Scholarships & Fellowships

IIHR and the University of Iowa provide several unique opportunities for graduate students to participate in our education and research programs.

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Benedict Fellowship

Established in 1976, the Paul C. and Sara Jane Benedict Fellowship for Study of Alluvial River Processes benefits a graduate student at IIHR. It is designated for a doctoral candidate conducting research on sedimentation, including computation of water and concurrent total sediment discharge for alluvial sand bed streams. The fellowship is awarded annually, but may benefit the same recipient for up to three years. The award ranges from $1,000 to $2,000 per year, depending on available funds.

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Giaquinta Scholarship

The Dr. Arthur R. Giaquinta Memorial Scholarship was established in 2007 to benefit a graduate student in IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering, the University of Iowa College of Engineering.

It is designated to support a talented and interested student who might not otherwise be able to participate in graduate studies in IIHR.  The award ranges from $1,000 to $2,000 per year, depending on available funds.

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Nanda Engineering Scholarship

The S.K. Nanda Engineering Scholarship was established in 2013 to benefit a deserving engineering graduate student from IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering who has demonstrated an understanding of Indian culture. The award ranges from $1,000–$2,000, depending on available funds.

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Kennedy Fellowship for Undergraduates

The John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellowship is a $2,500 annual undergraduate scholarship presented in memory of Professor John F. Kennedy, former director of IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering. It is awarded by the College of Engineering (through IIHR) to a qualified undergraduate engineering student The fellowship recipient will be announced each spring when other awards are made to engineering undergraduates by the College of Engineering. The award, $2,500 for one year, is presented for the following fall semester.

For information about how to apply for the John F. Kennedy Memorial Scholarship and other College of Engineering undergraduate scholarships, go to: