Financing for the CSTP is provided by the Office of the Dean, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. On a case-by-case basis, students may be co-funded by an institutional training grant to the University of Pittsburgh (e.g., T32 or R25 grant).
The fellowship provides students with a 12-month stipend, set at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) predoctoral level.
The fellowship is paid as a monthly stipend and is subject to federal but not state tax. Although no taxes are withheld, fellows are expected to file quarterly estimated taxes.
The interpretation and implementation of tax laws is the domain of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the courts. For further information, contact the IRS or a tax professional.
Tuition, Health Insurance, and Research-Related Travel
The fellowship covers the cost of tuition for up to 15 credits (e.g., for a certificate in clinical research). It also covers health insurance and support for research-related travel.
Students are required to complete specific course requirements. They must complete the ICRE core curriculum (10 credits) and are strongly encouraged to take one of the following 1-credit courses related to dissemination of information: Medical Writing and Presentation Skills (MEDEDU 2140), Speaking of Science (CLRES course number to be announced), or Translating Science (CLRES course number to be announced). In addition to these 11 credits, the program will cover the cost of an additional 4 credits toward a graduate certificate in clinical research for students interested in completing the certificate program. A University of Pittsburgh medical student may additionally petition the CSTP to complete all requirements toward a 30-credit MS in clinical research in the dual MD/MS program; however, the cost of any credits above the 15 covered by the tuition scholarship will be the student's responsibility. For more information, contact Amber Barnato, MD, MPH, MS.
Scholarship Toward the Fourth Year of Medical School
Students who successfully complete their research year are eligible for a $25,000 scholarship to cover part of the cost of their fourth year of medical school.