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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 by April. 

The objective of the program is to increase the participation of students from underrepresented groups in our doctoral programs and ultimately careers 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 through a cohort experience
  • Includes access to additional travel funding

Eligibility:

  • Applicant must be a US citizen, naturalized citizen, or permanent resident
  • Applicant must meet or exceed standard WPI admission requirements
  • Applicant must be seeking full-time PhD study
  • Applicants from an underrepresented group working in a science, technology, engineering, math, or business discipline are strongly encouraged to apply 

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.
civil
Studies on the fire safety challenges of green buildings.
Robotics Research Flipblock
Employing the use of robotics in first responder situations.
chemical
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.

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.”