Financial Support

Incoming SSPB students will be awarded a Graduate Research Fellowship for their first year of study that is comprised of a full tuition waiver and a stipend to cover living expenses.

The annual stipend for the 2020-21 academic year is $32,000, which is sufficient to live well given Houston's low cost of living. Note that Houston has the lowest median housing costs among the top 20 major U.S. metropolitan areas.

Graduate student campus housing is also available to incoming first-year students, who are given the highest priority for these facilities. The Rice Shuttle Service provides easy transportation to and from campus and nearby shopping centers.

When students join a lab, advisors become responsible for financial support. In cases where students have external support which falls below the program’s stated level, the advisor provides a supplement to reach the full stipend level.

Note that applicants do not have to apply separately for financial aid. When you apply to the SSPB program, you are applying for the Graduate Research Fellowship.

A subsidy for travel to conferences can be requested from the SSPB program when students are planning to present at a meeting. This subsidy will help defray a portion of the costs.