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Graduate Students

Graduate education is an integral part of JILA. Students work in a stimulating, collaborative environment with researchers from JILA and visitors from around the world. Students work in world-class facilities and have the option to participate in training courses in electronics, electron microscopy, computing, machining, and scientific writing. JILA Ph.D. students have won prestigious awards and postdoctoral fellowships, and have obtained positions in academia, government & private research organizations, and industry.

JILA faculty members work hard to ensure that every student acquires the knowledge, skills, and confidence necessary to succeed in a variety of challenging positions. To help students have a good experience at JILA, the Institute provides volunteer counselors. Graduate student benefits are determined by the graduate school.

Prospective JILA graduate students should apply to specific departments at the University of Colorado. Once accepted, graduate students can then select research topics with JILA faculty members. Upon graduation, students received their degree from the CU department in which they are enrolled. Participating CU departments and schools include.

  • Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences
  • Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
  • Department of Physics
  • School of Engineering and Applied Science

Other CU schools and services of interest to prospective graduate students include:

  • Graduate School
  • International Student and Scholar Services Office


Graduate students at JILA receive no sick leave or vacation pay as part of their stipends. Individual circumstances are addressed at the discretion of a student’s advisor.

Graduate students wanting information regarding advising, financial aid, insurance, graduate student rights and responsibilities, travel and other issues are encouraged to explore the Graduate School website.

Next Steps

For more information, please contact our faculty directly, download a copy of our JILA Light & Matter publication, or contact the JILA Visiting Scientists Program.

JILA follows the six University nodes' policies for ensuring harassment-free environments. For more detailed information regarding the University of Colorado policies, please read the Discrimination and Harassment Policy and Procedures.