National Fellowship Opportunities

Students are encouraged to apply for fellowships or grants from national, international, industrial or foundation sources. Below we have listed some of the major national fellowships available for graduate study.  Additional information on fellowships may be obtained through undergraduate financial aid or career counseling offices or from directories of funding sources, such as the Annual Register of Grant Support and The Grants Register, in university libraries.


General Fellowships


Department of Education
Administers various scholarship programs. Each program has its own eligibility criteria, open/close dates, and required documents.

Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellowships
Provides graduate school fellowships in any recognized field of study in the humanities, social science or natural sciences, including law, medicine, engineering, architecture or other formal professional training.

Humane Studies Fellowships
Fellowships are awarded to graduate students pursuing careers or research in liberty-advancing fields, including economics, philosophy, law, political science, history, and sociology.

Intercollegiate Studies Institute Graduate Fellowships Program
Offers several fellowships in fields related to education, Western civilization and history.

International Foundation for Ethical Research (IFER) Graduate Fellowship Program
Provides funding for graduate students at the master’s or PhD level who are working for the development and implementation of scientifically valid alternatives to the use of animals in research, product testing, and education. The foundation will consider students in fields such as sciences, humanities, psychology and journalism.

International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX) Awards
Several funding opportunities related to international development.

Smithsonian Opportunities for Research and Study
Several fellowship opportunities for students to conduct research at Smithsonian institutes.

Winston Churchill Foundation Scholarships
Provides funding for graduate students to conduct research and study for a year at Cambridge University.

Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
Fellowships that support the development of future leaders at a variety of career stages in several critical fields.

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Fellowships for Minority Students

American Indian College Fund (AICF)
Disburses approximately 6,000 scholarships annually for American Indian students seeking to better their lives through higher education.

American Psychological Association Minority Fellowship Program (MFP)
Provides financial support, professional development activities, and guidance to promising doctoral students and postdoctoral trainees with the goal of moving them toward high achievement in areas related to ethnic minority behavioral health research or services.

A.T. Anderson Memorial Scholarship
Scholarships are awarded to members of American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) who are American Indian/Alaskan Native college students pursuing academic programs in the sciences, engineering, medicine, natural resources, and math.

AT&T Labs Fellowship Program (ALFP)
Offers three-year fellowships to outstanding under-represented minority and women students pursuing PhD studies in computing and communications-related fields.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF)
Administers various scholarship programs. Each program has its own eligibility criteria, open/close dates, and required documents.

Minorities in Government Finance Scholarship
Scholarship for minority students in one of the following fields: public administration, accounting, finance, political science, economics, or business administration.

National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science
Provides fellowships for minority students at the master’s and doctoral level in science and engineering fields. The fellowship also provides access to internships in research and development, product development, and other high level technical careers.

Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans
Provides fellowships for graduate students in all fields of study who are permanent residents, naturalized citizens, or children of naturalized citizen parents.

United Negro College Fund (UNCF)
Administers various scholarship programs. Each program has its own eligibility criteria, open/close dates, and required documents.

U.S. National Institutes of Health Predoctoral Graduate Fellowship Awards for Minority Students
This program encourages students from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds to seek research doctoral degrees in the biomedical and behavioral sciences.

U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) Minority Postdoctoral Research Fellowships
In an effort to increase the participation of underrepresented groups in selected areas of science in the U.S., these fellowships support training and research in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

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Fellowships for Women

American Association of University Women Foundation
Administers various scholarship programs. Each program has its own eligibility criteria, open/close dates, and required documents.

AT&T Labs Fellowship Program (ALFP)
Offers three-year fellowships to outstanding under-represented minority and women students pursuing PhD studies in computing and communications-related fields.

Association of Women in Science Education Foundation Fellowships
Provides several fellowships for women pursuing doctoral degrees in science fields such as behavioral science, life science, physical science social science or engineering.

Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellowships
Awarded to talented women, pursuing advanced studies in the typically male-dominated fields of aerospace-related sciences and engineering.

