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.

The University of Illinois requires that all international teaching assistants have a minimum score of 24 on the speaking portion of the TOEFL or a minimum sub-score of 8 on the speaking portion of the IELTS.  Due to this requirement, MechSE strongly suggests that all international applicants provide TOEFL or IELTS as part of the application.  International applicants who qualify for an exemption from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement should still provide these test scores if they want to be considered for teaching assistantships.

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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