It is the policy of the Graduate School and the Graduate Studies Council that: (1) all eligible PhD degree candidates in good academic standing receive a graduate stipend and; (2) that within each department/program, the stipend level should be uniform among all eligible students at a comparable level of training. It is the goal of the Graduate School that all eligible students are compensated equitably.
Full time students enrolled in a PhD program receive a total annual asset commitment of approximately $60,000 from the Medical College of Wisconsin. For the first 18 months enrolled in the program, students received a Graduate School Fellowship for living expenses. After the first 18 months, students, with their advisors and program, must leverage funding to support their living expenses as a Graduate Research Assistant. This is done through securing external research funding or training grants with faculty.
Advising students in a graduate program of study at MCW is initially the responsibility of the program director for the graduate program. This individual is obligated to counsel students in planning for initial course work and in exploring research opportunities with various members of the graduate faculty.
The research advisor, a member of the full-time MCW faculty and a member of the graduate faculty, is selected by mutual agreement between the student, the proposed advisor, the program director and the departmental or program chair. For doctoral students, the advisor must be on the list of approved mentors as established by the Faculty Credentials Committee of the Graduate Studies Council. Every effort is made to assist students in securing the research advisor of choice. However, acceptance into a degree program does not commit the College to find a research advisor for the student. If no faculty member in the program is available or willing to serve as a research advisor, the student may not be able to complete the academic program.
Within the first 18 months of graduate study, the student is expected to negotiate with a faculty member for participation in the faculty member’s research program. This negotiation culminates in assumption by the faculty member of responsibility for continued advising, counseling and potential funding as the student’s research advisor.
View our list of faculty and their research interests. In order for a faculty member to serve as an advisor for a student, that faculty member must have Qualified Primary Dissertation Mentor classification within the Graduate School.
Funding Resources (PDF)
Students should be aware of potential funding sources available. For the first 18 months enrolled in the program, students received a Graduate School Fellowship for living expenses. After the first 18 months, students, with their advisors and program, must leverage funding to support their living expenses as a Graduate Research Assistant. This is done through securing external research funding or training grants with faculty. The Program has an expectation that all students apply for dissertation grants. Many students have had success applying for NIH F-Series grants.