Fellowships for Programs in ECE
(Electrical Engineering  -  Electrical Engineering:Systems)

University of Michigan Fellowships
External Fellowships


University of Michigan Fellowships

CEW Scholarships (University of Michigan Fellowship)
For female students who are returning to school after a break of at least 48 months.

  • Award: $1,000-$9,000
  • Citizenship: No limitations
  • Deadline: February 28

Rackham Barbour Scholarship (University of Michigan Fellowship)
Scholarships for Asian women ("From Turkey to Japan and the Philippines") who have completed at least two terms of graduate work at the University of Michigan prior to award tenure. Recipients must be in residence on campus as a full-time student during award tenure.

  • Award: $18,600 stipend, plus tuition and health insurance (one year)
  • Citizenship: Must be foreign citizens with intent to return to their home country
  • Deadline: January 16

Rackham Engineering Awards (REA) (University of Michigan Fellowship)
For underrepresented graduate students in the Physical Science or Engineering fields.

  • Award: fall and winter tuition, GradCare health coverage and monthly stipends for up to five academic years if entering without a relevant Masters degree
  • Recipients are nominated during the admissions process
  • Citizenship: U.S. citizen
  • Deadline: March 11

Rackham International Students Fellowship and Chia-Lun Lo Fellowship Program (University of Michigan Fellowship)
Available to assist outstanding international students, especially those who may be ineligible for other kinds of support because of citizenship. Students must be nominated by their department, and in their second or third year of study. Each department may nominate no more than two students. In addition the Chia-Lun Lo Fellowship assists outstanding students in the Rackham programs who have earned a previous degree from a university in Taiwan.

  • Award: One-time $10,000 (up to twenty awarded)
  • Citizenship: Non-U.S. citizen or non-permanent resident
  • Deadline: October 10

Rackham Martin Luther King, Jr./Cesar Chavez/Rosa Parks Future Faculty Fellowship (University of Michigan Fellowship)
For underrepresented minorities in a doctoral program, who are Michigan residents, and plan to teach in post secondary education.

  • Awards: Varies by financial need--up to $20,000 for Master's and $35,000 for PhD
  • Citizenship: U.S. citizen-must be Michigan resident
  • Deadline: Varies with availability

Rackham Non-Traditional Fellowships (University of Michigan Fellowship)
To aid Michigan Residents who wish to return to graduate school after an extended absence and where the interruption in schooling may have placed them at a disadvantage in competing with more traditional students for financial assistance awarded at the time of admission.

  • Award: One term of tuition and associated fees
  • Citizenship: Michigan resident are given special consideration
  • Deadline: October 10

Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship Program (University of Michigan Fellowship)
Awarded to outstanding students who have achieved candidacy and are currently working on dissertation research- and writing.

  • Award: Monthly stipend; candidacy tuition and fees; Gradcare; this is a one-time, 12-month award
  • Citizenship: No limitations
  • Deadline: January 16

Susan Lipschutz, Margaret Ayers Host and Anna Olcott Smith Awards for Women Graduate Students (University of Michigan Fellowship) 
For women actively pursuing a doctoral degree in any Rackham program, and who have achieved candidacy. Each department may nominate only one student.

  • Awards: $6,000 for spring/summer support
  • Citizenship: No limitations
  • Deadline: January 30

External Fellowships

American Association of University Women (AAUW) Fellowships
Selected Professions Fellowships, PhD Dissertation Fellowships & International Fellowships:
Selected Professions Fellowships are awarded to women who intend to pursue a full-time course of study at accredited institutions during the fellowship year in one of the designated degree programs where women's participation traditionally has been low .

  • Award: Varies by fellowship type
  • Citizenship: Varies
  • Deadline: Varies by fellowship type

American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC) Graduate Fellowships Program
For enrolled members of federally recognized American Indian tribes or Alaska Native groups, or for those who can provide documentation of descendancy (possess one fourth degree federally-recognized Indian blood) and financial need.

