Fellowships and Assistantships

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Fellowships and Assistantships

Approximately 85% of students in the graduate research programs are fully funded through fellowships, research assistantships, and teaching assistantships.  The most common forms of funding in MechSE are fellowships, research assistantships, and teaching assistantships.

Fellowships

MechSE offers prestigious, multi-year fellowships to top applicants.  Additional fellowships are also available from the College of Engineering and the Graduate College at the University of Illinois.  MechSE nominates top applicants for all of these fellowships.  MS and PhD Applicants are automatically considered for these awards; there is no separate application.  Fellowships provide a monthly stipend and are typically accompanied by a tuition and fee waiver.

Research Assistantships

After you have received your offer of admission from MechSE, you may begin contacting faculty to inquire about research assistantships.  Faculty in MechSE typically hire newly admitted students in the March-August timeframe.  MechSE faculty seek to hire both admitted applicants who are starting at the MS level as well as admitted applicants starting at the PhD level.  Research assistantships provide a monthly stipend and are typically accompanied by a tuition and fee waiver as compensation for research carried out through the completion of the degree.

Teaching Assistantships

Admitted students may receive an offer of financial support that includes a teaching assistantship.  Teaching assistantships provide a monthly stipend and are typically accompanied by a tuition and fee waiver as compensation for teaching duties carried out through the completion of the degree.

English requirements for admission differ from English requirements for teaching assistantship (TA) eligibility.  In order to be eligible for a TA and any type of funding that includes a TA, all non-native English speakers, regardless of US Citizenship or prior enrollment at Illinois, must have a minimum of 24 on the speaking portion of the TOEFL or at least an 8 on the speaking portion of the IELTS.  TOEFL and IELTS scores must be taken within 2 years of the proposed term of entry.  This policy is required by the State of Illinois.  Please be aware that meeting these requirements is not an automatic award of a TA.

Guaranteed Research and Teaching Assistantships

Admitted applicants may receive an offer of admission with a guaranteed assistantship.  This is an offer of financial support that allows the admitted applicant to start preparing for research and graduate study in MechSE.

External Fellowships

Applicants should also consider fellowships for which they apply directly.  A few which might be considered are:

Please check with the Graduate College Fellowships website for additional fellowships for which you may be eligible.

 

Contact Info

Graduate Programs Office
166 MEB
1206 W. Green St.
Urbana, IL 61801
(217) 244-3416
mechse-gradatillinois [dot] edu
 

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