Fellowships & Scholarships

Fellowships and scholarships are designed to attract and support graduate students who have exceptional academic records and potential. These prestigious awards generally include a full or partial tuition scholarship, often include a generous stipend and are designed to let the student concentrate on coursework and/or research.

Opportunities for Graduate Study

Below you will find just a partial list of the many fellowships and scholarships that may be available to help fund your graduate education.

For more information or to schedule a meeting with a fellowships advisor, please visit the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships website.

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External awards are nationally (and internationally) competitive fellowships and scholarships for students to help pursue their academic interests or passions in more depth. Some offer opportunities to pursue research while others may provide funding for graduate education. In general, external awards provide a kind of “portable” allowance that can be used at the institution of the student’s choice.

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Dissertation

ACLS/Mellon Dissertation Fellowship

ACLS invites applications for ACLS/Mellon Dissertation Completion Fellowships, which support a year of research and writing to help advanced graduate students in the humanities and related social sciences in the last year of PhD dissertation writing. The program encourages timely completion of the PhD. Applicants must be prepared to complete their dissertations within the period of their fellowship tenure. The award includes a $30,000 stipend, funds for research costs of up to $3,000 and funds for university fees of up to $5,000.

Deadline: October 2019

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a PhD candidate in humanities or social science department in the United States.
  • Must have completed all requirements for the PhD except the dissertation (i.e., obtained ABD status) by the application deadline.
  • Must be no more than six years into the degree program at the time of application. This includes time spent earning an MA within that program.
  • Does not currently hold or have previously held a dissertation completion fellowship.

How to Apply: Apply online on the ACLS website.

Campus Liaison: Elizabeth Colucci, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

American Association of University Women (AAUW) Dissertation Fellowship

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) Dissertation Fellowship is dedicated to helping women succeed academically. The program provides funding for women pursuing full-time study to complete dissertations. The purpose of this fellowship is to offset the scholar’s living expenses while she completes her dissertation. The total award amount is $20,000.

Deadline: November 2019

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Open to U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • Open to women scholars in all fields of study.
  • Must be used for the final year of writing the dissertation. Applicants must have completed all coursework, passed all preliminary exams and had the dissertation research proposal or plan approved by November 2019. The doctoral degree/dissertation must be completed between April 1 and June 30, 2021. Degree conferral must be between April 1 and Sept. 15, 2021.
  • Fellows are not required to study in the United States.
  • Fellowship is intended for applicants who are completing their first doctoral degree.

How to Apply: Apply online on the AAUW website.

Campus Liaison: Elizabeth Colucci, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

American Educational Research Association (AERA) Dissertation Grant

The program seeks to stimulate research on U.S. education issues using data from the large-scale, national and international data sets supported by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), NSF, and other federal agencies. Grants of up to $20,000 are available for advanced doctoral students in education, sociology, economics, psychology, demography, statistics and psychometrics.

Deadline: TBA on the AERA website

Eligibility Requirements:

  • May be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents, non-U.S. citizens enrolled in a doctoral program at a U.S. institution are also eligible to apply.
  • Applicants should be advanced doctoral students at the dissertation writing stage.
  • Underrepresented racial and ethnic minority researchers are strongly encouraged to apply.

How to Apply: Apply online on the AERA website.

Campus Liaison: Elizabeth Colucci, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

American-Scandinavia Foundation Fellowships

The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) offers fellowships (up to $23,000) and grants (up to $5,000) to individuals to pursue research, study or creative arts projects in one or more Scandinavian country for up to one year. Fellowships are intended to support a year-long stay. Priority is given to candidates at the graduate level for dissertation-related study or research.

The number of awards varies each year according to total funds available. Awards are made in all fields.

External Deadline: Nov. 1

Eligibility Criteria: 

  • Priority given to candidates at the graduate level for dissertation-related research or study.
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • Applicants must have completed their undergraduate education by the start of their project in Scandinavia.
  • Team projects are eligible, but each member must apply as an individual, submitting a separate, fully-documented application.
  • First priority will be given to applicants who have not previously received an ASF award. Only in exceptional cases will a third award be considered.
  • Please note that ASF does not ordinarily support art residency programs. To be considered for funding, you must explain why this residency is crucial to your work.
  • Some language proficiency may be required.

How to Apply: Apply on the American-Scandinavian Foundation website.

Campus Liaison: Elizabeth Colucci, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

Center for Jewish History (CJH) Graduate Research Fellowship

For the past 15 years, fellowship awards at the Center for Jewish History have supported cutting-edge research in the rich collections of the center’s partners: American Jewish Historical Society, American Sephardi Federation, Leo Baeck Institute, Yeshiva University Museum and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. More than 100 humanities scholars at various stages of their careers and research projects have taken up residence at the center and profited from opportunities to share their work with leading scholars in their fields. Support from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and other funders has been critical in helping to build an interdisciplinary community of scholars.

While in residence at the center on year-long or short-term fellowships, fellows are invited to participate in a vibrant academic community that engages students and scholars from North America, Europe and Israel. Each year a New York-based scholar serves as the academic advisor, directing monthly seminars and offering academic guidance to early career fellows. Comprised of 16 leading scholars in Jewish studies, the center’s Academic Advisory Council provides oversight and offers an additional professional resource to fellows. Fellows are additionally invited to take part in regularly scheduled scholars working groups that bring together expert faculty to discuss new Jewish studies research.

Eligibility Criteria: 

  • The fellowship is open to qualified doctoral candidates in accredited domestic and international institutions.
  • It is expected that applicants will have completed all requirements (i.e., coursework, exams, dissertation proposal) for the doctoral degree except for the dissertation.
  • For non-U.S. citizens, it is the responsibility of the applicant to have the appropriate visa for acceptance of the award during the 10-month fellowship period.

How to Apply: Apply on the Center for Jewish History website.

Campus Liaison: Elizabeth Colucci, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships.

Additional Resources: For more information, contact Judah Bernstein, academic programs coordinator, Center for Jewish History.

Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship

The Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships are designed to encourage original and significant study of ethical or religious values in all fields of the humanities and social sciences, and particularly to help PhD candidates in these fields complete their dissertation work in a timely manner. In addition to topics in religious studies or in ethics (philosophical or religious), dissertations appropriate to the Newcombe fellowship competition might explore the ethical implications of foreign policy, the values influencing political decisions, the moral codes of other cultures, and religious or ethical issues reflected in history or literature. The award amount is $25,000 for a 12-month writing period.

Deadline: November 2019

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be candidates for PhD or ThD degrees in an American doctoral program at a graduate school located in the United States.
  • Have all pre-dissertation requirements fulfilled by the application deadline, including approval of the dissertation proposal.
  • Be in the writing stage of the dissertation. Usually, this means that fieldwork or other research is complete and writing has begun by the time of the award.
  • Must expect to complete the dissertation between April 1, 2021 and Aug. 31, 2021.
  • Have never held a similar national award for the final year of dissertation writing. Applicants who have won such awards as the ACLS, AAUW, Ford, Mellon, NaED/Spencer or Whiting fellowship are not eligible.
  • Be in a humanities or social science department, writing on topics where ethical or religious values are a central concern.
  • Have never applied for the Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship before. 

How to Apply: Apply online on the Newcombe website.

Campus Liaison: Elizabeth Colucci, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

Cohen-Tucker Dissertation Research Fellowship

The Stephen F. Cohen–Robert C. Tucker Dissertation Fellowship Program for Russian Historical Studies supports the next generation of U.S. scholars in Russian studies. The program is sponsored by the KAT Charitable Foundation.  

Established in 2015, the Cohen-Tucker Dissertation Research Fellowships provide a maximum stipend of $25,000 for doctoral students at U.S. and Canadian universities, who are citizens or permanent residents of the U.S., to conduct dissertation research in Russia. The program is open to students in any discipline whose dissertation topics are within 19th to early 21st century Russian historical studies.

As of 2019, the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) is offering a Cohen-Tucker Dissertation Completion Fellowship, with a maximum stipend of $25,000, for a doctoral student at U.S. and Canadian universities, who is citizen or permanent resident of the U.S., to complete their dissertation. The program is open to students in any discipline whose dissertation topics are within 19th to early 21st century Russian historical studies.

External Deadline: Feb. 1, 2019

Eligibility Criteria: 

  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.
  • Be a doctoral student at a U.S. or Canadian university.
  • Be a student member of ASEEES at the time of the application submission.
  • Have a dissertation research topic that falls within the fellowship project scope, but may be in any discipline.
  • Have language proficiency to conduct research in Russia.
  • Not have previously applied for this fellowship more than once.
  • Have successfully achieved PhD candidacy (ABD status) by the start of the proposed research travel.
  • Be able to receive and maintain a visa to the Russian Federation (and any other site of research that requires a visa). Note: Applicant must be able to obtain a visa through an affiliation with a Russian research institution (ASEEES may be able to provide some assistance in establishing institutional affiliation).
  • Plan to start the research travel within the same calendar year following the receipt of the fellowship (Ex: Upon notification of the fellowship in the spring of 2019, the recipient must start their research travel no later than Dec. 31, 2019).
  • Not have a grant or fellowship from another organization to conduct the same or similar research project at the same time. Note: Applicants may apply for competing fellowships, however if offered another fellowship as well as the Cohen-Tucker Dissertation Research Fellowship, the applicant must choose between them.
  • Not hold or have held the ASEEES Dissertation Grant for the same research project.

How to Apply: Apply on the ASEEES website.

Campus Liaison: Elizabeth Colucci, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

D. Kim Foundation Fellowships

Established in 2008, the D. Kim Foundation is dedicated to furthering the study of the history of science and technology in modern East Asia (primarily the twentieth century on). The foundation provides fellowships and grants to support graduate students and young scholars who are working in the history of science and technology in modern East Asia, regardless of their nationality, origins or gender. Comparative studies of East Asia and the West as well as studies in related fields (mathematics, medicine and public health) are also welcome. English is the official language of the foundation. All application materials (including sample chapters, papers and essays) should be written in English. All publications, workshops and meetings that the foundation support use English only.

External Deadline: Dec. 1.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Intended for PhD candidates who are writing their dissertations.
  • Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • Fellowships and grants are not limited to students studying at U.S. universities; students at non-U.S. universities are strongly encouraged to apply.

How to Apply: Apply on the D. Kim Foundation website.

Campus Liaison: Elizabeth Colucci, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship

The dissertation fellowships provide one year of support for individuals working to complete a dissertation leading to a PhD or ScD degree. The Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship is intended to support the final year of writing and defense of the dissertation.

The awards will be made to individuals who, in the judgment of the review panels, have demonstrated superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers, and are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. The total amount of the award is a one-year stipend of $25,000.

Deadline: December 2019 (Supplementary Materials: January 2020)

Eligibility Requirements:

  • All U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals and U.S. permanent residents (holders of a Permanent Resident Card), as well as individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, political asylees and refugees.
  • Superior academic achievement (such as grade point average, class rank, honors or other designations).
  • Individuals committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level.
  • PhD or ScD degree candidates studying in an eligible research-based discipline in a dissertation-required program at a non-proprietary (not for profit) U.S. institution of higher education who will complete the dissertation in a period of nine to 12 months during the 2019-20 academic year.
  • Individuals who have not earned a doctoral degree at any time, in any field.

How to Apply: Apply online on the Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship page of the National Academies website.

Campus Liaison: Elizabeth Colucci, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

Geography and Spatial Sciences Program — Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Awards (GSS-DDRI)

The Geography and Spatial Sciences (GSS) Program supports basic research about the geographic distributions and interactions of human, physical, and biotic systems on Earth. Investigators are encouraged to propose plans for research about the nature, causes, and consequences of human activity and natural environmental processes across a range of scales. Projects about a broad range of topics may be appropriate for support if they offer promise of enhancing fundamental geographical knowledge, concepts, theories, methods, and their application to societal problems and concerns.

As part of its effort to encourage and support projects that explicitly integrate education and basic research, GSS provides support to improve the conduct of doctoral dissertation projects undertaken by doctoral students enrolled in U.S. universities when the dissertation research is conducted in a scientifically sound manner and it offers strong potential for enhancing more general scientific knowledge.

External Deadline: Full proposals are accepted anytime.

Eligibility Criteria: For students working on a dissertation in the fields of geography and spatial sciences.

How to Apply: Apply on the GSS page of the NSF website.

Campus Liaison: Elizabeth Colucci, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

Additional Resources: Email gss-info@nsf.gov for more information.

