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Carnegie Mellon Department of Chemistry

Guide to Graduate Studies

Financial Matters

Summer Funding

Graduate student stipends are for the academic year. Summer support normally is provided from research assistantships funded by grants, etc., awarded to the faculty or fellowships/awards received directly by the student from internal or external sources. Limited exceptions may be made for summer support from the Department under some circumstances by prior arrangement with the Department Head, dependent on the available resources. In all cases, a faculty member’s decision not to support one of their students during the summer must be approved by the Department Head. Due to the likelihood of summer funding on a research grant requiring 100% effort, any summer travel must be planned very carefully in consultation with the research advisor to maintain that effort.