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Financial Support

PH.D. Students

Stipends and Tuition Waivers
All students accepted into the doctoral program receive financial support in the form of teaching and research assistantships unless other arrangements are made. Graduate students receive a twelve-month stipend and quarterly tuition waivers. The student pays minimal fees of approximately $230 each term (fees are subject to change). Stipend levels are adjusted annually to be competitive with those offered by other major institutions throughout the country. Contact our Graduate Program Manager for the current stipend amount (

Health Insurance
In addition, Ph.D. students receive tuition and health insurance coverage at a minimal cost, $50 per term. The Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation negotiates health benefist for grad students at the UO. You can learn more about current coverage on their website:

Graduate Teaching Fellowships
Most first-year students are offered financial assistance through graduate teaching fellowships; research assistantships are typically available for students with advanced standing. These research appointments are funded through grants to the university by federal agencies and private (industrial) sources for support of the basic research programs in the department. Selection for these positions is based on a student’s interest in a particular research area and occurs by mutual agreement of the student and the faculty member directing the work. Research conducted under these appointments is used to satisfy advanced degree requirements.

Considering both the relatively low cost of living in the Eugene-Springfield area compared with many other U.S. cities and our moderate-to-high stipend level, graduate students in chemistry at the UO enjoy a relatively high standard of living.