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Cognitive Science Graduate Fellowships for Interdisciplinary Research Projects

DEADLINE: Late March / Early April

The Northwestern Cognitive Science Program offers fellowship support for graduate students engaged in interdisciplinary research in cognitive science. These one-year fellowships are awarded competitively, based on the quality of research proposed, on the candidates' qualifications, and on the interdisciplinarity of the researchPlease note that this funding is not allowed for students entering their sixth year or beyond.

An application consists of:
  1. A proposal of a maximum of 5 pages in length, outlining the project and its relation to cognitive science.
  2. Letters from two faculty sponsors in different disciplines endorsing theproject and agreeing to be actively involved in it. The sponsor from the home discipline should include a brief description of the student's progress to datein graduate school. These fellowships have a dual purpose: (a) to encourage interdisciplinary research by graduate students, and (b) to encourage faculty to engage in interdisciplinary collaboration and growth. For this reason, faculty sponsors should aim to be active collaborators in the research.
  3. Grad student's vita.

Guidelines for advanced fellowship proposals

  • Proposals must bridge two disciplines, and must be sponsored by one faculty member in the student's home discipline and one faculty member in the related discipline (for example, a linguistics student who proposes work on computational approaches to parsing could have one sponsor from Linguistics and one from Computer Science). Generally the faculty should be from two different departments, but there are exceptions--e.g., cognitive psychology and neuropsychology. Petitions for exceptions will be considered in cases where two distinct disciplines occur in the same department.
    • Such petitions must be submitted three weeks prior to the deadline for fellowship applications for review by the Program Committee.
  • Faculty letters should (1) clearly establish a strong understanding of the project and commitment to the collaboration on the part of both sponsors and (2) make clear the interdisciplinary contributions of the project.
  • Faculty members should sponsor, at most, two proposals in a given year.
  • Because we hope that these fellowships will seed long-term projects, preference will be given to second- and third-year students over students in their fourth year or beyond.
    • Funding is not available for students currently in their fifth year.
    • These fellowships are not for dissertation support, but for interdisciplinary research.
  • The expectation is that Advanced Fellows will be excused from normal TA duties.
  • At the end of the Fellowship period, the students will give a presentation describing their projects and progress.
  • Awardees are also eligible for reimbursement for traveling to a conference (up to $500). The student need not be presenting at the conference to have his/her expenses reimbursed.
  • Proposals and supporting letters to the fellowship committee should be sent to the Cognitive Science Program at

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