Financial resources

Travel Grants - PhD and MS
Graduate Assistantships
Other WSU Scholarship Opportunities - PhD and MS
Non-WSU Scholarship Opportunities

Travel grants

  • Graduate Student Professional Travel Award (GSPTA) 
    This award provides support to a master's or Ph.D. student who is presenting a scholarly paper or poster at a major professional meeting. You may submit your funding request at the time of your article/poster submission; if you are accepted to present, you are required to provide the confirmation at least 30 days in advance; without the confirmation, your funds will be released to the next person.  Funds are limited; first come first served.  Please apply early! Provide at least two weeks before travel for processing.  For questions regarding application and submission deadline information, please contact Sondra Auerbach. We provide matching travel funds for students. Check out the list of conferences other Engineering students have attended.
  • Olbrot Travel Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Research
    In memory of the exemplary scholarly accomplishment of the late Professor Andrzej Olbrot, the College of Engineering has established a Travel Award to recognize excellence in graduate student research. The award(s) will be presented to a maximum of two College of Engineering Ph.D. students annually to defray part of the cost to attend and present a research paper at a major professional meeting. The award will consist of up to $500, together with a recognition plaque that will be presented during the Annual College of Engineering Convocation. For application information and submission deadline, please contact Sondra Auerbach.
    • The 2017-2018 Olbrot Travel Award applications are due by 5pm December 1, 2017.  Email

Details from 10/27/2017 announcement:  College of Engineering Ph.D. graduate students may submit applications for the award and the College's Research Advisory Committee will review the applications.  Previous Olbrot Travel Awardees are not eligible.   The following criteria will be used to select the awardees:

  1. A brief description of the thesis research project, the relevance of the conference, and the relationship to the applicant's professional development (1 page maximum, minimum font size: 12 points);
  2. Quality of the proposed presentation (based on the presentation abstract/proceeding);
  3. Academic and research accomplishment (GPA, research publications and presentation, among others);
  4. Significance of the conference, letter of invitation, documentation of selection and review process;
  5. A summary budget detailing transportation, lodging, and meal costs.  Cost sharing of a minimum of 50% is required from the thesis advisor and/or department.
  6. A copy of applicant's 2016-17 Ph.D. Annual Review form.  

The application package, including the cover page and all supporting documents, will be limited to a total of ten (10) pages. The application materials, in one single pdf file, should be submitted via email to the Office of Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies (, on or before 5:00 p.m., Friday, December 1, 2017.  

Graduate Assistantships: Teaching Assistants/Research Assistants/Student Assistants

Graduate Assistantships are appointments made to students enrolled in a master's or doctoral program at Wayne State University. Appointments may be made for one, two or three semesters of the calendar year.These positions are offered by departments, although not all departments have assistantship positions. These positions usually come with a tuition scholarship, making the positions competitive.

To learn more about Graduate Assistantships in your department, please inquire with the department Graduate Program Officer (GPO) or a faculty whose research reflects your interests.  Explaining who you are and noting any prior relevant experiences helps facilitate the conversation.

GTA - Basic Engineering
GTA - All Departments

Other WSU scholarship opportunities

  • Graduate Professional Scholarship – The Graduate School annually sponsors the Graduate Professional Scholarship competition for tuition scholarship awards for fall and winter semesters. To be eligible for consideration for the award, applicants must be admitted to a graduate program by May 1. 
  • Graduate School Retention Scholarship for Master's Students - This scholarship is available to degree-seeking students who demonstrate financial need and have been continuously enrolled in a Wayne State University Master's program.
  • Graduate School Completion Scholarship for Master's Students - The aim of this scholarship is to provide tuition assistance to students who are nearing the end of their graduate studies at WSU so that they complete their degrees in a timely fashion and enter the workforce. 
  • Rumble Fellowship – The Thomas Rumble Fellowship aims to optimize Ph.D. students' performance by providing support for and establishing expected outcomes at each stage of the training process. 
  • Ohio/Ontario Good Neighbor Policy - Graduate non-resident students who are residents of Fulton, Lucas, Ottawa and Williams counties in Ohio or Ontario, Canada and enroll at Wayne State University in eligible programs will have the non-resident portion of tuition waived. 
  • Scholarships for International Students - from the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS)

Find more information on ways to fund your graduate degree is available via the Graduate School website. 

Non-WSU scholarship opportunities

American Public Power Association / Demonstration of Energy & Efficiency Developments (DEED) Programs: For students interested in a career in energy, you can apply for student research grants and internships (10 - $4,000 awards), educational scholarships (10 - $2,000 awards), and money for a technical design project (1 - $5,000 award).

