External Research Grants
The primary funding sources for EEE graduate students are external research grants awarded to individual faculty members. Each year admitted graduate students are paired with available grants based on their stated interests on their application, and subsequent conversations.
Students frequently apply for and receive external fellowships through a variety of government and privately funded programs. A list of such programs applicable to EEE is provided here.
A limited amount of departmental funding is available for exceptional graduate students in the form of teaching assistantships. Tuition and stipend is provided in exchange for supporting designated undergraduate- and graduate-level classes, thorugh grading, office hours, recitations, etc. Full or partial support may be awarded. Teaching Assistants (T.A.s) are typically offered to first-year graduate students, though continuing students may also receive support.
Presidential Distinguished Fellowships
Each year, the most outstanding applicants to the EEE doctoral programs (including M.S./Ph.D.) are nominated for a Presidential Distinguished Fellowship. This prestigious award is offered by the Columbia University Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science and provides full tuition and annual stipend of 24,000 dollars for four years. EEE applicants typically receive one or two such awards each year.