Fellowships / Financial Aid

Diversity Travel Fellowships

BU Bioinformatics has funds available through the BU Bioinformatics Diversity Travel Fellowship for prospective PhD students to visit Boston, tour the campus and meet our students and faculty, before applying for admission to our Program.

We are committed to increasing the representation of minorities in science.  We believe that all of our students benefit from being part of a community where they can learn about each other’s backgrounds, cultures, religious beliefs, physical and mental abilities, political views, and career aspirations. As ours was one of the first Bioinformatics graduate programs, we feel a particular responsibility to support highly qualified individuals who are underrepresented in science.

If you are planning to apply to PhD programs in computational biology, bioinformatics or systems biology, our next Admissions Reception will be held in the spring of 2015. This award includes transportation, hotel and other related costs, as well as a waiver for the PhD Program application fee.  So take advantage of this unique opportunity to visit historic Boston, tour the campus, speak with students and faculty about their research, and discover the program on a new level.

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PhD Fellowships

The BU Bioinformatics Graduate Program receives funding from the NIH Institutional Training Grant in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (T32GM100842). This grant provides fellowships to prepare PhD students for careers in the molecular life sciences who will support the advances now underway in modern medicine.  In addition to the NIH T32 Fellowships, PhD awards include BU Dean’s Fellowships, and Research Assistantships, as well as Teaching Fellowships and Graduate Teaching Assistantships. All fellowships include full tuition, health insurance, travel funding, and an annual stipend starting at $30,000.  Funding for PhD students in the Bioinformatics Graduate Program is administered by the Admissions Committee and there is no separate form to apply for financial aid.

BU-NIH Graduate Partnership Program (GPP)

Predoctoral applicants may request consideration for admission to the BU-NIH Graduate Partnership Program.  The GPP is a special PhD program between the Boston University Bioinformatics Program and the laboratories of the Intramural Research Program of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). If admitted to the GPP, a student will complete his or her academic requirements for the PhD at Boston University, then select a research director at the NIH and complete the thesis research in Bethesda, MD. The purpose of these fellowships is to stimulate collaboration between BU scientists and NIH intramural investigators, and to provide Bioinformatics students with the opportunity to engage in research in computational laboratories on the NIH campus. NIH is considered to be the premiere biomedical research establishment in the world. Applicants selected as candidates for this program will be invited to interview at both NIH and Boston University.

International Research Fellowships

All PhD students enrolled in the Bioinformatics Program are eligible for International Research Fellowships to support their thesis project.  Each award is for 3 months of travel to work with a collaborating faculty member at one of our partner institutions.

Financial Aid for Master’s Students

BU Bioinformatics Program Merit Scholarships

Tuition assistance is available to master’s students in the form of Merit Scholarships, which provide partial tuition to five full-time MS students.  These scholarships are awarded at the time of admission and do not require a separate application. These awards are made to both international students and U.S. citizens who have demonstrated excellent academic ability and who have demonstrated enthusiasm and knowledge in the field of Bioinformatics.

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