Graduate Fellowships


There are many fellowships and scholarships available to ECE graduate students.



SOCRATES is the Rutgers Robotics NRT (National Research Traineeship) awarded September 2020. This program will create a new vehicle for graduate training and convergence research that integrates the technology domains of robotics with social and behavioral sciences, including psychology, cognitive science, and urban policy planning.

The SOCRATES program has a significant emphasis on the REAL challenge (Robotics for Everyday Living) so that research and class projects will focus on application domains in everyday life and work. The program aims to train a new type of professional, the socially cognizant roboticist, which will arise from the convergence of:

  1. Socially aware technologists, who must be able to develop intelligent devices in ways that coordinate with existing human and social behavior; and
  2. Technology-aware social scientists and policy-makers who can translate studies of robotics’ social effects into actionable and technically viable lessons

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Colgate Palmolive seeks to fund Rutgers University doctoral candidates

Colgate offers year-long, funded experiential learning opportunity.  Colgate and Rutgers scientists have a long history of collaborating on funded projects that advance technology, product development, operations and manufacturing objectives at Colgate.

Nominations must be received by November.

This training opportunity will allow selected doctoral candidates to train at the company’s Piscataway facility and remotely under the guidance of a Colgate mentor. 

  • Rutgers University doctoral candidates will collaborate on a Colgate projects that immerse the candidates in daily tasks applying fundamental science to innovate, support product development/product claims, and solve business challenges.  Candidates will develop collaboration skills by partnering with internal scientists and external academic and industrial partners on projects that benefit Colgate products. Additionally, the selected individuals will receive practical training on how to prioritize conflicting projects/tasks and how to effectively communicate/present technical findings with business managers and non-technical personnel.
  • Candidates should be self-motivated, capable of writing technical reports, and should be able to think independently, work well with others, and present unbiased evaluation of experimental data and other related information.
  • The students must be able to commit 15-20 hours each week to the Colgate project and leadership training at Colgate.
  • Colgate will provide a stipend for each participating doctoral candidate that may be used for salary, benefits and tuition.

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Paul Panayotatos Endowed Scholarship  -  Accepting Applications in Spring 2024

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is pleased to announce the availability of a scholarship for the year 2023 in the broader areas of Electrical and Computer Engineering. However, preference may be given to the candidates whose research is related to sustainability. This scholarship commemorates the exceptional 30-year service of Professor Paul Panayotatos as a distinguished faculty member within the Department of ECE. The scholarship comes with a certificate and a certain monetary reward (typically around $2,000). The deadline to apply for the scholarship will be announced in Spring 2024. 

Eligibility: ECE graduate students pursuing M.S. (with thesis), PhD and MS-leading-to-PhD degrees in different areas of Electrical and Computer Engineering (preference may be given to candidates whose research is related to sustainability) are eligible for this scholarship.  

Application Process: Students applying for the scholarship need to submit the following in a SINGLE PDF file: 

  • A brief cover letter,  

  • listing your graduate status (M.S. or Ph.D. and which year) and the name of your research advisor(s).  

  • Describe your future research and career plans and articulate how this scholarship would help you in pursuit of these plans. (100 words or less) 

  • Briefly describe if and how your work is related to sustainability (50 words or less).  

  • Detailed CV with research achievements (if applicable). 

  • Copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial copies are applicable). 

  • A short essay (400 words maximum) that addresses the following: 

  • Describe, in terms that can be understood by an undergraduate, the research finding or result you have produced of which you are proudest. Why is it important or useful? 


The PDF file should be named as lastname_firstname-PaulScholarship.PDF and should be submitted by the due date via email to, with CC to; use the SUBJECT of “Paul Panayotatos Scholarship Application” for the email so that it can be routed to the scholarship selection committee. 


Fellowships from the National Academies

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 a list 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.



Google Fellowship

Google  Fellowships consist of tuition and fees, a yearly stipend (paid over nine months of the academic year), a Google Research Mentor, and possible extension at Google's discretion.  For more information on the Google PhD Fellowship Program please follow the following link:



L'Oreal USA Postdoctoral Fellowships for Women

The L’Oréal USA Fellowships for Women in Science program is a national awards program that annually recognizes and rewards five U.S.-based women researchers at the beginning of their scientific careers. Recipients each receive up to $60,000 that must be put towards their postdoctoral research.

Launched in 2003 as the U.S. component of the L’Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science International Fellowship program, the U.S. Fellowships aim to:

Raise awareness of the contribution of women to the sciences
Identify exceptional female researchers in the U.S. to serve as role models for younger generations
Candidates who would like to apply may visit:


Rutgers Fellowships

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


Other Available Fellowships
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):

You may also find the FastWeb site and the Financial Aid Information Page to be of interest. Rutgers students, check out the GradFund site.