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Stephen H. Davis Fellowship

Stephen H. Davis Fellowships in Applied Mathematics

The Stephen H. Davis Fellowships are intended to support McCormick PhD students in the field of applied mathematics, preferentially students in the Department of Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics. The goal is to allow them to pursue a professional or academic opportunity that will substantially boost their career, but requires financial support that cannot be provided by the student’s PhD adviser or other sources.


Applications requesting more than $1,000 are to be filed with the ESAM business administrator by the end of the respective winter quarter. They need to include (in a single pdf-file)

  • An application letter (< 1000 words) detailing– the activity that the fellowship would enable, the institution at which the activity is to be pursued, and the mentor at that institution (if applicable)
    • How this activity would represent a major boost towards the studen’s career goals
    • How this activity would fit into the student’s progress towards their PhD
    • To what extent other funding sources are available and how much they can and will contribute
  • A letter of support from the PhD adviser
  • A letter of support from the mentor (if applicable)
  • A current CV
  • Any publications or preprints emerging from the student’s research
  • An unofficial NU transcript demonstrating a GPA of at least 3.8.


Upon completion of the Fellowship the recipient provides a brief summary (<500 words) of the outcome of the activity that the fellowship enabled.

Examples of activities fundable by the Fellowship include, but are not limited to, internships, summer schools, conference travel, research travel.

Applications requesting amounts less than $1,000 can be filed with the business administrator at any time as applications for a Stephen H. Davis Grant.

The availability of funds for Fellowships and Grants varies from year to year.


The Fellowships have been instituted in memory of Stephen H. Davis, who was an ESAM faculty member and a world-renowned leader in applying mathematics to the modeling and analysis of physical systems in a wide range of fluid dynamics and material science settings.