Financial Support

All students accepted into the PIBBS program, regardless of citizenship, are financially supported throughout their graduate education at USC. Institutional funds are provided for each PIBBS student during the first year of their studies. This includes a nationally competitive stipend, all tuition and departmental fees, and health insurance premiums.

At the end of the first year, PIBBS students will select a faculty mentor and a Ph.D. program and will be expected to begin his/her thesis research program in the laboratory of the faculty mentor. Beginning July 1st, the faculty mentor will be financially responsible for the student’s stipend and fees associated with a Graduate Assistant. During this time and until graduation, the student will be supported from research grants and/or scholarship funds within the chosen laboratory or Ph.D. program.