Need Money? IEEE Societies Have Scholarships for You

Several IEEE societies offer students scholarships as well as design awards and fellowships

7 March 2008

Several IEEE societies offer students scholarships as well as design awards and fellowships. Here’s a sample, some with deadlines just right around the corner.

IEEE Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation Society Graduate Student Fellowship
10 May
Description: Supports graduate research in the areas of insulation or dielectrics.
Prize: Two US $7500 or three $5000 scholarships per year.
Who is eligible: Full-time graduate students at U.S. or Canadian universities whose research proposal shows “technical soundness, innovative content, relevance, and the impact of the topic chosen.”

IEEE Electron Devices Society Ph.D. Student Fellowship
15 May
Description: Promotes, recognizes, and supports Ph.D.-level study and research within the society’s field of interest.
Prize: US $7000 and a travel subsidy of $3000 to attend the society’s annual conference. Five fellowships will be awarded to students from each IEEE geographic unit.
Who is eligible: EDS student members pursuing a doctorate full time and who will continue their studies at the current institution with the same faculty advisor for 12 months after receipt of the award. The candidates’ sponsors must also belong to EDS.
Contact: or visit

IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society Pre-Doctoral Fellowship
15 May
Description: Recognizes the academic record and promise of a student working toward a Ph.D. in solid-state circuits.
Prize: Up to US $25 000. Includes a $15 000 stipend, up to $8000 toward tuition and fees, and $2000 to the student’s department in support of research.
Who is eligible: An IEEE member or student member who has completed one year of graduate study.

IEEE Lasers and Electro-Optics Society Graduate Student Fellowship Program
30 May
Description: Recognizes outstanding LEOS student members pursuing graduate education within the society’s fields of interest.
Prize: Up to 12 fellowships of US $5000 each plus a grant of up to $2500 toward travel and lodging expenses and a complimentary conference registration to attend the LEOS Annual Meeting for the award presentation.
Who is eligible: Students in their second to last year of study.

IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Undergraduate Student Design Competition
Deadline: 1 June
Description: Design and build an original device not currently on the market that applies engineering principles and technology to problems in medicine and biology. Designs can be a modification to an existing project and may consist of hardware or software or a combination of both.
1st prize:
US $300 and a plaque
2nd prize: $200 and a plaque
3rd prize: $100 and a plaque
Finalists will also receive a travel stipend in U.S. funds to attend the society’s annual international conference and receive their prizes, as well as complimentary conference registration and social function tickets and the proceedings of the conference.
Eligibility: Student members of the EMBS or those who have applied for membership by 1 June. Design entries can be up to 10 pages with a verification of the project’s success supported by a videotape, photographs, or both.


IEEE Industrial Applications Society Myron Zucker Undergraduate Student Design Awards
1 August
Description: Recognizes three individual students or student teams and their electrical engineering department for demonstrating the practical application of engineering fundamentals and judgment while trying to solve a design problem.
1st prize: US $800 honorarium for students, $500 for academic department
2nd prize: $600 for students, $400 for academic department
3rd prize: $400 for students, $300 for academic department
Who is eligible: Students must submit a project report and a nomination letter from a faculty member involved with the project. The project must fall within the scope of the society, and students must receive academic credit for the project work. At least one student involved in the project must be an IEEE member.

Charles LeGeyt Fortescue Graduate Scholarship
15 November
Description: Recognizes a student pursuing a master’s degree full time in electrical engineering at a U.S. or Canadian engineering school.
Prize: US $24 000 stipend for one year of full-time graduate work.
Who is eligible: A permanent resident of the United States majoring in electrical engineering who is a first-year full-time graduate student. If the student is pursuing a combined bachelor’s and master’s degree program, the award will apply to the final year of the program.

IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society Graduate Fellowships
30 November
Description: Supports graduate research studies in microwave engineering.
Prize: US $5000
Who is eligible: Full-time students pursuing a graduate degree in microwave engineering. Students require a sponsoring faculty member, and both must belong to the society. Applicants must display high academic achievement in an engineering or physics curriculum, demonstrate a significant ability to perform independent research, and show previous excellence in academics through awards, prizes, and two letters of recommendation.

IEEE membership offers a wide range of benefits and opportunities for those who share a common interest in technology. If you are not already a member, consider joining IEEE and becoming part of a worldwide network of more than 400,000 students and professionals.

Learn More