Biostatistics PhD Students
The Department of Biostatistics provides full financial aid for approximately 55 PhD students per year. The most common form of financial aid is as a graduate student researcher (GSR). A GSR is expected to work on one of the many funded research projects maintained by either the Department of Biostatistics or their collaborators in other departments. Currently the stipend is $1823.00 per month and includes a tuition waiver and medical benefits. A limited number of Teaching Assistantships (TA) are also available. The current stipend for a TA is $2037.00 per month and includes a tuition waiver. To be eligible for a TA, a first year student must pass the oral English competency exam given by the University of Pittsburgh.
First year PhD students and international students are eligible for a GSR. A student need not formally apply for financial aid and will automatically be considered for a stipend during the admission process based on the information provided with the application. You must submit your application by January 15 to be considered for funding. Students who submit applications past January 15 will be considered if funding is available.
Factors considered in the awarding of funding include undergraduate GPA, GRE scores, prior experience, and letters of recommendation.
Biostatistics MS and MPH Students
The department does not provide funding for MS or MPH students except in rare circumstances. Many MS/MPH students obtain jobs in the University or surrounding area performing data analysis and other statistical tasks. The department circulates job advertisements when available to all students.