2008-2009 Past Announcements

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1) Awards Which Require Department of Computer Science Action/Selection:

Title (Link) Internal
Who? Award
ACM Doctoral Dissertation Competition / David J. Kuck Outstanding Thesis Awards 8/18/2008
9/30/2008 Those who deposited (or will deposit) a Ph.D. dissertation within a 12-month period prior to September 30, 2008. Exceptional dissertations completed in August 2007, but too late for submission last year will be considered.
$20,000 for winner, $10,000 for honorable mention (ACM Award). About $700 for the Kuck Ph.D. Thesis Award and about $350 for the Kuck M.S. Thesis Award.
High Performance Computing
Ph.D. Fellowship Program
9/3/2008 9/8/2008 Ph.D. students who have completed at least one year of study in an HPC-related area. $5,000, $2,000 for conference travel, possible internship, renewable.
Dissertation Travel Grants 9/8/2008
9/16/2008 Students who must travel for doctoral dissertation research, whether for exploring a potential dissertation topic, or for conducting dissertation research. Up to $5,000
Conference Travel Grants 9/15/2008
(4:00 pm)
9/22/2008 Graduate students traveling to professional conferences to present papers, posters, etc.
Up to $300.
CRA Outstanding Undergraduate
Awards Program
10/15/2008 Undergraduates engaged in research.  Seniors preferred.  The department may nominate up to two male and two female students.
Microsoft Research Graduate Fellowship 9/15/2008
2nd or 3rd year Ph.D. students.
Tuition, fees, and stipend for 2 years.
Microsoft Research Graduate
Women's Scholarship
9/15/2008 10/17/2008 Female graduate students who will be in their 1st or 2nd year of graduate school in 2008-2009 and who have not yet completed an MS degree or equivalent coursework.
One year scholarship worth $15,000.
IBM Ph.D. Fellowship 9/29/2008
Ph.D. students who have completed at least one year of study.
Tuition, fees, and stipend for 1 year.
Knights of St. Patrick 10/13/2008
Juniors and Seniors who have extensive involvement in extracurricular and leadership activities.  GPA must be 2.5 or greater and must graduate no earlier than May 2009. Honored at the Knight of St. Patrick Ball
Presidential Management Fellows Program Application Window:
10/1 - 10/15
10/15/2008 Students graduating with graduate degrees between September 2008 and August 2009, who demonstrate an exceptional ability for, as well as a clear interest in and commitment to, leadership in the analysis and management of public policies and programs. Rigorous two-year paid program including additional training and networking opportunities.
Lisle Abbott Rose Memorial Award 12/8/2008 12/31/2008 Seniors graduating in December 2008, May 2009, or August 2009. "It is awarded annually to a student who most nearly approaches the ideal of technical excellence combined with cultural breadth, depth, and sensitivity."
Cash award and plaque.
Henry Ford II Scholar 12/8/2008
Graduate students who will be in their 3rd or 4th semester in Spring 2009.
Cash award.
Ross J. Martin Award 12/8/2008
Graduate students with outstanding research achievements. Winners are typically close to graduation.
Rockwell Collins Scholarship 12/8/2008
Sophomores or juniors with a 3.0 GPA or better. Women and minorities preferred.
$5,000 scholarship.
FMC Fellowship 1/21/2009
Graduate students. (Preference may be shown to M.S. students.)
$9,000 fellowship, tuition waiver.
Mavis Memorial Fund Scholarship Award 1/29/2009
Ph.D. students who have obtained their M.S. degree or completed course work equivalent to an M.S. degree. Must not graduate prior before 1/2010.
Siebel Center Computing Habitat Programming Competition 2/9/2009 (proposal deadline)
Any CS student or team of students. Faculty and staff sponsors are encouraged, but only students are eligible for prizes.
Prizes provided by State Farm totaling $5,000.
Conference Travel Grants
(Spring 2008)
(4 pm)
Graduate students traveling to professional conferences to present papers, posters, etc. Up to $300
Department of Computer Science Student Awards
All CS majors and graduate students. Varies. $500 - $4,000.
Dissertation Completion Fellowship
Students who have completed all requirements for the
doctoral degree except the dissertation.
$17,000 stipend and tuition, fees waiver for one year.
Dissertation Travel Grant
(4 pm)
Students who need to travel for doctoral dissertation research.  Not for conference travel.
Intel Ph.D. Fellowship
Ph.D. students who are within 2 years of graduation and are studying in an area of interest to Intel.
$23,000 stipend and tuition, travel allowance.
Undergraduate Research Symposium/Best Undergraduate Research Project
Posters from Illinois CS undergraduates on research activities of any kind are welcome, including literature reviews (related to ongoing research projects), programming support, or creative experimental or theoretical work.
Present your project to the CS community. Certificate.
!(Code) Contest
All students. "The code must compile, run, and be usable as a calendar." 22" Flat Panel Monitor.

