Graduate Assistantships

Graduate Assistantships

Financial assistance is an important issue during graduate school. In our department, research and teaching assistantships provide a tuition waiver and a stipend:
  • $1,800/month for Ph.D. students
  • $1,800/month for M.S. students
Admission to the graduate program in Electrical Engineering does not guarantee financial assistance. Admitted students without firm offers of financial support must be prepared to cover the full cost of tuition, supplies, room and board, etc., from personal sources.

Teaching Assistantships
Teaching assistantships (TA) are continually supported by the ECE Department. Duties typically include teaching of undergraduate laboratories, grading, or other tasks related to undergraduate instruction. No teaching duties are required during the Summer session but the student is expected to progress significantly on his or her research during the summer.

All international graduate students who wish to be employed as a TA at UNL must successfully complete the International Teaching Assistant (ITA) Institute conducted by the Office of Graduate Studies. However, incoming international students with exceptional qualifications may be granted a TA but they are required to complete the ITA Institute within one year after arriving at UNL.

Research Assistantships
Research assistantships (RA) are administered by individual faculty members, and thus selection for these requires a close match between the needs of the faculty member and the applicant's qualifications. In exceptional cases, RAs may be awarded to incoming students who have outstanding credentials.

You are encouraged to contact faculty members via email to explore opportunities for RA funding. Details of each faculty members research can be viewed on the individual faculty home pages. Use this as a starting point for determining a possible match with a particular faculty member.

The UNL Office of Graduate Studies can provide more details concerning tuition, fees and funding.