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Financial Support

Students pursuing a Master’s or Doctoral degree in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering are eligible for financial support; however, Ph.D. students are offered such opportunities preferentially. Students applying to the Master’s program should plan to support themselves for the duration of their Master’s degree, though they are eligible for financial support should funding become available.

Please keep in mind that Ohio State is a member of the Council of Graduate Schools and as such, we do follow the April 15th resolution as it relates to offers of financial support. That resolution is outlined in detail at http://cgsnet.org/april-15-resolution or it is available as a pdf here.

University Fellowships

Graduate fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis each year to applicants who show outstanding scholarly accomplishment, exceptional potential for graduate study and their activities outside of the classroom. Fellowship recipients pursue their graduate degree under the supervision of their faculty advisor but generally have more freedom in their research than a GRA would.

Fellowship students receive a monthly stipend in addition to a fee authorization for tuition and fees while they are on this award.

There are two different types of fellowship awards offered by the university:

  1. Graduate Fellowships - The best applicants are nominated by their program to receive a University Fellowship; these are awarded through a rigorous university-wide competition. Fellowship awards can be anywhere from one to four years.
  2. Graduate Enrichment Fellowships - This award is very similar to the aforementioned Graduate Fellowships. Students who wish to be nominated for this award must demonstrate the potential to contribute to the diversity of The Ohio State University Graduate School in their application. This award is only open to U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents of the U.S. These are awarded in the same university-wide competition as the Graduate Fellowships and they can be awarded for one or two years.

To be considered for a university fellowship your application must be completed by November 30th.

Additional details about University Fellowships can be found here.

Patrick S. Osmer SROP Fellowship

The intent of the Patrick S. Osmer SROP Fellowship is to offer admission and financial support to outstanding Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP) participants as early as possible. The fellowship's name recognizes the leadership of Patrick S. Osmer, vice provost of graduate studies and dean of the Graduate School from 2006-2015 and his commitment to diversity.

The fellowship program supports the recruitment and retention of this talented group of students to Ohio State doctoral programs. It is designed as a partnership between the Graduate School and the admitting graduate program.

Up to 10 Patrick S. Osmer SROP Fellowships are awarded annually to former SROP students enrolling, for the first-time, in a graduate program at Ohio State.

Patrick S. Osmer SROP Fellowship students receive a monthly stipend in addition to a fee authorization for tuition and fees while they are on this award.

More information about Patrick S. Osmer SROP Fellowship is available here.

External Fellowships

In addition to University Fellowships, there are a number of external fellowships that are funded by various government agencies and companies. External fellowships are very competitive due to the large number of applicants there are for them. They typically provide a higher stipend than a University Fellowship and some carry additional incentives such as a travel stipend, funding for equipment, etc.

A list of external Fellowship and Scholarship opportunities is available here.

Graduate Research Assistantships

GRA appointments are awarded by individual faculty members based on the interest and qualifications of the student and the availability of project funds. GRA appointments are funded directly by faculty members and are supported by grants from external funding sources. In addition to meeting all requirements in pursuit of their graduate degree, a GRA is responsible for performing research tasks under the direction of the professor (usually the primary advisor) by whom he is funded. GRA appointments are awarded throughout the year by the individual faculty members as grant money becomes available.

Graduate Research Assistants receive a monthly stipend in addition to a fee authorization for tuition and fees while they hold this position.

A list of available Graduate Research Assistantships is available here.

Additional details about GRA positions can be found here.

Graduate Teaching Assistantships

GTA positions are awarded by the department based on the student’s ability, teaching interests, and departmental needs. In addition to pursuing their graduate degree, a GTA is responsible for teaching duties, which could include conducting lab or recitation sessions, grading homework and quizzes, and otherwise assisting the professor with the class.

Graduate Teaching Assistants receive a monthly stipend in addition to a fee authorization for tuition and fees while they hold this position.

Newly admitted students are automatically considered for any GTA openings that may be available in their first semester of enrollment and no special application is needed. Please be aware that being eligible does not guarantee you will receive a GTA offer however.

Currently enrolled Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering Graduate students can apply for GTA consideration for the next semester here.

Additional details about GTA positions can be found here.

  • International students: If you wish to be eligible for GTA consideration, you must score at least a 28 or higher on the speaking portion of the Internet Based TOEFL test regardless of any prior teaching experience. Students with a score less than 28 are not be eligible for GTA consideration at the time of admission. Students can take an Oral Proficiency Assessment at Ohio State upon enrolling and, if passed, would then be eligible for consideration for a GTA position in future semesters.

Note 1: The GTA list resets after each semester, so students who are not currently a GTA will need to resubmit the GTA form each semester in which they wish to be eligible.

Note 2: Only Graduate students enrolled in Mechanical, Aerospace, or Nuclear Engineering are currently eligible for GTA consideration. Students from other disciplines are not currently eligible for GTA consideration.

Peletonia Fellowship

The Pelotonia Graduate Fellowship Program provides two-year research fellowships to the best and brightest Ohio State University graduate students who want to help cure cancer. Cancer is a complex disease, and curing it will take a multidisciplinary effort. So no matter what their field of study, from traditional scientific fields to fields such as business, history and engineering, all Ohio State graduate students may apply.

Graduate students do a significant amount of work in most labs. Ohio State has many graduate students who are working in the broad field of cancer research, but many of them are not working on independent research projects. Receiving a Pelotonia Graduate Fellowship gives these students the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in the field of cancer research, and to develop and work on their own independent projects.

More information about the Peletonia Fellowship can be found here.

Presidential Fellowships

The Presidential Fellowship is the most prestigious award given by the Graduate School to recognize the outstanding scholarly accomplishments and potential of graduate students entering the final phase of their dissertation research or terminal degree project. 

The Presidential Fellowship provides financial support so that each Presidential fellow may devote one year of full-time study to the completion of his or her dissertation or degree project unimpeded by other duties. Competitions are held autumn and spring semesters.

Recipients of this award embody the highest standards of scholarship in the full range of Ohio State's graduate programs.

Presidential Fellowship students receive a monthly stipend in addition to a fee authorization for tuition and fees while they are on this award.

For more information about the Presidential Fellowship competition, please see the Presidential Competition Guidelines.

Grader Positions

Grader positions are hourly positions whose job is to assist faculty with grading assignments in their courses. This position does not include any additional benefits, but it can be used as a way for current students to help partially support the cost of their education.

Currently enrolled Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering Graduate students can apply for Grader Position consideration for the next semester here.

Note: Students wishing to be eligilbe for consideration must register prior to each semester they wish to be considered for a grader position. Only students enrolled in Mechanical, Aerospace, or Nuclear Engineering are currently eligible for grader position consideration. Students from other disciplines are not currently eligible for grader consideration.