Ph.D. students who obtain external merit based competitive fellowships that provide substantial coverage of tuition and fees, including NSF, DOD, DOE, and NIH fellowships, will be awarded a supplement of $3,000 per year for the duration of the fellowship (NSF IGERT fellowships excluded).   


Visit the School of Engineering and Applied Science web site where you can fill out an application for admission directly.

Ph.D. Students: Financial Aid

All Ph.D. students who are in good academic standing are provided with financial aid that covers full tuition, a stipend, and health insurance throughout their program of study in the department. The financial aid is funded by research grants of faculty members, endowments, and other fellowships. The selection process is competitive and is based on merit.

Internal Fellowship Opportunities

Eligible Ph.D. applicants will be considered for the following awards automatically:


Ashton Fellowship
The eligibility for an Ashton fellowship requires the applicant to be a third generation American-born citizen under the age of 25 and be a resident of New Jersey or Pennsylvania. If you fulfill these requirements, apply to the Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics Department and request an application for the Ashton fellowship by sending e-mail to
Class of 1939 Graduate Fellowship
Two fellowships are made each year to students who have earned Penn undergraduate degrees within the three previous academic years and have been accepted into graduate programs at Penn. First-year funding from the fellowship is matched with institutional support to provide fully funded four-year awards. Apply to the Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics Department and note on your application that you are a recent University of Pennsylvania graduate and would like to be considered for this fellowship.
The Dean's Fellowship
These fellowships offer a full-tuition scholarship, a graduate assistantship, plus a living stipend to incoming, full-time doctoral students showing high academic potential. Several recipients are chosen each year through a school-wide competition. Dean’s fellowships provide up to three years of financial support to allow recipients to devote undivided attention to their studies. For consideration of this fellowship, apply to the Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics Department.
Fontaine Fellowship
The eligibility for a Fontaine Fellowship requires the applicant to be a member of certain minority groups, and a U.S. citizen. If you feel you might fulfill these requirements, you should apply to the Mechanical Engineering department and request an application for the Fontaine fellowship by sending e-mail to
GAANN Fellowship
The Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) provides fellowships to U.S. citizens in areas of national need to assist graduate students with excellent academic records who demonstrate financial need and plan to pursue a PhD degree in Micro and Nano Manufacturing. Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants should apply to the Mechanical Engineering department and note Micro and Nano Manufacturing in Mechanical Engineering as intended area of study. Also, applicants should visit and fill out a free application for federal student aid.
GANSTER Fellowship
The Joseph A. Ganster, Jr. & Julia A. Ganster Fellowship provides fellowships to outstanding applicants. To be considered, apply to the Mechanical Engineering Department.
University Fellowship
This fellowship covers tuition, stipend, and health insurance for twelve months. Recipients must be registered full-time, including the summer sessions. To be considered, apply to the Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics Department.
The Walter L. Conwell Scholarships
Established in memory of Mr. Conwell in 1972, these fellowships provide support for superior students during their first year of graduate studies. The fellowships provide full tuition and a living stipend for 12 months. Apply to the Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics Department to be considered.


External Fellowships Opportunities

Ph.D. applicants and current Ph.D. students may apply separately for the following external fellowships:


Fellowship Application Due Date(s)
Hertz Foundation Fellowship 10/30/2015
The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans 11/1/2015
National Science Foundation - Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) 10/27/2015
National Physical Science Consortium check website
SMART Scholarship 12/1/2015
NHLBI Predoctoral Fellowships to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research April 13, August 13, December 13
National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship 12/18/2015
Homeland Security - Scholarship and Fellowship Program Deadlines vary
NASA - Graduate Student Researchers Program (GSRP) check website
DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship check website
GEM  Fellowship

October 1st (early consideration)

November 15th