Fully Funded PhD Programs in Neuroscience

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PhD students in Neuroscience at Brown University receive a full tuition scholarship and annual stipend.
PhD students in Neuroscience at Brown University receive a full tuition scholarship and annual stipend.

Last updated March 31, 2022

As part of my series on How to Fully Fund Your PhD, I provide a list of universities that offer full funding for a PhD in Neuroscience. Neuroscience is the study of the structure or function of the nervous system and brain. A PhD in neuroscience can prepare you for an academic career in teaching or research, or for a non-academic career in pharmaceutical and biotech companies, scientific consulting firms, medical and scientific journals, law firms dealing in intellectual property, science-focused nonprofit organizations and foundations, government agencies, and venture capital firms.

“Full funding” is a financial aid package for full time students that includes full tuition remission and an annual stipend or salary for the three to six-year duration of the student’s doctoral studies. Funding is typically offered in exchange for graduate teaching and research work that is complementary to your studies. Not all universities provide full funding to their doctoral students, which is why I recommend researching the financial aid offerings of all the potential PhD programs in your academic field, including small and lesser-known schools both in the U.S. and abroad.

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Brown University, Department of Biology and Medicine (Providence, RI): All Neuroscience Graduate Program and Brown-NIH Graduate Partnership Program students are fully supported during their time in graduate school. Students will receive a competitive stipend, tuition, health insurance, and health services fee.

Harvard University, Program in Neuroscience(Cambridge, MA): All students receive full tuition and stipend support while they are enrolled and making satisfactory progress toward the Ph.D. degree. For the 2021-2022 academic year, the stipend support is $42,660

Georgetown University, Department of Neuroscience (Washington, DC): The Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience provides competitive stipend support and health insurance benefits for all qualified students. Full tuition is also paid by the program.

UC San Diego, Department of Neuroscience (San Diego, CA): The first year of student funding is provided by the Neurosciences Graduate Program. This includes full payment of tuition and fees and a stipend of $34,500/year for the 2021-2022 academic year. Beginning the Winter Quarter (January 1) of the second year, your thesis advisor assumes responsibility for providing full financial support.

Stanford University, Stanford Biosciences (Stanford, CA): Students are fully funded for their entire course of study and receive a stipend of $47,280 per year.

Boston University Graduate Program for Neuroscience (Boston, MA): For the first year, most PhD students will either be funded by an early stage T32 neuroscience training grant or by the University. After the first year of coursework and laboratory rotations, students join a lab and are typically funded by that lab, or by an individual training grant, until completion of their degree.

Ohio State University, College of Arts and Sciences (Columbus, OH): As a student in the Neuroscience Graduate Program you will receive funding as a Graduate Research Associate or a Graduate Fellow and receive full payment of tuition, health insurance and an annual stipend.

Need some tips for the application process? See my article How To Get Into a Fully Funded PhD Program: Contacting Potential PhD Advisors.

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