Financial Awards for MSCS Students

A variety of internal and external financial awards are available on a competitive basis to qualified MSCS graduate students. To be eligible for aid consideration, MSCS graduate students must be in good standing, as defined in the Graduate Student Handbook.

Teaching Assistantships (TA) and Tuition and Fee Waivers (TFW)

Continuing MSCS graduate students have an opportunity each term to apply for funding that may become available. Students currently holding an MSCS TA appointment OR Graduate College Tuition Waivers (TFW) have appointment letters which specify the duration of the award (either one term or one academic year). At the end of the appointment period, graduate students who wish to extend their appointment must submit the Aid Application for Continuing Students pdf to the MSCS Graduate Studies office by the deadline:

March 1 for Summer or Fall semester
November 1 for Spring semester

Prospective MSCS students seeking TA or TFW funding will be considered during the admission process by submitting the Application for Graduate Appointment form.

Travel Awards

Graduate students traveling to professional meetings should be aware of various sources of funding available through the Department, the College of LAS, and the Graduate College. Each source will specify the eligibility requirements, in particular whether the student needs to be a presenter or not.

The Graduate College offers Student Travel Awards to graduate students presenting at nationally recognized scientific or scholarly society meetings. Application information and deadlines are available from the Graduate College website.

The College of LAS offers travel funds to support PhD student travel. Presenters may apply for up to $500 awards; attendees are eligible for at most $250. Details and applications are available from the LAS website.

MSCS offers limited funding to defray travel expenses of graduate students who are attending or presenting at nationally recognized professional meetings. For consideration, complete the MSCS Graduate Student Travel Request form pdf and submit to the Director of Graduate Studies for approval in advance of the meeting. Note that this application process requires students to solicit funds from their thesis advisors.

American Mathematical Society offers access to several travel grant programs. Check the AMS website for more information about the various grants, deadlines, and eligibility.

Association for Women in Mathematics provides workshops, conferences, and travel grants to encourage women in the mathematical sciences. Check the AWM calendar for upcoming events and related deadlines.

Research Fellowships

NSF offers three-year graduate research fellowships in science, mathematics, and engineering to qualified applicants; applicants must be U.S. citizens or nationals, or permanent resident aliens of the United States. Fellowships are awarded for graduate study leading to research-based master's or doctoral degrees in the mathematical, physical, biological, engineering, and behavioral and social sciences, including the history of science and the philosophy of science, and to research-based PhD degrees in science education.

Fellowships are intended for individuals in the early stages of their graduate study. In most cases, an individual has three opportunities to apply: during the senior year of college, the first year of graduate school, and the beginning of the second year of graduate school. Refer to the NSF website for application deadlines and additional details.

Other Fellowships and Scholarships

A variety of fellowships and scholarships are available from the Graduate College through a nomination process. A list of these awards is posted on the Graduate College website. Most of the nominations are due mid-March, with selections announced mid-April.

HTML 5 CSS FAE
UIC LAS MSCS > graduate studies > current students > financial awards for continuing students