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Financial Assistance & Fellowships

Most doctoral students and some master's students are supported through graduate research and teaching assistantships that provide full tuition and a monthly stipend. The listing below profiles just a portion of the fellowship opportunities available to support graduate studies. The Department of Electrical & Systems Engineering encourages both current and newly admitted graduate students to apply.

Internal Funding

McDonnell International Scholarship Academy
Applicants to the McDonnell International Scholars Academy must be admitted to a graduate or professional degree program at Washington University in St. Louis. The McDonnell Academy Steering Committee selects Scholars based on outstanding academic potential and on applicants' commitment to learning about ternational issues and global leadership.To be eligible to apply to the McDonnell Academy, an individual must be a graduate of one of our University Partners and must also apply to one of a select group of full-time graduate or professional programs. Application to the Academy is separate from, and in addition to, an application to a graduate or professional program at Washington University in St. Louis. Applications for will be accepted October 1 — February 1.
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Washington University in St. Louis Chancellor's Graduate Fellowship Program
The Chancellor's Graduate Fellowship provides support for full-time study leading to the completion of the doctorate in most of Washington University's academic programs. Deadline is January 25.
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Washington University in St. Louis Olin Fellowships for Women in Graduate Study
Any female graduate or prospective graduate of a baccalaureate institution in the U.S. who plans to prepare for a career in higher education or the professions is eligible to apply provided she seeks to obtain through full-time study at Washington University in St. Louis the highest degree available in her chosen field. Deadline is February 1.
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External Funding

American Galvanizers Association Galvanize the Future Scholarship
Deadline: Oct. 1 This essay contest by the American Galvanizers Association is open to any student majoring in engineering, architecture or materials science.

Facebook Graduate Fellowship Program
The Fellowship Program is open to all full-time PhD students (domestic and international) who are currently involved in on-going research in topical areas represented by these fellowships. Students must be enrolled during the current academic year and be studying computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering, system architecture, or a related area.
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Ford Foundation Fellowships
The Ford programs offer predoctoral, dissertation, and postdoctoral support for members of specific underrepresented minority groups who are pursuing or have completed a PhD or DSc in a research-based field of study. Deadline is November 19.
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Fullbright Scholar Program
The Fulbright Scholar Program substantially expands opportunities for U.S. Ph.D. students and recently-minted scholars. Postdoctoral and early career grants in over 80 countries offer career-building scholarly research, teaching and mentorship avenues. Grants are available for U.S. scholars who will have recently completed a doctoral degree, usually within the last five years. In addition to allowances for international travel and living costs, grantees without institutional affiliation in the U.S. may be eligible for funds to attend a professional conference.
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Hertz Foundation
Graduate fellowships based on merit for students pursuing doctoral degrees in the applied physical sciences. Must be U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Deadline is October 31.
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Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)
Eligible students are international graduate students in the biomedical or related sciences who have demonstrated exceptional talent for research, are in the second (or third) year of graduate study, have entered a laboratory in which they will conduct their dissertation research, and are not U.S. citizens, noncitizen nationals, or permanent residents of the U.S. Institutions will be allowed to nominate no more than 10 students. HHMI encourages institutions to submit a competitive and diverse set of nominees in terms of gender, country of citizenship, research area, and department/program affiliation.
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IBM PHD Fellowship Program
This fellowship is intended to honor exceptional PhD students in disciplines of mutual interest, including: chemistry, computer science, electrical engineering, materials science, mathematics, mechanical engineering and physics, as well as emerging technical fields.
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IBM Research Fellowships
IBM Fellowships are competitive awards that provide a stipend, tuition and fees for outstanding PhD students in areas of interest to IBM.
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Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers Fellowship
The IEEE Fellowship in Electrical History supports either one year of full-time graduate work in the history of electrical science and technology at a college or university of recognized standing, or up to one year of post-doctoral research for a scholar in this field who has received their Ph.D. within the past three years. The stipend is US$17,000, and a research budget of US$3,000 is available. Candidates with undergraduate degrees in engineering, the sciences, or the humanities are eligible for the Fellowship. For pre-doctoral applicants, however, the award is conditional upon acceptance of the candidate into an appropriate graduate program in history at a school of recognized standing. In addition, pre-doctoral recipients may not hold or subsequently receive other fellowships, but they may earn up to US$5,000 for work that is directly related to their graduate studies. Pre-doctoral Fellows must pursue full-time graduate work and evidence of satisfactory academic performance is required. These restrictions do not apply to post-doctoral applicants. The Fellow is selected on the basis of the candidate's potential for pursuing research in and contributing to electrical history. Deadline: February 15.
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Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Fellowship Program
Awards approximately 35 scholarships to college seniors or recent graduates to attend graduate programs. The scholarship awards will provide funding for tuition, room and board, books, and other required fees for the length of the graduate degree program, up to six years. Deadline is April 30.
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John Bardeen Engineering Fellowship
This fellowship is designed to provide entry-level research and work opportunities for outstanding engineering graduates with a recent Master or Doctoral degree and an interest in working within a cutting edge research environment at the largest high-energy physics research laboratory in the United States. This fellowship honors John Bardeen, the only person to ever win two Nobel Prizes in the same field.
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National Academy of Engineering Bernard M. Gordon Prize
To encourage innovation in engineering education, the National Academy of Engineering will award its Bernard M. Gordon Prize every year, instead of every other year, starting in 2005. Established in 2001, the $500,000 prize honors engineering educators whose programs strengthen the engineering workforce by cultivating student leadership and communication skills, creativity and ability to work in a team.

