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Graduate Funding and Fees

Stipend, Tuition and Fees

The current minimum stipend for the School of Pharmacy is currently $22,000. Tuition and fee information can be obtained at VCU Student Accounting


Criteria for Fellowship and Assistantship Awards

Graduate student funding of stipends and/or tuition can be provided to excellent students who remain in good standing. All doctoral applicants who apply for admission are automatically considered for available funding. Distribution of assistantships are on a competitive basis, and based on availability of assistantships.

Teaching assistantship assignments are made at the department level each semester. Since funded graduate students are generally considered part-time employees, Teaching Assistantships (TAs), and Research Assistantships (RAs) require that the student perform usually 10-12 hours per week executing duties associated with those awards. Annual evaluation and ongoing feedback by TA or RA supervisors can be used by the student and faculty to determine whether or not a student’s performance is satisfactory. Failure to satisfactorily complete TA or RA duties can result in loss of funding.

VCU information on graduate student financial aid, tax guide, and determination of residency can also be found on the Graduate School website.

The Werner Lowenthal Endowment Fund Award

The Lowenthal Fund was created to foster research excellence in genetically based neurological disorders in the VCU School of Pharmacy. The Award for Graduate Research will be given as a stipend supplement of $5,000 per year for two years to an outstanding graduate student entering the VCU School of Pharmacy Pharmaceutical Sciences Graduate Program as a Ph.D. applicant, and who will be doing doctoral research in genetically-based neurological disorders. Recipients who accept the Award agree they will return the money should they choose to change to a research area outside this field or who fail to remain full-time students in good academic standing for the duration of the Award period.

First or second-year students who wish to apply should forward a letter asking to be considered for the Award to the Director of Pharmaceutical Sciences Graduate Program no later than December 1st. The applicant must also include a letter of support from a faculty member in the School who states they agree to mentor the student in this area.

(Note: this award is offered every other year on even numbered years).

The Lemont B. Kier Fellowship for Graduate Studies in Computational Medicinal Chemistry

The purpose of this award is to attract students interested in obtaining a Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry at VCU and specializing in computational studies. Students who have applied to the Department of Medicinal Chemistry Ph.D. program and that have expressed a strong interest in computational studies and/or who have experience in computational work will be eligible for the award. This funding is intended to raise the stipend normally offered by an additional 10-15%.

To see the full description, see Lemont B. Kier Fellowship [pdf]