Financial Aid for Ph.D. in Statistical Science and Biostatistics
Financial aid is available for outstanding applicants for the Ph.D. in Statistical Science and for the Ph.D. in Biostatistics. In both programs, the financial aid covers SMU tuition, fees, and a health insurance subsidy.
Ph.D. in Statistical Science
Entering students are eligible for Teaching Assistantships for which the stipend is $22,500 per academic year (September – May). TAs typically meet with undergraduates in small lab sessions, hold office hours, and/or assist in grading undergraduate course assignments. Since there is no summer coursework in the Statistical Science program, students often seek outside funding through summer internships. This past summer six Statistical Science Ph.D. students had internships at Frito Lay, Sabre, Capital One, Sanofi Pasture, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and Elite Research.
Third and fourth-year students can be funded on Research Assistantships. These students (GRAs) are typically paid by a research grant and work closely with the faculty member who has the grant. The academic year support for GRAs is typically the same as for TAs ($22,500). During the last two years, GRA support has included internships at Baylor Medical Center and at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas (UTSW) and five students funded on faculty grants.
Ph.D. in Biostatistics
Ph.D. students in the Biostatistics Ph.D. program are funded on Fellowships for their first two years. These fellowship stipends are $28,000 per calendar year. There are no TA or GRA duties associated with these fellowships, and students are required to take 4 courses per semester for the first two years instead of the typical 3-course load taken by Ph.D. students in Statistical Science. Additionally, since the funding is for the calendar year, the students are involved in research projects either in UTSW labs, supporting SMU or UTSW statistics /biostatistics researchers, or other approved activities. During years 3-4, students making appropriate progress are funded on research grants, primarily by researchers at UTSW.
Truman Hester Memorial Scholarship
The Truman Hester Memorial Scholarship is open to sophomore, junior, and senior students at Austin Peay State University. Applicant must be majoring in political science with a minimum 3.0 GPA to be eligible for this award.
Department of Health and Human Services Grant
The purpose of this initiative is to support time-sensitive research on risk and resilience factors related to short- and long-term health outcomes following Hurricanes Irma and Maria in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. This initiative will use a shortened submission timeline with expedited peer review, council concurrence, and award issuance. The entire cycle, from submission to award, is expected to be within 3-4 months.
The objective of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to better understand the short-term health risks and health impacts of hurricanes in PR and USVI, including the onset of acute conditions, exacerbation of existing chronic conditions, and risk for future onset of chronic disease. Projects supported under this FOA may be used as the basis for future studies of longer-term health impacts. Projects are expected to examine interrelationships among psychosocial stressors experienced by PR or USVI residents; individual, family, organizational, and/or community-level responses (including healthcare system responses); and current physical health or mental health status and/or risk factors for future chronic disease. Projects supported under this FOA may be used as the basis for future studies of longer-term health impacts. Projects are expected to examine interrelationships among psychosocial stressors experienced by PR or USVI residents; individual, family, organizational, and/or community-level responses (including healthcare system responses); and current physical health or mental health status and/or risk factors for future chronic disease. Projects are expected to use an approach that encompasses multiple domains (e.g., biological, behavioral, sociocultural, environmental, physical environment, or health system) and multiple levels (e.g., individual, interpersonal, community, societal) to understand post-hurricane health risk and resilience.
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH): Recognizing that substantial research has been conducted on mental health outcomes following disasters, including the role that many psychosocial stressors play in acute and chronic disease morbidity and mortality, NIMH will accept for consideration applications that move beyond established literature on general risk factors, patterns of need, the costs and benefits of implementing evidence-based interventions and treatments to improve mental health outcomes, and examining new ways of reducing gaps in mental health needs. Applications proposing to relate known disaster related stressors to acute and chronic mental health outcomes will not be considered for funding by NIMH.
Rose Traveling Fellowship Program in Chronic Disease Epidemiology and Biostatistics
The goal of the Rose Traveling Fellowship is to give graduate students and postdocs in the Departments of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, a cross-cultural experience, which could be in a developed country or a developing country.
The Rose Traveling Fellowship Program at the Harvard Chan School provides critical financial support for students or post-doctoral scholars traveling abroad for internships, research work, or any other academically related projects related to chronic disease epidemiology and/or biostatistics.
There are four $5,000 awards and three $10,000 awards available that will be given out over the course of this academic year. The grant is expected to cover the cost of airfare and other travel costs, provide a stipend for food and housing, and assist with any research expenses.
