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Fellowship Board

Comprised of distinguished faculty from across campus, the Fellowship Board determines recipients of the Graduate College's main fellowship and grant programs. Those programs include the Illinois Distinguished Fellowships, Doctoral & Master's Merit Fellowships, Aspire Fellowships, Distinguished Graduate Fellowships in the Humanities & Arts, Dissertation Completion Fellowships, and Travel Grants. The Fellowship Board also advises the Graduate College on fellowship-related issues and plays a key role in helping the University of Illinois recruit and support exemplary graduate students.

Fellowship Board Membership 2023-2024


Chair: Ken Vickery, Assistant Dean for Fellowships
Co-Chairs of Section 1: • Lisa Abston, Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
                                           • Zenep Madak-Erdogan, Associate Dean 

section 1: diversity & INCLUSION recruitment fellowships (mERIT & aspire)

Engineering, Physical Sciences, & Mathematics (Area I)

Karen Mortensen 2022-2025 Mathematics
R. Mohan Sankaran 2022-2025 Nuclear, Plasma, & Radiation Engineering
Vetle Torvik 2022-2025 Information Sciences

Humanities & Arts (Area II)

John Stallmeyer 2023-2026 Architecture
Carol Symes 2023-2026 History
Helga Varden 2023-2026 Philosophy

Social & Behavioral Sciences & Professional Programs (Area III)

Andrew J. Greenlee 2022-2025 Urban & Regional Planning
Kimberly Michelle Rios 2023-2026 Psychology
Sharde Smith 2021-2024 Human Development & Family Studies

Biological & Agricultural Sciences (Area IV)

Juanmahel Davila 2021-2024 Comparative Biosciences
Zeynep Madak-Erdogan 2023-2026 Food Science & Human Nutrition
James O'Dwyer 2022-2025 Plant Biology

section 2: illinois distinguished fellowships, distinguished graduate fellowships in humanities & arts, dissertation completion fellowships, & travel grants

Engineering, Physical Sciences, & Mathematics (Area I)

Lance Cooper   2021-2024 Physics
Wawosz Dobrucki 2023-2026 Bioengineering
R. S. Sreenivas 2022-2025 Industrial & Enterprise Systems Engineering

Humanities & Arts (Area II)

Javier Irigoyen-Garcia 2021-2024 Spanish & Portuguese
Peter Leslie Mortensen 2022-2025 English
Michael Silvers 2024-2027 Music

Behavioral & Social Sciences & Professional Programs (Area III)

Christy L. Lleras 2022-2025 Human Development & Family Studies
Anna-Maria Marshall 2023-2026 Sociology
Chi-Fang Wu 2023-2026 Social Work

Biological & Agricultural Sciences (Area IV)

Maria Cattai de Godoy  2021-2024 Animal Sciences
Makoto Inoue 2023-2024 Comparative Biosciences
Yuan-Xiang Pan 2022-2025 Food Science & Human Nutrition