Graduate Fellowships

Several fellowships are available for qualified ECE graduate students.



2015-2016 IBM Ph.D. Fellowship Program (Please note October 28, 2014 deadline)

IBM is pleased to announce the IBM Ph.D. Fellowship program for the 2015-2016 academic year. IBM has received many outstanding and exceptional candidates from universities all over the world in the past and encourages your participation. IBM Ph.D. Fellowship nominations may be made by doctoral faculty members from September 18 to October 28, 2014.

The IBM Ph.D. Fellowship program honors exceptional Ph.D. students in many academic disciplines and areas of study, for example: computer science and engineering (including cyber security and cloud computing), electrical and mechanical engineering, physical sciences (including chemistry, material sciences, and physics), mathematical sciences (including analytics of massive scale data with uncertainty, operations research, and optimization), public sector and business sciences (including urban policy and analytics, social technologies, learning systems and Cognitive Computing), and Service Science, Management, and Engineering (SSME). Additionally, IBM pays special attention to an array of focus areas of interest to IBM and fundamental to innovation, including but not limited to:

  •   Technology that creates new business and social value
  •   Cognitive Computing research
  •   Cloud and distributed computing technology and solutions
  •   Fundamental science and technology


The IBM Ph.D. Fellowship program also supports IBM's long-standing commitment to workforce diversity. IBM values diversity in the workplace and encourages nominations of women, minorities and all who contribute to that diversity.

Smithsonian Fellowships now open for applications! The Big Ten Academic Alliance and the Smithsonian Institution (SI) invite fellowship applications for one-year fellowships to support research in residence at Smithsonian Institution facilities. Fellowships carry a stipend of $30,000. All fields of study that are actively pursued by the museums and research organizations of the Smithsonian Institution are eligible. The application materials must be submitted electronically between September 2, 2014 and December 1, 2014 at 5 PM.

The National Academies Fellowships: The National Research Council of the National Academies sponsors a number of awards for graduate, postdoctoral and senior researchers at participating federal laboratories and affiliated institutions. These awards include generous stipends ranging from $42,000 - $80,000 per year for recent Ph.D. recipients, and higher for additional experience. Detailed program information, including online applications, instructions on how to apply, and alist of participating laboratories, are available on the NRC Research Associateship Programs website.

               Questions should be directed to the NRC at 202-334-2760 (phone) or

               There are four annual review cycles.

                Review Cycle: November; Opens September 1; Closes November 1
                Review Cycle: February; Opens December 1; Closes February 1
                Review Cycle: May; Opens March 1; Closes May 1
                Review Cycle: August; Opens June 1; Closes August 1

               Applicants should contact prospective Adviser(s) at the lab(s) prior to the application deadline to discuss their 
               research interests and funding opportunities.

Rutgers ECE-Northrop Grumman Fellowships support graduate studies through a combination of an ECE Fellowship with stipend and a paid summer internship at Northrop Grumman at Linthicum (Baltimore), Maryland. This opportunity is open to new master or PhD level ECE students with interest in computer engineering with FPGA expertise, and/or electrical engineering with digital design expertise.   US Citizenship is required.

Rutgers University Presidential Fellowship and School of Engineering DuBois Fellowship are restricted to incoming graduate students.

The  Bevier Fellowship is for doctoral students who are already in the ECE doctoral program.

Rutgers University Graduate School offers fellowships for minority and diversity students.

Students interested in these fellowships should contact the ECE Graduate Director in January since the applications for these fellowships are due in February every year.   If you apply for one of these fellowships, kindly inform us via email.

Another valuable resource is the Rutgers Fellowship website

Fellowships Outside of Rutgers. You apply for these fellowships directly. Most of these fellowships require U.S. citizenship. Some require a joint proposal with a faculty member (check the details carefully). We strongly encourage all applicants who are eligible to apply for these fellowships. Apply early. Given below is a partial listing of fellowships of interest to engineering students (also contact the web site of the graduate program to which you are applying for more opportunities):
The Hertz Foundation Fellowship
Science, Mathematics & Research for Transformation SMART Fellowship
American Society of Engineering Education Fellowship Home Page
American Society of Civil Engineering Fellowships
AT&T Internships and Fellowships
AAUW (American Association of University Women) Fellowships
Department of Energy Computational Science Fellowships
Department Homeland Security Graduate Fellowships
Ford Foundation Minority Fellowships
Gates Millennium Scholars
GEM Fellowships for underrepresented minorities
Bell Labs Graduate Research Fellowship Program
NASA Graduate Student Researchers Program
National Defense Science and Engineering Grants
National Center for Environmental Research
National Science Foundation Fellowships
Nuclear Regulatory Commission Graduate Fellowships
Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education
Whitaker Foundation
Amelia Earhart Fellowship

Printed information on many fellowships is sent to all universities each year, usually in the fall. Please check your bulletin board or with your school's financial aid office. You may also find the FastWeb site and the Financial Aid Information Page to be of interest. Rutgers students, check out the CHaSeR site.