Awards and Fellowships

GRADUATE STUDENT FUNDING

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry fully supports all graduate students with appointments as teaching assistants or graduate student researchers.  The Department funds tuition, student fees, health insurance, and an annual stipend for living expenses for students enrolled in the program.  As a part of the doctoral program, graduate students are required to serve as a Teaching Assistant for a minimum of three academic quarters. For current Academic Apprentice Scales, visit: http://www.gdnet.ucla.edu/gss/appm/aaprate.pdf.

GRADUATE STUDENT AWARDS

  • Departmental Awards Ceremony - The annual Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Awards Ceremony recognizes the efforts of our fantastic students and faculty, ands showcases our department as a center for excellence in teaching and research.
  • Commencement - Held in the Court of Sciences; Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer candidates are encouraged to participate in the annual departmental ceremony.

UCLA FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

  • Eugene Cota-Robles: This four-year fellowship program, funded by the University of California Office of the President, the UCLA Graduate Division, and the home department, supports a limited number of students who are entering PhD programs and are interested in a career in college or university teaching and research. Applicants must complete both the Fellowship Application for Entering Graduate Students and the Diversity Fellowships - Supplemental Application. These forms will be reviewed as part of your fellowship application.
  • Dissertation Year Fellowship - Campus deadline is February 22, 2012. This program is intended to support students in their final year of graduate school, at the dissertation writing stage. Award recipients should complete all degree requirements within 12 months of beginning their dissertation fellowships and will be asked to submit a report of their progress at the midpoint. Awards are $20,000 stipend plus standard tuition and fees (excluding nonresident supplemental tuition and professional supplemental tuition).
  • Foote Fellowship - If you are interested in receiving more information about this fellowship, please contact chemgrad@chem.ucla.edu. Please note that this fellowship is only open to Organic chemistry graduate students in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.
  • The Audree Fowler Fellowship in Protein Science - In 2008, an endowment from Dr. Audree Fowler established the Audree Fowler Fellows in Protein Science. Applications are solicited from graduate students in the Molecular Biology Interdepartmental Ph.D. Program, Biological Chemistry, and Chemistry & Biochemistry Departments. Three recipients are presented with awards of $5,000 each and present their research at the Annual MBI Retreat. Dr. Audree Fowler received her B.S. in chemistry from UCLA in 1956 and went on to earn a Ph.D. in biochemistry in 1963, when that field was almost exclusively male. She served as a NIH postdoctoral fellow at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York and in UCLA’s Department of Biological Chemistry before becoming a research biological chemist in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Here on the Westwood campus, Dr. Fowler forged a distinguished research career that spans the sciences and includes more than 80 publications. She also built strong connections with the Molecular Biology Institute, the UCLA Protein Microsequencing Facility, where she served as director for 15 years, and the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center.
  • Chemistry Biology Interface Training Program - The Chemistry-Biology Interface (CBI) Predoctoral Research Training Program at UCLA is an NIH-funded program designed to provide research training to predoctoral students in chemical approaches to the solution of biological problems.
  • Research Training Cellular and Molecular Biology - The C&MB Training Program enhances opportunity for the development of the cellular, biochemical and molecular sciences at UCLA, providing research support and integrating coursework, seminar programs, and the Molecular Biology Institute's annual retreat. Our training faculty have access to graduate students either through primary appointments in the Departments of Biological Chemistry; Chemistry and Biochemistry; Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics; Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology; Neurobiology; or through mentoring in the Molecular Biology Interdepartmental Ph.D. (MBIDP) program.

ADDITIONAL FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

  • UCLA Graduate & Postdoctoral Extramural Support (GRAPES) database: The GRAPES database catalogs extramural funding opportunities of interest to prospective and current graduate students, students working on a master's thesis or doctoral dissertation, and postdoctoral scholars. It contains information on over 500 private and publicly funded awards, fellowships, and internships. Advanced search options allow users to refine their search by field, academic level, award type, award amount, and other criteria. GRAPES is maintained by the Graduate Outreach, Diversity and Fellowships Office.
  • Pivot (formerly the Community of Science): The COS database of funding opportunities contains information from federal and regional governments, foundations, professional societies, associations, and corporations. The COS database is updated daily.
  • GrantForward (formerly the University of Illinois Researcher Information Service): Cazoodle, Inc. and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have entered into a licensing agreement regarding the Illinois Researcher Information Service (IRIS). Cazoodle will takeover the IRIS grant search service and utilize its experience in building vertical search engines to strengthen IRISs features by increasing the coverage of grant opportunities and by improving the way researchers seek new opportunities.
  • Grants.gov: Grants.gov was established as a governmental resource named the E-Grants Initiative, part of the President's 2002 Fiscal Year Management Agenda to improve government services to the public.
  • National Science Foundation (NSF): The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense…" With an annual budget of about $6.9 billion (FY 2010), we are the funding source for approximately 20 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America's colleges and universities. In many fields such as mathematics, computer science and the social sciences, NSF is the major source of federal backing (NSF website).