Abraham Lincoln Graduate Fellowship
Rules and Procedures
The goal of the Abraham Lincoln Fellowship program at the University of Illinois at Chicago is to increase the excellence and diversity of the graduate student body by attracting applicants who have overcome obstacles to achieve academic success, like President Lincoln himself, who by his words and actions forged the framework for America's pursuit of freedom, equality and justice.
There are two competitions. The first is for the two-year recruitment award. This competition is primarily for Graduate Students new to UIC. Students previously admitted to the UIC Graduate College may be eligible for recruitment competitions IF they are being actively recruited to a new graduate program. This includes students who have completed a Masters program in a discipline and are being recruited to a PhD program in the same discipline. For questions about eligibility, contact the Graduate College.
The second competition is for both one-year recruitment awards and one-year retention awards. The former is for students new to UIC (or students being actively recruited to a new graduate program). The latter is for students already enrolled in a UIC graduate program who are at the advanced stage of their academic studies. All applicants must be nominated by their departments. Selection criteria for all Abraham Lincoln Fellowships will be based on academic achievement, promise and alignment with the goals of the fellowship.
Applicants for Recruitment and Retention Fellowships must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States who come from groups that have been historically underrepresented in graduate programs. Applicants must be enrolled as a degree-seeking student in a graduate program at the University of Illinois at Chicago or must have completed an application for fall admission to the UIC Graduate College.
Two Year Recruitment Awards
The first Abraham Lincoln Fellowship competition will be for the two-year recruitment awards. These awards provide up to two years of Graduate College funding (two years for doctoral students, one year for masters students).
In year one of the Lincoln Fellowship, the award recipient will receive from the Graduate College a stipend of $25,000 per academic year or $2083.33 per month. 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 assessment fee, library and information technology assessment, and $125 each Fall and Spring Semester towards Campus Care, if applicable. All other fees are the responsibility of the student.
During the years that the Graduate College is providing funding, recipients may accept part-time assistantships or other awards related to their field of study up to a total of 50% time. Graduate hourly appointments are not permitted.
Under the terms of the award Doctoral students are eligible to receive a fellowship from the Graduate College in the first year and in the year after passing the preliminary examinations (typically the fourth year of their program). In the years between the initial and renewal years, the student’s academic programs must provide a 50% nine month appointment or equivalent. The amount paid will be commensurate with the amount typically paid by a student's department. In order to be eligible for renewal of the final-year stipend, the Graduate College must be informed, in writing, by April 15th of the year prior to receiving the fourth year of funding from the Graduate College, that the doctoral student has successfully completed their preliminary examination, but not past the student's fifth year. In the event that a graduate program has a mechanism for financial support for students during years one and two, the Abraham Lincoln Fellowship award could be deferred to years three and four. In all cases, the following criteria must also be met: (1) The student must be making good progress in the program; (2) The student must have received a minimum of two years of funding support from their department.
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 load. 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.
One Year Recruitment Award & One Year Retention Award
During the second competition, masters and doctoral students new to UIC, or being recruited to a new degree program at UIC (including students who have completed a Masters in a discipline and are being recruited to a PhD program in that same discipline) may be nominated for a one-year recruitment award.
Please visit the Fellowship and Awards Deadline page for pertinent dates.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.
To apply for an Abraham Lincoln 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, see the following for other required documents. Follow the requirements for the category of Lincoln Fellowship to which you are applying. If you have questions on requirements or documents, consult with your program.
Required Documents for Applicants/Students
To be considered for nomination, applicants/students need to submit the following documents to your department/program by the deadlines. Consult with your Director of Graduate Studies in advance of the deadlines to determine if any other material is required. Carefully follow the maximum word limits listed for certain documents.
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.