Graduate fellowships

Fellowships through ASU and external resources, along with research and teaching assistant positions, offer many alternatives to fund your education expenses at ASU—often for multiple years or even the full course of study. Fellowship resources are limited, and many fellowships require U.S. citizenship or the right to work in the United States.

Fellowships through Arizona State University

Fellowships are awarded on a highly competitive basis as part of the graduate program application process. Examples of fellowships available include:

  • Dean’s Fellowship: This prestigious award is for highly qualified incoming Ph.D. students.  The Dean’s Fellowship provides tuition, health insurance and $27,500 of annual support. This award is a commitment for four academic years plus summers. Fellows will hold a 50% FTE Graduate Research Associate position working with faculty conducting research in their field of interest.  Dean’s Fellow candidates must be nominated by an Engineering faculty member or you can self-nominate here.  Qualified candidates will:
    • Be a first-year Ph.D. student
    • Have an engineering undergraduate degree from a major state university or top private college
    • Have a GPA of 3.5 or higher
    • Brings a strong passion for research and has some research experience as an undergraduate and/or other significant industry or leadership activities
    • Apply to one of our engineering graduate programs by December 31
  • Fulton Fellowship: Provides a one-year cash award paid through the Scholarship Office.  The amount of the award is determined by the academic department. Qualified candidates will:
    • Be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident
    • Be a first-year Ph.D. student in one of our engineering programs
    • Have a GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • University Graduate Fellowships (Block Grants): These awards are funded by the Graduate College. The Graduate College provides academic units with an annual allocation of resources for units to award.  Each academic unit selects recipients based on academic and research accomplishments in their respective fields of study. PhD students interested in this award should communicate directly with the academic unit about availability of such funds.
  • Barrett Electronic Materials Fellowship: Endowed by Craig and Barbara Barrett, this fellowship is awarded annually and supports a first-year doctoral student in Electrical or Materials Engineering doing research on electronic materials.
  • Pamela and Jack Saltich Fellowship: This fellowship was endowed by Pamela and Jack Saltich to support highly qualified graduate students in electrical engineering. Qualified applicants should:
  • International Switching Symposium Endowed Fellowship: Awarded to graduate students whose primary research interest lies in telecommunications and who are enrolled with graduate status within the Department of Electrical Engineering.
  • Betty Hum Graduate Assistantship: This award was created by Betty Hum; a member of the Del E. Webb School of Construction Associate for Construction Excellence.  This award is intended to support full-time grad student in the Del E. Webb School of Construction.
  • Phoenix/Scottsdale Groundwater Contamination Fellowship for Environmental Science: This fellowship graduate students in the field of Environmental Science.  Qualified candidates will:
    • Be committed to the study and solution of environmental problems in Arizona
    • Demonstrate financial need
    • Arizona resident preferred
  • Del E. Webb Foundation Graduate Fellowship: Established by the Del E. Webb Foundation; this fellowship supports graduate students in the field of construction.
  • Peter E. Crouch Excellence Fund: This award recognizes the lasting impact of former dean Peter E. Crouch by providing fellowship support for a graduate student doing interdisciplinary work with engineering and math and/or education.
  • Ford Graduate Engineering Fellowship: This fellowship was established by the Ford Motor Company to recognize academic achievement and engineering research at ASU.  Awarded annually to Ph.D. students in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.
  • Joseph and Sandra Palais Outstanding Doctoral Student Award:  This award is presented to an outstanding continuing student in Electrical Engineering.  Candidates are nominated by their faculty advisor and the award is presented in the spring.  Recipients of this award will:
    • Be a continuing Ph.D. student in Electrical Engineering
    • Have a minimum 3.75 GPA
    • Have at least one published research or conference paper
  • Ferdinand A. Stanchi Fellowship: This award provides financial assistance to graduate students in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.

Admitted students interested in engineering fellowships should apply at https://fultonapps.asu.edu/gradscholarship/apply/scholarship_search.cfm.  We also encourage students to seek out new funding opportunities, including external sources.   For any additional information, please contact Christa Thompson at Christa.l.thompson@asu.edu.

Research Assistants and Teaching Assistants

Assistantships provide an excellent opportunity to help finance graduate education, further individual study and contribute to ASU’s research and teaching efforts. Most research assistantship positions are generally found through direct relationships with faculty.

In addition to tuition, assistantships provide a monthly stipend, which can vary depending upon the responsibilities of the position. Research assistants perform part-time research under the direct supervision of faculty. Teaching assistants perform instructional duties such as lecturing, assisting in laboratory classes, grading tests and papers.

Applications for graduate teaching/research assistantships/associateships are available on the Graduate College website or through your academic unit.  Teaching and research assistants/associates are responsible for adhering to policies outlined in the TA/RA Handbook.

External Fellowship Resources

There are many graduate funding opportunities through public and private sources outside of Arizona State University. These include:

Fellowships through ASU and external resources, along with research and teaching assistant positions, offer many alternatives to fund your education expenses at ASU—often for multiple years or even the full course of study. Fellowship resources are limited, and many fellowships require U.S. citizenship or the right to work in the United States.