FIP Fellowships (Chambers & Fitzpatrick)

2020-2021 FIP AwardeesThe Fitzpatrick Institute for Photonics (FIP) is able to offer several graduate student fellowships through the continued support and generosity of the Fitzpatrick Foundation and Mr. John Chambers.

Students are nominated for these honors by their faculty advisers. The nomination guide is below for Faculty to follow.

John Chambers Fellows

Eligibility: Incoming FIP graduate students
Deadline for faculty to submit nominations:  (dates subject to vary slightly based on calendar year)
Award (based on the availability of funds): $10,000 top-up on their stipend 
Length of Award: 1 year

John Chambers Scholars

Eligibility: Current FIP graduate students
Deadline for faculty to submit nominations: (dates subject to vary slightly based on calendar year)
Award (based on the availability of funds): $ annual stipend varies, tuition remission, graduate school fees & health insurance
Length of Award: 1-2 years

Fitzpatrick Foundation Scholars

Eligibility: Current FIP/engineering graduate students
Deadline for faculty to submit nominations: dates subject to vary slightly based on calendar year
Award (based on the availability of funds): $ annual stipend varies, tuition remission, graduate school fees & health insurance
Length of Award: 1-2 years

Nomination Procedure

Each candidate is nominated by a FIP faculty and judged on the criteria of 1) Academic qualifications 2) Research accomplishments and potential 3) Collaborative potential 4) Nomination/reference letters and 5) Research proposal (for Scholars applicants only).

For Fellow applicants, the FIP faculty must submit a nomination letter and the student’s c.v. (including GPA, GRE scores and list of publications/presentations).  Nominations should be submitted by the adviser in one pdf file. 

For Scholar applicants, the adviser should provide a nomination letter,  the student’s c.v. (including GPA. GRE scores and list of publications/presentations), the student's current transcript, at least one additional reference letter from another FIP faculty member, and a two year research plan to be written by the student (no more than 2 pages in length including references).  Nominations should be submitted by the adviser in one pdf file.

Restrictions for both John Chambers and Fitzpatrick Foundation Scholarships:
-Only rising second to third year PhD students are eligible to apply (Note: students must have at least 2 years left in their PhD program).
-Faculty may nominate only one student from their research group.
-Current and past NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and DoD NDSEG Fellowship recipients are not eligible for this fellowship.

FIP faculty are requested to assemble the nomination materials and submit as one (1) PDF file to august.burns@duke.edu by deadlines given in email.

The Fitzpatrick Institute Awards Committee:
Sina Farsiu Co-Chair
Michael Gehm
Christine Payne
Kevin Welsher

Robert “Judge” Carr, Pratt Development
The Fitzpatrick Institute for Photonics
Tuan Vo-Dinh, Director