The Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) at the University of Chicago drives innovation by tackling some of the deepest intellectual challenges of materials research through interdisciplinary and highly collaborative efforts united with a strong commitment to education and outreach. Our MRSEC draws on talent from eleven academic units from the University of Chicago and Northwestern University.

MRSEC Graduate Fellowships

All graduate students training in MRSEC-supported laboratories are invited to submit applications for MRSEC Graduate Fellowships. This fellowship supports collaborative research projects that advance scientific and/or outreach goals of the MRSEC.

Individuals or teams of graduate students are invited to submit proposals for collaborative research between multiple research groups. At least one MRSEC laboratory should be involved in the collaboration.

Proposals can be to establish new or support ongoing projects in materials research that advance IRG/Super-Seed research agenda. Graduate students at any stage of their education are welcome to apply. The criteria for proposal evaluation are (i) quality of the proposed materials science and (ii) demonstrated excellence in collaborative research of participants.

The fellowship is for a 1 year period and carries a full stipend for 1 graduate student plus a $2500 travel budget. In the case of a team involving 2 or more graduate students, monetary support will be divided equally among graduate students, but all will be considered MRSEC Graduate Fellows.

Travel Support

MRSEC has a subsidy to encourage graduate student participation at conferences so they can present results from MRSEC-supported research. Student participation in professional conferences is key to their maturation as scientists and helps them do better science.

MRSEC will provide up to $500 to help graduate students attend scientific conferences at which they present either oral or poster presentations on MRSEC-supported research. All graduate students working on MRSEC-supported research are eligible.


  • April 15, 2024
  • October 15, 2024

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