This page details the various types of financial assistance available to graduate students. The majority of financial assistance for graduate students at Georgia Tech comes from Graduate Assistantships. These assistantships support over 50 percent of ECE's full-time graduate students. They provide not only a modest stipend, but also lower tuition. Additional sources of financial support are fellowships, loans, and jobs with the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI).
Ph.D. Graduate Research Assistantships are funded by faculty research grants. Students on graduate research assistantships typically participate in the faculty member's research by running experiments, analyzing data, doing library research, writing computer programs, and even co-authoring papers. The majority of research assistantships require the student to commit for more than a year. Therefore, most students funded on faculty research grants are Ph.D. students or M.S. students who have already decided to pursue the Ph.D. degree.
M.S. Graduate Research Assistantships funded by industrial and some governmental sponsors are also available. These research assistantships provide an excellent opportunity to outstanding students who do not wish to pursue the Ph.D. degree and who desire to acquire industrial experience while completing their academic studies. Students selected to participate in these positions work as interns at the sponsoring company for at least one term during their graduate studies. The participating students not only get valuable industrial experience, but they also get a chance to evaluate the company as a future employer. Many students continue to work for their sponsoring company upon graduation, and due to their on-site experience, are immediately productive members of the engineering staff. A limited number of these positions are available, and selection is very competitive. The Georgia Tech Analog Consortium is one source of such industrial internships for ECE students.
Graduate Teaching Assistants help faculty by grading, running labs, holding tutorials, etc. Other graduate assistants may work in non-academic units, helping with tasks such as designing information systems, administering programs, and doing research for proposals.
Georgia Tech students hold a variety of national and local fellowships.
Some are determined by national competitions (applications are usually
due in early fall). Some are awarded by the academic departments (schools)
at Georgia Tech. A few are administered by the Institute Graduate Office,
upon recommendation by a departmental (school) graduate coordinator.
More information on fellowship programs can be found at http://www.undergradstudies.gatech.edu/fellowship/index.php#1
Some students will find that they have to take out loans even if they do receive other funding. U.S. and state government loans are available to citizens and permanent residents only and require advance planning. In order to assure timely availability of loan funds for the next academic year, graduate students must complete the loan application process by April 15. For more information, contact:
GTRI has facilities located both on and off campus and provides many opportunities for employment of qualified graduate students on a part-time or full-time basis. Visit the graduate research assistant opportunities section of the GTRI web site for more information.
GEORGIA RESIDENCY: Because Georgia Tech is a state-supported school, out-of-state residents must pay higher tuition. To be declared a Georgia resident for fee-payment purposes, you must show that you have lived here for more than one year and that you came to Georgia with the intent of establishing a domicile here, i.e. for reasons other than attending school.
Last revised on January 13, 2006.