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Domestic Students

We will process your application after the online application has been submitted and all required materials are received. Domestic student applications, including all supporting documents, should be received by December 15 to guarantee full consideration. Applications received after that date will be considered in the order received, if positions remain available.

Online Application

Application Checklist

  1. Online application form. Follow link above.
  2. Personal statement (upload in online application). The statement should be about 300-500 words (approximately one page). Please describe your motivation for obtaining a PhD in Chemistry and how that fits into your long-term career plans. We would also like to hear about your research experience, including how long and what type of work you have done, as well as your areas of future research interest and faculty with whom you might be interested in working.
  3. Resume or curriculum vita (upload in online application). Please include: academic degrees and programs; research experience; work experience; a list of scientific publications and presentations; college or professional honors and awards; and other skills or accomplishments that you would like us to consider. In addition to your CV, you will have the option to upload any publications from your research.
  4. Letters of recommendation (uploaded online by the recommenders). Three letters from individuals familiar with your ability to do scholarly work. At least one letter should be from a research advisor who can write about your research experience and aptitude. We suggest that you follow up with your letter writers approximately two weeks after you ask them to write; it is the responsibility of the applicant to follow-up with letter writers make sure all letters are submitted. Note: Students transferring from another graduate program should provide a letter of recommendation from their current faculty advisor
  5. Transcript (send original transcript by mail – see address below). One copy of the official transcript(s) of all previous college and university work, documenting each course taken and all degrees awarded. Applicants must submit an official transcript from each college and university attended. An official transcript bears the original signature of the registrar and/or the original seal of the issuing institution. Transcripts should be mailed directly by a registrar to the address below or given to the applicant by the registrar in a sealed and signed envelope and then submitted by the applicant.
  6. Application fee. You will pay a $70 fee at the time you submit your online application.
  7. Optional: GRE scores (transmitted directly from ETS). GRE scores (general or subject) are not required, but applicants may submit them for consideration, if they would like their GRE score to be considered as part of their application. For IU Chemistry PhD program: use Institution Code: 1324 and Departmental Code: 0301. We do not enforce a strict minimum on GRE scores. GRE scores must be submitted via ETS in order to be official.


Contact information for questions and for submitting transcripts:

Graduate Office
Department of Chemistry
Chemistry Building Room C021
Indiana University
800 E Kirkwood Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47405-7102

Phone: (812) 855-2069
(800) 227-2158 (US only)

Social Security Numbers

In accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974 and Indiana Code 4-1-8, applicants for admission and enrolled students are advised that the requested disclosure of their Social Security numbers is voluntary. Students who do not provide the University with their Social Security number will be assigned a special nine-digit number. This number or the Social Security number will be used: a) to identify such student records as applications for admission, registration and course enrollment documents, grade reports, transcript requests, certification requests, and permanent academic records; and b) to determine eligibility, certify school attendance, and report student status. A student who wishes to apply for federal or state grants, loans, or other financial aid programs is required to supply a Social Security number. No student's Social Security number will be disclosed to individuals or agencies outside Indiana University except in accordance with the Indiana University Policy on Student Records.