Admissions

Application materials include:

  • Academic transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Resume/CV
  • We encourage but do not not require applicants to report scores for the GRE general and GRE chemistry subject tests. Our application review process is holistic, and the Graduate Admissions Committee believes that standardized test scores represent only one piece of a candidate’s profile. Therefore, applicants who feel that GRE scores support their case are welcome to include them. Applicants for whom taking the GRE presents a burden or who feel it does not represent their skills are free to not include them
  • The application fee is $75. However, fee waivers may be requested for applicants that have documentation showing they are a part of SACNAS, MARCC, oSTEM and many other organizations. To access the full list to see if you qualify, go to the Krieger Graduate Admission and Enrollment page

Please submit all application materials (including letters of recommendation) by December 15, 2021 to receive full consideration. Those applying to the Vivien Thomas Scholars program must apply by December 1, 2021. Although additional materials submitted past this date will still be considered, the graduate admissions committee will commence reviewing applications on December 15th, 2021.

Assistance with the application process is available. Candidates with questions about the application process, or requests for a GRE General Test waiver (or on other matters related to the application) should contact the Admissions Committee’s Academic Affairs Administrator:

Academic Affairs Administrator
Johns Hopkins University
Department of Chemistry
3400 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
410-516-7427
Fax: 410-516-8420
chem.grad.adm@jhu.edu

There are no fixed requirements for admission. Undergraduate majors in chemistry, biology, earth sciences, mathematics, or physics may apply as well as all well-qualified individuals who will have received a BA degree before matriculation. A select number of applicants will be invited to visit campus to tour our facilities and interact with our faculty members and their lab members over the weekend in March 2022.

Financial Aid and Admissions

About 80 fellowships, research appointments, and teaching assistantships are available for graduate students.

Vivien Thomas PhD Scholars

The Vivien Thomas Scholars Initiative (VTSI) is an endowed fellowship program at Johns Hopkins for STEM PhD students. It provides full tuition, stipend, benefits, targeted mentoring, and professional development. Students who have attended a historically black college and university or other minority serving institution for undergraduate study are eligible.

There is no additional application. To be considered for the VTSI, all components of the PhD application, including supplemental components, special VSTI questions, and letters of recommendation must be completed by December 1, 2021, even if the program deadline is later.

Nathaniel Boggs Memorial Fellowship

The Nathaniel Boggs, Jr. Ph.D., Memorial Fellowship was established in 1999 by university trustee Paula Boggs, A&S ’81. It’s in memory of her father, who received Howard University’s first Ph.D. in biology. The fellowship provides a substantial stipend to the awardee.

Candidates for a fellowship must have an undergraduate degree from a historically black college or university, and pursue graduate work in select fields within the natural or physical sciences. Candidates will be selected on the basis of their academic performance, including GPA. 

Fields of study include biology, biophysics, chemistry, earth and planetary sciences, mathematics, and physics and astronomy. Interested candidates should contact their prospective department to inquire about the fellowship.

Kelly Miller Fellowship

Kelly Miller was the first African-American student to enroll at Johns Hopkins in 1887. He left the university before he completed his graduate degree, but later became a longtime professor of mathematics at Howard University, and a dean of arts and sciences. The fellowship is open to underrepresented applicants to any program.

The fellowship provides a stipend for the first two years of the student’s program, and a research fund to be used in the course of the fellow’s graduate career. There are currently 10 fellowships available per year.