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Applications for 2023-24 New Frontiers Graduate Fellowships Open

An image of Delta cabinets in the NPCF machine room.

The NCSA Delta System.

The New Frontiers Initiative is calling for applications for its New Frontiers Graduate Fellowships that will occur between August 2023 and July 2024.

Funded by the National Science Foundation, the fellowships provide doctoral students with a year of full-time research support, including a $38,000 stipend, up to $12,000 in tuition allowance and an allocation of 50,000 hours on The National Center for Supercomputing ApplicationsDelta computing system.

The deadline for applications is March 6, 2023.

The fellowship provided me with the opportunity to conduct independent research early on in my Ph.D. This helped prepare me for life as an independent researcher and greatly contributed to my ability to get my current position without doing a postdoc. I am very confident in saying that the fellowship was central to my development as an independent researcher and as a tenure-track faculty.

Jon Cameron Calhoun, former graduate fellow

To be considered, applicants must be enrolled in a full-time doctoral program at an accredited U.S. educational institution, be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident by the time of the application deadline and be in the second year or later of their graduate program with a well-developed computational and/or data analytics research proposal. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and U.S. veterans are encouraged to apply.

Applications from all disciplines are welcome. Preference will be given to applicants engaged in national security-related research, in particular geospatial and geointelligence projects at scale that combine disciplines such as computer science, applied mathematics and computational science applications.

Recipients will be notified in May of 2023.

The fellowship allowed me to focus on my research, which allowed me to finish my Ph.D. much sooner and with a greater number of publications than expected. This enabled me to find a professor position immediately after graduating.

George Slota, former graduate fellow

Part of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, NFI works with the intelligence community and other security and safety-focused government, educational and business partners to pursue projects and agency relationships to expand Illinois’ activities and contributions to national security and safety. NFI is an outgrowth and expansion of the university’s very successful, decade-long Blue Waters project at NCSA and leverages campus strengths in computation, simulation, data science, engineering, science, agriculture, cyber protection and other areas.

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