The MSTP fully funds all students for all years of the program, so long as the student continues to make satisfactory progress. The program pays the cost of four years of tuition and fees; it also provides health insurance and a stipend which has steadily increased with the cost of living. The current stipend level 2012-2013 is $25,500. The sources of funding include NIH training grants, College of Medicine funds, graduate student assistantships, and private donations to our endowment. This level of support coupled with the relatively low cost of living in Cincinnati allows our program to provide highly competitive compensation compared to other fully funded MD/PhD programs.
The Medical Scientist Training Program offers all incoming students the same funding package. Stipends are often adjusted yearly with the cost of living. These stipend increases are applied to all current MSTP students in their physician training years. Stipends during the graduate study years are handled through the student's PhD program. Students who apply for and receive outside awards (such as individual NIH or AHA grants, etc.) may receive a higher stipend. Our MSTP students have an excellent track record of success in obtaining external fellowships.