Chunfeng Lin, a Ph. D. candidate in the Institute of Communications Research, has received a 2016-17 Dissertation Completion Fellowship from the Graduate College at Illinois.

These fellowships help students complete the doctoral degree by providing one year of financial support and allowing these fellows to devote themselves to the completion of the dissertation. Forty-five departments from across campus submitted a total of 74 nominations for the Graduate College Dissertation Completion Fellowship. Of those, 29 nominations from 27 departments were selected for awards. 

The competition for these awards includes a rigorous two-stage of review process. Each nomination is first reviewed by one of the Graduate College Fellowship Board’s four Area Committees, which are comprised exclusively of faculty members. Finalists are then reviewed by the Fellowship Board’s Executive Committee, which includes faculty and two graduate students.

“The Fellowship Board gives every nomination a very thorough review,” says Ken Vickery, director of External Fellowships and Campus Competitions. “It constitutes a major time commitment, but it results in our competitions manifesting the highest level of integrity. I congratulate all the students who’ve won an award, and I also thank the Fellowship Board for their phenomenal devotion to the process.”