Program Guidelines

Award Details

Each year, the foundation conducts a national competition and awards up to four fellowships in Modeling, Simulation, and Training.

For the 2019-2020 academic year, the award consists of $30,000 that is to be used towards the Fellow’s academic year and summer stipend. All of the money is to be paid to the student as a stipend.

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Examples of charges NOT considered appropriate include:

  • Tuition – it is expected that the Fellow’s institution will waive or assume tuition charges.
  • Summer salary or other compensation for the research advisor.
  • Pooled or overhead costs, and salary for support staff (e.g. secretarial or clerical help).
  • Set asides for research expenses rather than paying the whole amount as a stipend


  • The applicant must be working toward a Ph.D. in an established doctoral degree program. (Please note: the applicant must have already been accepted into a Ph.D. program.)
  • No limitations are placed on citizenship.
  • Fellows must be enrolled as full-time students during the fellowship year
  • Fellowships are awarded to students who devote full-time to their research projects for the entire Fellowship period ( e.g. they are not actively working elsewhere in addition their proposed research). Those working full time may be considered if they are taking a leave of absence during the fellowship year in order to devote full time to their research.
  • Fellowships are only available to students enrolled at U.S. or Canadian Universities.

Application Evaluation Information

Applications will be evaluated by a panel of experts in the field of Modeling, Simulation, and Training. The main criteria for evaluation will include:

1.The project – Is it innovative? Is it technically sound? Does it fit in the context of current activities of research in its respective field? Is it well planned out and achievable in the scheduled time?

2.The research - Does the research have the potential to advance the field of training using simulation?

Preference will be given to candidates who:

  • Have a well-defined thesis direction, but who still have enough remaining time to work toward their Ph.D. such that the receipt of a Link Foundation Fellowship could make a difference
  • Are doing research applicable to simulating real-time complex, interactive environments, or training and preparing individuals to perform in such environments.

Other requirements

If a student does not expend the full amount of an awarded fellowship, either because the student completes work toward their degree in less time than the full duration of the fellowship or because the student withdraws from their degree program, unexpended funds will be returned to the fellowship program manager's institution in an amount pro-rated based on the fraction of the fellowship tenure during which the student was actively working on Link-supported research.

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