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Thank you for your interest in WPI’s Presidential Fellowship.  We accept applications for Presidential Fellowship each year from the Fall through January 1 for consideration for the award to begin in the Fall thereafter. We announce each year’s Fellows in April. 

The objective of the program is to offer doctoral fellowships to underrepresented women and minority students working in science, technology, engineering, math, or business disciplines. Presidential Fellows will receive a $32,400 stipend for 12 months, in addition to full tuition. Through their doctoral work, fellows will elevate the research profile of the university and find new ways to solve some of the biggest challenges of our time.

The Award:

  • Supports graduate students as they pursue their PhD program
  • Provides exclusive training opportunities and professional development workshops
  • Includes access to additional travel funding

WPI’s fundamental and applied research is addressing vital societal problems and technological challenges and producing innovations and insights that are helping build a better world.

Sample research areas tied to the university’s research themes and strategic plan


Biotechnology Research Flipblock
Cutting-edge work in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.


Cyber Data Security Flipblock
Explorations of the technological and policy issues surrounding cybersecurity.


Studies on the fire safety challenges of green buildings.


Robotics Research Flipblock
Employing the use of robotics in first responder situations.


Turning plant waste into fuel with solid acids.


Learning science research flipblock
Pioneering educational technologies that have the power to revolutionize the nation’s education system.


  • a U.S. citizen
  • a student of exceptional merit (must meet and exceed standard WPI PhD admission requirements)
  • a person from an underrepresented group working in a science, technology, engineering, math, or business discipline

Admissions Information & Deadline:

To be considered for a Presidential Fellowship, you must apply to a WPI PhD program no later than January 1, 2020 for admission in the fall. After you have submitted your application, please send an email with "Presidential Fellowship" as the subject line to and we will forward your application to the review committee. 

Great Minds Multiplied: Melissa

Find your passion. Change the world.

Melissa M., a PhD student in Biology and Biotechnology at WPI, tells the story of how she found a passion for saving the bees, during a time of steep decline in populations. “What motivates me is that I want to make a difference in this world.”