Typically, the faculty advisor is responsible for sponsoring their graduate student’s financial aid, which comes in one of three forms:
Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA)
Provides a monthly stipend, tuition waiver, and health insurance. It may be either a 10-hour or 20-hour position. Responsibilities include assisting a faculty member with course-related tasks such as grading, assisting students, and leading labs.
Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA)
Provides a monthly stipend, tuition waiver, and health insurance. It may be either a 10-hour or 20-hour position. Responsibilities include assisting a faculty member with research tasks.
The department and university provide a number of fellowships. Except for the Bodenheimer fellowship, the research faculty advisor is responsible for nominating a student for each of the fellowships. Learn more about the fellowships available to EECS students.
The Bodenheimer Fellowships were established in honor of Robert E. Bodenheimer who taught ECE courses at UT for nearly forty years prior to his retirement. The primary benefactor has been one of his students, Michael C. Crabtree, who received his BS in 1973 and MS in 1975 from UT, both in electrical engineering. Crabtree was one of the founders of CTI (Siemens) Molecular Imaging, Inc.
Each student may receive the fellowship for up to five semesters while pursuing the MS degree and an additional ten semesters when pursuing the PhD degree on a full-time basis. Learn more about the Bodenheimer Fellowships.