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Blue Waters Graduate Fellowships

Applications for the 2019-2020 cadre

The National Science Foundation will not be funding any additional cadres within the Blue Waters project.


Applications for the 2018-2019 cadre have closed.

Blue Waters Graduate Fellowships provide PhD students with a year of full-time research support, including a $38,000 stipend, up to $12,000 in tuition allowance, an allocation of up to 50,000 node-hours on the powerful Blue Waters petascale computing system, and funds for travel to a Blue Waters Symposium to present research progress and results.

For the Fellowships, preference will be given to candidates engaged in multidisciplinary research projects that combine disciplines such as computer science, applied mathematics, and computational science applications. Applicants should be in the second or later year of their graduate program with a well-developed, related research proposal. Applicants must be a U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. by the time of the application deadline. 

This is intended to provide support for full-time research, and applicants may not receive any other fellowships or financial support for their time and effort during the period of the funded fellowship.

Applications are evaluated based on:

  • Academic record from undergraduate and graduate work
  • GRE scores
  • Related experience and service
  • Research plan and its relationship to use of the Blue Waters supercomputer
  • Letters of reference

A set of frequently asked questions are available at

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Applications for the 2018—2019 cadre are accepted starting October 1, 2017 with materials due Feb. 2, 2018.

Applications for the 2018-2019 cadre have closed.

Detailed application instructions can be found at