IEEE Foundation Helps Students Pay for Their Education

Scholarships are available to those studying power and energy, vehicular technology, and other subjects

14 September 2016

Whether you’re an undergraduate or pursuing a Ph.D., IEEE offers a number of ways to help you pay for your education. The IEEE Foundation, the organization’s philanthropic arm, funds dozens of scholarships and fellowships. Here are a few.


The IEEE Power & Energy Society offers money as well as work experience for undergraduate engineering students around the world through its Scholarship Plus Initiative. Students can get up to three years of financial support, for a total of US $7,000, though they must reapply each year. As long as they continue to meet the requirements, students receive $2,000 for each of the first two years and $3,000 for the third. The funds are deposited into the students’ school accounts. Students can apply for the scholarship as early as their freshman year. They do not have to be IEEE members. Applications are accepted each year from 1 March to 30 June. Recipients also get access to the PES Careers database, which helps match students with companies looking for interns.

Also administered by the IEEE Power & Energy Society is the G. Ray Ekenstam Memorial Scholarship. The annual award is given to an undergraduate pursuing an electrical engineering degree in the power field or a related discipline from an accredited university or college in the United States. Created in 2013 to honor the petrochemical engineer and entrepreneur, the scholarship includes up to $5,000 for tuition and books as well as a one-year IEEE student membership. It also includes a $500 stipend for travel to the annual IEEE PES General Meeting. The scholarship application deadline is 30 June.

The annual IEEE Presidents’ Scholarship, administered by IEEE Educational Activities, goes to a high school student who creates a project that demonstrates an understanding of electrical or electronics engineering, computer science, or another IEEE field of interest. The $10,000 award, payable over four years of undergraduate study, includes complimentary IEEE student and student society memberships during the recipient’s four years of college. Students must compete in a local Intel International Science and Engineering–affiliated fair to advance to the international competition. (Find out who received this year’s scholarship.)

IEEE Women in Engineering offers scholarships to its members who enroll in any of a number of graduate programs at universities including American, George Washington, the University of California, and others. WIE members who want to pursue a master’s degree in information and data science at the University of California, Berkeley, for example, can apply for a US $7,5000 scholarship. Applications are available by emailing There is no application deadline.


Administered by the IEEE Components, Packaging, and Manufacturing Technology (CPMT) Society, the Motorola–IEEE CPMT Society Graduate Fellowship for Research is presented to a full-time student pursuing a Ph.D. in electronic packaging. To apply, students must have already completed one year of graduate study. Recipients get $21,100 per year toward tuition, fees, and books. To be eligible, applicants must submit an abstract to the society’s student paper competition, which is held during its annual Electronic Components and Technology Conference. Abstracts are due on 10 October.

The Daniel E. Noble Fellowship, awarded by the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society, is given each year to a student who plans to pursue a master’s degree in vehicular or transportation technology. The applicant must first receive a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from an ABET-accredited school. The fellowship is worth $7,500.

There are also a number of grants available to help recipients attend IEEE conferences, conduct research, and implement an IEEE student branch project. All scholarships are supported by donorsVisit the IEEE Foundation’s website for more information.

This article is part of our September 2016 special issue on The State of Engineering Education.

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