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School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering Graduate


Two kinds of assistantships are available for domestic and international graduate students:

  • Research Assistantship (RA)
  • Teaching Assistantship (TA)

An assistantship provides a monthly stipend and waives the tuition (except for a small amount called the residual fee) during the period of the appointment. While all graduate applicants are automatically considered, applicants to the Ph.D. program are given priority. Most assistantships are only available at the main Pullman campus for fulltime students starting in the fall semester. Few assistantships are available for students starting in the spring semester.

Most assistantships are of the RA type, awarded by individual faculty who have grant and/or contract funding. The number of openings varies from semester to semester and depends on the availability of funding. Competition for such support is very high. Students get an RA by directly contacting the faculty by e-mail after their application file is complete. TA positions cannot be applied for, and are usually awarded to current Ph.D. students.

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To be considered for financial support, all graduate program application material should be submitted by:

Summer or Fall Semester
The University has a priority application deadline of January 10, but our School accepts applications after that date.

Spring Semester
Priority application deadline is July 1

More Information

Graduate Academic Coordinator 509-335-2767