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Funding for Graduate Specialists

Advanced Cognitive Science Fellowships

The Cognitive Science Program awards four nine-month fellowships for continuing students rising to their second to fifth years of their Ph.D. program. Fellowship winners are expected to contribute to the Cognitive Science Program’s activities; e.g.: being a liaison to the program committee; coordinating social events with other graduate specialists.  The students receive a University Fellowship and also receive a one-time grant of $500 to be used for travel to conferences in their field. These competitive fellowships are intended to foster interdisciplinary research in cognitive Science. Each proposal must be sponsored by faculty members from two different disciplines (in most cases, faculty from different departments). These fellowships are awarded on the basis of quality and interdisciplinarity of the proposed research, the student's record in the program, and the faculty letters. 

Incoming Cognitive Science Fellowships

Each year, five outstanding incoming graduate students admitted to departments affiliated with Cognitive Science are awarded Cognitive Science University Fellowships. These fellowships are a valuable recruiting tool, and serve to foster interdisciplinary connections for graduate students at an early stage. Members of the Cognitive Science Program Committee nominate candidates from among the students admitted to their programs. Winners are chosen by the entire Committee on the basis of the overall quality of their applications and the interdisciplinarity of their background and interests. Once at Northwestern, the fellowship students join with other students in the Graduate Specialization.