Financial Aid & Fellowships

Students admitted to the graduate program are eligible for merit-based financial aid. Research assistantships are provided to all students admitted into the doctoral program, and they provide a yearly stipend of approximately $25,500 (as at 2007) along with tuition wavier. However, all graduate students (and applicants) are strongly encouraged to apply for external funding and fellowships. Contact our graduate chair Professor Helen Lu ( for information.

Graduate Fellowships

All graduate students are strongly encouraged to apply for individual fellowships, such as those awarded by the National Science Foundation and the Department of Defense. Students in our department have been highly successful in obtaining these awards and some (but not all) opportunities are listed below. Once admitted, our graduate fellowship adviser, Professor Helen Lu ( can provide more information on applying for external fellowships.

Do not hesitate to contact individual faculty advisers to discuss application support.

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships

U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)

Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans
For recent recipients of U.S. permanent residency status of citizenship

Fulbright Programs for Foreign Students

Fulbright Programs for U.S. Students

Further resources can be found at

Eligible master’s students from underrepresented minorities can apply for GEM Fellowships at

Every year, we elect several of our most outstanding new applicants to receive a Presidential Fellowship from the Office of the Dean of Engineering. This prestigious award covers stipend and full tuition for graduate studies within the Department for a minimum of four years.

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