Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD)

The Graduate Program offers the prestigious National Institute of Health Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) Graduate Study Awards to outstanding underrepresented students who are admitted to one of the participating Ph.D. biomedical programs at the University of Arizona.


Applicants must be:

Program Attributes

The intent of the NIH/IMSD Scholars program is to provide five (5) years of funding, in-state and out-of-state tuition waivers and individual health insurance, as long as satisfactory progress is made toward the Ph.D. degree and the availability of funding. There is no IMSD application. Participating programs nominate students for this award.

Year One, NIH/IMSD Scholars will receive:

  • Scholars receive a $27,000 stipend
  • In-state and out-of-state tuition waivers
  • Health Insurance
  • Experience 3-4 laboratory rotations prior to choosing a research mentor
  • Participate in a colloquium course designed to teach graduate school survival skills
  • Travel funds are available to attend a national scientific conference

The NIH/IMSD Scholars' subsequent years will be funded by their department in the form of research and/or teaching assistantships or a training fellowship at comparable levels depending on the program.

Last updated 26 Aug 2019