Last updated February 20, 2020
As part of my series on How to Fully Fund Your PhD, I provide a list of universities that offer full funding for a PhD in Chemistry. A graduate degree in Chemistry can open doors for you to work in government or industrial laboratories and enter a career in academia and research.
“Full funding” is a financial aid package for full-time students that includes full tuition remission and an annual stipend or salary for the three to six-year duration of the student’s doctoral studies. Funding is typically offered in exchange for graduate teaching and research work that is complementary to your studies. Not all universities provide full funding to their doctoral students, which is why I recommend researching the financial aid offerings of all the potential PhD programs in your academic field, including small and lesser-known schools both in the U.S. and abroad.
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Fully Funded PhD programs in Chemistry:
Emory University, Department of Chemistry (Atlanta, Ga): All admitted students receive a $31,000 base stipend, 100% Tuition Subsidy and Insurance Waiver. Students may also apply for internal funds for conferences, training, and research during their time at Emory and are automatically considered for merit awards. Additionally, enrolled students can apply to over $15,000 of supplemental graduate achievement awards each year.
Notre Dame University, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry (Notre Dame, IN): Chemistry students have been very successful in securing many of the University Fellowships that are available during the application process. Successful applicants receive full-tuition scholarships that include all fees and a stipend of $25,614 – $32,544.
Pennsylvania State University, Department of Chemistry (State College, PA): The most common form of graduate support, teaching and research assistantships, include a stipend, tuition remission, and a subsidy for medical insurance. Fellowships without teaching assistantships are also available.
Princeton University, Department of Chemistry (Princeton, NJ): All students receive full financial support for the length of their course of study funded through fellowship, teaching and advisor support. This support is not a loan and does not require repayment. Students are provided tuition, health insurance and a stipend for housing and living expenses.
Purdue University, Department of Chemistry (West Lafayette, IN): Incoming PhD students receive financial support for a period up to 5 years from the date of admission. In exchange for this support, students participate as teaching assistants (TAs) in both undergraduate and graduate level. Fellowships and faculty awards are also available.
Rutgers University, Department of Chemistry (New Brunswick, NJ): Financial support is guaranteed for all PhD candidates in good academic standing, and may come from a variety of sources including research assistantships, teaching assistantships and a variety of fellowships
Stanford University, Department of Chemistry (Stanford, CA): The Chemistry Department is committed to providing salary/stipend and tuition for Chemistry PhD students who are in good academic standing, working for chemistry professors. Chemistry students receive support from three different sources: Teaching Assistantships (TA), Research Assistantships (RA), and fellowships.
University of Alabama at Birmingham, Department of Chemistry (Birmingham, AL): Chemistry students in the PhD program are supported by a graduate teaching assistantship including a competitive monthly stipend in addition to a tuition scholarship covering full tuition and fees.
University of California Los Angeles, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry (Los Angeles, CA): The Department funds tuition, student fees, health insurance, and an annual stipend for living expenses for students enrolled in the program. As a part of the doctoral program, graduate students are required to serve as a Teaching Assistant for a minimum of three academic quarters.
Need some tips for the application process? See my article How To Get Into a Fully Funded PhD Program: Contacting Potential PhD Advisors.
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