Graduate Student Fellowships & Aid

J.P. Eckert Fellowship for Masters Students in the CGGT, CIS, DATS, EMBS, MCIT, and Robotics Programs

Note that MCIT Online students are not eligible for this scholarship.

The J.P. Eckert Fellowship honors J. Presper Eckert, co-inventor of
the first general-purpose electronic digital computer, ENIAC, at the
University of Pennsylvania.

This Fellowship will provide six outstanding master's students who are
U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents $10,000 towards tuition. The
purpose of the Fellowship is to provide financial support to masters
students and to support the University’s interest in obtaining
educational benefits by promoting student body diversity. Each
fellowship applicant’s qualifications shall be considered
individually; in addition, in awarding the fellowships, consideration
shall be given to the applicant’s socioeconomic and educational
background and/or status as a member of an underrepresented minority
group, so long as such consideration is necessary and appropriate in
keeping with the University’s goal of obtaining educational benefits
by promoting student body diversity. The University may modify or
disregard any selection criteria if determined  to be contrary to law
or then existing University policy.

All incoming and current master’s students in CIS-affiliated master’s 
programs (CIS, CIT, CGGT, DATS, EMBS and ROBO) with at least two 
semesters remaining in the program will receive an email in August 
inviting them to apply. Selected winners will be announced in Sepetmber. 
All applicants have to submit their resume, current transcript as well 
as a one-pagestatement of purpose on diversity and outreach in STEM 
fields. Incoming masters students can apply using the undergraduate
transcripts they used for admissions.

The six selected masters students will be designated as “Eckert
Fellows”. During the fellowship year, fellows will have the
opportunity to share their thoughts with the Director of CIS
Diversity, and to participate in recruitment and outreach activities.
Selected students will be awarded $3000 towards tuition for the first
semester of the fellowship, and $7000 towards tuition for the second
semester of the fellowship.