Funding Throughout the Medical Scientist Training Program
Students in the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are guaranteed funding throughout their training, which includes an annual stipend and tuition costs. Funding comes from a variety of sources:
- The UW School of Medicine and Public Health
- A Wisconsin Distinguished Rath Graduate Fellowship, which is a fund provided by a private donor and matched by the Graduate School
- Our National Institutes of Health MSTP training grant
- Student-initiated extramural grants
- Support from a student's research mentor, graduate training program or department
The annual stipend is currently $28,000 for students in their medical school years. The low cost of living in Madison compared to large metropolitan areas enables students to live in comfort without additional supplementation. The MSTP encourages graduate programs and PhD mentors to support MSTP students in their graduate school years at this level. If that is not possible, most biomedical science graduate programs currently support their students at $26,000 per year.
Students are expected to apply for independent funding at the time that they achieve dissertator status. A variety of governmental and philanthropic sources are likely to be interested in their thesis research. Our students feel that they have learned much in preparing such applications and have had good success in applications. The funding is important for our program.
We stress, however, that an individual's stipend is never dependent on obtaining extramural funding.