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Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees are waived for students. Civilian students do not incur service obligation to the United States government after the completion of their graduate studies. Student may be required to purchase some of their text books


The University offers stipends on a competitive basis to civilian doctoral students who are U.S. citizens or resident aliens. For academic year 2014-2015, USU-supported stipends will be $27,000 for entering students and $28,000 after advancement to candidacy. University support for the stipend is for the first 3 years. Subsequent support is obtained from research grants and fellowships. In addition to the USU stipend, a number of Deans Special Fellowships are available on a competitive basis to recognize the outstanding scholarship and academic credentials of selected incoming students. The stipend for the Fellowship will be the USU-supported graduate student stipend plus $5,000/year for the duration of the 3 years of USU-stipend support. Masters degree students do not receive stipend support. Doctoral programs can, and sometimes do, admit civilian students without stipend support.


The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine (HMJ) annually provides support for 3 graduate fellowships. These are the "Henry M. Jackson Foundation Fellowship in Medical Sciences" (2 awards) and the "Val G. Hemming Fellowship Award". The fellowships are competitively awarded annually to outstanding USU civilian graduate student doctoral candidates in the USU School of Medicine who meet the following criteria:

  1. The student's USU-supported funding has ended or will end in August of the year of the award,
  2. the student has advanced to candidacy and is in good academic standing, and
  3. the student agrees to march in the USU commencement ceremony subsequent to completion of their degree requirements.

Applicants must provide information on their research plan and progress, and have the support of their Program Director. Selections are made during the June time frame and announced prior to 1 August of each year.

Graduate student fellowship support is also competitively available from many other sources, such as the NIH, the Howard Hughes Medical Foundation, various private foundations such as the American Heart Association, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, etc. Check with the USU Office of Research and/or the GEO for various opportunities to compete for extramural funding.

Doctoral Student Research Funds

USU maintains a special fund to finance doctoral student research. This resource is designed to provide funds to graduate students in addition to those provided by their major advisor. Funds are available to graduate students who have completed two years of graduate study at USU or who have been advanced to candidacy and are devoting a majority of their time to their dissertation research. Graduate research funds are currently available for two academic years. Funding beyond two years is evaluated on a case by case basis and must be approved by the Graduate Education Committee. In recent years, the maximum amount of funds available each year to eligible graduate students has varied between $1,500.00 and $2,500.00.

Forms to apply for USU graduate research funding are available from the GEO and will be sent to those students eligible in July of each year. These applications are relatively short if the funding requested is part of an already accepted University protocol by a major professor. If the research funding represents an entirely new protocol, the normal USU research review procedures must be followed. Information on which course of action is appropriate is available in the GEO. These protocols are administered by the Office of Research Administration at USU. You, your advisor, and your Program Director will receive notification when the funding is approved.