The overall record of external funding for research in the Department of Behavioral Neuroscience is excellent. The combined annual total of grant funds awarded to our faculty last year was approximately $10.9 million. The department also maintains ongoing research training programs funded by the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), and the National Institute on Aging (NIA). Students admitted to our program can expect to be supported as graduate research assistants by one of these three federally funded research training grants, by departmental funds, or by individual faculty research grants.
An $8.9 million dollar Alcohol Research Center grant award to the department by NIAAA provides additional financial support. The current annual stipend is $25,500 for a first-year graduate student and increases to $27,000 once the student advances to candidacy. All tuition and most fees are waived, and students are covered by the university's student health service.