St. Jude Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences



The St. Jude Graduate School offers a highly competitive financial and benefits package. Students are supported by full institutional funding for the duration of their studies, independent of their choice of labs. 

As a student, you will receive:

  • A minimum stipend of $37,132 per year [compare cost of living].
  • Medical benefits for you and your dependents.
  • A full tuition waiver.
  • Time off for holidays, breaks, and medical and personal leave (with approval).
  • Free, secure on-campus parking.
  • Free access to on-site fitness center, including exercise classes and wellness seminars.
  • Laptop and IT support for the duration of studies at St. Jude.
  • Professional development support, including travel allowance for conferences, regular career-oriented seminars and events, networking opportunities and exposure to internationally-recognized speakers.
  • Laboratory supply allowance during first year rotations and in your permanent laboratory thereafter.

A Stimulating Environment

We are committed to providing a superb and supportive training environment. Students enjoy:

  • Mentoring by world-class faculty.
  • 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.
  • 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 first year Scholastic Oversight Team to oversee progress, provide assistance, and advise as necessary.
  • The benefit of the unique funding model of St. Jude, which affords investigators the freedom to pursue new and emerging research directions.
  • A dedicated teaching facility, recreational space and study carrels within the Graduate School to promote study and interaction.
  • A strongly collaborative research culture that brings together a diverse community of students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, clinicians and patients.
  • Opportunities to volunteer in programs supporting St. Jude patients and their families, as well as other structured community service activities.

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.

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