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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.

Past Recipients of the Award

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