Tuition & Financial Aid

​All students who are admitted to the Pharmaceutical Science Graduate Program receive a stipend, fully paid tuition, and paid health insurance.


Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees (both resident and non-resident, with exception of $175.00 health fee and $77.00 recreation fee per semester) are paid for all graduate students who have appointments as teaching or research assistants or fellowships.



Stipends may come from Teaching Assistantships, Research Assistantships or Fellowships. There are no separate application forms for these appointments. Your stipend can increase if you are awarded a competitive extramural fellowship. Many of our students receive these nationally competitive awards.

Appointment decisions are made by the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) and the Graduate Program Committee based on information in your application and letters of recommendation.




Teaching Assistants

Incoming students frequently receive a stipend in the form of a Teaching Assistantship (TA) within the Pharmacy professional curriculum. Various types of teaching opportunities are available including lecturing, tutoring, small group discussion leader, pharmacy practice lab assistant, grading and other duties. Assignment to a specific TA position is determined according to the knowledge base or skill level required and past performance. The DGS and the Associate Dean for Educational Advancement make assignments prior to the semester.

Many of these assignments provide the graduate student with opportunities to observe and develop their own teaching skills. To that end a course is offered within the College as an introduction to teaching methodology and strategies.

Duties and responsibilities of a TA are taken very seriously. The TA is an extension of the faculty and is expected to act as a role model for our professional students. Scheduling of research activities, committee meetings and other activities should not conflict with assigned TA duties.

Research Assistants

Beyond the first year, most graduate students will receive a stipend in the form of a Research Assistantship. Each student's faculty advisor largely determines responsibilities for the Research Assistant. As with the TA, satisfactory academic progress in the graduate program must be maintained in order to retain stipend support.

Graduate School Fellowships


The following are among the Fellowships available from the Graduate School:

Presidential Graduate Fellowships: Graduate programs are invited to nominate candidates for the 2016-2017 Presidential Fellowships. Fellowships with a stipend of $20,000, plus a tuition scholarship and student health insurance will be available. The Presidential Fellowship is a 12-month award, designed for currently enrolled students.

Multi-Year Fellowships: Pursuant to the President's response to the Committee on Graduate Education at the University of Kentucky, starting with the 1998-99 academic year the Graduate School began offering Multi-Year Fellowships that carry a stipend of $20,000, plus a tuition scholarship and student health insurance. Intended to enhance the competitive ability of UK programs, Multi-Year Fellowships are designed to attract outstanding first-year graduate students.

Quality Achievement Fellowship Awards: Awards of $3,000 per year are available to be used as "add-on" funding to supplement full fellowships or assistantships. The Daniel R. Reedy Quality Achievement Fellowships are intended to enhance the competitive ability of UK programs to attract outstanding first-year graduate students. The awards are potentially renewable for a second year for master's students or for a total of three years for doctoral students.

Dissertation Year Fellowships: In order to enhance the research dimension of graduate education, the President's Office provides funding to support Dissertation Year Fellowships for the 2016-2017 academic year at the University of Kentucky. The fellowships carry a stipend of $20,000, plus a tuition scholarship and student health insurance.

Training Grants

Graduate students have the opportunity to apply for funding from our two National Institute on Drug Abuse Training Grants (T32s), the goal of which is to prepare promising graduate students for careers in drug abuse research. Both programs provide broad-based training in modern aspects of drug abuse research with a particular emphasis on studying the cellular and molecular aspects of receptors involved in the response to drugs of abuse, as well as the development of ligands which interact with these receptors as potential pharmacotherapies for drug abuse. The training faculty share a common interest in understanding basic mechanisms related to drug abuse at the molecular and behavioral levels, and use state of the art methodological approaches involving animal models and human subjects to conduct drug abuse research.
NIDA Training Grant Drug Abuse at the Cellular and Molecular Level
NIDA Training Grant Drug Abuse Related Behavior


Pharmaceutical Sciences students are strongly encouraged to apply for extramural fellowships. Faculty assist the students in preparation of these applications. Among the many fellowships available, our students have been particularly successful with applications for the following: