Financial Aid for Biostatistics Students

The Department of Biostatistics in the College of Public Health at the University of Iowa has multiple sources of financial aid available for graduate students. Most biostatistics graduate students receive some form of financial aid.


Financial aid comes in the form of assistantships and fellowships. Our assistantships and fellowships are for the nine months of the academic year. However, students are often offered support for the summer as well. Currently, all graduate research or teaching assistants appointed at 25 percent or more receive a 100 percent tuition scholarship each semester and a contribution toward health insurance.

Research assistantships

Research assistantships provide the majority of support available to our graduate students. Most students have research assistantships in which they are required to work either in our Biostatistics Consulting Center, Center for Public Health Statistics or on specific research programs. These research programs are usually funded by the federal government, particularly the National Institutes of Health, through individual departments in the:

  • Carver College of Medicine
  • College of Dentistry
  • College of Nursing
  • College of Public Health

The students working in the Biostatistics Consulting Center are more likely to work on several small projects across a variety of biomedical disciplines.

Teaching assistantships

A limited number of teaching assistantships are available in introductory service biostatistics courses.

Competitive fellowships

A limited number of competitive fellowships are available. The sources for these fellowships are primarily through the University of Iowa Graduate College (Graduate College Internal Fellowships).


No special form is needed to apply for financial support from the Department of Biostatistics. All applications to the program are considered for financial support, unless otherwise noted by the applicant.

Applicants who wish to be considered for financial assistance should complete their application as early as possible. Applications completed by December 1 will receive priority consideration for financial assistance. The likelihood of financial assistance decreases, however, for applications received beyond this date.