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.

Accepting a fellowship will affect the value of financial aid that you may be eligible to receive. If you plan to receive financial aid during the fellowship year, you should consult with the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office to understand the impact of the fellowship.

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.


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.

Fermilab's ASPIRE Fellowship

Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory is proud to launch a new fellowship for undergraduate and graduate engineering students in underrepresented groups to enhance career opportunities in disciplines that are historically in high demand at research laboratories. In its inaugural year, the fellowship will be open to Northern Illinois University students and will eventually expand to other Midwest colleges and universities.

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