Blue Waters Graduate Fellowship Application (2018)

Blue Waters Supercomputer

Blue Waters Graduate Fellowships provide PhD students with a year of support, including a $38,000 stipend, up to $12,000 in tuition allowance, an allocation on the powerful Blue Waters petascale computing system, and funds to support travel to a Blue Waters-sponsored symposium.

Application deadline: February 2, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. pacific time

For the Fellowships, preference will be given to candidates engaged in a multidisciplinary research project that combines disciplines such as computer science, applied mathematics, and computational science applications. Applicants must be a U.S. Citizen or a permanent resident of the U.S. by the time of the application deadline. Applications will be evaluated based on:

  • Academic record

  • GRE score

  • Related experience and service

  • Research plan and its relationship to use of the Blue Waters supercomputer

  • Letters of reference

Questions? Contact bwgf@ncsa.illinois.edu.

The fellowship application requires:

  1. A project title
  2. An abstract (max 750 characters) of your proposed project.
  3. A personal statement (max 5500 characters) concerning your career goals and experience. This is limited to text but you can upload ancillary illustrations or references as a separate file.
  4. A research statement (max 5500 characters) defining your research topic and its uses for the Blue Waters allocation.  This is also limited to text but allows you to upload ancillary illustrations or references to accompany the statement.
  5. Uploading of unofficial transcripts from both undergraduate and graduate institutions.
  6. Contact and optional demographic information.
  7. Relevant information on education, experience, GRE test scores, and academic activities.
  8. Three or four reference letters to be separately submitted by your references. Your references will be contacted at the email addresses you submit in this online application with instructions on how to submit their letters. Reference letters are required from your PhD advisor and the chair of your home department. The additional letters can be from anyone who can address your capabilities and ability to carry out the proposed research program and the potential impact you will have in your career. References letters must be submitted by your references by 11:59 p.m. (pacific time) February 9, 2018.

You will need to upload all of these materials in a single session so you should prepare them offline before you start the application process.  Other information and a frequently asked questions list can be found on the Blue Waters education site: https://bluewaters.ncsa.illinois.edu/graduate-fellowships-faq

Note: For fields with maximum character limits, all characters count toward the limit, including spaces and punctuation. You can use an online character count tool to verify.

Other questions can be directed by email to bwgf@ncsa.illinois.edu

 
1 Statements/Transcripts 2 Contact/Education 3 References 4 Review Application
Maximum characters: 750. Spaces and punctuation are included in the character count. Please make sure your materials are within the character limit.

Personal Statement

The personal statement describes your personal, professional, and educational experiences and future educational, professional development and career goals. In your statement, outline your educational and professional development and career goals. Describe your personal, educational and/or professional experiences that motivated your decision to pursue advanced study. Include specific examples of any research and/or professional activities in which you have participated. Present a concise description of the activities, highlight the results, and discuss how these activities have prepared you to seek your graduate degree. Specify your role in the activity including the extent to which you worked independently and/or as part of a team, and how you contributed to the team's activity Explain what is unique about you and why you should be selected. Discuss why you would make an outstanding Blue Waters Fellow.

Maximum length: 5500 characters.

Illustrations and references only may be uploaded as an attached supplement.

Maximum characters: 5500. Note: most browsers submit textarea fields with two-character line breaks ("CR LF") per the HTML specification, which may result in a different character count if your machine uses single-character unix line endings ("LF").
Illustrations and references only may be uploaded as an attached supplement.
Files must be less than 10 MB.
Allowed file types: gif jpg png pdf.

Research Statement

Present your proposed research topic. Describe the research idea, your approach, and how you will use Blue Waters resources to pursue your topic. Your statement should clearly define how parallel computing resources, data analysis, and/or visualization are critical to addressing your topic. Indicate how the research will advance knowledge and understanding within your field of study. You may choose to include important literature citations and information on the codes that will be used or developed as part of the research effort. Explain how having access to Blue Waters would further your research goals and accelerate or expand the impact of your research.

Maximum length: 5500 characters.

Illustrations and references only may be uploaded as an attached supplement.

Maximum characters: 5500.
Illustrations and references only may be uploaded as an attached supplement.
Files must be less than 10 MB.
Allowed file types: gif jpg png pdf.

Transcripts

Unofficial graduate and undergraduate transcripts are required. Although these documents are handled confidentially, we recommend that you redact all sensitive and personally identifiable information on the transcripts including social security numbers, financial information, home addresses, and home telephone numbers. Scan in an electronic copy of each redacted document to PDF format to upload when you are submitting your fellowship application.

Ensure the uploaded transcripts meet the following requirements:

  1. The transcript must be legible

  2. The applicant name must be listed

  3. The school name must be listed

  4. If the institution does not use a 4.0 grade scale, provide the grade scale used as the last page of the document.

Files must be less than 10 MB.
Allowed file types: pdf.
Files must be less than 10 MB.
Allowed file types: pdf.