Graduate Research & Teaching Positions

Graduate Research, Teaching, and Other Support

Many AE graduate students receive financial support for their graduate studies through graduate research assistantships (GRA) or graduate teaching assistantships (GTA). The School cannot guarantee assignment to these paying positions, but every effort is made to match appropriate students to available slots and to assist students in bridging occasional gaps in funding. The final decisions for GRAs in AE are made by individual faculty; GTA assignments are made by the associate chair of the AE Graduate Program.

Additional information about Graduate Assistantships, fellowships, loans, and off-campus employment options is available on the Office of Graduate Studies site

For more information on demographics, admissions, and time-to-degree for doctoral students in our program, go to Doctoral Student Statistics. Enter the search criteria for Aerospace Engineering.

Graduate Research Assistantships 

With an annual research budget of more than $31 million, the AE School strongly supports its educational and research programs by awarding  graduate research assistantships (GRAs) to many incoming and current students. GRAs are funded by research grants and contracts. The AE faculty award the available GRAs to capable students whose background and research interests best align with these projects. Students chosen for GRAs typically receive stipends of up to $2,167 per month and a reduced tuition ($25/semester) in return for their work on the sponsored research project. GRA recipients must consult with their faculty advisor each semester to determine the status of their funding.

Graduate Teaching Assistantships

Through the graduate teaching assistantship (GTA) program, the AE School offers three levels of support to grad students who have not yet secured sponsored funding for their research.

Level I GTA provides new/incoming graduate students with a stipend of $2,167 per month and reduced tuition ($25/semester) for their first Fall and Spring semesters in the AE School. Level I GTAs are expected to spend an average of 20 hours per week assisting in teaching labs and design courses. The two-semester limit is designed to encourage students to actively secure sponsored research funding for their long-term needs. Students whose graduate applications indicate a need for financial help are not required to fill out anything additional; they are automatically considered for these positions.

Level II GTA provides students with a $1,800 monthly stipend and reduces their tuition to $25/semester. These appointments are for students who are already enrolled and are intended to be assigned for one semester at a time. Level II GTAs are expected to spend on average about 20 hours per week on their teaching duties. At the discretion of the School, GTAs are sometimes used to bridge a funding gap for a student whose GRA funding has been temporarily delayed or briefly lapsed.

Frequently Asked Questions



1. How do I qualify/apply for assistantships? Some students will be offered GRA or GTA positions in their admission letters. If your offer letter does not include information about funding, you are allowed to engage faculty directly for GRA opportunities. While we do not allow students in the first semester to work as a GTA, we allow students without funding to apply for GTA positions in their second semester and onward. Students must apply for GTA positions each semester.

2. Roughly how many students are funded with GRAs/GTAs in the School of Aerospace Engineering? As of Fall 2021, over 70% of graduate students in the School of Aerospace Engineering received a tuition waiver in the form of a GRA, GTA, Fellowship or other financial support.

3. What fellowship opportunities are offered in the School of Aerospace Engineering? To identify funding resources, including fellowships, please see the link below. Fellowship opportunities may be open to non-citizens, URM & women students, and veterans.

4. What support does the School of Aerospace Engineering provide for students to get internship positions that could help with cost? We host an annual career fall each Fall for both undergraduate and graduate students in the School of Aerospace. The event enables students to network and make face-to-face connections with employers for internship and co-op opportunities.