  • Award: Varies by financial need
  • Citizenship: U.S. citizen
  • Deadline: June 1

American Public Power Association (APPA) Student Research Grants
Demonstration of Energy-Efficient Developments (DEED) Program student research grants/internships support students studying in energy-related disciplines, increase awareness of career opportunities in public power, and provide assistance to DEED member utility sponsors. Students must obtain a DEED member sponsor for their student research grant/internship in order to apply.

  • Award: Stipend of $4,000
  • Citizenship: No limitations
  • Deadline: February 15 and October 15

American Public Power Association (APPA) Technical Design Project Grants
The Demonstration of Energy-Efficient Developments (DEED) Program technical design project is intended to promote the involvement of students studying in energy-related disciplines in the public power industry.

  • Award: One $5,000 TDP is awarded each year to a student or group of students conducting research on an energy-related project. The award recipient(s) also receive travel reimbursement up to $3000 to present their project during the annual APPA Engineering and Operations Technical Conference. The TDP does not require a utility sponsor.
  • Citizenship: No limitations
  • Deadline: October 15

Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) Graduate Scholarship Program
Awarded to full-time postgraduate students who have earned Master's degrees or the equivalent and who are currently enrolled in an accredited U.S. doctoral degree program in electrical, electronics, chemical, systems or communications engineering, physics, math, or computer science. Endorsement by the Dean of the College of Engineering is required, regardless of major.

  • Award: Varies by fellowship/grant type
  • Citizenship: Varies by fellowship/grant type
  • Deadline: Varies by fellowship/grant type

AT&T Labs Fellowship Program
Fellowships are available to outstanding minority and women students who are pursuing PhD studies in computer and communications-related fields, including computer science, math, statistics, electrical engineering, operations, systems, etc.

  • Award: 3-year fellowship, with the following benefits: all educational expenses during the school year, including tuition, books, fees, and approved travel expenses; a summer internship during the student's first summer in the program; education expenses for summer study or university research; a stipend for living expenses; support for attending approved scientific conferences; a mentor who is a staff member at AT&T Labs.
  • Deadline: January 15
  • Citizenship: U.S. citizen or permanent resident

Charles & Anne Lindbergh Foundation
Each year, The Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation provides grants of up to $10,580 (a symbolic amount representing the cost of the "Spirit of St. Louis") to men and women whose individual initiative and work in a wide spectrum of disciplines furthers the Lindberghs' vision of a balance between the advance of technology and the preservation of the natural/human environment.

  • Award: $10,580
  • Citizenship: No limitations
  • Deadline: 2nd Thursday in June

DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE-CSGF)
Graduate students pursuing PhD in Computer Science, Mathematics, and Scientific or engineering disciplines.

  • Award: $36,000 annual stipend; payment of all tuition and fees (renewable for up to 4 years); $1,000 annual allowance for research; $5,000 academic allowance for first-year fellowship; a 3-month practicum at a national DOE laboratory.
  • Citizenship: U.S. Citizen or permanent resident aliens who are exceptional senior undergraduates or in their first or second year of graduate study
  • Deadline: January 14

Fannie and John Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowships in the Applied Physical Sciences
We look to support the graduate education of America's most promising technical talent, the Ph.D.-directed effort of the young men and women who can be expected to have the greatest impact on the application of the physical, biological and engineering sciences to human problems during the next half-century.

  • Award: Successful applicants have the choice of two Fellowship options:

  • Five-Year Hertz - Option 1
    - $31,000/9-month personal stipend
    - Full tuition equivalent
    - Renewable for up to 5 years

  • Five-Year Coordinated - Option 2
    Hertz Period - Two Years
    - $36,000/9-month personal stipend
    - Full tuition equivalent
    Other Fellowship Period - Up to Three Years
    - $3,500/year supplemental stipend (plus $5,000/year dependent child care) from Hertz
    - Requires Awardee to accept a 3-year Fellowship from another source
  • Citizenship: U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Deadline: October 30

Ford Foundation Dissertation Diversity Fellowships
For grad students working to complete their dissertations.

  • Award: $21,000 for one year, plus conference fee for Ford Fellows conference and access to Ford Fellow Regional Liaisons
  • Citizenship: U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Deadline: November 9

Ford Foundation Predoctoral Diversity Fellowships
Provides 3 years of support for individuals engaged in graduate study leading to a PhD.

