Graduate students at UIC are eligible to apply for a number of awards provided for students just at UIC as well as students enrolled in the University of Illinois system. These awards are as follows – click the name of the award for further information.
For UIC students at all levels, based on ethnicity and academic merit. Applications are available online usually in January with an April deadline. Graduate students who receive the MLK award stipend also receive a tuition and selected fees waiver from the Graduate College.
The Scholarship Association of UIC provides a large number of diverse awards for UIC students, listed in alphabetical order on the page linked above. Not all awards are open to graduate students. Awards for which graduate students may apply include the following:
Applications for 2012 awards will be available around November 2011, with a deadline is February 2012. The awards are one-time-only and do not include a waiver from the Graduate College.
U of I System Awards
For University of Illinois graduate students in business, engineering, or related fields. Graduate students must be nominated by the department. The department Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) collects students’ applications and sends them to Marie Khan, Fellowship Coordinator, by the published UIC campus deadline. Application packets are made available to Directors of Graduate Studies by the UIC Graduate College in January. UIC campus deadline is usually late January. Graduate students who receive the FMC award stipend also receive a tuition and selected fees waiver from the Graduate College.
For University of Illinois graduate and professional students who will be presenting papers, posters, or creative work at conferences related to issues of diversity or identity, such as those involving race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, and national origin. There is one competition in the fall and one in the spring; please click on the above link for current deadlines.
The Doolen Scholarship is a one-time award and does not include a waiver from the
Prominent National Awards
Fulbright fellowships, through the U.S. State Department provides for teaching, research and study opportunities internationally for U.S. citizen students in various disciplines. Almost 200 countries are viable sites for placement. The national deadline is usually in mid-October of each, and UIC graduate students who are applying must pass through a campus evaluation first, and so must meet an internal deadline of mid-September. Please contact the External Fellowship Coordinator for more details.
Fulbright Public Policy Fellowships, through the U.S. State Department provides for international work experience at a predetermined location. Student apply at-large for this opportunity in the early spring, but please contact the External Fellowship Coordinator who has much more information and literature on this award.
This award provides for a structured language study component to graduate education, in areas related to U.S. National Security (broadly defined). Graduat students apply at-large for this fellowship, each year in the early spring. The External Fellowship Coordinator does have a lot of material and literature on this award, however.
This award funds study and research in Germany. UIC has an internal competition each fall and evaluated students are then put forward to DAAD for consideration.
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program
This is a very generious award that currently funds students at a level of $30,000 for up to three years. A variety of disciplines are eligible to apply, so please check out the website. Students apply at-large in mid-November, but the External Fellowship Coordinator has a lot of information on this award, so feel free to contact her.
These are a collection of options especially geared toward art history and museum studies students.
This is a great opportunity for students looking to enter the Foreign Service upon graduation.
While not the easiest sight to navigate, this outlines many of the federal options awarded to departments/programs that students can work under, along with individual grants available to students to apply at-large for consideration.
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.