Tangible Benefits Support Your Success

Fully Funded Biomedical Science Doctoral Studies


The St. Jude Graduate School offers a competitive financial and benefits package for PhD students in biomedical sciences. You’ll enjoy full institutional funding throughout your studies, independent of lab choice.

Stipends are $41,485 in year 1 and $47,840 from years 2-5 with full tuition scholarship.

The graduate school also provides medical, dental and vision insurance.

A Superb and Supportive Training Environment

Dedicated Space 

The Graduate School’s custom-designed, 4,600-square-foot space offers private study carrels for first-year students, easy access to the Biomedical Library, a state-of-the-art teaching facility and a well-appointed student lounge.

Dedicated Team 

  • A first year Scholastic Oversight Team to oversee progress, provide assistance and advise as necessary
  • Mentoring by world-class faculty
  • A robust network of faculty advisors and postdocs to assist you in finding a postdoctoral fellowship, industry position or teaching opportunity at the completion of your degree
  • A strongly collaborative research culture that brings together a diverse community of students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, clinicians and patients

World-Class Setting

  • Access to the extensive, state-of-the-art scientific core facilities at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Hands-on training by experts is available for students as they discover the core technologies crucial to their research projects.
  • The benefit of the unique funding model of St. Jude, which affords investigators the freedom to pursue new and emerging research directions
  • Opportunities to volunteer in programs supporting St. Jude patients and their families, as well as other structured community service activities
  • A city of more than a million, with a small-town vibe and world-class museums, parks, music, festivals, sporting events, dining and entertainment

Pediatric Cancer Genome Project: 10 Years of Discovery

Since 2010, the project has yielded discoveries across 23 types of childhood cancers and the non-cancerous degenerative disorder, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

The St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences is authorized for operation as a postsecondary educational institution by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. In order to view detailed job placement and graduation information on the programs offered by the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, please visit http://www.tn.gov/thec/bureaus/student-aid-and-compliance/postsecondary-state-authorization/authorized-institutions-and-data.html.