Behavioral Neuroscience

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Financial Support




Most graduate students are supported through either teaching or research assistantships, which some receive scholarships or other types of aid. Because funding sources vary from year to year, financial assistance is usually not guaranteed for four years of graduate work. However, in the last twenty years, all students in good standing have received some form of financial support throughout their graduate training.
In addition to the sources of funding supplied through the MSU Behavioral Neuroscience program, several other opportunities are available. Students are encouraged to apply to outside sources of funding and have been successful in obtaining graduate fellowships from the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Health.
As part of the University's assistantship / fellowship program, tuition is waived for up to nine hours per regular semester, and four hours in the summer (although some fellowships do not automatically include summer support). Six hours is usually about what a graduate Behavioral Neuroscience student will take each semester. Although required Behavioral Neuroscience graduate classes are not taught in summer, it is usually a good time to take some "thesis" credits. There are also opportunities for graduate students to teach summer courses. In addition, the University automatically enrolls the assistant/fellow in their generous health care program.