Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Financial Support

There are several avenues for financial support available to students pursuing a degree in bioinformatics and computational biology at Saint Louis University. 

All graduate scholarships, fellowships and assistantships

Graduate Assistantships

These merit-based fellowships are the most significant form of financial support available through the program, with recipients receiving full tuition and a $22,000 annual stipend.

Assistantships may provide up to two years of support for students applying directly to our master’s program in bioinformatics and computational biology or up to one year of support for fifth-year students completing the accelerated bachelor's to master's curriculum.

All applicants to the master's program whose materials are received by Feb. 1 are automatically considered for graduate assistantships.

BITWISE Scholarships

The Bioinformatics Training with Industry Support and Engagement (BITWISE) project is funded through the generous support of the National Science Foundation's S-STEM Scholarship program. This five-year, $650,000 program will begin with the incoming class of students in fall 2017. Additional cohorts will be supported among those entering the program in fall 2018, 2019 and 2020.

Academically talented students with demonstrated financial need may receive up to $10,000 per year for each of the two years while pursuing our standalone master’s program or the accelerated bachelor's to master's curriculum.

As per NSF regulations, scholarship recipients must be United States citizens, permanent residents, nationals or refugees. The size of a student's scholarship cannot exceed the level of unmet financial need. To be considered for this scholarship, qualified students must apply to the bioinformatics and computational biology program by Feb. 1 and document financial need by providing SLU access to a current-year FAFSA report.

Once awarded, the BITWISE scholarship is guaranteed for up to four consecutive semesters, so long as the student maintains a GPA of at least 3.0 and demonstrates continued progress toward the degree requirements. Requests for leaves of absence or deferments of the scholarship will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, and is generally reserved for truly extenuating circumstances.

External Scholarships

You can apply for scholarship opportunities for graduate education from external sources, as well. Recently, one of our students was awarded a $25,000 Monsanto Graduate Student Scholarship, dedicated to students who are enrolled or admitted in a Master of Science degree program in a STEM field.