Funding in the department includes Graduate School and college fellowships, research assistantships and student assistantships (hourly). The first two generally include tuition remission benefits contingent on full-time status and satisfactory progress toward the degree.
PhD applicants are automatically considered for research assistantships and college-level fellowships. Applicants do not need to submit any additional forms or information or contact any faculty members.
Our PhD program provides full funding for all accepted students:
Master’s Program Applicants
Applicants are automatically considered for potential aid; there is not any extra paperwork to complete. However, it is very rare that we are able to provide scholarships, funding or assistantships to our master’s students, as nearly all the research assistantships (RA) go to fully fund our PhD students and we do not use teaching assistantships (TA). We highly encourage all master's applicants to research ways to fund their degree without departmental support.
Professional Master’s students are not eligible to hold a graduate appointments like a TA or an RA.
The department does hire student assistants (SAs) and graders to assist with classroom support. Read more on these positions below.
Graduate Position Details
The Department of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering hires graduate students for several roles. Additional information is available on the Graduate School website.
Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA)
The majority of ECEE PhD students are hired as GRAs. A GRA appointment provides:
Students on a GRA are required to work in a research capacity for up to 20 hours per week during the fall and spring terms. This work is done with your research advisor and will be directly related to their sponsored projects, research grants and contracts. Research assistantships provide broad exposure to the research process from grant proposal to publication.
Student Assistant (SA) and Graders
In lieu of teaching assistants, ECEE hires SAs and graders to assist with the majority of classroom support.
Additional Funding Opportunities & Notes
The Graduate School maintains a list of funding opportunities. ECEE students have strong records of being awarded highly competitive external fellowships with such agencies as NASA, the National Science Foundation, GAANN and others.
Students funded by the university, college, department or external organization must abide by the registration requirements of that agency. Most require full-time registration to be eligible for tuition funding and stipends. Make sure to review and follow these requirements carefully — failing to do so could make you liable for tuition and/or the revocation of your award.