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Financial Assistance and Fellowships

Teaching Assistantships

Although serving as a teaching assistant is not a graduate degree requirement, most graduate students in our department will serve as teaching assistants in lab and recitation sections in their first two years in the program. Incoming graduate students are given special TA training upon entering the program to enable them to be effective teachers. International students must pass a series of written and spoken English language tests before they are eligible to teach.

Most incoming graduate students will in their first semester instruct two laboratory sections of general chemistry (three hours each) and a one hour recitation for each laboratory section. Graduate students specializing in organic or biochemistry will often teach an organic laboratory section which meets twice a week for a total of six hours.

Research Assistantships

Our department offers Research Assistantships (RAs) through the major research advisor(s) of the student. The RA stipends are roughly the same as those offered from Teaching Assistantships.

Please contact your major advisor for more information on RAs.

Kenneth M. Nicholas Graduate Fellowship

The Kenneth M. Nicholas Graduate Fellowship is a $3,000 fellowship stipend awarded to an incoming first-year graduate student.  This award can be used to provide a stipend for the student’s research in a laboratory during the summer preceding the start of the Ph. D. program.   
The eligibility requirements of the fellowship recipient are:

  • Must be an incoming first year graduate student in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Must hold at B.A. or B.S. in chemistry or biochemistry, with a preference for a GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • Must show evidence of interest in synthesis and/or catalysis

The fellowship recipient will be selected by the Chemistry/Biochemistry Graduate Admissions Committee from among the applicants to the graduate program and be approved by the Department Chair based on student expressed interest in synthesis/catalysis. 

All recipients must give an oral and/or poster presentation after completion of this fellowship either at OU or a regional/national scientific meeting.

To Apply, please apply on the OU Scholarship website.


Center for Antibiotic Discovery and Resistance (CADR) Fellowship

The Center for Antibiotic Discovery and Resistance is engaged in the discovery and development of therapeutic treatments against multidrug resistant bacteria. The Center offers fellowships to graduate students engaged in research in priority areas. More information about the fellowship is available at the CADR Training page.