Funding Support

As an Engineering at Illinois graduate student, there are ample resources for finding funding.

Departmental Support

You will be supported by departmental fellowships, teaching assistantships, and research assistantships. Some research assistantships are also offered by our many research laboratories such as the Coordinated Science Laboratory, Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory, Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory, and National Center for Supercomputing Applications.

Research Park Opportunities

Several companies in the award-winning Research Park at the University of Illinois offer graduate research assistantships or opportunities to collaborate on research. Home to more than 200 that range from new ventures to Fortune 500 and 100 companies, Research Park brings corporations closer to university research, encourages collaborations, and drives economic development.

Fellowships & Awards

As you’re applying to your graduate program, we also encourage you to apply for fellowship opportunities. Historically, exceptional University of Illinois engineering students with a GPA of B+ or higher do very well in these competitions.

Fellowships provide a means of funding graduate study. Applications are due as early as November for some fellowship programs, and some require that the student's undergraduate degree be in the same field as the graduate program.

You're encouraged to investigate the basis of admission into the program and school early. For example, review the requirements for fellowships or assistantships versus admission. Be certain whether the program admits primarily doctoral aspirants or prefers master's candidates. At Illinois, fellowships and research assistantships are awarded primarily to those seeking doctoral degrees.

Support for Under-Represented Groups in Engineering (SURGE) Fellowship Program

SURGE fellowships and assistantships support individuals from underrepresented groups in engineering doctoral programs.

External Fellowship Opportunities