Financial Support

We support BME graduate students who don’t have full external fellowships through Internal Fellowships and Graduate Student Instructor and Research Assistant positions, all of which include health insurance, a monthly stipend and tuition.

All BME PhD students are guaranteed full funding.

More information

Office of the Registrar - Information on tuition and fees
U-M Office of Financial Aid - link to financial aid site to apply for need-based financial aid


All Ph.D. applicants are considered for a fellowship when applications are reviewed; no additional forms are required. Fellowship recipients are notified by the Department.

Ph.D. track students with an excellent academic record are also eligible to apply in their senior year for a three and four year National Science Foundation Fellowships to support their doctorate studies in Biomedical Engineering.

GSI positions

Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) applications are accepted for the fall and winter terms. Current graduate students in the BME Department receive an email application in the term prior to the one in which they would be teaching. The Department Chair, Associate Chair, Class Instructor, and Department Manager make GSI selections.

GSRA positions

Our faculty decides whom they will hire as Graduate Student Research Assistants (GSRAs). Applicants interested in a GSRA position should contact the faculty members with whom they are interested in working and ask about available positions.

Pay Dates for the 2019/2020 Academic Year

As a BME/PhD student, be aware that your monthly pay date will differ, dependent on whether you are being paid on a fellowship or as a GSRA/GSI

Students who are receiving departmental fellowships or training grants will receive their monthly stipend checks/direct deposit on the following dates:

  • September 23,2019
  • October 21,2019
  • November 18,2019
  • December 13,2019
  • January 21,2020
  • February 18,2020
  • March 16, 2020
  • April 13,2020
  • May 11,2020
  • June 8,2020
  • July 13,2020
  • August 10,2020

For questions related to fellowship or training grant stipend payments, please contact the BME Research Office or the Office of Financial Aid in the Student Activities Building.

Students who are employed as a GSI, GSSA or GSRAs will receive their monthly paychecks on the last working day of each month.  Note that due to the closure of the University at the end of each December, the December payment will come early.  Monthly paychecks/direct deposit will be available on the following dates:

  • September 30,2019
  • October 31, 2019
  • November 27,2019
  • December 20,2019
  • January 31, 2020
  • February 28, 2020
  • March 31,2020
  • April 30, 2020
  • May 29, 2020
  • June 30,2020
  • July 31, 2020
  • August 31, 2020

For questions related to GSI, GSSA or GSRA salary payments, please contact BME HR or the Shared Services Center.