Financial Support

U. S. applicants may be eligible for a Graduate Application Fee Waiver through the Graduate Admissions Office.

Applicants who receive and complete an interview will have their application fee reimbursed by the Department of Microbiology and Immunology.


One benefit of living in the Midwest is a comparatively low Cost of Living


Students are FULLY financially supported during their graduate PhD training, which normally takes about 5 years.

July 1, 2024- June 30, 2025       University of Iowa Contribution
Guaranteed Graduate Student Stipend $34,500
Fully Paid Tuition & Mandatory Fee (based on 23-24 tuition, may increase) $12,631
Health/Dental Benefits $  6,699
Total Compensation $53,830

Continued support beyond the first year is guaranteed, provided that progress toward degree completion of the degree requirements is satisfactory. 

Graduate students can also be funded by UI Internal Fellowships and/or National Competitive Fellowships