PQI Fellowships

  • By Krista Zottola
  • 1 November 2022

Fellowships for the 2022-2023 Academic Year

The PQI Fellowships are to be “awarded to students of exceptional ability and promise” who are pursuing a Ph.D. in Quantum Science or Engineering. Eligible graduate students will be selected from the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, the Swanson School of Engineering, and the School of Computing and Information. The numbers of Fellowships awarded to each School will be determined by the funding provided by the respective Schools. The primary consideration in ranking nominees is the nominee’s promise of achieving scholarly distinction in their field. 

All nominees must be within the nominating program’s guaranteed years of funding during the 2022-2023 academic year. A stipend will be awarded for the Spring 2023 term plus a tuition scholarship. PQI Fellows are expected to devote 30 hours over the course of the semester to help PQIs operations and engage in full-time dissertation research during the period of their fellowship. No additional duties will be permitted or required. 

Faculty should nominate students for the PQI Fellowship. Once nominated, the nominee must:
•    Obtain two recommendation letters, one of which should be from the advisor
•    Submit a C.V. (no more than two pages)
•    Submit a research proposal (no more than three pages double-spaced)
•    Submit copy of current academic transcript 

Please noteLetters of recommendation should be of reasonable length – no more than two single-spaced pages and preferably shorter. Long letters, apart from being less likely to be read as carefully, can make it seem as if the recommender is more invested and knowing about the project than the student whose statement is limited to three double-spaced pages. Letters should assess the originality and potential impact of a student’s research and the feasibility of completion within the fellowship period if the fellowship is for the final year in program and highlight pivotal factors in the nominee’s background, progress, productivity, and accomplishments. Letters can be sumbitted through the "Submit Application Materials" link below, please name the documents: StudentLastName.StudentFirstName.

All application materials are due by 5:00 PM on Friday, November 18, 2022. 

Members of the selection committee will be provided access to ranking memos, spreadsheets, and application materials for all nominees before gathering to select the PQI Fellows. The selection committee will be applying the rubric printed below. Research has shown that the use of rubrics can help evaluators compare different types of proposals using one set of metrics and can mitigate the effects of unconscious bias. Please review and share the rubric with. 

The 2022-2023 awards are expected to be announced by December 9, 2022. 

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