Financial Support

All PhD graduate students admitted to the chemical engineering graduate program are employed as either Graduate Fellows or Graduate Research Assistants and receive:

  • A monthly stipend of over $2000 per month.
  • Tuition benefit to waive the cost of tuition (does not include differential tuition or international fees).
  • 80% health insurance payment.

Scholarships and Fellowships

Select scholarship and fellowship opportunities are described below. Students are also encouraged to explore scholarship and fellowship opportunities listed on the following web sites:

College of Engineering Scholarships and Fellowships

Each year the University of Utah College of Engineering distributes several 1-year scholarships or fellowships to the most highly qualified incoming PhD students in the college. Students do not apply for these scholarships themselves; rather, the chairs of the various engineering departments make recommendations to the college scholarship selection committee based on the quality of the student’s graduate school application. Recipients of these awards typically receive $15,000 during their first year, which is matched by $15,000 from the department. The cost of tuition is also waived for these individuals.

SMART Scholarship

The Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program is an opportunity for students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines to receive a full scholarship and be gainfully employed upon degree completion.

This is a highly competitive, national program, open to U.S. citizens only. The SMART program will pay all educational costs and a stipend while in school from as little as one (1) term up to 5 years. Specifically, the program pays for:

  • Full Tuition – to any accredited U.S. University
  • A very generous stipend while in school ranging from $25,000 – $38,000 per year
  • Supplies allowance – $1,000
  • Health insurance contribution
  • Paid Summer internships
  • Travel fees for internships
  • All required student fees

For more information, see the SMART Scholarship webpage at The application deadline is December 1.


Contact Us

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Salt Lake City, UT 84112-9203

Phone: (801) 581-6915
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