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Financing PhD in health sciences

PostPosted: Thu Dec 02, 2004 9:04 pm
by Meg
Hi,
I'm not sure if this question is relevant to the forum, but I have been searching for information on how to finance a PhD in disease control and prevention (focusing primarily on infectious disease epidemiology, vaccine development, clinical research). My thesis work will likely be laboratory-based and may be applicable to some fellowships/grants, but until I reach that point I will have major tuition expenses. I can't seem to find any programs offering money for early predoc study (for non-minority students) in this field.
My background consists of work in international clinical research- TB in Africa, where my roles have been primarily in the laboratory. I also have an MPH in international health/infectious diseases from a top ranked (and VERY expensive) public health school. I had expected there to be more support for this area at the PhD level, with all the current concerns about diseases, bioterrorism, etc, etc. Am I missing something??

Financing PhD in health sciences

PostPosted: Thu Dec 02, 2004 10:36 pm
by Kim
In the US, if you are a PhD students in life science, you will get financial helps through TA or RA fellowships. You should apply for a PhD program first. If you get accepted, the fellowship will come.

Financing PhD in health sciences

PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2004 11:27 am
by Andy
Meg,

Kim is correct. If you are doing your PhD work in a laboratory, the lab will have grant money to fund your stipend and research.

As a corollary, I would not recommend doing a PhD in a laboratory that does not have funding. There are plenty out there that have funding, don't make graduate school any more of a challenge than it will be anyway by choosing an underfunded lab.

Good luck,

Andy