Graduate Fellows Application Instructions

Applications for the 2018 Beckman Graduate Fellows Programs are no longer being accepted. The application period ended at 5:00 PM Central Time on Tuesday, March 6, 2018.


This page lists the full application instructions. If you still have questions after reading through this page, please e-mail beckmanfellows@beckman.illinois.edu.

Applicant must be a University of Illinois graduate student engaged in thesis research at the M.A., M.S., or Ph.D. level. Each applicant must submit a proposal for an interdisciplinary research project to be pursued during the time of the fellowship. The project must involve active participation by at least two University of Illinois faculty members, with at least one being a Beckman Institute faculty member who carries out their research at Beckman. Proposals involving more than one Beckman faculty member, in particular those involving faculty from different research groups will be given preference. Proposed research must be performed mainly in the Beckman Institute. Applications will be evaluated in term of quality of proposed work, likelihood that work will lead to important new results in science and engineering, and relevance of proposed project to Beckman Institute research


The following four items must be submitted no later than 5:00 PM Central Time on Tuesday, March 6, 2018. Late or multiple submissions will not be accepted. Selected Graduate Fellows will be announced in March 2018.

(1) Fill Out Application Form

Applicants must fill out the online application form (NetID and password are required). The form also allows for the electronic submission of your supporting documents: (Curriculum Vitae and Research Project).

The Application Form is currently closed.

(2) Curriculum Vitae

A current curriculum vitae must be submitted as an Adobe PDF file using the upload form mentioned above.

(3) Research Project

A description of proposed research project to be pursued, if you are selected as a Beckman Institute Fellow. This section should not exceed three single spaced pages. The description must include up to six references to relevant literature and needs to make a clear case regarding how the proposed research will foster interdisciplinary research. The research plan must be submitted as an Adobe PDF file using the upload form mentioned above.

(4) Letters of Recommendation

In addition to the above materials, two letters of recommendation from faculty need to be submitted as Adobe PDF files, via e-mail to beckmanfellows@beckman.illinois.edu. If necessary, letters of recommendation will also be accepted when sent under separate cover to the address below. No faxed copies of the recommendation letters will be accepted. These need to be received by the application deadline: 5:00 PM Central Time on Tuesday, March 6, 2018.

Two of the faculty must co-supervise the research. By supporting this application, the two faculty sponsors are agreeing to provide the incidental funding necessary to accomplish their research project.


Stipend

The 2018 stipend is a fellowship award that is financially equivalent to an 11 month, 50 percent graduate research assistantship commensurate with the pay rate of the graduate student’s home department. Funds will also be provided to each awardee to attend one national meeting to present the results of their research.


Questions?

Thank you for your interest in the 2018 Beckman Institute Graduate Fellows competition. If you still have questions after reading through this page, please e-mail: beckmanfellows@beckman.illinois.edu.