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PhD Students


All PhD students admitted to a graduate program in the School of Life Sciences are offered a Teaching or Research Assistantship.  

Assistantships are renewable for four additional years as long as you are making satisfactory progress in your degree program and remain in good standing. Please see our Graduate Student Handbook  for satisfactory progress policies. 

The Assistantships include a stipend, health insurance and tuition remission for the required 84 credit hours. 


PhD students are 100 percent funded for five years. Depending on resources, funding for one additional year may be available.

All PhD students who receive full RA or TA support, are registered for a minimum of six credit hours per semester (not including audit hours), and who maintain satisfactory progress toward their degree requirements, are eligible for tuition remission. Part-time RAs or TAs may receive prorated tuition remission. Tuition remission does not cover extra fees and surcharges. See the tuition and fees website for more information on fees and surcharges. 

Health Insurance

Take some time to review ASU's student health insurance coverage options, as well as information about eligibility and enrollment.


If you are currently a new graduate student in the School of Life Sciences, stipends are listed below. Please note that your stipend will increase after you advance to doctoral candidacy.

  • Academic year (nine-month period) – $17,184 
  • Summer stipend (3 months, only if available) — up to $5,728


You are encouraged to apply to the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program by the beginning of your senior year in college (typically an October application deadline for the following fall).

Also, recruitment fellowships and awards are available from the School of Life Sciences and the ASU Graduate College for qualified applicants.