We are committed to helping students leverage the multiple funding opportunities available to them. More than 75 percent of EECS graduate students are supported by assistantships or fellowships from within KU or external organizations, such as the National Science Foundation and the Department of Defense.
Teaching and research assistantships provide valuable experience and financial support for graduate students. Students interested in assistantships should describe their teaching or research interests and qualifications in their academic objectives statement.
Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) assist faculty members in teaching undergraduate classes. Duties may include leading laboratory or discussion sections, preparing educational materials, proctoring exams, grading assignments, and performing other common academic duties. GTAs must be proficient in English and skilled in EECS fundamentals.
Graduate Research Assistantships (GRAs) perform assigned research tasks, such as conducting experiments, analyzing results, writing articles, and carrying out other research activities. Their work is usually suitable for and may be used as part of their thesis or dissertation research.Explore: Tuition - Graduate Research - GTA Application - Benefits
Jayhawk Cybercorps: Scholarship for Service
The KU School of Engineering is proud to partner with the National Science Foundation to offer full tuition scholarships to qualifying engineering students who are eligible to apply their sophomore or junior year. This grant funded program covers tuition, a professional development stipend and living expenses for up to two years to students dedicated to pursuing an education in cyber defense. Upon graduation, students are required to work in the cyber security field at a state or federal government agency for the equivalent amount of time they received the scholarship. This scholarship is also available to engineering students who are pursuing a Masters or Ph.D. More information and the application are at Jayhawk SFS.
There are several types of scholarships/fellowships available to KU students. Funds however are limited and highly competitive. In addition to meeting the criteria, students must meet all the application deadlines to be considered for scholarships/fellowships within KU.
A number of EECS students have received prestigious fellowships from federal and other external organizations. Below is a list of possible Fellowships.
- NSF GK-12 Fellowship
- Science, Mathematics, And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship
- Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship
- NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
- Computational Science Graduation Fellowship Program
- National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science
- Department of Energy Fellowship
- National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowships
- Department of Homeland Security Fellowships
- The Oak Ridge Institute for Sciences and Engineering database
- National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowships
- National Research Council Research Associateship Programs (RAP)