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Dean's Office awards

The College of Engineering Dean's Office has a limited number of scholarship and fellowship awards available to students in the College of Engineering. 

Undergraduate scholarships

National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME)

NACME is widely known as the nation's largest private source of scholarships for African American, American Indian and Latino women and men in engineering. Over 15 percent of all minority engineering graduates since 1974 have received scholarship support from NACME and are now leaders in government, industry, and academia.

To be eligible for this award, you must:

  • Be either a US citizen or permanent resident
  • Have demonstrated financial need (as determined by the FAFSA report)
  • Be enrolled as a pre-engineering or engineering student
  • Maintain a GPA of at least 2.80

Mojtahedi Nexus Scholarship

The Ali Mojtahedi Humanities and Engineering Nexus Scholarship supports undergraduate students pursuing academic studies in any field in the College of Engineering or the Allen School combined with studies in the arts, humanities, or social sciences within the College of Arts & Sciences. 

The application period for the 2022-2023 academic year has passed. The application for 2023-2024 will open in the Spring of 2023.

Graduate fellowships

College of Engineering Dean's Fellowship

The College of Engineering Dean's Office supports graduate fellowship awards for top incoming doctoral applicants nominated by their departments.

Students selected for the College of Engineering Dean's Fellowship receive a full fellowship appointment covering tuition, stipend, and benefits for the first year of their doctoral program followed by 3 years of departmental TA/RA appointment support. No teaching or research service is required during the fellowship year. Notifications about Dean's Fellowship awards are included in funding offers sent by departments.

Dean's Fellowship awards are supported by College of Engineering endowments and fellowship support from the Office of the Provost. 

Herbold Fellowship

The Herbold Fellowship supports master's and early-career doctoral graduate students in the College of Engineering who are engaged in study or research with a focus in data science and computation.

To be eligible to apply for this fellowship, students must:

  • be admitted to or currently enrolled in a master's or doctoral program in the College of Engineering
  • demonstrate academic merit as evidenced by a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.50 in coursework at UW and for a previous degree (master's or bachelor's)

Eligible doctoral students should be completing coursework during the award period. In general, fellowship applicants should not have completed their general exam. Students can complete their general exam during the award period and be eligible to receive the fellowship. 

Both domestic and international students are eligible. Underrepresented students are encouraged to apply. 

The 2022-2023 application is now closed. The application for the 2023-2024 academic year will open in Spring Quarter 2023. 

GEM Fellowship

The mission of The National GEM Consortium is to enhance the value of the nation’s human capital by increasing the participation of underrepresented groups (African Americans, American Indians, and Hispanic Americans) at the graduate level in engineering and science.

To be eligible to receive this fellowship, students must:

  • be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident at time of application.
  • be a member of the following under-represented groups in engineering and science: American Indian/Native, African American/Black, Hispanic American/Latino.
  • have a minimum GPA of 2.80 (MS applicants) or 3.00 (PhD applicants).

The GEM PhD Engineering or PhD Science program provides a $16,000 stipend and $4,000 toward tuition in the first academic year of the student's program. Thereafter, fellows receive a living stipend, full tuition and fees from their UW department up to the 5th year of the PhD program. 

The GEM MS Engineering program provides a $8,000 stipend and $2,000 toward tuition per year for two years of the student's program. Remainder of tuition and fees must be covered by their UW department. Note: Because funding for MS students is limited, MS applicants are encouraged to contact the UW department before applying to ask about available funding to support a GEM MS Engineering Fellowship.

More information on the fellowship and application instructions is available from the UW Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, & Awards and the GEM Fellowship website.

Students accepted as GEM Fellows may request an application fee waiver for their UW admission application. For fee waiver requests or any other questions about the GEM Fellowship, contact the College of Engineering at