Students admitted to the program are supported with a research/teaching stipend. The stipend level is determined on a yearly basis and is set at a competitive level with other regional graduate programs. The current minimum level of the stipend is $24,000. The lower cost of living in Knoxville makes this amount comparable to a stipend of $38,000 in Seattle or $40,000 in Washington DC.The GST program offers remission of tuition and health insurance. Retention of support is contingent on a student’s progress and adequate performance in the program. A limited number of fellowships are available on a competitive basis through the Graduate School. Eligible applicants are encouraged to explore The Program for Excellence & Equity in Research (PEER) which was created to increase the number of accomplished, competitive, and determined underrepresented minority students who pursue Ph.D.’s in the sciences, build careers in biomedical research, and contribute to our nation’s well being.