Full-time graduate students have three options for financial assistance through the Department of Mechanical Engineering and all three are highly competitive. (Part-time students are not eligible for financial assistance.) Students desiring financial assistance are encouraged to apply to our graduate program as early as possible.
Jonsson School Graduate Study Scholarship is a $1,000 competitive, merit-based scholarship awarded to incoming graduate students during the fall semester. All students entering M.S. or Ph.D. studies in Mechanical Engineering are eligible to apply. The Jonsson School Graduate Study Scholarship Application can be found on the Jonsson School Scholarship page online.
Teaching Assistants (TAs) are selected and supported by the Mechanical Engineering Department based on studentsí academic merit and prior research experience. After admission to the ME Department, students may be considered by the department's selection committee for teaching assistantships by submitting a TA application. TA applications can be completed online, or through the electronic application found here, and must be submitted to the Mechanical Engineering Department office.
Research Assistants (RAs) are supported by individual Mechanical Engineering faculty through faculty membersí research grants. Prospective students may contact faculty members directly to discuss their research interests and possible RA support. After admission to the ME Department, student files are circulated to faculty for funding consideration.
Funding opportunities are competitive, merit-based and can range from a small stipend to a full assistantship with tuition assistance depending upon available funding. Students who intend to seek funding should apply for admission as a doctoral track student to be considered for university funding lines, as there are extremely limited funding opportunities for masterís students. Funding is always dependent upon budgets from year to year, is not guaranteed, and is also contingent upon adequate progression in coursework and academic standing as well as satisfactory performance of all job responsibilities and requirements. Funded students must abide by all pertinent UTD policies and procedures, including those pertaining to academic dishonesty.