University Awards

Continuing students wishing to compete for annual fellowships and awards may obtain the necessary forms on the Graduate College's website. The Application for Graduate Appointment is required (except where otherwise noted). Spring deadlines for submission to the English Department's Office of Graduate Studies are distributed annually to students. Students must also complete the department's award coversheet to indicate for which award they would like to be considered.

NOTE: All accepted incoming students are automatically considered for fellowships and awards and are nominated at the discression of the admissions review committee.

University Fellowships
University Fellowships are awards aimed at recruiting outstanding students newly admitted to graduate programs at UIC. Nominations are made by the Department of English shortly after admissions have been completed. Announcements of awards are customarily made in April. Students with fellowships must carry 12 hours per semester.

Dean's Scholar Award
The Dean's Scholar Award is a one-year, non-renewable award presented by the Dean of the Graduate College in recognition of a student's scholarly achievement. It is intended to provide the most distinguished, advanced-level graduate students with a period of time dedicated solely to the completion of their programs. The Dean’s Scholar competition is open to doctoral students who have passed the Graduate-College-required Preliminary Examination at the University of Illinois at Chicago and are well into their dissertation work. Applications are ordinarily due by the second week in March.

Each nominee should prepare the following:

  • 1. A statement of research plans of no more than three pages describing the student's dissertation or MFA project, the current status of the student's project and the expected date of completion

    2. Three letters of recommendation written within the last twelve months, one of which must be from the nominee's principle advisor

    3. A copy of the UIC transcript

    4. A List of professional accomplishments including awards, honors, publications, and presentations (CV)


Abraham Lincoln Graduate Fellowship
The goal of the Abraham Lincoln Fellowship program at the University of Illinois at Chicago is to increase the excellence and diversity of the graduate student body by attracting applicants who have overcome obstacles to achieve academic success, like President Lincoln himself, who by his words and actions forged the framework for America's pursuit of freedom, equality and justice. The fellowship is open to both returning students (nominations due by the first week in April) and incoming graduate students. Incoming students who are interested in being considered should notify the Office of Graduate Studies at the time of application.

Each (1-year retention) nominee should prepare the following:

    1. Completed Statement of Research Plan (max. 300 words)

    2. Student Statement on How Goals of the Lincoln Fellowship Program are Aligned With Their Own (max. 300 words)

    3. Three Letters of Recommendation (written within the last 12 months)

    4. UIC Transcripts (current - (check with your program to determine if already on file)

    5. List of Awards, Presentations, and Publications (if any)

Provost's & Deiss Awards for Graduate Research
The Graduate College provides two programs of support for research by graduate students at UIC: the Provost's Award for Graduate Research and the W.C. and May Preble Deiss Fund for Biomedical Research. The Provost's Award is open to all graduate students currently enrolled at UIC and the Deiss Fund is for graduate students engaged in research in clinical or basic medical sciences. Students may apply on a competitive basis for awards of $1000 to $3000 to support their research. Awards will be made in two competitions annually, once in Spring semester and once in Fall semester. The Graduate College has prepared this handout for information and materials required relevant to the award.

DFI Fellowship
The Diversifying Higher Education Faculty in Illinois Program (DFI)—formerly known as the IMGIP/ICEOP—was established by the Illinois General Assembly and signed as Public Act 093-0862 on August 4, 2004. This act combines the Illinois Consortium for Educational Opportunity Program (ICEOP) and the Illinois Minority Graduate Incentive Program (IMGIP) into a single fellowship program. The purpose of DFI is to increase the number of underrepresented faculty and staff in Illinois institutions of higher education and higher education governing boards. Incoming students who are interested in being considered should notify the Office of Graduate Studies at the time of application.

Outstanding Thesis Award
This annual award is given by the Graduate College for the most outstanding dissertation to the student whose degree was awarded by UIC in Spring, Summer or Fall semesters of the previous calendar year. Each graduate program can nominate only one student, therefore the English Department's awards committee will choose one thesis among the nominees. NOTE: This award is issued annually in the FALL SEMESTER, therefore has a later deadline than other year-end awards (usually the first week of October).

Each nominee should prepare the following:

  1. 1. A completed Annual Graduate College Outstanding Thesis Award Application (Word template).

  2. 2. A letter of nomination from the Director or Graduate Studies or Department Head describing the impact of this research on the field.

  3. 3. A letter of support from the primary advisor (i.e., the advisor responsible for the research for the thesis).

  4. 4. A copy of the thesis abstract (refer to the Graduate College Thesis Manual for format). Supplied by student.

  5. 5. A concise (300 word maximum) description of the significance of the research presented in the dissertation or thesis.  This may be based on the abstract but written in language suitable for faculty from neighboring disciplines.  Supplied by student.

  6. 6. A current curriculum vita that includes a list of awards, honors, publications, and presentations. Supplied by student.