WPI and outside organizations like the National GEM Consortium and the National Science Foundation help make graduate study possible through a number of fellowships for students interested in particular disciplines or types of research. Below are some resources to help you locate and apply for fellowships that suit your academic plans. Be sure to check with the respective department for details on fellowship benefits and how to apply.
Current WPI Fellowships & Scholarships
CEDAR (Circular Economy and Data Analytics Engineering Research for Sustainability) NRT
CEDAR will pioneer a new NSF traineeship model whereby NRT trainees join a community of scholars with expertise and interests that span chemical sciences (chemistry, biology, physics, engineering), data sciences (computing, statistics, mathematics), social sciences, and communication, with convergent focus on advancement of the circular economy. Learn more.
Future of Robots in the Workplace—Research & Development (FORW-RD) NRT
FORW-RD is an NSF-funded interdisciplinary research training program, led by a team of principal investigators (PI) and affiliated faculty from Robotics, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, Material Science, Business School, Social Sciences and Humanities, and Biomedical Engineering. Learn more.
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. Learn more about the Presidential Fellowship program.
Clare Boothe Luce Graduate Fellowship
The School of Arts & Sciences is pleased to announce the application process for WPI’s Clare Boothe Luce Graduate Fellowship awards. Learn more about the Clare Boothe Luce Graduate Fellowship.
GAANN PhD Fellowships in Big Data Computing Research
The WPI Department of Computer Science is seeking candidates for Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) PhD Fellowships in data-driven computing research. GAANN Fellowships are funded by the U.S. Department of Education and support U.S. citizens to pursue doctoral degrees in fields deemed to be areas of national need. Learn more about GAANN eligibility and application requirements at WPI.
CyberCorps: Scholarship For Service
The Scholarships for Service (SFS) program has provided WPI with funds to support student scholarships in cybersecurity. These scholarships provide tuition, stipend, and fees in exchange for the student taking summer internships and a period of post-graduation employment with the government (federal, state, local, or tribal). Learn more about CyberCorps at WPI.
GEM M.S. ENGINEERING, PH.D. SCIENCE, AND PH.D. ENGINEERING FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMS (The National GEM Consortium)
WPI is a GEM member school. GEM fellowships provide opportunities for underrepresented ethnic minority students to obtain master's degrees in engineering, and Ph.D. degrees in science or engineering, at GEM member schools through a program of paid summer internships and graduate financial assistance. Must be U.S. citizens and identify ethnically as American Indian, Black American, Mexican American, Puerto Rican, or other Hispanic. For details, visit the GEM website.
External Funding: NSF, NIH, NASA, etc.
In addition to WPI-funded programs, national fellowships outside WPI exist to support students for graduate study. Each has its own application and deadlines. Some are for first-year students and run for 2-3 years, others are for doctoral programs only. These include fellowships from the federal government, such as the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense and NASA. There are also fellowships from private foundations. Some are restricted to women, to students pursuing a specific program, or to minorities.
For more information, contact the Office of Sponsored Programs.
A Note for International Students
Most national fellowships in the United States are available to U.S. citizens only. Some countries offer full assistance to their citizens to go abroad for an advanced degree, with the stipulation that the individual will return home to utilize the advanced education for the good of the country. International students should contact local employers, libraries, and their consulate regarding such opportunities.