MCB Financial Aid

It is the policy of the Molecular and Computational Biology Program to provide support for all students throughout their graduate career. Each admitted student is guaranteed a minimum of five years of support. Students receive a stipend, up to 12 units of tuition remission each academic semester, and health and dental insurance awards.

Financial awards are College Merit Fellowships, Provost Fellowships, Dornsife Doctoral Fellowships,  Research Assistantships (RA), and Teaching Assistantships (TA). There is no separate application. Students are also encouraged to apply for financial aid from appropriate federal agencies or other sources of aid for graduate study. U.S. citizens requesting additional need-based financial aid should complete that portion of the application.

Teaching and research assistantships provide full tuition remission, payment of student health center fee and student health insurance, and a monthly stipend for living expenses for the academic year. TAs split their time between specific teaching duties as determined by the department and their laboratory work. The amount of time devoted to teaching duties is no more than 20 hours per week. RAs devote most of their time in research leading to their dissertations.

Continuing support from available RAships and TAships beyond the first year is contingent on the student maintaining the academic standards required by the program (not least of which is a 3.0 GPA).

Students generally obtain RAships support during the three summer months. TAships are limited during this period. Students should make arrangements with a faculty advisor during their first year to provide for this. This arrangement is usually not a problem.

The university offers several awards open to all departments. The department nominates exceptional candidates for the College Merit Fellowships and Provost's Fellowships, the university's most prestigious award. These awards carry additional stipends and, in some cases, funding of research-oriented travel and supplies.

Mailing Address

Molecular & Computational Biology
University of Southern California
1050 Child Way, RRI 201 (MCB)
Los Angeles, CA 90089-2910
213.821.4257 (fax)

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