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Assistantships, Fellowships, & Scholarships
School of Industrial Design

Assistantships, Fellowships, & Scholarships
School of Industrial Design

Georgia Tech offers many sources of scholarships, fellowships, and financial aid for industrial design students.

The School of Industrial Design awards a small number of scholarships and fellowships each year to Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design (BSID) and Master of Industrial Design (MID) students to reduce the cost of attendance. Learn more about these opportunities and other funding options below.

To see the program cost and fees, please visit the Georgia Tech Bursar page.

Graduate Assistantships & Fellowships

Support through assistantships provide an opportunity for students to develop teaching skills and hands-on research experience through apprenticeship with a member of the faculty. In the School of Industrial Design, on average, approximately 60% of master's students are supported through either a GRA or GTA position in a given semester.

The School of Industrial Design offers teaching (GTA) or research (GRA) assistantships to a number of Master of Industrial Design students. An important component of receiving a GTA/GRA position is that the student and faculty interests be reasonably aligned to provide the best possible experience.

Available GTA positions are typically advertised to our graduate students just before the semester in which they are available, and any graduate student may apply. The positions are competitive and generally filled based on aligning interests, knowledge, and background of class material between the faculty member and the applicant.

The majority of GRA positions are funded by grants or contracts awarded to the School's research faculty. GRA positions are typically hired directly by the faculty member who is, or soon will be, building a team to work on a particular funded project.

We encourage new and existing graduate students to learn more about our faculty and their areas of specialization and research. Interested graduate students should reach out to faculty to inquire about project openings and collaboration opportunities.

Students with assistantships receive a tuition waiver and monthly stipend and work 15-20 hours per week. The College of Design stipend rates as well as the guidelines for stipend levels can be found here: Stipends for Graduate Assistantships | Policy Library.

Graduate Student Type College of Design Stipend Levels Monthly Rates
Ph.D. GRA/GTA 37.5% time = 15 hrs/week $2,087
Ph.D. GRA/GTA 50% time = 20 hrs/week $2,511
Master's GRA/GTA 37.5% time = 15 hrs/week $1,100
Master's GRA/GTA 50% time = 20 hrs/week $1,467

Additional information about graduate assistantships, fellowships, loans, and off-campus employment options is available on the Office of Graduate Studies site.

Graduate Research Assistantships (GRA)

Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTA)

Dean's Fellowship

Libowsky Fellowships

Careers for Industrial Design

The field of industrial design emerged in the 1800s as a result of the industrial revolution. Post industrial revolution, industrial designers have historically designed the objects that people use in everyday life. In the age of technology, industrial designers have played a key role in humanizing connections between people and technology through human-centered design.

Through purposeful and tech-driven integration of aesthetic, functional, utilitarian, economic, sustainable, social, and cognitive considerations, our curriculum prepares students for a variety of careers and with the tools to develop thoughtful solutions to the challenges of the 21st Century.

Our graduates in industry strive to quantify the user's experience beyond tangibility, a trend that has increased the value of industrial designers across industries. Our students are uniquely positioned to enter many industries, including business/strategy/consulting, higher education, engineering, research, marketing, and computer science - most commonly through careers in UX/UI, product design, service design, organizational design, interaction design, and strategy.

Graduating Georgia Tech industrial design students move on to careers in creative agencies or in companies such as Home Depot, Microsoft, NCR, Mailchimp, Garmin, 3M, Google, Steelcase, and many others.

Top Companies Hiring for Industrial Designer Jobs

Top Companies Hiring for User Experience Researcher Jobs

Top Companies Hiring for Design Strategist Jobs

If you want to learn more about the opportunities available to you, reach out to our professors and staff to learn more. Many job opportunities and career insights come from our relationships with industry professionals and growing network of alumni. 

Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid

The Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid (OSFA) helps students and families apply for and receive financial resources. They administer funds and programs to help students meet the educational expenses to attend Georgia Tech. They also advocate for strategic financial support for Georgia Tech students.

Office of International Education

The Office of International Education (OIE) supports Georgia Tech’s international education and engagement goals through student and scholar mobility, on-campus internationalization, and intercultural experience. OIE collaborates with campus and partners across the world to expand the Institute's global learning and innovation network to develop cross-culturally competent, globally-minded leaders.

Within OIE, International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) serves as a resource and advocate for the large and diverse population of international students and scholars at Georgia Tech. ISSS provides a variety of support for international students holding an F visa, as well as J Exchange Visitors who are either enrolled at Georgia Tech as a non-degree seeking exchange student, degree-seeking student, student intern, short-term scholar, research scholar or professor.

