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The following are three primary sources of Graduate Assistantship (GA) funding:

  • GAs specifically appropriated for the PhD program. All full-time students who apply are automatically considered for these assistantships. Program funding decisions will be made based on complete applications received by January 5 for Fall admission, and September 15 for Spring.
  • GAs funded by academic departments.  Please contact a relevant department for more information.
  • GAs funded by faculty grants.  Faculty regularly hire students to work on grant-funded projects, and many faculty will post information on their websites when they are hiring. Students are encouraged to learn about current faculty research and contact faculty who are doing work in areas that align with their own interests and background. View our program faculty listed by emphasis area. 

External fellowships 

External fellowships perform two vital functions. First, they allow students to focus on completing their degree without going into debt. Second, awards demonstrate to prospective employers that a student is a serious scholar and a potentially valuable member of the academic or research community.

Below are just a few examples of fellowships available to computing students:

FellowshipResidency/Other key eligibility requirementsDeadlines
ACM SIGHPC/INTEL Computational and Data Science FellowshipsStudents studying data science or computing applications who are either women or members of an underrepresented group.April 30th
Ada Lovelace Fellowship2nd Year PhD student, members of underrepresented groups in computing, International Students Eligible October 9th, 2018
CRA-E Graduate Fellows ProgramRequires faculty nomination.January 28, 2019
DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) ProgramU.S. Citizenship or Permanent ResidencyMay and November
DOE Computational Science Graduate FellowshipU.S. Citizenship or Permanent ResidencyJanuary
Google Women TechmakersFemale Students, Students from U.S. embargoed countries are not eligible.2018 Deadline passed -
Check back in Fall
IBM PhD FellowshipsStudents Approximately 2 years from degree completion, Students from U.S. embargoed countries are not eligible.November
INL Graduate FellowshipsMay depend on area of interest. February
NASA ISGC FellowshipU.S. CitizenshipFebruary
National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship (NDSEG)U.S. Citizenship2018 Deadline passed -
Check back in September for 2019
Non-Academic Research Internships for Graduate Students (INTERN) Supplemental Funding"Applicants must coordinate with a faculty member who is a PI on an NSF grant awarded by one of the eligible directorates. June 1st, 2018
June 3rd, 2019
National Physical Science Consortium (NPSC) FellowshipUS Citizenship, eligible for security clearance. November 30th
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship ProgramU.S. Citizenship or Permanent ResidencyNovember
Science, Mathematics & Research for Transformation (SMART) ScholarshipU.S. Citizenship, able to participate in a summer internship at a DoD facility. December 1, 2018

Additional fellowships can be found using  The University of Illinois fellowship finder tool.