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Financial Considerations

How do I Obtain Financial Support?

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 also directly email faculty members who are doing research in the topic area you are most interested in.  The faculty doing research in each specialty area are listed on the specialty area pages of this web site.  A summary of the research being done by each faculty member can also be found in the faculty directory.  Please do not spam all of 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.

Fellowships

The following fellowships are available to outstanding doctoral students.

  • Distinguished Doctoral Fellowship (DDF) - The Distinguished Doctoral Fellowship pays a student $20,000.00 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 $38,000.00/year + tuition.  A recipient of the DDF must have a GPA of at least 3.85/4.0 on his or her previous degree.  A recipient who already has an M.S. must have a GPA of 3.85 on the M.S. and 3.65 on the B.S.  A GRE V/Q score of at least 1300 and GRE writing score of 5.0 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 3.65/4.0 on his or her previous degree.  A recipient who already has an M.S. must have a GPA of 3.65 on the M.S. and 3.5 on the B.S.  A GRE V/Q score of at least 1200 and GRE writing score of 5.0 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://comp.uark.edu/~rlb02/fellowships/Links.htm.

Cost of Attending

The table below shows the estimated cost of attending graduate school at the University of Arkansas for the first year.  For more detailed information, see the estimated expense cost sheet

 Time Period  Tuition & Fees  Living Expenses 
 Expenses for 9 Months  $14,981.00  $9,532.00
 Summer Expenses  $4,603.00  $4,766.00
 Expenses for 12 Months  $19,584.00  $14,298.00