The Department of Computer Science recognizes the achievements, leadership, and potential of CS graduate students with a variety of fellowships and awards. Fellowships offer students the opportunity to focus on their graduate studies and research without the need to perform any services in order to receive funding. Awards recognize current graduate students for overall excellence and outstanding research or leadership contributions with a gift or recognition.
Applicants to the CS @ ILLINOIS Graduate Program are automatically considered for fellowships based on the strength of their application materials. Fellowship offers are made after admissions to the graduate program and are typically awarded either as (1) a supplement to a research or teaching assistantship, or (2) a full fellowship. Fellowship offers may include an option to review for one or more additional years. Incoming graduate students awarded a full fellowship are encouraged to take an independent study course (CS 597) to help them connect with a research group and advisor their first year.
The College of Engineering and the University of Illinois also offer fellowships to incoming graduate students. The Department of Computer Science makes nominations for these fellowships based on the admitted students' application materials; no additional application is necessary. Besides the descriptions below, more information is available from the College of Engineering and the Graduate College.
Awards and fellowships for continuing graduate students are often chosen based on student applications and faculty recommendations. The bulk of the department's awards are chosen during the spring term. There is typically a call for nominations in January or February, with application information posted to the department's wiki.
Deadlines occur throughout the academic year for awards and fellowships from the College of Engineering, University of Illinois, and our industry partners. In some cases, students may apply directly to the sponsoring organization. However, in most cases, the department may only nominate a limited number of students or must endorse the student's application. See the department's wiki for relevant deadlines and requests for applications.
Below, we list these honors by category:
As a top graduate institution pursuing cutting-edge research, our students are well-positioned to take advantage of fellowship opportunities offered by our partners in industry. Selected fellowships are listed below. In many cases, your application must be first submitted to the Department of Computer Science to review. In those cases, a deadline will be announced and posted at the top of the department's wiki.
Another source of fellowship funding comes from charitable foundations and from the U.S. government. For many of these, college seniors and first year graduate students are both eligible, and U.S. citizenship is typically a requirement. Deadlines vary, but are typically set for late fall to early winter. Besides listing a few of the more prominent programs below, the Department of Computer Science maintains a list of deadlines.
Usually, students may apply directly to these institutions for funding. However, your college or university may provide assistance for these applications. At the University of Illinois, see the National and International Scholarship Program, the Graduate College's Proposal Writing Assistance aids, or the Department of Computer Science's wiki page on this topic.
Selected national fellowships and awards: