Helpful Links:

Financial Aid Checklist for Graduate Students

Financing a Graduate/Professional Education

Your BE Contact:

Ms. Kathleen Venit
BE Graduate Coordinator
240 Skirkanich Hall
P) 215-746-8604

Available for Download:

The BE PhD Student Handbook BE Master's Student Handbook
(140 KB PDF)

PhD Fellowships and Support

If you have been accepted as a PhD student in Bioengineering, you are what is known as "fully funded," which means that funding will be provided for you that includes tuition, health insurance, and a stipend.  Your funding may come from several sources: the School of Engineering and Applied Science, the department of Bioengineering, research grants of the faculty, institutional training grants, industrial sources, as well as funding from direct federal and foundation fellowships to you.

We encourage all students to apply for graduate training fellowships during their graduate studies.
Those of you who apply for and win fellowships prior to matriculating to Penn gain tremendous flexibility in choosing a lab for your research.

Any PhD student awarded an extramural individual fellowship may qualify for a one-time $3,000 bonus in addition to the standard stipend. 

Below you'll find some of the most common sources for fellowships and PhD training support.  To help you in your fellowship search, the school offers proposal writing workshops annually.

Special University of Pennsylvania Fellowships
  • Ashton Fellowship: The Ashton Fellowship covers tuition. The eligibility for an Ashton fellowship requires the applicant to be a third generation American born citizen under the age of 25 and be a resident of New Jersey or Pennsylvania.
Government and Foundation Sponsored Fellowships
Diversity Fellowships
Other Resources