Funding and Fellowships for Graduate Students

Funding for Ph.D. Students

The College of Engineering at the University of Michigan operates under a full-funding model for all Ph.D. students.  Students receive a guarantee of full funding at the point of admission and throughout the duration of their four-or-five-year program.  This funding commitment is guaranteed provided the student meets all necessary milestones and fulfills program requirements as stipulated by their individual faculty advisor and/or department/graduate program.  This comprehensive package includes tuition, fees, University health insurance and a monthly stipend.  The funding package can come from a variety of sources including University of Michigan, College of Engineering or Rackham Graduate School fellowships, Graduate Student Research Assistant (GSRA) appointments or Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) positions.  Some students also receive funding from documented external fellowships or any combination of the aforementioned.  The typical guarantee of funding for a Ph.D. student admitted directly from a bachelor’s degree program is five years while those admitted directly from a Master’s degree program is four years.  Exact funding amounts will vary between engineering departments.

Funding for Master’s Students

The College of Engineering, in partnership with Rackham Graduate School, offers some fellowships for new full-time Master’s students who are U.S. citizens and permanent residents. The Bridge to the Doctorate program offers two terms of funding for the first academic year (i.e. tuition, living stipend, health insurance, and fees). Admitted Master’s students are automatically considered for this award based on the information in their official admission applications. Overall funding for Master’s students is limited, in that there is no guaranteed funding package. Departments may have some special fellowships or awards designated for Master’s students. In some cases, individual departments may have Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) positions or Graduate Student Research Assistant (GSRA) appointments available.  Master’s students who have interest in a Ph.D. program may reapply at the appropriate application deadline to receive consideration for admission and full funding to a Ph.D. program.

Additional Funding Information

For additional funding resources and opportunities for new and continuing Master’s and Ph.D. students, please visit: This website provides a variety of options both internal and external to the University.