The School of Engineering and Applied Science offers financial support through assistantships and fellowships ordinarily consisting of a stipend and payment of all tuition and fees including health insurance. Most superior students in research degree programs (Masters of Science and Ph.D.) can expect to receive aid of some kind for up to five years, though support will vary by department and funding source. Students must be nominated by their department to be considered for a fellowship or assistantship, and they must be registered as full-time graduate students during the period of the award. Graduate students are granted financial support so they may concentrate completely on their studies; therefore, students receiving financial support are not generally allowed to work outside the University.
Financial aid for graduate students comes in several forms:
Research assistants are supported by research projects within the department and conduct the research associated with their thesis/dissertation. The majority of the students are supported by research assistantships. Funds are provided by an external agency, faculty research grants or by the University.
Teaching assistants assist the instructor of a course with tasks such as grading and conducting problem sessions. Teaching assistantships provide valuable experience for students who believe they will seek an academic position upon graduation and for students preparing for the comprehensive examination.
Fellowships are available for outstanding students. Students with fellowships have more freedom to choose their advisor and research topics, and such awards give the student added prestige and flexibility. Stipends are competitive with those offered by other universities.
Students are also encouraged to seek funding from national, international, industrial, or foundation sources for which they may be eligible. Outside sponsors have included organizations such as the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Department of Defense, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and numerous corporations. Information may be obtained from university financial aid, from United States Information Service or Fulbright offices abroad, or from such references as the Annual Register of Grant Support and The Grants Register found in many libraries and on the World Wide Web. Notification of external awards should be included with your application or sent when the award is announced. The University of Virginia reserves the right to adjust its awards to students who receive external grants.
Application for Financial Aid
Each department determines the distribution of assistance for graduate study. To be considered for financial aid beginning in a fall term, applicants should have all materials on file by January 15th. Later applications will be considered subject to availability of funds. Indication of request for financial aid is contained in the application form. International students are considered at the same time as U.S. applicants for assistantships and fellowships.