Graduate Scholarships

ISE Departmental Scholarships and Funding Opportunities

The Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering has one scholarship available to current and future graduate students. We also have funding available for current graduate students wishing to attend an academic conference. Faculty are happy to provide students with help navigating the application process and letters of recommendation. Descriptions of each award are listed below. To apply for these awards, please visit the UI College of Engineering Scholarship Portal.

  • James and Marie Buck Scholarship: This fund is to be used to support one or more annual scholarship(s), to junior, senior or graduate level students in industrial engineering with a preference that the scholarship be awarded to students in human factors (special interest in ergonomics) or in management (special interest in economics).
  • J.W.Deegan Fund: This funding will be awarded to cover travel expenses for Industrial Engineering students wishing to attend conferences.
  • Teaching Assistantships: Several opportunities are available to students who wish to engage in teaching and research while attending graduate school. To apply, please click here.
  • Research Assistantships: Many of our graduate students are funded by faculty research. This involves investigating and familiarizing oneself with individual faculty research projects and labs, and requesting an opportunity to work with a faculty member whose research interests closely align with your own. To find out more about individual faculty research interests, please see the Faculty Research page.

ISE Department Travel Funding

The ISE department is happy to help fund travel expenses for graduate students to gain experience presenting at conferences. Students who have received funding include:

  • Levi Kirby
    • PhD student, attended Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference in West Lafayette, Indiana, June 2022
  • Thomas Burt
    • PhD student, attended International Conference on Traffic and Transport Psychology in Gothenburg, Sweden, August 2022
  • Emily Shull
    • PhD student, attended International Conference on Traffic and Transport Psychology in Gothenburg, Sweden, August 2022

External Funding for Graduate Research

Many external organizations offer scholarships and fellowships to graduate students who demonstrate academic excellence and a dedication to research. The Graduate College has many resources available to intrepid graduate and professional students wishing to push the boundaries of their education. Our graduate students routinely apply to many of these opportunities, including, but not limited to:

  • The American Association of University Women (AAUW) Fellowship - This opportunity offers several fellowships to graduate student women. Deadlines are generally in November of each year.
    • The American Dissertation Fellowship ($20,000 stipend for U.S. citizen and permanent resident doctoral student women in their final program year)
    • The International Fellowship ($18,000 stipend for Master’s/professional degree students; $20,000 stipend for doctoral students; $30,000 stipend for postdocs; applicants must be women who are citizens of a country other than the United States who plan to return to their home countries to pursue a professional career).
    • The Fellowship Incentive Program is also available to UI graduate students ($500 for applying if feedback from a faculty advisor and fellowships advisor is obtained before submitting to AAUW--full details on webpage).
  • Individuals committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level.
  • Individuals with evidence of superior academic achievement (such as grade point average, class rank, honors or other designations).
  • All U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, and U.S. permanent residents (holders of a Permanent Resident Card), as well as individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program1, political asylees, and refugees, regardless of race, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation.
  • The Josephine de Karman Fellowship Trust - This opportunity is open to PhD students in any discipline, including international students, who are currently enrolled in a university located within the United States. This fellowship is extremely competitive. 

Other Opportunities

To learn more about other research opportunities that may be available, please visit the UI College of Engineering Research Funding page. Other types of opportunities may be seasonal or dependent on the financial constraints of individual organizations. is an excellent source for finding these graduate opportunities. Or try searching online for Industrial Engineering Fellowships and Scholarships.


*For more information on how to apply to scholarships specific to our department, please call or e-mail the ISE department: (319) 467-0346 /