Funding Information

Renewal

Traineeships are initially made for one year. Contingent on normal progress, based in part on the student and mentor annual reports (see below), renewal will be made for a second year by the training program director. 

Stipend

Trainees receive an annual stipend from the training grant of (currently) $24,327, issued monthly ($2,027/mo).  Stipends should be supplemented by the trainee’s mentor and/or department to bring the level of support to at least that equal to a 49% Graduate Student Researcher (GSR) level; the trainee should see their graduate program's SAO for the exact amount of this supplement.

Fees

The C&MB training grant attempts to cover full registration and medical insurance fees. However, the NIH does not fully support these fees.  Up until now, we have been able to cover the tuition/fees for approximately two and a half of the three academic quarters.  If we are unable to secure alternate funding for the difference in fees, faculty mentors will be responsible for covering any shortfall.

Taxes

Stipends are considered fellowships, and are not taxed as received.  However, the stipend/fellowship must be reported on the trainee’s yearly tax forms.  Trainees may want to adjust their W2 payroll deductions to compensate.  Go to https://grad.ucla.edu/funding/financial-aid/tax-information-forms-for-ucla-fellowship-recipients/, or go directly to the Fellowship Tax Information page for more details, which has a link to the 1098-T form that is reported to the IRS by UCLA.  For additional information, trainees can contact their departmental payroll office for advice.

Travel Awards

Limited travel funds are available on a first-come, first-served basis for a talk or presentation of a paper or poster at scientific meetings.  Limited funds are also available for intensive training courses and workshops.  Trainees must inform the C&MB Program Office and request a travel application as early as possible prior to the conference, course, or workshop to determine funding availability.