Graduate Scholarships

This page provides information on funding opportunities for the graduate physics students. We start with a list of departmental scholarships. Please scroll down to the end of this page for info on scholarships available to graduate students from the Graduate College and other sources.

Paul M. Raccah Award for Doctoral Studies in Physics
This award has been established for the Physics student who passes and obtains the highest score on the Physics Qualifying Examination for Doctoral Studies in the spring of each year.

James Kouvel Fellowship
This fellowship shall be awarded annually to a student who is an excellent academic standing in the physics graduate program at UIC and has passed the Preliminary Examination. The recipient, is a different student each year, is to be selected by the Physics department Head at UIC, in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies and the Advisory Committee of the department.

Arnold R. and Doris. G. Bodmer Science Travel Award
Arnold Bodmer, an emeritus professor of physics, and his wife Doris established this award in 2007 to permit students to travel abroad as part of their education in science. It will provide upper-level undergraduate and first- or second- year graduate students (those who have not yet passed the Qualifying Exam) resources to travel abroad for science related study, seminars or workshops.

Application: Candidates are nominated by supervising faculty member. Applications go to LAS by mid-fall term each year.
Download Application Form
Awarded: Spring semester

Graduate College Fellowship
For information on the Graduate College Fellowships, including Dean's Scholar Fellowship, Abraham Lincoln Fellowship, Diversity Fellowship click here.

Provost's Awards
For information on Provost's Awards for Graduate Research click here.

Outstanding Thesis Award
Outstanding Thesis Award is described here.

NSF / NDSEG Fellowships
Are you a graduating senior or first year graduate student considering earning a PhD in physics? If so, you should consider applying for the NSF or NDSEG fellowship.

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program:
The NSF scholarship provides $30,000+ and tuition for 3 years for students pursuing graduate work in science, math or engineering. The NSF also has fellowships for minorities in these fields and for women in engineering, and computer and information science. 1000 scholarships are awarded each year in the US [details]

The candidate must be an U.S. citizen, national or permanent resident. The applicant must also be a senior or graduate student with fewer than 24 graduate hours (having completed no more than 1 year of graduate study), have an outstanding GRE, and have a GPA of at least a 3.75. The national deadline is November 1st-December 10th depending on your field of study.

National Science Foundation LSAMP Bridge to the Doctorate:
For details, click here.

National Science Foundation Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) Program:
For details, click here.

NDSEG - National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship Program:
The National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship Program awards over 200 fellowships each year to graduate students in the fields of science and engineering. Fellows may choose any accredited institution of higher education in the United States offering doctoral degrees in science or engineering. The tenure of the award is 36 months cumulatively, beginning in the fall of the year the fellowship is awarded.

The evaluation of candidates will be based on all available evidence of ability, including academic records, recommendations regarding each applicant's qualifications, and the score obtained on the GRE.

The award includes full payment of tuition and required fees. In addition, fellows receive a stipend of on average $30,000 annually for three years. The fellowship will also pay for minimum health insurance coverage offered through the institution up to a total value of $1,000.

Please direct any questions to the Office of Special Scholarship programs if you are a graduating senior or in one of the professional programs. Students in the Graduate College should contact Lisa. Undergraduate students should contact Beth.

Graduate Student Researchers Fellowship Program
This program is sponsored by NASA. For more information, click here.

Harriett G. Jerkins Pre-doctoral Fellowship Program
This program is sponsored by NASA. For more information, click here.

Jacob Javits Fellowships
This fellowship is sponsored by U.S. Department of Education. For more information, click here.

National Research Service Awards (Instituion Grants-Predoctoral trainees)
This award is sponsored by National Institutes of Health. For more information, click here.

Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Fellowship for Graduate Environmental Study
This fellowship is sponsored by Environmental Protection Agency. For more information, click here.

EPA Greater Research Opportunities (GRO)
This program is sponsored by Environmental Protection Agency. For more information, click here.

Fulbright Scholars Program
This program is sponsored by Department of State. For more information, click here.

Hertz Fellowships
This fellowship is sponsored by Hertz Foundation. For more information, click here.

Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowships for Minorities
This fellowship is sponsored by The National Academies. For more information, click here.

British Marshall Scholarships
This scholarship is sponsored by Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission. For more information, click here.

The Rhodes Scholarship
This scholarship is sponsored by The Rhodes Scholarship. For more information, click here.