Financial aid is very competitive and only awarded to the very best students. Aid awards are made to all students, both domestic and international. Most of these awards are given to Fall applicants, but a few may be given to Spring applicants.
Students may be eligible for research assistantships (RA) working on specific research projects for individual professors. Typically a research assistantship pays a stipend and provides a tuition waiver, but this depends upon the funds available from the research grant or contract of the faculty member.
The department also hires students on an hourly basis to support the educational mission of the department by grading papers, teaching recitation sections, or functioning as lab assistants. Students will be notified of such opportunities through the departmental e-mail system.
The National Science Foundation awards fellowships for graduate study leading to research-based master's or doctoral degrees in science or engineering. These NSF Graduate Fellowships are intended for students at or near the beginning of their graduate study and are typically applied for in the fall of the student's senior year. The application deadline is typically near the beginning of November.
The target audience for the NDSEG Fellowship Program includes those students who are at or near the beginning of their graduate study in science or engineering. This means current seniors, current first year graduate students, and those who have received their bachelor's degree, but have not started graduate school. The Department of Defense (DoD) yearly awards 100-150 new three-year graduate fellowships to individuals who have demonstrated ability and special aptitude for advanced training in science and engineering. Fellowships will be awarded for study and research leading to doctoral degrees in mathematical, physical, biological, ocean and engineering sciences. The application deadline is typically in January.
NASA awards fellowships for graduate study leading to research-based masters or doctoral degrees. This program supports approximately 300 graduate students each year. Students may apply prior to receiving their baccalaureate degree or at any time during their graduate career. Fellowships are awarded for one year as training grants not to exceed $24,000 and are renewable for a total of three years based on satisfactory academic advancement, research progress, and available funding. An interesting aspect of the program is that the student must write the research proposal complete with a budget.
OSGC Scholarships are available to juniors ($2000) and seniors ($3000) and require that the recipient participate in an individual research project with an advisor from their major field.
Application forms and further information can be obtained from the Engineering Dean's Office (Nord 500) or from the NASA Web site. Questions about the OSGC Scholarships and Fellowships should be directed to the OSGC Campus Representative,Prof Joseph M. Mansour.