Financial Support

Financial Support

Almost all graduate students in Brown’s Department of Chemistry receive full financial support, which includes a generous stipend, full tuition coverage, and University-paid health insurance. Chemistry graduate students enjoy two layers of assurance. First, the Department of Chemistry is committed to support all graduate students who make good progress toward their Ph.D. Secondly, Brown University’s Graduate School guarantees support for all of Brown’s graduate students throughout their fifth year. With this double commitment of support, our graduate students are able to fully focus on their studies without having to worry about their financial wellbeing.

Teacher Assistantships: A graduate student assists an undergraduate organic chemistry lab.Teacher Assistantships: A graduate student assists an undergraduate organic chemistry lab.

Support for graduate students typically comes from the following sources:


Teaching is an integral part of the graduate experience at Brown. Typically, doctoral students in chemistry will work as teaching assistants (TA’s) for two semesters during their graduate careers. A TA’s financial award includes a stipend, tuition, health insurance, and health services fee.


Research assistants (RA’s) work with their Ph.D. advisor on research projects. An RA’s financial award includes a stipend, tuition, health insurance, and health services fee.


There are a limited number of fellowships that provide for the same level of financial support as TA’s and RA’s. Specifically:

  • First Year Fellowships: Upon recommendation by the Department, the Graduate School may award a limited number of fellowships to first year students. First-year fellows receive full tuition, a stipend, health insurance and a health services fee.
  • Dissertation Fellowships: Each academic year the Graduate School, acting on a recommendation by the Department, may provide select students with a dissertation fellowship.   Students in their last year of graduate study are eligible for nomination. The Dissertation Fellowships cover stipend, enrollment fee and health fee for either one semester or a full academic year.
  • GAANN Fellowships: The Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need program provides fellowships to assist graduate students of superior ability who demonstrate financial need. The fellowship covers tuition, stipend and health care insurance. The Department of Chemistry is able to award three GANNN fellowships for the current academic year.

Once they have obtained the first results in their research project, graduate students are encouraged to attend national and international conferences. In most cases, student travel is supported by a combination of funds from the Graduate School and the research group.

Applications must be submitted before travel.  Applications can be downloaded and submitted to Adella Francis at the Graduate School.

For further information, please contact Rose Barreira, Chemistry Graduate  Program Coordinator.

updated 8/17/15.