The Dean's Scholar Award
The Dean's Scholar Award is a one-year, non-renewable award presented by the Dean of the Graduate College in recognition of a student's scholarly achievement. The award is intended to provide the most distinguished, advanced-level graduate students with a period of time dedicated solely to the completion of their programs. The Dean’s Scholar competition is open to doctoral students who have passed the Graduate-College-required Preliminary Examination at the University of Illinois at Chicago and are well into their dissertation work, and also to MFA students who have passed second-semester review. Nominations must come from the program. A maximum of two (2) students may be nominated by each program. It is anticipated that 4-12 awards will be made for AY 2014-2015. Applications will be reviewed by the Graduate College Awards Committee at their April meeting.
Terms of the Award
Recipients of the Dean's Scholar Award will receive a fellowship stipend of $25,000 for a twelve-month academic year. The 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.
Students supported by these fellowships are required to complete at least 12 semester hours each semester unless expressly authorized by the Dean of the Graduate College to carry a reduced program. Fellows are not required to register for the summer session by the Graduate College; however, individual departments may require summer registration. Fellows who register in the summer must enroll in at least 6 hours to be eligible for a summer tuition waiver. Fellows should check with the department to ensure that summer registration is not required for the degree program.
Documents Required From Students
Students should consult with their Director of Graduate Studies. If the department/program will nominate the student for the award, the student must provide the following documents.
Instructions and forms for use by Directors of Graduate Studies/program submitters (Bluestem protected)
DeadlinesPlease visit the Fellowship and Awards Deadline page for deadlines established by the Graduate College Awards Committee.
*NOTE: Your department/program has to review all student requests for fellowships and submit nomination forms and supporting material to the Graduate College by the deadline. Consult with your program to determine their deadline for you to submit required material to them.
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.
2013 Dean's Scholar Award Winners
Applicants and students should contact your academic program, or program of interest, for clarifications.