Financial Support

All graduate students in Chemistry are supported by Teaching Assistantships, Research Assistantships or Board of Regents Graduate Fellowships.

Teaching and Research Assistantships

As of fall 2023, the annual stipend for teaching and research assistants is $33,000.  New graduate students are typically supported by a Teaching Assistantships for the first year.  In general, Research Assistantships provide support for continuing students.

Students may alternate between being supported on Teaching and Research Assistantships throughout their graduate studies.  Duties are assigned each semester based on the recommendation of the research advisor, funding available, and needs of the department.

Board of Regents - SREB Fellowship

The Board of Regents Graduate - SREB Fellowship is a special scholarship for underrepresented minorities offered by the Tulane Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Scholars office.  They offer a limited number of scholarships to schools each year.  The award is for four years of graduate study, contingent upon continued progress toward the Ph.D.

After the fellowship ends, students in good standing will continue to be supported through a Research Assistantship or Teaching Assistantship.

Tuition Waiver

All full time graduate students in the Chemistry program receive full tuition waivers as long as they maintain full-time status.  Tuition waivers may be contingent upon receipt of a stipend.

Health Insurance Subsidy and Student Fees

All students will be required to pay university fees and maintain health insurance. Students electing to obtain health insurance through Tulane will receive a subsidy of 50% of the cost of insurance (approximately $700 subsidy per semester) from the School of Science and Engineering to offset costs.

For an up-to-date list of university fees visit the Accounts Receivable webpage.

Travel Awards

Tulane Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (OGPS) awards travel grants each semester for graduate students to attend or present at a professional conference.  Students are eligible for awards of up to $500 per academic year.  For more information about travel awards, visit the OGPS website.

The Tulane Science and Engineering Dean's Office offers travel awards to graduate applicants each semester as well.  For more information and to apply, visit the travel section of the SSE Dean's website.

The Tulane Department of Chemistry offers travel awards to graduate applicants who are presenting a talk or poster at a research conference.  Students are eligible for awards of up to $500 per academic year (Sept. 1 through Aug. 31).  To apply, students should email the following information to Jessica Stephenson:

  1. Name of the conference you wish to attend, its location, time, and duration
  2. Title of your contribution at the conference (if applicable) and its type (talk or poster)
  3. Proposed budget, which should include a plan for requesting funds from different resources

Note that the Department will only consider supporting registration fees, transportation and accommodation.

External Fellowships

A number of outside organizations award fellowships and grants to outstanding graduate students.  Qualified graduate students are highly encouraged to apply for prestigious outside funding.  Two such fellowships are:

The Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies has compiled a list of other graduate fellowships and scholarships.