Sundaram Seshu International Student Fellowship

Established 1966


In April of 1966 a fund was set up by Dr. Lily Seshu in memory of her husband Dr. Sundaram Seshu, a distinguished former member of the ECE faculty. This fund was established to support "a foreign student in Electrical Engineering or Computer Science who is of Asian origin, of outstanding promise and in need of financial support." In 1982 the fellowship was switched to Electrical Engineering exclusively by Dr. Seshu. It was also changed to support "Academically outstanding students, preferably, but not invariably, from abroad."


The awardees are selected using the following criteria:

  • You must be a student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, enrolled in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
  • High scholastic achievement
  • Passed the qualifying exam and well into the PhD research
  • Preference to be given to foreign students of Asian origin
  • Applicants must not be graduating before May of the next calendar year


  • Applications for the fellowship may be submitted online. The application period will be advertised on My.ECE during the Spring semester.

Selection Process

The Department's Fellowship Committee reviews the nominations and makes the recommendation to the Department.


The recipient(s) will be recognized during an annual Student Awards Banquet. All student recipients are featured on the second floor of the ECE Building's Student Honors Wall.

Past Recipients of the Award

School Year Recipient
2022-2023 Boyuan Tian
2021-2022 I (Eli) Chien
2019-2020 Xiaofan Zhang
2018-2019 Sitao Huang
2017-2018 Ashok Makkuva, Rui Su
2016-2017 Chen Chen
2015-2016 Lili Su
2014-2015 Yue Cao
2013-2014 Jia-Bin Huang
2012-2013 Renjie Zhou
2011-2012 Amin Emad
2010-2011 Zhuo Wang
2009-2010 Jihyuk Choi, Seung Hoon-Sung
2008-2009 Feipeng Li
2007-2008 Yu Ru, Behzad Sharif
2006-2007 Yue Lu
2005-2006 Ananya Sen Gupta
2004-2005 Shenghui Zhang
2003-2004 Ashish Jagmohan, Yan Sun
2002-2003 Charuhas Pandit
2001-2002 Rajat Prakash
2000-2001 Xiuquan Ji, Minghai Liu
1999-2000 Deepak Selvanathan
1998-1999 Zukui Song
1997-1998 Xudong Xu
1996-1997 Hao-Chung Kuo
1995-1996 Krishna Ratakonda, Shu Tao
1991-1992 H-J Liaw, Ram Charan
1985-1986 Hao Ling, Jean-Frederic Wagen
1984-1985 Charles C. Hsu
1983-1984 Steven J. Franke
1974-1975 Debasish Bose
1969-1970 Raj K. Varshney
1966-1967 Hanshad Dave
1965-1966 Lalit Bahl