  • Award: $20,000 stipend; $2000 for tuition and fees; expenses to attend at least one Ford Fellows conference and access to Ford Fellow Regional Liaisons
  • Citizenship: U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Deadline: November 2

Gates Millennium Scholars Program
Provides outstanding African American, American Indian/Alaska Natives, Asian Pacific Islander Americans, and Hispanic American studentswith significant financial need an opportunity to complete a graduate education in mathematics, science, engineering, education or library science.

  • Award: determined by unmet need based on the financial aid award package that will be provided by the Nominee's college or university. It will help pay the cost of attendance, which includes tuition, fees, books, and living expenses for the academic year.
  • Citizenship: U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Deadline: January 11

Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) PhD Fellowship
Provides mentorship and financial assistance to admitted PhD students interested in careers in teaching and/or academia. Students who are admitted should indicate their interest in this fellowship to their faculty contact during the admission process. Eligible students will be directed to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which will allow the department to determine stipend level. Awarding of GAANN fellowships is a competitive process: a GAANN committee within the department will determine the recipients from the pool of all eligible applicants.

  • Award: 12 months of full tuition, fees, health benefits and annual stipend of up to $30,000, determined by documented need (FAFSA result). Faculty mentorship, teaching training and entrepreneurial support are also provided.
  • Citizenship: U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Deadline: Concurrent with admission offer/acceptance

IBM PhD Fellowship Program
Honors exceptional PhD students with interest in areas including business, science and related technical fields such as autonomic computing, nanotechnology. Fellows are matched with an IBM mentor according to their area of interest. Student must be nominated by a faculty advisor, enrolled full-time, and have completed at least on year of doctoral study.

  • Award: 1 year stipend (amount unspecified)
  • Citizenship: No limitations indicated
  • Deadline: October 31

IEEE Charles LeGeyt Fortescue Graduate Scholarship Fund
Awarded for one year to a full-time graduate student obtaining their Masters in electrical engineering.

  • Award: 1 year stipend of $24,000
  • Citizenship: U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Deadline: November 15

IEEE Life Member Graduate Study Fellowship
The fellowship is awarded annually to a first year, full-time graduate student working toward a Master's degree in electrical engineering.

  • Award: 1 year fellowship at $10,000, renewable for 1 additional year
  • Citizenship: No limitations indicated
  • Deadline: November 15

Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT)
The Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) program seeks to train PhD scientists and engineers with the interdisciplinary background and the technical, professional and personal skills needed to address the global questions of the future.  Through the use of innovative curricula and internships, and by focusing on problem-centered training, these programs give their graduates the edge needed to become leaders in their chosen fields.

  • Award: $30,000 plus tuition and fees
  • Citizenship: US citizen
  • Deadline: Depends on individual programs

Intel Foundation Ph.D. Fellowship Program
The Intel Foundation Ph.D. Fellowship Program awards two-year fellowships to Ph.D. candidates pursuing leading-edge work in fields related to Intel's business and research interests. Fellowships are available at select U.S. universities, by invitation only, and focus on Ph.D. students who have completed at least one year of study. The program encourages applicants from underrepresented minority groups, including women. The fellowship includes a cash award (tuition/fees/stipend), an Intel® architecture-based laptop gifted by Intel Corporation, an Intel mentor, an invitation to the Fellowship Forum at Intel in October, and the opportunity to participate in an internship at Intel. Student must be nominated by a faculty advisor.

  • Stipend award in 2012: $24,000 stipend, tuition and fees over 8 months (fall and winter terms); $1500 travel stipend
  • Deadline for Faculty Nominations: March 2

International Fellowships
International Fellowships are awarded for full-time study or research to women who are not United States citizens or permanent residents. Both graduate and postgraduate study at accredited institutions are supported.

  • Award: Varies by fellowship
  • Citizenship: Non-U.S. citizen
  • Deadline: December 1

International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE) Scholarships and Grants
Scholarships are granted to students who are enrolled full- or part-time in optics, photonics, imaging, optoelectronics, or a related degree program.

