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Ph.D. Students

As a Ph.D. student in the College of Engineering, you will likely receive full support throughout your studies. Financial aid is available in the form of fellowships, teaching assistantships and research assistantships through the Graduate School, the college, the graduate fields and Cornell research centers.

Many engineering Ph.D. students are also recipients of prestigious non-Cornell awards. Competitive external fellowships are honors and can distinguish recipients when they enter the job market. We provide a searchable database through the Graduate School, and we strongly encourage you to seek further help and advice from your field’s Director of Graduate Studies. A workshop on external fellowships is offered to all new and second-year Ph.D. students during orientation.

M.Eng. Students

A Cornell Master of Engineering degree is an investment in your career as a professional engineer or in business, and many of our graduates find that the incremental increase in salary and the career advancement they can expect as a Cornell M.Eng. quickly offsets the cost of one year’s tuition.

You may find that you are able to cover all or a part of your tuition and expenses through financial aid. College of Engineering financial assistance is available in the form of merit-based fellowships, partial tuition scholarships, and teaching assistantships. Consider applying for the M.Eng./MBA Knight Fellowship, an award that covers up to $40,000 of the tuition costs. 

Information about external scholarships is available through the Graduate School. You may also apply for federal and private loans to cover educational expenses. International students are eligible for the Cornell Engineering financial aid awards and for some private loans.

M.S. Students

As an M.S. student, you will probably be eligible only for need-based financial aid. Cornell scholarships and fellowships are not usually available to M.S. students.