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$50,000 PhD Research Fellowships Available Anywhere, Includes Free Access to Supercomputer! Apply by April 5

Blue Waters-GEO , Illinois

Posted By: Abby Cramer, March 10, 2021

Applicants must be enrolled in a full-time PhD program at an accredited U.S. educational institution. Applicants are required to be in the second or later year of their graduate program with a well-developed, research proposal. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents by the time of the application deadline. Women, minorities and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Applicants may be in any field of computational research. Preference will be given to applicants engaged in geospatial and geointelligence research projects at scale that combine disciplines such as computer science, applied mathematics, and computational science applications. Examples of geospatial and geointelligence research areas of interest follow.


  • Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Bathymetry
  • Computer vision
  • Crisis mapping and management
  • Data analytics
  • Data visualization
  • Data modeling
  • Geomatics
  • Geodesy
  • Geodetics
  • Geospatial data management
  • Geospatial intelligence
  • GIS analytics
  • Machine Learning (ML)
  • Remote sensing and imagery analysis
  • Spatial statistics


Applicants must not have received previous fellowship support from the Blue Waters fellowship program and must not have support from any other fellowship during the period of the fellowship, which is expected to be May 2021 through April 2022.


Applicants will be evaluated based on:

  • Academic record from undergraduate and graduate work
  • GRE scores
  • Research plan and its relationship to the use of the Blue Waters supercomputer
  • Related experience and service
  • Two letters of reference

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