ECE Graduate Student Financial Awards and Opportunities

ECE Assistantships

The division attempts to provide financial support to all qualified doctoral students and to outstanding M.S. applicants. Teaching assistantships are offered to selected new applicants, particularly in the Fall. Spring assistantships are usually awarded to continuing students. These are very competitive awards which are decided based on the needs of the division and the academic credentials of the applicants.

Research assistantships are offered in both the Fall and Spring semesters. They are selected individually by the respective principal investigators (faculty member) and their stipend originates in research contracts. Interested students should contact the faculty in their area of interest.

If you are a current student seeking an assistantship please see the general announcement listed below.

You are also urged to visit the Graduate School Funding and Financial Aid page.

Opportunities Only for ECE Students

ECE Graduate Assistantships (General Announcement)

Periodically, the division has openings for graduate assistants (only for current students of the division), some of which need to be filled at short notice. To be considered for these opportunities, you should fill out the division Application for Assistantship and return it to the ECE Graduate office.

Each application is held only till the end of the Summer in the current term. You must apply again in Summer/Fall to be considered for the following academic year.

Specific assistantships will be posted separately and may require you apply separately.

Mark & Carolyn Campbell Guidry Doctoral Fellowship

The Mark & Carolyn Campbell Guidry Doctoral Fellowship will give the selected individual a compensation of $35,000 per year for up to four years, subject to annual performance reviews. All areas of research will be considered but preference will be given to candidates interested in research in the Electric Power area. Only students admitted to the doctoral program will be considered.

There is no separate application for this fellowship; students applying for admission will automatically be considered. No other students will be considered.

Large-Organization Funding Resource Pages

Some large organizations have multiple sources of funding for graduate students. The links below are to funding resources Web pages of some of these organizations.

Specific Opportunities

Listed below are some specific funding opportunities that might be of interest to our students. Many of these are available every year, check their Web page for current deadlines and other information.

Clayton Ph.D. Assistantship Supplement Award

This award was established through an endowment by 1959 LSU graduates Donald W. and Gloria Pichon Clayton to support the College of Engineering in its quest for excellence. Donald W. Clayton is an alumnus of the Craft and Hawkins Department of Petroleum Engineering, and a 1993 inductee into the College of Engineering Hall of Distinction. Supplements to graduate assistantships may be funded through the endowed account. The stipends may vary from $10,000 to $20,000 a year, depending on the student's year in the degree program and the funds available. The recipient should be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident enrolled or coming into an engineering Ph.D. program and desirous of entering the teaching profession.

To qualify for the Assistantship, the student must also receive, in addition, a minimum of $15,000/year in graduate assistantship from his/her engineering department or other source such as research grants/contracts, other assistantships, etc. The total award will thus be $25,000, $30,000 and $35,000 per year per student for the three-year program of study. A letter of support must be included in the application from the student's department/major professor obligating the $15,000/year support funds. Two supplement awards will be made this year, contingent on funds.

The application packet is due no later than February 14, 2012.

Instructions and Application

Argonne National Laboratory 2012 Postdoctoral Fellowship

Fellowships are awarded for a two-year term, with possible renewal for a third year. The 2012 Fellowship carries a stipend of $80,000 with an additional allocation of up to $20,000 per year for research support and travel. The Fellows, who will be competitively selected by a special fellowship committee, are given the opportunity to interact with Argonne scientists in a research area of common interest. The application Deadline is October 30, 2011. More details about Argonne opportunities.

Board of Regents Ph.D. Fellowship

The LSU College of Engineering has three Board of Regents Ph.D. Fellowships to be filled by the Fall 2012 semester. The award comes with a tuition waiver and is only available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents planning to enroll in one of the College's engineering programs. The awards are for entering graduate students only (not currently enrolled PhD students). Deadlines are currently 1 November 2011 for one of these, and 6 January 2012 for three others, but check the application. Information and Application

Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship

Applications are now open for the Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE CSGF) at This is an exciting opportunity for doctoral students to earn up to four years of financial support along with outstanding benefits and opportunities while pursuing degrees in fields of study that utilize high performance computing technology to solve complex problems in science and engineering. Benefits of the Fellowship:

  • $32,400 yearly stipend
  • Payment of all tuition and fees
  • Workstation purchase assistance
  • Yearly conferences
  • $1,000 yearly academic allowance
  • 12-week research practicum
  • Renewable up to four years

Vincent Forte Fellowship

The Vincent Forte Fellowship requires US citizenship and Louisiana Residency and targets Engineering students planning on a career in teaching at the university level. Applications should be addressed to Dr. Kelly Rusch and sent directly to the Dean's office at the College of Engineering by October 15th. Information and Application

Research Associateship Programs

The National Research Council (NRC) of the National Academies is pleased to announce the Research Associateship Programs for 2010. Detailed program information, including instructions on how to submit online applications, a list of participating laboratories and their locations, and areas of research, can be found on our Web site at Prospective applications must initiate dialogue with Advisers at the lab(s) before application deadline. Applicants are invited to contact the NRC directly at 202-334-2760 or if additional information or assistance is required.

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship Program

The National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship Program (NDSEG) is sponsored by the Army Research Office, Office of Naval Research, Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the DoD High Performance Computing Modernization Program. This program is intended for U.S. citizens or nationals at or near the beginning of their graduate studies in science or engineering. The fellowships are for three-year tenures and include full tuition and fees, a competitive stipend, and a health insurance allowance. The application cycle is from September to January. Visit for the online application and detailed program information.

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program

The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is for U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent resident aliens at or near the beginning of their graduate studies, this program offers a stipend of $30,000 a year for three years and a $10,500 cost of education allowance and a one-time $1,000 travel allowance. For application and deadline information, go to: For additional program information visit

National Science Foundation East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes (NSF-EAPSI) Program

The East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes provide U.S. graduate students in science and engineering first-hand research experience in Australia, China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore or Taiwan. Students receive a $5000.00 stipend and international roundtrip airfare. The primary goals of EAPSI are to introduce students to East Asia and Pacific science and engineering in the context of a research setting, and to help students initiate scientific relationships that will better enable future collaboration with foreign counterparts. The institutes last approximately eight weeks from June to August. For additional program information visit

Naval Research Enterprise Intern Program

The Naval Research Enterprise Intern Program (NREIP) is a ten week summer research opportunity for undergraduate Juniors & Seniors, and Graduate students, under the guidance of a mentor, at a participating Navy Laboratory. The stipend amounts for the program are $7,500 for undergraduate students and $10,500 for graduate students. U.S. citizenship required; Permanent residents accepted at certain labs.

The online application is available. If you have any questions please contact NREIP Team, American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), 1818 N St. NW, Washington DC 20036, (202) 350-5763.

Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

The Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) Postdoctoral Fellowship Program is open to US citizens and legal permanent residents and offers a competitive stipend as well as insurance, relocation, and travel allowances. This program offers one to three year postdoctoral fellowships designed to increase the involvement of scientists and engineers from academia and industry to scientific and technical areas of interest and relevance to the Navy. This program has a rolling admission. Visit .

American Association of University Women (AAUW) Fellowships and Grants

AAUW has a long and distinguished history of advancing educational and professional opportunities for women in the United States and around the globe. It is one of the largest sources of funding for graduate women. Fellowship and grant recipients perform research in a wide range of disciplines and work to improve their schools and communities. Their intellect, dedication, imagination, and effort promise to forge new paths in scholarship, improve the quality of life for all, and tackle the educational and social barriers facing women in the United States and around the globe.

Learn more about each of AAUW's fellowships and grants: