Funding Opportunities

Provided that they make satisfactory progress towards the PhD, all CMB students are guaranteed a competitive stipend and tuition remission for the duration of their graduate studies, but applying for outside funding opportunities is always encouraged. In addition to the funding opportunities listed below, we encourage you to also check for department-specific training grants or fellowships, and ask your faculty advisor for suggestions based on the type of research you are doing.

Fellowship Opportunities
Graduate School Fellowships Office General Information Page

Research Resources and Funding Opportunities
UW-Madison Research & Sponsored Programs links to fellowship and grant sources

Budget Templates for Grant Preparation
Provided by the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs

Career Opportunities at the National Academies
Compiled by the National Academies

Federal Grants
Find and apply for competitive grant opportunities from all Federal grant-making agencies on

Non-Federal Funding Sources
CALS website that provides links to non-federal funding sources

Grants Net
One-stop resource to find funds for training in the sciences and undergraduate science education; includes national and international, supported by HHMI and AAAS

List of Fellowship Sources
Compiled by the MIT Biology Postdoc Association

Minority Scholarships and Financial Aid Resources
Financial aid opportunities for minority students compiled by Learn How to Become


AAAS Fellowship
Science & Technology Policy fellowship from AAAS

NSF Fellowship Information for Graduate Students & Postdocs
NSF listing of available fellowship opportunities for Graduate Students & Postdocs; applications are submitted on-line on the Fastlane system.

NIH Fellowship Information for Predocs and Postdocs
Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award-NRSA

Ford Fellowship Information
Fellowship programs for minority graduate students


UW Vilas Travel Awards
The annual Vilas travel awards are coordinated by the UW-Madison Graduate Student Collaborative.

Teaching Assistant (TA) /Project Assistant (PA) Opportunities on UW Students Job Center Site

Departments who hire graduate students outside of their department are expected to post TA/PA & Grader/Reader jobs at the UW Student Job Center site. Otherwise notices are posted on departmental bulletin boards. This site also lists other job opportunities.