All students who are accepted into the graduate program in Chemistry and Biochemistry at Boulder who maintain a good academic standing, are provided with financial support in the form of fellowships, teaching assistantships, or research assistantships. For first-year students, financial support is typically in the form of a teaching assistantship during the academic year and a research assistantship during the summer. Outstanding first-year students are supported by fellowships or traineeship assistance. Students beyond their first year are typically supported by research assistantships from faculty research grants.
Some national fellowship programs are available to qualified graduate students in chemistry. These include those offered by the National Science Foundation and the Danforth Foundation. Application for these should be made early in the senior year of undergraduate school. A number of other types of financial aid are administered by the Graduate School or the Department. These include University of Colorado, Chancellor's, Conoco, Edward King, Dow, Shell, Huffman, and Argabright Fellowships. The Department also has several research fellowships, which are normally awarded to more advanced graduate students, although several biochemistry traineeships for first-year students are available. Students who submit a complete application for admission to the graduate program in chemistry and biochemistry are automatically considered for all scholarships and fellowships for which they are eligible. Because a number of these competitive fellowships depend on results of the GRE exams, applicants are urged to provide GRE scores as early as possible. Further information about these opportunities is available from the Graduate student coordinator of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.