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What We Offer

DAGSI’s mission is to develop and support world-class graduate engineering education and research programs, thereby contributing to Ohio’s economic growth and development. DAGSI programs are designed to support several key objectives:

  • Strengthen Ohio’s academic community in engineering education and research
  • Enhance and expand graduate engineering education in Ohio
  • Encourage and support advanced research in engineering in Ohio
  • Provide skilled engineering talent to Ohio’s workforce
  • Provide financial assistance to Ohio students through competitive scholarship and fellowship programs

Graduate Education

DAGSI is the entity through which graduate students enrolled in an engineering degree program at AFIT, UD, or WSU have access to masters- and doctoral-level engineering courses of study at all three partner institutions. Students can cross-register for classes, collaborate on research, and construct advisory committees to include any appropriate consortium faculty. Please see General Program Information for further details.

Information on the graduate engineering programs at the DAGSI partner institutions is available here

Scholarship Program

DAGSI makes scholarships and fellowships available to graduate students enrolled in engineering/computer science degree programs at its member institutions. Awards cover courses taken at AFIT, UD, and WSU.

With the exception of Program Enhancement Scholarships (see below), the Competitive Tuition Scholarship and Research Fellowship programs are on hold indefinitely. Note that the AFRL/DAGSI Ohio Student-Faculty Research Fellowship Program is active.

Competitive Tuition Scholarships

Full tuition scholarships are available for graduate study.

  • Applicants may be full or part time students, masters or doctoral level, with or without industry experience.
  • Assistantships in addition to tuition are available to top-ranked Ph.D. candidates.
  • Awards are based on merit.
  • Applications are due on March 15 each year; awards are made by April 1 for study beginning in the Fall term.
  • Scholarships are funded by the State of Ohio, under the Ohio Board of Regents.

Please see Competitive Tuition Scholarships section for further information.

Research Fellowships

For students with exceptional academic records, applicants to a full-time Ph.D. program at a DAGSI member (AFIT, UD, or WSU) are eligible to apply for a DAGSI Research Fellowship.

  • Awards are based on merit. Applicants must have a minimum GPA in their major field of 3.5.
  • Applicants must demonstrate a real capability for independent research.
  • Opportunities for research tied to the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson AFB are available.
  • Applications are due on December 15 of each year. At the time of application, a student does not have to designate which DAGSI school he/she is interested in. However, if a student is awarded a DAGSI Research Fellowship, that student must apply and be admitted to the DAGSI school of his/her choice before the award is finalized.

Program Enhancement Scholarships

Scholarships are available for the 2010/2011 academic year.

Full tuition scholarships are available to cover individual classes taken outside a student's Home Institution.

  • The goal of the program is to encourage students to take full advantage of the DAGSI partnership in strengthening their academic program.
  • Tuition will be covered for up to two graduate engineering courses per term.
  • Scholarships are available to degree-seeking, full or part time graduate engineering students at one of the DAGSI partners.
  • Awards are noncompetitive and available to students in good standing on a first come/first serve basis. The chosen course (s) must advance the student in his/her degree program and be approved by the student's advisor and Dean of Engineering.

Please see Program Enhancement Scholarships section for further information.

AFRL/DAGSI Research Fellowship Program

Active, applications are due January 31, 2011

DAGSI and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) have entered into a formal agreement to support students and faculty from any Ohio research university who conduct research in air and space technologies of interest to the United States Air Force and the State of Ohio.

The major objectives of the AFRL/DAGSI Ohio Student-Faculty Research Fellowship program are to:

  • Strengthen AFRL research ties to Ohio ’s academic engineering community
  • Stimulate effective collaboration between Ohio universities and the AFRL
  • Develop research talent to fulfill AFRL workforce needs in the future

Benefits of the program include:

  • Increased utilization of AFRL facilities
  • Increased involvement by Ohio students and faculty in Air and Space research at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
  • Stronger ties between Ohio ’s research institutions and the Air Force
  • Leverage of Ohio ’s research funding through shared use of Air Force resources

Fellowships are available to student-faculty research teams, subject to approval of funding by the State of Ohio. The teams conduct research in specific areas defined by AFRL. Graduate students and faculty at any Ohio academic research institution, in any scientific or technical field that meets the project requirements, are eligible to apply. Please see AFRL/DAGSI Ohio Student-Faculty Research Fellowship Program for further details.

Industry Programs

The availability of DAGSI scholarships and fellowships allows employers to leverage their education and training dollars. Employees who begin a graduate engineering program at AFIT, UD, or WSU, part-time or full-time, are eligible to apply for DAGSI support. Also, DAGSI will assist companies who wish to identify and hire graduate engineering students for internships.

Workforce development is a key objective for DAGSI. Employers are encouraged to consider DAGSI graduates for permanent positions in Ohio companies.

DAGSI has matching funds available for companies interested in participating in active AFRL/DAGSI research projects. See AFRL/DAGSI Challenge Grant for more information.

DAGSI has matching funds available to support small businesses applying for Phase I SBIR/STTR funding. DAGSI’s funding will support graduate students on Phase I projects. See SBIR/STTR Challenge Grant for further information. This Program is on hold indefinitely.

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