Students accepted into the graduate program are provided with financial support (full tuition, fees, and monthly stipend) during the tenure of their study, provided they are making appropriate progress toward the Ph.D. degree. Support funds are available from National Research Service Awards from the National Institutes of Health, University of Colorado Fellowships, State of Colorado Education Programs, the Colorado Institute for Research in Biotechnology, and Research Assistantships. The current annual stipend for a first-year student is $28,500. Typically, funding for first-year students comes from the required two semesters of Student Teaching Assistantships. Students are encouraged to apply for extramural predoctoral fellowships for which they may be eligible, including graduate fellowships from the National Science Foundation, Ford Foundation, and other external sources. Students in subsequent years are typically supported by a departmental training grant, individual fellowships, or Research Assistantships from the laboratories in which they choose to do thesis research.
NIH Training Grants
Following successful completion of first year requirements and choice of a thesis laboratory, students may also request admission to one of two interdisciplinary training programs: Signal Transduction and Cell Regulation, and Molecular Biophysics. Students admitted to one of these programs become eligible to be considered for financial support from the corresponding training grant, subject to availability of training funds.
One recent and exciting new addition to the training environment is the BioFrontiers Institute headed by Drs. Tom Cech and Leslie Leinwand, who are both MCDB faculty members as well. It is housed in a new 260,000 sq ft. research building on the east Campus. Faculty from MCDB, Engineering, Biochemistry, Applied Math, Computer Science and Physics occupy this multidisciplinary facility.
CTMB eligible trainees are admitted from a strong national pool of over 200, most with excellent undergraduate preparation and at least a year of intensive independent research experience. The training program is relatively traditional with a strong emphasis on research that they begin in their first year with rotations, moving into a lab at the end of year 1. Students apply for a slot on the training grant at the end of year 1.