Fellowships

Scholarships and fellowships for M.S. students in the Department of Chemistry are generally available through broader initiatives of the UTRGV Graduate College and of the university as a whole. Other special opportunities may arise within the Department from time to time; please contact the Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Tülay Ateşin, to inquire.

Presidential Graduate Research Assistantship

Presidential GRAs are awarded to new, full-time graduate students nominated from the applicant pool of each department at UTRGV. In the first year of the PGRA, these students receive a $12,000 stipend and up to $6,890 in scholarship to cover tuition & fees. Pending submission of regular progress reports; completion of a research proposal; creation of a thesis committee; and maintenance of an overall GPA of at least 3.30, the PGRA will be renewed for a second year. Second-year PGRAs are eligible for graduate teaching assistantships at $1,000 per month each semester, in addition to $6,890 in scholarship to cover tuition & fees. The total fellowship amount over two years is up to $34,780. For additional information and details of eligibility, please click here (web) and here (PDF, current as of December 2018).

Dean's Graduate Research Assistantship

Dean's GRAs are awarded to new, full-time graduate students nominated from the applicant pool of each department in the College of Sciences. In the first year, the Dean supports these students with a $15,000 stipend and up $7,200 in scholarship to cover tuition & fees. Pending mentoring of an undergraduate or high-school student in research and maintenance of an overall GPA of at least 3.50, the DGRA will be renewed for a second year. Second-year DGRAs receive a stipend from their faculty mentor's research funds and/or through graduate teaching assistantships (GTAs) provided by the Department of Chemistry—DGRAs must teach for at least one semester during the award period—while the Dean's office provides $7,200 in scholarship to cover tuition & fees. The total fellowship amount over two years is $29,400, plus the value of any GTAs. For additional information and details of eligibility, please click here (PDF, current as of December 2018).

Dean's New Graduate Enrollment Incentive

The Dean's NGEI provides new, unconditionally admitted graduate students who meet the credit requirements and submit a compelling written statement up to $1,000 in the first semester of enrollment. For additional information and details of eligibility, please click here.