All Biophysics students receive full support for the period of time typically needed to complete the program (between 5-6 years), as long as they are making satisfactory progress in all aspects of their program (academic, research and teaching). This support includes a stipend, full tuition as well as individual medical insurance. (Supplemental family health insurance, dental, and vision insurance is also available for the students to purchase).
This support comes from a variety of sources. A limited number of Cornell Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis to domestic and international applicants. The Field also participates in the Presidential Life Sciences Fellowship program, which allows the Admissions Committee to nominate excellent students for this competitive award.
The Field of Biophysics is also a participant in a number of fellowship opportunities available for under-represented minority and diversity students. The Admissions Committee nominates outstanding under-represented-minority and diversity students for highly-competitive fellowships awarded through the Graduate School Office of Inclusion & Student Engagement (OISE) and other units at Cornell.
Support in subsequent years generally takes the form of Graduate Research Assistantships or Teaching Assistantships.