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Fellowships in the STEM Fields

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Fellowships
The objective of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics is to advance the arts, sciences, and technology of aeronautics and astronautics. The AIAA Foundation Graduate Award program was established to promote graduate student and university research interest in technical fields.

American Meteorological Society Industry/Government Graduate Fellowships
This society provides funding for students in the atmospheric and related oceanic and hydrologic fields.

Bullitt Environmental Leadership Fellowship
This is a two-year, $50,000/year fellowship for graduate students interested in pursuing leadership positions within the environmental field.

Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program
Fellows develop basic skills essential to working or participating in science policy at the federal, state, or local levels. Areas of study may include any social/behavioral science, medical/health discipline, physical or biological science, any field of engineering, law/business/public administration, or any relevant interdisciplinary fields.

Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship (SSGF) Program
Provides outstanding benefits and opportunities to students pursuing a Ph.D. in areas of interest to stewardship science, such as high-energy-density physics, low-energy nuclear science, or properties of materials under extreme conditions and hydrodynamics.  Fellows also participate in research at a DOE laboratory.

DOE Office of Science Graduate Fellowship Program
Program to support outstanding students to pursue graduate training in basic research in the areas of physics, biology, chemistry, mathematics, engineering, computational sciences, and environmental sciences relevant to the Office of Science and to encourage the development of the next generation of scientific and technical talent in the U.S.

Department of National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship Program
Fellowships are awarded to applicants who will pursue a doctoral degree in, or closely related to, an area of DoD interest.

EPA National Network for Environmental Management Studies Fellowship Program
This is a comprehensive fellowship program that provides graduate students an opportunity to participate in a fellowship project that is directly related to their field of study.

EPA STAR Fellowships
Funds research grants and graduate fellowships in numerous environmental science and engineering disciplines.

Evette Harless Scholarship
National Go Solar Foundation (NGSF) established the “Evette Harless Scholarship”. This scholarship awards $1000 annually to up to ten graduate students.  More information and the requirements are available in the organization's website.

Fannie and John Hertz Fellowships in the Applied Physical Sciences
The Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowship empowers outstanding young people pursuing a PhD degree in the applied physical, biological, and engineering sciences with the freedom to innovate and explore their genius in collaboration with leading professors in the field.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Grants
Fellowships and grants supporting biomedical research.

Link Foundation Fellowship in Advanced Simulation and Training
Funding for doctoral students studying simulation and training research and its application to fields such as computer science, engineering, psychology and education.

Michelson Graduate Student Challenge
US Graduate students with the top proposals in three categories (gene silencing, depot formulation, and engineering/ materials science approaches to non-surgical sterilization of cats and dogs) will be awarded a $15,000 cash prize and will have the opportunity to apply for grant funding for their proposal in collaboration with a faculty advisor.

Microsoft Research Student Fellowship
Provides financial support for students conducting computer science research.

National Academies Fellowships
The National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine and National Research Council offer several fellowships in science, engineering, and medicine.

National Physical Science Consortium Graduate Fellowships in Science and Engineering
Fellowships and internship opportunities in science fields such as astronomy, chemistry, computer science, geology, materials science, mathematical sciences, physics, and related engineering fields: chemical, computer, electrical, environmental, mechanical.

National Water Research Institute Fellowships
Fellowships to graduate students in the U.S. in the areas of water resources and treatment.

NIH: Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards
Support for promising doctoral candidates who will be performing dissertation research and training in scientific health-related fields relevant to the missions of the participating NIH Institutes and Centers.

NSF Graduate Research Fellowships (NSFGRF) Provides three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant achievements in science and engineering research.

  • Graduate School NSF GRFP Workshop: Every fall the graduate school sponsors a NSF GRFP Workshop where faculty members who have served on NSF review committees, as well as current fellows, provide insights into applying for and winning an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.

