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Graduate Fellowships and Awards

More information on fellowships and awards for eligible applicants:

The Professor Brian D. Serot Fellowship
This fellowship has been established in memory of Professor Brian Serot to support fellowships for incoming or current Physics Ph.D. students, with preference given to students with an interest in the study of theoretical nuclear physics.

The Andrzej Zieminski Fellowship
This fellowship has been established in memory of Professor Andrzej Zieminski to recognize outstanding students that have been admitted to pursue a PhD degree the Department of Physics at Indiana University. The fellowship will be given to an outstanding candidate for graduate study, with graduate students conducting research in elementary particle physics receiving first preference.

The Leo M. Falicov Fellowship in Theoretical Physics
This fellowship has been established in memory of Professor Leo M. Falicov to recognize outstanding students that have been admitted to pursue a PhD degree in Theoretical Physics in the Department of Physics at Indiana University. The fellowship will be awarded to incoming doctoral students who also increase the diversity of our graduate program, for example, by being originally from South and Central America, US citizens who are members of traditionally underrepresented groups (i.e., Hispanic American, African American, Native American), or women from any country.

GAANN Fellowship
Our department has been awarded a grant from the US Department of Education for fellowships within the Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) Program, which provides fellowships to assist PhD students  with excellent records who demonstrate financial need. GAANN fellowships are limited to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Women and students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply.

APS Bridge Program
The IU department of physics is now a site for the newly established American Physical Society's Bridge Program. The mission of the program is to strengthen physics in the United States by increasing the number of underrepresented minority students who receive doctoral degrees in physics. The APS-BP is open to prospective students who meet the eligibility criteria, exhibit academic promise, plan to pursue a doctoral degree in physics and can enhance the diversity of doctoral students in physics. For more information see our IU physics APS bridge program site.

CIC Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) FreeApp Program
The CIC FreeApp program is designed to expand participation of underrepresented students in graduate education. Through this program, prospective students can apply for a graduate application fee waiver or request graduate information for Ph.D. or Master of Fine Arts programs at CIC institutions

Graduate Training Fellowship in Quantitative Chemical Biology
Physics graduate students in their second and third year of studies, working on a research project at the interface between physics and chemical biology are eligible for competitively awarded fellowships, supported by a combination of funding from the IU NIH-funded Quantitative and Chemical Biology Training Program (QCB TP), the College of Arts and Sciences and the University Graduate School. The next fellowship competition will take place in May 2015. Students entering their second and third year as of July 1, 2015 are encouraged to apply for a two- or one-year fellowship period, respectively. Click here for information required to apply for a QCB TP fellowship. For more information about the interdisciplinary graduate program in quantitative and chemical biology at IU, see here

Project 1000:
A national program created to assist underrepresented students applying to graduate school.

Ronald E. McNair Graduate Fellowship:
The purpose of the McNair Program is to award grants to institutions of higher education for projects designed to provide disadvantaged college students with effective preparation for doctoral study. $42 million to fund 180 awards.

MEDIC-B Graduate Fellowships:
MEDIC-B Graduate Fellowships are for entering MEDIC-B scholars who intend to earn a Ph.D. degree at Indiana University.

National Physical Science Consortium:
Annual fellowship program to support Ph.D.-track students in the physical sciences and related engineering fields, with special emphasis on supporting women and minority students who have been under-represented, historically, in the research community.

National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Fellowship or Assistantship:
The Graduate Research Fellowship provides three years of support for graduate study leading to research-based master’s or doctoral degrees and is intended for students who are in the early stages of their graduate study.

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