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The Engineering Coterminal Fellowship program supports engineering coterms who demonstrated substantial financial need as undergraduates, and whose eligibility for undergraduate aid has been exhausted. Applicants must have been admitted to coterm MS study in one of the 10 programs in Engineering. We welcome applications from students of all backgrounds.

A faculty committee will review applications, and select 40+ students for the next cohort. Funding is limited so students with the highest financial need will be prioritized. Awards will provide partial funding (approximately half of a full graduate fellowship/assistantship) for up to 3 quarters (Autumn, Winter, and Spring). These can be combined with partial RA, CA or fellowship support from faculty or departments.


Applications due: Thursday, February 29, 2024
Decisions will be released in early April 2024 and will be made with awareness of and in accordance with the Supreme Court's June 2023 ruling on affirmative action. 

While there were multiple application rounds in previous years, there will only be one round for 2024-2025 funding applications. 

  • 2023-2024 coterm program applicants: Please find the coterm fellowship application on your Application Status Page.
  • 2022-2023 coterm program applicants: Please contact Graduate Admissions using this link so that they can reactivate your Application Status Page. Login to your coterm application and when filling out the form, please select the following options - Topic: Technical Support, Application Section: Status Page, Subject: SoE Coterm Fellowship Application.
  • Pre-2022 coterm program applicants: Please contact Samantha Schwartz ( to be sent the application link.

Fellowship Details

Applications for the Engineering Coterminal Fellowship are accepted once per year, and students are expected to apply for funding for the following academic year (Autumn, Winter, and Spring Quarters). Each quarter that a student is funded, the award commits to approximately half of full graduate funding and students can choose one of the following options:

  • Tuition-only fellowship equal to the 10-unit rate ($13,560/quarter in 2023-202), OR
  • Match a department or faculty award of 10-hour/week CA or RA appointment. (In this situation, each source pays half of 20-hour CA/RA salary and 10-unit-tuition.)

The tuition-only fellowship can be combined with other funding, such as another partial fellowship (e.g., GEM), a partial department CA/RA position, or graduate loans. Because the Dean's Coterminal Fellowship is only partial funding (it does not cover living expenses), we strongly encourage applicants to pursue these other funding opportunities including more substantial funding which could replace our partial support such as external fellowships (NSF, Ford, etc) or 20-hour/week RA/CAships.

Eligibility and Requirements:

  • This fellowship is available for students who have accepted admission to coterminal MS study in the School of Engineering. If necessary, students may apply to the coterm program and fellowship at the same time, but must accept admission from an Engineering coterminal program by the time the fellowship begins (Autumn 2024). 
  • Funding is provided only after students' eligibility for undergraduate financial aid has been exhausted.
  • There is a strong preference for students with high financial need as undergraduates (usually determined by the Financial Aid Office) and a preference for Engineering undergrad majors, but the program will consider others.
  • To receive support in any awarded quarter, students must be fully enrolled and making satisfactory progress in their coterminal MS program in Engineering.

The Engineering coterm page has general information about coterminal study and funding, with links to our departments and to the university’s coterm policies and procedures.

If you have questions or concerns about the Engineering Dean’s coterm funding program, you can contact Samantha Schwartz in the Office of Student Affairs.