Frequently Asked Questions


What are reviewers looking for in my application?

Reviewers are seeking students who represent exciting and innovative research topics in QISE with potential for the convergence of different disciplines and for growth and follow-on work with their triplet. The proposed triplet should demonstrate strong alignment and interactions between the academic and industry partners. There should be a clear point of contact representing the industry partner as well as a well-planned student internship at the company.

Is there a list of eligible university and industry partners?

Applicants are encouraged to take on the initiative to build their triplet. Acceptable academic and industry partners vary widely and the QISE-NET program is flexible.

Are there any restrictions regarding with who can I work with for this fellowship?

There are no restrictions, but students are to be students seeking higher degrees, and the current application period is likely to be a two-year stipend because our grant is ending.

Are there any restrictions regarding other sources of funding or fellowships?

QISE-NET funds should be used to help build the triplet relationship and further the research being performed.  The funds are the responsibility of the student and they are not to be used to replace current expenditures.  For example, a student’s QISE-NET stipend is not to be used to offset fellowship funding or tuition costs.

How often is the stipend paid?

Students will be paid $10,000 per year each year for over a period of up to three years, pending continued NSF program funding, or until they attain their PhD.

(pending NSF funding of the program) until they attain their PhD, or for three years if they are still students in year three. If eligible, the 2021 and 2022 payments will likely be made in the Spring of the year.

What expenses can the funds be used for?

Students have wide discretion for the use of their annual stipend. These funds are to be new funds to the Triplet (student, university, mentor), not to replace another stipend which the student qualified for, not to replace a mentor’s stipend. The funds are for the purpose of strengthening the mentoring relationship, if this is making it easier to meet remotely, funding to register for workshops to move the research forward, travel to the mentor’s site all of these are possible. The students have wide discretion, and are expected to be good stewards of the NSF funds.

Is the Annual Stipend Taxable?

We can’t answer tax questions about your personal circumstances. Please consult a tax professional expert about whether or not the annual stipend awarded with the Qise-Net fellowship might be taxable as income to you.

I am a Canadian national. Does section VII of UPP 912 need to be completed by a Department representative at the University of Chicago or my own institution?

Your University needs to complete the form. University of Chicago is only facilitating the distribution of the funds for the NSF.

When my triplet publishes or presents, do we need to credit the NSF?

Please note that the NSF has requested that an acknowledgement be included in any publications supported by this award. Specifically, this text should read, “Work funded by NSF award DMR-1747426.” If multiple authors with different funding contributed, the word “work” can be replaced by initials of the NSF-Funded Author.