Graduate College Fellowship and Award Deadlines

Internal (Graduate College) as well as prestigious external fellowships require a nomination in order for a student to apply. For internal competitions, the Graduate College sets its deadline -- academic programs generally set an earlier deadline in order to complete their role in the formal nomination process. For external funding, especially for those competitions for which the Fellowships and Awards coordinator is the formal or informal advisor, the Graduate College establishes a campus deadline in advance of the funding source's deadline.

These dates are subject to change.

Graduate College Fellowship and Award Deadlines

In alphabetical order. Deadline is 4 pm (Central Time) unless otherwise noted and dates are subject to change. Awardees of recruitment fellowships MUST inform the Graduate College of acceptance by April 15th.
Department nomination deadline Announcement of awards
Access Fellowship - Round I: Recruitment February 1, 2021 February 26, 2021
Access Fellowship - Round II: Retention April 2, 2021 April 26, 2021
Award for Graduate Research Fall: October 7, 2020 Spring: March 19, 2021 Fall: December 1, 2020 Spring: April 26, 2021
Dean's Scholar Fellowship March 12, 2021 April 26, 2021
Graduate Mentoring Award March 1, 2021 April 26, 2021
Graduate Student Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring Award December 21, 2020 February 1, 2021
Outstanding Thesis and Dissertation Award October 21, 2020 December 1, 2020
Provost's Graduate Internship Award March 19, 2021 April 26, 2021
Provost's Graduate Research Award October 16, 2020 December 1, 2020
SROP Early Admissions Fellowship January 15, 2021 TBD
UIC Pipeline to an Inclusive Faculty (PIF) Program February 1, 2021 (as part of Access or University Fellowship app) February 26, 2021
University Fellowship February 1, 2021 February 26, 2021

Select External Deadlines

Campus Deadline(s) Submission Deadline(s)
Microsoft PhD Fellowship Nomination by department chair (to Microsoft): August 14, 2020 Invited proposals: September 21, 2020
UI System - Paul D. Doolen Scholarship n/a - student submits directly October 5, 2020
Fulbright US Student Program September 10, 2020 October 13, 2020
Google PhD Fellowship September 17, 2021 September 30, 2021
Joint AAAI/ACM SIGAI Doctoral Dissertation Award November 4, 2020 November 15, 2020
Critical Language Scholarship n/a - student submits directly November 16, 2021
Deutscher Akademischer Austauchdienst (DAAD) Architecture (Sept. 22, 2020); Music (Oct. 9); Performing Arts (Oct. 21); Fine Arts, Design/Visual Communication & Film (Nov. 11); All other fields (Oct. 21, 2020) varies
Ford Foundation n/a - student submits directly Dissertation and postdoc: December 10, 2020; Predoctoral: December 17, 2020
Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fund Fellowship January 11, 2021 late January
Boren Fellowship January 13, 2021 January 27, 2021
Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad February 3, 2020 February 18, 2020
UI System - President's Research in Diversity Travel Assistance Program n/a - student submits directly March 31, 2020