The award will be considered taxable income, so it is important to include taxes in the budget if you do not want to pay this out-of-pocket. Stipend payments will be made approximately two months after the award decision.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow for Statistical Methods in Population Health Disparities
The Department of Biostatistics at Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship focused on the development of statistical methods for population health disparities. The postdoctoral fellow will work with Dr. Briana Stephenson and collaborate with a multidisciplinary research team to develop innovative statistical and machine learning methods to address and identify bias and inequities in population health. Areas of interest include: identifying bias in healthcare access and delivery, statistical methods for high-dimensional exposures in minority populations, model-based clustering techniques for understudied populations, and survey sampling methodology for diverse population cohorts. Research applications will utilize data from cancer registries, national survey studies, and large prospective cohort studies. The postdoctoral fellow will develop their research and training agendas through formal mentorship, seminars, conferences, and an Individual Development Plan (IDP) to explore and identify the fellow’s professional needs and career objectives.
Harvard University seeks to find, develop, promote, and retain the world’s best scholars. Harvard is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged.
Danielle Parks Memorial Fellowship
For a graduate student of any nationality who wants to work in Cyprus to further his/her research on a subject of interest to Cypriot archaeology and culture, the Danielle Parks Memorial Fellowship is a US $2,000 fellowship. The goal of the fellowship is to help cover the cost of traveling and living in Cyprus.
Periodically, the fellow will keep the CAARI Director aware of his/her research activities. In any publication arising from the study performed during the fellowship, the fellow will recognize CAARI and the Danielle Parks Memorial Fellowship.
Don Lavoie Fellowship
For advanced undergraduates, recent graduates considering graduate school, and early-stage graduate students, the Don Lavoie Fellowship is a competitive, renewable, and online fellowship program. Fellowships are available to students from any discipline who are interested in learning how to apply essential ideas in political economy to academic and policy research.Don Lavoie Fellows participate in a variety of online activities, including an online discussion portal and online reading discussion sessions led by various Hayek Program scholars, which introduce them to key ideas in the Austrian, Virginia, and Bloomington schools of political economy, as well as current work in this tradition.
A stipend and all required readings for online events are included in the Don Lavoie Fellowship, as well as help on research, careers, and graduate school. Conference and research support are available to Lavoie Fellows. A total payment of up to $1250 per semester is available, which includes a stipend and books.
Announcing the Harrison Goodall Preservation Fellowship
The Harrison Goodall Preservation Fellowship gives graduate students and enterprising professionals the opportunity to undertake a focused pursuit that makes a meaningful contribution to the field of historic preservation and support the stewardship of historic resources not only in the National Park Service but nationwide and at any level.
The fellowship is meant to encourage and help accomplish something exceptional and innovative. Often during the rigors of a preservation graduate program or while in professional employment, there aren’t opportunities to explore issues that can create a difference in the preservation field. The format of the fellowship program is flexible to encourage creativity and allow fellows to continue to study, work, or engage in other activities.
Women History Institute Summer Research Fellowship
The Women’s History Institute of Historic Hudson Valley is pleased to offer Summer Research Fellowships to support college and graduate students engaged in scholarly research connected to the lives of women in the Hudson Valley throughout the centuries.
Fellowship stipends are $3,000 for a minimum of 6 weeks and a maximum of three months’ duration.
CAORC INYA Short Term Fellowships
The Inya Institute announces the CAORC-INYA Short Term Fellowships for research that will contribute to the study of Myanmar in every aspect of its broad linguistic, cultural, religious and ethnic diversity and to a better understanding of the political and socio-economic situation of the country in the past or present. The candidates must be U.S. Graduate students at a higher education institution in the U.S. or abroad are actually enrolled in a graduate program (master's or doctoral level).
Kosciuszko Foundation Tuition Scholarship
Kosciuszko Foundation Tuition Scholarships fund Polish-speaking American students for graduate studies, such as master's and Ph.D. studies, at U.S. colleges and universities. Scholarships vary from 1,000 to 7,000 dollars. Support is only available for full-time studies in the United States and for English Medical Schools in Poland.
NSF Graduate Research Fellowships Program
In NSF-supported STEM disciplines, the NSF GRFP honors and supports outstanding graduate students who obtain research-based master and doctoral degrees at accredited US institutions. The five-year fellowship provides three years of financial assistance to the university, including an annual $34,000 stipend and an education allowance expense of $12,000.
As the oldest graduate fellowship of its kind, the GRFP has a long history of selecting recipients who, in their future academic and professional careers, achieve high levels of success. The GRFP's prestige follows beneficiaries and also encourages them to become life-long leaders who make a huge contribution to both scientific advancement and teaching.
Florida Stormwater Association Educational Foundation’s (FSAEF) Scholarship
The Scholarship Program of the Florida Stormwater Association Educational Foundation (FSAEF) awards financial assistance to eligible students attending Florida colleges and universities whose educational interest is in science, management or finance of stormwater.
