Graduate Financial Support

The BYU Mechanical Engineering Department is committed to providing opportunities to help qualified students with the cost of their graduate education. The majority of the ME graduate students receive some sort of financial support, as described below, contingent on the availability of funds and satisfactory student progress in the program. With the exception of some teaching assistantships, most financial support is determined before beginning the graduate program.


Graduate Fellowships

Fellowship awards are made to qualified students and are generally intended to supplement other support.

Department of Mechanical Engineering Research Fellowship

A limited number of research fellowships are awarded to highly competitive applicants. They are awarded based on academic potential as part of the admission process and no further action is required by the student to be considered for a research fellowship.

College PhD Fellowship – First Year

A limited number of fellowships are awarded to highly qualified first-year PhD students. They are awarded based on academic potential as part of the admission process and no further action is required by the student to be considered for PhD Fellowships.

ME Teaching Assistantship (TA) Fellowships

Students are nominated by their Graduate Committee Chair for a TA Fellowship. Selection is based on qualifications, performance, and department needs. TA Fellowships are typically part-time positions, with approximately half the effort dedicated to teaching assistant duties for the assigned course, and the other half to research directed by the student's Graduate Committee Chair.

Graduate Assistantships

Research Assistantships

Based on the student's research ability and performance, these assistantships are supported by external research contracts or grants, and offered by the individual faculty member who administers the contracted research. Students may check with individual faculty to determine the availability of research assistantships.

Teaching Assistantships

Based on the student's teaching ability and performance, teaching assistantships are typically offered semester by semester by faculty. Students may check with individual faculty to determine the availability of Teaching Assistantships.

Department Tuition Scholarships

Awarded by individual faculty to qualified students based on performance and availability of funds, students should check with their Graduate Committee Chair to explore ME Department Tuition Scholarships.

Other BYU Opportunities

BYU Office of National Scholarships, Fellowships and Programs has information on a variety of national highly competitive opportunities. Some applications are due before BYU Graduate school application deadlines, so early planning is a must.

Funding through BYU Office of Graduate Studies includes research, mentoring, traveling, and other awards to BYU Graduate Students.

The BYU Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering & Technology offers information on a variety of graduate and undergraduate scholarship and fellowship opportunities.