Georgia Tech Scholarships

Office of Disability Services

The Office of Disability Services (ODS) collaborates with students, faculty, and staff to create a campus environment that is usable, equitable, sustainable and inclusive of all members of the Georgia Tech community. ODS has compiled a list of resources and disability related scholarships and awards.

Office of International Education Administered Scholarships

OIE awards numerous scholarships for students studying abroad. OIE also provides a list of external scholarships specifically for supporting a student's education abroad.

Georgia Tech Alumni Association Scholarships

The Georgia Tech Alumni Association offers scholarships in three categories: Geographic, Corporate, and Affinity. The GT Women Alumnae Network additionally awards scholarships to women studying at Tech.

Stamps Presidential Scholarship Program

Georgia Tech’s prestigious four-year, full-ride Stamps President’s Scholarship is offered annually to the top one percent of first-year students. Recipients are selected based upon holistic excellence and potential within the program’s four pillars: Scholarship, Leadership, Progress, and Service.

Veterans Resource Center

The Veterans Resource Center promotes student learning and development and supports degree completion for students who are veterans, military, reservist, guard members, and dependents by providing comprehensive support services that enhance and complement the academic experience. The Veterans Resource Center provides a list of internal and external military scholarships.

External Scholarships and Fellowships

Below is a list of scholarships and fellowships external to Georgia Tech. Many have specific goals, such as diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. 

 

Achieve Atlanta
The Achieve Atlanta scholarship is a need-based award designed to support low-income Atlanta Public Schools (APS) students pursuing various paths after high school. Eligible students must have graduated from an APS with a cumulative, weighted GPA of at least 80.
Award Amount: Up to $5,000 scholarship per year (renewable for up to four years of school)

Student Scholarships | American Indian College Fund
The American Indian College Fund supports American Indian and Alaska Native college students seeking technical, undergraduate and graduate degrees at tribal colleges and other nonprofit, accredited schools. Any Native American U.S. citizen that is a member or descendant of a state or federally recognized tribe with at least a 2.0 grade point average, and enrolled as a full-time student can apply for a scholarship.

Against The Grain Scholarships
Against The Grain (ATG) awards scholarships to a select group of Asian American high school seniors, college undergraduate and graduate school students. ATG has awarded more than 55 scholarships and more than $75,000 since 2011.

Financial Aid and Scholarships for Students with Disabilities | essayontime.com.au
Courtesy of Essay On Time, find a list of scholarships for students with Autism, ADD/ADHD, hearing disorders, visual impairments, learning disabilities (such as dysgraphia to dyscalculia, dyslexia, and other conditions), and other disabilities.

Davidson Fellows Scholarship | ListsOfScholarships.com
The Davidson Institute for Talent Development offer yearly scholarships for outstanding young people (18 years old or younger) who have already completed a significant piece of work in science, engineering, technology, mathematics, music, literature, philosophy, or ‘outside the box.’
Award Amount: Yearly scholarships of $50,000, $25,000 and $10,000

Student Scholarships & Funds | Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta
The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta provides hundreds of scholarships each year to students through a variety of scholarship funds.

Harriet Irsay Scholarship | ListsOfScholarships.com
Every year, the American Institute of Polish Culture offers several scholarships to American undergraduate and graduate students, preferably of Polish heritage. These are awarded to students from a variety of majors and academic disciplines, including Communication, Education, Film, Music, History, International Relations, Journalism, Liberal Arts, Polish Studies, Public Relations and Business.
Award Amount: $1,000 scholarship

Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation
The Coca-Cola Scholars Program scholarship is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, as well as their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities.With the 33rd class in 2021, the Foundation has provided over 6,450 Coca-Cola Scholars with more than $75 million in educational support. 150 Coca-Cola Scholars are selected each year to receive this $20,000 scholarship.

The Gates Scholarship
The Gates Scholarship (TGS) is a scholarship for outstanding, minority, high school seniors from low-income households. Each year, the scholarship is awarded to 300 of these student leaders, with the intent of helping them realize their maximum potential.
Award Amount: Full Tuition

Student Merit Awards | IDSA
Each year, IDSA recognizes exceptional student design talent through our Student Merit Awards program. The competition highlights the very best creativity, problem solving and design brilliance in each of IDSA's five North American Districts. A jury panel of design leaders and educators representing a cross-section of professional practice and design academia is assembled annually to review and select winners. Two winners are selected from each District for this prestigious distinction, one at the Undergraduate (SMA) level and one at the Graduate (GSMA) level. 

