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Undergraduate-Pregraduate Scholarship Description


The IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S) will award up to ten $1500 undergraduate/pre-graduate scholarships each for the fall and spring semester. The purpose of these scholarships is to attract BS and MS students to the microwave and RF discipline, and to encourage them to pursue a job in the field or PhD degree in this field.

Funds may be used for project materials and/or stipends. Awardees are also encouraged to attend an MTT-S sponsored microwave conference (e.g., European Microwave Conference, Asia-Pacific Microwave Conference, or International Microwave Symposium). Travel expenses are partially reimbursed (over and above the $1500 award).



1. Applicant must be a BS, BS/MS or MS student in electrical engineering (or related field). The time of application (Fall or Spring) should not coincide with the semester in which the student graduates. The student must identify a faculty mentor who will supervise the applicant’s project or thesis work in the microwave/RF area and verify that the student will not graduate during the semester of application submission. Alternatively, project work may be conducted in conjunction with industry, but a faculty mentor must still be identified.

2. Applicant must be an IEEE student member, and the faculty mentor must be an IEEE MTT-S member.

3. There are no citizenship requirements.

4. There is no limit to the number of applicants from an institution. However, awards are limited to one per faculty mentor.


Application Procedure

1. Application form – The student and faculty mentor fill out an application form, available in PDF or Microsoft Word format. More details are available from the IEEE MTT-S web page under the Membership tab and Students and Faculty sub menu.

2. Proposal – The student applicant and a faculty mentor jointly submit a two-page proposal describing how the student plans to pursue coursework, a project, and a career in microwaves and RF. The proposal should also describe how the funds would be used and which MTT-S sponsored conference the student plans to attend.

3. Resume – The student submits a one-page resume.

4. Transcript – Current official transcript showing list of courses taken and grades. Include a brief description of the grading system including the maximum possible grade (if not a standard 4.0 scale). An electronic version can be submitted by the Mentor if the Mentor works at the university and will serve as its representative.

5. Letter of Recommendation – The faculty mentor must submit a letter of recommendation commenting on the applicant’s academic merit, ability to carry out the proposed project, and potential for a productive career in RF/microwaves. The faculty mentor should also state that the student is not graduating yet in the semester of award application.


Application Deadline: May 1 for Fall Awards; October 15 for Spring Awards

Application materials should be submitted in electronic form (hardcopy with the permission of the undergraduate scholarship chair only). Faxed applications will not be accepted.

Contact Information:

Dr. Rhonda Franklin, Chair of the MTT-S Undergraduate Scholarship Program

Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering

University of Minnesota

4-174 EE/CSci Bldg

200 Union Street SE

Minneapolis, MN 55455

Phone: 612-626-8978, Fax: 612-625-4583

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Awardees are selected by a team of experts who are also MTT-S society members. Awards will be announced during the IEEE International Microwave Symposium.

Last Updated on 20 March 2012