Annual deadlines of Feb. 15 and Oct. 15. Read the flyer for more details and submission details.

Automotive Women's Alliance Foundation :  As an active professional foundation dedicated to supporting the advancement of automotive women professionals, the Automotive Women's Aliiance Foundation (AWAF) strives to motivate current and future students studying in automotive-related fields.

Applications are always accepted.  Students who are interestd in learning more about scholarship opportunities and are currently pursuing a Bachelor, Master or PhD degree should visit to access the Education Scholarship Application.

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship Program based in Washington, D.C.:  

From its inception, the goal of this program has been to increase the number of STEM professionals in the U.S. workforce.

The NDSEG Fellowship Program is a three-year funding opportunity for students in or near the beginning stages of their overall graduate study and it is meant for students who plan to pursue research-based doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines.

The program provides awarded fellows with:

•       36 months of full tuition and mandatory fee coverage at any accredited U.S. institution;
•       A $1,000 medical health insurance allowance per each year of the three-year program tenure;
•       And $102,000.00 in stipend payments over three years.

Students can start applying to the program as early as their undergraduate senior year and as late as the start of their third year of overall graduate study.

Deadline for a 2017 award is December 9 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time.

Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program: Opportunity for students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines to receive a full scholarship and be gainfully employed upon degree completion with a Department of Defense facility. The Program will pay for all educational expenses for a B.S., M.S. or Ph.D. degree, and then provide scholars unique opportunities to work as research scientists or engineers on cutting edge technology in world class Department of Defense facilities.

SMART Scholars receive:
•       Full tuition and educational fees
•       Generous cash stipend ranging from $25,000 - $38,000 per year
•       Paid summer internships, health insurance, and miscellaneous allowance
•       Employment with Department of Defense facilities after graduation

Basic eligibility requirements are as follows:
o       a U.S. citizen at time of application (some exceptions apply),
o       18 years of age or older as of August 1, 2017,
o       able to participate in summer internships at DoD laboratories,
o       willing to accept post-graduate employment with the DoD,
o       a student in good standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and,
o       pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in one of the disciplines listed above

Deadline:  December 1, 2016

For more information and to apply please visit

Material Handling Education Foundation, Inc.

The Material Handling Education Foundation, Inc. ( is an independent charitable organization that was established in 1976 with a mission to promote the study of material handling, logistics and supply chains by exposing students and educators to the industry through financial support. 
The Foundation will offer scholarship award opportunities to students who are committed to studying material handling, supply chain and logistics for the 2017/2018 academic term. Scholarship awards range from $1,500 to $6,000 and are made up of funds from the Foundation and the Howard Bernstein Industrial Distribution Scholarship Program. One application allows students to compete for multiple scholarships offered by the Foundation.

Eligible Programs:

  • Industrial, Mechanical, Manufacturing, Electrical and Civil Engineering
  • Engineering Technology & Management
  • Industrial Distribution
  • Computer Engineering, Computer Science and Business Administration with an emphasis in production management, industrial distribution, supply chain or logistics
  • Supply Chain Management

Scholarship eligibility and criteria include:
Post-secondary students enrolled in a qualified school and eligible program in the United States or Canada.  For the 2017/2018 academic term, students must be:

  • Junior
  • Senior
  • Masters Degree candidate
  • PhD candidate

Instructions to apply for scholarships:

  • Complete the online application at  One application allows students to compete for one of the many available scholarships.
  • Three letters of recommendation.  Suggestions include:
    • Primary faculty contact
    • A full-time faculty member at the current or previous school
    • A supervisor from an internship, co-op, employer, etc.
    • Other person who may be able to attest to your performance in school or at work

Letters of Recommendation must be sent to the Foundation directly from the author.  Please note . . . We cannot accept Letters of Recommendation directly from the students since the letters cannot be authenticated.  The authors should e-mail the letters to

  • Official transcripts of all academic work completed beyond high school.  Official transcripts must be sent to the Foundation directly from the Registrar's office or equivalent office at the school.  Official transcripts can be sent two ways:
    • Preferred - Via e-mail from the school with a secure download link sent to
    • Via regular postal mail directly from the school to Donna Varner at MHEFI, 8720 Red Oak Blvd., Suite 201, Charlotte, NC 28217.

Please note . . . international students studying in the United States and Canada should ask the Registrar's office, or equivalent office at their school, to send copies of international transcripts on file along with the Official Transcripts.  We prefer to not accept international transcripts directly from the student since they cannot be authenticated. 


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