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


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.


Printable Chemistry PhD Program Brochure

Graduate Program Handbook (for students entering in September 2017)