Graduate School Funding

Graduate students are encouraged to speak to faculty members about funded research assistantships.

Funded teaching assistantships in AAE are assigned by the Graduate Chair with recommendations from AAE faculty. Preference is given to students based on the expected time to complete their degree, which generally aligns with the following trend.

  1. PhD Candidates
  2. MS Students (thesis)
  3. MS Students (non-thesis)

Many AAE students find funded positions in other departments, such as Engineering Education and Mathematics. The Graduate School web site lists more opportunities. Partial or full funding can also be acquired through grants and fellowships, the nomination process for which are usually handled by the AAE school. Please note that exceptional students should apply for National Fellowships.

AAE provides the following scholarships: (Callouts will be sent out via email to the graduate students.)

AAE Teaching Scholarship – Senior Ph.D. students with a GPA of 3.5 or higher and who passed prelim are eligible to apply. International students must have passed OEPT or have a TOEFL Speaking score of 27 or higher.

AAE Quarter Time TA Award – AAE graduate students who had quarter time TA in the previous calendar year and have not been awarded for the Magoon Award are eligible to apply.

Hsu Lo Fellowship – Ph.D. students with Chinese heritage who have passed qualifying exams and demonstrate outstanding research and academic performance are eligible to apply.

Koerner Scholarship – Ph.D. or Ph.D.-track students with a GPA of 3.5 or higher and demonstrate excellent research capabilities are eligible to apply.

Purdue Forever Fellowship – Exceptional domestic Ph.D. students who passed qualifying exams are eligible to apply.

Rich Scholarship – Ph.D. students with a GPA of 3.5 or higher who passed qualifying exams and pursue research pertinent to the aerospace industry are eligible to apply.

Truitt Grant – This grant is to assist domestic students for research.