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Engineering: Graduate Programs


Prospective Graduate Student Funding

Graduate students newly admitted to UNL degree programs are eligible for the following fellowships. These fellowships are awarded by the Office of Graduate Programs, with no separate fellowship application forms for new students to complete. Program faculty make nominations for admitted students they intend to recruit. Deadlines are set on a rolling basis until all fellowships are awarded.


Othmer Fellowships:

Othmer Fellowships are intended to assist in recruiting exceptional scholars who are seeking a terminal degree (e.g., Ph.D., Ed.D, D.M.A, M.F.A.). While UNL alums are not prohibited from receiving an Othmer Fellowship, the general assumption is that a UNL student would only receive this fellowship if we are actively competing with other prestigious institutions to retain the student at UNL. Othmer Fellows will receive, in addition to the departmental assistantship, an $8,000 fellowship per year. Othmer Fellowships are renewable for up to three years, given continued excellent progress toward the degree. All graduate applicants newly admitted to a doctoral or M.F.A. degree program are eligible for an Othmer Fellowship. To qualify, the department is expected to offer an assistantship stipend at least equal to the highest amount offered by the department to first-year students. The assistantship must be renewable for up to three years.

  • Exceptional scholar
  • Newly admitted doctoral or M.F.A. student
  • Minimum GPA of 3.5 in previous degree
  • Excellent letters of recommendation
  • Student must be offered a department assistantship at the highest level of funding

Chancellor's Fellowships:

These fellowships are designed to assist departments with the recruitment of superior graduate students by adding fellowship funds to an assistantship. Chancellor's Fellows will receive, in addition to the departmental assistantship, a $4,000 fellowship per year. Chancellor's Fellowships are automatically renewable for a second year, given excellent progress toward the degree. All newly admitted masters or doctoral students are eligible. To qualify, the department is expected to offer an assistantship stipend at least equal to the typical level offered by the department to first-year masters or doctoral students. The assistantship must be renewable for up to two years.

  • Newly admitted doctoral or master's student
  • Excellent academic record
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA in previous degree
  • Excellent letters of recommendation
  • Student must be offered a full department assistantship at the typical level for doctoral students

August Edgren Tuition Fellowship

The Edgren Tuition Fellowship is available to U.S. citizens who are full-time students and non-residents of Nebraska for tuition purposes. Students retain the fellowship until graduation if continuously enrolled.

  • Newly admitted full-time domestic doctoral or masters student
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA in previous degree
  • Excellent letters of recommendation
  • Student must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Students who receive the fellowship pay tuition at 150% of the resident tuition rate until graduation if continuously enrolled at UNL
  • Covers up to 12 credit hours during the fall and spring semester and 6 credit hours during the summer session

Nebraska Engineering Fellowship Nomination Form:

The College of Engineering is committed to supporting faculty and programs actively recruiting high quality Ph.D. students. To encourage competitive offers for these students, faculty can nominate domestic Ph.D. applicants for a one-year Nebraska Engineering Fellowship by completing the form below. (These funds are reviewed separately from the University Recruitment Fellowships listed above.)

Reviews for college fellowships will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.


Individual departments also offer fellowships.
Please contact your department directly for more information.

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