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Graduate Funding & Financial Aid

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Graduate Funding & Financial Aid

The majority of PhD students in the College of Engineering are offered a 100% tuition waiver and a 100% stipend through their academic department as part of the admission process. The amounts differ by graduate program and reflect competitive amounts based on the field of study.  Research assistantships place our students in the labs of our established centers and institutes, graduate assistantships allow students to experience the larger enterprise of the academic field, and teaching assistantships train our students to transfer knowledge to the next generation of scholars.  Other forms of funding include tuition scholarships and fellowships, which are awarded on the basis of merit and availability by the department itself or faculty-awarded external sources.

We are proud to recognize numerous recipients of the prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program:

2020 NSF Graduate Research Fellows in the College of Engineering

  • Rebecca Davis, mechanical engineering
  • Patricia L. Hurley, environmental engineering
  • Alexandra Oliveira, chemical engineering
  • Brandon Vance, chemical engineering
  • Ariel Hannum, biomedical engineering
  • Emily Mongold, civil engineering

Graduate College Funding Opportunities

Additional funding opportunities run through the Graduate College of the University of Delaware and include:

  • University Dissertation Fellowship
  • University Doctoral Fellowship
  • University Graduate Scholars Award
  • Summer Doctoral Fellowship
  • Laird Fellowship
  • Gore Fellowship: Two College of Engineering graduate fellowships are available to incoming doctoral students with strong academic progress beginning in 2012, thanks to a generous $1 million gift from Robert W. Gore. Gore is a 1959 chemical engineering graduate of UD, who served as president of W.L. Gore and Associates, Inc. He was a member of the UD Board of Trustees and is now trustee emeritus. The annual fellowships will be awarded at the discretion of the dean and are intended to help new first-year graduate students support educational and living expenses.

Many external scholarships are listed in the Current Opportunities section of the Graduate College Funding page.

Additional Funding

Additional funding is available for special circumstances including:

Students who receive 100% of the minimum stipend and a 100% tuition scholarship are limited to an average of no more than 20 working hours per week within the University and may not hold additional employment on or off campus. More details are available in the Graduate Catalog’s section outlining Graduate Student Funding Policies.

Graduate financial aid is typically utilized by Masters students, although those with thesis are encouraged to inquire about year-to-year funding availability within their department of interest.