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Graduate financial support

The department provides support to all full-time Ph.D. graduate students in good standing through Teaching Assistantships, Research Assistantships, Fellowships, Scholarships and Fee Remissions. Various rules apply to these funding sources.


Teaching Assistantships (TA's)

  • TA's typically hold office hours and assist with grading for assigned courses. TA assignments include the fall and spring semesters, and one six week summer session.
  • There is no need to apply separately for a teaching assistantship. The department makes the decision based on the student needs, qualification, and availability. To be considered for a teaching assistantship you must submit your graduate program application by January 15.

Research Assistantships (RA's)

  • RA's are provided by the faculty members from their own research funds, typically after the student 1st year.
  • See individual faculty members to discuss RA opportunities.

Scholarships & Fellowships for Graduate Students

Students are automatically considered by the department for these awards if eligible. No separate application is required.

Research Investment Fund (RIF) Fellowship

  • Provides supports to graduate students involved in research from a block grant from the University through the Research Investment Fund.
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Eligibility: All students accepted to the graduate program are eligible. 
  • Deadline: March 15.

University Fellowship

  • University fellowships are open to new students not currently or previously enrolled at IUPUI or IU.
  • Duration: 1 year.
  • Eligibility: To be eligible for the University Fellowship, candidates must have a Graduate Record
  • Examination (GRE) scores in the 80th percentile with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or equivalent.
  • Deadline: January 15th

International Student Grant Program


  • April 1 (Fall semester)
  • November 1 (Spring semester)

The International Student Grant program provides scholarships to international undergraduate and graduate degree-seeking students who have a strong academic record and who are experiencing severe financial hardship. Award amounts vary. The student must hold F-1 or J-1 student visa status, be assessed tuition at the out-of-state rate, and have completed at least two semesters of full-time coursework at IUPUI at the time the award begins. For more information, contact the Office of International Affairs at (317) 274-7000 or intlaff@iupui.edu.

Robert Noyce Transition to Teaching Scholarship

The Robert Noyce Transition to Teaching Scholarship program (T2T) provides $12,000 stipends for career-changers or college graduates who wish to become certified math or science teachers, and agree to teach in high-need school districts for two years. The T2T program is highly selective and rigorous, with hours of embedded field placement.

Robert Noyce Scholarship recipients are awarded on the basis of academic merit, with consideration given to the established financial need and diversity of applicants in the program. To be considered, applicants must be admitted to the IUPUI's One-Calendar-Year Transition to Teaching program in the School of Education, and must hold a bachelor degree (or adequate content course work preparation) in biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences/geology, mathematics, engineering, or technology. Learn more.

GK-12 Urban Educators Program at IUPUI

The GK-12 Urban Educators Program at IUPUI is a partnership between the IUPUI School of Science, the IU School of Medicine, and the Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS). GK-12 Fellows are research graduate students (M.S. or Ph.D.), who dedicate 15 hours per week in nearby school classrooms, grades 6-12, working with a science teacher partner to bring excitement of research into the science classroom or outdoor laboratory. Learn more.

Fee Remission

The Chemistry Department pays the majority or your tuition in the form of fee remission. Current state law requires a student pay about $45 per credit hour with fee concessions. In addition, each student is responsible for student activity fees, recreation costs, parking, etc. This means that on average for 9 credit hours, the total to be paid by the student is about $960.

Fee remission is applicable only to those courses that meet the requirements of the degree program or that may be included on a Plan of Study. No remedial courses (below 500) will be supported through fee remission.

IU GradGrants Center

The GradGrants Center (GGC) is a free service that provides Indiana University graduate students with one-on-one assistance with grant proposal writing (by appointment) and a centralized area to access funding information.

IUPUI Office of Student Financial Services

Office of Student Scholarships

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