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General Program Information

Stipends/ health fees/ tuition

All matriculated NGP graduate students in good standing receive a stipend to cover living expenses that is paid semi-monthly (on the 15th and last day of each month).  Stipends are not guaranteed following the 6th year in the program. Paper checks are sent to the NGP Coordinator and must be picked up in person.  If you opt to have your check direct-deposited to your bank, you will not receive a pay stub or deposit notice.  Payroll information is found online through the Human Resources Management System. Federal and New York State taxes are withheld from student paychecks.  Individual health fee coverage is the basic coverage through the University Health Service. Additional coverage for family members or a spouse is available, but is not provided by the program.  Full tuition costs are covered for 32 credit hours per academic year.

Policy regarding extra compensation

In the offer of admission to the Ph.D. programs in the School of Medicine and Dentistry, the prospective students are informed that they are to be admitted as full time students and that employment outside the graduate program is not permitted. A stipend is specified with the expectation that this will provide sufficient support for student living costs.  In the rare instance in which a student wishes to participate in additional work and policy permits, the student must obtain explicit permission from their advisor, NGP Director, Department chair or Center Director, and the Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Education.

Grants & fellowships

Students are encouraged to submit applications for grants and fellowships to support their research. You can register in the GENIUS/SMARTS/SPIN databases and receive funding opportunities on a daily basis. If you are interested in learning more about grants and fellowships, you may call the Office of Research and Project Administration (ORPA) for an appointment, x54031 (Hylan Building, Rm. 515 on River Campus) or you can visit them on-line.

Vacation policy

Each student is allowed 10 business days of vacation per year as mandated by NIH, plus University holidays.  University holidays include Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, the 4th of July, Labor Day, and 2 days at Thanksgiving.  While the scheduling of vacations is left to the discretion of the student, prior approval from the advisor must be obtained so as not to conflict with coursework, laboratory experiments and other duties.  Before scheduling an extended absence from the University (i.e., more than 10 business days), students must obtain permission from their thesis advisor and the NGP Director. 

*It is extremely important that ALL international students inform the NGP Coordinator of their international travel (including Canada) at least 10 days in advance, as there are specific documents from the University that are needed in order to ensure successful re-entry into the United States.  Travel within the U.S. does not require documentation (but see below).

Travel within Rochester, and beyond

The International Services Office (ISO) recommends that international students always carry a university ID, current I-20 or DS-2019, and passport when traveling in the U.S., even within the Rochester area. These documents, including the I-94 card stapled to your passport when you enter the country, document your valid F-1 or J-1 student status. Since Rochester is so close to the U.S. border with Canada, a team of Border Patrol agents routinely check the immigration status of individuals in the community, especially near the airport, train and bus stations. If you are stopped and questioned about your status, the ISO may be contacted to help. When you arrive, you will receive a card with ISO Contact Information to carry with you. For more information, go to the ISO Website.

International students should refer to the University’s Travel Information and Documentation website before traveling within the U.S. or abroad.