Financial Support


Full tuition scholarships are awarded to all Chemistry graduate students, and they receive a living stipend ($26,500 for the 2015-2016 academic year). Graduate student funding is guaranteed for the duration of the graduate career, provided the student is meeting the standards of PhD work in the department. In addition, the Department provides entering students with a professional development and travel allowance to present their research at a scientific meeting.

Numerous merit fellowships ($3,000) also exist within the Department and the University that recognize excellence in graduate work. Students are eligible for the fellowships at various times throughout the course of their studies. Students may be eligible to receive one or more of the fellowships, depending on academic and research performance. The criteria for the fellowships differ: fellowship selection early in graduate school is based on excellence in courses and exams, while fellowship selection later is based on research accomplishment. Currently available fellowships are:

  • Department of Education GAANN Fellowships: awarded to students with excellent academic records who demonstrate financial need and are US citizens or permanent residents.
  • Sherman-Clarke Fellowships: eligible in first and second years, based on coursework and TA performance.
  • Ewart Fellowships: eligible in third year, based on coursework, teaching, initial research, and performance on qualifying examination.
  • Weissberger, DeRight, and Lattimore Fellowships: eligible in fourth and fifth years, based on research accomplishment.
  • Moses Passer Fellowship: awarded annually to a deserving doctoral student on the basis of his/her academic scholarship.
  • Hooker and Messersmith Fellowships: eligible after qualifying exam; University fellowships based on overall accomplishment.
  • Sproull, Provost and University Fellowships: University fellowships based on special promise in graduate work.
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Quick application information...

  • There is no application fee.
  • The deadline is January 15.
  • You must submit GRE scores, your undergraduate transcript, and three letters of recommendation. TOEFL scores are also required for non-native English speakers.
  • All correspondence should be sent to:

Graduate Studies Office
Department of Chemistry
RC Box 270216
Rochester, NY 14627-0216