These answers to frequently asked questions will aid candidates in preparing their applications for the SCIPE AI in Civil Engineering Fellowships.
I’m not a US citizen, can I apply?
Yes; we only require you be enrolled at a US institution and be studying in the US or its territories.
It it important to note two key factors for international students:
I’m attending a US school not located in the United States or one of its territories. Can I apply?
No. You must be enrolled at a US institution and be studying in the US or its territories. This requirement is unrelated to your citizenship.
I’m attending a non-US school. Can I apply?
How many PDF files do I need to upload?
Please upload one PDF file. A Research Document file that includes, abstract, project statement, research and optional items. Please name the file in the following format (Last name_First name_RD).
Should I wait to complete my application until the last day?
No. Letters of recommendations are required for your application to be complete. If you wait until the last day, your endorsers will most likely not have sufficient time to submit their letters. Note that exceptions will not be granted.
What guidance should I provide for my references so that they can start planning before I complete my application?
The letters must:
If awarded, references will be contacted.
How will I be notified if I am accepted or rejected?
We will contact you using the email address you provided. Please be sure to provide an email that you will be able to check during the time that decisions will be made. If we do not hear back from you in the allotted time, we will give your fellowship to an alternate candidate.
Is there any restriction on what the student has previously studied or on the current course of study?
Not at all. The requirement is only that your work has a significant computational element that will benefit from access to Frontera.
Can more than one student apply from a single department? A single school?
We don’t place any restrictions on the number of applicants from a single school or department.
Can I use my tuition reimbursement for books/meals/lab fees/other expenses related to my degree?
No. Only tuition expenses will be reimbursed.
Will there be feedback if my application is unsuccessful?
No individual feedback will be given to applicants.
If I am successful and am awarded, can I apply for another one after the first ends?
No. Students will only be awarded one fellowship.
If I am unsuccessful, can I reapply the next year?
Yes, you may, and you may reapply each year of the program provided you have never received a fellowship.
What if my question isn’t answered here?
If you have a question that is not answered here, please check with your advisor or academic department first as they often have quite a bit of experience with programs such as this one. If you are still in doubt, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are there any requirements beyond being a graduate student, such as year in Ph.D. program?
Yes. You must have completed at least one year. Your research advisor must affirm the approved plan of research at the time of application.
I will be starting my Ph.D. program this year. Should I apply?
No, you are not far enough along in your program yet.
I’ve passed my qualifying exams but do not yet have a research program approved by my committee. Should I apply?
How many fellowships are being awarded?
We expect to make between one and three awards.
Can MD/Ph.D. students apply?
The limitation on the fellowship relates to the research topic and the use of large-scale scientific computing in completing the research. As long as the program of study in which you are currently enrolled will result in the award of (at least) a PhD you are eligible to apply.
I am in the final year of my Ph.D. program. If I graduate early, will I still be eligible?
The program is a twelve-month program. You may apply if you have at least one year of your program left in June of the year in which the award begins.
Once the fellowship is awarded what is required of the fellows?
Fellows are expected to spend a week in the summer following their award in residence at UT Austin/TACC in Austin, TX (travel expenses will be paid), working directly with the staff of the Frontera project. Subject to change due to COVID-19. Fellows may be asked to attend occasional (virtual and in person) meetings of the fellowship team or the Frontera project. All travel expenses will be paid outside the fellowship award.
How long is the summer residency at UT Austin?
Fellows will be in residency for at least one week shortly after the start of the Fellowship. Near the end of the Fellowship, we will bring the Fellows back to UT Austin/TACC for another week-long residency.
Are there any requirements beyond being an undergraduate student, such as a specific year in in the program?
Yes. You must have completed at least 1 year as an undergraduate student and have at least 1 year remaining at the time of application.
How many scholarships are being awarded?
I am in the final year of my undergraduate program. If I graduate early, will I still be eligible?
No. You must be enrolled as a student at the time of participation.
Once the scholarship is awarded what is required of the awardees?
Awardees are expected to spend one month in the summer following their award in residence at UT Austin/TACC in Austin, TX (travel expenses will be paid), working directly with the faculty and staff at UT Austin/TACC. Subject to change due to COVID-19. Fellows may be asked to attend occasional (virtual and in person) meetings of the scholarship team or the SCIPE project. All travel expenses will be paid outside the scholarship award.
Awardees will be in residency for at least one month during the Scholarship.