Welcome to the Department of Biology

Department of Biology at Illinois State University
Department of Biology
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Financial Support

Funding Opportunities at Illinois State University

  • Most graduate students in the School of Biological Sciences are supported by Teaching Assistantships (TAs) or Research Assistantships (RAs), or fellowships, which include a stipend and a tuition waiver.
  • Everyone admitted to our M.S.or Ph.D. program is provided a TA or RA, unless other support (e.g., fellowships) is available. However, you should not attempt to complete the on-line TA application form until after you have been admitted into our graduate program.
  • The TA application form is available by clicking on 'Application for Graduate Assistantships/Graduate Trustees' Tuition Waiver' at http://www.grad.ilstu.edu/funding
  • Research Assistantships (RAs) are arranged through the faculty member directing your thesis or dissertation.
  • TAs in the M.S. Program who are making adequate progress toward completion of their degree currently receive $1200/month for 9 months plus tuition waivers (see M.S. Program Policies for details). TAs in our Ph.D. program who are making adequate progress toward completion of their degree currently receive $1870/month for 9 months plus tuition waivers (see Ph.D. Program Policies for details). Opportunities for up to 3 months/year of additional support are available for both M.S. and Ph.D. students.
  • M.S. and Ph.D. students not holding a TA or RA may request a tuition waiver (or a partial waiver) from Steven Juliano, the Assistant Director for Graduate Studies during the first week of Fall or Spring semesters.  To do this they should fill out and submit the Application for graduate tuition waiver form available from the graduate school. Graduate students at-large (="visiting graduate students") who are taking Biology graduate courses or who intend to apply to one of the graduate degree programs in Biology may also contact Steven Juliano, the Assistant Director for Graduate Studies regarding a tuition waiver for Fall or Spring semester.
  • Priorities for award of tuition waivers to students not on assistantships are: 1) students who have given up assistantships to work intensively on completing their thesis; 2) students who have given up assistantships for health reasons; 3) visiting graduate students who are working as lab instructors for Biological Sciences courses; 4) visiting graduate students who will apply for admission to our degress programs.
  • Award of tuition waivers to these students without assistantships will be determined on a competitive basis by the Assistant Director of Graduate Studies and the School of Biological Sciences Graduate Studies Committee.

Additional Funding Opportunities


At Illinois State University

Competitive research grants and summer fellowships from local chapter of Phi Sigma.

Illinois State University Graduate School Funding

National Programs

Graduate funding and fellowships at the National Science Foundation (NSF)

Graduate student fellowships at Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)


Graduate student fellowships from National Institutes of Health (NIH)