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Financial Support

The BBSP program and UNC offer full financial support to all our graduate students. This support includes a monthly stipend, tuition, fees, and health insurance. Financial support is guaranteed during training for any student in good academic standing.

The first year of the program is fully funded by BBSP through external and internal funds. After the first year, students are funded by a combination of training (T32) grants, their dissertation mentor’s grants, PhD program funds, and other internal funding sources. We encourage and support students to apply for extramural fellowships; we provide workshops, advice, and assistance, and many of our students compete successfully for prestigious independent funding from the NIH, the National Science Foundation, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the American Heart Association, the American Society for Microbiology, etc.

Stipend and Total Compensation

The annual stipend for 2021-2022 will be $33,000. In addition, BBSP pays your UNC fees (currently $1,964), health insurance (currently $3,259 for the Blue Cross Blue Shield Student Blue plan), and tuition (currently $10,243 plus out-of-state tuition when applicable). Total student compensation is thus > $47,000.

BBSP provides one of the best stipends of similar American PhD programs. In the table below, we show that your stipend goes farther in the Triangle (Chapel Hill, Durham, and Raleigh) than in most parts of the country.

City Amount Needed to Match
$33,000 in Chapel Hill
Atlanta, GA $36,057
Austin, TX $35,119
Baltimore, MD $39,219
Boston, MA $52,140
Detroit, MI $34,702
Madison, WI $37,203
Nashville, TN $32,869
New Haven, CT $42,518
New York, NY $88,475
Philadelphia, PA $38,384
San Diego, CA $49,778
San Francisco, CA $69,508
Seattle, WA $55,371
Syracuse, NY $32,965