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Blue Waters Graduate Fellowships


We are not accepting any more applications for the Blue Waters Graduate Fellowships.


Blue Waters Graduate Fellowships provided 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 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 was given to candidates engaged in multidisciplinary research projects that combine disciplines such as computer science, applied mathematics, and computational science applications. Applicants were required to be in the second or later year of their graduate program with a well-developed, related research proposal. Applications were accepted from the U.S. citizens or permanent residents by the time of the application deadline only.

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

Applications were 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

Frequently asked questions can be found at the FAQ page.

Questions? Contact bwgf@ncsa.illinois.edu

Detailed instructions can be found at Application Instructions page