Goizueta Foundation Graduate Fellowship Program

The Goizueta Foundation is offering two fellowship programs termed as Graduate Pre-Prospectus Summer Fellowships and Graduate Research Fellowships. The fellowship program provides assistance to doctoral students who wish to use the research resources available at the University of Miami Cuban Heritage Collection (CHC) in support of dissertation research. The goal the fellowship is to engage emerging scholars to contribute to the larger body of scholarship in Cuban, American, Latin, hemispheric and international studies. Graduate Pre-Prospectus Summer Fellowships and Graduate Research Fellowships consist of $1500 and $3000 respectively.

The Goizueta Foundation is a family philanthropy that works alongside forward-thinking organizations in metro Atlanta to inspire motivated young people to learn and succeed.

External Deadline: Feb. 4, 2019

Eligibility Criteria:

  • All U.S. citizens and permanent residents who are doctoral candidates enrolled at a university in the U.S. are eligible to apply.
  • Foreign nationals residing in the U.S. on F-1 student visas who are doctoral candidates enrolled at a university in the U.S. are eligible to apply
  • Former Graduate Pre-Prospectus Fellows may apply for a Graduate Research Fellowship.
  • Applicants may be required to provide positive proof of residence.

How to Apply: Apply on the University of Miami Libraries website.

Campus Liaison: Elizabeth Colucci, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

Additional Resources: Questions about the fellowships program or application instructions should be directed to chc@miami.edu.

History of Science Fellowships

The Beckman Center offers fellowships on an annual cycle for scholars doing research in the history and social studies of chemistry and related sciences, technologies, and industries. Fellows are expected to participate in biweekly informal writing groups and give at least one lunchtime lecture. They also have the opportunity to take part in a variety of outreach activities while in residence at the Institute. About 20 fellowships are given out annually, making the Beckman Center the largest private fellowship program in the history of science in the U0S.

Applicants for dissertation fellowships must be graduate students whose PhD dissertation proposals have been accepted by their respective university departments. Fellows are in residence at the Institute for the entire academic year (September through May). Dissertation fellowship stipends are $26,000, paid in monthly installments.

External Deadline: January 2020

Eligibility Criteria: Applicants for dissertation fellowships must be graduate students whose PhD dissertation proposals have been accepted by their respective university departments.

How to Apply: Apply on the Science History Institute website.

Campus Liaison: Elizabeth Colucci, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

Selection Process: After the deadline has passed, all complete applications will be assessed by a committee from outside the Science History Institute; all applicants will be notified of the outcome of the review by the end of the spring.

Additional Resources: Questions about the fellowships program should be directed to fellowships@sciencehistory.org.

International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF)

The Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) offers nine to 12 months of support to graduate students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who are enrolled in PhD programs in the U.S., and conducting dissertation research on non-U.S. topics. Seventy fellowships are awarded annually. Fellowship amounts vary depending on the research plan, with a per-fellowship average of $22,000. The fellowship includes participation in a Social Science Research Council (SSRC)-funded interdisciplinary workshop upon the completion of IDRF-funded research. Please note that the IDRF program supports research only and may not be used for dissertation write-up.

External Deadline: November 2019

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Open to graduate students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences.
  • Any student enrolled in PhD programs in the U.S. may apply, regardless of citizenship.
  • Invites proposals for dissertation research conducted, in whole or in part, outside the U.S.
  • The program does not accept applications from PhD programs in law, business, medicine, nursing or journalism, nor does it accept applications in doctoral programs that do not lead to a PhD.

How to Apply: Apply on the SSRC website.

Campus Liaison: Elizabeth Colucci, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

Jennings Randolph Peace Scholar Dissertation Fellowship Program

The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) Jennings Randolph Peace Scholar Dissertation Fellowship program awards non-residential fellowships to students enrolled in U.S. universities who are writing doctoral dissertations on topics related to international conflict management and peacebuilding. Since 1988, the program has supported the dissertations of roughly 300 young scholars, many of whom have gone on to distinguished careers in research, teaching and policy making. In evaluating applications, the foundation will accord preference to those projects that could directly inform U.S. policy debates and thinking.

External Deadline: November 2019

Eligibility Criteria:

  • May be used for any phase of work on dissertations.
  • Only doctoral students in U.S.-based institutions may apply.
  • Applications from members of groups traditionally under-represented in the field of international relations, peace and conflict studies and other related academic disciplines, as well as diplomacy and international policy-making, are strongly encouraged.

How to Apply: Applicants must first register for an account on the USIP website. After registration, login credentials will be sent to access the application portalIt can take up to 72 hours to receive these credentials, so applicants should register early.

Applications must be submitted through the Fluxx online application system. On the application form, please indicate the scholarship(s) for which you would like to be considered: the USIP Peace Scholar fellowship only; Minerva Research Initiative Peace and Security fellowship only; or no preference. Both fellowships have the same application form, deadline, award amount, and selection process; the only difference between the USIP and Minerva fellowships is the source of funding. Three letters of recommendation must be attached to your application in the Fluxx system. One letter must be from the dissertation advisor and two from current professors. 

Registration and application deadlines will be announced when the competition opens in September of each year.

Campus Liaison: Elizabeth Colucci, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

Josephine De Karman Fellowship

De Karman fellowships are open to students in any discipline, including international students, who are currently enrolled in a university or college located within the United States. A minimum of 10 fellowships, $22,000 for doctoral students and $14,000 for undergraduate students, will be awarded for the regular academic year. Only doctoral students and undergraduate students about to enter their final year of study/dissertation are eligible. The fellowship is for one academic year and may not be renewed or postponed.

Deadline: January 2019

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Open to all students studying at an U.S. institution.
  • Must be in the writing stage of dissertation work.
  • High grades and a compelling record of original research or scholarship.

How to Apply: Apply online on the De Karman website.

Campus Liaison: Elizabeth Colucci, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship (KDF)

The Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship (KDF) is an annual competitive program that awards up to 20 Dissertation Fellowship grants of $20,000 each to PhD, DBA or other doctoral students at accredited U.S. universities to support dissertations in the area of entrepreneurship. The Kauffman Foundation is particularly interested in regional dynamics and local ecosystems, demographic dimensions of entrepreneurship, economic growth, entrepreneurship policy, declining business dynamism, future of work, economic inequality and mobility, and programmatic research.

