Graduate Program

Brown is committed to student-centered learning. In our graduate program, Ph.D. candidates choose research groups and elective courses based on their individual goals and interests, graduating ready for successful careers in today's changing world. Innovative research in our department laboratories seeks to answer critical questions in molecular behavior and reaction dynamics, the interface of chemistry and human health, and renewable energy and sustainability.


Why Chemistry at Brown?
  • Competitive stipend and university-paid health insurance benefits
  • Student:faculty ratio of 5 to 1
  • Average time to PhD completion: five years
  • Brown’s Open Graduate Education Program
  • Reduced teaching responsibility for first-year students
  • Five-year guaranteed financial support and annual conference travel funding
  • Active departmental graduate student leadership


Explore our Research Areas


Learn More & Apply
  • Apply Now
    Submit your application to our PhD program starting September 1, 2018. The deadline is December 15. The Admissions Committee reviews all applications and makes recommendations for admission to the program.
  • Where will your Brown degree take you? 
    See data about career paths of our graduate program alumni.
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  • Contact Us
    We want to hear from you. For assistance with the application process and all other program questions, please contact Rose Barreira.​ For questions about graduate study in Chemistry at Brown, please contact our graduate recruiting committee: ​Professors Jerome Robinson and Brenda Rubenstein.

Printable Chemistry PhD Program Brochure

Graduate Program Handbook (for students entering in September 2017)