IEOR Endowed PhD Fellowships
- Application opens March 1st. Please check back here then for more details on how to apply.
The Berkeley IEOR Department has two endowed PhD fellowships and anticipates growth in the number of endowed fellowships. This document describes the process and accompanying rationale to award our PhD fellowships. The two Fellowships currently available for awarding are:
Grassi Fellowship - This fellowship is for domestic PhD students working in the areas of Manufacturing, Industrial Systems, and Service Systems.
Marshall-Oliver-Rosenberger (MOR) Fellowship - This fellowship is for PhD students with a demonstrated interest in decision science and analysis for important societal and industrial problems.
In choosing an awarding process, several goals were considered. Given the increasing competition in PhD student and faculty recruitment - it is important that the fellowships gain an external reputation of being a prestigious award, which will attract top students and help the most promising students from the department secure faculty positions. As a result, additional eligibility and evaluation criteria are included beyond the endowment-established criteria. It is also desirable to have an equitable allocation (over multiple years) of the fellowships across the departmental faculty and across eligible students.
Number of Awards:
Each award shall be for one semester:
To ensure equitable allocation of the fellowships, two PhD students will be awarded the Grassi fellowship each year, and two PhD students will be awarded the MOR fellowship each year. Winners of the fellowship will have the option to accept the support for exactly one of either the Fall or the Spring semester. Note that both winners of a particular fellowship could choose to receive their support during the same semester.
Eligibility Criteria and Nomination Process:
Grassi Fellowship Criteria: Nominees must have not previously received the Grassi
Fellowship, hold an ABET-accredited undergraduate degree in engineering, be a US citizen, and be pursuing an exciting PhD research in the areas of Manufacturing, Industrial Systems, and Service Systems. If no sufficiently qualified candidates are available to meet these criteria, the first criterion may be waived.
MOR Fellowship Criteria:
Nominees must have not previously received the MOR
Fellowship, pursuing an exciting research topic, and should have have passed the PhD Qualifying Examination (if no post-Qual students are eligible the award may go to pre-Qual PhD students).
IEOR PhD Students in good standing may apply for either or both Fellowships by sending an email to Anayancy by the date specified with Endowed PhD Fellowship Application on the Subject Line and including as one .pdf file:
1. Full Name, SID, start date, expected graduation date, and future career plans.
2. Advisor, Title of Research Project, and Prior/Existing sources of funding.
3. Have you previously received the Grassi or MOR Fellowship and if so when?
4. If applying for the Grassi Fellowship, confirmation you are a US Citizen and have completed an ABET-accredited undergraduate degree in engineering.
5. If applying for the MOR Fellowship and already passed the Quals, date when you passed the Qual Exam.
6. Half-page summary of your PhD Research Project, potential impact on research and applications, and initial results.
7. Copy of your CV with list of publications and URL of your website with links to key publications.
8. Being in the last year or having passed the qualifying exam is not a requirement for either award.
This fellowship will be awarded by the EPFS Committee appointed by the Department Chair. Students will be selected by each August, and a record of past advisors of student winners will be considered in an effort to allocate the student awards somewhat fairly among full-time faculty (eg, as many faculty as possible should benefit, with a slight preference for junior faculty).
Evaluation Criteria for Grassi Fellowship:
The committee will select the fellowship recipients among the eligible nominated students by careful consideration of the achievements of the students. Particular emphasis will be given on the student’s excellence in research, and priority will be given to students that have successfully passed the qualifying examination, are in their last year of PhD study, and are planning to apply to faculty positions in the coming academic year. Being in the last year or having passed the qualifying exam is not a requirement for either award.
Evaluation Criteria for MOR Fellowship:
This fellowship will be awarded by the EPFS committee appointed by the Department Chair. The committee will select the fellowship recipients among the eligible nominated students by careful consideration of the achievements of the students. Particular emphasis will be given on the student’s excellence in research and for societally or industrially impactful research, and priority will be given to students that are in their last year of PhD study and are planning to apply to faculty positions in the coming academic year.