Department of Chemistry

Funding Support and Opportunities

All graduate students in Brown’s Department of Chemistry receive full financial support.

Full financial support includes a generous stipend, full tuition coverage, University-paid health insurance, and health service fee. The Department and Brown's Graduate School are committed to supporting all graduate students who make good progress toward their Ph.D. through their fifth year.

Types of Graduate Student Support

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. Teaching responsibilities range from facilitating undergraduate problem-solving sessions, supervising hands-on undergraduate laboratory experiments, exam grading, and holding weekly office hours. 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 independent, original research projects. An RA’s financial award includes a stipend, tuition, health insurance, and health services fee.

Department & University Fellowships

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

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.

Upon recommendation by the Department, the Graduate School may award a number of fellowships to first year students. First-year fellows receive full tuition, a stipend, health insurance and a health services fee.

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 a high percentage of tuition, stipend, health insurance, and health services fee. Brown Chemistry students are eligible and must complete an application.

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

External Fellowships

The Graduate School provides incentives to encourage students to compete for funding from institutions, foundations, and governmental agencies. The Department of Chemistry encourages all students to seek these prestigious external fellowships.

Application Assistance

Assistance is available in completing applications, please contact Rose Barreira, Graduate Program Coordinator.

List of Fellowships and Links to External Sources

View a list of fellowships and links to external sources compiled by the Chemistry Department in the Graduate Student Resources shared folder (access restricted to Brown Chemistry grad students).

University Funding for Student Research & Conference Travel

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

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 email to Rose Barreira in the Chemistry Department.


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

Chemistry Graduate Program Coordinator