National Physical Science Consortium Graduate Fellowships in Science and Engineering
Application deadline: November 30. Applicants should have research experience in one of the following fields: Astronomy, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geology, Materials Science, Mathematical Sciences, Physics, or in related engineering fields such as Chemical, Computer, Electrical, Environmental, Mechanical.
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National Research Council of the National Academies (NCR)
The National Research Council of the National Academies sponsors a number of awards for graduate, postdoctoral and senior researchers at federal laboratories and affiliated institutions. These awards include generous stipends ranging from $42,000 - $75,000 per year for recent Ph.D. recipients, and higher for additional experience and graduate entry level stipends beginning at $30,000 and higher for additional experience. The awards provide the opportunity for recipients to do independent research in some of the best-equipped and staffed laboratories in the U.S. Research opportunities are open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and for some of the laboratories, foreign nationals.
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Research Council of the National Academies
The National Research Council of the National Academies sponsors a number of awards for graduate, postdoctoral and senior researchers at federal laboratories and affiliated institutions. These awards provide generous stipends ($42,000 - $75,000 per year for recent PhD recipients and higher for additional experience; Master's level stipends are $38,000 per annum), and the opportunity to do independent research in some of the best-equipped and staffed laboratories in the U.S. Research opportunities are open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and for some of the laboratories, foreign nationals.
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The Paul & 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. Deadline is November 1.
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Winston Churchill Foundation
The Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States provides support only for a one-year degree, namely the Masters of Philosophy, Masters of Advanced Study in Mathematics, etc.(On rare occasions, the Foundation allows post facto that the one year supported by a Churchill Scholarship count as the first year of a PhD program, should the applicant decide to continue on at the Unive University of Cambridge.)
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Federal Funding

American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Fellowship Programs
ASEE administers a number of fellowship and research programs with funding provided by the Federal agencies including the Department of Defense (DOD), NASA, and the National Science Foundation (NSF). These range from programs that provide summer internships for high school students to research programs for faculty members during the summer or while on sabbatical. Programs include undergraduate and graduate research support and postdoctoral research programs for recent PhDs at government and industrial research facilities. For further information about ASEE sponsored fellowships and projects please write, call, or e-mail us at: 1818 N Street, N.W., Suite 600, Washington, DC 20036-2479; Tel: (202) 331-3525; fax: (202) 265-8504; e-mail: projects@asee.org.
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Armed Forces Communications & Electronics Association
Fellowships of $15,000 each will be awarded to full-time postgraduate students who have earned master's degrees or the equivalent and who are currently enrolled in a doctoral degree program in electrical, electronic, chemical or communications engineering, physics, math or computer science. Deadline is February 1.
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NASA Graduate Student Researchers Program
Awards fellowships for graduate study leading to masters or doctoral degrees in science, mathematics or engineering related to NASA research and development. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen. Deadline is February 2.
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National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate Fellowship
NDSEG Fellowships are intended for students at or near the beginning of their graduate studies in science or engineering. Only U.S. citizens are eligible to apply. Deadline is January 9.
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National Science Foundation (NSF)
NSF graduate fellowship offers three years of support for advanced study in engineering and the sciences. Must be U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Applications open August of each year and closes November of each year.
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Funding for Women

