Financial Support

It is the intention of the program that students receive stipend support, if possible, during their entire graduate study, in the form of a research assistantship, project assistantship, fellowship or training grant position, provided either by the department, their major professor’s research funds, or other campus sources. For the 2013-2014 school year, the stipend rate for graduate students in the Cellular and Molecular Pathology Graduate Program is $25,000 plus medical benefits. In addition, assistantship recipients qualify for full remission of their nonresident and resident tuition. Assistantships also allow for subsidized enrollment in the Graduate Assistant Health Insurance program.

Research Assistantships (RAs)

Research assistant appointments are primarily for the benefit of the individual’s course of study and research and are directly applicable to the individual’s thesis or dissertation. Research assistants are required to register for a full load (8-12 credits) of graduate courses and research. Because a research assistantship is not considered employment/income taxes, but not social security taxes, are withheld from research assistant stipends.

  1. Departmental Funding
    The department offers stipends for the support of outstanding students. These funds are supplied by the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine’s Research and Development Committee and are earmarked primarily for supporting students that are doing lab rotations in their first year.
  2. Research Grants
    Many of the individual trainers have research programs that are funded by awards from outside agencies such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation, biotechnology companies and other funding sources. These grants often provide stipends for graduate assistants. The NIH is currently awarding stipend supplements to existing grants as part of their recruitment of minority candidates to scientific fields. Inquiries regarding the availability of a stipend should be directed to the individual faculty member.

Project Assistantships (PAs)

The department does not currently offer Project Assistantships.

Teaching Assistantships (TAs)

The department does not currently offer Teaching Assistantships.


  1. Graduate School Fellowships
    The Graduate School offers University Fellowships on a competitive basis to outstanding students both at the time of admission and throughout graduate studies. At the time of admission into the Program, the Admission Committee ranks applicants and nominates the top candidates for fellowships.

    The UW-Madison is committed to increasing the pool of ethnic minority scholars and professionals in the United States. The Advanced Opportunity Fellowship Program (AOF) is designed to increase the number of students of color and/or educationally disadvantaged non-minority students at any stage of graduate study. To be eligible for this funding, a student must be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Resident, admitted to or enrolled in a graduate department, and identify with one of the following groups: African-American, Native American, Mexican American, Puerto Rican, Vietnamese, Hmong, Cambodian, Laotian, or long-term educationally disadvantaged non-minority persons. Long-term educationally disadvantaged students are eligible if they meet at least two of the following requirements: parents did not attend college; participated in a TRIO program (i.e. Upward Bound, Talent Search, McNair); or eligible for federally administered financial aid grants (i.e. Pell, SEOG). AOF funds are allocated directly to the departments, which make the awards to students. Please contact the Department Secretary if you believe that you qualify for this fellowship. Announcements for competitive fellowships will be forwarded to students by the Graduate Education Office as they become available.

  2. Training Grants
    Several training grants on campus provide stipends to support graduate research. These include the CMP Training Grant, Genetics Training Grant, the Molecular Biology Training Grant, the Neurobiology Training Grant, the Developmental Biology Training Grant, the Gamete and Embryo Biology Training Grant, etc. If the candidate will be working in any of these areas, the major professor should initiate inquiries to these programs.
  3. Federal, State and Private Awards
    Outstanding students are encouraged to apply for individual predoctoral fellowships, e.g. National Science Foundation or Howard Hughes. In addition, fellowship support may be available from biotechnology or medical companies.