Financial Support & Fellowships
Full financial support is offered to all full-time Ph.D. students, including tuition and stipend. The support is typically in the form of teaching assistantships for the first year (one semester is a degree requirement) and later as either a teaching assistant or as a research assistant. Every effort is made to provide continuous financial support for students who are in good standing in the program.
The basic monthly stipend for 2019–2020 is $2550/month. This departmental support is guaranteed for 9 months during the academic year. Support for the summer is normally provided from research funds by the student's research advisor, so the basic annual stipend is $30,600. Additional financial support includes tuition ($45,000) and fees ($872).
A small number of outstanding incoming students will receive additional fellowships beyond the basic stipend based on merit. We are grateful for the endowed funds that establish three supplemental named fellowships:
- Dr. Joseph A. Solomon Memorial Fellowship in Chemistry
- Dr. Konrad M. Weis Fellowship in Chemistry
- Dr. Julius A. Vida, S'60, S'61, Fellowship in Chemistry
Note that Dr. Vida has a preference for students from his home country of Hungary. If there are no Hungarian students who are eligible, a top student will be selected from among other excellent applicants.
Competitive applicants are also encouraged to pursue other fellowships. Both NSF and NIH provide support for 5 years.
- Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) STAR Fellowships
- National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship
- National Institutes of Health (NIH) Graduate Fellowships
- The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Fellowships
- National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Fellowships
Note for M.S. Students
Students whose goal is a terminal Masters degree do not receive financial support from the department. Occasionally, students may receive support from their industrial employers. Full-time Ph.D. studies are required to receive a stipend from the Department of Chemistry. More details about financial support and policies can be found in the Guide to Graduate Studies.
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