First Semester Support
All incoming Biophysics students will be supported by the Center for the first semester in the program. This allows students flexibility while they are rotating through three faculty labs in pursuit of a research advisor. This support will be in the form of a research assistantship, training grant, special award, or fellowship (see below).
Named Fellowships in Biophysics & Quantitative Biology
Govindjee/Rabinowitch Graduate Award
Eugene Rabinowitch was one of the early pioneers of biophysics at the University of Illinois. Prior to joining the University, he worked on the Manhattan Project during World War II. He helped to develop a multi-disciplinary graduate program called Physicochemical Biology (PCB), which later became Biophysics. He performed groundbreaking research on photosynthesis, and wrote the 3-volume Photosynthesis and Related Processes.
Gregorio Weber Graduate Award
One of the most notable and influential scientists at the University of Illinois from the 1960's to the late 1990's, Gregorio Weber was a National Academy member, and a prime mover in elevating the status of biophysics on this campus. He is acknowledged as the founder of modern fluorescence spectroscopy and is best known for developing and utilizing fluorescence techniques for the study of protein structure and dynamics, and protein-protein interactions.
Special Awards in Biophysics & Quantitative Biology
Lebus Graduate Scholar Award
Every few years, we are honored to offer a Lebus Graduate Scholar Award to one outstanding Biophysics student. This award was established in 1992 by the late James A. Hagan and is intended to "provide fellowship support for meritorious graduate students of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the fields of life sciences, chemical sciences, and physics."
Recurring On-Campus Fellowships/Grants
Only registered University of Illinois students are eligible for these grants or fellowships.
For more information on these, or other University of Illinois Fellowships, please visit the Fellowship website at: http://www.grad.illinois.edu/fellowships.
Links to a grant/fellowship databases:
- GrantForward (If you are looking for funding for Biophysics, Biophysics is listed under the Life Sciences category.)
- National Academies Research Associateship Programs
- National Academies Fellowship Resources site