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Grants, Fellowships & Scholarships: Engineering

Professional Conference Supplemental Grant: Students who plan to attend a national or regional professional conference and who have already applied for Joint Activity Committee (JAC) funding are invited to apply for additional funding to help cover conference registration fees, travel, and lodging costs. This is meant to supplement the funding student professional associations receive through JAC, not to take its place. Use the application form and be prepared to include cost breakdown, short essay response, résumé and unofficial transcript.

Awards, eligibility and deadlines are noted when known. Otherwise, check the organization's website.

The Pathways to Science database includes fellowships for undergraduate and graduate level students. It’s another source to use to search for fellowship and research opportunities.

  • Graduate Studies

    Alfred P. Sloan Minority PhD Program (MPHD)
    Offers substantial scholarships and other forms of support to underrepresented minority students who are matriculated for a doctoral degree in engineering, the physical and natural sciences, or mathematics at a limited number of partner universities.
    Award: Visit website
    Eligibility: Self-identify as African-American, Hispanic, or American Indian/Alaska Native, and be U.S. citizens.
    Deadline: Visit website

    Amelia Earhart Fellowship for Women - Zonta International Foundation
    Awarded annually to women pursuing higher education in aerospace-related sciences and
    aerospace-related engineering.
    Award: $10,000 USD
    Eligibility: Women of any nationality; pursuing Ph.D./doctoral degrees
    Deadline: November 15

    American Association of University Women (AAUW) – Selected Professions Fellowship
    Supports women in graduate and professional degree programs in fields where female participation traditionally has been low.
    Award: $5,000 - $18,000 USD
    Eligibility: U.S. Citizen or permanent resident; full-time student
    Deadline: January 10

    American Chemical Society Scholars Program
    Awards renewable scholarships to underrepresented minority students who want to enter the fields of chemistry or chemistry-related fields.
    Award: Up to $5,000 USD
    Eligibility: 3.0 GPA; U.S. citizen or permanent resident; full-time student; African American, Hispanic or American Indian
    Deadline: March 1

    American Concrete Institute (ACI) Graduate Scholarships
    Offers scholarships for eligible graduate students whose studies relate to concrete.
    Award: Visit website
    Eligibility: Bachelor’s degree; accepted to graduate school
    Deadline: November 1

    American Society of Civil Engineers Scholarships
    ASCE offers multiple scholarships and research fellowships for undergraduate and graduate students. You can view eligibility requirements, deadlines and obtain applications for each individual scholarship and research fellowship by viewing the website.

    ASME Graduate Teaching Fellowship Program
    GTF’s are a collaboration between ASME and university mechanical (or related) engineering departments to encourage doctoral candidates to pursue a career in engineering education.
    Award: $5,000 USD
    Eligibility: PH.D. Mechanical Engineering student; U.S. Citizen or permanent resident; member of ASME
    Deadline: February 15

    Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program
    Encourages independent graduate level research in NOAA mission-related sciences of oceanography, marine biology and maritime archaeology, including all science, engineering and resource management of ocean and coastal areas.
    Award: Up to $42,000 USD (12-month stipend)
    Eligibility: U.S. Citizen or permanent resident; minimum 3.3 GPA
    Deadline: December 6

    Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program
    Awards fellowships to students pursuing degrees in transportation-related disciplines. This program advances the transportation workforce by attracting the brightest minds to the field through education, research, and workforce development.
    Award: Visit website
    Eligibility: Visit website
    Deadline: Visit website

    Glass Association of North America Educational Foundation Scholarship*
    The Glass Association of North America is a professional non-profit trade association representing the commercial architectural flat glass industry. *The GANA Education Foundation is currently updating its scholarship opportunities and processes.
    Award: Visit website
    Eligibility: Visit website
    Deadline: Visit website

    The Hertz Foundation Fellowship
    Non-profit organization that awards fellowships to Ph.D. students in the applied physical, biological and engineering sciences.
    Award: Visit website
    Eligibility: U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident; college seniors wishing to pursue a PhD
    Deadline: October 23

    IBM PhD Fellowship
    Supports exceptional PhD students who want to make their mark in promising and disruptive technologies.
    Award: Stipend for living expenses, travel and to attend conferences.
    Eligibility: Must be nominated by a doctoral faculty member and be a full-time PhD student
    Deadline: October 24

    National Physical Science Consortium Fellowship
    Aides in increasing the number of American citizens with graduate degrees in the physical sciences and related engineering fields, emphasizing recruitment of a diverse applicant pool.
    Award: $20,000 USD stipend; tuition
    Eligibility: U.S. Citizen; bachelor degree
    Deadline: December 6

    National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship
    Awarded to U.S. citizens and nationals who intend to pursue a doctoral degree in one of fifteen supported disciplines.
    Award: Full-tuition; monthly stipend; up to $1,200 USD a year in medical insurance
    Eligibility: U.S. Citizen or national; Bachelor’s degree
    Deadline: December 6

    Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) Scholarships
    Offers scholarships to increase students’ access and support to higher education in STEM programs.
    Award: Varies
    Eligibility: Varies
    Deadline: Visit website

    Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Scholarships
    Provides financial assistance to women in preparation for careers in engineering, engineering technology, and computer science.
    Award: Varies
    Eligibility: Women; enrolled in a full-time bachelor or master degree program
    Deadlines: May 1 (Freshmen); February 15 (sophomores and up)

    Smithgroup Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship Program
    Support and mentor students from historically underrepresented demographics in architecture, interior design, planning, landscape architecture and engineering. 
    Award: $6,000 USD
    Eligibility: Undergraduate (at least a junior level standing) or graduate student; 3.0 GPA; must be legally authorized to work in the U.S.
    Deadline: October 28

    The American Society of Mechanical Engineers Scholarships
    Grants assist students with pursuing an educational program in mechanical engineering or mechanical engineering technology at the undergraduate or graduate level.
    Award: Varies
    Eligibility: Varies; based on program
    Deadline: March 1

    The KAUST Fellowship
    General scholarship program of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). Supports students for the duration of their graduate studies.
    Award: Full tuition; monthly living allowance
    Eligibility: Bachelor degree
    Deadline: January 15

  • Research

    Mensa Education & Research Foundation Scholarship Program
    Supports identifying and fostering human intelligence for the benefit of humanity, and part of this effort involves encouraging research into the characteristics and uses of intelligence.
    Award: $2,500 USD
    Eligibility: U.S. citizen or permanent resident; enrolled in degree program
    Deadline: January 15

    National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)
    The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines.
    Award: $34,000 USD stipend; $12,000 USD education allowance annually for up to $138,000
    Eligibility: U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident; intend to enroll or be enrolled full-time in a research-based graduate degree program
    Deadline: Visit website; deadlines vary by academic discipline, but generally October/November

    National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Traineeship (NRT) Program
    The NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program is designed to encourage the development and implementation of bold, new, and potentially transformative models for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) graduate education training.
    Award: Visit website
    Eligibility: Visit website
    Deadline: Visit website

    Renate W. Chasman Scholarship
    Aides women to pursue careers in the sciences, technology, engineering, or mathematics.
    Award: $2,500 USD
    Eligibility: Woman; NOT receiving degrees prior to May
    Deadline: January 30

    SEA Grant Fellowships
    Supports a variety of graduate opportunities in coastal science, management and policy. These fellowships help to generate a diverse ocean and freshwater workforce that understands technical and social challenges facing coastal communities and the natural environment.
    Award: Varies; based on fellowship
    Eligibility: Varies; based on fellowship
    Deadline: Varies; based on fellowship

    The Concrete Industry Foundation Inc.
    Provides financial assistance to students preparing for careers in the design and construction industry, with special emphasis on study related to concrete.

    The GEM Fellowship Program
    Promotes opportunities for individuals to enter the industry at the graduate level in areas such as research and development, product development, and other high-level technical careers.
    Award: $16,000 USD stipend; full tuition and fees
    Eligibility: U.S. Citizen or permanent resident; under-represented group
    Deadline: November 12

    The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
    IEEE offers a variety of scholarships, grants, and fellowships for IEEE Student members.

    The Richard Kelly Grant
    Recognizes and encourages creative thought and activity in the use of light.
    Award: Visit website
    Eligibility: 35 years and under; studying or working in the art and/or science of illumination
    Deadline: June 30

    The Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship
    For individuals with backgrounds in the STEM fields—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—interested in  teaching in high-need secondary schools.
    Award: $32,000 USD stipend
    Eligibility: U.S. citizen or permanent resident; bachelor’s degree
    Deadline: Multiple deadlines

    True Ventures’ Priya Haji Fellowship
    Aides in kick starting a woman’s careers in the start-up world.
    Award: Visit website
    Eligibility: Bachelor’s degree; U.S. Citizen or permanent resident
    Deadline: January 31 (Round 1); May 1 (Round II)

  • Women Engineers

    Women in Transportation (WTS) Scholarships
    To assist women pursuing education and professional careers in transportation-related fields
    Award: Visit website
    Eligibility: Enrolled in a degree program; 3.0 GPA; Special criteria as noted on the individual application forms
    Deadline: Visit website

  • Alumni, Professionals, or Current PhD Students

    ASME Graduate Teaching Fellowship Program
    GTF’s are a collaboration between ASME and university mechanical (or related) engineering departments to encourage doctoral candidates to pursue a career in engineering education.
    Award: $5,000 USD
    Eligibility: PH.D. Mechanical Engineering student; U.S. Citizen or permanent resident; member of ASME
    Deadline: February 15

    IBM PhD Fellowship
    Supports exceptional PhD students who want to make their mark in promising and disruptive technologies.
    Award: Stipend for living expenses, travel and to attend conferences.
    Eligibility: Must be nominated by a doctoral faculty member and be a full-time PhD student
    Deadline: October 24

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.