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Financial Support

The Plant and Microbial Biology graduate program at the University of Minnesota seeks to support students from diverse backgrounds in pursuit of research and academic excellence.

Students in good academic standing are typically financially supported for up to five years:

  • All first-year students receive either a research or teaching assistantship ($27,480/year as of fall 2022).
  • All incoming students get access to a career development fund to support participation in professional conferences, workshops, or other professional development opportunities.
  • For the remaining years, students may receive:
    • Research assistantships from faculty advisors
    • Training grants
    • Fellowship stipends

Please note: While your assistantship or fellowship will cover your tuition and payment towards health insurance premiums, you will be responsible for paying student fees and any required course or laboratory fees. Course and laboratory fees are very uncommon. Check student fee details.


PMB fellowships and awards

Bernard and Jean Phinney Graduate Fellowship in Plant Molecular Biology
The Phinney Fellowship is awarded periodically, as funds are available. The fellowship includes a stipend at the graduate assistantship level for the semester, plus tuition and health insurance coverage.

Plant and Microbial Biology Travel Awards
PMB travel funding is available to current PMB students who do not have a dedicated career development fund. These funds are to help support travel to professional meetings (to present a talk or poster) or workshops/trainings to develop new skills or learn new techniques.

CBS (College of Biological Sciences) funding opportunities

University-wide funding opportunities

External funding sources