Below is a summary of some avenues graduate students (or applicants) can pursue to obtain financial support. Support is typically administered by, or in coordination with, the University of Connecticut’s Computer Science & Engineering Department.
The Graduate School maintain a listing of internal funding opportunities. Especially notable among these are the
The Iberdrola foundation fellowships. The School of Engineering is one of six schools in the country associated with the Iberdrola USA foundation fellowship program. This supports M.S. students focusing on a variety of CSE topics, including Cyber Security and Data Science, Smart Distribution Networks, and Information and Communication Technology. See their brochure for information about the fellowships: Call for Energy and Environment Postgraduate Studies in the United States 2016-2017.
Graduate assistantships are the most common means of direct financial support. Consult the graduates school’s assistantship resources for details regarding stipend and benefits. Research Assistanships are typically offered as a part of a grant-funded research program directed by a CSE faculty member; they support student research activities. Teaching Assistantships are typically offered by the department; they support departmental instructional activities. Teaching Assistantships require English language proficiency.
Continuation and renewal. All graduate assistantships and fellowships are awarded on an academic year or semester basis, stated clearly in the award letter to the student. Reappointment in succeeding years is dependent upon availability of funds, and performance of the graduate assistant or fellow academically as well as in his or her assigned work.
Predoctoral Fellowships are awarded by departmental recommendation and are intended to accelerate progress of recipients towards completion of doctoral degree requirements. (Students pursuing terminal Masters degrees are not eligible.) Applicants for the fellowships must be in good standing and must be working on some aspect of their Ph.D. degree beyond coursework.
Eligibility. Open to all students currently in the graduate degree program in Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Connecticut who intend to pursue a faculty career at an American university upon completion of their Ph.D. here.
Application procedure. Each candidate should submit an application letter detailing their career goals and emphasizing their experience and contributions as a teacher. A faculty member who has supervised the candidate’s teaching should provide a detailed letter of support. The candidate’s major adviser should also provide a letter of support which describes the candidate’s research accomplishments and future potential as a faculty member. Application materials are to be sent to the department chair.
Lecturers. Appointments as lecturers are similar to those of graduate assistants, though they typically carry with them full responsibility for particular courses.
Employment at UITS. The University Information Technology Service has frequently hired CSE graduate students to assist with their technical operations. These appointments are administered by the Computer Center; further information may be obtained from the UITS employment opportunites site.