Deadline: August 2019

  • Must be a PhD, DBA or other type of doctoral student attending an accredited U.S. institution.
  • Intended for students who are in the process of formulating their dissertation proposal as well as doctoral candidates with recently approved dissertation proposals.
  • Applicants should complete their dissertation by the end of the 2020-21 academic year.
  • Grants will not be distributed until doctoral candidates have received their institution’s approval for the dissertation proposal.

How to Apply: Apply online on the Kauffman website.

Campus Liaison: Elizabeth Colucci, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

Mellon Fellowships for Dissertation Research in Original Sources

This fellowship is for dissertation research in the humanities or related social sciences using original sources. The purposes of this fellowship program is to:

  • Help junior scholars in the humanities and related social sciences gain skill and creativity in developing knowledge from original sources.
  • Enable dissertation writers to do research wherever relevant sources may be, rather than just where financial support is available.
  • Encourage more extensive and innovative uses of original sources in libraries, archives, museums, historical societies, and related repositories in the U.S. and abroad.
  • Capture insights into how scholarly resources can be developed for access most helpfully in the future.

External Deadline: December 2019

Eligibility Criteria:

  • An applicant may be of any nationality but must be enrolled in a doctoral program in a U.S. graduate school and be studying in the U.S., not on a campus abroad, even if operated by a U.S. institution (master’s thesis research is not eligible).
  • Complete all doctoral requirements except the dissertation and be ready to start research as early as June 1 and no later than Sept. 1, 2020, with approval of the dissertation proposal no later than March 31, 2020;
  • Plan to do dissertation research primarily in original source material in the holdings of archives, libraries, historical societies, museums, related repositories or a combination.
  • Plan to write the dissertation and receive the PhD degree in a field of the humanities or in a related element of the social sciences (candidates for the EdD, JD, or DD degrees are not eligible).
  • Proposed research may be conducted at a single or multiple sites abroad, in the U.S., or both. Any relevant repository may be used, including government archives and private collections accessible to the applicant. Preference is given to applicants who will be studying away from their home institution.
  • Those who are conducting original source research using online sources in novel or innovative ways are eligible to apply for this fellowship.

How to Apply: Apply on the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) website.

Campus Liaison: Elizabeth Colucci, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

Additional Resources: Email mellon@clir.org with further questions.

Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowships in European Studies

The Council for European Studies (CES) invites eligible graduate students in the humanities to apply for the Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowships in European Studies. Each fellowship includes a $27,500 stipend, paid in six bi-monthly installments over the course of the fellowship year, as well as assistance in securing reimbursements or waivers in eligible health insurance and candidacy fees.  

Winners of the Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowships will also be expected to participate in a number of activities organized by the CES, which are designed to support early career development. These activities include: presenting at the International Conference of Europeanists, hosted by the CES; publishing in and producing a feature for CES’ online journal; and participating in several digital and in-person career development seminars and/or workshops.

External Deadline: Jan. 15

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Be ABD (year five and above) at the start of the fellowship year.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or green card holder.
  • Have no more than one full year of dissertation work remaining at the start of the fellowship year as certified by the applicant's dissertation advisor.
  • The applicant must also have exhausted the dissertation completion funding normally provided by his or her academic department or university for the coming academic year (applicants who still have a potential to receive funding from their institution for the fellowship year are not eligible to apply).
  • The applicant must be working on a topic within or substantially overlapping European studies

How to Apply: Apply on the CES website.

Campus Liaison: Elizabeth Colucci, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

National Academy of Education/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship

The National Academy of Education/Spencer (NaED/Spencer) Dissertation Fellowship program seeks to encourage a new generation of scholars from a wide range of disciplines and professional fields to undertake research relevant to the improvement of education. These $27,500 fellowships support individuals whose dissertations show potential for bringing fresh and constructive perspectives to the history, theory or practice of formal or informal education anywhere in the world.

Deadline: October 2019

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants do not need to be U.S. citizens, however, must be a candidate for doctoral degree at a graduate institution within the U.S.
  • Fellowship is intended to support the final analysis of the research topic and the writing of the dissertation, not the research portion.
  • Must have completed all pre-dissertation requirements.
  • Dissertation funding expended within a time limit of up to two years.

How to Apply: Apply online on the NaED/Spencer website.

Campus Liaison: Elizabeth Colucci, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants (NSF DDRIG)

Submission for NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants in various fields (including: archaeology, biological and cultural anthropology, documenting endangered languages, geography and spatial sciences, linguistics, political science, sociology and more). These programs provide either direct (i.e., from NSF) or indirect (i.e., from an awardee institution) funding for students at this level or identify programs that focus on educational developments for this group such as curricula development, training or retention.

External Deadline: Variable. Some proposals accepted anytime. Investigators should submit a proposal when they believe it is ready for submission.

Eligibility Criteria: Students must be a PhD candidate.

How to Apply: Online applications for the NSF DDRIG must be submitted with a principal investigator (advisor of the doctoral student) and a co-principal investigator (the doctoral student).

Campus Liaison: Elizabeth Colucci, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies

The Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowships in Women’s Studies support the final year of dissertation writing for PhD. Candidates in the humanities and social sciences whose work addresses topics of women and gender in interdisciplinary and original ways. In each round, 10 fellows will receive $5,000 to be used for expenses connected with completing their dissertations, such as research-related travel, data work/collection and supplies.

Deadline: October 2019

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Enrolled in a graduate program at an U.S. institution.
  • Have completed all pre-dissertation requirements.
  • Be writing on issues related to women, gender, women’s studies or feminist/LGBTQ theory, area of study is in the humanities or social sciences
  • Expect to complete doctoral degree by summer 2021.

How to Apply: Apply online on the Woodrow Wilson fellowship website.

Campus Liaison: Elizabeth Colucci, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

World Politics and Statecraft Fellowship

The Smith Richardson Foundation sponsors an annual “World Politics and Statecraft Fellowship” program, its annual grant competition to support PhD dissertation research on American foreign policy, international relations, international security, strategic studies, area studies, and diplomatic and military history. The purpose of the program is to support the research and writing of policy-relevant dissertations through funding of field work, archival research and language training.  In evaluating applications, the foundation will accord preference to those projects that could directly inform U.S. policy debates and thinking, rather than dissertations that are principally focused on abstract theory or debates within a scholarly discipline. The foundation will award up to 20 grants of $7,500 each.

