Graduate Education Financial Aid

Graduate Education in Biomedical Sciences and Public Health

Financial Aid

The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine (HMJ) annually provides support for senior graduate fellowships. The three, 1-year Fellowships are competitively awarded to outstanding USU civilian graduate student doctoral candidates in the USU School of Medicine Graduate Programs.

The Emma L. Bockman Award was created through the HMJ Foundation to encourage and support scholarly endeavors of USU students. In her memory, the Emma L. Bockman Memorial Award has been established to keep her academic ideals and quest for knowledge alive. The recipient of the graduate student award is selected competitively primarily based upon the applicant's research efforts, but also academic performance and community service.

Graduate student 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 Graduate Education Office for various opportunities to compete for extramural funding. Since the USU SOM is federally funded, graduate students are also often eligible for federally-funded fellowships.

USU provides an attractive package of financial support to students, which will be administered as a part-time Federal salary for your position as a Research Associate. The financial support of this package will be approximately $44,900 per year, at a part time rate of 64 hours per pay period. As an Administratively Determined (AD) Federal employee, your salary is subject to standard taxes and withholdings.

As an AD employee, you will receive standard Federal benefits including contributions towards health insurance, retirement, and transit costs. Additionally, you have the option to decline certain benefits, which will increase your net income. Students are supported as Federal employees for the first 3 three years of their enrollment. After this period, students transition to employment as Research Associates by the Henry M. Jackson (HMJ) Foundation. These positions are supported by grants awarded to mentors or by fellowships awarded to students. 

There are no tuition charges for graduate students at USU, nor is there any requirement in the form of government or military service. Most required textbooks are provided without charge. 

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