Funding

Graduate Student Awards

Each year, the Association of Former Students recognizes up to 15 graduate students to receive Distinguished Graduate Student Award in one of three categories:

  • Excellence in Research – Masters
  • Excellence in Research – Doctoral
  • Excellence in Teaching

Students are nominated by their faculty advisors or their departments. Nomination packets are submitted via IGPS. The Review Committee consists of 3-4 reviewers, including one graduate student. An award reception is held in April in conjunction with Distinguished Day.

Ethel Ashworth-Tsutsui Memorial Awards (Women)

The research award was established to honor women graduate students who have demonstrated excellence in research. Nominees must be women graduate students currently enrolled in a graduate program at Texas A&M University. They must have completed at least two semesters of graduate study at Texas A&M and be enrolled for at least six semester credit hours during the semester in which they are nominated. Nominations may be made by the candidate or by a Texas A&M faculty member.

The mentoring award was established to honor women graduate students, post-docs and research staff who take action to encourage and support women graduate students at Texas A&M. Graduate student nominees must have completed at least two semesters at Texas A&M and currently be enrolled.

  • Award: $500
  • Citizenship requirements: None

 

Philanthropic Educational Organization ($15,000)

The PEO Scholars Award program, established in 1991, provides educational awards for women of the United States and Canada who are pursuing a doctoral level degree at an accredited college or university. Each year, the local chapter of PEO selects one student to submit to the National Chapter for a chance to be selected for an award. Each college is allowed one student submission to OGAPS and a university committee will choose 5 to 6 students to be interviewed by PEO. OGAPS facilitates interview scheduling with students and PEO representatives.

 

Grants

Bush Foundation Travel Grant

The foundation provides travel grants to each of the colleges at Texas A&M University for undergraduate and graduate students. The grant is awarded to the student to support travel to conferences, research projects, study, or internship in the United States or abroad. Students should contact their academic departments for more application information, which is typically due during each fall semester.

  • Award: $500
  • Citizenship requirements: None
  • Contact your department graduate advising office

 

Prospective Student Travel Grant (up to $500 per student)

Departments may receive up to 3 per fiscal year. Departments apply for this reimbursement grant one time per fiscal year either in the Fall, Spring, or Summer for the purpose of bringing students to campus for recruiting visits. Applications can be found on the OGAPS website under ‘Funding’ for Prospective Students. Applications are submitted electronically or by campus mail to Dr. Shannon Walton at shannon@tamu.edu.

 

Research and Presentation Grants

The purpose of the Graduate Student Research and Presentation Grant is to support graduate student research or travel to make presentations or conduct research by reimbursing students for some of the expenses occurred. Students can travel to domestic or international locations. Travel expenses are allowed on research grants if absolutely required in order to complete the research.

The applicant must be in good academic standing (3.0 GPR) and registered as a full time graduate student at TAMU-College Station campus at the time of application and at the time of reimbursement. Students are allowed one RAP grant per degree.

RAP grants are awarded 4 times per year. Applications must be received by the posted deadlines to enable enough time for processing. For more information about deadlines visit: http://ogs.tamu.edu/funding-information/grants/ .

Review of applications will generally be complete within 10 days of each deadline and notifications sent by email. If funding is not sufficient to honor all requests submitted by each deadline, funds will be awarded to eligible applicants in order of receipt of the application.

 

Departmental Fellowships

(ONLY for new students in Master of Science and/or Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering)

 

Texas Border States Region Fellowship

This fellowship is for students receiving their undergraduate or Masters degree from a school in New Mexico, Colorado, Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas, Missouri, or Louisiana.  Yes, that's right, we want the best and the brightest students in the region to come to Texas A&M and contribute their creativity, energy, and personal experience to the diverse culture that is Mechanical Engineering graduate studies at Texas A&M. This fellowship is competitive and based on the qualifications of the student to be successful in classroom and research endeavor. No additional application or information is needed from the student to apply for this fellowship. All the needed information is contained in your standard application for graduate admissions. Several or none of these fellowships may be awarded each year based on the applicant pool. Students must be admitted before being eligible for this fellowship (so, don’t attempt to apply for it until you are admitted).

