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.

Fall 2016 CHEM0360 TAs: Our Teaching Assistants for second semester Organic Chemistry.Fall 2016 CHEM0360 TAs: Our Teaching Assistants for second semester Organic Chemistry.

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.
  • Vince Wernig Fellowship: The Vince Wernig Fellowship is competitively awarded to one senior graduate student per year. The level of support includes stipend, tuition and health insurance for an entire academic year. The recipient will have shown excellence in research as evidenced by publications, conference participation or other research accomplishments.  
  • 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.

Graduate School Funds
Applications for graduate school funding must be submitted before travel. Download the application and submit it to the Graduate School at

William R. Potter Chemistry Graduate Student Conference Travel Grants 
The William R. Potter Fund provides grants to graduate students specializing in chemistry to support their travel to and participation in national chemistry conferences at which they present thesis research. All Chemistry graduate students and graduate students whose doctoral studies are directed by a Chemistry faculty member are eligible to apply.  Download the application and submit to Rose Barreira in the Chemistry Department. 

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

updated 10/12/16