Assistantships and Fellowships

Graduate Assistantships are available in the following forms:

  1. Teaching Assistantships,
  2. Research Assistantships, and
  3. Fellowships.

Assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis to qualified students. All qualified students are considered for assistantships when applications are processed. Award decisions are based on academic record, test scores, Statement of Purpose, and letters of recommendation.

Graduate Teaching Assistantships include both graders and laboratory assistants/instructors. These may be in the form of 1/4-time (10 hours per week) or 1/2-time (20 hours per week) appointments.

Graduate Research Assistantships are generally made by individual faculty members to conduct research on specific projects. These may also be either 1/4 time or 1/2 time appointments. Applicants may contact individual faculty members for information on research assistantship opportunities.

Faculty research funds come from a variety of sources including:

  • National Science Foundation
  • US Department of Defense
  • Savannah River National Lab
  • Federal Highway Administration
  • United States Geological Survey
  • South Carolina Department of Transportation
  • South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control
  • Construction Industry Institute
  • South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium
  • South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health
  • National Association of Home Builders

Graduate Fellowships come from either the Department, the College of Engineering and Science, or the University. These fellowships are also awarded on a competitive basis and are based on recommendations by the faculty. Several graduate students have received fellowships from government as well as private sources.