  • Award: $5,000
  • Citizenship requirements: Must be a U.S. Citizen

 

Leadership Fellowship

Aggies are leaders in technology, industry, and society. TAMU MEEN attracts and creates leaders. This fellowship is for students who have served as an officer in any campus affiliated and recognized student organization during pursuit of either their Bachelors or Masters degree.  Example organizations include ASEM, Pi Tau Sigma, SAE, or other student groups. This fellowship is competitive and based on the qualifications of the student to be successful in classroom and research endeavor. In addition to the normal information required for your standard application for graduate admissions, we need to know about your student group leadership. So, attached in your CV include verification of your officer position. Verification documentation can be official university documentation or a simple statement from the student group advisor or similar. In your personal statement include some discussion of the contribution you made as a leader of your student group. Several or none of these fellowships may be awarded each year based on the applicant pool. Students must be admitted before being eligible for this fellowship (so, don’t attempt to apply for it until you are admitted – include the eligibility information in your application).

  • Award: $5,000
  • Citizenship requirements: Must be a U.S. Citizen

  

Future Role Model for Diversity in Mechanical Engineering Fellowship

Some groups of individuals have historically been underrepresented in Mechanical Engineering. Broadening the participation in Mechanical Engineering of individuals coming from groups traditionally underrepresented is important for many reasons including capturing the best talent available and growing the STEM workforce inline with current workforce demographics. A key challenge to broadening participation is a limited pool of role models and mentors. This fellowship is for students who come from groups traditionally underrepresented in Mechanical Engineering.  The long-term goal of this fellowship is to create a better mentor network for these groups. This fellowship is for students coming from groups historically underrepresented in Mechanical Engineering. This fellowship is competitive and based on the qualifications of the student to be successful in classroom and research endeavor. In addition to the normal information required for your standard application for graduate admissions, we need to know how you represent a group traditionally underrepresented in Mechanical Engineering. So, in your personal statement, include a statement indicating how you improve the diversity of the mechanical engineering student body at Texas A&M. If you have held leadership in NSBE or in other ways, already shown aptitude to serve as a mentor, please include that in your statement as well. Several or none of these fellowships may be awarded each year based on the applicant pool. Students must be admitted before being eligible for this fellowship (so, don’t attempt to apply for it until you are admitted – include the eligibility information in your application).

  • Award: $5,000
  • Citizenship requirements: Must be a U.S. Citizen

 

The “My Undergrad Isn’t in Mechanical Engineering” Fellowship

We do admit students to our graduate program who don’t have Mechanical Engineering undergraduate degrees. And, yes, they are successful and do great things. Coming from different technical background increases the technical and intellectual diversity and richness of our program. This fellowship is for students who don’t have a Mechanical Engineering undergraduate degree. This fellowship is competitive and based on the qualifications of the student to be successful in classroom and research endeavor. No additional application or information is needed from the student to apply for this fellowship. All the needed information is contained in your standard application for graduate admissions. Successful applicants typically come from other engineering disciplines, physics, applied math, or other STEM fields not too dissimilar to Mechanical Engineering. Depending on your specific undergraduate degree, you may be required to take some leveling courses – two of these can be counted toward your graduate degree and thus not lengthen your degree plan. Specific requirements are determined on a case-by-case basis. Several or none of these fellowships may be awarded each year based on the applicant pool. Students must be admitted before being eligible for this fellowship (so, don’t attempt to apply for it until you are admitted).

  • Award: $5,000
  • Citizenship requirements: Must be a U.S. Citizen

 

Aruna & JN Reddy Distinguished Fellow in Computational Mechanics

  • Mechanical engineering PhD student in G8 status
  • Minimum 3.5 GPA

Baker Risk/Quentin & Jana Baker 

  • Graduate student in mechanical engineering
  • Preference for students working in combustion sciences in the Turbomachinery Lab

Charles Crawford ’19 Fellowship

  • Graduate student in mechanical engineering

Eddie & Joe Mattei ’53 Graduate Fellowship

  • Graduate student in mechanical engineering
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA 

Emil Buehler Aerodynamic Analog

  • Minimum 3.5 GPA 

J. George H. Thompson Graduate Fellowship

  • Graduate student in mechanical engineering

Janet & Paul Thomas ’62 Graduate Fellowship

  • Student pursuing a field of study in Turbomachinery

Kozik Hervey Fellowship

  • Graduate student in mechanical engineering


Linda D. & Joe R. Fowler ’68 Fellowship 

  • Graduate student in mechanical engineering

Ralph James Endowed Scholarship Fund

  • Senior or graduate student in mechanical engineering
  • Student working in Turbomachinery area

