Grad Student Recruitment

Graduate Research Opportunities

Exceptional Purdue University graduate students invited to apply to the Office of Research; receive two years of tuition remission and financial support.

Work at Purdue Polytechnic

The Polytechnic Research Office is developing interdisciplinary research efforts among the college’s five coordinated Strategic Research Impact Areas. If you have been accepted by Purdue’s Graduate School, this is your chance to make a difference in:

  • Civic and Community Engagement
    Empower individuals to identify and solve local and regional issues, engage with diverse communities and increase civic participation.
  • Future Work and Learning
    Create and apply innovative approaches to educate and prepare your fellow citizens for a future among robots, automation and artificial intelligence.
  • Healthy and Sustainable Communities
    Develop and apply technologies that enable and support healthy and sustainable communities.
  • Holistic Safety and Security
    Solve challenges in cybersecurity and critical infrastructure that affect everyone, from local communities to global economies.
  • Realizing the Digital Enterprise
    Bring more intelligence to processes, systems and decisions, creating a wholly connected enterprise in which newly discovered efficiencies converge.

Successful candidates will:

  • Receive nine months of research assistantship support from the Polytechnic during your first year and be eligible to apply for nine months of continued support during year two. (Year two eligibility is dependent on demonstrated progress toward meeting agreed-upon goals. Year two support will be in the form of either a research assistantship or teaching assistantship.) This includes tuition remission and financial support.
  • Be co-mentored by at least two faculty, representing multiple disciplines, who support your successful completion of an interdisciplinary research project commensurate with the level of research expected for the PhD degree.
  • Uphold and support the values and goals of the Polytechnic research impact areas.
  • Participate in research impact area events and meetings.
  • Create an individual development plan, with guidance from the mentors, which includes:

    • Attending an agreed upon set of seminars provided through the Graduate School.
    • Attending and participating in the Polytechnic Interdisciplinary Research Seminar Series.
    • Participating in the preparation of at least one grant proposal.
    • Identifying and participating in formal or informal opportunities to develop professional communication, teamwork, business acumen and leadership competencies.
    • Developing a timeline for activities and milestones.
  • Participate in 2-3 lab/research group rotations (up to 6 weeks) in order to explore potential research projects (students recruited by faculty to work on a specific interdisciplinary project will be exempt from this requirement).
  • Seek and participate in summer internships during your first two summers (Polytechnic Office of Engagement will assist in identifying and securing said internships).

Application Guidelines

There are a limited number of assistantships available in this competitive program that will be awarded on a rolling basis. To apply, students must:

  • Be accepted by Purdue’s Graduate School into the Polytechnic's Ph.D. in Technology program.
  • Include a supplement to their graduate school application, in the form of an essay, that describes their interest in this assistantship program and interdisciplinary research that aligns with one of Polytechnic research impact areas.
  • Provide current vita.

Deadline for submission is December 1, 2018.


Carrie Berger
Associate Dean for Research​