Eligibility is restricted to students in good standing who are enrolled at a college or university in Florida in a graduate program. Applications are approved on an annual basis with a deadline each year in August.
Torske Klubben Fellowship for Minnesota Residents
The Torske Klubben, founded in 1933, is a luncheon club in Minneapolis for people of Norwegian descent who are passionate about Norway and Norwegian-American culture and relationships. The organization sponsors graduate fellowships at the University of Minnesota for Norwegian citizens, as well as this award for Minnesota residents who have an interest in or association with Norway and/or its history. The fellowship program's ultimate aim is to help aspiring leaders.
The Graduate School Fellowship Office will offer a Tuition Scholarship for full-time studies for the academic year to recipients who do not have some means of tuition assistance, such as an assistantship.
Research Fellowship Program
The fellowships are open to any student completing studies toward a masters or doctoral degree from an institution of higher education within the United States that is accredited by a regional or national agency. The applicant must pursue graduate study in an engineering, science, material science, or architectural program. Each fellowship includes a $35,000 stipend paid to the university to cover tuition, residence, research materials, equipment, study materials, related educational expenses, and does not include payment for institutional overhead.
The Garden Club of America Hope Goddard Iselin Fellowship in Public Horticulture
To further the study of public horticulture through experiential learning that takes place at a recognized public garden, botanic garden, arboretum, or other closely aligned public horticulture institution within the United States.
Funds one or more students annually at $5000 for practical research and training at a recognized public garden, botanic garden, arboretum, or other institution directly engaged with connecting people, plants and gardening within the United States.
Daniel M. Jobbins Scholarship
The aim of this scholarship is to remember the late Daniel M. Jobbins' contributions to the sciences of mosquito research and management, as well as his service to mosquito control organizations in New Jersey; and to support and recognize mosquito research by graduate students attending every college or university in the United States. The NJMCA Scholarship Committee will select the winner of the grant.
The Sigma Foundation for Nursing awards grants to nurses in order to enable them to contribute to the progress of nursing through research. Funding is allocated depending on the validity of the submitted study, the applicant's potential pledge, and the applicant's research budget. Applications from new researchers who have not secured any other national research funding are welcomed. All credentials being equivalent, preference will be granted to Sigma participants. Sigma Foundation for Nursing has annual grants. The grant funds do not offset costs accrued previous to the funding deadline.
Policies and Guidelines for Including Biostatistics Support on Grants
The guidelines lay out common scenarios and are meant to serve as a starting point for discussion for planning and budgeting purposes. In all cases, discussion with Biostatistics faculty early in the grant preparation process is necessary to ensure that the appropriate level of support is provided.
PhD faculty and master’s statisticians can participate in grant development in numerous ways including
If Biostatistics effort in proposal development is not covered by funded projects, time spent on proposal development will be billed at the current hourly rate or MOU.
Inclusion of Biostatistics Personnel in Project Budgets
PhD faculty effort:Biostatistics faculty should be included as named co-investigators (typically as key personnel) on collaborative applications. While effort may vary from year to year, an average of 10% effort (1.2 calendar months per year) over the project period is suggested as a guideline for most clinical projects and more complex basic science projects (see effort allocation guidelines below). Faculty may not be included on budgets for less than 5% effort without the approval of the Chair of the Department of Biostatistics.
Master’s statistician effort: Master’s statisticians and data management personnel provide assistance with data management, statistical programming, and preparation of reports and manuscripts. For most funded projects, master’s statistician should be coupled with PhD faculty effort.
Effort Allocation Guidelines
These guidelines provide suggested levels of support for projects of varying complexity and need of statistical expertise.
Large or complex projects (e.g. multi-site clinical trials, cores for program projects or SPORES): Total biostatistics annual effort 50–100+% per year, such as 20% or more of PhD faculty time plus 30–100% master’s statistician FTE.
Regular Projects (e.g., R01 involving clinical data, basic science project with complex analysis (eg. Omics data)): Total biostatistics annual effort 20–50%, such as 10–15% PhD faculty time plus 10–35% master’s statistician FTE.
Simple Projects (e.g., project under 250K direct per year): Total biostatistics effort 5–20% per year, such as 5-10% PhD faculty time plus 5-10% master’s statistician FTE.
Limited Scope projects: Total biostatistics effort <5% per year
Teaching and Research Assistantships
Assistantships, which provide a stipend and in-state rate tuition scholarship, also complement your learning experiences by providing the opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge you have gained.
Appointments are for one year with the possibility of renewal for additional years.
The 10-month teaching assistantships provide:
Teaching assistants are expected to help teach up to 20 hours per week.
The 12-month research assistantships provide:
Responsibilities vary depending on the project.