Graduate Funding

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: Graduate Research

KU Fellowships

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.