Loyola University Chicago

Fellowship Office

Student Academic Services

Fellowship Incentive Grants (FIGS)

Deadline: Monday, May 21, 2018

$1000 Fellowship Incentive Grants for Undergraduates

How to Apply:
To apply for the FIG, you must submit the following by the Monday, May 21 2018 deadline:

  1. online cover sheet;
  2. a draft of each major essay required for your particular fellowship; and
  3. one letter of reference from a Loyola faculty member.

Essays and the reference letter should be emailed to Lisa Knepshield.

Applicants must be enrolled as a Loyola undergraduate student at the time of the FIGs application (this spring semester) AND at the time of the external fellowship application deadline, and have definite plans to complete their undergraduate degree at Loyola. In addition, applicants must meet all eligibility guidelines for their proposed fellowship or scholarship application, including expected graduation dates or total number of hours at the time of their particular application. Applications must be for fellowships and scholarships with submission deadlines of August through April of the next academic year. FIGs cannot be used to apply for internal Loyola awards.  Students can only apply for one FIG per year.

Applications will be evaluated by a selection committee, judged on the strength and quality of the proposal. Grants will be awarded by June 1 and credited to the student’s cost of attendance for the following summer or fall terms.


In 2009, the Loyola Fellowship Office established undergraduate Fellowship Incentive Grants (FIGs), which offers a tremendous opportunity for undergraduate students to increase their ability to produce more competitive national applications. Up to eight (8) $1000 grants are to be awarded annually to prospective applicants of major fellowships and scholarships, including the Fulbright Award, Goldwater Scholarship, Marshall Scholarship, National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, Boren Scholarship, Rhodes Scholarship, Truman Scholarship, and Udall Scholarship. FIGs are designed to better identify and prepare Loyola students to apply for national and international scholarships and fellowships, and to encourage students and faculty to work together sooner on potential applications. Grants will be awarded to those students who are planning to pursue qualifying scholarships and fellowships and who best complete the grant application.