Financial Aid

The Neuroscience Program is committed to supporting its students and makes every effort to ensure that students who remain in good academic standing receive full support for the normal duration of their graduate careers.

The entrepreneurial spirit that characterizes NSP has led us to develop a diverse set of novel support mechanisms for graduate students that serve our broader mission of supporting research, education, and public outreach, with opportunities for students to develop a range of professional skills including interdisciplinary research, scientific collaboration, and teaching at the K-12 and college levels. These graduate support mechanisms are in addition to the traditional Research Assistantships and Teaching Assistantships, also available.

We have a new NSF Interdisciplinary Graduate Education and Research Training program in Neuroengineering. This training grant is designed to bring together neuroscience and engineering students in interdisciplinary collaborations. Students supported by this training grant take special courses at the interface of neuroscience and engineering.

We also have a new NIH grant, "NEURON: Novel Education for Understanding Research On Neuroscience." This grant is designed to bring together neuroscience and education students to teach neuroscience to high schools.

We also have a new NSF grant to support our Illinois Summer Neuroscience Institute, which is a one-week intensive experience in neuroscience and professional develoment, for undergraduates, mostly from underrepresented minorities. Each year one NSP graduate student receives full tuition and stipend support for organizing this course.

NSP students also compete for positions on training grants in Developmental Psychobiology and Neurobiology, Sensory Neuroscience, and Cell and Molecular Biology.

Outstanding applicants also are eligible to receive NSP Fellowships and University Fellowships.

ALL students are encouraged to write their own individual fellowship proposals for NIH individual NRSA awards, for the NSG Graduate Fellowship, and for fellowships from other agencies and foundations.

Currently the beginning stipend for Neuroscience students is $22,660 per year, increasing to $24,701 in the fourth year and beyond. This, combined with the low cost of living in Urbana-Champaign, contributes to a good quality of life for graduate students.

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