Funding Your Behavioral Neuroscience Education
All students admitted to the Behavioral Neuroscience program are fully funded, and will find Binghamton's low cost of living an additional bonus. Student stipends come from three different sources:
- University Graduate Assistantships (RA or TA) entail a maximum of 16 hours per week (one course per term) as a Teaching or Research Assistant. This time commitment is significantly less than the two courses per term that are often required of graduate TAs, allowing more time for research. We anticipate that stipends for the next year will be approximately $23,000 for new incoming students for the nine-month academic year and include individual health insurance.
- Fellowships. There are fellowships available for minority students and a limited number of fellowships to support dissertation research. The amount of these fellowships is equal to or greater than that of graduate assistantships, and some carry support for the summer as well. There are no formal duties associated with these fellowships, which afford students a maximum amount of time to devote to their own work.
- Research Assistantships. These are funded from faculty grants, and are available to students working in a funded faculty member's lab.
Note that the above sources of funding also include a tuition waiver for regular (academic year) courses. Additional financial support is available during the summer in the form of teaching positions (following training), grant funding, and the university research centers associated with the department.