The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry has graduate teaching assistantships available for graduate students. Graduate teaching assistantships (GTAs) and graduate research assistantships (GRAs) are service-related appointments that require teaching or research, respectively. Through an assistantship, you will receive a stipend, resident (Michigan) tuition rates, a tuition waiver, travel accident insurance, and special library privileges. A full-time assistantship during the fall and spring semesters requires approximately 20 hours of work per week; a half-time assistantship requires approximately 10 hours of work per week.


GTAs receive the following compensation package:

  • A competitive academic year stipend
  • 20 credit hours of tuition waiver for the academic year (unused hours may be used in the summer). Typical graduate students use 15-17 credits per year
  • Out-of-state tuition waiver
  • A summer stipend

Re-appointment Policy

Graduate teaching assistantships are awarded for one year. Assistantships awarded to students in a master's degree program are renewable for one additional year. Graduate assistants enrolled in a master's program requesting an assistantship beyond two years must compete with new applicants for such awards.


Assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis. All applicants to the chemistry graduate programs are automatically considered for teaching and research assistantships. Part-time students are not eligible. Applications for admission to the graduate programs in chemistry are available through the College of Graduate Studies. Other application requirements and details can be found on the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry Graduate Programs Pages. To receive full consideration for financial support beginning in a fall semester, all application materials must be received no later than February 1.

For more information, please contact the program advisor:

Dr. Gabriel Caruntu

Dow Science Complex 361