External Deadline: October 2019

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Be a full-time PhD student at a U.S. university.
  • Have completed all coursework, and have passed all of the qualifying examinations by the time of the application deadline.

How to Apply: Apply on the Smith Richardson Foundation website.

Selection Process: Applicants will be notified by March 2020.

Campus Liaison: Elizabeth Colucci, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

Yale LGBT Studies Research Fellowship

This fellowship at Yale University is offered annually and is designed to provide access to Yale resources in LGBT studies for scholars who live outside the greater New Haven area.    

Scholars from across the country and around the world are invited to apply for the Yale LGBT Studies Research Fellowship. This fellowship supports scholars from any field pursuing research in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or queer studies at Yale University, utilizing the vast faculty resources, manuscript archives, and library collections available at Yale. Graduate students conducting dissertation research, independent scholars and all faculty are invited to apply. Scholars residing within 100 miles of New Haven are ineligible.   

The fellowship provides an award of $4,000 granted for one month, which is intended to pay for travel to and from New Haven and act as a living allowance. The recipient is expected to be in residence for a minimum of 20 days during the period of their award and is encouraged to participate in the activities of Yale University, including programs organized by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies; Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies; and the Yale Research Initiative on the History of Sexualities.

External Deadline: April 19, 2019

Eligibility Criteria: 

  • Graduate students conducting dissertation research, independent scholars, and all faculty are invited to apply.
  • Scholars residing within 100 miles of New Haven are ineligible.

How to Apply: Apply on the Yale University website.

Campus Liaison: Elizabeth Colucci, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

Diversity

American Association of University Women (AAUW)

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) has a diverse set of fellowships and grants for women pursuing research, certificates or advanced degrees. Some campus initiatives may be eligible for our community grants. There is also a new publication grant for engineering, medicine and science. The goal is to advance gender equity for women and girls through research, education and advocacy.

Deadline: Typically November and December (varies per award).

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Scholarly excellence (varied GPA requirements, per award).
  • Open to women scholars in all fields of study.
  • Must have a commitment to serve women and girls.
  • Funding available for both national and international students.

How to Apply: Apply online on the AAUW website.

Campus Liaison: Elizabeth Colucci, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

American Association of University Women — Buffalo (AAUW Buffalo)

The Buffalo branch of AAUW provides additional financial support to college students in the Western New York area in the form of specialized loans, grants or scholarships. The funds include several named awards. Applicants must demonstrate superior academic achievement, have potential for achieving their academic and career goals, and for some of the awards, show financial need.

Deadline: Varies per award.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Superior academic achievement.
  • Open to women scholars in all fields of study.
  • Available to undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Must be living in, or going to school in one of the eight counties of Western New York (Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming.

How to Apply: Apply online on the Buffalo branch of the AAUW website.

Campus Liaison: Elizabeth Colucci, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

American Indian Graduate Center Fellowships (AIGC)

The American Indian Graduate Center Fellowships (AIGC) are monetary awards made to American Indian and Alaska Native graduate or professional full-time, degree-seeking students, who meet all eligibility criteria. The fellowship amount is typically between $1,000 and $5,000 per academic year (not including summer) and varies from year to year, depending on the number of qualified applicants, the availability of funds and unmet financial need.

External Deadline: June 1, 2019

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Pursuing an undergraduate, graduate or professional degree, full-time
  • Able to demonstrate financial need through submission of the AIGC Financial Need Form (FNF).
  • An enrolled member of a federally recognized American Indian or Alaska Native group, or provide documentation of descent (possess one-fourth degree verifiable federally recognized Indian blood) as verified through submission of a Tribal Eligibility Certificate (TEC).

How to Apply: Apply online on the AIGCS website.

Campus Liaison: Elizabeth Colucci, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship

Anita Borg devoted her adult life to revolutionizing the way we think about technology and dismantling barriers that keep women and minorities from entering computing and technology fields.

Recipients will each receive a $10,000 award for the upcoming academic year. A group of female graduate students will be chosen from the applicant pool and scholarships will be awarded based on the strength of each candidate's academic background and demonstrated leadership. All scholarship recipients and finalists will be invited to attend the Annual Google Scholars' Retreat in Mountain View, California.

Deadline: December 2019

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Applications must identify as female.
  • Intend to be enrolled in or accepted as a full-time student in a bachelor's, master's or PhD program at a university in the United States or Canada for the 2020-21 academic year.
  • Be studying computer science, computer engineering or a closely related technical field.
  • Demonstrate a strong academic record.
  • Exemplify leadership and demonstrate passion for increasing the involvement of women in computer science.

How to Apply: Apply online on the Women Techmakers website.

Campus Liaison: Elizabeth Colucci, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

Council on Social Work Education's Minority Fellowship Program

The Council on Social Work Education's Minority Fellowship Program (CSWE) is designed for racial/ethnic minority individuals pursuing a doctoral degree in social work who hold a social work master’s degree from a CSWE accredited program and who are preparing to provide leadership in practice, research, teaching, and policy promulgation in government and private organizations serving ethnic minority persons with mental health and/or substance abuse disorders.

The purpose of the program is to reduce health disparities and improve health care outcomes of racially and ethnically diverse populations by increasing the number of culturally competent behavioral health professionals with doctoral degrees available to underserved populations in the public and private nonprofit sectors.

Two types of fellowships available for both master's and doctoral students.

External Deadline: February 2019

Eligibility Criteria:

  • U.S. citizen, noncitizen national or have permanent residence status.
  • The fellowship is targeted to but not limited to minority ethnic/racial groups.
  • Demonstrate potential for assuming a leadership role providing mental health and substance abuse services to ethnic/racial minority individuals and communities and potential for success in doctoral studies.
  • Cannot receive another source of federal funding during the fellowship year (federal loans excluded).

How to Apply: Apply online on the CSWE website.

Campus Liaison: Elizabeth Colucci, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships

Through its fellowship programs, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

Predoctoral, 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.

External Deadline:

  • Predoctoral Award: December 2019
  • Dissertation Award: December 2019
  • Postdoctoral Award: December 2019

Eligibility Criteria:

  • All U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals and U.S. permanent residents (holders of a Permanent Resident Card), as well as individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, regardless of race, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability or sexual orientation, are eligible.
  • Must have evidence of superior academic achievement (such as grade point average, class rank, honors or other designations).
  • Must be committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level.

