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. 

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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.


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.

Google Anita Borg Scholarship

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.

Scholarships and Graduate Fellowships for Women and Minorities
A listing of minority scholarships for college and graduate school students, fellowships, internships and grants. 

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


General/Multi-field Fellowships

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

Ford Foundation Dissertation and Predoctoral Fellowships

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.

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.

Mellon Fellowships
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation supports a wide range of initiatives to strengthen the humanities, arts, higher education, and cultural heritage. In addition to its defined grantmaking areas, the program provides funding for competitive fellowships and institutional awards.

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

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


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 PhD 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 $1,000 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.

IBM Ph.D. Fellowship Awards Program

National Institute of Justice Graduate Research Fellowship in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (GRF-STEM)
NIJ’s Graduate Research Fellowship in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (GRF-STEM) program supports doctoral research with relevance to crime and criminal justice in the United States.

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 Grants
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.

NASA Fellowships

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 Fellowship Program (GRFP) Provides three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant achievements in science and engineering research.

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.

UCAR Next Generation Fellowships
Intended for graduate students from underrepresented communities, the UCAR Next Generation Fellowships offer three distinct tracks: Earth System Science, Diversity & Inclusion, and Public Policy.

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.

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


Under - Represented Minorities

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

American Indian Science & Engineering Society (AISES)
The American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) is a national, nonprofit organization focused on substantially increasing the representation of American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, First Nations and other indigenous peoples of North America in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) studies and careers.

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.

Gates Millennium Scholars
The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) program supports African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American and Hispanic American students with high academic and leadership promise who have significant financial need, in order to increase the representation of these target groups in the disciplines of computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health and the sciences.

Hispanic College Fund

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.

Scholarships and Graduate Fellowships for Women and Minorities
A listing of minority scholarships for college and graduate school students, fellowships, internships and grants. 

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

UCAR Next Generation Fellowships
​Intended for graduate students from underrepresented communities, the UCAR Next Generation Fellowships offer three distinct tracks: Earth System Science, Diversity & Inclusion, and Public Policy.

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).

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.

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.


Humanities and Social Sciences Fellowships

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.

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.


International Fellowships/Opportunities

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation's German Chancellor Fellowship for Prospective Leaders
The German Chancellor Fellowship offers you an opportunity to take the next career step in Germany – irrespective of your field of work.

American Institute of Indian Studies Fellowship
Fellowships for graduate students conducting research for their doctoral dissertations in India.

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. Contact:

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.

Chateaubriand Fellowship - for PhD's in Humanities & Social Sciences 
The Chateaubriand Fellowship is a grant offered by the Embassy of France in the United States. It supports outstanding Ph.D. students from American universities who wish to conduct research in France for a period ranging from 4 to 9 months.

Confucius China Studies Program Joint Research Ph.D. Fellowship
The Confucius China Studies Program is a fellowship program that offers generous funding to doctoral students focusing on China.

Council of American Overseas Research Centers
The Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) offers PhD 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 PhDs and PhD 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.

International Education Financial Aid
IEFA is a resource for financial aid, college scholarship and grant information for US and international students wishing to study abroad. 

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

Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre Internship Program
Place graduate students who are interested in science-policy issues in locations in eastern and southern Africa each summer. 

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.