External Awards

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program offers three-year graduate research fellowships in science, mathematics, and engineering to qualified applicants; applicants must be U.S. citizens or nationals, or permanent resident aliens of the United States. Fellowships are awarded for graduate study leading to research-based master’s or doctoral degrees in the mathematical, physical, biological, engineering, and behavioral and social sciences, including the history of science and the philosophy of science, and to research-based PhD degrees in science education.

Fellowships are intended for individuals in the early stages of their graduate study. In most cases, an individual has three opportunities to apply: during the senior year of college, the first year of graduate school, and the beginning of the second year of graduate school.

Application Deadline: October, 2022.

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. Fellowships support promising PhD candidates of all backgrounds who seek to influence the future of technology. Google’s mission is to foster inclusive research communities and encourages people of diverse backgrounds to apply. We currently offer Fellowships in Africa, Australia and New Zealand, East Asia, Europe, India, the United States and Canada.

The award includes up to 3 years of fellowship including full tuition and fees plus a stipend to be used for living and travel expenses.

Nomination Deadline: Up to 4 UIC students are nominated each September.

MSRI Summer Graduate Schools

Every summer MSRI organizes several summer graduate schools (usually two weeks each), some of which are held at MSRI and others at partner institutions around the world. Attending one of these schools can be a very motivating and exciting experience for a student; participants have often said that it was the first experience where they felt like real mathematicians, interacting with other students and mathematicians in their field.

The nomination period for 2020 Summer Graduate Schools will open on December 2, 2019.

How to apply: Graduate students must be nominated by their Director of Graduate Studies.