Engineering Fellowship Program FAQ: Basics

1:   What is the purpose of the School’s Graduate Fellowship Program?

2:   How many fellowships are available and what are the criteria (including donor restrictions)?

3:   Are there fellowships for top MS students as well as top PhD students?

4:   What fellowships are available for international students?

5:   How many years is a fellowship awarded?

6:   If a student receives a one-year fellowship, may he or she be nominated later for a multi-year fellowship?

7:   Can a fellowship be given to a current UT graduate student?

8:   Can a student receive both a CSE and a University graduate fellowship?

9:   Can a student combine a CSE graduate fellowship with a fellowship from a source outside UT (eg, NSF, DoD, etc.)?

10:    What if a fellowship holder needs funding for more than four years?


Part 1: ENGINEERING FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM BASICS

1:   What is the purpose of the School’s Graduate Fellowship Program?

A:  Fellowships should be used to recruit outstanding graduate students to the School, or to recognize currently enrolled students performing well academically.

2:   How many fellowships are available and what are the criteria (including donor restrictions)?

A:  Around 200 multi-year fellowships and 130 one-year fellowships can be awarded each year.  The graduate coordinators in each department and program have access to the list of available fellowships in a secure WebSpace folder.

3:   Are there fellowships for top MS students as well as top PhD students?

A:  MS students can be nominated for one-year fellowships.  Priority is given to students pursuing a PhD.  Some one-year and all multi-year fellowships are designated for students committed to pursuing a PhD

4:   What fellowships are available for international students?

A:  Few fellowships are open to international students; due to donor endowment restrictions, the vast majority are reserved for US Citizens or Permanent Residents.

5:   How many years is a fellowship awarded?

A:  Fellowships may be awarded for one to four years; the length of a fellowship offer is based on the fellowship criteria and/or nominee qualifications.

6:   If a student receives a one-year fellowship, may he or she be nominated later for a multi-year fellowship?

A:  Students can receive one fellowship from the Cockrell School of Engineering per academic year.  The student can be nominated again for one-year and multi-year fellowships the following year(s).

7:   Can a fellowship be given to a current UT graduate student?

A:  Yes.  Current student nominations are accepted once the recruiting cycle has concluded.  Current students can be nominated as early as May 1 of each academic year.

8:   Can a student receive both a CSE and a University graduate fellowship?

A:  Yes.

9:   Can a student combine a CSE graduate fellowship with a fellowship from a source outside UT (eg, NSF, DoD, etc.)?

A:  Yes.

10:   What if a fellowship holder needs funding for more than four years?

A:  The School does not typically award additional fellowship support beyond a fourth year.  In general, funding is offered first to students who have not benefited previously from four years of funding.