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External Fellowships

The Office of External Fellowships helps Illinois graduate students compete for external grants and fellowships. The office is staffed by proposal writing experts with years of experience helping students craft effective proposals. 

Whereas “internal” awards are those offered by your department or the University, “external” awards are those national and international awards offered by private foundations, government agencies, and corporations. External funders include the National Science Foundation, Ford Foundation, American Association of University Women, National Institutes of Health, Google, Fulbright, Social Science Research Council, and hundreds of others.

To help students pursue these awards, the Office of External Fellowships provides the following services (click links for details). 

Fellowship Finder Database

Search the 1,100+ listings in our Fellowship Finder database to find awards that are right for you.

Grant Writing Workshops

Learn the art of grant writing by attending one of our workshops.

Proposal Advising

Get advice on your proposal draft through our one-on-one reviews.

Online Proposal Writing Resources

Find online proposal writing articles, videos, and other materials on our “Proposal Writing Resources” page.

Sample Proposals

See what a winning proposal looks like by viewing samples from our collection.


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