Financial Support

Financial Support

All Chemistry graduate students at Rice University receive financial support throughout the twelve-month year. Entering students are normally awarded Rice University Fellowships, which carry stipends of $29,000 per annum and an additional grant to cover tuition. After completion of the first semester, students are supported through Research Assistantships or numerous other Research Associate Fellowships. Stipend levels are reviewed annually by the Department and are periodically adjusted to reflect changes in the cost of living in the Houston area.

Incoming students are encouraged to apply for the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program. Applications for these awards must be submitted by the student in October. The appropriate forms may be obtained from:

Fellowship Office 
National Research Council 
2101 Constitution Avenue 
Washington, DC 20418 
Telephone: 202-334-2872  

Rice University is one of 14 institutions at which fellowships from the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation are tenable. Application materials are due by November 1. Application materials may be obtained from:

Fannie and John Hertz Foundation
Box 5032
Livermore, CA, 94551-5032
Telephone: 510-373-1642 

Some students come to Rice University with external fellowship support that provides stipends lower than the rate paid by Rice. It has been Departmental policy to supplement those fellowship stipends so that the recipients are not penalized financially.