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2014-2015 Graduate Catalog 
2014-2015 Graduate Catalog [Not Current Academic Year. Consult with Your Academic Advisor for Your Catalog Year]

Scholarships and Fellowships: Cullen College of Engineering

Criteria Used for Awarding Competitive Scholarships

  • Academic record in undergraduate program, the quality of the undergraduate program, the reputation of the academic institution and any previous other academic experience
  • Graduate record examination results
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Job experience
  • Publications
  • Research Interests and research statements
  • Research Experience
  • Journal Publications
  • Poster and oral presentation record/evidence

Presidential Fellowships

The Presidential/Cullen/Ehrhardt Fellowships are intended to assist departments or programs in enhancing quality by providing funds to recruit outstanding students.  The Fellowship program provides funds to match or exceed financial assistance packages offered by other institutions.  Only students of exceptional caliber who represent extraordinary recruitment opportunities will receive these fellowships.


The two-year fellowships are available for outstanding students who are entering graduate or professional programs at the University of Houston in the fall semester.  Preference is given to those whose degree objective is the doctorate.  The potential for academic excellence is the main criteria for selection.  Students must meet minimum full-time enrollment (12 hours) and 3.0 GPA to maintain the fellowship each semester.

Nomination Process

The faculty/committee of the individual graduate programs has the primary responsibility for the selection of candidates for admission to these programs and the nomination of individuals for the competitive fellowships.  Typically the criteria utilized for these decisions focus on the prior educational attainment of the applicant, demonstrated interest in and preparation for the course of study, and evidence of the applicant’s ability to successfully matriculate in the program.  These decisions, by their very nature, require a comprehensive review of the multiple factors by the faculty/committee charged with selecting students for admission and/or the awarding of competitive fellowships.

Graduate Tuition Fellowships (GTF)

The Graduate Tuition Fellowship provides funding to assist in defraying cost of in-state tuition of up to 12 credit hours per semester and up to 6 credit hours in the summer for qualified Ph.D. students, who are in good academic standing.  Guidelines for UH Cullen College of Engineering GTFs are as follows:

  1. The GTF is intended for Ph.D. students (exceptions include a M.S. student on a clear path to a Ph.D. program who has to enroll as a M.S. for curricular reasons).
  2. The GTF qualifies a student for in-state tuition.
  3. The College requires Ph.D. students to enroll for 12 hours/semester for three long semesters unless the student has completed their preliminary/qualifying examination.  Once a Ph.D. student passes this examination, the College allows the student to enroll in 9 hours per semester until graduation.  If a student has not completed their preliminary qualifying examination by the end of their third long semester, the student may enroll for 9 hours in the fourth long semester; however, the student must complete their preliminary/qualifying examination in the fourth long semester.  Failure to do so will result in the GTF award being discontinued until such time that the preliminary/qualifying examination is completed.  The GTF will cover up to 6 hours of enrollment during the Summer semester.
  4. A student receiving the GTF must consult with his/her departmental Director of Graduate Studies regarding enrollment requirements (reduced load, 9/12 hours in a long semester hours, 3/6 hours in a summer semester, etc.).
  5. To be considered for a GTF, the following selection priorities are in place:
    • First priority will be given to Cullen College of Engineering graduate students supported by external grants/contracts from the home department or a Cullen College of Engineering faculty member.
    • Second priority will be given to Ph.D. students who are receiving other departmental support (TA, GA, IA, etc.).
    • Third priority will be given to M.S. students committed to continuing study for a Ph.D. and who are receiving home department support (TA, GA, IA, etc.).
    • Students who are supported outside the Cullen College of Engineering as a TA, IA or GA will not be eligible for the GTF.
  6. Department Chairs will submit a proposed list to the Dean based on the above priorities.
  7. After all department lists are received, a Selection Committee, as appointed by the Dean, will review the requests and make a final recommendation to the Dean.
  8. The Dean will notify the Department Chairs of students selected, and the Department Chair will provide official notification to the student.