Outside Fellowships and Financial Aid
Virginia Tech's Graduate School maintains an up-to-date resource of external fellowship and scholarship opportunities.
Most ECE graduate students are supported by assistantships. For information, see Graduate Financial Support.
ECE offers several competitive fellowships, scholarships and awards as listed below:
Bradley Graduate Fellowships
Several Bradley Graduate Fellowships are available each year to the top U.S. graduate students in ECE. The 2006/07 academic year Bradley Fellowship stipend is $27,000, plus tuition. The minimum GPA for consideration is a 3.8 and a 3.5 must be maintained to retain the fellowship.
The Bradley Fellowships enable highly motivated graduate students to pursue research investigations of greatest interest to them without concern for outside contract funding.
U.S. applicants to the ECE graduate program are automatically considered for the Bradley Fellowship. Preference is given to Ph.D. students.
Outstanding International Graduate Student Award
This award is sponsored by the Center for Power Engineering at Virginia Tech. The competition is open to all international students in the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The amount of the award is $1,000 and is based on the student's academic and research performance. This is awarded in the spring of each year.
Graduate Teaching Assistant Award
This award recognizes outstanding contributions to the department's instructional program by a Graduate Teaching Assistant. The winner is selected based on student evaluations of teaching and faculty recommendations. The winner receives a $100 cash prize and a certificate. The winner is also usually nominated for the University GTA award.
William A. Blackwell Award
This award is presented annually to the ECE graduate student who is judged to have made the best research presentation during the year. The award is named in honor or Dr. William A. Blackwell who was a faculty member in the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering from 1966 until his retirement in 1988, serving as Department Head from 1966 to 1981. Students are nominated by faculty, usually based on a presentation at one of the research area seminars within the Department. The winner receives a cash prize of $1,000 and a certificate.
The Rappaport Wireless Communication Scholarship
This endowed scholarship, established by Theodore S. Rappaport, a member of the faculty, and his wife, Brenda M. V. Rappaport, provides support to seniors or graduate students who are interested in pursuing a career or graduate studies in the wireless communication field. Applications are solicited during the spring semester. The department's Awards Committee selects the winner. The dollar amount awarded each year may vary, but it is typically between $500 and $600.
The Graduate Coop Program
Similar to the undergraduate coop program, employment opportunities for on-campus graduate students at off-campus locations are available through the Graduate Coop Program. A minimum of one and a maximum of three semesters' work is required. Further information is available from the Graduate Coop Office in Sandy Hall.