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Nationally Competitive Fellowship Programs and Other Funding Opportunities

Whereas institutionally awarded fellowships are those offered to graduate students by their respective departments or the University, externally-funded nationally competitive fellowships are those for which students apply directly to outside organizations for funding.

The University Fellowships Office supports all students academically and professionally. We promote awareness of various external funding opportunities while making the process of applying for awards an enriching and reflective personal journey. Within the parameters of each award, we support students through the entire process by providing advising sessions, writing support, interview preparation and institutional endorsements

Most fellowships allow students to study, conduct research, or perform work abroad to gain practical experience in their field and strengthen cross-cultural engagement skills. These external awards provide funding and life-changing opportunities across a range of disciplines and interests. 

From the initial inquiry to the nomination and selection stage, the UFO works with undergraduates, graduates, and alumni to prepare competitive applications for prestigious awards such as the Marshall, Gates-Cambridge, Rhodes, Truman, and Fulbright Scholarships and more. Let us help you ‘Think and Do’!

Highlighted Nationally Competitive Fellowships

Graduate Fellowships, Scholarships, and Awards

Interested in finding out more about funding options? Let’s meet!

Interested students can complete our Intake Form and an advisor will follow-up. For all other questions and inquiries, contact the UFO at

Searchable Databases (all programs)

InfoEd SPIN Database
UCLA Graduate Education – Funding Database
University of Illinois – Graduate College

STEM-Focused Databases

STEM Opportunities for Women and Minorities
NASA Graduate Student Support
Fellowships Administered by the National Research Council and Other Funding Opportunities
Fellowships in Computer Science (Provided by the NC State Computer Science Graduate Program Office)
Pathways to Science
Computer Science and Engineering Resources for Women in STEM
Graduate Student Funding Opportunities (Provided by College of Textiles)