How to Apply: Apply online at the Ford Foundation website.

Campus Liaison: Elizabeth Colucci, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

Graduate Women in Science (GWIS) Foundation Fellowships

The GWIS National Fellowships Program offers fellowships to help increase knowledge in the natural sciences and to encourage research careers in the sciences by women. Each year they distribute approximately $50,000 in fellowships funds to five deserving women scientists.

Deadline: Jan. 16, 2019

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a women scientist.
  • Must have already completed a bachelor’s degree.
  • Must be conducting research in the natural sciences (fields of social science that use the scientific method are eligible to apply).
  • Financial need of research funding is a requirement for the application.
  • Can be of either national or international citizenship.

How to Apply: Apply online on the GWIS website.

Campus Liaison: Elizabeth Colucci, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

Health Policy Research Scholars

Health Policy Research Scholars is a leadership development opportunity for second-year full-time doctoral students from underrepresented populations and/or disadvantaged backgrounds — students whose ethnicity, socioeconomic status, ability, and other factors allow them to bring unique and diverse perspectives to their research. They want to apply their research to advance health and equity, and their innovation helps build a culture of health, one that enables everyone in America to live longer, healthier lives.

The Health Policy Research Scholars Program includes scholars from disciplines as diverse as psychology, architecture, transportation, sociology, social welfare, environmental health and many others.

External Deadline: This fellowship is developing a new national program center for Health Policy Research Scholars, which will oversee all aspects of the program. As this transition is made a cohort will not be recruited in 2019.

Applications re-open in 2020. In 2020, we will accept up to 60 rising second- and third-year doctoral students. That means if you will be a second-year student in the 2019-20 school year and were planning to apply in 2019, you will still be eligible to apply in 2020. If you will be a second-year doctoral student in the 2020-21, you will also be eligible to apply in 2020.

Eligibility Criteria: 

  • Full-time doctoral students who are entering second-year of their program.
  • From underrepresented populations and/or disadvantaged backgrounds.
  • Pursuing a research-focused discipline that can advance a culture of health.
  • Interested in health policy and interdisciplinary approaches.
  • Only U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or individuals granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) status by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services at the time of application are eligible to apply

How to Apply: Apply on the Health Policy Research Scholars website.

Campus Liaison: Elizabeth Colucci, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

National Institutes of Health F31 — Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral Individual National Research Service Award (NIH F31) and F31 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Predoctoral Fellowship to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research

The NIH F31 provides predoctoral individuals with supervised research training in specified health and health-related areas leading toward the research doctoral degree (e.g., PhD). NIH F31 enables promising predoctoral students with potential to develop into productive, independent research scientists, and to obtain mentored research training while conducting dissertation research. The NIH F31 Diversity Award seeks support population groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in the biomedical, behavioral, or clinical research workforce.  

External Deadline: Variable.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • Enrollment in a doctoral degree program.
  • Submission by UB's Office of Research Advancement.

How to Apply: An online application for the NIH F31 must be completed.

Campus Liaison: Lindsay Chakan, Office of Research Advancement

Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans program honors the contributions of immigrants and children of immigrants to the United States. Each year, we invest in the graduate education of 30 New Americans—immigrants and children of immigrants—who are poised to make significant contributions to U.S. society, culture or their academic field. Each Fellow receives up to $90,000 in financial support over two years, and they join a lifelong community of New American Fellows.

Campus Deadline: A campus nomination is not required, but prospective applicants are encouraged to consult with the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships well in advance of the deadline.

External Deadline:  November 2019

Eligibility Criteria:

  • These fellowships are available to graduating seniors, recent alumni or graduate students who have not yet entered their third year, in any discipline.
  • Naturalized U.S. citizens, green card holders and children of naturalized U.S. citizens.
  • Age 30 or younger as of the application deadline.

How to Apply: Apply online at the Paul and Daisy Soros website.

Campus Liaison: Elizabeth Colucci, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

Point Foundation Scholarship

Point Foundation (Point) is the nation’s largest higher education scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) students. Point’s multifaceted support of its scholarship recipients extends far beyond direct financial contribution toward the cost of their education. Each scholar is paired with a mentor and participates in leadership development programs and events.

External Deadline: January 2019

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Identify as an LGBTQ person.
  • Enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate or professional degree-awarding program.
  • Display a financial need.
  • Proven track record of leadership.
  • High GPA.

How to Apply: Apply online on the Point Foundation website.

Campus Liaison: Elizabeth Colucci, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

Humanities

Center for Jewish History (CJH) Graduate Research Fellowship

For the past 15 years, fellowship awards at the Center for Jewish History have supported cutting-edge research in the rich collections of the center’s partners: American Jewish Historical Society, American Sephardi Federation, Leo Baeck Institute, Yeshiva University Museum and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. More than 100 humanities scholars at various stages of their careers and research projects have taken up residence at the center and profited from opportunities to share their work with leading scholars in their fields. Support from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and other funders has been critical in helping to build an interdisciplinary community of scholars.

While in residence at the center on year-long or short-term fellowships, fellows are invited to participate in a vibrant academic community that engages students and scholars from North America, Europe and Israel. Each year a New York-based scholar serves as the academic advisor, directing monthly seminars and offering academic guidance to early career fellows. Comprised of 16 leading scholars in Jewish studies, the center’s Academic Advisory Council provides oversight and offers an additional professional resource to fellows. Fellows are additionally invited to take part in regularly scheduled scholars working groups that bring together expert faculty to discuss new Jewish studies research.

Eligibility Criteria: 

  • The fellowship is open to qualified doctoral candidates in accredited domestic and international institutions.
  • It is expected that applicants will have completed all requirements (i.e., coursework, exams, dissertation proposal) for the doctoral degree except for the dissertation.
  • For non-U.S. citizens, it is the responsibility of the applicant to have the appropriate visa for acceptance of the award during the 10-month fellowship period.

How to Apply: Apply on the Center for Jewish History website.

Campus Liaison: Elizabeth Colucci, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships.

Additional Resources: For more information, contact Judah Bernstein, academic programs coordinator, Center for Jewish History.

