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Welcome to The J. Mike Walker '66 Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University!

The J. Mike Walker '66 Department of Mechanical Engineering offers graduate students numerous opportunities for funding through assistantships and fellowships.

For questions on the information below, please reach out to the graduate advising office.


Master’s thesis and doctoral students in the mechanical engineering department are eligible for two types of graduate assistant positions – research and teaching. Graduate assistant positions provide students with a monthly salary, health insurance, and tuition and fee payment for the minimum full-time hour enrollment for each semester of employment.

Graduate Assistant – Research (GAR) appointments require a student to work on specific research projects under the supervision of faculty members. These positions are awarded directly from faculty to the students. If you are interested in pursuing a GAR position, please reach out to faculty whose research aligns with your interests to see what opportunities may be available in their labs.

The mechanical engineering department has a limited number of Graduate Assistant – Teaching (GAT) positions available each semester. GATs assist faculty in managing an assigned course through various tasks that may include grading, holding office hours, leading lab sections, or other course-related duties as assigned. Incoming students are considered for GAT positions at the time of admission review. Continuing students are required to submit an application distributed by the mechanical engineering graduate office.


The mechanical engineering department awards over $350,000 in fellowship funds to approximately 175 students each year. Fellowships provide students with direct funds to assist with living and other expenses. Additionally, these competitive fellowships provide non-resident (out-of-state) students with a non-resident tuition waiver, allowing them to pay tuition at the resident (in-state) rate. Our incoming and continuing students benefit greatly from these fellowships, thanks to the generous support of our donors.

  • Aruna & JN Reddy Distinguished Fellow in Computational Mechanics

  • BakerRisk/Quentin & Jana Baker Fellowship

  • Brenda & Jerry Gray ’62 Fellowship

  • Byron Anderson ’54 Fellowship

  • Charles Crawford ’19 Fellowship

  • Dr. C. M. Simmang Ph.D. Fellowship

  • Eddie & Joe Mattei ’53 Graduate Fellowship

  • Elizabeth & Raymond Marlow ’53 Fellowship

  • Emil Buehler Aerodynamic Analog Fellowship

  • J. George H. Thompson Graduate Fellowship

  • Janet & Paul Thomas ’62 Graduate Fellowship

  • Kozik Hervey Fellowship

  • Linda D. & Joe R. Fowler ’68 Fellowship

  • Pioneer Natural Resources Fellowship

  • Ralph James Endowed Scholarship Fund

  • Reed Tool Company Fellowship

  • Rene & Scott Moses ’90 Fellowship

  • Sally & Ray Bowen ’58 Fellowships I & II

  • SOAR Graduate Fellowship

  • Wilkes Family Fellowship

Learn more about university-level fellowships on the College of Engineering website.