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About the Fellowship Office

The Graduate College offers services and resources to help graduate students pay for their education. 

Are you a Current Fellow or Trainee?

Congratulations on receiving a fellowship or traineeship for your study at the University of Illinois! The Graduate College is here to help you fully understand the benefits and obligations associated with your award. Fellows and Trainees are be required to register during each term of the fellowship or traineeship, but the full-time registration requirement will end. If you receive an offer for an appointment concurrent with your fellowship, contact the Fellowship Office prior to accepting the offer. Fellowship and traineeship stipends may be subject to income taxes.

What are Fellowships and Traineeships?

Fellowships are financial aid awards that provide a stipend with no expectation of service in return. A traineeship is a research fellowship providing educational training in a particular disciplinary area. Most fellowship and traineeship awards also cover tuition and selected fees. Fellowships may be awarded by the graduate program, the University, or an external organization.

Are you Looking for a Fellowship?

Our External Fellowship unit provides services to help you identify potential fellowships, learn how to write a proposal, and submit the strongest application you can. To help you locate funding sources, we maintain a searchable database that contains information on over 1,100 graduate-level grants and fellowships. If you are seeking a fellowship that's appropriate for you, this is the best place to start. 

Search Fellowship Finder

Want to Learn about Grant Writing? 

We conduct workshops throughout the year to introduce students to the art of proposal writing. Most workshops take place in Coble Hall and are advertised through GradLinks. Learn more.

Want Assistance with your Proposal?

We offer one-one-one review and critique of proposals for external funding. Once you have a completed draft that encapsulates a well-defined project and that has been reviewed by your advisor, and once you are ready for an outside reviewer to offer critical comments, we can serve as that outside reviewer. Appointments should be scheduled at least one month prior to the fellowship deadline. See details.

Are you a Faculty or Staff Member Looking for Fellowship Resources?

See information on fellowship policies and procedures. Find campus forms here.

Contact us:

The Graduate College Fellowship Office
Students seeking assistance applying for a fellowships are encouraged to review information about External Fellowships.