2) External Awards.
A listing of various computer science, engineering, and University of Illinois-related awards that require no official Department of Computer Science sanction for a student to apply.

a) For Undergraduates:

Title (Link) Institution / Sponsor
Deadline Who? Award
State Farm Coding Competition State Farm Registration:
Competition open to "full time U.S. undergraduate students" at select universities. Submissions must be written in Java.  See other rules here.
Four $800 prizes for finalists. One $1500 grand prize.
Future Engineers Scholarship Program Kelly Engineering Resources 10/1/2008
Sophomores, juniors, and seniors enrolled in the College of Engineering. 3.0+ GPA. Should demonstrate potential for and commitment to a career in engineering, as well as outstanding academic performance.
Churchill Scholarship University of Illinois IPS and
Winston Churchill Foundation
Initial deadline:
Seniors, U.S. citizens, 3.7+ GPA. GRE or MCAT Required.
One year of doctoral study at Cambridge.
Illinois International Undergraduate Achievement Award
University of Illinois
10/17/2008 Undergraduate students in at least the second year of study. "The award will recognize a significant contribution to an activity as the result of participating in an international course of study sponsored through a University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign sanctioned program."
Lance Stafford Larson Student Scholarship IEEE Computer Society 10/31/2008 Undergraduate students who are IEEE Computer Society members, 3.0+ GPA.
$500 (one award).
CIA Undergraduate Scholarship Central Intelligence Agency Application  Window:
7/15/2008 -
Sophomores, U.S. Citizens, 3.0+ GPA, commitment to work for the CIA, financial need.
Salary + up to $18,000 per year for tuition and fees.
Dads Association Scholarship [PDF] University of Illinois Dads Association 11/14/2008
A scholarship will be awarded to a senior, junior, sophomore, and freshman. To be eligible, the student must have an application for financial assistance on file with the Office of Financial Aid. Four awards at $1,000 each.
Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship University of Illinois IPSand Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in
Education Foundation
12/2/2008 Sophomores or Juniors, 3.5+ GPA, U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
Outstanding Freshman/Sophomore Engineer
[Word Doc]
Tau Beta Pi (Illinois Alpha Chapter)
Freshmen or Sophomores, "outstanding activity in the engineering community." $250
William R. Schowalter Award Engineering Council
Sophomores or Juniors demonstrating leadership.
$3,000 scholarship and plaque.
Stanley H. Pierce Award Engineering Council
Undergraduates with a 3.0 GPA or better. Cash award.
DHS Scholarship and Fellowship Program
Undergraduate Scholarships
U.S. Department of Homeland Security 1/6/2009
Sophomores, U.S. Citizens, 3.3+ GPA.
Full Tuition + $1,000/month stipend.
NSEP Process University of Illinois IPS
Undergraduates planning on studying abroad.
Up to $30,000.
Andrea J. Culumber Award Engineering Council
Juniors demonstrating leadership qualities
Plaque and certificate.
Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program NOAA Application Window:
11/1/2008 - 1/30/2009
U.S. Citizen, junior (4-year program) or senior (5-year B.S./M.S. program). 3.0+ GPA.
Up to $8,000 scholarship.
Microsoft Undergraduate Scholarship / Internship
Microsoft Corporation
Undergraduates in CS, CE, or EE, with an interest in CS. 3.0+ GPA.
Full tuition. Salaried 12 week internship.
GEICO Achievement Awards
How to apply
Sophomores or Juniors in CS, Math, or Business, with a 3.0+ GPA, with demonstrated leadership. Essay required.
About eighty $1,000 prizes nationwide.
Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship University of Illinois IPS
Graduating seniors attending graduate school.  3.5+ GPA. $50,000 per year for six years.
Senior 100 Honorary
Student Alumni Ambassadors/ UI Alumni Association
Outstanding seniors (those with 90+ credit hours) in the class of 2009. For leadership, academics, and campus involvement throughout one's undergraduate education. Honored at a reception.
Ruth and Harold Haywood Scholarships
[Word Doc]
Tau Beta Pi (Illinois Alpha Chapter) 
3/30/2009 Sophomores or Juniors.
Several $2,000 scholarships
Amstutz Memorial Scholarships
Junior maintaining a "B" average or better and demonstrating financial need. $500
ISPE Advantage Award/Foundation Scholarship
"The ISPE Advantage Award is reserved for the son or daughter of an ISPE member in good standing, provided the applicant ranks among the top five candidates. If no applications are received from children of ISPE members, funds reserved for the ISPE Advantage Award shall revert to a regular Foundation Scholarship." $500
ISPE/Peppy Moldovan Scholarship
Female engineering students currently enrolled as a sophomore. $500
Illinois Cyber Security Scholars Program (ICSSP)
U.S. citizens. "A full-time student within two years of graduation in a coherent formal program at Illinois that is focused on computer security or information assurance." See the link for details and other stipulations.
2 years of tuition, stipend for room and board, and travel funding.

