Link Foundation Fellowship

Link Foundation Fellowships in Modeling, Simulation, and Training

Fellowships of $29,500 for 2019 Academic Year

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The Link Trainer, invented by Mr. Edwin Link in 1929, was the first successful flight simulator and truly a pioneer engineering effort that started a whole new field of endeavor. Simulation is on the brink of further major developments in many new fields where operators use complex systems. 

The Advanced Simulation & Training Fellowship Program was put in place by the foundation in 1990.

Today, grants of $29,500 are awarded annually by a selection committee to qualifying doctoral students.

Through 2016, the foundation has awarded over $14.8 million for graduate fellowships.



  • Foster advanced-level research in areas related to modeling, simulation, and training
  • Enable Ph.D. students the freedom to work on their research full time
  • Disseminate the results of that research through conferences, journals and other publications


Each year, the Link Foundation awards up to four fellowships to qualified doctoral students in academic institutions. Each grant awarded provides $29,500 to be used as a stipend while completing the doctoral degree. Fellows may apply for a second year of funding.

Possible Disciplines
  • Aviation
  • Computer Science
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Human Factors
  • Medicine
  • Psychology
  • Serious Gaming

Possible Research Areas
  • Aviation/Space
  • Military
  • Medical
  • Virtual Reality
  • Human Modeling
  • Display Technology
Research Emphasis
  • Training and preparing individuals to perform in interactive environments through the use of simulators
  • Modeling and simulating interactive, real-world environments in which people function
  • Developing or applying technologies that enable modeling and simulation
  • Enrollment in an established Ph.D. program at either a U.S. or Canadian academic institution
  • Full-time student working full time on dissertation research
Time Table

January 15: Applications due

March: Notification to applicants

July 1: Financial award sent to home institution

July 1 to June 30 the following year: Grant duration

September following grant completion: Final Report to the Link Foundation


Tamara Gray
Assistant Administrator, Link Foundation Fellowship in Modeling, Simulation, and Training

Administered by:
Florida Institute of Technology
College of Aeronautics

150 W. University Blvd.
Melbourne, FL 32901-6975

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