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Information on CS Student Awards, Scholarships, and Fellowships

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

Title (Link) Department
(5pm, unless specified)
Who? Award
Grace Hopper Conference Scholarships 4/30/2014
Outstanding female CS students who will be juniors, seniors, MS, or PhD students in fall 2014.
Five $1,000 travel scholarships.

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 High School Seniors:

Title (Link) Institution / Sponsor
Deadline Who? Award
Society of Women Engineers Scholarships
Those who will be freshmen in Fall 2014.*  Requirements Vary.  Search here. The Program provides financial assistance to women admitted to accredited baccalaureate or graduate programs, in preparation for careers in engineering, engineering technology and computer science. *The application for those who will be sophomores, juniors, seniors, or graduate students in Fall 2014 open and closes earlier. (see below) 
$1,000 to $10,000 scholarships
ESA Foundation Scholarships
US Citizens. High school seniors and undergraduates continuing studies. Female and minority students pursuing degrees leading to careers in computer and video game arts.  GPA of 2.75 or above on a 4.0 scale  Up to 30 scholarships of $3,000 each.

b) For Undergraduates:

Title (Link) Institution / Sponsor
Deadline Who? Award
College of Engineering Scholarships for . Continuing Students
College of Engineering
Scholarships for continuing undergraduates.  Specific criteria varies, see the website.
$1,000 to $10,000 per year.
ISPE Foundation Scholarships Illinois Society of Professional Engineers (ISPE) 4/1/2014
Varies, see ISPE website.
Richard E. Merwin Student Scholarship
IEEE Computer Society 4/30/2014 and
Should be an active leader in an IEEE Computer Society Student Organization. "Applicants are required to have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 over 4.0, and be a full-time student as defined by his or her academic institution during the course of the award." Up to $2,000
ESA Foundation Scholarships
US Citizens. High school seniors and undergraduates continuing studies. Female and minority students pursuing degrees leading to careers in computer and video game arts.  GPA of 2.75 or above on a 4.0 scale  Up to 30 scholarships of $3,000 each.

c) For Undergraduate and Graduate Students:

Title (Link) Institution / Sponsor
Deadline Who? Award
Engineer of the Week
Engineering Council
Rolling Deadline
Students who excel in the College of Engineering. Winners featured on poster in display case in Engineering Hall.  Drawing for $25 gift card once per month.
ACM-W Scholarships for Attendance.
at Research Conferences
ACM-W Rolling Deadline All female students who wish to attend research conferences. It is not required that the student be presenting a paper at the conference she attends.  Free ACM Web account required to access application.
$500 for travel to research conference. (12 awarded per year.)
Most NASA Fellowships, Scholarships, . and Internships 
NASA Varies
The linked website is a way to apply for all NASA fellowship, scholarship, and internship opportunities at once.  Opportunities are available for U.S. citizens and non-citizens and both undergraduate and graduate students. See the website for additional criteria.
Illinois Innovation Prize TEC at U. Illinois
Awarded on an annual basis to the most innovative student on campus. Students must be nominated by a faculty member, mentor, adviser or the like. Students cannot nominate themselves or other students. Winners should be passionate innovators working with world-changing technology who are entrepreneurially minded role models for others. $20,000 prize.
Illinois Cyber Security Scholars Program
U.S. Citizens.  Undergraduates with at least 2 full years of undergraduate studies remaining.  Graduate students admitted to an Engineering program at Illinois. See: https://publish.illinois.edu/cybersecurityscholars/apply/ Up to 3 year scholarship covering tuition, room and board.  Internship opportunities.
Epsilon Big Data Scholarship Epsilon/Nakoo.org
Those over age 18 studying in the US and able to discuss how big data is affecting their lives.
One $1,000, $650, and $350 scholarship.
HENAAC Scholars Program HENACC
Applicants must be of Hispanic origin and/or must significantly participate in and promote organizations and activities in the Hispanic community.  The HENAAC Scholars Program was established in the year 2000 with the goal of contributing to the Hispanic community by awarding scholarships and grants to student leaders who affect the Hispanic community in STEM.
Scholarship recipients MUST attend the conference to receive the scholarship.
Scholarship dollar amounts range from $500 to $8,500.
Various SHPE 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.

d) For Graduate Students:

Title (Link) Institution / Sponsor
Deadline Who? Award
Thomas and Margaret Huang Award Beckman Institute
Illinois graduate students who are pursuing research with an advisor affiliated with the Beckman Institute's HCII theme. See the link for more information.  
Up to two $3,500 awards.
ACM/IEEE-CS George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowship IEEE-CS and ACM
Exceptional PhD students whose research focus is on high-performance computing applications, networking, storage, or large-scale data analysis using the most powerful computers that are currently available. $5,000 honorarium.  Travel and registration to SC14.
Cognitive Science / AI Awards
Beckman Institute
The competition is open to all University of Illinois Graduate Students currently pursuing degrees that involve research on CS/AI-related topics.
Symantec Research Labs Graduate Fellowship Symantec
PhD students.  Preference will be given to students with a desire to work in an industrial research lab and those working on innovative research projects in areas related to Symantec’s businesses such as security, storage, backup, virtualization, cloud computing, big data infrastructure, etc. Recipients will also be selected based on their overall potential for research excellence and their academic progress to-date as evidenced by publications. Provides up to $20,000 to cover either one year of tuition fees of the student, or to reimburse expenses incurred by the student to engage into research collaboration with Symantec (e.g. travel expenses, hardware, etc.).

e) Post-doctoral Opportunities:

Title (Link) Institution / Sponsor
Deadline Who? Award
Research Associateship Programs
National Academies
Awards are available for Postdoctoral Associates (within 5 years of the doctorate) and Senior Associates (normally 5 years or more beyond the doctorate).  Associates conduct research in residence at the participating host laboratory they have chosen. Some graduate fellowships may also be available.
Stipends vary from $30k to $72k.
Argonne Division Postdoctoral Fellowships
Argonne National Laboratory Rolling
Candidates are selected based on their academic background and possible input to the research program as described in their proposal. Appointments are awarded for a one-year term, with possible renewal for up to the third year. Varies.
Naval Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
Naval Research Laboratory
U.S. citizens or permanent residents, Ph.D. from a U.S. institution within seven years of the date of application. Fellows are competitively selected on the basis of their overall qualifications and technical proposals addressing specific areas defined by the host Navy laboratories. A stipend up to a maximum of $65,000. Awards are for one year, and are renewable for a second and third year, given satisfactory performance and availability of funds.

3) Prestigious Graduate Fellowship Information
Advice for NSF GRFP, NDSEG, and similar programs.

4) Past Winners
View past winners of various internal and external awards.

5) Past Announcements

6) Other Resources.
a) Resources at the University of Illinois:

b) Outside Resources:

This page contains award, scholarship, and fellowship information for students at the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Please email colinr@illinois.edu with questions, corrections, or tips.


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