Financial Assistance

Financial Assistance

Paying (or getting paid) for Graduate School: Research and Teaching Fellowships

Rowan ECE program offers two types of financial aid in the form of research or teaching fellowships. Fellowships are only available to Ph.D. students or MS students in Track 1 (Research track), and are only awarded to exceptionally qualified students. All students who apply for Track 1 graduate program in ECE are automatically considered for a fellowship. Selection is competitive. Applicants awarded Fellowships will be notified by Graduate Admissions via the admission offer packet, which will include the Graduate Fellowship Agreement Form. Fellowship amounts vary but may be available up to the full cost of attendance. In order obtain and maintain status as a Fellow, all students must, at a minimum:

  • Be an admitted, matriculated full-time and active student in good standing in the program.
  • Register for at least 4 consecutive terms (for MS students).
  • Registration each term meets or exceeds the enrollment minimums outlined on the Fellowship Agreement Form. This will typically be full time (9-12 SH) in fall and spring, and part-time (3-9 SH) in summer. (International students must be full-time each term of enrollment unless other formal arrangements are made in writing with the program and the International Center.)
  • Maintain a minimum 3.000 cumulative GPA each term and adhere to the Minimum Satisfactory Academic Progress policy for their particular academic program.
  • Commit significant hours each week of each term to academic research under the guidance of their Advisor/Program Coordinator/Research Supervisor.
  • Work with faculty members on research projects leading to the Master’s thesis or PhD dissertation.

In addition to the above, Fellows receiving stipends must:

  • Submit the additional hiring paperwork listed in the Fellowship Agreement.
  • Commit additional hours each week for each term to academic research.

In addition to all of the above, those designated as Teaching Fellows must:

  • Teach two 3-credit courses within their first four terms of enrollment as agreed upon with their academic program/department.

Research Fellowship

Research fellowships are awarded primarily by individual faculty and are paid from their externally funded research grants. To increase your likelihood of getting a research fellowship, contact the professor with whom you would like work early in the application process. Award amounts vary and may include any combination of the following across different semesters based on the satisfactory research and academic performance and availability of funds.

  • Reduced tuition – Student pays $1000/semester regardless the number of credits + fees
  • Full tuition waiver - Student pays fees and insurance
  • Full tuition and fee waiver
  • Monthly stipend (amount varies based on availability of funds)

Exceptionally qualified PhD students who have completed their MS degree (or an equivalent number of credits) may be considered for additional teaching assignment beyond the minimum required if they wish to improve their teaching skills. Such teaching assignment provide additional stipend to the student.

Teaching Fellowships

Teaching fellowships are awarded by the department, in conjunction with faculty members who express interest in working with that student towards a thesis/dissertation. Since teaching fellowship also requires research work and completion of a thesis, contact the professor with whom you would like work early in the application process and inform him/her as well department chair about your skills that may uniquely qualify you for a teaching assistantship. Once awarded, the continuation of the fellowship to subsequent semesters requires satisfactory performance in both teaching and research (and availability of funds). A typical teaching fellowship award includes:

  • Full tuition waiver and fees - Student pays insurance (if applicable); and
  • Monthly stipend (typically $1000/month)

Full details about the student costs, funding provided, and all expectations and responsibilities required of Fellows are included in the official Graduate Fellowship Agreement Form. Fellowship Agreements are subject to change due to changes in funding availability. No university or department-sponsored fellowship is available for MS students after students have reached the 30-credit limit.