The majority of our PhD students receive full funding, which includes a monthly stipend, a waiver that covers 100% of tuition and a fee scholarship that covers 50% of mandatory fees, and two health insurance plans to choose from.

Graduate student funding may come from a combination of sources, including teaching or research fellowships. Stipend amounts vary from department to department so prospective students interested in being considered for these awards should reach out a graduate coordinator at for more information.

New and current graduate students can also supplement their funding by applying for additional scholarships and fellowships. Please refer to the list below for both internal and external funding opportunities. Most internal fellowships require a departmental or faculty nomination and external fellowships need a direct application from the student.

There are fewer funding options for master’s students, however both research and teaching assistantships are available on a case-by-case basis.

The University of Iowa Graduate College offers one-on-one consulting to current UI students who apply for nationally competitive grants and fellowships. Learn more about how the Grad Success Team can support you during the application process.


Award AMOUNTConferred ByApplication Details
Dean's Fellowship$28,000College of EngineeringDepartment nominations submitted in February (new students only)
Post-Comprehensive Research Award$10,500Graduate CollegeNominations accepted twice annually for conferral in the fall or spring semester
Summer Fellowship$5,000Graduate CollegeNominations are due early March
Ballard and Seashore Dissertation Fellowship$10,500Graduate CollegeNominations accepted twice annually for conferral in the fall or spring semester
Additional Graduate College FundingSee websiteExternal and Internal Various grants and fellowships


Award Amount Conferred By Application Details
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) $37,000 National Science Foundation

Eligibility Requirements

GEM Fellowship

$8,000 for MS
$16,000 for PhD

The National GEM Consortium

Eligibility Requirements

American Institute of Chemical Engineers See website AIChE Various Awards & Competitions
American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers See website ASABE Various Awards & Competitions
American Society of Civil Engineers See website ASCE Various Fellowships
American Society of Mechanical Engineers $1,000 - $5,000 ASME Various Scholarships
American Water Works Association See website AWWA Various Scholarships
BHW Women in Stem $3,000 BHW Group Eligibility Requirements
Women in Technology Scholarship $2,500 Buildium Eligibility Requirements
DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship $45,000 Department of Energy Eligibility Requirements
EPA Research Fellowships See website Environmental Protection Agency Various Fellowships and Scholarships
Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships (Predoctoral & Dissertation) $27,000 - $28,000 Ford Foundation

Predoctoral Requirements
Dissertation Requirements

Fulbright US Student Program Covers transportation, room, board in host country for up to 1 year; may provide additional stipend and/or cover tuition Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Eligibility requirements
Google Lime Scholarship Program $10,000 Google

-Enrolled in Computer Science or Computer Engineering Program
-Visible or invisible disability
Eligibility requirements

Google Student Veterans of America Scholarship $10,000 Google -Enrolled in Computer Science or Computer Engineering Program
-Be a current student veteran, as proven by a DD-214 and transcript
Eligibility requirements
Additional Google Scholarships $1,000 - $10,000 Google Various awards and scholarships
Great Minds in Stem $500 - $10,000 Great Minds in Stem Various awards and scholarships
IBM MS & Ph.D. Fellowship Program See website IBM Eligibility requirements
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers See website IEEEE Various awards and scholarships
Iowa Space Grant Consortium (ISGC) Graduate Fellowship Program $4,000 ISGC Eligibility requirements
L'Oreal USA Fellowships for Women in Science $60,000 L'Oreal Grope Eligibility requirements
Microsoft Dissertation Fellowship Up to $25,000 Microsoft Eligibility requirements
Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship  Up to $42,000 Microsoft Eligibility requirements
NASA Fellowships, Awards, and Internships See website NASA Various awards and fellowships
National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering See website Various companies Various awards and scholarships
National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship (NDSEG) $38,400 DoD Eligibility requirements
National Institutes of Health Fellowships and Awards (F31, F32) Varies NIH Eligibility requirements
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Scholarship Program  Up to $42,000 NOAA Eligibility requirements
National Society of Black Engineers See website NSBE Various awards and scholarships
National Society of Professional Engineers See website NSPE Various awards and scholarships
Science, Mathematics, & Research for Transformation Defense Scholarship Program $25,000 - $38,000 DoD Eligibility requirements
Society of Hispanic Engineers See website SHPE Various awards and scholarships
Society of Women Engineers See website SWE Various scholarships (by section)
Society for Imaging Science and Technology Up to $1,000 IS&T Eligibility requirements
The Fannie and John Hertz Foundation $34,000-40,000 Hertz Foundation Eligibility requirements
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research $20,000 UCAR Eligibility requirements
U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science Graduate Fellowship (SCGSR) Up to $43,200 DoE Eligibility requirements
U.S. Department of Transportation See website DoT Various awards, fellowships, and internships


Award Amount Conferred By  Application Details

Krishnan B. Chandran Graduate Student Travel Award 

$1,200 Roy J. Carver Department of Biomedical Engineering BME students only. Applications reviewed on rolling basis.
GSS/Graduate College Presentation Travel/Virtual Conference Funds

Up to $300 for travel to conferences within 300 miles of Iowa City.

Up to $500 for travel to conferences in the lower 48 states of the United States greater than 300 miles from Iowa City.

Up to $750 for travel to conferences in Hawaii, Alaska, or international travel.

Graduate College Four funding cycles throughout the year.

GSS/Graduate College Degree-Related Travel Award

Regional travel - Up to $300

Travel in North America - Up to $500

Travel Outside of North America - Up to $600

Graduate College Four funding cycles throughout the year.

Graduate & Professional Student Government Grants

$500 - $1,500 Graduate & Professional Student Government Six funding cycles throughout the year.
Stanley Awards for International Research Up to $2,500 International Office Eligibility requirements


Award  Amount Conferred By Application Details
GC Fellowship Incentive Program $400 Graduate College

Stipend incentive provided to currently enrolled UI graduate students that apply for approved nationally competitive grants and fellowships after receiving feedback from faculty and/or fellowships advisors. 

Engineering Fellowship Incentive Program $100 College of Engineering

Submission of this GIF application must be made at the time of your initial application. The fellowship application must be nationally competitive. A copy of the fellowship application must be included with the GIF application. Students must agree to inform the associate dean of the outcome of the application. You do not need to have a successful application to receive the $100 bonus, just proof you submitted.