Financial Support

Financial support in the form of Fellowships, Teaching Assistantships, and Research Assistantships is awarded on a competitive basis. All applicant to the program will automatically be considered for each of these types of award. In addition, students may apply for other forms of financial aid such as loans by contacting the Department of Financial Aid or a third party.

Graduate Teaching Assistants

Many students are supported as Teaching Assistants, though the departments in the participating units, based on both student’s background preparation, and the affiliation of their advisor. One-third to half-time teaching positions include a remission of all tuition and the opportunity for health insurance coverage. The TA stipend is set by the university on a yearly basis.

Chancellor’s Fellowship Award

Applicants with excellent records are offered Chancellor’s Fellowship Awards, typically $4000 for one or two semesters, as supplements to their other support. These awards also qualify the recipient for non-resident tuition remission. No application is necessary; every applicant is considered for these awards, independent of immigration status or residency.

Dean’s Doctoral Fellows

These fellows are nominated by faculty who have existing research support and selected by an advisory committee. The Dean’s Fellows will be awarded a package of at least four years of support, with a stipend that exceeds a 50% annual research assistantship (the stipend offered to 2014-15 fellows was $25,000 per year). The package consists of a one-year fellowship and tuition waiver funded by the College of Engineering & Applied Science, up to one year 33% Academic Year Teaching Assistantship appointed by the sponsoring department, and two or more years of 50% Calendar Year Research Assistantship funded by the sponsoring faculty member. The College of Engineering & Applied Science and the sponsoring faculty member and department will coordinate the order of the fellowship, teaching and research assistantships support. Learn moreNOTE: Deadline extended to March 31, 2017. 

College of Engineering & Applied Science Doctoral Fellows

College of Engineering & Applied Science Doctoral Fellows are nominated by faculty who see strong potential in new applicants to the Ph.D. in Engineering program.  They are selected by an advisory committee. College of Engineering & Applied Science Fellows will be awarded a package of one year of financial support that is similar to the support received by a teaching assistant. (For 2017-18, this will be $20,000 plus a non-resident tuition waiver for one year). Learn more. NOTE: Deadline extended to March 31, 2017. 

GAANN Fellowship

This program has several Graduate Assistants in Areas of National Need (GAANN) Fellowships available to support U.S. citizens or permanent residents only. Applicants or their faculty advisor may submit an application which includes a nominating endorsement from the faculty member. Final selections will be made by an advisory committee. These fellowships provide full tuition, a 12-month stipend, health insurance and a teaching load of only one semester per year, during the first three years of the award. Support for GAANN Fellows is renewable for up to five years, if the student remains in good academic standing and making satisfactory progress.

Read more about our GAANN Fellowship here.

Research/Project Assistantships

Some faculty members have support for research assistants or project assistants as part of their research funding. These positions pay a semester, academic year, or full-year stipend, have remission of tuition and offer health insurance. The duties of the positions are determined by the faculty members. These faculty select who they want for their positions from among current students and admitted applicants. There is no application for these positions.

Graduate School Fellowship

Outstanding applicants may apply for a Graduate School Fellowship. This fellowship pays a 9-month stipend, remits all tuition, offers health insurance and does not require any teaching during the year. This fellowship is not renewable. The deadline for application is January 15 each year. General GRE scores are required.

Advanced Opportunity Program (AOP) Fellowships

These fellowships are available to qualified new and continuing graduate students who are members of groups underrepresented in graduate study or who are otherwise disadvantaged minority applicants. More information is available at the program website. Application deadline is typically January 15 each year.