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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.   

    Qualified candidates should:
    • 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
    • Be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident
    • 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 should:
    • 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: This fellowship was created by Craig and Barbara Barrett to support graduate students with research interest in Electrical or Materials Engineering.

    Qualified candidates should:
    • Be a first-year Ph.D. student
    • Ph.D. student in Electrical or Materials Engineering
    • Have a research interest in electronic materials
    • Demonstrate financial need
  • Joseph A. Barkson Fellowship: Dr. Joseph A. Barkson was a professor in Electrical Engineering.  This fund was created in his honor to support graduate students studying Electrical  Engineering.

    Qualified applicants should:
  • Peter E. Crouch Excellence Fund: This award recognizes the lasting impact of former dean Peter E. Crouch.

    Qualified applicants should:
    • Be a graduate student completing interdisciplinary work with engineering and math and/or education.  
  • Harold & Lucille Dunn Memorial Engineering Scholarship: This fund was created in honor of Harold Lucille Dunn to advance graduate students in the Fulton Schools of Engineering.

    Qualified applicants should:
    • Have a minimum GPA of 3.5
    • Demonstrate financial need
  • Gerald T. Heydt Scholarship for Power EngineeringDr. Gerald Heydt is a professors in Electrical Engineering with an emphasis in Power Engineering.  This fund was created in Dr. Heydt’s honor to continue the inspiration of his teaching in the field of Power Engineering.

    Qualified applicants should:
    • Be a graduate student studying power engineering
    • Be a U.S. citizen
  • L.C. Jacobson Graduate Fellowship: Awarded to high quality graduate students in The Del E. Webb School of Construction.

    Qualified applicants should:
    • Be an Arizona resident

  • International Switching Symposium Endowed Fellowship: This fellowship was created to support graduate students in telecommunications.

    Qualified applicants should:
  • Betty Hum Graduate Assistantship: This award was created by Betty Hum; a member of the Del E. Webb School of Construction’s Alliance for Construction Excellence.  

    Qualified applicants should:
  • Kavazanjian Endowed FellowshipThe Kavazanjian Fellowship was created in honor of Edward and Amelia Kavazanjian, who provided the moral, ethical and financial support of Dr. Ed Kavazanjian. 

    Qualified candidates should:
    • Be a graduate student in the area of geotechnical engineering.

  • Bert Keats Fellowship: Dr. Bert Keats was a professor in Industrial Engineering who started the graduate program in industrial statistics and quality and reliability engineering.  This fund was created to support graduate students.

    Qualified candidates should:
    • Be a graduate student studying industrial statistics
    • Have a minimum GPA of 3.5
    • Demonstrate financial need
    • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Darryl E. Metzger Memorial Fellowship: This fund was established in honor of Darryl Metzger, former Chair of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.  The fund was created to support graduate students in engineering.

    Qualified candidates should:
    • Be a graduate student in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering
    • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0
    • Be a full-time graduate student
  • Douglas C Montgomery FundDr. Montgomery is a scholar and professor with emphasis in Industrial Statistics in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.  Dr. Montgomery created this fund to support graduate students who perform research in the industrial statistics area.  

    Qualified candidates should:
    • Be a Ph.D. student studying Industrial Engineering with preference in areas of Quality and Reliability Engineering or Industrial Statistics
    • Have a minimum GPA of 3.5
  • Phoenix/Scottsdale Groundwater Contamination Fellowship for Environmental Science: This fellowship supports graduate students in the field of Environmental Science. 

    Qualified candidates should:
    • Be committed to the study and solution of environmental problems in Arizona
    • Demonstrate financial need
    • Be an Arizona resident 
    • Be a full-time graduate student
  • Joseph and Sandra Palais Outstanding Doctoral Student Award: This prestigious award is for the top graduating Ph.D student from the School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering.   This award was created by Dr. Joseph Palais and his wife Sandra Palais to inspire the best Electrical Engineering graduate students within the Fulton Schools of Engineering, and to honor the legacy and continued work of Dr. Palais at ASU.

    Qualified candidates should:
    • Be a graduate student in the School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering
    • Have a minimum GPA of 3.75
    • Be in their final year of their Ph.D.
    • Have published at least one journal article or conference paper
    • Be nominated by their faculty advisor and selected on achievement, quality of research, impact of research results, publications, research awards and other items 
  • Pamela and Jack Saltich Fellowship: This fellowship was endowed by Pamela and Jack Saltich to support highly qualified graduate students in electrical engineering.

    Qualified candidates should:
  • Ferdinand A. Stanchi FellowshipThis fund was created in honor of Ferdinand Stanchi to support awards to graduate students in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.

  • Del E. Webb Foundation Graduate Fellowship: Established by the Del E. Webb Foundation.

    Qualified candidates should:
    • Be a graduate student in the field of construction

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 Wendy Van Duyn at Wendy.VanDuyn@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.