Student Fellowships

DRSB students successfully compete for multiple outside fellowships to support their research and career goals. We encourage all students to apply. Federal fellowships are only available to US citizens and permanent residents; non-federal fellowships are often also open to international students. 


NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

These highly competitive NSF fellowships are open to applicants in the year before they begin graduate training and up to one year after training has begun, so incoming first-year students and second-year students can submit applications for the annual November deadline. Fellowships are for three years, and provide a generous stipend, plus a small allowance for travel and equipment. Recent DRSB students who have won this award include:

  • Sherzod Tokamov, 2018
  • Ana Beiriger, 2015
  • Adam Isabella, 2012
  • Oni Mapp, 2007
NIH Kirschstein NRSA Fellowshipss

This family of fellowships is best suited to students who have already amassed significant preliminary data or, better still, published a paper. The training plan is a critical component of the application. They are offered by a wide range of Institutes, and the specific application deadlines are Institute-specific. The fellowships are for up to three years, although shorter time frames are common, and cover the majority of the annual stipend, plus a small allowance for travel and equipment.

Recent DRSB students who have won these awards include:

  • Sonja Lazarevic (F31) 2019
  • Daniel Moline (F31), 2019
  • Manny Rocha (F31), 2018
  • Rajiv Nadadur (F30), 2016
American Heart Association Fellowship

Students can apply to the AHA Midwest Affiliate for fellowship funding. Fellowships are for two years, and the annual deadline is generally in July. Research should be relevant to cardiovascular function and disease, or stroke. Fellowships cover the majority of stipend plus a small amount of additional support. Recent DRSB students who have won this award include:

  • Andy Vo, 2014
Other Fellowships

Beyond the large, national fellowships listed above, DRSB students have successfully competed for a number of other fellowships that are more specialized to their research area or career goals, like those listed below. 

  • Kate Cananaugh - HHMI Gilliam Fellowship for Advanced Study, 2018
  • Chris Quintanilla - Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Fellowship, 2018
  • Kate Cavanaugh - Ford Foundation Fellowship, 2017
  • Linsey (Fong) Mao - Diversifying Faculty in Illinois Fellowship, 2017
  • Jiajie Xu - Children's Tumor Foundation Fellowship, 2015