Dates to Remember

December 2017
Application Process Begins
Click here to download announcement.
February 2018
Application Materials Due
Application materials are due to your Department Chair.
March 2018
Finalist Candidate Selections
Finalist selections are made, successful candidates are notified.
April 2018
Formal Reception Held
Finalist candidates join Laird Selection Committee and participants for a formal reception in Wilmington.
April 2018
Candidate Interviews
Finalist candidate interviews take place at UD.
April 2018
New Laird Fellow Announced
The new Laird Fellow will be announced once a decision has been made.
May 2018
Laird Fellowship Award Presentation
The award will be presented at a College of Engineering event.

iconSelection Process

Graduate students in engineering in the process of completing their first year of graduate study at the University of Delaware and who expect to continue in the program during the ensuing year are eligible. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required.

The fellowship recipient shall be chosen from candidates recommended by faculty members, students, and department chairpersons. The heart of the selection process will be personal contact between award candidates and the selection committee and its advisers. The selection committee consists of members representing the College of Engineering, the University, the community, and the family of George W. Laird.

The candidates will be asked to provide short descriptions of themselves, their accomplishments, and their plans for the future and to make available to the selection committee any records and information necessary for the selection process by signing the appropriate release forms.

In its evaluations, the committee stresses balanced excellence, combining demonstrated intellectual capability with a strong emphasis placed on human qualities such as character, maturity, sense of humor, creativity, ingenuity, and imagination, coupled with practical skills, perseverance and the common sense necessary to execute ideas.

For information on applying for the George W. Laird Merit Fellowship, contact your department chair.

Application details can be found here.

iconQuestion & Answers

What is this year's award amount?

The award amount varies from year to year, but is typically around $20,000.

Who should I contact to find out more about the award and application process?

Contact your department secretary for guidance during the selection process.

Is eligibility granted to any student who's department is technically a member of the College of Engineering?

No. Only students who are directly enrolled in the Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Civil Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and Computer and Information Science programs are eligible to apply.

How is the award money distributed and is it taxed?

The award is given in the form of a check and it is taxed in accordance with Delaware and Federal law as non-deductible income.

How many applicants are selected by each department to proceed into the final rounds of the selection process?

It varies year to year, and department to department, but typically at least one student from each department is chosen to continue, and as many as four have been chosen in the past from a single department.