b) For Undergraduate and Graduate Students:

Title (Link) Institution / Sponsor
Deadline Who? Award
ASCO Numatics Industrial Automation
Engineering College Scholarships
ASCO Numatics 7/31/2008 U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Current juniors, seniors, or graduate students enrolled for the 2008-2009 academic year in an engineering, instrumentation, systems, electrical, mechanical, or automation discipline. 3.2 or greater GPA.
$5,000 scholarship
Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship Program Xerox Corporation
9/30/2008 U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents, Undergraduate or graduate students, 3.0+ GPA, minority ethnicity.
$1,000 to $10,000.
Upsilon Pi Epsilon Student Award for Academic Excellence IEEE Computer Society 10/31/2008 Undergraduate and graduate students who are IEEE Computer Society members. $500 (four awards).
Hertz Foundation Fellowship Fannie and John Hertz Foundation 10/31/2008 U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents. Seniors going into a Ph.D. program at specific institutions and 1st year Ph.D. students.  GRE and two sets of official transcripts required. Register to see the application.
Varies.  Up to full tuition plus $31,000 stipend per year for five years.
GEM Fellowship The National GEM Consortium
Application Window:
7/1/2008 - 11/1/2008
Juniors, Seniors, Graduate Students who are American Indian, African American, Mexican American, Puerto Rican, or other Hispanic Americans. GRE required.
$10,000 for M.S. studies, $14,000 for Ph.D. studies.
The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans The Paul & Daisy Soros
Fellowships for New Americans
11/1/2008 Green card holders, Naturalized U.S. citizens, or a child of two parents who are both naturalized citizens.  1st or 2nd year Ph.D. or M.S. students, seniors entering graduate school. One-half tuition, $20,000 stipend per year for 2 years.
National Physical Science Consortium
Graduate Fellowship
National Physical Science
11/5/2008 U.S. citizens. Seniors planning on attending graduate school, 1st year graduate students.
2-3 year Fellowship + $16,000/year stipend.
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program

