Financial Support

Various forms of financial assistance are available to graduate students at FIU. Recommendations for aid as well as admission into the program are based on the initial ranking of new students by their GRE and GPA scores. In addition, graduate students are encouraged to apply for external support for their graduate work (e.g., Sigma Xi, NSF, etc.). Proposals to funding agencies must have the approval of the Department of Chemistry and, in some cases, the Division of Sponsored Research. Graduate stipends for graduate assistantships (teaching assistantships, TA's, and research assistantships, RA's) and some tuition fee waivers (partial and full) are available to eligible students. The current annual GA stipends are $23,000 for PhD and $15,000 for Master students. Graduate assistantships are renewed each term. While we expect that an assistantship will be renewed for up to two years for MS students or four years for Ph.D. students, satisfactory progress toward the degree is a condition of renewal. Students will be notified each academic year regarding renewal of an assistantship, amount of stipend/tuition waiver and responsibilities for the following term.

Guidelines for graduate assistantships (GAs)

Research assistantships are intended to

  • provide financial support for graduate students working toward their M.S. or Ph.D. degrees.
  • give graduate students the opportunity to obtain university research experience under the guidance of departmental faculty. Specific research duties are assigned by the major professor.

Teaching assistantships are intended to

  • provide financial support for graduate students working toward their M.S. or Ph.D. degrees.
  • give graduate students the opportunity to obtain university teaching experience under the guidance of departmental faculty. Specific requirements for a TA will be determined by the faculty member to whom they are assigned.
  • enable the department to meet the teaching demand of multiple-section high-enrollment laboratory courses.