitalization; prescription drugs; and mental health, dental and eye care.

Student stipends are derived from a variety of university sources including departmental and university fellowships, training grants and research assistantships. Students are strongly encouraged to apply for individual predoctoral fellowships from the National Science Foundation, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Ford Foundation, which could lead to higher stipends.

Miscellaneous Costs

Fees, Books, Living Expenses, etc:

College of Graduate Studies

The SUNY Graduate Diversity Fellowship Program was enacted with the goal of enhancing diversity and academic excellence in SUNY's graduate programs by recruiting students from different backgrounds. This program assists the University in the recruitment, enrollment, and retention of students who can demonstrate that they would contribute to the diversity of the student body, especially those who can demonstrate that they have overcome a disadvantage or other impediment to success in higher education.

PhD students may also be supported by research grants awarded to individual investigators.

Dr's Wang and Amack

Guangliang "Johnny" Wang, who earned a PhD from Upstate in 2013, helped identify an important gene in zebrafish. His research was published in the journal Development, and he won an award at the 2012 Northeast Regional Meeting of the Society for Developmental Biology.

Johnny worked with Principal Investigator Jeffrey Amack, PhD, assistant professor of Cell and Developmental Biology and has started a postdoctoral position at Johns Hopkins University in the Department of Surgery.


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