Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology

Financial Support

Doctoral Students

Doctoral students in good academic standing are guaranteed five years of financial support.  Support is in the form of one of the following:

Teaching Assistantship:

For the academic year 2020-2021, the stipend is $24,000/year (in exchange for two TAs per year in the fall and spring).  Teaching Assistantships can be supplemented through other grants (to either the student or the advisor) up to a maximum of $29,130 per year and includes tuition and health insurance. 

Research Assistantships:

Students supported on research assistantships are funded through external sources based on availability of funds in the student’s home lab. 

For further information on tuition and insurance, please visit the following websites:   

The cost of living in Salt Lake City is relatively low by national standards, and most students find that they can live comfortably on the basic stipend. (Cost-of-living comparisons among cities can be made at Sterlings Best Places to Live.)


MS Students

School support for graduate students accepted into the Master’s program is extremely limited and awarded on a case-by-case basis when available. 


Other sources of funding

There are several campus-wide NIH graduate training grants, including ones in Genetics, Developmental Biology, Biological Chemistry, Cancer, Microbial Pathogenesis, and Hematology. These provide stipend support (currently $25,320 per year) and provide opportunities to participate in a variety of interdepartmental, discipline-specific activities including journal clubs, seminar series, and yearly retreats. Eligibility requirements differ among the training programs; some (for example, Genetics and Developmental Biology) invite students who have passed their qualifying exams to submit competitive applications for positions as they become open.

The University offers a limited number of Graduate Research Fellowships, Competitive University Teaching Assistantships, and other University fellowships. Information can be found on the financial aid page maintained by the Graduate School. A list of federal (NSF, NIH, EPA, etc.) and private (HHMI, etc.) national graduate fellowship programs can also be found at that site.