Prospective Students

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Chemistry is the oldest PhD program at Emory--with the newest building! In 2015, we opened the Atwood Chemistry Center Addition, adding over 70,000 square feet of teaching and research space to our footprint and making it an exciting time to join the department. Visit The PhD Program to learn more about the PhD in chemistry at Emory.

Applications should be submitted electronically through the online application. Prior to applying, we encourage you to learn more about our faculty's research interests by visiting their webpages. However, individual faculty members do not make admissions decisions and students are not admitted directly into individual research laboratories.

Please review our FAQs for commonly asked questions. You may email gradchem@emory.edu with additional questions.

We recommend that you submit your application by December. Applicants who submit their online application before midnight on October 31st will receive an automatic waiver of the application fee. (Scores and letters of reccomendation may arrive later.)

The deadline for fall admission is January 3.

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Elements of a Complete Application

Statement of Purpose

The statement of purpose need not be extensive. However, you should indicate your motivation for pursuing graduate studies at Emory as well as the research area(s) and faculty members that you are most interested in.

Letters of Recommendaton 

We require three letters of recommendation from people familiar with your academic performance or professional scientists in whose lab you have worked. 

Contact your recommenders well ahead of time, to make sure they are aware of and can meet your application deadline. Your application is not complete until the letters have been submitted.

You request the letters as part of the online application process, and recommenders can submit them online. You can send requests for letters of recommendations before you submit the final application. If a recommender is unable to use this system, please contact the program you are applying to for instructions.

Transcript(s)

As part of the online application, upload a scanned transcript from each post-secondary institution you have attended, present school included. The transcripts must be issued by the registrar's office, but unofficial copies issued to the student are fine. Please do not mail paper transcripts with your application. 

Transcripts must be in English or be accompanied by notarized translations.

If you gain acceptance into our program an official copy of your transcript(s) must be sent directly to the Department of Chemistry. The transcript can be sent to this address:

Emory University
Department of Chemistry, Graduate
1515 Dickey Drive
Atlanta, GA 30322

**University Policy: The University reserves the right to revise programs, information, requirements, regulations, or financial changes at any time. Whenever changes occur an effort will be made to notify persons who may be affected. Emory University does not discriminate in admissions, education programs, or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability or veteran's status and prohibits such discrimination by its students, faculty, and staff. Students, faculty, and staff are assured of participation in university programs and in the use of facilities without such discrimination. The university also complies with all applicable federal and Georgia statutes and regulations prohibiting unlawful discrimination. All members of the student body, faculty, and staff are expected to assist in making this policy valid in fact. Any inquiries regarding this policy should be directed to the Emory University Office of Equal Opportunity Programs, Administration Building, Atlanta, GA 30322. Telephone 404-727-6016 (V); 404-727-1065 (TDD)

Application Timeline

Application Available
(mid-September)

The graduate application becomes available each year in early September. Requirements remain very similair from year to year, so you can begin an application at any time by compiling the "Elements of an Application" listed above.

No-fee Early Application Deadline
(October 31st )

All applications submitted by midnight on October 31st will receive a full waiver of the $75 application fee. Scores and letters of recommendation may arrive later, up until the final application deadline of January 3rd.

Final Application Deadline
(January 3rd)

Applications must be submitted by midnight on January 3rd to be considered for admission in August of the same year.

Review of Applications
(mid-September to mid-April)

We review applications on a rolling basis. If you have not heard from us, you may assume that your application is still being considered.

Visitation Weekend
(late Feb or early March)

Visitation Weekend gives admitted applicants an opportunity to speak with current faculty and graduate students and to explore Atlanta. Attendance at Visitation Weekend is by invitation only. Separate open house dates may be announced at other times during the application season.

Admissions Decision Deadline
(April 15th)

April 15th is the final deadline to indicate acceptance of an offer of admission. This date remains the same every year and is the universal decision deadline for all graduate schools. 

**University Policy: The University reserves the right to revise programs, information, requirements, regulations, or financial changes at any time. Whenever changes occur an effort will be made to notify persons who may be affected. Emory University does not discriminate in admissions, education programs, or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability or veteran's status and prohibits such discrimination by its students, faculty, and staff. Students, faculty, and staff are assured of participation in university programs and in the use of facilities without such discrimination. The university also complies with all applicable federal and Georgia statutes and regulations prohibiting unlawful discrimination. All members of the student body, faculty, and staff are expected to assist in making this policy valid in fact. Any inquiries regarding this policy should be directed to the Emory University Office of Equal Opportunity Programs, Administration Building, Atlanta, GA 30322. Telephone 404-727-6016 (V); 404-727-1065 (TDD)

Financial Support

All students admitted to the PhD program in Chemistry receive a support package that includes

  • Stipend support (currently $26,000)
  • Tuition Scholarship (currently $19,400 per semester)
  • 100% health insurance subsidy

Students will be responsible for some university enrollment fees, generally around $300 per semester.

