So I just completed the graduation requirements for a degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and will be receiving my Bachelor of Science in August. I started looking for jobs about a month ago. I sent about 150 applications, but only got 3 declines and 1 interview; didn't get the job. I heard that a lot of science graduate programs offer some pretty beefy stipends to PhD students (anywhere between $20,000 - $30,000 a year) which is on par with any of the lab tech, research associate and food/drug quality control analyst positions I've been applying for. If I don't find a job soon, I'm seriously considering cramming for the GRE's, taking them in October or November and then applying for some life-sciences PhD programs that offer stipends for the Fall 2013 semester. The thing is, how many applications on average does it usually take to get accepted into a science PhD program? I'm just really hesitant because of the $50-$80 application fees for each school.