The Chih Foundation awards graduate students whose research publication(s) reflect invention and innovation for the betterment of society. Applicants should demonstrate a passion for research and publication and the value of putting the needs of others and the betterment of society above personal interests.


Current Georgia Tech Ph.D. students who have not yet completed their doctorate and who have completed publications in one of the three fields named below are eligible. Students may be U.S. citizens or international students.

As with any fellowship award, full-time enrollment is required for funds to be disbursed. Full-time is defined as a minimum of 12 billable credit hours overall, with at least nine of those being taken for letter-grade or pass/fail credit. Audit hours do not count. 

Students from all graduate programs are eligible for nomination, but research publication should be in one of the following areas:

  • Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Health Sciences

Only published articles are eligible, not those in revision stages. Co-authored publications are eligible. 

Applications will be reviewed by a Graduate and Postdoctoral Education Selection Committee.


There will be four awards of $2500 each. Awarded recipients will be announced in October. The selected awardees will prepare posters on their research and should plan to meet the donors in November, the week before Thanksgiving break. Further details will be provided to the awardees following the selection announcement.

2023-2024 Competition

For further information and to apply see the InfoReady application here.  

An application submission consists of the following documents, in the following order, in one single PDF saved as “LAST NAME, First Name_Chih 2023”:

  • One-page statement written by the student outlining how their research contributes to societal progress (12-point font; references may be added to a second page);
  • CV that includes publication information;
  • Letter of recommendation from faculty advisor (no more than 500 words) attesting to the student nominee’s qualifications and commitment to utilizing her/his research to the betterment of society
  • One copy of the research publication to be considered

All materials are due by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, September 10, 2023, and should be submitted via the InfoReady system, not emailed.

Applicants should hold November 16, 2023 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. to meet the donor, if selected. Further details to be confirmed.


For questions, please contact the Graduate Fellowships Manager at