The JBT Graduate fellowship program is named for pioneer agriculturalist and educator Jonathan Baldwin Turner and is funded by several endowments and gifts including the Hunter, Hackett and Wright funds, the Louis V. Logeman endowed fund, the Homer White endowed fund, the W. R. and Carol Gomes endowment, and the Addington endowment.
Qualified applicants must have applied for admission to the Department’s M.S. or Ph. D. programs or are beginning a Ph. D. program of studies in the Department after having successfully completed a M.S. degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Nominations of qualified applicants by departmental faculty are welcome. A committee including non-nominating members from the Graduate Studies Committee and the Graduate Program Coordinator will evaluate all the nominations to the fellowship and make a recommendation to the Department Head.
Materials to be submitted electronically to Carolyn Thomas, firstname.lastname@example.org are:
Deadline for nomination and material submission: February 15 of each year. Additional deadlines will be communicated to the faculty in the event that fellowships become available.
Nominees must be U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents.
Nominees must demonstrate sincere interest in a professional career within their proposed areas of specialization.
Applications must coincide with the initial year of a M.S. program (thesis required) or a Ph. D. program in the College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences.
Nominees must meet the following minimum GPA and GRE percentile scores.
(adopted 1/31/03 and reviewed 2/19/04 by ACES Graduate Educational Policy Committee)
*For M.S. applicants, minimum GPA for last 60 hours. For Ph. D. applicants, minimum GPA for last 60 hours including M.S. work. If they are a graduating Masters student, continuing as a Ph. D. student, we calculate the last 60 hours of their transcripts. For example, if the person took 32 hours for their M.S., those hours, and the last 28 hours of their B. Sc. transcript will be considered.
**Average of the percentile score for Verbal, Quantitative and Analytical, or for Verbal, Quantitative and Writing, depending on for which test version scores are available.
Preference will be given to nominees whose previous degree was awarded by an institution other than the University of Illinois.
Preference will be given to nominees to the Ph. D. program but applicants to the M.S. program will be considered as well.
Consideration will be given to other indicators of probability of high achievement in graduate education such as past research accomplishments, leadership roles, etc.
The fellowship will be awarded based upon the materials submitted.
The Selection Committee will consist of members of Graduate Studies Committee and the Graduate Program Coordinator of the Department of Animal Sciences. The Selection Committee members will be appointed after the nominations have been received so that no faculty nominator is appointed to the Selection Committee. The Selection Committee chair will be designated by the Head. The Selection Committee will select the awardee based on the previously described criteria for selection. If the Selection Committee determines that no suitable recipient has been nominated in a particular year, no award will be made.
The faculty advisor is expected to supplement the award to the current level of a 50% graduate research assistantship in the Department of Animal Sciences. The fellowship exempts the recipient from tuition and service fees.
Fellowships are renewed on a yearly-basis (up to 2 years for a M.S. and 3 years for a Ph. D.) conditional on the student’s good academic standing and progress in their research. To retain the JBT Graduate Fellowship for a second or third year, recipients must demonstrate outstanding progress in their program of study according to the following criteria:
Questions can be directed to the Graduate Program Coordinator, Sandra Rodriguez Zas, email@example.com.