(Application Page)
National Science Foundation
Reference Letters:
U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Seniors and 1st year graduate students who have completed no more than 12 months of full-time graduate study by 8/31/2008.  Must be registered with Fastlane.
Winners: 3 years of support for graduate study. $30,000 per year stipend and $10,500 per year for tuition and fees.  TeraGrid access.
Honorable Mention: Access to TeraGrid for one year.
Ford Foundation Predoctoral Diversity Fellowships National Research Council 11/14/2008 U.S. citizens. Individuals enrolled in or planning to enroll in an eligible research-based program leading to a Ph.D. Preference is given to members of underrepresented groups.
3 years of support for graduate study. $20,000 stipend + tuition and fees.
Lemelson-Illinois Student Prize
University of Illinois
11/21/2008 All undergraduate and graduate students. $30,000
S.M.A.R.T. Scholarship for Service Program ASEE Application Window: 8/15/2008 -
U.S. citizens.  Undergraduate and graduate students. 18 years of age or older by August 2009. GRE required for graduate applications.
Full Tuition + stipend.
ACEC Illinois Scholarships ACEC-IL 1/5/2009 Students must be entering their Junior, Senior, Fifth, Master's or Graduate year in the Fall of 2009. A recommendation from a professor is required.
National Defense Science and Engineering
Graduate Fellowship
ASEE 1/5/2009
U.S. citizens. Graduating Seniors and 1st Year Graduate Students. GRE required.
3 years of support for graduate study. Full Tuition + $30,000 yearly stipend.
AAUW Selected Professions Science and Technology Fellowships AAUW 1/10/2009 For women in CS who intend to pursue full-time M.S. studies during the fellowship year. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
$5,000 - $12,000 stipend.
DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship U.S. DOE
(Krell Institute)
U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Seniors, 1st or 2nd year Ph.D. students.
Full Tuition and fees + $31,200 stipend for one year. (Renewable up to four years.)
NASA Aeronautics Scholarship Program NASA/ASEE
U.S. citizens or nationals. Undergraduates with 2 years of full time study left to complete (i.e., freshmen or sophomores) or seniors who will have a bachelor's degree by Fall 2009 and are pursuing graduate studies. Graduate students not graduating prior to Fall 2010.
Undergrads: $15,000 per year for 2 years + $10,000 summer internship. Grads: $35,000 stipend + $11,000 for tuition + 2 $10,000 summer internships.
Lightspeed Summer Grant Program Lightspeed Venture Partners
Engineering or CS undergraduates or graduate students who are full-time students in academic year 2008-2009.
$10,000 per team member, $5,000 per team, chance to win investment in your team's idea.
AT&T Labs Fellowship Program AT&T Research Application Window:
11/1/2008 -
U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Seniors, 1st or 2nd year Ph.D. students who are women or members of underrepresented groups. GRE required.
Fellowship is up to three years, including all tuition and fees.  $2380/month stipend. Summer internship.
Live Edge Contest Premier Farnell
10/1/2008 -
The competition is open to anyone aged 18 or over. Electronics engineers, students and inventors around the world are invited to submit designs for an innovative product that utilizes electronic components and has a positive impact on the environment. $100,000 total in prizes, support to bring winning designs to market.
Avery Brundage Scholarship
University of Illinois 1/31/2009
All full time students who meet GPA requirements and are involved in amateur sports.
$2,500 (20 Winners)
NASA Graduate Student Researchers Program
NASA 2/1/2009
U.S. citizens. Graduating seniors and graduate students. $30,000 grant (includes $21,000 stipend.) Possible internship.
Google Anita Borg Scholarship Google 2/6/2009 Female students entering senior year or enrolled in graduate studies in 2009-2010. 3.5+ GPA. $10,000 scholarship; finalists receive $1,000 scholarship.
Student Affairs Student Leadership Awards and Scholarships
University of Illinois
All UIUC students and student organizations. Requirements vary by award.
There are a variety of awards from $250 to $1,500. ($3,500 for student organizations.)
AFCEA Intelligence Scholarships
AFCEA International 3/1/2009
U.S. Citizens. Sophomores, juniors, or graduate students. 3.0+ GPA. "Candidates must be majoring in a field directly related to the support of U.S. intelligence or homeland security enterprises..." $2,250 for undergraduates; $5,000 for graduate students.
Google Hispanic College Fund Scholarship Google
Hispanic students or students of Hispanic background entering their junior or senior year or enrolled in graduate studies in 2009-2010. 3.5+ GPA. Must demonstrate financial need.
Up to $10,000.
Various AHETEMS Scholarships
Latino students pursuing degrees in engineering, math and science. High school seniors, undergraduates, and graduate students are eligible for various awards.
Scholarships and awards ranging from $1,000 to $5,000.
Google UNCF Scholarship Google
African-American students entering senior year or enrolled in graduate studies in 2009-2010. 3.5+ GPA. Up to $10,000.
AFCEA Distance Learning/Online Scholarship
AFCEA International
U.S. Citizens. Full time students pursuing a B.S. or M.S. degree degree by means of a distance-learning or on-line program. Must have completed at least one year of studies.

