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 Office of Graduate Education is currently accepting applications/nominations for the following awards for the 2018/2019 academic year.  All paperwork should be submitted via email to SDSMTGraduateEducation@sdsmt.edu no later than 4 p.m. on Monday, March 12, 2018. 

Applicants may be current graduate students attending SD Mines or new students admitted to a graduate program for the summer or fall 2018 semester (bachelor's degree must be awarded prior to the start of the fall 2018 semester). Recipients must be enrolled during the award period (a minimum of 2 credits for each fall and spring semester). 

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 (or be nominated for) more than one award.  

Ivanhoe Excellence Fellowship ($1,000)

New and current MS students may apply for the Ivanhoe Excellence Fellowship. Up to 4 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 5 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  

Joseph Nelson Fellowship (Two awards: $8,700 and $2,700)

Each academic program may submit one nomination for the Joseph Nelson Fellowship. Programs with an MS and PhD option are considered as one program. Nominees can be newly admitted or continuing students enrolled in any graduate program at SD Mines; priority will be given to nominees enrolled in a physical science field as defined by the donor (Geology, Meteorology, or Physics emphasis). U.S. citizenship is not required. If you wish to be nominated for this award, please contact your advisor or program coordinator. 
—Joseph Nelson 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. Nominees must be U.S. citizens, and can be newly admitted or a continuing student. If you wish to be nominated for this award, please contact your advisor or program coordinator. 

One award will be presented to an 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

Kate Simmons Teskey Fellowship ($7,200)

This is a renewable award for up to two years. A recipient was selected for 2017/2018 and has been renewed for 2018/2019, so no applications are being accepted for the award this 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
E-mail Graduate Education