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

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 2017/2018 academic year.  The next call for fellowship nominations and applications will be made in spring 2018 for the 2018/2019 academic year. 

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 full time during the award period (9 credits for each fall and spring semester).  

Ivanhoe Excellence Fellowship ($1,000)

New and current MS students may apply for the Ivanhoe Excellence Fellowship. Up to 3 awards will be presented. Applicants must be enrolled in an MS program; PhD students are not eligible to apply.  MS students from any country may apply for the Ivanhoe Excellence Fellowship.   
—Ivanhoe Excellence Fellowship Application Form

Ivanhoe Fellowship ($3,849)

New and current MS students who are citizens of China, Korea, Mongolia, or Turkey may apply for the Ivanhoe Fellowship. Up to 4 awards will be presented.  Applicants for the Ivanhoe Fellowship 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. 
—Ivanhoe Fellowship Application Form  

Kate Simmons Teskey Fellowship ($7,200)

Each academic program may submit one nomination for the Kate Simmons Teskey Fellowship. Programs 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.

1 award will be presented to a new SD Mines graduate student. Applicants must be U.S. citizens who will be attending in a degree seeking program.  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. The program must commit to providing a minimum of a half time assistantship (TA or RA) for the 2017/2018 academic year from the nominating program or faculty member. Please see the nomination form for further details.   
— Kate Simmons Teskey Fellowship Nomination Form

William Griffith Fellowship ($2,600)

Each of the programs listed below may submit one nomination for the William Griffith Fellowship. Programs 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. 

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 qualify for the William Griffith fellowship. 
— William Griffith Fellowship Nomination Form

Joseph Nelson Fellowship ($2,700)

Each of the academic programs listed below may submit one nomination for the Joseph Nelson Fellowship. Programs 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. 

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

  • Geology and Geological Engineering (Geology emphasis)
  • Atmospheric and Environmental Science (Meteorology emphasis)
  • Physics 

You must be attending in one of the programs above to be considered for the Joseph Nelson Fellowship. 
—Joseph Nelson Fellowship Nomination Form


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