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Fellowships and Stipends

Financial assistance in the form of a research assistantship, a teaching assistantship or a fellowship is normally provided for each graduate student admitted to the department, unless the student is self-supporting or is advised in advance that funding is not available. In addition to standard stipends, some fellowships are available for outstanding students. Students with fellowships have more freedom to choose their advisor and research topics and such awards give the student added prestige and flexibility.

Research Stipends


The MSE stipend is competitive with those offered by other universities. Nearly all students are currently supported by either GRA, GTA, or external fellowship.

Fellowships


Current and part fellowships have included:

  • Virginia Commonwealth Fellowship
  • Virginia Space Grant Fellowship
  • Department of Defense: National Defense Science & Engineering Fellowship
  • ARCS Fellowship
  • NSF Fellowship
  • Seaborg Institute Summer Research Fellowship

 

Short Term Loans and other Financial Assistance


Financial assistance in the form of a research assistantship, a teaching assistantship or a fellowship is normally provided for each graduate student admitted to the department, unless the student is self-supporting or is advised in advance that funding is not available.

Research assistants are supported by research projects within the department and they conduct the research associated with their thesis/dissertation. The majority of the students in the department are supported by research assistantships.

Teaching assistants assist the instructor of a course with tasks such as grading and conducting problem sessions. Teaching assistantships provide valuable experience for students who believe they will seek an academic position upon graduation and for students preparing for the comprehensive examination.

 30-day interest-free loans

If you are interested in obtaining a 30-day interest-free loan, the following offices may be of assistance to you (you must be a full-time student).

Alumni Association Emergency Loan: $300.00

Short-term, emergency situations; available only during the academic year - Alumni Hall | 434.243.9000

Lee Emergency Loan: $750.00 (for graduate students)

May receive up to two loans each academic year; available only during the academic year - Office of Student Financial Services | Michie Building 1st Floor | 434.982.6000

Ivey F. Lewis Honor Loan: $600.00

May help to meet short-term financial needs; available only during the academic year - Contact: Dean of Students | Peabody Hall | 434.924.7133

**Emergency funds are not revolving; they are available only to the extent that they are repaid--repayment in full is expected**