Current Openings

Presidential Merit Fellowship. A number of positions are available for outstanding students having BS or MS degree.

The George Washington University Presidential Merit Fellowship (PMF) is a program to attract outstanding students to work with select research faculty. The ultimate aim is to produce competitive graduates who intend to obtain tenure-track positions at leading universities or prestigious research positions worldwide.

The program includes a $24,000/academic year stipend for 2 years (renewable) plus full tuition. An additional $6000 will be provided for summer support, increasing the total stipend support to $30,000/year.  For outstanding applicants, the application fee will be waived.

The PMF candidates must have the following credentials:

1.  Grade point average (GPA) of 3.5/4.0 or above.

2.  Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score of 85 percentile or higher. For PMF positions, the Chemistry GRE is recommended.

3.  TOEFL score of 600 (250 computer-based) or above for international students.

Important: For the PMF position, initial materials must be submitted to Prof. Akbar Montaser. Upon Prof. Montaser's approval, the Application Forms must also be completed electronically by visiting this website.

Please submit only original copies of documents plus three recommendation letters. The faculty may directly submit recommendation letters via email, assuming full address, telephone/fax numbers, and ranks are given.

GTA and GRA Positions. In addition to the PMF position, Department of Chemistry offers several teaching and research assistantships. For example, the financial support package for the regular position includes full tuition and a stipend support of up to $24,000/full year.

GWU and Washington for PhD Studies

In considering or recommending GWU for PhD studies, contemplate on the following points. Prestigious government facilities of direct relevance to chemistry in the Washington metropolitan area enhance the PhD program through collaborative research. They include the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the U.S. Geologic Survey (USGS), and the FBI Academy . Because of this unique scientific environment, educational opportunities are available in the Washington area, which cannot be found elsewhere. In addition, virtually all faculty members collaborate with several colleagues at other institutions in diverse research. For instance, Prof. Montaser Research Group has solid collaborations with 15 prominent academic, federal, and industrial research groups worldwide. Besides, Washington is an exciting, cosmopolitan city to live in, with many free museums to visit, and even a free concert every day at the Kennedy Center for Performing Art located just five minutes from Montaser Research Group!

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