Graduate Funding

We want to guide you toward the resources you need to complete your degree. We offer a variety of funding opportunities in the form of departmental support and assistantships, as well as scholarships and fellowships.

Graduate funding:
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Grainger Engineering graduate students talk about the funding and other support they have received for their teaching and research, and the low cost of living they enjoy in the Champaign-Urbana community

Grainger Engineering Five-Year Ph.D. Funding Guarantee

Grainger Engineering Ph.D. students in their first five years of enrollment are guaranteed a funded appointment for fall and spring that includes a full tuition waiver, a partial fee waiver, and a stipend. Students are also eligible for summer support. Students must remain in Good Academic Standing and successfully perform the duties of their assistantships.

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Research and teaching assistantships offer eligible students valuable experience in their fields of study, while accompanying stipends and tuition waivers help offset the costs of obtaining a graduate degree. As a student, you may be presented with assistantship offers upon admission, or at a later date.

Fellowships & Scholarships

Grainger Engineering and the Graduate College offer fellowships, travel grants, and other types of funding, as well as support for writing funding applications. To help you locate funding sources, the Fellowship Finder database contains information on over 1,100 graduate-level grants and fellowships. If you are seeking a fellowship that's appropriate for you, this is the best place to start.

Fellowship Finder

Major Grainger Engineering Fellowships

Carver Fellowship

The Carver Fellowship is for incoming master's and doctoral students who have exhibited exceptional potential for academic success. It is a one-year, $34,000 fellowship (fall, spring, and summer terms) that includes a tuition waiver.

Office of Student Financial Aid

The campus Office of Student Financial Aid offers resources for calculating the cost of your educational program. OSFA provides information about many sources of graduate student aid including grants, waivers, and loans, as well as links to employment opportunities and other aid programs offered by the University.

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Calculate Your Cost

Get a personalized estimate of your tuition and fees based on your location and program of study

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