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
  • No teaching responsibility for first-year students
  • Five-year guaranteed financial support and annual conference travel funding
  • Active departmental graduate student leadership

Our application deadline is December 15, 2023.  The applications will open September 1, 2023.

Interested in applying. Please fill out this short questionnaire. We'd be happy to answer any questions you may have about our programs. We will get back to you within three days.

Graduate Program Information (English)

Graduate Program Information (Chinese)

If you wish to submit an application to the Department of Chemistry Ph.D. program Apply Here!

Join us for a virtual Open House to learn more about our PhD program.

November 14, 2023, 7:00-9:00 pm EST Zoom in  All interested in the program are welcome!

Explore our Research Areas

Chemical Biology Inorganic Chemistry Nano & Materials Chemistry Organic Chemistry Physical Chemistry: Theoretical/Experimental


Where will your Brown degree take you? 
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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 Benjamin McDonaldJerome Robinson and Brenda Rubenstein.

Graduate Student Resources (access restricted)

Printable Chemistry PhD Program Brochure

Graduate Program Handbook (for students entering in September 2023)