Students admitted to the doctoral program in Electrical and Computer Engineering receive financial aid for the anticipated duration of studies (five years for students entering with a BS, four years for students entering with an MS), assuming satisfactory progress is made. Financial aid is offered by the doctoral program when admission is offered, and consists of a fellowship, a research assistantship, a teaching assistantship, or a combination thereof. This aid normally includes a tuition waiver, stipend (currently $28,000 for 12 months) and health care.
Students entering with an external fellowship will see their award adjusted to reflect the external support. As a condition of admission, students must report external fellowship with documentation of the award to the graduate program coordinator.
The EECS Department has limited financial aid to award to master's students at the time of application. Master's students are encouraged to apply for fellowships from sources outside the Department. Many of the more common fellowships and other funding sources are listed below.
The Rackham Merit Fellowship (RMF) and CoE Master’s Fellowship (CMF) are funding opportunities for newly admitted students. The RMF provides full funding during the funding of the 1st and 4th year of PhD studies while the CMF provide funding of $10,000 for Michigan residents, $20,000 for non-Michigan residents.
Admitted students are automatically considered for the awards based on the information in their official admission applications.
We look for domestic/permanent resident students who have a record of superior academic achievement as well as meet one of the following criteria:
To strengthen your official admission application for this fellowship, we recommend that your personal statement addresses how you meet one (or more) of the criteria listed above, and how this experience influenced you as a person and potential graduate student.
The College of Engineering recognizes undergraduate and graduate students who make outstanding contribution to the University both in and out the classroom. These awards focus on academic work, leadership experience, and service.
The awards specifically for graduate students are the Richard F. and Eleanor A. Towner Prize for Distinguished Academic Achievement, Distinguished Leadership Award, Harry B. Benford Award for Entrepreneurial Leadership, and the Marian Sarah Parker Prize.
A GRSA performs personal research (including thesis or dissertation preparation) or assists others performing research that is relevant to his or her academic goals.
GSRA positions are filled by both incoming and current graduate students. Doctoral students are given priority. GSRAs are usually expected to work 16 to 20 hours a week, receiving full tuition and fees, monthly stipend, and university health care coverage.
A GSI coordinates, leads, or insists in the instructional process in direct interaction with students. This includes class sessions, office hours, recitation, laboratory, quiz, or problem sessions.
GSI positions are filled by both incoming and current graduate students. Doctoral students are given priority. GSIs are usually expected to work 16 to 20 hours a week, receiving full tuition and fees, monthly stipend, and university health care coverage.
A GSSA performs administrative, counseling, or educational duties within the department other than those of a Graduate Student Instructor (GSI).
GSSA positions are filled by both incoming and current graduate students. Doctoral students are given priority. GSSAs are usually expected to work 16 to 20 hours a week, receiving full tuition and fees, monthly stipend, and university health care coverage.