Presenters:

JoAnn Silverstein, Professor of Environmental Engineering (Joann.Silverstein@Colorado.edu)

Michael Grant, Associate Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education and Professor of Environmental, Population and Organismic Biology (michael.grant@colorado.edu)

Joyce Kroll, Assistant Director-Proposals, Office of Contracts and Grants (joyce.kroll@colorado.edu)

Rocky Mountain Research Fellowship
This fellowship opportunity invites a broad range of research proposals to be reviewed and conducted in Rocky Mountain National Park, including wildlife management, vegetation and riparian studies, fire ecology, cultural sciences, archeology and historic structures preservation, as well as other topics in botany, zoology, geology, history, ecology and ornithology.

The Science, Mathematics & Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program
Supports undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines.

Sigma Xi, Grants-in-Aid
The program awards grants of up to $1,000 to students from all areas of the sciences and engineering.

The Symantec Research Labs Graduate Fellowship
Funds innovative research that has real-world value in areas of Symantec’s business interests in information security, availability, and integrity.

U.S. Department of Energy Computational Sciences Graduate Fellowships
Funding for students pursuing doctoral degrees in fields of study that use high performance computing to solve complex science and engineering problems.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Graduate Fellowship Program
Provides stipend, tuition, and fees for students majoring in homeland security related science, technology, engineering and mathematics (HS-STEM) disciplines with an interest, major, or concentration directly related to one of the homeland security research areas.

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Visual and Performing Arts Fellowships

Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts
Offers financial support for graduate research in the history, theory, and criticism of art, architecture, urbanism, and photographic media.

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Scholarship Program
The Foundation's Graduate Arts Award is for up to $50,000 per year for up to three years to college seniors and recent graduates with significant financial need who will pursue a graduate or professional degree in the visual arts, performing arts, or creative writing.

Samuel H. Kress Foundation Fellowships
Competitive fellowships supported by the Kress Foundation are awarded to art historians and art conservators in the final stages of their preparation for professional careers, as well as to art museum curators and educators.

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Humanities and Social Sciences Fellowships

American Council of Learned Societies
Multiple fellowships are offered in the humanities and social sciences.

American Philosophical Society Phillips Fund Grant for Native American Research
Provides grants for graduate students completing research in Native American linguistics, ethnohistory, and the history of studies of Native Americans, in the continental United States and Canada.

American Psychological Association Predoctoral Fellowship in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
This fellowship is aimed at those pursuing doctoral degrees in clinical, counseling, and school psychology, or other behavioral health services areas.

Archaeological Institute of America
Supports dissertation research, graduate studies, and travel in archaeological fields.

The Intercollegiate Studies Institute
Multiple fellowships are offered in the fields of education, Western Civilization, and for those with an intention to teach at the collegiate level.

Jacob K. Javits Fellowhips for Graduate Study in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Fellowships to students of superior academic ability—selected on the basis of demonstrated achievement, financial need, and exceptional promise—to undertake study at the doctoral and Master of Fine Arts level in selected fields of arts, humanities, and social sciences.

Social Science Research Council
Fellowship and grant programs engage themes ranging from global issues facing the U.S. and Japan, to security, drugs and democracy in Latin America, to approaches to the study of contentious politics. Our largest fellowship program, the International Dissertation Research Fellowship supports the next generation of scholars in the humanities and social sciences pursuing research that advances knowledge about non-U.S. cultures and societies.

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Dissertation Fellowships

AAUW Educational Foundation Dissertation Fellowships
Female U.S. citizens or permanent residents may apply for this fellowship.

American Anthropological Association Minority Dissertation Fellowship Program
Provides dissertation funding for minority students studying anthropology.

American Educational Research Association Dissertation Grants
Grants for students writing dissertations on educational policy.

American Meteorological Society Graduate Fellowship in the History of Science
Funding for a student wishing to complete a dissertation on the history of the atmospheric, or related oceanic or hydrologic sciences.

Carter G. Woodson Institute for Afro-American and African Studies Fellowship
This two-year research fellowship provides funding for dissertation work that focuses on Africa and/or the African Diaspora.

Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships
Fellowships that promote ethical or religious values in all areas of human endeavor.

Harry Frank Guggenheim Dissertation Fellowships
Funding for dissertation research in human dominance, aggression, and violence. Applications especially encouraged from students in biological and social sciences.

