PhD Program

Financial Aid and Fellowships

As a Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering (PME) PhD student, you will receiveĀ a standard PME fellowship that provides full financial support for the duration of your studies, as long as you remain in good academic standing. This support includes:

  • full tuition
  • a stipend to cover living expenses, student life fees, and health insurance

Every year, the University performs an annual benchmark to ensure that our internal fellowship offer stays competitive with those offered by peer institutions, and makes adjustments as necessary. If you receive the standard University fellowship, you will get the adjustment regardless of the year you entered the program.

External fellowships

We encourage our students to apply for external funding through programs such as the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF-GRFP) and the Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE-NNSA).

If you receive a major external award, you also become eligible for the PME external award fellowship. This award carries a value of $4,000 and is disbursed annually for the duration of the external award period. If an external fellowship falls below what you would earn from the standard PME fellowship, you will receive a quarterly supplement, funded by your research group, for the duration of the external award to make up the difference.

You can receive fellowship advising through UChicagoGRAD.