Fellowships

The Graduate School offers a number of fellowships, all of which are competitively awarded. Fellows are billed tuition at the in-state rate. They receive a stipend and a waiver of over 70 percent of base-rate tuition.

Calls for applications are generally issued in December, and applications are made available on this website at that time. Submit applications for fellowships to the academic program office. Students must not submit fellowship applications to the Graduate School. After review of applications, nominations are forwarded to the Graduate School by the department or school in which an applicant is admitted.

Dissertation Completion Fellowships:
Provides doctoral students one-year of support to complete their dissertations. The call for nominations, application form and criteria are usually made available in early December with awards starting in the following fall semester.

Carter G. Woodson Fellowship:
Open to Ph.D. and Ed.D. students only, provides financial support to US citizens who are African-Americans, Latino or Native Americans to begin or to complete their doctoral degrees.. The call for nominations and application form are usually made available in early December with awards starting in the following fall semester.

University Fellowship:
Provides new or continuing masters, educational specialist and professional doctoral students one year of funding to begin or to complete their degrees. Applications must be submitted to your department chair or school director. The call for nominations and application form are usually made available in early December with awards starting in the following fall semester.

Jeffrey Lunsford Fellowship:
Provides financial support to US citizens (African-Americans, Latino or Native Americans) who are underrepresented in their field of study to begin or to complete their degrees. Open to master’s degree students only. Information about the fellowship and application form are available in late fall.

Diversifying Higher Education Faculty in Illinois Fellowship Program:
Program was established by the Illinois General Assembly to increase the number of underrepresented faculty and staff at Illinois institutions of higher education and higher education governing boards. The Graduate School’s Office of Student Support Services issues the call for applications late in the fall semester, and awards are announced by the state in late spring semester.