FPE Scholarships and Fellowships

The department of Fire Protection Engineering has the following scholarships available to currently enrolled FPE students, not all of which are necessarily given each year.

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: www.fssa.net/?page=FSSAEDApplication

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.

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.

This fund supports a graduate research assistant in the UMD Department of Fire Protection Engineering. The fellowship provides a variable amount towards the Fellow's research, which will be renewed each semester provided the Fellow remains in good academic standing. The research activity will involve a study of interest to UL's Fire Safety Research Institute (FSRI), much of it being conducted in Columbia, MD. The combination of fire protection engineering and fire service experience is vital to fulfilling the FSRI mission of increasing firefighter knowledge to reduce injuries and deaths in the fire service and in the communities served.

PDF iconFollow this link to download an application (PDF). The application, along with a resume and one-page statement of purpose, should be submitted to FPE Professor and Chair, James Milke (milke@umd.edu) by March 1.

For additional information, follow this link to the UL Fellowship page.

Meet the 2021 UL Fellow, Shaheer Ahmad.

GRA position for incoming M.S. students via the John L. Bryan Chair endowment:

The John L. Bryan Chair endowment provides full support for up to two Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA) every year. The support is provided to outstanding, incoming Master of Science (MS) students, domestic or international, in the FPE department and is awarded on a competitive basis.

The support goes to individuals who have already applied or will be applying to the FPE M.S. program. Identification of a research project and a M.S. thesis faculty advisor are welcome, but not required. The recipients of the John L. Bryan GRA Award are expected to complete the proposed research project under the supervision of a member of the Faculty of the FPE Department.

The John L. Bryan GRA Award includes standard tuition credits (up to 25), health benefits, and a stipend (approximately $32k). The duration of the support is up to 12 months. A (new) requirement of this award is that the Awardees agree to serve as Teaching Assistants for one course during both the Fall and Spring terms (1/2 TA positions).

Interested applicants should provide a one-page statement of purpose explaining their interest in the M.S. degree program in general and in fire research in particular. Applicants should also provide an updated resume. Applications should be submitted via email to Arnaud Trouvé, FPE Professor and Director of Graduate Studies (atrouve@umd.edu). The deadline for application is usually around February 15 and will be announced on the FPE website. A decision on the recipient of the John L. Bryan GRA Award is made by the beginning of March. The competition applies to incoming students who start their M.S. program in the following Summer, Fall, Winter or Spring terms. Download the 2021 award information sheet here: Bryan Chair GRA 2021.

The 2021/2022 John L. Bryan GRA Award recipients are Genevieve Tan and Mahdi Tlemsani - a hearty congratulations to them both!

Nicole L. Hollywood

Associate Director for Undergraduate and Graduate Programs
301-405-3994 | nlholly@umd.edu