Vectorworks Design Scholarship | Vectorworks
The Vectorworks Design Scholarship invites undergraduate and graduate students in major disciplines related to the architecture, landscape architecture, entertainment, and interior design fields to submit their recent, finished work.

Student Scholarships | American Indian College Fund
The American Indian College Fund supports American Indian and Alaska Native college students seeking technical, undergraduate and graduate degrees at tribal colleges and other nonprofit, accredited schools. Any Native American U.S. citizen that is a member or descendant of a state or federally recognized tribe with at least a 2.0 grade point average, and enrolled as a full-time student can apply for a scholarship.

Against The Grain Scholarships
Against The Grain (ATG) awards scholarships to a select group of Asian American high school seniors, college undergraduate and graduate school students. ATG has awarded more than 55 scholarships and more than $75,000 since 2011.

Financial Aid and Scholarships for Students with Disabilities | essayontime.com.au
Courtesy of Essay On Time, find a list of scholarships for students with Autism, ADD/ADHD, hearing disorders, visual impairments, learning disabilities (such as dysgraphia to dyscalculia, dyslexia, and other conditions), and other disabilities.

Davidson Fellows Scholarship | ListsOfScholarships.com
The Davidson Institute for Talent Development offer yearly scholarships for outstanding young people (18 years old or younger) who have already completed a significant piece of work in science, engineering, technology, mathematics, music, literature, philosophy, or ‘outside the box.’
Award Amount: Yearly scholarships of $50,000, $25,000 and $10,000

Student Scholarships & Funds | Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta
The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta provides hundreds of scholarships each year to students through a variety of scholarship funds.

Harriet Irsay Scholarship | ListsOfScholarships.com
Every year, the American Institute of Polish Culture offers several scholarships to American undergraduate and graduate students, preferably of Polish heritage. These are awarded to students from a variety of majors and academic disciplines, including Communication, Education, Film, Music, History, International Relations, Journalism, Liberal Arts, Polish Studies, Public Relations and Business.
Award Amount: $1,000 scholarship.

Student Scholarships | American Indian College Fund
The American Indian College Fund supports American Indian and Alaska Native college students seeking technical, undergraduate and graduate degrees at tribal colleges and other nonprofit, accredited schools. Any Native American U.S. citizen that is a member or descendant of a state or federally recognized tribe with at least a 2.0 grade point average, and enrolled as a full-time student can apply for a scholarship.

Against The Grain Scholarships
Against The Grain (ATG) awards scholarships to a select group of Asian American high school seniors, college undergraduate and graduate school students. ATG has awarded more than 55 scholarships and more than $75,000 since 2011.

Financial Aid and Scholarships for Students with Disabilities | essayontime.com.au
Courtesy of Essay On Time, find a list of scholarships for students with Autism, ADD/ADHD, hearing disorders, visual impairments, learning disabilities (such as dysgraphia to dyscalculia, dyslexia, and other conditions), and other disabilities.

Harriet Irsay Scholarship | ListsOfScholarships.com
Every year, the American Institute of Polish Culture offers several scholarships to American undergraduate and graduate students, preferably of Polish heritage. These are awarded to students from a variety of majors and academic disciplines, including Communication, Education, Film, Music, History, International Relations, Journalism, Liberal Arts, Polish Studies, Public Relations and Business.
Award Amount: $1,000 scholarship

Chapter Scholarship Programs | PFLAG
This scholarship will reward an outstanding LGBTQ student or straight ally and encourage them to pursue post-secondary education.
Award Amount: $1,000.00 scholarship

International Fellowships | American Association of University Women : Empowering Women Since 1881
International Fellowships are awarded for full-time study or research in the United States to women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Both graduate and postgraduate studies at accredited U.S. institutions are supported. Applicants must have earned the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree by the application deadline, and must have applied to their proposed institutions of study by the time of the application.
Funding: $18,000 - $30,000

P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans – Eligibility (pdsoros.org)
The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans program is intended for immigrants and children of immigrants in the United States. Applicants must be New Americans who are 30 or younger as of the application deadline, and who are planning on starting or continuing an eligible graduate degree program full-time in the United States. Applicants may apply to the Fellowship while they are applying to graduate school, or after they are already enrolled in graduate school.

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