Financial Support

Student Funding

All students in good standing currently receive a stipend and a comprehensive health insurance package. In addition, the Immunology Program, using the funds listed below, will pay all tuition and fees for the student.

Students are funded in their first two years of graduate school from a number of sources, depending on the exact interests and background of the student and availability of funds.

  • The following training grants: the Immunology Training Grant from the Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, the Genetics Training Grant from the Institute of General Medical Sciences, the Cancer Biology Training Grant from the Cancer Institute, the Regenerative Science Training Grant from the NIH, the Cellular Biotechnology Training Grant from the NIH, the Molecular Mechanisms of Microbial Pathogenesis Training Grant, and a host of others.
  • Regents fellowships or Merit fellowships from the Rackham School of Graduate Studies.
  • Funds from Vice Provost for Medical Affairs and Dean of the Medical School's offices.
  • Students in their third and subsequent years are generally supported by Research Assistantships from their mentor's external funding or by other University sources (for example, Rackham fellowships or external fellowships). 
  • The Miller Fund Award for Innovative Immunology Research - The Miller Fund is a philanthropically endowed fund dedicated to support of innovative research in immunology. This is a one-year non-renewable award. Applications must be electronically submitted by the Immunology Program trainee. Only applications from junior and senior pre-doctoral trainees in the Immunology Program who have achieved Ph.D. candidacy will be considered for this award. Deadline for application is March 25. For details please see the program Student and Faculty Handbook. 
  • The Monte V. Hobbs Student Award - The Monte V. Hobbs Student Award has been established through the generous contributions of friends, family and colleagues to honor the memory of Monte V. Hobbs, a leader in research of the aging process in immunology and a pioneer in the development and implementation of the RNAse protection assay to study cytokines. Students in the Graduate Program in Immunology are eligible to appy. Two cash awards of $500 each will be given to students each year. Deadline for application is April 4. For details please see the program Student and Faculty Handbook. 
  • Child Care

    U-M Child Care Subsidy Program

    Administered by the Office of Financial Aid, the program provides funds to graduate students to assist them with the cost of state-licensed child care.

    U-M Child Care Tuition Grant

    Assists U-M families with young children with the cost of licensed child care at U-M campus centers. Students must apply for Child Care Subsidy Program first.

  • Additional Sources for Graduate and Post-doctoral Funding:
  • Rackham Research Grants offer $1500 for pre-candidates and $3000 for candidates.  
  • United Negro College Fund (UNCF) - These fellowships are a component of the UNCF/Merck Science Initiative, the goal of which is to support the training and development of world-class African American biomedical scientists. At least 12 UNCF Merck Graduate Science Research Dissertation Fellowship awards will be made per year. The competition is open to all applicants who meet the eligibility criteria. Award recipients are selected based on the applicants abilities and accomplishments.