Dissertation Fellowships and Travel Grants

Below are fellowships and grants available for current graduate students and graduate students in the final stages of their studies.

Fellowship Name



Selection Criteria

Amount and Duration


Josephine de Karman Fellowship Trust

Jan. 31st

Graduate student in final year of PhD. including non-citizens Evaluation of proposal

$16,000, 1 year

University of Illinois, Graduate College Conference Travel Awards

Feb. 19th
Sept. 18th


Graduate student Evaluation of proposal up to $500 for travel to conference  
University of Illinois, Dissertation Travel Grants Mar. 3rd Any University of Illinois graduate student. Travel must be related to dissertation Evaluation of proposal $5,000  

University of Illinois Dissertation Completion Fellowships

April 3rd

Department nomination. Within 1 1/2 years of depositing

Evaluation of proposal



National Institute of Health - Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Predoctoral Fellows

Apr. 5th
Aug. 5th
Dec. 5th

Citizen Post-Qualifying Exam, PhD candidate $20,000, up to 5 years  
NIDCD Dual-Degree Individual Predoctoral Fellowship For Training Physician -Scientists Apr. 5th
Aug. 5th
Dec. 5th
Citizen. Enrolled in MD/PhD Program Evaluation of proposal $20,000, up to 5 years  
National Institute of Health - Predoctoral Fellowships for Minority Students

May 1st
Nov. 15th

Underrepresented group Graduate student, relevant research

$15,000 for up to 5 years.

The National Physical Science Consortium Nov. 5th Entering or current graduate student, citizen Evaluation of academic history $16,000 up to 6 years.  

Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship

Nov. 27

Citizen. Graduate student. Committed to career at college or university Evaluation of proposal, member of under represented group $20,000 for one year. 60
Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship Nov. 30 Citizen. Final year of PhD study. Committed to career at college or university Evaluation of proposal, member of under represented group $21,000 35
Beckman Institute Fellows Program Dec. 1st Final year of doctoral study Topic relevant to Beckman Institute $52,000 yr. for 3 years. 4

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