1. Stipend and Tuition –
Tuition is only charged for courses taken at Mount Sinai. Students who are granted transfer credit for courses taken at other institutions, may apply for tuition credit on a per credit basis. Non-matriculated students may also enroll in courses that are part of a Master’s program at the tuition rate charged by that program.
A. Ph.D. and M.D./Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences –
All MD/PhD and PhD students are offered a stipend, the full cost of tuition and a comprehensive health insurance package. Continuation of this support is contingent upon maintaining satisfactory progress (see section on Satisfactory Progress) in the Program at all times. The Program reserves the right to discontinue support in the absence of such progress. The stipend for annual year 2011-12 is $32,500 and is adjusted periodically as the school endeavors to enable its students to keep pace with expenses and rising costs.
During their early training, students are supported by the Graduate School from some source of generalized funds, including training grants and institutional fellowships. This allows them to complete the General Program Requirements and to choose a dissertation advisor and a Multidisciplinary Training Area without concern for source of support. After this time, it is expected that the dissertation advisor will be responsible for the stipend, tuition support, and health insurance for the student if he/she is not supported by a Training Grant or individual fellowship. Students are encouraged to apply for individual fellowships from extramural sources. Students who are awarded a fellowship receive from the Graduate School for the duration of the award an additional $2,000 annual bonus. For PhD students, stipend support will end on the day the student deposits his/her dissertation. For MD/PhD students, stipend support will end on the day the student receives his/her final degree, but health insurance coverage will continue until June 30 of the year they receive their final degree.
B. Ph.D. in Clinical Research and all Master’s Degree students:
All Master’s Degree programs and the Ph.D. in Clinical Research program charge for tuition, which is billed on a per-credit-hour basis at the current published rate.
2. Travel Award –
Students are encouraged to apply for a competitive Travel Award from the Mount Sinai Alumni Travel Fund. Students who plan to attend a meeting and present a poster and/or talk are eligible to apply. Students who are interested in taking a particularly meritorious course that will enhance their research program are also eligible to apply for a Graduate Student Travel Award. The Graduate Student Travel Awards Committee will review and make recommendations based on the merit of the application. Awards will range from $200 to $600. Each student will be eligible for one award per calendar year. The award is only applicable for travel taking place while the student maintains student status and is in good academic standing in the School. There are four deadlines for submission of applications each year. NB: The Graduate School reserves the right to change this schedule. All students and faculty will be notified of such changes, via e-mail, prior to the effective dates of such changes.
|Travel Period||Application Submission||Award Notification|
|September 1 to October 31||July 15||August 1|
|November 1 to February 28||September 15||October 1|
|March 1 to May 31||January 15||February 1|
|June 1 to August 31||April 15||May 1|
In addition to these deadlines and travel periods, one large award (up to $2,500) may be made each year. This award will be granted on a competitive basis to a student who proposes a trip outside the USA for the purpose of presenting a paper at a high impact meeting or for attendance at a unique course that would greatly impact his/her program of study. Application for this award must be made by September 15 for travel during the school year.
Applications that do not follow this schedule will only be considered under extenuating circumstances. It is the student’s responsibility to submit relevant information to be considered by the Committee. Incomplete applications will not be considered for funding and will be returned to the student following the notification date.
Students will be notified of the Committee’s decision via e-mail by the Graduate School administration. Once an application has been approved, students must complete an online Mount Sinai Travel Request form at least two weeks prior to the departure date. The form must have the dissertation advisor’s funding source for the portion of travel that is not funded by the Travel Award. Students will be responsible for making their own travel arrangements, paying for their expenses, and then submitting their request for reimbursement upon their return. All original receipts and a Travel Voucher Form must be completed and signed by the dissertation advisor and student before being submitted for reimbursement. The signed travel voucher must be submitted to the Graduate School’s Financial Administrator no later than two weeks after the return date from the trip. At that time the student must also submit a paragraph or two about his/her participation, impressions and accomplishments of the meeting/course. The description should indicate how attendance to this meeting/course contributed to the enhancement of the student’s program of study.
