Graduate & Postdoctoral Affairs

Financial Support & Benefits for PhD Students


Financial Benefits  

Students admitted into the Medical Sciences PhD program will be offered a Graduate Research Assistantship, supported primarily from research grants held by individual faculty members. With this Assistantship, students receive: 

  • $28,500 annual stipend
  • 100% tuition waiver*
  • Medical insurance contribution
  • Consideration for travel awards 
 *Fees not included

Students are also eligible to apply for a variety of scholarships and fellowships as well as other types of financial aid. Additionally, the university offers numerous free resources and support services to help students with money management and understanding the various types of aid. 

An added benefit? Tampa’s cost of living is lower than the national average and one of the lowest of any metro-area in Florida.

Program Benefits 

The University of South Florida’s Medical Sciences PhD program is an integrated umbrella program that eliminates traditional barriers between disciplines and provides students with a comprehensive foundation in the biomedical sciences. 


Our talented faculty are primarily drawn from departments in the Morsani College of Medicine, including Molecular Medicine, Molecular Pharmacology & Physiology, Neurosurgery & Brain Repair, Pathology & Cell Biology, Psychiatry & Behavioral Neurosciences, Cardiology, and Internal Medicine. They are committed to the development of our students and have a broad array of research interests. Explore the C.V.s of some of the faculty members in the basic science departments: 

Affiliated Institutions 

Students in the PhD program have the opportunity to work with faculty at the Morsani College of Medicine and our exceptional affiliated institutions.    

University Benefits  

The Medical Sciences PhD program is housed in the Morsani College of Medicine on the north Tampa campus of the University of South Florida. The 1,500 acre campus offers a wide variety of shops and services, and USF was recently awarded the Active Minds Healthy Campus Award for its commitment to supporting the health and well-being of students.    

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On campus, students have free or low-cost access to: 

  • Student Health Services 
  • Campus Recreation (three facilities, including one located in USF Health) 
  • Serenity and meditation rooms
  • The Counseling Center 
  • A student-run, non-profit art gallery  
  • Support for student veterans
  • Success and Wellness Coaching
  • Outdoor recreation, including kayaking and canoeing 
  • Students with Disabilities Services   

Additional offices and resources on campus include:

  • Printing services 
  • A full service post office 
  • Childcare and preschool 
  • More than 25 dining locations
  • A Federal Credit Union
  • A pharmacy 
  • Publix, a full service grocery store

Visit Campus   

Want to see for yourself? Schedule a campus tour or a tour of USF Health to see our beautiful Tampa campus and amazing facilities in person. 

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For information about visiting our labs, or applying for the PhD in Medical Sciences program, contact us at 813-974-2836 or