Washington University in St. Louis Olin Fellowships for Women in Graduate Study
Any female graduate or prospective graduate of a baccalaureate institution in the U.S. who plans to prepare for a career in higher education or the professions is eligible to apply provided she seeks to obtain through full-time study at Washington University in St. Louis the highest degree available in her chosen field. Deadline is February 1.
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American Association of University Women (AAUW)
Supports women doctoral candidates completing dissertations. Must be U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Deadline is November 15.
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AT&T Laboratories Fellowship Program
Covers tuition and stipend costs for students pursuing PhD studies in computer and communications-related fields. Available to minority and women students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Deadline is January 15.
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Google Anita Borg Scholarships
Google Anita Borg Scholarship recipients will each receive a $10,000 award; finalists will each receive a $1,000 award. A group of female undergraduate and graduate students will be chosen from the applicant pool, and scholarships will be awarded based on the strength of each candidate’s academic background and demonstrated leadership. All scholarship recipients and finalists will be invited to attend the Annual Google Scholars’ Retreat in Mountain View, California.
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L'Oreal USA for Women in Science Fellowship Programme
L'Oreal will award five grants of $20,000 each to third and fourth year graduate students and postdoctoral researchers who are pursuing studies and research in the Natural Sciences (biological and physical), Engineering, Computer Science and Mathematics.
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Lucent Technologies Foundation
Fellowships designed to increase the number of minorities and women in the fields of science, math, engineering and technology. Deadline is January 15.
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NASA/Harriett G Jenkins Predoctoral Fellowship Program
Fellowship designed to increase the numbers of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities participating in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Deadline is February 1.
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National Physical Sciences Consortium
The National Physical Sciences Consortium offers PhD track fellowships in the physical sciences and related engineering fields. Eligible to U.S. citizens with emphasis on historically underrepresented minorities and women. Deadline is November 15.
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Sigma Delta Epsilon/Graduate Women in Science
Offers several fellowships and awards for women pursuing graduate degrees in the sciences. Deadline is July 1.

Funding for Minorities

AT&T Laboratories Fellowship Program
Covers tuition and stipend costs for students pursuing PhD studies in computer and communications-related fields. Available to minority and women students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Deadline is January 15.
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Hispanic Scholarship Fund
HSF offers different scholarship programs for students of various educational backgrounds. All applicants must be U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents of Hispanic heritage. Deadline is October 15.
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Lucent Technologies Foundation
Fellowships designed to increase the number of minorities and women in the fields of science, math, engineering and technology. Deadline is January 15.
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National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc.(NACME)Corporate Scholars Program
This not-for-profit corporation strives to increase the representation of successful African American, American Indian and Latino men and women in engineering, technology, math, and science-based disciplines by offering scholarships, leadership training seminars, professional development and mentorships. Sponsored by Malcolm Pirnie.
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National Physical Sciences Consortium
The National Physical Sciences Consortium offers PhD track fellowships in the physical sciences and related engineering fields. Eligible to U.S. citizens with emphasis on historically underrepresented minorities and women. Deadline is November 15.
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National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science (GEM fellowships)
Provides tuition and stipend for three semesters of MS award and five years for PhD awards. Intended for underrepresented U.S. minorities. Deadline is December 1.
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National Physical Sciences Consortium
The National Physical Sciences Consortium offers PhD track fellowships in the physical sciences and related engineering fields. Eligible to U.S. citizens with emphasis on historically underrepresented minorities and women. Deadline is November 15.
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Summer Programs

IIASA Young Scientists Summer Program
Each summer, the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), located in Schloss Laxenburg near Vienna, Austria, hosts a selected group of graduate students, primarily doctoral, from around the world in its Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP). These students work closely with IIASA’s senior scientists on projects within the Institute’s three theme areas.
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Co-ops, internships, and jobs at Ameren
You can find announcements of jobs and internships/co-ops at the Ameren Corporation at Ameren Career Paths.

Advice for Summer Internships
As students begin to leave campus for the summer, many will head off to internships, hoping to add to their classroom experiences and enhance their future opportunities by immersing themselves in the real world of work.
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Helpful Financial Assistance Information

How to Apply for Graduate Federal Financial Assistance

  • Apply for Federal Assistance
  • Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Note for Ph.D. Students
    All Ph.D. students need to apply for federal financial assistance through the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. Students should visit Danforth University Center, Suite 300 or call (314) 935-6821.

Federal Financial Aid Contact

  • Johanna Sengheiser
    Graduate Financial Aid Analyst and Accountant
    Tel: (314) 935-6183
    Fax: (314) 935-4242
    Brauer Hall, Room 2021
    jsengheiser@wustl.edu

Washington University in St. Louis School of Engineering & Applied Science, Department of Electrical & Systems Engineering

Green Hall, CB 1042, 1 Brookings Drive, Saint Louis, MO, USA 63130
Phone: (314) 935-5565, Fax: (314) 935-7500

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