Financial Information

Research assistantships are awarded by professors with research money. Most students are supported by research assistantships from their major professors. When your application for admission is sent to the Electrical Engineering Department by International Admissions, your application will be circulated among the Electrical Engineering faculty to see if any faculty are willing to commit to provide you with financial support.

You may email faculty members who are doing research in the topic area you are most interested in.  The specialty area page lists the faculty doing research in each area.  The faculty directory also includes summaries of each professor's research.  Please do not spam all our faculty. Only contact the ones doing research in your topic area.

If a faculty member decides to offer you support, he or she will email you informing you of the offer.

Students sometimes earn supplemental income using the Work Study program documented on the Financial Aid web site. As with teaching assistantships, however, this is rare and should not be counted on for support.

The following fellowships are available to outstanding doctoral students:

  • Distinguished Doctoral Fellowship (DDF) - The Distinguished Doctoral Fellowship pays a student $22,000.00 on top of the usual graduate assistant pay. If the usual Ph.D. graduate assistant salary is $18,000.00/year + tuition (which is approximately right), then a student with the DDF would be paid $40,000.00/year + tuition. A recipient of the DDF must have a GPA of at least 3.85 on master’s degree OR 3.65 if the student is entering with baccalaureate only. A GRE V/Q score of at least 314 on the new scale or 1300 on the old scale and GRE writing score of 4.5 are also required. A student's major professor applies for the DDF for him. A student cannot apply for the DDF without first having a major professor.
  • Doctoral Academy Fellowship (DAF) - The Doctoral Academy Fellowship pays a student $10,000.00 on top of the usual graduate assistant pay. If the usual Ph.D. graduate assistant salary is $18,000.00/year + tuition (which is approximately right), then a student with the DAF would be paid $28,000.00/year + tuition. A recipient of the DAF must have a GPA of at least 3.65 on master’s degree OR 3.5 if the student is entering with baccalaureate only. A GRE V/Q score of at least 307 on the new scale or 1200 on the old scale and GRE writing score of 4.0 are also required. A student's major professor applies for the DAF for him. A student cannot apply for the DAF without first having a major professor.
  • For more information visit http://graduate-recruitment.uark.edu/funding-degree/fellowships.php.

Several aspects determine how much it will cost to pursue a Graduate degree.  Residency status and level of assistantship (if any) are the main factors.