Beckman fellowships and awards

Beckman fellowships and awards

The Beckman Institute offers several fellowships and awards that support research opportunities for scholars at the undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral levels. From summer research opportunities to three-year fellowships, all provide critical research experience for the recipients. In addition, their contributions support Beckman’s research and teaching missions. The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation, as well as other scholarship and memorial funds provided by generous donors, support these programs.

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Beckman Institute Postdoctoral Fellows Program

The Beckman Institute offers three annual postdoctoral fellow programs.

The Beckman Institute Postdoctoral Fellows Program is intended for recent Ph.D. recipients or students in their final year of doctoral study with research interests relevant to the Beckman Institute. Four to six fellows are selected annually for terms of up to three years. The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation established this program in 1991 to recruit outstanding scientists to work at the Beckman Institute.

The Beckman-Brown Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Fellows Program is intended for recent Ph.D. recipients or students in their final year of doctoral study with research interests relevant to the Beckman Institute. One Beckman-Brown Interdisciplinary Fellow is selected annually. Initiated in the fall of 2015, the fellowship honors Dr. and Mrs. Arnold Beckman and Dr. Theodore “Ted” Brown, the founding director of the Beckman Institute. The award is funded by an endowment established by the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation.

The Cancer Center at Illinois – Beckman Institute Postdoctoral Fellows Program supports up to two fellows who would like to pursue projects bridging basic cancer sciences and engineering. Fellows work with faculty mentors from CCIL and Beckman Institute to develop trans-disciplinary skills that support their career development.

Applications are now open for three annual postdoctoral fellows programs, including Beckman Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship and the Beckman-Brown Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Fellowship.



This year, Beckman is pleased to announce a third program in conjunction with the Cancer Center at Illinois: the joint Cancer Center at Illinois – Beckman Institute Postdoctoral Fellows Program.



The three programs share a common application. Deadline to apply is 5 p.m. CST Monday, Nov. 21, 2022.



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Carle Foundation Hospital – Beckman Institute Postdoctoral Fellows Program

The Carle Foundation Hospital – Beckman Institute Postdoctoral Fellow will pursue cutting-edge translational biomedical research with faculty members from Carle Foundation Hospital and the Beckman Institute.

Beckman Institute Graduate Fellows Program

The Beckman Institute Graduate Fellows Program offers University of Illinois graduate students at the M.A., M.S., or Ph.D. level the opportunity to pursue interdisciplinary research at the institute. This program is supported by funding from the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation.

Applications have closed for 2022 Beckman Institute Graduate Fellowships. Please check back in spring 2023.

Sponsored fellowships and awards

The Beckman Institute offers several undergraduate and graduate summer research opportunities that have a spring deadline. Applicants are expected to be engaged full-time in their research project at the Beckman Institute over the summer.

Undergraduate Fellows Program 

The Beckman Institute Undergraduate Fellows Program offers up to five promising University of Illinois undergraduate students the opportunity to pursue interdisciplinary research at the Beckman Institute during the summer with a $3,000 award. Begun in 2016, the program is supported by funding from the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation. View fellowship recipients.

Erik Haferkamp Memorial Award for Undergraduate Research

The Erik Haferkamp Memorial Award for Undergraduate Research allows a promising undergraduate neuroscientist to pursue research at the Beckman Institute during the summer. The $3,000 award is supported by friends and family in memory of Erik Haferkamp. View award recipients.

Nadine Barrie Smith Memorial Fellows Program

The Nadine Barrie Smith Memorial Fellows Program provides $4,000 fellowships for female engineering graduate students who are conducting research in the general field of medical imaging (e.g., ultrasound, optical, magnetic resonance) at the Beckman Institute. Preference shall be given to students from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. View award recipients.

Thomas and Margaret Huang Award for Graduate Research

The Thomas and Margaret Huang Award for Graduate Research supports one to two graduate students in the broad area of human-computer intelligent interaction, including research in computer vision, image compression and processing, pattern recognition, multimodal signal processing, human perception and performance, and artificial intelligence at the Beckman Institute. One to two awards are presented annually. The $3,500 award is supported by the Huang Fund.

Thomas and Margaret Huang Graduate Fellowship

This fellowship supports graduate students in the broad area of human-computer intelligent interaction, including research in computer vision, image compression and processing, pattern recognition, multimodal signal processing, human perception and performance, and artificial intelligence at the Beckman Institute. View fellowship and award recipients.

View recipients of inactive awards.

Applications have closed for 2022 Beckman Institute fellowships and awards. Please check back in spring 2023.

Carle Neuroscience Institute Undergraduate Research Award

The Carle Neuroscience Institute Undergraduate Research Award provides two promising undergraduates $3,000 each to pursue collaborative summer research projects in magnetic resonance neuroimaging with the Beckman Institute and the Carle Neuroscience Institute. View award recipients.

Applications have closed for 2022 Beckman Institute fellowships and awards. Please check back in spring 2023.

Senior Fellows Program

The Senior Fellows Program is by invitation only. Since 2003, this program gives established faculty members from other universities the opportunity to do short-term, on-site, interdisciplinary research with other Beckman Institute investigators.