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All admitted doctoral students in chemical engineering are given full financial support as teaching assistants, graduate research assistants, and/or through one of many university fellowships. We offer a competitive package including stipend, tuition, fees, and health insurance for the duration of a student’s degree program. More than half of our graduate students have fellowships through the National Science Foundation, The University of Texas at Austin, and other funding agencies, and students can receive additional funding throughout their time at UT.  

Graduate Research Assistantships and Teaching Assistantships

Graduate Research Assistantships (GRAs) are typically funded through faculty research projects sponsored by government or industry. Tuition and fees are paid by the student’s supervising faculty member. The stipend amount for continuing students is reviewed by the faculty each year. In addition, graduate students are expected to complete at least two semesters of TAing in service to the department. See more about Academic Employment.

Fellowship Opportunities

Upon acceptance, all admitted Ph.D. applicants are nominated for institutional recruitment fellowships through the Graduate School and Cockrell School of Engineering. Selected applicants receive notification of these awards in the spring.

There are also fellowships for continuing students from the Cockrell School of Engineering and the Graduate School. These fellowships range from $1,000 to $9,000 add-ons, all the way to full stipend and tuition support. In addition, our students are very successful in securing external fellowships (from e.g. the National Science Foundation)