Funding Opportunities

The Graduate School at New Mexico State University and the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department offer funding opportunities to support graduate students.

There are three types of funding available to graduate students:

  1. graduate assistantships,
  2. fellowships, and
  3. grants.

The Graduate School provides Fellowships and Grant Information, including links to external funding sources.

The Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department offers its graduate students support through research and teaching assistantships.

The assistantship, designed in the nature of an internship, is a learning experience facilitating the completion of degree requirements. It helps the student to acquire practical and professional experience related to a degree program.

Graduate assistantships are available to selected ME students as teaching and/or research assistants in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department as well as in a variety other departments of the university. Teaching assistantships are funded by state dollars while research assistantships are funded by grants.

Eligibility for graduate assistantships includes:

  1. acceptance by and subsequent registration in the Graduate School and department,
  2. classification as a “regular” graduate student, and
  3. a continuing 3.0 grade-point average in all graduate work.

For international students, eligibility also includes demonstrated proficiency in English and competency in pedagogy. They must undergo the NMSU International Teaching Assistant (ITA) screening administered by the Communications Studies Department on behalf of the Graduate School prior to the first semester in which the teaching assistantship is received. In general, the ITA is offered the week prior to the start of the Fall and Spring semesters and during Summer Session II.

Teaching Assistantships

The number of students applying for teaching assistantships exceeds the number of teaching assistantships available; not all students who apply will receive a teaching assistantship. To be considered for a teaching assistantship, the Mechanical Engineering Graduate Coordinator must receive a Mechanical Engineering Financial Support Form and three Financial Support Reference Forms by August 15 for students applying for a teaching assistantship for the Fall Semester, and by December 15 for students applying for a teaching assistantship for the Spring Semester.

Students must be admitted into the Mechanical Engineering Graduate Program prior to these deadlines. New students applying to the Mechanical Engineering Graduate Program for the first time should have completed the graduate school application packet no later than June 1 for students applying for the Fall Semester and no later than October 15 for students applying for the Spring Semester.

Teaching assistantships are rarely available during the Summer I and Summer II sessions.

To be considered for a teaching assistantship download the Mechanical Engineering Financial Support Form, fill in your information and email the form to the three references you listed in the Mechanical Engineering Financial Support Form.

Mechanical Engineering Financial Support Reference Form.

Mechanical Engineering Financial Support Form (on-line)

Research Assistantships

Research assistantships are awarded by individual faculty members. Interested students should directly contact mechanical or aerospace engineering faculty members in their area of interest for consideration as a research assistant. Individual faculty members will generally grant research assistantships only to students who can contribute directly to the externally funded research programs. Rarely are research assistantships granted to students prior to arrival in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department. However, our faculty are always interested in considering outstanding students as assistants in their research.