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UIC, U of I System, and Federal Opportunities

UIC Awards

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.

Three Minute Thesis (3MT)

In order to submit an entry for the 3MT competition, please complete this two-part application process:

First, complete the application form found at

Second, upload your video submission to the following Box folder. Your submission can be either a text document with a link to a video-hosting website (e.g. YouTube, Vimeo, etc.) or the video itself.

*link to submit video will be posted Monday 3/19

Graduate Student Council Travel Awards and Project Grants

For UIC graduate students.  Travel Awards can be used for presentations at conferences; Project Grants are awarded for service projects.

Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship

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.

Scholarship Association

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:

CCSGLBTI Graduate Award
John E. and Marguerite B. Corbally Award
Bassett, Chiswick, Kosobud and Stokes Award
Josephine Margraff Memorial Award
Sylvia L. Saffrin Memorial Award
Kathy Hill Cawthon Memorial Award
Chicago Bar Association Criminal Justice Graduate Award
Michael J. Piorkowski Award
Richard H. Ward Award
Sandra and Furio Alberti Memorial Award

Office of International Affairs (OIA) awards

The OIA offers a number of awards for both U.S. and international graduate students.  All awards are one-time-only and do not include a waiver from the Graduate College.  Deadlines vary by award.

U of I System Awards

The following are funding options for students enrolled in the University of Illinois system. Click the name of the award for further information.

President's Research in Diversity Travel Award

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 are two competitions in year, during the fall and spring terms. This award requires that each student applicant has

The Paul D. Doolen Graduate Scholarship for the Study of Aging

For University of Illinois graduate students, in the second year of study or beyond, in either biological-biomedical sciences or behavioral-social sciences, whose research involves the study of aging.

The Doolen Scholarship is a one-time award and does not include a waiver from the Graduate College .

U of I children of employees, children of veterans, and senior citizens tuition waivers

As a state institution, the University of Illinois provides waivers for children of U of I employees, children of veterans of Illinois, and senior citizens.

Regional and Institutional Nomination Opportunities

The following are funding options for students that require departmental nomination, for Graduate College endorsement.

Midwest Association of Graduate School 

The Midwest Association of Graduate Schools routinely has awards available that the UIC Graduate College will nominate applicants for, for consideration. Annoucements will be circulated related to these opportunities. 


US Federal Funding Opportunities 

U.S. Fulbright Student Program

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 UIC campus deadline of September 6, 2017. Please contact the Fellowships Coordinator for more details.

U.S. Fulbright Clinton Fellowship

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 Fellowships Coordinator who has much more information and literature on this award.

Boren Fellowship for International Study

This award provides for a structured language study component to graduate education, in areas related to U.S. National Security (broadly defined). Graduate students apply at-large for this fellowship in the early spring. The Fellowships Coordinator does have a lot of material and literature on this award, however.

DAAD Study Scholarships and Research Grants

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 Fellowships Coordinator has a information on this award.

Smithsonian Institution Office for Fellowships and Internships

These are a number of options especially geared toward art history and museum studies students.

Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship

This is a great opportunity for students looking to enter the Foreign Service upon graduation.

U.S. Department of Education

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.

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.