FormsTo apply for a University Fellowship, complete the Application for Graduate Appointment form and submit it to your program. Be sure to complete the personal statement section of the form. In addition, the following documents, which are usually already on file as part of the admission process, will be required by your program. If you are in doubt about whether a credential may be missing, consult with your program.
DeadlinesPlease visit the Fellowship and Awards Deadline page for deadlines established by the Graduate College Awards Committee.
Rules and Procedures
University Fellowships are awards aimed at recruiting outstanding students newly admitted to graduate programs at UIC. Students who have previously been admitted to a graduate program at UIC may be eligible if it can be demonstrated that this award would be part of a genuinely new recruitment effort (transitioning from a MS to a PhD program in the same department does not meet this criterion). Students should direct questions about eligibility to their Director of Graduate Studies. Applicants will be reviewed by the Graduate Awards Committee and evaluated for academic excellence on the basis of post-secondary record, letters of recommendation, personal statement, standardized tests, and other criteria as deemed appropriate by the committee, including the recommendation from the nominating program/department.
University Fellowships offered to incoming masters students are one-year awards. Departments are required to support masters students receiving the University Fellowship during their second year of graduate study.
Terms of the Award
Recipients of the University Fellowship will receive a stipend of $25,000 per academic year or $2083.33 per month in the first year. Renewals will be funded at a determined stipend rate for the renewal year.
University Fellowship recipients also receive a tuition and fee waiver from the Graduate College. The waiver covers all tuition (including differential, if any) service fee, health service fee, academic facilities maintenance fund assessment, library and information technology assessment, and part of the cost of coverage (see below) for Fall and Spring Semester towards Campus Care, if applicable. All other fees are the responsibility of the student.
Fellowships and Student Loans
A fellowship will affect federal student loan or work-study. Typically, students with fellowships may not be permitted to borrow small amounts of federal loans due to cost of attendance regulation. Check with the Office of Student Financial Aid on eligibility requirements.
If you have already received a refund for the current year in federal loans and you accept a fellowship, you may be responsible to return this refund to UIC. Contact the Office of Student Financial Aid for further information.
If applying for loans and/or work-study a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be completed. See the Graduate Student Guide from the Office of Student Financial Aid for more information.
Eligible students may be nominated for a University Fellowship by their programs. Programs may submit up to 5% of their total Fall enrollment, up to a maximum of five (5). Programs in which 5% of the enrollment is less than two students may nominate a maximum of two (2). Programs in which 5% of enrollment is greater than 5 students, may only nominate a maximum of five (5). Programs should refrain from submitting nominations that are clearly not competitive.
Applicants and students should contact your academic program, or program of interest, for clarifications.