Chateaubriand Fellowship – Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS)

The Chateaubriand Fellowship is a grant offered by the Embassy of France in the U.S. The Chateaubriand Fellowship in Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) targets outstanding PhD students from American universities who seek to engage in research in France, in any discipline of the humanities and social sciences. This fellowship is offered by the Cultural Services of the Embassy of France. HSS Chateaubriand fellows are selected through a merit-based competition, using a binational collaborative process involving expert evaluators from both countries. There are three types of fellowships:

  1. Fall fellowship: four months, starts Oct. 1.
  2. Spring fellowship: four months, starts Feb. 1.
  3. Year-long fellowship: eight months, starts Oct. 1.

(Applicants’ preference will be taken into account but not necessarily accommodated.)

External Deadline: January 2020

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Candidates must be currently working on their PhD.
  • Candidates do not have to be U.S. citizens, but they must be enrolled in an American university. However, French citizens are not eligible to apply.
  • Candidates must obtain a letter of agreement from their advisor(s) in the U.S., as well as a letter of invitation from a professor affiliated with a French university or research institution. Please be in touch with your supervisor in France as early as possible. The history of the research relationship will be taken into account in the review process.

How to Apply: Apply on the Chateaubriand Fellowship website.

Campus Liaison: Elizabeth Colucci, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

Selection Process: Each application receives two evaluations: one from a French scholar, the other from an American scholar. The candidates’ applications and their scholars’ recommendations are then reviewed by a final selection committee.

Critical Language Scholarship Program (CLS)

The Critical Language Scholarship Program (CLS) is a fully-funded overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students. With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and building relationships between the people of the United States and other countries, CLS provides opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning.

Languages: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish and Urdu.

Programs range from seven to 10 weeks, beginning in early to mid-June with a pre-departure orientation in the U.S. Students must attend the full program and participate in all program activities. Students in all disciplines including business, engineering, law, medicine, sciences and humanities are encouraged to apply.

Campus Deadline: A campus nomination is not required, but prospective applicants are encouraged to consult with Megan Stewart in advance of the deadline.

External Deadline: November 2019

Eligibility Criteria:

  • U.S. citizenship.
  • Current undergraduate or graduate student at UB (in any major).

Language experience varies; typically, previous language experience is not required.

How to Apply: Students must complete the online application on the Critical Language Scholarship Program website and submit two letters of recommendation.

Campus Liaison: Megan Stewart, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

Doris Duke Fellowships for the Promotion of Child Well-Being

These fellowships are designed to identify and develop a new generation of leaders interested in — and capable of — creating practice and policy initiatives that will enhance child development and improve the nation's ability to prevent all forms of child maltreatment. Doris Duke fellows receive an annual stipend of $30,000 for up to two years to support the completion of their dissertation and related research at their academic institution. Up to 15 fellowships are awarded annually. Fellows are guided by an academic mentor whom they select; fellows also identify a policy or practice mentor to assist them in better understanding how to frame their research questions with an eye toward maximizing policy and practice relevance.

Because the promotion of child well-being and the prevention of child maltreatment require knowledge and collaboration from diverse fields, the program is multidisciplinary in scope and approach. Fellows are selected from a range of academic disciplines, including —- but not limited to —- social work, child development, public health, medicine, public policy, education, economics, psychology and epidemiology. In order to maximize the opportunities for interdisciplinary learning, Chapin Hall is building a sustainable peer learning network among the fellows and mentors through a series of in-person meetings, webinars, conference calls and social networking opportunities.

External Deadline: December

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Intended for doctoral students based at any academic institution in the U.S.
  • Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident.

How to Apply: Apply on the Doris Duke Fellowships website.

Campus Liaison: Elizabeth Colucci, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

Additional Resources: To sign up for updates on Doris Duke Fellowships, please fill out the form on the contact page of the Doris Duke website. For any other questions, please email ddfellowships@chapinhall.org.

Global Health Corps Fellowship

Global Health Corps Fellows work with high-impact health organizations in yearlong paid positions. They fill critical gaps in their placement organizations as many have non-traditional health backgrounds. Throughout the year, they engage in intensive leadership development and community building, striving to embody our leadership practices as they work to address health inequities across the global health field.

Campus Deadline: A campus nomination is not required, but prospective applicants are encouraged to consult with the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships well in advance of the deadline.

External Deadline:  Jan. 16, 2019

Eligibility Criteria:

  • These fellowships are available to graduating seniors, recent alumni or graduate students who have not yet entered their third year, in any discipline.
  • Naturalized U.S. citizens, green card holders and children of naturalized U.S. citizens.
  • Age 30 or younger as of the application deadline.

How to Apply: Apply online on the Global Health Corps website.

Campus Liaison: Elizabeth Colucci, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

Goizueta Foundation Graduate Fellowship Program

The Goizueta Foundation is offering two fellowship programs termed as Graduate Pre-Prospectus Summer Fellowships and Graduate Research Fellowships. The fellowship program provides assistance to doctoral students who wish to use the research resources available at the University of Miami Cuban Heritage Collection (CHC) in support of dissertation research. The goal the fellowship is to engage emerging scholars to contribute to the larger body of scholarship in Cuban, American, Latin, hemispheric and international studies. Graduate Pre-Prospectus Summer Fellowships and Graduate Research Fellowships consist of $1500 and $3000 respectively.

The Goizueta Foundation is a family philanthropy that works alongside forward-thinking organizations in metro Atlanta to inspire motivated young people to learn and succeed.

External Deadline: Feb. 4, 2019

Eligibility Criteria:

  • All U.S. citizens and permanent residents who are doctoral candidates enrolled at a university in the U.S. are eligible to apply.
  • Foreign nationals residing in the U.S. on F-1 student visas who are doctoral candidates enrolled at a university in the U.S. are eligible to apply
  • Former Graduate Pre-Prospectus Fellows may apply for a Graduate Research Fellowship.
  • Applicants may be required to provide positive proof of residence.

How to Apply: Apply on the University of Miami Libraries website.

Campus Liaison: Elizabeth Colucci, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

Additional Resources: Questions about the fellowships program or application instructions should be directed to chc@miami.edu.

History of Science Fellowships

The Beckman Center offers fellowships on an annual cycle for scholars doing research in the history and social studies of chemistry and related sciences, technologies, and industries. Fellows are expected to participate in biweekly informal writing groups and give at least one lunchtime lecture. They also have the opportunity to take part in a variety of outreach activities while in residence at the Institute. About 20 fellowships are given out annually, making the Beckman Center the largest private fellowship program in the history of science in the U0S.

