CoE Dean's Doctoral Fellowship

Pursue excellence in Electrical and Computer Engineering

In celebration of Purdue College of Engineering's 120th anniversary, the Dean is launching a new class of Ph.D. Fellowships to recognize and cultivate top engineering talent. CoE Dean's Fellowships are competitive awards granted to individual scholars pursuing Ph.D. research in Electrical and Computer Engineering.


Purdue College of Engineering (CoE) and ECE

  • Purdue Engineering has seen unprecedented expansion since over the past few years, with 107 new engineering faculty joining the College of Engineering between 2012 and 2017, and we continue to see strong growth in the College and University as a whole. This strategic development, which has been augmented by large investments in research infrastructure and equipment, has opened new doors for a breadth of exciting research opportunities. We are seeking top talent to lead cutting edge research in this vibrant, collaborative, academic community.
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue is among the largest in the nation, with over 100 faculty, 1600+ undergraduates (sophomore to senior), and ~700 graduate students. The School maintains the largest research expenditures ($41M+) and highest volume of research across all of Purdue, with expertise ranging from physics-based quantum devices and sensors to machine learning, cyber security, and robotics. Research in ECE is broadly categorized into the following areas:
  • ECE faculty include 42 IEEE Fellows, 6 members of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), NAE Gordon Prize winner, and a former President of the IEEE.

Fellowship Benefits

  • Full funding, including tuition, most fees, and $34,000 yearly compensation; guaranteed up to 5 years.
  • This five-year award provides a combination of research assistantship and fellowship funding.
  • Up to $2,000 a year in additional funds to support research activities (e.g., conference travel), subject to head and advisor approval.
  • Professional development opportunities (e.g. entrepreneurship, Future Engineering Faculty and Professionals workshops, NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program fellowship workshops, oral/written communications workshops).

Eligibility and Application Procedure

  • Purdue Engineering is seeking the country's top achieving students who have either completed their bachelor's or masters' degree by the fellowship application deadline or are in the final year of their program in Electrical and/or Computer Engineering, or a related field of engineering.
  • Bachelor's degree must be from a U.S. institution. If applicants have completed or are completing a master's degree, this must also come from a U.S. institution. Applicants need not be U.S. citizens.
  • Priority deadline: December 15, 2019. Applicants who enter by this date will be considered automatically.
  • ECE Ph.D. application

Selection criteria include, at a minimum:

  • Academic record, references, and other indicators of likelihood of achieving excellence in completing the degree goals,
  • Potential in performing and leading cutting edge research, and
  • Interest of faculty from multiple research groups. Applicants are encouraged to reach out to multiple faculty members with whom they may have an interest in doing research.

Student Expectations and Responsibilities

Upon coming to Purdue, you will be responsible for identifying your research advisor at the latest by the beginning of your second semester. ECE will ensure that research groups will have interest in your expertise before offering you this fellowship. Under the guidance and mentorship of your research advisor, you will be expected to gradually develop a competitive research plan so, by the end of your second year at the latest, you submit a competitive application to prestigious external research fellowships you are eligible for which you are eligible. Such fellowships include, but are not limited to the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) and the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship.