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Other Funding

Select UIC Awards

Graduate Student Council Travel Awards and Project

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.

Office of International Affairs (OIA) Awards

OIA coordinates the Chicago Consular Corps Scholarship, Nuveen International Awards, and the Kirstein Award.

U of Illinois System Awards

CONACYT Graduate Fellowship Program

The U of I System (UIC, UIUC, and UIS) has entered into an agreement with CONACYT (the National Science Foundation of Mexico) to support up to 10 Mexican nationals [annually] who have been admitted into PhD programs at one of the three UI System universities. CONACYT has agreed to support these PhD students for the first four years of their study and the UI administrative core will support the fifth year, if applicable. This is a competitive program and students must apply for the CONACYT award after having been accepted into a UIC PhD program.

Paul D. Doolen Graduate Scholarship for the Study

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.

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.


On occasion, external funding agencies restrict the number of graduate student nominations, across disciplines, from a university. In these instances, the Graduate College runs limited competitions. (If the restrictions is specific to a singular department, then we encourage the latter to run its own limited competition.)

ACLS Emerging Voices Fellowship

The Emerging Voices Fellowship allows recent PhDs in the humanities and humanistic social sciences to take up one-year positions at select institutions in ACLS’s Research University Consortium for the 2021-22 academic year.

Maximum four nominations per university.

Google PhD Fellowship

The Google PhD Fellowship Program was created to recognize outstanding graduate students doing exceptional and innovative research in areas relevant to computer science and related fields.

Joint AAAI/ACM SIGAI Doctoral Dissertation Award

The Joint AAAI/ACM SIGAI Doctoral Dissertation Award recognizes and encourages superior research and writing by doctoral candidates in artificial intelligence.

One nomination per university.

Online Funding Resources

National & International Funding Opportunities

The Image of Research

Graduate College Fellowships & Awards