Beckman awards, fellowships, and funding

Beckman awards, fellowships, and funding

The Beckman Institute offers a variety of fellowships, awards, and funding opportunities for faculty and student researchers. Beckman's unique interdisciplinary community, cutting-edge tools, and supportive environment make it a great place to try new ideas and seek fresh perspectives to solving problems.

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Postdoctoral fellowships

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Beckman Institute Postdoctoral Fellows Program

The Beckman Institute offers three annual postdoctoral fellow programs:

  • Beckman Institute Postdoctoral Fellows Program
  • Beckman-Brown Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Fellows Program
  • The Cancer Center at Illinois – Beckman Institute Postdoctoral Fellows Program

Carle Foundation Hospital – Beckman Institute Postdoctoral Fellows Program

This program allows researchers to pursue cutting-edge translational biomedical research with faculty members from Carle Foundation Hospital and the Beckman Institute. This program will not accept applications during the fall 2023 application cycle.

Fellowships and awards for students

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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.

The Beckman Institute Graduate Scholarship

Beckman in spring, pictured from the ECE BuildingThis scholarship, which is currently in its pilot stage, offers scholarships to incoming graduate students. The criteria: Students must be members of groups historically underrepresented in science and technology fields and show a significant interest in a topic related to the Beckman Institute’s major research themes, Intelligent Systems, Molecular Science and Engineering, and Integrative Imaging.

Student recipients are also eligible to receive a second installment of the scholarship in their second year of study if they choose to conduct research with a faculty member who is part of the Beckman Institute.

For more information, please contact the Beckman Institute.

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.

Bio-informed AI Research Competition

This research competition for graduate and undergraduate students aims to stimulate research that draws on work both from the cognitive and biological sciences and from an engineering discipline. The winning team receives a $1,000 award to be shared among the student team members. It opens in the spring.

Funding opportunities for faculty members

Beckman Funding Programs

The Beckman Institute's seed, outreach and engagement, and bridge funding programs are meant to inspire interdisciplinary research, encourage considering new perspectives, and bridge the gaps researchers may find between grants.

Vision and Spirit Award

2022 Beckman Institute Vision and Spirit Award plaque and bustThe Beckman Institute Vision and Spirit Award recognizes a researcher at the institute who has fostered collaboration in their research and exemplifies founder Arnold Beckman's vision.

Senior Fellows Program

Luisa Ciobanu stands in front of the statue of Arnold O. Beckman in Beckman Institute.The Senior Fellows Program offers two application cycles per year. It allows established faculty members from other universities and researchers of equivalent rank from national laboratories to do short-term, on-site, interdisciplinary research with other Beckman Institute investigators.

Staff Awards


Staff Spirit and Dedication Award

Nicole Godellas facilitates an outreach activity with students.The Staff Spirit and Dedication Award annually recognizes up to two Beckman staffmembers who embody the mission and core values of the Beckman Institute and demonstrate teamwork. The Beckman Institute started the award in 2024. Up to two winners may be recognized each year.