There are several avenues for financial support available to students pursuing the M.S. in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology at SLU.
- Graduate Assistantships
These merit-based fellowships are the most significant form of financial support, with recipients receiving full tuition and a $22000/year stipend. Assistantships may provide up to two years of support for students applying directly to the M.S. program, or up to one year of support for fifth-year students completing the accelerated bachelor's/master's curriculum.
All applicants to the master's program whose applications are received by Feburary 1 are automatically considered for graduate assistantships.
- BITWISE Scholarships
The Bioinformatics Training with Industry Support and Engagement (BITWISE) project is funded through the generous support of the National Science Foundation's S-STEM Scholarship program. This five-year, $650K program will begin with the incoming class of students in Fall 2017. Academically talented students with demonstrated financial need may receive up to $10000 per year for each of two years while pursuing the standalone M.S. program or the accelerated bachelor's/master's curriculum.
As per NSF regulations, scholarship recipients must be US citizens, permanent residents, nationals, or refugees. Furthermore, the size of a student's scholarship cannot exceed his or her level of unmet financial need. To be considered for this scholarship, qualified students must apply to the academic program by Feburary 1 and document financial need by providing SLU access to a current-year FAFSA report. For additional details, see the BITWISE Project webpage.
- Additional SLU Financial Support for Graduate Students
Saint Louis University has several additional scholarship, fellowship, and award programs for graduate students. Applicants and current students in the M.S. program in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology are encouraged to also consider those forms of support. Most notably, see the Diversity Fellowships for students from underrepresentated populations, the
Donald G. Brennan Scholarshipfor first-generation college students, and the Presidential Fellowships open to all students.
- External Scholarships
There are a variety of scholarship opportunities for graduate education to which students might apply on their own. For example, one of our students was recently awarded a $25000 Monsanto Graduate Student Scholarship, dedicated to students who are enrolled or admitted in a Master of Science degre program in a STEM field.