Fellowship and Funding
Financing graduate education is an important topic for all students. There are numerous sources of support from inside the University and from external agencies that afford funding for graduate students. The most likely source of support is through an assistantship, fellowship, or scholarship offered by the College or Department.
The Graduate School also offers a number of funding programs coordinated by the Office of Graduate Fellowships and Awards Administration. Government agencies, foundations, professional associations, and other private entities also offer support of graduate education.
Additionally, the Department of Architectural Engineering offers graduate financial assistance through department scholarships, teaching assistantships, and research assistantships.
There are two main types of graduate assistantships at Penn State, Teaching Assistantships (TA) and Research Assistantships (RA), and they are the most common forms of graduate support.
The financial support for RAs is usually provided by external grants made to individual faculty members; support for TAs is controlled by the individual department. Teaching and research assistantships include a stipend, tuition remission, and a subsidy for medical insurance. Recipients are assigned to a faculty adviser who supervises the experience. Graduate assistants support undergraduate instruction or undertake research projects.
Fellowships are highly prestigious financial support packages that typically include a stipend, tuition remission, and a subsidy for medical insurance. They derive from University or outside awards. Unlike assistantships, they do not have a required work commitment; they are duty-free. Recipients must be enrolled in degree programs and be registered full time. Fellowship recipients are not permitted to accept employment without obtaining approval from the unit and/or agency supporting the fellowship. Undergraduates considering graduate school should begin looking for fellowship opportunities during their junior year.
Gordon D. Kissinger Graduate Fellowship in Architectural Engineering
Consideration for this fellowship shall be given to all students exhibiting academic excellence who have been admitted to the University as candidates for a graduate degree in the Department of Architectural Engineering.
Marlene and Joseph Borda Graduate Fellowship in Architectural Engineering
The University Fellowship Office has a list of some of the more prominent external graduate fellowships.
Scholarships are financial awards that support graduate study. Most are awarded by colleges, graduate programs, or outside funding agencies and are based on academic merit. Some awards factor in financial need or other grantee-specified criteria.
Department of Architectural Engineering General Scholarship
Consideration for this scholarship shall be given to all undergraduate and graduate students enrolled or planning to enroll in Architectural Engineering in the College of Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University who have achieved superior academic records or who manifest promise of outstanding academic success.
Stantec Scholarship in Architectural Engineering
Consideration for this scholarship shall be given to all undergraduate and graduate students majoring in Architectural Engineering in the College of Engineering at Penn State University Park who have achieved superior academic records.