Financial Support and Scholarships

A well defined Master of Science program of appropriate rigor is maintained, but the Department of Chemistry does not offer financial support to students whose degree goal is the master's degree. This degree is neither a prerequisite for, nor a forerunner of, the Ph.D. degree, although it may be acquired along the way if a student so desires.

 

Teaching Fellowships

All applicants for admission to graduate study in chemistry are considered for support as Teaching Assistants. Our Assistants devote one afternoon per week to laboratory supervision of a section of about fourteen students. Associated duties may require from seven to ten additional hours. During the 2013-2014 academic year, Assistants will receive a monthly stipend of $2,433 plus a full-tuition merit scholarship. Contingent upon satisfactory academic performance, both as an Assistant and as a student, this support continues through the first three quarters of study. Currently the total value of this 9-month award is $67,392.

 

Research Assistantships

Beginning with the fourth quarter of study (usually the Summer Quarter), all students in good academic standing are normally appointed as Research Assistants by their thesis sponsors. Such appointments, contingent upon the availability of funding, are expected to provide stipend support (currently not to exceed $2,383 per month) and a full-tuition merit scholarship throughout the remaining period of graduate study. If first-year Summer support (tuition of $15,165 and a stipend of $7,149) is added to the 9-month Teaching Assistantship, the total first calendar year award amounts to $89,706.

 

Health Insurance

Students who elect the Basic Plan Health Insurance offered through the University of Chicago will have their salary increased to offset both the cost of this coverage and the quarterly clinic fee charged by the University. The additional value of this benefit is approximately $337 per month.

 

Special Fellowships

A number of supplemental fellowships are offered by the Department, such as the Freud Scholar Fellowship. Also, the Division of Physical Sciences offers a limited number of McCormick Fellowships which provide a supplemental award for each of two years. All applicants are considered for these awards, and the recipients are announced with offers of admission.

 

Freud Scholar Fellowship

A very generous alumna of this Department has endowed the Freud Scholarship Fund at The University of Chicago, the purpose of which is to help us gather "the best and the brightest" to study here for the Ph.D. in Chemistry. It is anticipated that ten $10,000 awards will be made this year for entering students in addition to full tuition and stipend support. 

We are excited by the possibilities afforded by the Freud Scholarship Fund to assemble a group of dedicated outstanding young chemists who will be afforded every opportunity to experience the rigors and joys of research at the Ph.D. level.

 

McCormick Fellowships

A number of supplemental fellowships are offered by the Department. The Division of Physical Sciences also offers a limited number of McCormick Fellowships which provide a supplemental award for each of two years. All applicants are considered for these awards.

 

Department of Education GAANN Fellowships in Chemistry

The Department has received a GAANN grant from the US Department of Education for 2012-15, which will support 6 graduate fellowships per year for the 3 year project period. The GAANN program supports graduate students with excellent records who demonstrate financial need and plan to pursue the highest degree available in fields designated as areas of national need. Department of Education GAANN Fellowships in Chemistry

 

Training Program in Chemistry & Biology

The interdisciplinary Predoctoral Training Program in Chemistry & Biology at The University of Chicago provides for selected, outstanding students cross-training at the interface of chemistry and biology with a synthetic and mechanistic focus. This program, supported through a training grant of the National Institutes of Health, is the only interdivisional, predoctoral program at The University of Chicago that has cross-training in both the physical and the biological sciences as its objective. Training Program in Chemistry & Biology

 

Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP)

The Department of Chemistry participates actively in the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) administered by the Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago. MSTP is a structured six-year program leading to both the M.D. degree and the Ph.D. in chemistry. Full tuition and a stipend are awarded for the six-year period. MSTP is funded by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences and is open only to U.S. citizens.