Assistant and Fellowship

Florida International University (FIU), a public university located in Miami, Florida, is ranked by the Carnegie Foundation as a Research University with High Research Activity. The School of Computing and Information Sciences (SCIS) is a designated program of excellence at FIU. 1,200 students are enrolled in its B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degree programs in Computer Science and Information Technology. The following opportunities provide support for SCIS students to conduct research in one of more than thirty clusters led by our world-class faculty members. Please contact our Graduate Program Director, Dr. Shu-Ching Chen, at for more information.

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  • Graduate Assistantships (GAs) are offered to Ph.D. students for up to 5 years. A GAship requires teaching and research duties for 20 hours per week; these positions include a base stipend of $23,000 for 12 months plus an in-state tuition waiver for up to 24 credits per year.

  • Research Assistantships (RAs) are offered by individual faculty members from their funded research projects. RAs receive benefits similar to those of GAships.

  • SCIS's GAANN fellowships, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, are offered to outstanding Ph.D. students for up to 3 years. Each GAANN fellowship include an annual stipend of up to $30,000 plus an in-state tuition waiver and other benefits that total over $12,000 per year.

  • FIU's University Graduate School (UGS) offers highly competitive Presidential Fellowships (PF) and Presidential Enhancement Fellowships (PEF) to outstanding incoming Ph.D. students. UGS pays each PF $20,000 plus an in-state tuition waiver for 2 years. SCIS supplements each PF with additional $5000 annually as a reward. UGS pays each PEF $10,000 plus in-state tuition waiver. SCIS supplements each PEF with additional $15,000 annually as a reward.

  • FIU's UGS offers a limited number of Dissertation Year Fellowships (DYF) to outstanding final year Ph.D. students. Each DYF carries a stipend of $23,000 plus an in-state tuition waiver; SCIS supplements the DYF to maintain each Ph.D. students current stipend level.

  • The School's NSF Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) grant provides international research and industry experiences. Graduate and undergraduate students receive cultural and language training. All travel, housing, and other costs will be paid while students visit the foreign sites. Stipends up to $30,000 will be awarded.

  • The School's NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) site provides research experience to undergraduate students during a summer program, which includes a $4,800 stipend and travel support to attend conferences and professional or research meetings.