Graduate Financial Assistance

Financial assistance for PhD students in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering comes in the form of fellowships, traineeships, and research assistantships.  Awards of financial support are very competitive and, unfortunately, we cannot fund everyone. Stipends range from approximately $7,500 to $30,000 for the academic year, plus tuition and fees.

Departmental Fellowships are given to the most outstanding PhD applicants to the program. They are provided through the generous support of the Jacobs School of Engineering. Stipends can range from $7,500 to $30,000/year plus tuition and fees.

Graduate Student Researchships are given to PhD applicants through grants acquired by faculty in the department. Typically, a student will work part time in the lab of a faculty member and earn a starting salary of $25,000/year plus tuition and fees.

Teaching assistantships are given to continuing students in the department. This helps to insure that the TA's are qualified and familiar with the material.

Financial support decisions are based on the strength of the student's admission file. The MAE Graduate Affairs Committee looks at GPA, GRE scores, previous institution and letters of recommendation. The Committee also looks at the student's area of interest to determine if there is sufficient active research in MAE for the student to benefit.

Continuing students most commonly receive support in the form of a research assistantship or teaching assistantships during the academic year.

Residency Requirements

Non-residents of the state of California must establish residency immediately upon entering the State. If students do not establish residency by the end of their first year of study, out of state tuition WILL NOT BE COVERED UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. This means that even if a student holds a TA or Graduate Student Researcher position, the out of state tuition will not be covered under these jobs.

Establishing residency can be a lengthy and frustrating experience. Students are encouraged to start with this residency information and read it thoroughly from beginning to end. Departments can't answer questions about residency because it involves laws of the State of California. All questions must be sent to the Residence Deputy.

Tuition and Fees

Currently, there is no funding by the department for MS students. For more information on financial support, please visit these web sites: