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The College of Engineering at Montana State University offers several Ph.D. fellowships made possible by the generosity of the William Benjamin Estate Gift. Mr. Benjamin's donation provides for up to three annual fellowships to new Ph.D. students in any discipline of engineering or computer science. The award provides a total stipend of $25,000 to the student for their first year of PhD study.
Students must be new Ph.D. students within any discipline at MSU's College of Engineering, and their time must be dedicated full time towards pursuing their degree. Awards are made for one year only. Receipt of the fellowship is contingent upon admission by MSU’s Graduate School and the COE Ph.D. program. Proof of enrollment is required prior to awarding of the fellowship.
Students who receive a fellowship or scholarship of equal or greater value that can be used in their first year of their PhD studies will not be eligible to accept the Benjamin Fellowship.
Students are automatically considered for a Benjamin Fellowship when they submit their graduate school application for a PhD in the College of Engineering (includes TOEFL, GRE, transcripts, Personal Statement, Resume,3 letters of recommendation and required fees). To be considered for the Benjamin Fellowship, applicants are required to prepare and submit the following information as part of the graduate school application process:
This should be no more than 2 pages and describe research interests, prior research activities (if applicable), and career goals. If the student has no direct research experience,he/she should describe the experiences and activities he/she has that they believe have prepared them to undertake research.
A two page CV or résumé describing the student’s prior background and experience.
Letters of Recommendation
If a student has been communication with a College of Engineering faculty member about research projects and research interests then it is recommended that one of the letters of recommendation be from that faculty member.
Incomplete applications will not be considered.
For awards to be made in academic year 2015-2016, graduate school applications must be completed by February 13, 2015 to be considered in the first selection round. Students starting their PhD in the COE in Spring 2015 or Fall 2015 are eligible.
Applications will be reviewed by a committee representing the Ph.D. program options with the college and prioritized based upon the material provided. This will take place within one month of the above deadline. Students selected will then be notified, and will have two weeks to accept or decline.
If all the available fellowships are not awarded then students that apply after the Feb 13th deadline will be considered in a later selection round that year.
The College of Engineering at Montana State University offers a number of graduate teaching fellowships to new or continuing Ph.D. students in any discipline of engineering or computer science. Award amounts are a minimum of $18,000 and can vary depending on the department and advisor. Full tuition and fees are also provided.
Students must be new or continuing Ph.D. students within any discipline at MSU's College of Engineering, and their time must be dedicated full time towards pursuing their degree. Students will be required to assist with teaching activities equivalent to no more than 20 hours per week during the academic year and are expected to be pursuing their PhD studies for the remainder of each week and full-time during the summer.
Receipt of the assistantship is contingent upon admission by MSU’s Graduate School and the COE Ph.D. program. Proof of enrollment is required prior to awarding of the assistantship.
Students will automatically be considered for an assistantship when they submit their graduate school application (includes TOEFL, GRE, transcripts, 3 letters of recommendation and required fees).
Teaching assistantships can be awarded at any time of the year depending on available resources within the College of Engineering.
Many faculty members in the College of Engineering provide graduate research assistantships. Please contact the coordinator in your option for more information.