There are several forms of financial assistance available to graduate students and it is important to emphasize that 90% of our students are partially or fully supported by different means. Financial assistance includes fellowships, teaching assistantships (TA) or graduate student researcher (GSR) appointments, and tuition and fee grants. The department awards TAs, GSRs, and tuition and fee grants and nominates students for fellowships on a competitive basis to the campus Graduate Division. Offers of financial assistance may be multiyear, combining fellowship and TA and/or GSR appointments. Other forms of support are need-based and administered through the Office of Financial Aid.
The Mechanical Engineering department at UC Riverside has been awarded $0.9 million by the U.S. Department of Education to provide needs-based fellowships to domestic and permanent resident graduate students. The award is from the Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) program and aligns with the university-wide goal of expanding the diversity of the graduate population. When combined with the matching funds from the UCR Graduate Division, the three-year grant will allow for more than 20 graduate student fellowships to pursue doctoral studies in Mechanical Engineering. The award will be run by a team of ME faculty that includes Richard Wilson, Guillermo Aguilar, Lorenzo Mangolini, Suveen Mathaudhu, Fabio Pasqualetti, and Luat Vuong. The award for Mechanical Engineering is part of more than $4.4 million in GAANN awards won by the Bourns College of Engineering this year.