Welcome! The University of Utah College of Engineering Fellowships Office is designed to help you find, compete for, and win national and international fellowships and scholarships. (Note: For information on local / university scholarships, check out the COE scholarships website.) Within these pages, you will find a database of opportunities, guidance on how to build a winning application, as well as information on upcoming events and a list of previous winners. Note that you can stop by the Office of Fellowships in person and view example winning applications from previous years that students have contributed.
There are a number of educational, intellectual, and personal reasons to apply for fellowships and scholarships. These awards may provide funding for tuition, living expenses, travel, and other items. Further, earning such awards help to increase your competitiveness for follow-on fellowships, scholarships, and awards, and will also help your future applications for employment stand out.
I encourage you to choose a few fellowships / scholarships of interest, start your applications early, and attend our information sessions held each Fall. Also, make sure to obtain strong letters of recommendation, solicit feedback on your essays, and devote a significant amount of time towards rewriting your materials. Good luck!!
Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department
Director, Fellowships Office
Office: Merrill Engineering Building (MEB) 2278
P.S. Please let me know if you are awarded any fellowships so I can add your name to the list of winners! Also, please share with me suggestions for improving the website or ideas fo new fellowship opportunities that should be added to the fellowship list.
Fellowship and Scholarship List
To request changes or additions to this list please email Prof. Simpson.
Aside from what is listed below, you can also search other databases, such as Fatomei
|Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship||January||Sophomores and Juniors||Up to $7,500 annually for tuition, fees, books, and room and board.|
|National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship||November||Seniors and graduate students within the first two years of starting graduate study||Three years of support, $32k annual stipend, $12k annual cost-of-education allowance, XSEDE supercomputing resources|
|Other National Science Foundation Fellowships and Opportunities||Varied||Graduate students||Varied|
|National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship||December||Graduate students near the beginning of their studies; U.S. citizens and nationals||Up to 3 years of support; stipends of ~$31k, tuition, health insurance|
|Ford Foundation Fellowship||November||Predoctoral and Doctoral fellowships; U.S. citizens and nationals; for students planning a teaching and research career at a university||Fellowships ranging from $20k to $40k|
|Force and Motion Foundation Scholarships||Varied||Graduate students in fields related to multi-axis force measurement and testing||Awarding more than $35k in travel and academic scholarships to promising graduate students each year|
|Whitaker International fellows and Scholars Program||Jan./Feb.||Varied, for biomedical engineers||Varied|
|Blue Waters Graduate Fellowship||February||U.S. citizens; for Ph.D. students whose research can benefit from a year of training and access to the Blue Waters petascale computing system||1 year support, $38k stipend, up to $12k in tuition allowance, an allocation on the Blue Waters petascale computing system, travel support to a Blue-Waters sponsored symposium|
|NASA Fellowship Opportunities||Varied||Varied||NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships, NASA Office of Education Fellowship Programs, NASA Harriett G. Jenkins Graduate Fellowship Program, Graduate Student Research Program, Jenkins Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Program|
|Churchill Scholarship||November (must be nominated first by the University of Utah; Contact: Michelle Taliaferro of the Honors College)||U.S. citizens or naturalized, seniors or recently graduated, between ages 19 and 26||For studying at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom|
|Oak Ridge National Lab Science Education Programs||Varied||Varied||Varied|
|NASA EPSCoR RID Student Awards||September||Graduate students at Utah institutions teaming with industry and/or government agency to perform research||$7,500 in funding|
|Department of Defense (DoD) Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service||December||Undergraduates and Graduate Students; U.S. citizens; 18 years and older; Able to participate in summer internships at DoD labs; willing to accept post-graduate employment with the DoD; minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale||Aims to increase the number of civilian scientists and engineers working at DoD laboratories.|
|National Academies Research Associateship Programs||4 times a year, depending on the opportunity||Varied; Undergraduates and Graduate Students; some opportunities require U.S. citizens.||Generous stipend (some opportunities offer a base stipend of $74k and a travel allotment).|
|Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship||January||Undergraduates and 1st and 2nd-year Graduate Students; for students interested in stewardship science, such as properties of materials under extreme conditions and hydrodynamics, nuclear science, or high energy density physics; fellowship includes a 12-week research experience at Lawrence Livermore, Los Alamos, or Sandia National Laboratories||Fellowship includes $36k stipend, payment of tuition and required fees, $10k yearly academic allowance, 12-week research practicum; renewable for up to 4 years.|
|American Public Power Association Scholarships||February 15 and October 15||Undergraduates studying in technical programs in short supply and high demand by the utility industry||Various opportunities providing up to $5k and up to $4k for travel|
|Pathways to Science: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics||Varied||Undergraduates and Graduate Students; emphasis on connecting underrepresented groups with STEM programs, funding, mentoring, and resources||Program, fellowship, mentoring, and resource information|
|American Association of University Women Scholarships and Fellowships||Varied||Women; Varied||Career Development Grants; Selected Professions fellowships; American Fellowships|
|Semiconductor Research Corporation Fellowships and Scholarships||Varied||Varied||GRC Graduate Fellowship Program, GRC Master’s Scholarship Program, SRC NRI/Hans J. Coufal Fellowship|
|Harry S. Truman Scholarship||February||U.S. Citizens, Juniors||For students pursuing careers in public service|
|Jos Willems Young Investigator Award from the International Society for Computerized Electrocardiology||For students pursuing careers in electrocardiology|
|Hertz Graduate Fellowship Award||Fall||U.S. Citizens and permanent residents, Seniors and Graduate Students in applied physical, biological, and engineering sciences||5 years, $31k / 9 months (+$5k for fellows with dependent children), full tuition equivalent|
|NIH Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Predoctoral Fellows (F31 pre-doctoral fellowship)||Graduate students, varied||Typically 2-3 years of support|
|Microsoft’s Graduate Women’s Scholarship Program||First year, female graduate students||One-year award, $15k, $2k for conference travel|
|National GEM Consortium Engineering Fellowships||Varied||For minorities||M.S. and Ph.D. Engineering Fellowships, Ph.D. Science Fellowships|
|Department of Energy Graduate Fellowship Program||January||U.S. Citizens; Seniors and first or second year graduate students||3-year awards, stipend, partial tuition, research allowance|
|Summa Foundation Graduate Fellowships in Advanced Electromagnetics||February||M.S. and early Ph.D. students studying electromagnetics||One time award of $15k|
|UNCF MERCK Science Initiative Scholarships and Fellowships||December||African American undergraduates, graduates, and post-docs;||Undergrad scholarships ($25k), Grad Fellowships ($53k), internship opportunities, mentoring and networking opportunities|
|DAAD German Academic Exchange Service Scholarships||Varied||Undergraduates, graduate students;||Varied|
|IBM Ph.D. Fellowship Program||Ph.D. students||Up to 3 years; honors students interested in solving problems of interest to IBM|
|Advancing Science in America (ARCS) Scholarship|
|Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Scholarships and Fellowships||Varied||Varied|
|NVIDIA Graduate Research Program||Graduate students who have already completed their first year of Ph.D. studies (you can apply and receive the one-year award multiple times)||Award can be applied towards tuition, books, salary, living stipend, conference travel|
|Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship||January||Seniors and graduate students||Renewable for up to 4 years, $36k yearly stipend, full tuition and required fees, yearly program review, $5k academic allowance in first fellowship year, $1k academic allowance each renewed year, 12-weeks research practicum|
|Environmental Protection Agency Fellowships||Varied||Undergraduate and graduate students||Varied|
|IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society Student Research Awards (Electromagnetics)||Nov 1 and April 1||Undergraduate and graduate students||Varied|
|Society of Women Engineers Scholarships||Varied||Female undergraduate and graduate students||Varied|
|Tau Beta Pi Fellowships||February||Undergraduate and graduate students||To support students during their graduate studies; $10k; must be a member of Tau Beta Pi|
|Asia Pacific Summer School||March||Civil engineering graduate students at a U.S. university (not restricted to US citizens)||Partial scholarships for up to 10 students to attend the summer school and workshop|
|National Physical Science Consortium Graduate Fellowships in the Physical Sciences||November||Typically undergraduate seniors apply; U.S. citizens||Two-phase, six-year fellowship (initial support for 2-3 years); fellowship covers tuition and fees and provides a generous stipend; NPSC’s principal objective is to aid in increasing the number of Ph.D.s in the physical sciences and related engineering fields.|
Post-Doc Fellowship and Job Opportunities
To request changes or additions to this list please email Prof. Simpson.
Also see the information posted at the U’s Office of Sponsored Project’s website.
|National Academies Research Associateship Programs||4 times a year, depending on the opportunity||Generous stipend (some opportunities offer a base stipend of $77k and a travel allotment). Some opportunities open only to U.S. citizens.|
|National Science Foundation Post-Doc Opportunities||Varied||Varied|
|Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship||November||U.S. citizens and nationals; for postdocs planning a teaching and research career at a university; $40k|
|National Science Biomedical Research Institute||June||Two-year award, with an option for a third year; for scientists or physician-scientists in any lab in the U.S. conducting biomedical/biotechnological research aligned with NSBRI’s goals; $42,500 stipend for the first year along with health insurance|
|NASA Postdoctoral Program Opportunities||Varied||Varied|
|Technische Universitat Munchen Research Opportunities||May||Spend a year in Germany in a postdoctoral position with a TUM University Foundation Fellowship|
|Oak Ridge National Lab Opportunities||Varied||One year and short-term opportunities available; citizenship not required|
|UNCF MERCK Science Initiative Postdoctoral Fellowships||December||African Americans; fellowships up to $92k; Ph.D. or equivalent in biological chemical or engineering fields|
|Sandia National Labs Post-Doc Positions||Varied||For those who have completed a doctoral degree within the past 3 years; Sandia provides support through a Postdoctoral Professional Development Program ((PD)2P; includes a comprehensive benefits package, including health insurance, vacation, paid holidays, and relocation assistance.|
|Sandia National Labs Truman Fellowship||November 1||For Ph.D. graduates (within the past 3 years) with research in areas of interest to national security; Minimum GPAs of 3.5/4.0 (undergrad) and 3.7/4.0 (graduate) preferred; ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. Department of Energy security clearance; no previous post-doc appts. at a national lab; salary of ~$110k with a benefits package|
|Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education||Varied||For recent Ph.D. graduates in science or engineering|
|National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) First Award Fellowship Program||June||Two Year awards; ~$43k stipend plus health insurance allowance|
|L’Oreal USA for Women in Science Fellowships||May||For female Ph.D. graduates; American born, naturalized citizen, or permanent resident; grants up to $60k each|
|Jack Eddy Postdoctoral Fellowships||January||For Ph.D. graduates (within the past 3 years); two-year fellowship; for training the next generation of Heliophysics researchers|
|Rowland Junior Fellows Program||November||For Ph.D. graduates (within the past 3 years); fellowship term is for up to 5 years; for experimentalists in all fields of science and engineering; $65k+ / year|
Student Application Guide for Fellowships
Earning a high GPA is not enough or necessarily required to be awarded a fellowship. Students with lower GPAs often earn fellowships over 4.0 students by gaining the right experiences. Instead, focus on earning good grades while also:
- Serving in leadership positions.
- Actively participating in research (make sufficient progress on your research such that you can be considered the lead person for part or all of a research project; also strive to publish papers and present at conferences).
- Strengthening your academic network (in particular, help faculty get to know you so that they may be better equipped to write you strong letters of recommendation for your applications; also attend guest lectures to broaden your knowledge and network).
- Sitting on committees and learning how the academic world works from the inside.
Start your applications early (several months in advance)! Solicit feedback on your application materials from both engineers and non-engineers. Thoroughly rewrite your essays at least 5 – 10 times or more.
Keep in mind that reviewers usually need to judge a large number of applications and will likely not spend very long on any individual application unless it quickly appears to be truly competitive. Grab the attention of the reader early (as in the first sentence and especially the first paragraph). Consider that serving as a reviewer can be tedious work, so try to make your application a breath of fresh air for the reviewer and stand out from the other applications in positive ways. Write such that your readers get excited about what you are proposing and / or about the promise of what you might accomplish in your studies and future career. Help them feel the excitement you feel.
Importantly, make sure to follow each and every application instruction. Consider using at least a 12-point font even if smaller fonts are permitted in order to make it easier for the reviewer to read your application (especially older reviewers).
Carefully consider the eligibility criteria for the fellowship program before preparing an application. For example, note that senior undergraduate students and both first AND second year graduate students can apply for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. Some students do not realize that they can apply to this program during the second year of their graduate studies, and they miss an opportunity to compete.
Look at example winning essays either in person in Prof. Simpson’s office, or there are some posted online, such by the Biology Department.
Suggestions for a personal essay (intellectual autobiography):
- Take full advantage of the space provided to you to write your essay, but don’t cram text into the space by using small font or small line spacing.
- Do not just write a chronology of your accomplishments / experiences. Instead, organize your accomplishments / experiences into 3-5 points that you want to convey to the reader.
- Along the same lines, do not just list what you’ve accomplished. Instead, describe what you learned from your experiences and emphasize what impact you made.
- Demonstrate leadership and outcomes of your leadership. For example, do not just state that you held office. What changed or improved because you held that office? What did you learn from holding that office?
- What outreach activities have you participated in or led? What impact did these activities have (on you and/or the other people)?
- Discuss your career goals. If you’re applying for a research fellowship, you will likely want to emphasize that you plan to pursue a research career (that may or may not also involve teaching, etc.). Try to be as specific as possible without being too specific (do not specify a certain company / national lab / or university you want to work for). Would you rather work in academia or industry?
Suggestions for a research proposal / essay:
- Understand what the fellowship reviewers are expecting. For example, if you are applying to the NSF GRFP, don’t write your research proposal like a normal NSF or NIH grant. You need to sell yourself in your application and research proposal more than you need to sell your research idea.
- Convince reviewers that both you and your work deserve funding (but mostly that YOU deserve the funding).
- Convince them that you possess or will quickly learn all of the necessary skills to achieve your goals.
- Convey the importance of what you plan to work on. The panelists will consider that you may not actually perform the actual research you are proposing (depending on where you decide to go to school, whether you’re already in graduate school or not and are working in a research lab, etc.). As such, you need to convey that you are capable of formulating a strong scientific question, and that you have the necessary background to answer that question (or will get it), etc.
- Demonstrate that your methodology is sound.
- Show that you have an adequate plan and time to conduct the research.
- Demonstrate, if possible, that you are capable of working both independently and as part of a team.
Suggestions / Information Specific to the NSF GRFP:
For 2014, the NSF GRFP received 14,000 applications, and they made about 2,000 awards (of which 1,069 are women, 382 are from underrepresented minority groups, 55 are persons with disabilities, and 37 are veterans).
Carefully consider and address the suggestions / questions listed on the following NSF GRFP website when writing your essays: Application Materials. Also consider the merit review criteria listed at: Merit Review Criteria.
The Office of Fellowships will periodically hold fellowship information sessions for students. Faculty and staff are also encouraged to attend.
Each Fall, the Office of Fellowships will also hold a fellowship essay writing workshop for students. Special emphasis will be on the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, although the workshop material will be applicable to any fellowship application. In Fall 2014, a 3-hour (2-session) fellowship writing workshop will be held Oct. 1 and 8, 4:30 – 6:00 pm in WEB L101. In these sessions, we will analyze previous winning essays, discuss best practices, brainstorm ideas and organization of your own essay, and obtain feedback on your essay. If possible, please bring a laptop; also bring a printed draft personal statement to the 2nd session on Oct. 8th.Here are the documents we will be using at the workshop, in case we run out of hard copies:
Personal Statements Workshop_ Fellowships_ThinkSheet
Essay Examples — Note, NSF has changed the personal statement length to 3 pages.
PDF of the Workshop Slides (1st Session)
PDF of the Workshop Slides (2nd Session)
NSF Proposed Research Example — Note, although not included in this example, I recommend you include a few references at the end of your research statement.
To request changes or additions to this list, please email Prof. Simpson.
|Year||Student Recipient||Fellowship Name||Advisor||Department|
|2014||Colin Young||NSF Graduate Research Fellowship||Chemical Engineering|
|2014||Bharath Velgapudi||NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention||Bioengineering|
|2014||Marsa Taheri||NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention||Bioengineering|
|2014||David Christopher Radford||NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention||Bioengineering|
|2014||Kyle Hansen||NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention||Bioengineering|
|2014||Jessie France||NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention||Bioengineering|
|2013||Joseph (Joey) Brink||NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship||Prof. Jake Abbott||Mechanical Engineering|
|2013||Wei-Fan Chiang||NVIDIA Graduate Fellowship||School of Computing|
|2013||Michael Newton||NSF Graduate Research Fellowship||Chemical Engineering|
|2013||Jacobs Daniel||NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention||Prof. Ling Zang||Materials Science and Engineering|
|2013||Bharath Velagapudi||NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention||Prof. Patrick Tresco||Bioengineering|
|2013||Matthew Converse||NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention||Prof. Ken Monson||Mechanical Engineering|
|2013||Annicka Carter||Goldwater Scholarship||Bioengineering|
|2012||Peng Li||NVIDIA Graduate Fellowship||School of Computing|
|2012||Joshua Booren||NSF Graduate Research Fellowship||Dr. Kent Bachus||Bioengineering|
|2012||Katherine Sciuto||NSF Graduate Research Fellowship||Bioengineering|
|2012||Colin Young||NSF Graduate Fellowship Honorable Mention||Prof. Marc Porter||Chemical Engineering|
|2012||Benjamin Bunes||NASA Graduate Research Fellowship||Prof. Ling Zang||Materials Science and Engineering|
|2012||Megan Presquard||ARCS Fellowship||Materials Science and Engineering|
|2011||Precious Cantu||National GEM Fellowship||Prof. Rajesh Menon||Electrical and Computer Engineering|
|2011||Precious Cantu||NSF Graduate Research Fellowship||Prof. Rajesh Menon||Electrical and Computer Engineering|
|2011||Jacobs Daniel||NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention||Prof. Ling Zang||Materials Science and Engineering|
|2011||Vasiliy Chernyshev||NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention||Prof. Mikhail Skliar||Chemical Engineering|
|2011||Weibin Sun||NVIDIA Graduate Fellowship||School of Computing|
|2011||Patrick David Loftus||Goldwater Honorable Mention||Bioengineering|
|2011||Heather Herd||DoD SMART Fellowship||Bioengineering|
|2010||Adam Gormley||DoD SMART Fellowship||Bioengineering|
|2010||Huy T. Vo||NVIDIA Graduate Fellowship||Prof. Claudio Silva||SCI Institute|
|2009||Benjamin Bunes||NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention||Prof. Ling Zang||Materials Science and Engineering|
|2009||Kody Powell||NSF Graduate Research Fellowship||N/A (undergraduate senior)||Chemical Engineering|
|2009||Huy T. Vo||NVIDIA Graduate Fellowship||SCI Institute|
|2009||Randall Platt||Goldwater Honorable Mention||Bioengineering|
|2009||Russell Condie||NSF Graduate Research Fellowship||Bioengineering|
|2009||William Scott Lee||NSF Graduate Research Fellowship||Prof. Ken Stevens||Electrical and Computer Engineering|
|2007||Won-Ki Jeong||NVIDIA Graduate Fellowship||Prof. Ross Whitaker||SCI Institute|
|2007||Dolly Holt||NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention||Bioengineering|
|2007||Shibaji Shome||Jos Willems Young Investigator Award||Prof. Rob. MacLeod||SCI Institute|
|2006||Brydger Cauch||Goldwater Scholarship||Chemical Engineering|
|2006||Mathias Schott||NVIDIA Graduate Fellowship||Prof. Chuck Hansen||SCI Institute|
|2004||Guo-Shi Li||NVIDIA Graduate Fellowship||Prof. Chuck Hansen||SCI Institute|
|2003||Joe Kniss||DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship||Prof. Chuck Hansen||SCI Institute|
|2001||Randall McDermott||DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship||Prof. Philip Smith||Chemical Engineering|
|1999||Diem-Phuong Nguyen||DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship||Prof. Philip Smith||Chemical Engineering|
|1996||J. Dean Brederson||DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship||Prof. Christopher Johnson||SCI Institute|
|1994||Steven Parker||DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship||Prof. Christopher Johnson||SCI Institute|
|1994||David Weinstein||NSF Graduate Research Fellowship||Prof. Chris Johnson||SCI Institute|
Information for Faculty
First and foremost, please encourage your students to apply for fellowships!
Here are some ways that you may be helped by your students winning fellowships:
- Fellowships can help save your research dollars by providing student stipends, tuition, etc.
- Student fellowships help improve the image and name recognition of your lab, the Department, and the College of Engineering.
- With fellowship-winning students in your lab, you are more likely to attract more students with fellowships. Also, you will understand better how to help your current/future students build winning applications.
- Some fellowships lead directly to great job opportunities with the funding agency for your student after he/she graduates (NASA, DoD, etc.).
- Some fellowships provide summer internships during which students can continue their research at an agency, where they can both receive additional mentoring and build new research ideas, all while earning a salary from that agency (typically higher than what faculty can pay students).
- You can expand your network and contacts by interacting with the funding agency and your student’s research collaborators.
- When your students succeed, you succeed.
Please help even undergraduates students gain valuable research experience so that they may be more competitive for national and international fellowships. Consider giving them credit or paying them to help you or your graduate students with research projects. It may be very advantageous for both you and the student if you can provide them a project or part of a project in your lab that they can have a sense of ownership over and run with (perhaps after some trial period). For faculty with NSF grants, consider applying for a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) award.
To help your students better compete for national and international fellowships, it is vital that you contribute a strong letter of recommendation to their application when letters are requested. Writing strong recommendation letters for fellowship applications is an art and requires focusing more, for example, on how the student is going to be a future leader and can perform original research, rather than how thoughtful they are or that they got an “A” in your class, etc. The Office of Fellowships keeps an archive of strong examples of letters of recommendation for various fellowship competitions from previous winning application packages. Please stop by the Office in person to view these example letters. Also note that many fellowship opportunities have FAQs for reference writers (such as the NSF FAQs for Reference Writers)
Faculty are also encouraged to register to serve as a reviewer for student fellowship competitions. By serving as a reviewer, you can both help select our future leaders while also gaining a valuable perspective that you can share with your students and fellow faculty to help them build more competitive applications. Please look at the bottom of this page for more information on how to register to serve as a reviewer for some competitions.
Finally, do not forget to inform the Office of Fellowships when one of your students is awarded a fellowship!
Information on how to register to serve as a review panelist for:
Visit http://panelists.asee.org to enter your profile information into the database. Note that creating this profile does not commit you to anything, and formal invitations are sent to only a portion of those in the database.
- National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (GRFP)
Note that creating this profile does not commit you to anything, and formal invitations go to only a portion of those in the database. Invitations to serve are sent out in early Sept./Oct. The panel reviews occur in early January. Starting in 2014, all of the reviews and panels will be conducted online (no travel is required). The reviews are of student applications, consisting of essays and support materials similar to those submitted in graduate school applications. The research proposal is a two-page essay.
Prof. Jamesina Simpson, Merrill Engineering Building (MEB) 2278