Biosciences Hardship Program

About the Program

Affordability is a significant challenge across the entire Stanford community of students, postdocs, faculty and staff. In an effort to help address this challenge for Biosciences Ph.D. students, we have launched the Biosciences Hardship Program.  Funds from this program are intended to address the needs of students who are experiencing a financial hardship related to the cost of living in the San Francisco Bay Area or other factors. Applications are due by October 22, 2021.

The fund offers a one-time grant of up to $5,000 (subject to fund availability) per household to doctoral scholars who meet the eligibility criteria.  To maximize the impact of our limited funds, we anticipate making grants on the order of $500 – $5000 each.  Students who apply to the Biosciences Hardship Program are also expected to also take advantage of other University resources.

Each case is considered on its own merit, and the applicant’s income, assets and expenses will be  evaluated to determine the grant amount. Examples of hardships may include (but are not limited to) mental health co-pays, dependent care, medical emergencies, ongoing healthcare and rent.  These funds are grants and do not need to be repaid.  The grant is considered taxable income and recipients will need to comply with IRS guidelines.  Please be aware that funds disbursed will automatically be applied to any outstanding university bill.


To be eligible for the Biosciences Hardship Fund, the applicant must a pursuing a Ph.D. degree in the following programs: Biochemistry, Bioengineering, Biology, Biomedical Informatics, Biophysics, Cancer Biology, Chemical and Systems Biology, Developmental Biology, Epidemiology and Clinical Research, Genetics, Health and Research Policy, Immunology, Microbiology and Immunology, Molecular and Cellular Physiology, Neurosciences, Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine, or Structural Biology.

Applicants must be in their first, second, third, fourth, fifth or sixth year of Ph.D. study.  MSTP students who are in their Ph.D. years may also apply.

How to Apply

This fund will be administered by the Office of Graduate Education subject to fund availability. We hope to review submissions and respond within 4 weeks of the deadline.

Deadline: October 22, 2021

Click here to access the grant application.

If you have questions after reviewing the program details and eligibility requirements, contact the Office of Graduate Education at