  • Award: $1,000-$11,000
  • Citizenship: Unspecified
  • Deadline: January 15

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Scholarship Program
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Scholarship Program will award approximately 65 scholarships to seniors and recent graduates planning to attend graduate school for the first time starting this fall. Students interested in this scholarship must be nominated by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Faculty Representative at their institution. Currently, graduate scholarships are offered only to students whi received undergraduate fellowships through the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.

  • Award: Each award covers a portion of educational expenses, including tuition, living expenses, required fees, and books for the graduate degree chosen. The amount and duration of awards vary by student based on the cost of attendance and the length of the graduate program as well as other scholarships or grants received. The maximum available per student per year of study is $50,000 and the maximum length is six years.
  • Citizenship: Unspecified
  • Deadline: May 1

Link Foundation Energy Fellowships
"Preference will be given to candidates who have a well-defined thesis direction but who still have enough time remaining working toward their Ph.D. that receipt of a Link Foundation Fellowship could make a difference."

  • Award: 2 year fellowships at $21,500 per year stipend; $2,500 for research expenses; $1,000 for technical conference- or puplishing costs
  • Citizenship: No limitations
  • Deadline: December 1

NASA Earth System Science Fellowship Program
Ensures continued training of interdisciplinary scientists to support the study of the Earth as a system, especially focusing on Earth remote sensing.

  • Award: Up to $30,000 per year
  • Citizenship: Open to anyone, although preference given to US citizens and permanent residents
  • Deadline: February 2 for first-time applicants; March 16 for renewal applicants

NASA Graduate Student Researcher's Program (GSRP)
The NASA Graduate Student Research Program (GSRP) awards fellowships for graduate study leading to masters or doctoral degrees in the fields of science, mathematics, and engineering related to NASA research and development.

  • Award: Fellowships are awarded for one year as training grants in the amount of $24,000. This amount includes an $18,000 student stipend, a student allowance of $3,000, and a $3,000 university allowance.
  • Citizenship: U.S. citizen
  • Deadline: March 8

NASA Harriett G. Jenkins Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Program (JPFP)
The Harriett G. Jenkins Pre-doctoral Fellowship provides up to 3 years of funding and support to full-time graduate students (master's and doctoral level) who are underrepresented in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.

  • Awards: Annual stipends for students pursuing master's degrees start at $18,000. Annual stipends for students pursuing doctoral degrees start at $24,000. Regardless of the degree pursued, annual tuition offsets start at $8,500.
  • Citizenship: U.S. citizen
  • Deadline: February 8

National Academies / National Research Council Graduate Research Awards
These competitive awards are administered on behalf of 26 US government research agencies and allow recipients to conduct independent research in federal laboratories and affiliated institutions.

  • Award: 12 months, renewable for a 2nd or 3rd year. Annual stipends range from $42,000+ and include health insurance, relocation and travel benefits.
  • Citizenship: Varies by laboratory
  • Deadline: Rolling/seasonal

National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science (GEM)
For under-represented minorities. There is both a Masters' and PhD program.

  • Award: 1 year stipend ($14,000 minimum for PhD study; $10,000 minimum distributed over 3 semesters for MS study)
  • Citizenship: U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Deadline: November 15

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship
Graduate Students who will pursue a doctoral degree in, or closely related to, an area of DoD interest within one of the following disciplines: Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, Biosciences, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Cognitive, Neural and Behavioral Sciences, Computer and Computational Sciences, Electrical Engineering, Geosciences, Materials Science and Engineering, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering, Oceanography, Physics.

  • Award: Varies by fellowship
  • Citizenship: U.S. citizen
  • Deadline: Varies by fellowship

National Physical Science Consortium (NPSC)
Graduate Fellowships in the Physical Sciences (and Engineering). Special emphasis toward the recruitment of minority and female students. Students can be in their first year of study. Do some work at some National Laboratories, or Amgen.

