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FAST-TRAC Scholarship Program

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The FAST-TRAC Scholarship Program prepares B.S/M.S. combined-degree students for professional careers and teaches them the skills to succeed in graduate studies and research. Scholars receive scholarships and participate in professional development workshops while working alongside faculty and industry mentors to graduate with robust skills, networking abilities, and confidence. Students join as seniors in order to spend the year preparing for the increased rigor of a master's program.

Once matriculated as School of Engineering master's students, scholars utilize their new skills to pursue research, industry projects or entrepreneurship ventures under the guidance of trained mentors, professionals, and researchers.


A $10,000 scholarship award will be distributed equally over the first two semesters of the master’s degree program ($5,000 per semester). Scholarships are awarded once the student matriculates as a graduate student. Students must fulfill all their undergraduate requirements before matriculating into the graduate portion of the program.


Applicants must apply to the combined-degree program during their junior year. Per NSF funding guidelines, only U.S. citizens, nationals, refugees, or permanent residents who receive undergraduate financial aid are eligible for the program. U.S. students from partnering institutions may also apply. To see if your institution is a partnering institution, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at

Scholars are required to attend professional development workshops and luncheons. Students must remain in good academic standing at all times in order to remain eligible for the program. Failure to attend required programming or maintain good academic standing may result in the scholarship being rescinded. Students must agree to respond and contribute to the IRB approved research and assessment surveys administered by the program.


Questions regarding the application process should be directed to the Office of Graduate Admissions at or 617-627-3395. All other questions shoulld be directed to the Office of Graduate Programs at or 617-627-1332.

The Tufts School of Engineering Graduate Fast-Trac Program is funded from an award by the National Science Foundation from the NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM program, award number NSF1564987, under the Principal Investigator, Dr. Karen Panetta.)