MD-PhD students receive a stipend to supplement their living expenses, as well as full tuition (graduate and medical school) and health benefits for the entire duration of their time in the program. The MD-PhD program itself provides stipend support to students in the first three years of their training, and again in the final ~1.5 years after they have defended their PhD and returned to clinical training. We consider it very important that our students receive stipend and tuition support from our program in their 3rd year, when they are affiliating with a PhD advisor and a department, and completing coursework required for their PhD. Full financial responsibility for their stipend is assumed by research mentors in the 4th year and beyond, usually for a period of ~2.5 to 3 years.
The stipend for students engaged in medical school courses and clerkships prior to beginning the PhD is reviewed annually and is adjusted to cover all living expenses and school related costs as calculated by the Yale School of Medicine Financial Aid Office. Once a student affiliates with a PhD department and joins their PhD advisors research group, their stipend increases to the BBS PhD level of support and continues at this level until graduation.