  • Award: $20,000 stipend per year up to six years plus two summers paid research employment and travel
  • Citizenship: U.S. citizen
  • Deadline: November 30

National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)

  • Award: Stipend of $30,000/year, plus education coverage of $10,500 for up to three years, and a 1-time $1,000 travel allowance for research abroad
  • Citizenship: U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Deadlines: November 2-9 (varies for different degrees)

Northeast Consortium for Faculty Diversity Dissertation-Year Fellowships
Graduate students who are approaching their dissertation- writing stage or already in this stage are encouraged to apply.

  • Awards: $25,000- $33,000 from Sept. - Aug.
  • Citizenship: U.S. citizen
  • Deadline: February 4

Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans
The purpose of The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans is to provide opportunities for continuing generations of able and accomplished New Americans to achieve leadership in their chosen fields. The Program was established in recognition of the contributions New Americans have made to American life and in gratitude for the opportunities the United States has afforded the donors and their family.

  • Award: Tuition and living expenses of up to $90,000 over 2 years
  • Citizenship: A New American is an individual who (1) is a resident alien; i.e., holds a Green Card, or, (2) has been naturalized as a U.S. citizen, or (3) is the child of two parents who are both naturalized citizens.
  • Deadline: November 1

PEO International Peace Scholarship
The International Peace Scholarship Fund is a program which provides scholarships for selected women from other countries for graduate study in the United States and Canada.

  • Award: Up to $6,000; two year limit
  • Citizenship: Non-U.S. citizen
  • Deadline: December 15

Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) DoD/Service Scholarship
Awarded to undergraduates and graduates for the duration of their degree studies. SMART Scholars must be able to obtain a security clearance and willing to work in a security lab upon graduation for a duration of time commensurate with their SMART Scholarship award period.

  • Award: Tuition, health care (reimbursement of up to $1,200 per calendar year) and stipend ($25,000 for undergraduates; $41,000 for PhD students)
  • Citizenship: U.S. citizen
  • Deadline: December 1

Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) Graduate Fellowship Program and Master's Scholarship Program
The Graduate Fellowship Program (GFP) addresses the issues of improving educational opportunities at the doctoral level and supplying a relevantly educated work force for the semiconductor industry. The objectives of the program are 1) to encourage academically gifted U.S./permanent resident students to pursue doctoral degrees in research areas consistent with SRC goals, and 2) to develop a cadre of the highest quality doctoral graduates for SRC member companies and U.S. universities.

  • Award: Competitive stipend, tuition and fees for up to 5 years of doctoral study; annual $2,000 unrestricted gift for use by the student's faculty advisor in support of the student
  • Citizenship: U.S. citizens or have permanent resident, refugee, or political asylum status in the U.S.
  • Deadline: February 15

The Master's Scholarship Program (MSP) addresses issues of improving educational opportunities at the master's level for students in underrepresented minority categories. The objectives of the program are: 1) to encourage academically gifted U.S./permanent resident students in these populations to pursue graduate research in areas consistent with Global Research Collaboration (GRC) goals, and 2) to develop a cadre of highest quality minority candidates for doctoral study and hire by GRC companies.

  • Award: Competitive stipend, tuition and fees for up to 2 years of master's study; annual $2,000 unrestricted gift for use by the student's faculty advisor in support of the student
  • Citizenship: U.S. citizens or have permanent resident, refugee, or political asylum status in the U.S.
  • Deadline: February 15

UNCF Merck Science Research Dissertation Graduate Fellowships
The UNCF-Merck Graduate Science Research Dissertation Fellowships are intended to support African-American graduate students as they complete coursework, conduct research, and prepare the dissertation required for the doctoral degree in the biomedically relevant life or physical sciences.

  • Award: Varries by fellowship
  • Citizenship: U.S. citizen or permanent resident; must be African-American
  • Deadline: December 1

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Graduate Fellowships (DHS)
First- and second-year graduate fellowships for research-based graduate degree in the physical, biological, social and behavioral sciences including science policy, engineering, mathematics, or computer science. NOTE: graduate fellowships will not be offered during the 2010 competition cycle.

  • Award: Full tuition and fees paid up to 3 years, plus stipend of $2,300/month for 12 months
  • Citizenship: U.S citizen
  • Deadline: January 31