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 $24,500, which is consistent with most other bioscience graduate programs at UW-Madison. The low cost of living in Madison compared to large metropolitan areas enables students to live in comfort without additional supplementation. However, students doing their graduate training in programs that have a lower stipend level are usually supplemented by the research mentor to achieve the $24,500 stipend.
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.