Graduate & Postdoctoral Affairs

Financial Support & Benefits for Morsani College of Medicine PhD Students

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MCOM PhD 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.


MCOM PhD 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. 

Faculty 

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 our current faculty members below. 

Faculty Directory 

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 USF Health on the north campus of the University of South Florida in Tampa. The 1,500 acre campus offers a wide variety of shops and services. 

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

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. 

Can't make it to campus right now? Register here for a virtual information session and tour (currently offered Wednesdays at 4:00 pm and Fridays at 12:00 pm).   

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