Student Financial Resources
- Health Insurance: graduate students are covered by a combination of Campus Health Services and Student Blue RA/TA plan. Read this flyer [pdf] for a quick overview of how the two work together. For information about what the Student Blue plan covers, and for information on adding dependants, visit the BCBS Student Blue page.
- Emergency Funds: Dean of Students Emergency Fund and the GPSF Emergency Fund
- Funding Opportunities
- Stipend and Tax information from The Graduate School
- Veterans Benefits: contact Jan Benjamin, UNC’s VA Certifying Official (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Personal Finance for PhDs: a blog and several reasonably priced ebooks about managing finances while on a graduate student stipend
Fellowship and Funding Resources
One of the more common funding sources that our students apply to is the NIH NRSA F31 Predoctoral Fellowship. TIBBS has example applications on their website for students to use. BBSP has prepared this boilerplate text on RCR training for F31 applications.
Depending on their field of study, many students can also apply to the NSF GRFP for funding, and TIBBS has examples of those applications as well. Each year, TIBBS will host F31 and NSF application preparation workshops, so be sure to subscribe to their email list.
More broadly, UNC has multiple funding databases that you can search for opportunities that fit your research interests and career level.
Institutional Funding Programs
BBSP and our partner PhD programs select students and their mentors who will apply for the HHMI Gilliam Fellowships. We send out calls for applications in September of each year.
Funding opportunities for international students (who are neither US citizens nor permanent residents), can be more limited due to constraints from federal agencies. Students’ faculty mentors should be aware of these constraints when they admit international students to their lab. Here are some funding options that may be more available to international students: