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Assistantships & Fellowships

Graduate Assistantships and Awards

Full-time Ph.D. graduate students receive financial assistance in the form of Teaching Assistantships, Research Assistantships, or Fellowships. Scholarships may also be awarded to supplement an assistantship. These are available to qualified students on a competitive basis.

Currently, the total net stipend of $25,000 is available to entering students. U.S. citizens with outstanding qualifications are eligible for various fellowships and scholarships, which can raise the net stipend from $26,000 to $32,000. Qualified PhD applicants are automatically considered for fellowships and scholarships (no separate application is necessary).

A Teaching Assistant (TA) usually functions as an instructor in an undergraduate laboratory, and spends approximately 20 hours per week in the performance of these and other teaching duties. 

Research Assistantships (RAs) are available through grants obtained by individual faculty members. RAs perform only research with no teaching duties.  

Fellowships & Scholarships (LSU) 

Awards Application Deadline

Dissertation Year Fellowship


Distinguished Dissertation Award 

Fall semesters

Coates Awards

(See below for applications for  Coates Conference/Research Travel Awards)

May 1

TBD (December/January)

July 1 - November


Fellowships & Scholarships (National)


AAAS Fellowships

  • AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships (STPF)

  • AAAS Entry Point! Project on Science, Technology and Disability (For students with disabilities) 

  • AAAS Mass Media Fellowships

American Association of University Women Fellowships

  • Domestic Applicants

  • International Applicants

American Meteorological Society Graduate Fellowship

American Petroleum Institute S.T.E.M. Graduate Fellowship (APAICS Congressional Fellowship Program)

Department of Energy - Office of Science Graduate Student Research Program (SCGRP)

DOE Scholars

National Science Foundation – Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF GRF) Program

Gates Millennium Scholars Program

GEM Fellowship Program (Minority Students) 

Hertz Foundation Fellowship

Iota Sigma Pi Awards (Female Students)

NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship (NSTRF17)

National Academies - NETL Methane Hydrate Program

Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Engineering (ORISE-ORAU) Graduate Student Research

Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society

Reaxys PhD Prize

USDA Food and Agricultural Sciences National Needs Graduate and Postgraduate Fellowship (NNF) Grants Program


Travel Awards

Awards Application Deadline

ACS Women's Chemistry Committee/Eli Lilly Travel Award

February 15

(meetings Jul. 1 - Dec. 31)

September 15

(meetings Jan. 1 - Jun. 30)

Coates Conference Travel Award Application (LSU)



Coates Research Travel Award Application (LSU)

May 1 (for travel dates between Jul. 1 - Dec. 31)

November 1 (for travel dates between Jan. 1 - Jun. 30)

May 1

Simeral NMR Travel Award (LSU Chemistry)

May 1 (for registration deadlines between July 1 - December 31)

November 1 (for registration deadlines between January 1 - June 30)