c) For Graduate Students:

Title (Link) Institution / Sponsor
Deadline Who? Award
Illinois International Graduate Achievement Award University of Illinois IPS
Graduate students "whose innovative and sustained international research or service, undertaken through their University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign affiliated international experience, has had the greatest potential impact on the University or the larger community."
Ford Foundation Dissertation Diversity Fellowships National Research Council 11/28/2008 U.S. citizens. Applicants should expect to complete the dissertation during the 2009-2010 academic year, but no later than fall 2010. Preference is given to members of underrepresented groups. $21,000 stipend.
EAPSI  (study abroad program)
12/9/2008 U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Must be enrolled in a U.S. graduate program.
$5,000 stipend + international travel allowance.
Robert Ferber Dissertation Award and the
Seymour Sudman Dissertation Award
Survey Research Laboratory 12/15/2008 All doctoral candidates on the UIUC campus are eligible, provided they have successfully defended their proposals prior to December 1, 2008, and have not yet defended their final dissertation.
Chateaubriand Fellowship
Embassy of France Application Window:
Ph.D. students enrolled in U.S. universities. Letter of invitation from a French university, Grande Ecole, or a research institution before applying. French citizens are not allowed to apply. About 1300€/month, a round trip ticket to France, health insurance, and about 30 days per diem for traveling in France for research purposes.
DHS Scholarship and Fellowship Program Graduate Fellowships U.S. Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Citizen, no graduate degree, 1st year M.S. or Ph.D. student, U. Grad GPA+ 3.3 Full Tuition + $2,300/month stipend.
Dolores Zohrab Liebmann
University of Illinois Graduate College 1/11/2009 Applicants must be U.S. citizens who demonstrate a need for financial assistance. Candidates should be of outstanding character and ability who hold promise for achievement and distinction in their fields and who do not advocate or uphold the principles of communism.  Applications are available in the Graduate College Fellowship Office. Each fellowship covers tuition, room and board, ordinary living expenses, and income taxes, and in past years have averaged $18,000.
Arnold L. Mitchem Dissertation Fellowship Program Marquette University 1/12/2009
Applicants must be U.S. citizens who are well under way in their dissertation writing and who belong to a racial or cultural group historically underrepresented in the U.S. professoriate.  The fellows will be in residence at Marquette for an academic year, during which they will teach one course in their area of specialization while completing their dissertations. $35,000 stipend+research and travel money.  Office at Marquette.
AFCEA Ralph W. Shrader Diversity Scholarships AFCEA Educational Foundation
U.S. Citizens, full-time M.S. students. Primary consideration is demonstrated academic excellence.
$3,000 scholarship.
NVIDIA Ph.D. Fellowship NVIDIA Corporation 2/3/2009
Full time Ph.D students part of an active research team.
$25,000 to support research.
Robert P. Larsen Grant for
Research in Career Development
The Career Center 2/9/2009 Currently enrolled graduate students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in good academic standing in Masters or Doctoral programs are eligible.  Both qualitative and quantitative research proposals will be considered.  Research must addresses topics relevant to the field of career development and that will increase knowledge related to career and vocational issues. $1,500 to support research.
Diversifying Higher Education Faculty in Illinois (DFI) Fellowship Program DFI/Educational Equity Programs Office 2/20/2009 (Educational Equity Programs Office)
U.S. Citizens or permanent residents, Illinois residents, members of underrepresented groups, financial need, full time graduate students with 3.2 GPA after nine hours of study, 2.75 undergraduate GPA, and agreement to work in an institution of higher learning in Illinois after graduation. See other criteria, requirements, and application here.
2008-2009 stipend levels: $12,500 to $17,500. Fellowship tuition and fee waiver.
Association for Symbolic Logic Travel Awards[pdf] ASL
Graduate students (or recent Ph.D.s) in logic attending ASL Annual Meeting or ASL European Summer Meeting.
"Modest" travel award.
Cognitive Science/AI Award
UIUC CS/AI Steering Committee
University of Illinois graduate students researching Cognitive Science/AI related topics.  For more information, see the attachment. Preference will be given to those researching inter-disciplinary topics.

