Nationally Competitive Graduate Fellowships

Fellowships below are just a few of the many options that exist – this is NOT an exhaustive list. Please make sure to search the databases listed on the previous page for even more funding options.

The majority of fellowships have deadlines from October – January and require institutional nomination/assistance. For questions or clarification, please contact the Graduate Fellowship Specialist, Courtney Hughes, at to schedule an appointment.

LEGEND: (M) = Master’s (D) = Doctoral/PhD candidates;  Awards open to most programs unless designated “STEM”

Please click the headers to organize the table differently, if desired.

“*” indicates eligibility to international students

Award NameDescriptionEligibilityApproximate Deadline
American Educational Research Association Dissertation GrantsDissertation Grants are available for advanced doctoral students and are intended to support the student while analyzing data and writing the doctoral dissertation. Proposals are encouraged from the full range of education research fields and other fields and disciplines engaged in education-related research, including economics, political science, psychology, sociology, demography, statistics, public policy, and psychometrics. DSeptember/October
GEM Fellowship GEM’s principal activity is the provision of graduate fellowships at the MS and PhD levels coupled with paid summer internships . GEM also offers fellowships without paid summer internships through our GEM University and Associate Fellowship programs.M, D -- STEMSeptember/October
Microsoft PhD Fellowships * The proposed research must be closely related to the research topics carried out by Microsoft Research as noted in the Research areas tab above. Applicants for the Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship must be nominated by their universities, and their nominations must be submitted by the office of the chair of the department. Direct applications from students are not acceptedD -- STEMSeptember/October
NSF - Graduate Research Fellowship ProgramThe NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based Master's and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions.M, D -- STEMSeptember/October
Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowships in Women's StudiesSince 1974, the Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies has been the only national program supporting original, significant, interdisciplinary doctoral dissertations on women’s issues.DSeptember/October
Fulbright Scholars (Research and English Teaching Assistantships)The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs. A candidate will submit a Statement of Grant Purpose defining activities to take place during one academic year in a participating country outside the U.SM, DOctober
Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation FellowshipsThe Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships support the final year of work on Ph.D. dissertations dealing with ethical or religious values in fields across the humanities and social sciences.DNovember
American Association of University Women (AAUW) *Fellowship and grant recipients perform research in a wide range of disciplines and work to improve their schools and communities. Their intellect, dedication, imagination, and effort promise to forge new paths in scholarship, improve the quality of life for all, and tackle the educational and social barriers facing women worldwide. AAUW seeks a diverse applicant pool.M, D November
Ford Foundation FellowshipsPredoctoral, Dissertation, and Postdoctoral fellowships will be awarded in a national competition administered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on behalf of the Ford Foundation. D -- STEMNovember
Social Science Research Council International Dissertation Research Fellowships *The Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) offers nine to twelve months of support to graduate students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who are enrolled in PhD programs in the United States and conducting dissertation research on non-US topics. Seventy fellowships are awarded annually. DNovember
Critical Language ScholarshipThe Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. Students spend eight to ten weeks abroad studying one of 15 critical languages. The program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains.M, DNovember
International Peace Scholarship *The International Peace Scholarship Fund, established in 1949, is a program which provides scholarships for selected women from other countries for graduate study in the United States and Canada. International students onlyDecember
National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate Fellowship (NDSEG)National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowships are awarded to applicants who will pursue a doctoral degree in, or closely related to, an area of DoD interest within one of the fifteenD -- STEMDecember
DoD SMART ScholarshipsThe Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship-for-Service Program is an opportunity for students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines to receive a full scholarship and be gainfully employed by the Department of Defense (DoD) upon degree completion.M, D -- STEMDecember
Boren Fellowship for Study Abroad and National SecurityBoren Fellowships, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.M, D January
Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate FellowshipThe DOE CSGF is open to U.S. citizens or permanent resident aliens who plan full-time, uninterrupted study toward a Ph.D. at an accredited U.S. university. We encourage applications from students in engineering and the physical, computer, mathematical or life sciences who meet the following eligibility requirements. The fellowship provides four years of support, but must be renewed each summer.D -- STEMJanuary
Hispanic Scholarship FundThe HSF Scholarship is designed to assist students of Hispanic heritage obtain a university degree. M, DFebruary 15
National Research Council Research Associateship ProgramsThe NRC Research Associateship Programs (RAP) promote excellence in scientific and technological research conducted by the U.S. government through the administration of programs offering graduate, postdoctoral, and senior level research opportunities at sponsoring federal laboratories and affiliated institutions.M, D -- STEMFebruary
Smithsonian Institutional Fellowship The Smithsonian has a comprehensive list of awards listed on their site.M, Dvaries