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The total time necessary to fill out the Paul D. Doolen electronic application is approximately two hours. You will be timed out after six hours. Please read through the application questions below so you can gather the appropriate information and draft the essay answers before starting on the application. You then can cut and paste from your draft directly onto the application. This will greatly facilitate your ease in completing the application. You will be asked to provide the names and contact information for three people who will provide recommendations; it is advised that you ask their permission before submitting the application because electronic contacts will be sent to your recommenders immediately after submission. Once you submit your application, you will not be able to access it again to make changes. The application deadline is October 4, 2021; the deadline to receive electronic references is October 11, 2021.

Application Questions

  1. Name (Last, First, Middle)
  2. University Identification Number (the blue numbers on your I Card)
  3. Permanent legal home address
  4. Campus address (if different from home address above)
  5. Campus, college and curriculum in which you are currently enrolled (If you are not currently enrolled at the University of Illinois, select “Not enrolled at the University of Illinois”)
  6. Enrollment plans for academic year 2021-2022.The recipient must be enrolled at least one semester of the upcoming year in order to be eligible for the award.
  7. Transcripts. Send one copy of a transcript from each institution you have attended (undergraduate and graduate) to:

    Doolen Scholarship Committee
    University-wide Student Programs
    807 S. Wright St., Suite 370 (MC 307)
    Champaign, IL 61820
    or by email to:

    • GRE Scores and test date (if taken)
    • GMAT Scores and test date (if taken)
    • MCAT Scores and test date (if taken)
  8. Educational Experience (List in chronological order the colleges/universities you have attended, dates attended, and degrees earned.)
  9. Professional Experience (List in chronological order the positions held and academic or professional activities conducted.)
  10. Peer-reviewed academic or professional publications. (List only published, in press or submitted works. List abstracts/presentations separately from complete papers.)
  11. Graduate Academic Awards and Honors (List in chronological order the academic awards and honors that you have earned during your graduate career.)
  12. Recommendations (List the names, mailing addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of three persons who have agreed to write letters of recommendation on your behalf.  Two of these must have first-hand knowledge of your work as a graduate student and be able to attest to your academic and scholarly abilities in the study of aging.)  Recommendations must be received electronically from the designated recommenders by October 11, 2021. If applicant is in the first year of graduate school, the letters of reference used to gain admission to the graduate program may be used. If in the second year or beyond, new letters must be obtained. Letters from fellow graduate students are rarely helpful.
  13. Statement of Experience and Purpose (Note that the selection committee places considerable emphasis on applicants’ discussion of research plans and methodology. Describe [limited to the equivalent of two double-spaced pages using 1-inch margins and 12-point font, approximately 4,000 characters] your motivation for the study of aging, and your experiences, expertise and future plans in this area.) Please write your statement in two separate sections:
    1. Research plans in aging studies;
    2. Research methodology you expect to employ.

Once you have gathered all of the above information and are ready to start the application, click on “Begin Application” below. The application deadline is October 4, 2021


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