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Scholarship Program
The Foundation's Dissertation Fellowship is for up to $25,000 for advanced doctoral students who are completing dissertations that further understanding of the educational pathways and experiences of high-achieving, low-income students. Minimum eligibility includes demonstration of superior academic ability and achievement, successful defense of the dissertation proposal, and unmet financial need.

Josephine de Karman Fellowship
Provides funding for doctoral students completing their dissertation. All fields are welcome to apply, but special consideration is given to students in the humanities.

Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship Program
Awards fellowships for doctoral students to support dissertations in the area of entrepreneurship.

National Science Foundation SBE Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants
Dissertation funding for students enrolled at U.S. institutions for up to 24 months. Supports research in the social, behavioral, economic, and biological sciences

Resources for the Future: Joseph L. Fisher Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships
These fellowships support doctoral dissertation research on issues related to the environment, natural resources, or energy. Preference is given to students in economics or social sciences, but students in physical or biological sciences may apply if their research has immediate and obvious link to environmental policy matters.

Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowships for Research Related to Education
Applicant is not required to be a U.S. citizen, but doctorate must be sought at a U.S. university.

Udall Foundation
Awards two one-year fellowships to doctoral candidates whose research concerns U.S. environmental public policy and/or environmental conflict resolution.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (NIH), Health Services Research Dissertation Awards (R36)
Funding for dissertation work on topics such as healthcare, medicine, social or behavioral sciences, health services research, social sciences, epidemiology, biostatistics, health policy, and health informatics.

Wenner-Gren Foundation Dissertation Fieldwork Grants
Supports dissertation research in anthropology.

Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Grants in Women's Studies and Women's Health
Supports research about women in society, history, the psychology of women, and women as seen in literature and art. A separate grant promotes research on issues relating to women's health.

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International Fellowships/Opportunities

Boren Graduate Fellowships
These fellowships provide up to $30,000 to U.S. graduate students to add an important international and language component to their graduate education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency. Boren Fellowships support study and research in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests, including Africa, Asia, Central Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

Cambridge Commonwealth Trust/Cambridge Overseas Trust
The Cambridge Commonwealth Trust and Cambridge Overseas Trust support international students (non-UK citizens) on degree courses at the University of Cambridge.

Council of American Overseas Research Centers
The Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) offers Ph.D. candidates who are in the dissertation writing stage of their doctoral work and Post-doctoral scholars/researchers an opportunity to fund regional and trans-regional research. The fellowship is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. State Department. The fellowship is only open to U.S. citizens.

DAAD Research Grants for Recent Ph.Ds and Ph.D Candidates in Germany
Funding for dissertation or postdoctoral research at libraries, archives, institutes, or laboratories in Germany; U.S. citizens; 2-6 months during calendar year.

Dorot Fellowship in Israel 
The Dorot Fellowship is designed to assemble and empower a network of young Jewish lay leaders to enliven the American Jewish landscape. The Dorot Fellowship encompasses both individual and communal learning experiences for one year in Israel.

Fulbright Grants for Graduate Study Abroad
Sponsored by the Institute for International Education. Students in any field may apply but must be U.S. citizens.

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. Provides funding for students in modern foreign languages and area studies. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

Luce Scholars Program
Provides stipends, language training, and individualized professional placement in Asia for students who have limited exposure to Asia.

Rotary Foundation
Promotes international understanding and friendly relations among people of different parts of the world.

Social Science Research Council Dissertation Fellowships for Area Research
Funding in the social sciences, humanities; graduate students must be enrolled in U.S. institutions.

Whitaker International Program
The Whitaker International Program sends emerging leaders in U.S. biomedical engineering (or bioengineering) overseas to undertake a self-designed project that will enhance their careers within the field.
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Search Websites for Fellowships and Scholarships

Information about grants, a free scholarship search, and other funding opportunities can be found at:
College Aid Sources for Higher Education
CollegeScholarships.org
Fast Web
Federal Fellowship Programs for Graduate Students
Free Scholarship Information Service
GradSchools.com
Grants Net
The SmartStudent Guide to Financial Aid

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