Failure to submit all required paperwork in accordance with these established deadlines would void the award. Advance funds are not available prior to travel.
3 Guidelines Concerning “Supplemental Work-in-Another-Department” –
It is Graduate School policy that all students be supported at the same stipend level for the activities involved in their training program and that their program activities represent a full-time commitment. There are a variety of cogent reasons – fairness being one of them – for this policy. Nonetheless, there are students whose personal circumstances require them to seek additional funds. Students should contact the Financial Aid Office for additional information. If necessary, the Graduate School Office will try to help find jobs that conflict as little as possible with the student’s program and complement the student’s educational advancement. If a dissertation advisor strongly wishes to help a student with a unique need to secure additional funds, it is required that the student be assigned specific, documentable activities that are distinct from those involved in the training program for which the extra funds will be earned (“supplemental work in other department”). Such arrangements must, furthermore, be approved in advance by the Dean of the Graduate School. Failure to do so will jeopardize the student’s total funding package.
4. Teaching Assistantship –
Many courses in the medical school and graduate school offer teaching assistantships to qualified students. Teaching assistantship activities may include videotaping of lectures, discussion-group leadership, holding review sessions, tutoring of students in course work, laboratory preparation, supervision, and cleanup and assisting in the preparation and grading of problem sets and/or examinations. The course director and student would work out the specifics of the assistantship together, and will vary from course to course.
Students may get paid for being a teaching assistant or may receive credit on their transcript, but not both. A maximum of one credit per semester for assisting in teaching activities is available. These credits will not count toward the total number of credit hours required for the MS or PhD degree. Approximately 30 clock hours of work during a semester is expected of a student earning one hour of credit. A TA Appointment Form must be completed with the instructor’s signature before the student can register for the credit.
5. Tuition Waiver –
Tuition is charged for all students regardless of employee status at Mount Sinai. The only exception to this policy is a Dean’s waiver. The Dean of the Graduate School may waive tuition for Mount Sinai employees (e.g., research technicians) wishing to enroll in basic science PhD level course(s) who have an interest in pursuing a PhD in Biomedical Sciences at Mount Sinai. In such cases, all approvals must be attained and the waiver filed in the Dean’s Office one week prior to the first day of class.
Process to request a tuition waiver: the employee must have written permission from both their Supervisor, approving the activity, and from the Course Director(s), approving the student’s enrollment in the course(s). The student will file a written petition to the Dean of the Graduate School outlining their reason for enrolling in the course(s) and how the course(s) fits into their long-term graduate study. The petition must be accompanied by 1) written permissions from the Supervisor and 2) a Course Permission Form with all the required signatures. The deadline to apply for a waiver is one calendar week prior to the beginning of the course(s). The student will be notified prior to the first day of class as to the approval or denial of their petition.
The number of course credits that a non-matriculated student can take from offerings of the PhD degree program in Biomedical Sciences will be limited to a total of 9 credits and no more than 9 credits of tuition will be waived.
Employees may also take advantage of the Tuition Assistance Program (http://www.mountsinai.org/about-us/careers/benefits) as part of their benefits program. Tuition reimbursement forms may be picked up at 19 East 98th Street, second floor room 2D (Training and Education)
6. Upperclassmen Student Support by Graduate School Funds –
Faculty who experience difficulty in funding students already committed to thesis work in their laboratories ought to take the following steps to secure funding support for the students in question: a) Discuss the issue with their Department Chair to determine whether departmental funds can be applied toward support of the student in question; b) If departmental funds are not available, the faculty member and the Chair should notify the Dean of the Graduate School and if deemed appropriate by the Chair, apply for Bridging Funds through the Office of the Dean of ISMMS ; c) Should both of these avenues fail, the faculty member should meet with the Dean of the Graduate School to discuss the details of the situation and establish a plan for the student and resumption of funding support by the faculty member. If the student’s support is provided by Graduate School funds, the faculty member and the Dean of the Graduate School will meet every three months to review the funding status and plan accordingly.