Applicants to our program are matched with funding during the admissions process. There is not a separate application for funding, but program staff may reach out to applicants to solicit additional information to help match them with funding opportunities on campus. All students, including international students, in the PhD program in Population Health Sciences are fully funded.
PHS Student Funding Policies
- All students funding follows the University of Utah’s Tuition Benefit Program guidelines.
- Students who are fully funded in the Department of Population Health Sciences fall under the 100% Tuition Benefit Category and are classified as either Graduate Research Assistant (RA) or Graduate Fellows (GF). Through the Tuition Benefit Program (TBP) student’s base tuition will be covered.
- Student funding is reviewed and renewed annually based on academic performance and performance within the parameters of the assistantship.
- Population Health Sciences funded students receive an annual stipend equal to the current NIH pre-doctoral level (currently set at $26,000 for 2022-2023). This stipend is based on the expectation of 20 hours per week for the entire year, including summers. Students may work up to 40 hours per week over the summer for additional compensation, based on the availability of funding and approval of their faculty sponsor. This will increase student yearly stipend to around $32,000.
- In addition to the base tuition wavier (TBP) students will also receive support for differential tuition, and student health insurance. Students may be expected to pay: course fees, and international student fees. PHS student funding does not cover the cost of books or course materials.
- Health insurance is covered for the majority of PHS students by their faculty sponsor.
Due to TBP restrictions, applicants who already hold a PhD or clinical doctorate such as PharmD, DPT, DNP, DDS, or MD are ineligible to participate in the TBP.