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Graduate Fellowship Application Procedure

The Division of Organic Chemistry plans to award the 2015-2016 academic year fellowships for Ph.D. students to be held during their third or fourth year of study. Sponsors of the fellowships awarded for the current academic year are: Organic Syntheses, Organic Reactions, Boehringer Ingelheim, and Amgen

Applicants must meet all of the following criteria: (1) be starting their 3rd or 4th year of Ph.D. studies in Fall 2015, (2) be US citizens or green card holders, and (3) be members of the ACS Division of Organic Chemistry. Applications from women and minorities are especially encouraged. Note, only one applicant per research group will be accepted.

Applications will consist of:

  1. An application form (DOC_FellowApplication.doc) completed by the applicant with details about the applicant's background and training.
  2. Three letters of recommendation (the Ph.D. advisor's and two others). Letters of reference should comment on the academic record, productivity, and career potential of the applicant.

The other two letters of recommendation should be sent directly by the other recommenders to Please use the title "DOC graduate fellowship –nominee’s name" for all e-mail correspondence related to the nomination.

Evidence of research accomplishment will be an important factor in the selection of the fellowship holders.

Please note: There is no longer an essay requirement for this fellowship program.

Application materials are due May 22, 2015.

2014-15 Sponsors:

Boehringer_Ingelheim Logo

Boehringer_Ingelheim Logo

Submittal process: The student candidate should complete the Application Form (note DOC membership of the applicant and Ph.D. thesis advisor/nominator are both required). Then, the candidate's Ph.D. thesis advisor should then submit 1) the completed application form and 2) their letter of recommendation each as a separate pdf file (pdf file names should include the applicant's last name as part of the file name) using the Online Submission Form–login required (use ACS Login credentials).

For questions on the program, contact Professor Richmond Sarpong ( 

The fellowship stipend for 2015-2016 is $26,000, which includes $750 for travel to the 2017 National Organic Symposium (NOS) to present a poster on their work. Each of the fellowships is sponsored by a prominent company, organization or individual endowment. Awardees are selected by an independent committee, and evidence of research accomplishments is an important factor in the selection process.

The number of fellowships is highly limited and it may not be possible to provide full fellowships for every worthy candidate. In these instances, competitive applicants will receive DOC Graduate Travel Fellowships for $750 to fund travel to the NOS.

The Division of Organic Chemistry congratulates the 2014-15 award winners, gratefully acknowledges the sponsors, and thanks Organic Letters for the opportunity to publish their biographical sketches.

The Division of Organic Chemistry annually awards fellowships to outstanding third and fourth year graduate students in organic chemistry. Including the the 2015-16 Awardees, the program has awarded 398 fellowships since 1981 (See the comprehensive list of the award winners).

We welcome contacts from companies, individuals and organizations interested in sponsoring annual fellowships or wishing to endow a fellowship. There are always many more deserving applicants than there are fellowships! Please contact Professor Barry Snider ( if you would like to sponsor a fellowship.

Emmanuil Troyansky Fellowship

In 2003, the ACS Division of Organic Chemistry established an endowed fellowship in the name of Emmanuil Troyansky. The Troyansky Fellowship is identical to all of the other fellowships in terms of stipend and other features. The only difference is that the funds come from an endowment made by the family rather than from an annual donation of a company.