Financial Support for Graduate Students

For more information about financial assistance and the cost of attendance, please visit:

We highly recommend that all students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the February 15 University of Maryland priority deadline:


The Department of Fire Protection Engineering (FPE) offers several types of financial support through various research assistantships (RA) or partial or full teaching assistantships (TA).

Research assistantships are awarded by individual faculty members from their research budgets. These RA positions are limited by available resources and are dependent on the number of research grants awarded to the faculty. These assistantships are awarded on a strictly competitive basis.

There is no guarantee that once financial assistance is granted to a student, it will continue for the duration of the student’s program. Such continuation is dependent upon the student’s individual competitive standing in light of the available resources and performance as a research assistant. Every effort is made to be as fair and equitable as possible. Individual faculty members directing the funded research activity are responsible for informing students of sub-par performance.

It is the student’s responsibility to contact the faculty members to seek and secure RA funding. The FPE’s Director of Graduate Studies is available to facilitate these contacts.

The department also offers partial or full teaching assistantships. The partial TA positions cover 50% of the academic stipend and require a commitment of 10 hours per week to teaching assignments (e.g. grading, proctoring, etc); the partial TA is typically limited to the academic year (9 months) and does not provide summer support. The full TA positions cover 100% of the academic stipend and require a commitment of 20 hours per week to teaching assignments; the positions extend throughout the calendar year (12 months) and provide summer support. The full TA positions are dedicated to the FPE Distance Learning Program.

For additional information, please see the FPE Graduate Guide (PDF).

Graduate Scholarships

A number of scholarships are available to students enrolled in the Department of Fire Protection Engineering, including those listed below, not all of which are necessarily given each year.

  • Fire Suppression Systems Association (FSSA) Educational Foundation Scholarship
    Scholarship candidates must have graduated from high school or its equivalent before July 1st of the year in which they will use the scholarship. Scholarships are awarded by the FSSA Educational Foundation to students who plan to enroll in a fire suppression technology program at an accredited two year or four year technical school, college or university in North America. Consideration will be given to the degree in which the career choice would have an application to the fire suppression industry. An application is typically due July 1st.  For more information and the application, please visit:
  • Dr. Harry E. Hickey Scholarship
    In honor of Dr. Harry E. Hickey, alumni, friends and former students donated to establish this scholarship that will support an undergraduate or graduate fire protection engineering student who have interest in teaching or educating others about fire protection engineering.  Preference will be given to students with fire service experience. Complete the Engineering Scholarship Application to apply.
  • National Scholarships
    National scholarships are highly competitive, prestigious awards that provide opportunities and support for many different experiences, including study abroad, graduate study (and sometimes undergraduate study also), federal employment, teaching, research, and public service.To search national scholarships, visit the University of Maryland National Scholarships Office.
  • The Salamander Scholarship Award
    This award is given to both undergraduate and graduate students from the Department of Fire Protection Engineering (FPE). The scholarship was established to award students for their exemplary dedication to academics as well as service to the FPE Department and it is merit-based. These scholarships are funded by the generous donations of alumni, corporate sponsors, and friends of the department. To apply, download and complete the application (PDF) and deliver it to the Salamander mailbox or Professor Jim Milke's office by 4:30 p.m. on April 24.