Students in the Medical Scientist Training Program are guaranteed funding throughout their training, which includes an annual stipend and tuition costs.
Funding comes from a variety of sources:
- The University of Wisconsin 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, T32 GM008692
- Student-initiated extramural grants
- Support from a student's research mentor, graduate training program or department
The annual stipend is $28,000 for students in all stages of training. The low cost of living in Madison compared to large metropolitan areas enables students to live in comfort without additional supplementation.
An individual student's stipend is never dependent on obtaining extramural funding, but 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 they have learned much in preparing such applications and have had good success. The UW-Madison MSTP, the School of Medicine and Public Health and the UW-Madison Graduate School offer a variety of training opportunities to assist students in preparing their grant applications.