Unless students are exempt under Internal Revenue Code (IRS) Section 117, scholarships, fellowships, grants, stipends and awards are generally considered taxable income. Students are required to report these amounts on federal and state income tax returns and are advised to consult tax advisers or the IRS and state revenue authorities for additional information.

A number of special fellowships are available for top applicants. No separate application is required. Applicants who meet the January 3rd deadline will be eligible. Decisions about fellowships occur concurrently with admissions decisions.

Cherry L. Emerson Award

Internal (departmental) awards offered to incoming students with the highest potential for independent research. Students receive a $4000 supplement to their first paycheck in September.

George W. Woodruff Fellowship 

Awarded to exceptional students who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement and who show promise as future leaders in their fields. The fellowship covers up to five years of tuition and fees and provides a $5000 supplement to the current base stipend. Approximately fifteen fellowships are awarded each year among all academic departments with incoming graduate cohorts.

Emory Graduate Diversity Fellowship

Awarded to applicants who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement and who will contribiute to the development of a richly diverse student body. Eligible students may belong to a specific ethnic group, race, culture, socioeconomic group, a gender traditionally underrepresented in their proposed field of study, or possess other qualities that enhance the community of scholars in the Graduate School. The fellowship covers all tuition and fees and provides $5000 supplement to the current base stipend. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents to be eligible.

Laney Graduate School Fellowship

The Laney Graduate School Fellowship is awarded to entering doctoral students in all fields. The Department of Chemistry, Laney awards recognize outstanding academic achievements as well as a student's potential to excel as a research scientist. The fellowship covers tuition up to five years and provides a $2,500 supplement to the base stipend, for a total annual stipend of $27,500.


Additional Financial Support

Many Department of Chemistry graduate students receive external support over the course of the graduate careers from NSF, NIH, and other sources. Students applying for external funding can expect assistance from their research mentors as well as from the Laney Graduate school Grant Writing Program. Unique opportunities offered through this program include the all-expenses paid weekend Proposal Writing Institute geared at late-career students pursuing postdoctoral positions and "Tips for Grant Writing" sessions aimed at students submitting NSF proposals.

All Emory graduate students are eligible for professional development and training support for attending conferences, completing off-site training, and other education-related expenses. For more information, visit the Professional Development Support page on the Laney Graduate school website. The Department of Chemistry provides assistance for students applying for these types of support. For more information on departmental polcies, see our Professional Development page. Students who distinguish themselves through outstanding teaching and/or research may receive additional support in the form of Departmental Fellowships and Awards.

Meet Emory Chemistry (Conference Schedule 2015)

Ann DasherMeet Ann Dasher

"Ann has all the answers!" That's how graduate student Keon Reid describes Ann Dasher's role in guiding the careers of chemistry PhD students as the Department's Graduate Program Coordinator. During Recruitment Season, Ann will attend the following conferences where you can get all the answers in person! Come hear about Emory, meet some of our graduate students...and maybe even grab some Emory-branded swag to help inspire you as you work on your application.

You can meet Ann at the following conferences in 2015:

NOBChE in Orlando, FL: September 21st-25th

Big Ten Expo at Purdue University in Lafayette, IN: October 5th

SACNAS in Washington DC: October 29th-31st (Booth #826)

SERMACS in Memphis TN: November 4th-7th (Booth #24)

ABRCMS in Seattle WA: November 11th-14th (Booth #1206)

Meet Monya RuffinMonya Ruffin

Dr. Monya Ruffin is a Senior Scientist and the Director of Education, Outreach, and Diversity for the Center for Selective C-H Functionalization (CCHF), an NSF-Funded Center for Chemical Innovation (CCI). The CCHF is based at Emory but has 15 partner institutions in the country and several around the world. 

You can meet Monya at the following conferences:

NOBChE in Orlando, FL: September 21st-25th

SACNAS in Washington DC: October 29th-31st

ABRCMS in Seattle WA: November 11th-14th

Responding to an Offer of Admission

The deadline to respond to offers of admission is April 15th. If you are looking for instructions on how to respond to an offer of admission, you'll find them here.

Accepted students must submit official transcripts (issued directly from the registrar) if they have not done so already during the application process. Transcripts must be in English or be accompanied by notarized translations. Transcripts can be sent to this address:

Emory University
Department of Chemistry, Graduate
1515 Dickey Drive
Atlanta, GA 30322

Please note, if you have not heard from us, your application is still being considered.