d) Post-doctoral Opportunities:

Title (Link) Institution / Sponsor
Deadline Who? Award
NSF International Research
Fellowships (IRFP)
NSF 9/9/2008
Those who 1) are U.S. citizens or permanent residents as of 9/9/2008, 2) have have been awarded a doctoral degree within two years of the application date or expect to receive the doctoral degree by the award date, and 3) desire to conduct scientific research at appropriate academic, government or non-profit research institutions, located outside of the United States. Applicants who are permanent residents of the U.S. may not request a host site in their native country.
Awards in recent years have ranged in size from $57,000 to $200,000, depending on location of host site, cost of research project, duration and number of dependents.
Beckman Institute Fellows Program Beckman Institute
Recent Ph.D.s or students in their final year of doctoral study with research interests relevant to the Beckman Institute.
$51,000 per year, for up to 3 years.
Truman Fellowship in National
Security Science and Engineering
National Lab
U.S. citizenship, the ability to obtain a DOE "Q" clearance; research in areas of interest to national security; the candidate must have been awarded a Ph.D. (with strong academic standing) within the past 3 years at the time of application or will have completed all Ph.D. requirements by commencement of appointment; and, candidates seeking their first national laboratory appointment.
The salary for Truman Fellows is $103,700. The Labs also offer a competitive benefits package that includes health, vision, and dental insurance; savings and income plan (401K); and paid holidays and vacation.
AAAS Science & Technology
Policy Fellowships
AAAS 12/15/2008 Hold a doctoral-level degree in any physical, biological, health/medical or social science, any field of engineering, or any relevant interdisciplinary field. Hold U.S. citizenship (dual citizenship from the United States and another country is acceptable).  Note: All requirements for the degree must be completed by the application deadline.
~$69,000 stipend. An opportunity for accomplished scientists and engineers to participate in and contribute to the federal policymaking process while learning firsthand about the intersection of science and policy.
IBM Herman Goldstine Postdoctoral
Fellowship in Mathematical Sciences
IBM Research Application
10/15/2008 - 1/5/2009
Candidates must have received a Ph.D. degree after September 2004 or should expect to receive one before the fellowship commences in the second half of 2009 (usually in September).
The stipend is expected to be between $95,000 and $115,000
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