Financing Graduate Education

A primary source of funding for graduate students is graduate assistantships. Visit our Department Support page for more information.  Contact your prospective Academic Department to find out what they might offer in terms of assistantships, fellowships, and hourly pay. 

Visit our External Scholarships and Fellowships webpage for information regarding funding available through external sources such as federal agencies and professional societies and organizations.  

U.S. citizens and permanent residents may be eligible for financial aid and student loans. Visit our Financial Aid and Scholarships section for more information.  

Tuition discounts

Students who receive an assistantship offer are granted a significantly reduced tuition rate, in addition to a monthly paycheck. 

SD Mines undergraduates who remain in South Dakota for their graduate degree qualify for resident tuition status after completion of the bachelor’s degree (U.S. citizens and permanent residents only). 

Minnesota residents are eligible for reciprocity benefits if you attend the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. Your tuition and fees will be about the same as if you were attending a similar MN school. Reciprocity tuition rates are reviewed yearly, so students should directly contact SD Mines to determine the exact tuition rate.  

The Western Regional Graduate Program Reciprocity Agreement (WRGP) makes high-quality, distinctive graduate education available to students living in WICHE states at the resident tuition rate. Click here to see if you qualify.  

Graduate Education Fellowships

The Graduate Education fellowships listed below have been awarded for the 2016-2017 academic year.  The call for applications for the 2017-2018 academic year will be announced in spring 2017.  

These fellowships are funded by the generous support of individual donors to the SD Mines Foundation.  The criteria for each award vary depending upon the requests of the donor.  Please carefully review the criteria and requirements for each award. Applicants may apply for more than one award. Recipients must be enrolled for full time credits during the award period (9 credits for each fall and spring semester).  

 Kate Simmons Teskey Fellowship

1 award will be presented to a new SD Mines graduate student.  Mines undergraduate students who are accepted to an accelerated program for summer or fall are eligible to apply.  Students who are currently enrolled in a graduate program at SD Mines are not eligible to apply. Applicants must be U.S. citizens who will be attending in a degree seeking program. Please see the application form for further details.   
Application Form

William Griffith Fellowship

1 award will be presented to a current SD Mines graduate student enrolled in one the following programs:

  • Chemical Engineering/Chemical & Biological Engineering (Chemical Engineering emphasis)
  • Geology & Geological Engineering
  • Materials Engineering & Science (Metallurgical emphasis)
  • Mining Engineering & Management (Mining Engineering emphasis) 

You must be a U.S. citizen attending in one of the programs listed above to apply for the William Griffith fellowship. Each program may submit one nomination only (departments with an MS and PhD option are considered as one program). If you wish to be nominated for this award, please contact your advisor or program coordinator. 
Application Form

Ivanhoe Excellence Fellowship

Up to 4 awards will be presented to new or current SD Mines graduate students.  Applicants must be enrolled in an MS program; PhD students are not eligible to apply.  MS students from any country may apply.   
Application Form

Ivanhoe Fellowship

Up to 5 awards will be presented to new or current SD Mines graduate students.  Applicants must be a citizen of China, Turkey, Korea, or Mongolia to be considered.  Applicants must be enrolled in an MS program; PhD students are not eligible to apply.  This fellowship requires a matching assistantship from a department or faculty member. Please see the application form for further details.
Application Form 

Joseph Nelson Fellowship

This fellowship is available to students in programs offered in a physical science field, which are Atmospheric and Environmental Science, Geology and Geological Engineering, and Physics.  The call for nominations for this fellowship was made to those departments earlier this year and is now closed for the 2016-17 academic year.


Graduate Education Office

South Dakota School of Mines & Technology
501 East St. Joseph St.
Chemistry Building,
Room 2201
Rapid City, SD 57701-3995

Phone: (605) 355-3468
Fax: (605) 394-1767
E-mail Graduate Education