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Student Life and Funding

Funding for PhD students Heading link

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The majority of PhD students in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences (PSCI) are admitted with funding. A typical student would receive support as a Teaching Assistant (TA) in years 1 and 2, and as a Research Assistant (RA) thereafter. Such assistantships come with a stipend (current rate $2930.20/month), full tuition waiver and partial fee waiver (out-of-pocket cost ~ $1300/semester).

Although there is no guarantee of continued funding (teaching or research assistantship stipend and/or tuition waiver), it is the intent of the program to fund PhD students with assistantships for the full duration of their enrollment period.

For more information about graduate funding and costs at UIC, see the links below.

Living in Chicago Heading link

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Marked by its stunning architecture and location on Lake Michigan, Chicago is one of the world’s great cities, and UIC is centrally located to everything that Chicago has to offer. The cost of living in Chicago is about 2/3 of that of San Francisco or New York, and our generous stipend helps you enjoy a comfortable life in one of the country’s most diverse cities.

As a student at UIC, you can enjoy some of the world’s best museums and cultural institutions:

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Heading link

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UIC is among the nation’s most diverse campuses and is designated as a Minority-Serving Institution (MSI), a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), and an Asian-American and Native American/Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI).

Our program strongly encourages applications from individuals who have demonstrated a background or record of scholarship that will best support UIC’s diverse student body.

Resources for Current Students Heading link

Current graduate students in the College of Pharmacy have their own website with information and resources at A few pages are highlighted below: