Engineering Graduate Funding Programs

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The College of Engineering sponsors several funding opportunities for graduate students that are based on faculty or departmental nominations, not direct application by students.  Engineering graduate students who are interested in being considered for these awards should talk to their research advisers and/or their graduate program director.

Dissertation Completion Fellowship (DCF)

The DCF is intended to support PhD students in their last year. Nominations are solicited in the summer for awards during the following academic year (Fall, Spring, Summer). Students cannot apply directly for the DCF. Instead, interested students should have their faculty research advisers nominate them by contacting the graduate program director in their department no later than the May prior to students' final semester.

Graduate Office Fellowship (GOF)

GOF funds are distributed by each department in the College of Engineering, often as supplemental funding for summer support or for other partial funding awards. Students cannot apply directly for the GOF. Instead, interested students or their faculty mentors should contact the graduate program director in their department to determine their process for allocating GOF funds.

Engineering Distinguished Fellowship (EDF)

The EDF is a recruiting fellowship awarded to outstanding PhD students at the time they are admitted to MSU. Students cannot apply directly for the EDF. Instead, interested students should closely follow the statement guidelines when preparing their application materials, as these statements are among the criteria used to select EDF nominees.