I recently met with my advisor last week who informed me that our department at a MD/PhD school without NIH funding, went from having funding for 6-8 PhD spots to only being able to offer funding for 2. He also said that in recent years approval for grants was around 18% and now it's only 8% . Up until I spoke to him I was perfectly satisfied to have to borrow a little (~20K/year) to supplement my future MD/PhD education knowing that the NIH wasn't going to cover all of the bill through their program for MD/PhD students and that I would probably receive some but not a ton of support from my advisor. Now, I may have to rethink not applying to MSTP and thank goodness I took time out to build up my credentials to apply. It's one thing to borrow for medical school, but to have to borrow a LOT to pay for an MD/PhD program for the opportunity to graduate 4 years later AND make 100-150K LESS than your classmates is another story. My advisor says we have the over 100 billion going towards the war to thank for the changes but I was wondering if anyone else interested in MD/PhD programs not fully funded by the NIH have given this some thought too. I was also wondering if since EVERY other program at NIH was being cut, whether or not any MSTP funding would be cut too.