The Department of Biology understands the time and money required to pursue a graduate degree. Because of this, Teaching Assistantships and Research Assistantships are available to fund stipends for PhD students. Typically, PhD students are supported for their first two to three years on a Teaching Assistantship (TA), and depending on funding in their particular lab, move onto a Research Assistantship (RA) during the final years of their program. MS students are not eligible for TAs at Drexel University. In some cases, individual faculty members may utilize RAs to fund MS student stipends.
Teaching Assistantships (TAs) are departmentally funded assistantships for PhD students and cover a yearly stipend, full tuition, and health benefits. The purpose of TAs is to support the teaching mission of the Department. Assistantships shall be awarded primarily on the basis of academic ability and performance. Appointment to teaching assistantships shall also require the ability to teach effectively. The application review process begins December 1st and is generally completed by April 1st.
Research Assistantships (RAs) are funded by individual faculty members and are awarded to PhD and MS students. RAs include a stipend, full tuition, and health benefits. The purpose of research assistantships is to support research directly involved with the student's thesis. This allows the ability the student to fully devote their time to research. However, teaching opportunities are still available and encouraged if interested.
Drexel University’s College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Committee funds a limited number of Dean’s Fellowships to outstanding PhD applicants who are U.S. citizens. Students eligible for the Dean's Fellowship are automatically nominated for this fellowship. The Dean's Fellowship provides a $5000 supplement to the TA or RA provided stipend for the first two years of the PhD program.
Drexel University’s Office of Graduate Studies funds a limited number of Provost’s Fellowships to truly exceptional PhD applicants who are U.S. citizens. Similar to the Dean’s fellowship, eligible students are automatically nominated for this fellowship. This fellowship provides a $5000 supplement to the TA or RA provided stipend for the first two years of the PhD program.