Reed Tool Company Fellowship

  • Graduate student in mechanical engineering

Sally & Ray Bowen ’58 Fellowship I

  • Graduate student in mechanical engineering

Sally & Ray Bowen ’58 Fellowship II

  • Graduate student in mechanical engineering

SOAR Graduate Fellowship

  • Graduate student in mechanical engineering
  • Preference for member of the Society of Women Engineers
  • Preference for students pursuing a field of study in solid mechanics

Wilkes Family Fellowship

  • Graduate student in mechanical engineering
  • Minimum 3.25 GPA
  • Student working with faculty and performing research in the Texas A&M University System Turbomachinery Laboratory
  • Preference for students with demonstrated financial need

William E. Dark ’54 Graduate Fellowship

  • Graduate student in mechanical engineering

 

Students whose department fellowship has been rescinded during the academic year due to not meeting fellowship criteria/requirements have the right to appeal. The student must provide a petition letter to the department fellowship committee about extenuating circumstances that may have hindered their fellowship eligibility. Appeals are reviewed by the committee on a case-by-case basis.

 

College of Engineering Fellowships

Maria Q. Smith Fellowship

The Marina Q. Smith Fellowship in Pipeline Research is designed to help students who are seeking an M.E. or M.S. degree in one of the following departments: chemical engineering, civil engineering, mechanical engineering and petroleum engineering. Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 and demonstrate interest in a career in the energy pipeline industry. A single fellowship of $1,000 to $1,500 will be awarded each academic year during the fall semester.

  • Award: $1,000 to $1,500
  • Citizenship requirements: None
  • Contact Engineering Academic and Student Affairs or call 979-845-7200

 

University Fellowships

Office of Graduate and Professional Studies: Funding Opportunities

 

Pathways to the Doctorate

Gramm Doctoral Fellowship

George W. Kunze Prize Fellowships ($1,000)

Montgomery Graduate Endowed Fellowship ($1,000)

Lechner Graduate Grant

 

Faculty Nominated Fellowships

Some fellowships are given by faculty nomination only. TAMU faculty in the departments make nominations to the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies (OGAPS), and the selection criteria and committees, review processes, and funding amounts are different for each fellowship.

1.   Graduate Merit Fellowships

These fellowships are designed to encourage high-quality applicants to enroll for the first time in graduate programs at Texas A&M University.

  • Nominations by faculty only
  • Students must be enrolled in their first semester of graduate studies at Texas A&M University
  • Awarded through a University-wide competition
  • Awarded to master’s and doctoral students
  • $25,000 for one year; $9,000/year for four years (doctoral)/ $20,000 for one year; $9,000/year for first year (master’s)
  • Reimbursement for the cost of personal health insurance coverage equivalent to the graduate student health plan during the first year of the award only
  • In-State tuition for out of state students

 2.  Graduate Diversity Fellowships

Diversity at Texas A&M University is an indispensable component of academic excellence.  The Texas A&M University Diversity Fellowship seeks to increase the diversity of the graduate student population at Texas A&M University to maximize the education benefits of diversity, and support the development of scholars who show promise of distinguished careers and who are from different backgrounds, races, ethnic groups, and other underrepresented groups whose life experiences, research experiences, and employment background will contribute significantly to academic excellence at TAMU. Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Eligible applicants might be found from minority groups historically underrepresented at the university and in their profession, have overcome socioeconomic or other educational disadvantages, be first generation college graduates (neither parent has earned a bachelor’s degree), be persons with disabilities, be veterans or wounded warriors, or work on topics related to these areas. This list is not meant to be exhaustive.

  • Nominations by faculty only
  • Awarded to master’s and doctoral students
  • $18,000/year for 3 years (doctoral)/ $13,000/year for 2 years (master’s)
  • $9,000/year toward tuition and fees for 3 years (doctoral) or 2 years (master’s)
  • Minimum $7,600/year departmental assistantship (0.50 full-time employee) or a scholarship of at least $7,600/year, and health insurance for the student from the graduate student health plan, for the duration of the fellowship
  • In-state tuition for out of state students

 

Nomination Review Selection Criteria

  • Evidence of the nominee’s successful participation in a diverse environment.
  • Priority will be given to students who further the goals and core actions of the Texas A&M Campus Diversity Plan.
  • Consideration should be given to students who will contribute to the overall diversity of the University.