Funding at KU

$15M+ Research Expenditures

29 Graduate Degrees

52% International Students

A variety of scholarships, fellowships, and assistantships are available to graduate students through the School of Engineering , KU, and outside sources. The KU Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships offers a helpful calculator to estimate costs and search for scholarships.



Funding Opportunities


We offer Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTA) and Graduate Research Assistantships (GRA) to eligible students. Appointments to these assistantships varies by department, as do the funding level. 

  • Graduate Teaching Assistantships: Teaching Assistantships may be available to students through individual departments, either in engineering or outside of engineering. Appointments and stipends vary among academic departments, and application for appointment as a teaching assistant should be made directly to the department concerned. Depending on the level of appointment, the University pays all or some of a GTA's tuition, including any differential tuition assessed.
  • Graduate Research Assistantships: Research Assistantships are available to graduate students through grants from state-appropriated research funds and from federal and private agencies. Stipends vary among academic departments. Those granted research assistantships are eligible to pay tuition at the in-state rate.

School of Engineering Scholarships and Fellowships for First Year Graduate Students

Scholarships and fellowships are awards based either on academic merit alone, or on academic merit and financial need. Awards are applied directly to a student's tuition and fees. Typically, funds left over after disbursements are made are returned to the student in the form of a check (or direct deposit into a bank account). 

School of Engineering scholarships and fellowships for incoming graduate students are awarded on a competitive basis. Award considerations include the applicant's academic performance (GPA), personal statement, scores on achievement tests, letters of recommendation, evidence of involvement in and commitment to the engineering profession, and an individual's record of scholarly activities. There is no separate application process for these awards. Students are automatically considered when a complete application is submitted by the priority deadline. Each department nominates qualified graduate students. Awards are generally allocated in March.

Incoming and current students may also qualify for the following KU and external scholarships and fellowships.

Funding from Engineering Departments

Individual programs or departments may offer funding opportunities for graduate students. Links to information about program/departmental funding are below.

Funding from KU Offices

Many departments and offices across the university offer scholarships to students. This is not a comprehensive list. Links to information about these scholarships are below.

Outside Funding Opportunities Scholarship/Fellowship Opportunities for Current Graduate Students

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