Ph.D. Fellowships + 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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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 Fundamentals of Advanced Manufacturing. Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants should apply to the Mechanical Engineering department and note Fundamentals of Advanced Manufacturing in Mechanical Engineering as intended area of study. Also, applicants should visit http://www.fafsa.ed.gov and fill out a free application for federal student aid.
The Joseph A. Ganster, Jr. & Julia A. Ganster Fellowship provides fellowships to outstanding applicants. To be considered, apply to the Mechanical Engineering Department.
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 Fellowship 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||10/24|
|The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans||11/1|
|NASA Space Technology Graduate Research Fellowship||check website|
|National Science Foundation – Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)||10/23 for Engineering|
|National Physical Science Consortium||check website|
|NHLBI Predoctoral Fellowships to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research||various|
|National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship||Early December|
|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)
|Pathways to Science||various|
|Scholarships and Financial Aid for Military and Veterans||various|
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).