Financial Support

All BBS students receive a stipend ($35,850 in 2018-19), full tuition coverage, and health insurance. Students who win competitive outside awards such as NIH National Research Service Awards (NRSA) or NSF fellowships receive a stipend bonus of $4,000 (for a total stipend of $39,850 in 2018-19.

Financial aid for students who are neither U.S. Citizens nor U.S. Permanent Residents is very limited; therefore, we are able to admit less than 5-7% of our non-U.S. applicant pool. International students should take this into consideration before applying.

Gruber Science Fellowship

About the Fellowship

Established in 2011 by the Gruber Foundation, the Gruber Science Fellowship is awarded to the most highly ranked applicants to Yale PhD programs in the life sciences, cosmology, and astrophysics.  This Fellowship is the most prestigious award offered by Yale’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences to incoming science students in recognition of their outstanding accomplishments and exceptional promise. 

Gruber Science Fellows receive a stipend supplement and a research account in addition to the standard stipend and tuition award given to students in their respective PhD programs.  Fellows are also entitled to participate in Fellowship events and activities throughout the academic year among many special privileges, such as meetings with seminar speakers and lecturers, a fall reception for new Fellows, and a spring picnic.

Selection of Fellows

Participating PhD programs (see below) nominate candidates who represent the most highly ranked applicants to their programs. Candidates chosen to be a Gruber Science Fellow are notified of their selection for this honor in an award letter along with the letter offering admission to the Graduate School. Both U.S. and non-U.S. citizens are eligible to be considered as Gruber Science Fellows. 

If you are interested in pursuing PhD studies in the life sciences, cosmology, or astrophysics as a Gruber Science Fellow, we invite you to apply to Yale! 

Participating PhD Programs

The Combined Program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS)
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Department of Astronomy
Department of Physics