Current Endowments

Each year, ECE presents thousands of dollars in scholarships and award money to outstanding undergraduates. These awards are made possible by generous donations from alumni and corporate partners. Almost all of these awards are made on the basis of grades and extracurricular activities at Illinois.

ECE’s endowment also includes essential support for faculty. Faculty chairs and professorships allow us to recruit, retain, and honor the most brilliant scholars and best teachers. Your gift can also make a difference in the lives of students – allowing them to attend Illinois, or focus more on rigorous studying while they’re here.

Contact us to learn more about how your gift can allow you to invest in the people who make Illinois ECE so strong.

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* Denotes a scholarship or award for which you must be nominated.
Note: All scholarships and awards listed on this page are given exclusively to students registered at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Undergraduate Scholarships and Awards

Applications for Illinois ECE scholarships open in April, and junior and senior students are alerted via email. The deadline to apply is June 2.  For more information, please contact Pascal Youakim or stop in the ECE Advising Office in 2120 ECE Building.

Endowed Undergraduate Scholarships

Graduate Fellowships

Entering Fellowships

To be considered for an entering fellowship, it is not necessary to submit a financial aid application. Applicants are automatically considered for fellowships based on their Application for Admission and supporting documents.

Fellowships for Current Students

The Department and College of Engineering have a number of endowed fellowships which are awarded to students based on merit. These are smaller fellowships intended to supplement assistantships. Applications are solicited from students and faculty and the Department's Graduate Fellowship Committee makes selects the recipient. These fellowships are for one year.

Outside Fellowships

These are fellowships awarded to graduate students by outside groups, usually in a national competition. The Department encourages its own students to apply for these prestigious fellowships. Most of them cover three to five years of graduate work.

Graduate College Resources

Graduate Awards

Electrical and Computer Engineering Awards

College of Engineering Awards

Ross J. Martin Memorial Award - This award was established by the college to recognize outstanding research achievement by a graduate student in the College of Engineering as a memorial to Ross J. Martin, associate dean of the college, who served as director of the Engineering Experiment Station for 26 years, until his death in 1984. During his tenure as director, the engineering research budget grew eightfold. Dean Martin realized how essential research is to a sound graduate engineering education and was instrumental in making this college one of the foremost research institutions in the world. This award is a tribute to his guidance and to the outstanding research conducted in this college.

Advancement & Alumni Contacts

Nikki Slack
Heather Vazquez
Senior Director of Advancement
1060 ECE Building
(217) 333-2517

Nikki Slack
Nikki Slack
Alumni and Donor Relations
1060 ECE Building
(217) 265-4317

Please reach out for more information about other giving opportunities, questions about making a gift or to discuss how you would like to make an impact with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.