Fellowships & Support


Teaching Assistantships

Given the large number of chemistry courses offered at UK, there is ample opportunity for students to serve as Teaching Assistants (TA). Most entering graduate students are supported through TA positions.  The Teaching Assistantships cover tuition and benefits.  Being a TA requires a commitment of up to 20 hours per week, which includes classroom time, office hours or learning center help, and/or grading. 


Research Assistantships 

Research assistantships are provided by individual faculty members through federal, state, and private grants. Many of these grants support individual research groups, and some support several researchers over multiple institutions. For example, in 2014, the University of Kentucky was also awarded a $20,000,000 grant from the National Science Foundation as part of the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR). The award, titled "Powering the Bioeconomy of Kentucky for a Sustainable Future," supports numerous research groups in the Chemistry Department. This is a collaborative project with research groups in other colleges at UK and with institutions throughout Kentucky. Emphasis is placed in three research areas: (1) Bio-inspired Membrane Technologies, (2) Chemical Biology for Advanced Materials, and (3) Electrochemical Energy Storage. Another grant supporting multiple research groups in the Chemistry Department is the NASA Kentucky award, which is a Space Grant Consortium and EPSCoR Program.  These agencies have been supporting Kentucky's NASA-related research for 25 years and annually offers competitive graduate fellowships.


Fellowships through the Graduate School at UK

The Graduate School at UK offers a variety of fellowships for prospective and current graduate students.  Visit their website for more information. Students applying for graduate school will automatically be considered for these fellowships if their GPA and other criteria are met.

Full Stipend Fellowships from National Funding Agencies and Corporations

Opportunities for recognition and larger stipends are available through a variety of fellowships external to UK.  


Summer & Year-Long Programs at Other Locations


Help in Preparing Fellowship Proposals

Each Fall, our department holds a workshop on fellowship writing. The focus has an emphasis on preparing a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship application, but the information presented and exercises are applicable to any of the fellowships listed above. Contact Susan Odom for more information.

The Department of Biochemistry at UK offers a Scientific Communications course (BCH 625) for graduate students in the physical, chemical, or biomedical sciences. The goal of this course is to give students the tools to effectively present their data, their ideas, and themselves to the scientific community. It includes learning to write an abstract, a scientific paper, and a grant as well as how to prepare a poster and give an oral presentation.

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