Financial aid for graduate students

Returning students may apply for College of Engineering donor scholarships.  Most of our donors extend financial support to our undergraduate students, but several are available for master's level students.  Read more about the scholarships and process - be aware of the deadlines!  If you are an international student, the Office of Financial Aid has a paper form similar to the domestic FAFSA; completing this form may help your eligiblilty to some scholarships.  


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 usually come with a tuition scholarship, making the positions competitive.

Biomedical Engineering

  • Application form
  • Application deadline: Friday, May 21, 2021
  • Announcement date: June 15, 2021

Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

  • Application form
  • Application deadline: February 1 annually 
  • Announcement date: April 15 annually

Civil and Environmental Engineering

  • Application form
  • Application deadline: May 31, 2021
  • Announcement date: June 15, 2021

Computer Science

  • Application form
  • Application deadline: March 31, 2021, to receive full consideration.
  • Announcement date: June 26, 2021

Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • Application form
  • Application deadline: May 31, 2021
  • Announcement date: June 15, 2021

Engineering Technology

  • Application form
  • Application deadline: May 31, 2021
  • Announcement date: June 15, 2021

Industrial and Systems Engineering

  • Application form
  • Application deadline: March 31, 2021 annually, to receive full consideration
  • Announcement date: June 30 annually

Mechanical Engineering

  • Application form
  • Application deadline: May 31, 2021
  • Announcement date: June 15, 2021

 Dean's Conference Presentation Award

This award is designed to help graduate students offset the cost of presenting research at a virtual conference or scientific meeting. Applications are due by the 1st of every month (October - April) and will be reviewed by the College's Research Advisory Committee. Awards cannot be applied retroactively to conference that have already passed. Up to two students can be awarded every month during the academic year. Applicants must be actively enrolled in a College of Engineering major and in good academic standing. Proof of abstract acceptance and registration fees is required.

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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. The funding comes from the Graduate School and provides a funding match up to $400 per student request per academic year. 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.

Hank and Joy Kuchta Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Endowed Ph.D. Scholarship

Established in 2017, the Hank and Joy Kuchta Endowed Scholarship recognizes scholastic achievement, encourages continued progress, and provides assistance to Wayne State University students in financing their doctoral education in chemical engineering and materials science.

The Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at Wayne State University is known for its high-impact research in energy storage, catalysis, computer simulation, biomolecular engineering, nanotechnology, and manufacturing sustainability. Graduate students work and publish with renowned researchers whose programs are supported by the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Department of Energy, Department of Defense, and others. The department maintains active relationships with chemical and manufacturing companies, many of them located in Southeast Michigan, to connect our students to industry leaders and potential employers. Wayne State's Ph.D. graduates go on to successful careers in academia and industry.

Awards will be up to $5,000 in addition to the student's regular stipend.

Eligible to newly admitted, full-time Ph.D. students, in either chemical engineering or materials science, who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Contact: Jeffrey Potoff

Henry KuchtaHenry M. Kuchta (Hank) graduated from Wayne State with a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering in 1980. He was a partner in the creation of Northern Tier (NTR) Acquisitions Co. in 2006 and then retired from Northern Tier Energy (NTE) as president and CEO in 2013.

He began his career in various refining, engineering and financial positions, including assignments overseas in his 12 years with the Exxon Corporation. Hank joined the Tosco Corporation in 1993, serving in several commercial and refining positions, and advancing to vice president of corporate development until 2001. Following Phillips Petroleum's acquisition of Tosco in 2001, Hank served as business development manager until 2002 when he was appointed executive vice president of refining for Premcor, Inc., a refining and petroleum products company. At Premcor, Hank became chief operating officer in 2002 and president in 2003, holding both titles until 2005.

Hank was inducted into the Wayne State University College of Engineering Hall of Fame in 2006.

Michael E. Conrad Graduate Research Award

Each year, the Graduate Committee recognizes the computer science graduate student who has published the most significant research article in the field of computer science during the prior year. The award is named in memory of the late Dr. Michael Conrad. He was known internationally for his early work in biocomputing and artificial life. His research attracted the attention of prominent scientists from a wide range of disciplines. He led a vibrant research group and was an exceptional mentor to students and faculty alike. Full-time graduate students in computer science, both domestic and international, are invited to submit an article or paper that has appeared in a nationally recognized journal during the previous calendar year. Students interested in being considered for this award should contact their faculty advisor for information on the nomination process.

Ralph H. Kummler Award for Distinguished Achievement in Graduate Student Research

In memory of the late Dean Emeritus Ralph H. Kummler, the College of Engineering has established the Ralph H. Kummler Distinguished Achievement Award in Graduate Student Research to recognize distinguished research accomplishments of engineering Ph.D. students.

The award(s) will be presented to up to two College of Engineering Ph.D. students annually. Previous Kummler Awardees are not eligible to apply. The award will consist of $1,000.

College of Engineering Ph.D. students may submit applications for this distinguished award by providing the following materials. All portions of the application must be typed in a minimum of 12 point font – nothing smaller.

  1. Cover page - template here
  2. A personal statement describing applicant's education background, career objective, research experience and accomplishments - 2 pages maximum (20%)
  3. A brief description of the thesis research project and the relationship to the applicant's professional development – 1 page maximum (20%)
  4. A list of academic and research accomplishments at Wayne State University (GPA, assistantships, fellowships, awards, research publications and presentations, conference proceeding papers, etc.) – 2 pages maximum (40%)
  5. A copy of applicant's 2019-20 annual Ph.D. student review form – mandatory
  6. Three letters of recommendation from faculty members. One of the recommendation letters should be from a faculty member outside the applicant's home department. Recommendation letters should be sent via email directly to the Office of Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies at (20%)

The application package must be submitted as a single pdf (excluding recommendation letters, which will be submitted directly to the Office of the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies at on or before 11:59 p.m. February 7, 2021. Please note that letters of recommendation are also due at this time.

The College's Research Advisory Committee will review completed applications and will recommend awardees to the Dean. It is anticipated that up to two awards will be given every year. However, depending on the quality of the applications, the Research Advisory Committee reserves the rights to recommend an appropriate number of award(s), if any, for each year.

Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

2020-21 Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition Call for Nominations

Knowing how to present one's work in a concise, engaging, and clear manner is an invaluable skill for networking, job hunting, and fundraising, which is why the College of Engineering will be holding a 3MT competition for eligible M.S. and Ph.D. students. This competition will take place virtually on December 7, 2020 at 2:00 pm.

Masters and Ph.D. students must be actively enrolled and in good academic standing in the Fall 2020 term. Nominations must be made by a faculty member and each department can nominate up to two students. Final thesis/dissertation results are not required in order to be nominated for this competition.

Nominations must be sent to by 5:00 pm on November 30, 2020.

During the competition, nominated students will give a 3-minute presentation to the College's Research Advisory Committee that will then judge the presentations. The top two presentations will each receive $250 and those students will represent the College of Engineering in the WSU Graduate School's 3MT competition, date TBD. In addition to the top two awards, there will be a People's Choice award given out to an individual chosen by the audience. The winner of the People's Choice award will also receive a $250 prize, but will not compete in the Graduate School's 3MT competition.

The first-place winner of the WSU Graduate School's 3MT competition will be Wayne State's nominee for the Midwest Association of Graduate Schools' (MAGS) 3MT competition. The WSU Graduate School will provide a travel grant to the winning student to attend the MAGS competition.