Masters in Electrical Engineering Scholarships and Grants

Masters in Electrical Engineering Scholarships and Grants

Graduate students in engineering seem to be the beneficiaries of a remarkable degree of largesse on the part of engineering alumnae and corporations that need engineering talent. There are hundreds of endowed scholarships or fellowships to be found in American universities that are designated for engineering students and are underwritten with grants provided by graduates from the university's school of engineering. In the field of electrical engineering corporations such as Intel, General Electric and several of the energy utilities provide scholarship funds to multiple universities to support studies in engineering. The crossover with electrical engineering and computer electronics has led not only to a revamped field of study for electrical engineers but also to scholarship participation by many of the successful high tech companies.

1. The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has many national scholarship and fellowship awards for graduate students that are made on an annual basis. Some are merely for grad students pursuing graduate work in electrical engineering; others are for designated areas of study. Among the specialty grants are $5,000 fellowships in photonics, offered on an international basis; $5,000 grants to graduate students in microwave engineering; students in the area of insulation are eligible for fellowships in the $5,000 - $7,500 range; and graduate students studying electron devices are candidates for $5,000 fellowships - also awarded to students on several continents. The Fortescu Fellowship awards $24,000 to a first year graduate student in electrical engineering.

2. NASA Graduate Student Researchers Project awards fellowships to graduate students working towards masters or doctoral degrees related to NASA research and development in the fields of science, mathematics and engineering. Students enrolled in a Master of Electrical Engineering program are eligible for this program provided their area of concentration aligns with one of NASA's many research programs. The grant includes a three month internship in the research lab related to the theme of the master's degree and the fellowship. Research opportunities are located at each of the nine NASA centers and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. NASA updates research topics annually to complement its changing mission goals, but those areas are always in disciplines that lead to aeronautics and space careers. The total award is $30,000, of which $21,000 is earmarked for tuition and books.

3. Penn State College of Engineering has about fifty fellowships available for engineering students, many of which are designated for electrical engineering graduate students. Many more are for engineering students in general who need support in their graduate level endeavors. There are also several engineering research endowments in the Penn State financial support office that would be fair game for masters in electrical engineering students engaged in writing a thesis. The school also maintains an External Awards Database that itemizes every scholarship and fellowship available on a national basis to graduate students in engineering. These programs are generally funded by charitable trusts or by corporate entities such as Intel that have an interest in upcoming generations of electrical engineers.

4. American Association of University Women (AAUW) has a Selected Professions Fellows program for women seeking a graduate degree in a profession where women have traditionally been underrepresented. Fellowships in architecture, computer and information sciences, engineering, and mathematics and statistics are currently available to women at various stages of their graduate training; the AAUW has made several awards to graduate students in engineering through this program in recent years. Total annual awards through this program exceed $350,000.

5. The National GEM Consortium is a group of colleges, universities and employers that together founded the National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science, Inc. One of their education support efforts is the GEM MS Engineering Fellowship Program, which provides practical summer work opportunities in the engineering field as well as a three year stipend program that provides $10,000 over three semesters or four quarters. If the student's university is a GEM member the tuition and fees will be waived as well. There are other GEM programs that extend to the doctoral level as well.

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