Applicants for dissertation fellowships must be graduate students whose PhD dissertation proposals have been accepted by their respective university departments. Fellows are in residence at the Institute for the entire academic year (September through May). Dissertation fellowship stipends are $26,000, paid in monthly installments.

External Deadline: January 2020

Eligibility Criteria: Applicants for dissertation fellowships must be graduate students whose PhD dissertation proposals have been accepted by their respective university departments.

How to Apply: Apply on the Science History Institute website.

Campus Liaison: Elizabeth Colucci, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

Selection Process: After the deadline has passed, all complete applications will be assessed by a committee from outside the Science History Institute; all applicants will be notified of the outcome of the review by the end of the spring.

Additional Resources: Questions about the fellowships program should be directed to fellowships@sciencehistory.org.

Humane Studies Fellowship

The Humane Studies Fellowship is awarded to current or future students in PhD programs. It is a renewable, non-residency award of up to $15,000 per year. This award is intended for graduate students with an interest in developing, teaching and applying classical liberal ideas and the principles of a free society.

Application Deadline: April 2019

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be enrolled in a PhD program for the upcoming academic year.
  • Must have a research interest that contributes to a liberty-advancing scholarship.

How to Apply: Apply online on the Humane Studies website.

Campus Liaison: Elizabeth Colucci, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

James Madison Graduate Fellowships

The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation offers $24,000 to individuals desiring to become outstanding teachers of the American Constitution at the secondary school level. Fellowship applicants compete only against other applicants from the states of their legal residence. As funding permits, the foundation plans to offer one fellowship per state per year.

The Foundation offers two types of fellowships:

  • Junior Fellowships: These fellowships are awarded to outstanding college seniors and college graduates without teaching experience who intend to become secondary school teachers of American history, American government or any other social studies class where you will teach topics on the Constitution in grades 7-12. Junior fellows are expected to complete graduate study within two academic years of full-time study.
  • Senior Fellowships: These fellowships are awarded to outstanding current teachers who are required to complete graduate study within five calendar years of part-time study.

External Deadline: March 2019

Eligibility Criteria:

  • U.S. citizenship.
  • Be a teacher or plan to become a teacher, of American history, American government or any other social studies class where you will teach topics on the Constitution at the secondary school level (grades 7-12).
  • Possess a bachelor's degree or plan to receive a bachelor's degree no later than August 31 of the year in which you are applying.

How to Apply: Apply online at https://www.scholarsapply.org/jamesmadison/.

Campus Liaison: Elizabeth Colucci, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

Rhodes Scholarship*

This scholarship requires institutional nomination and cannot be applied to directly.

The Rhodes Scholarships are the oldest and most celebrated international fellowship awards in the world. Each year 32 young students from the United States are selected as Rhodes Scholars, through a decentralized process representing the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. territories. Rhodes Scholars are chosen not only for their outstanding scholarly achievements, but for their character, commitment to others and to the common good, and for their potential for leadership in whatever domains their careers may lead.

Campus Deadline: August 2019

External Deadline: October 2019

Eligibility Criteria:

  • The Rhodes Scholarship is open to graduating seniors or recent alumni, in all disciplines.
  • Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or a U.S. permanent resident.
  • Applicants must be at least 18 but not yet 24 years of age.
  • In addition to scholarly achievement, applicants must clearly demonstrate leadership capacity and commitment to the common good.

How to Apply: Apply online on the Rhodes Scholarship website.

Selection Process: Students who complete all application materials will be considered for nomination to the Rhodes Scholarship. A faculty committee will select UB’s nominees and provide the institutional nomination.

Campus Liaison: Elizabeth Colucci, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

Yale LGBT Studies Research Fellowship

This fellowship at Yale University is offered annually and is designed to provide access to Yale resources in LGBT studies for scholars who live outside the greater New Haven area.    

Scholars from across the country and around the world are invited to apply for the Yale LGBT Studies Research Fellowship. This fellowship supports scholars from any field pursuing research in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or queer studies at Yale University, utilizing the vast faculty resources, manuscript archives, and library collections available at Yale. Graduate students conducting dissertation research, independent scholars and all faculty are invited to apply. Scholars residing within 100 miles of New Haven are ineligible.   

The fellowship provides an award of $4,000 granted for one month, which is intended to pay for travel to and from New Haven and act as a living allowance. The recipient is expected to be in residence for a minimum of 20 days during the period of their award and is encouraged to participate in the activities of Yale University, including programs organized by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies; Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies; and the Yale Research Initiative on the History of Sexualities.

External Deadline: April 19, 2019

Eligibility Criteria: 

  • Graduate students conducting dissertation research, independent scholars, and all faculty are invited to apply.
  • Scholars residing within 100 miles of New Haven are ineligible.

How to Apply: Apply on the Yale University website.

Campus Liaison: Elizabeth Colucci, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

International

American-Scandinavia Foundation Fellowships

The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) offers fellowships (up to $23,000) and grants (up to $5,000) to individuals to pursue research, study or creative arts projects in one or more Scandinavian country for up to one year. Fellowships are intended to support a year-long stay. Priority is given to candidates at the graduate level for dissertation-related study or research.

The number of awards varies each year according to total funds available. Awards are made in all fields.

External Deadline: Nov. 1

Eligibility Criteria: 

  • Priority given to candidates at the graduate level for dissertation-related research or study.
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • Applicants must have completed their undergraduate education by the start of their project in Scandinavia.
  • Team projects are eligible, but each member must apply as an individual, submitting a separate, fully-documented application.
  • First priority will be given to applicants who have not previously received an ASF award. Only in exceptional cases will a third award be considered.
  • Please note that ASF does not ordinarily support art residency programs. To be considered for funding, you must explain why this residency is crucial to your work.
  • Some language proficiency may be required.

How to Apply: Apply on the American-Scandinavian Foundation website.

Campus Liaison: Elizabeth Colucci, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

Boren Fellowships

Boren 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.

Campus Deadline: No internal deadline. Students are encouraged to meet with an advisor in the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships for assistance.

External Deadline: January 2019

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Applicants must be a matriculated graduate student, in any discipline.
  • U.S. citizenship.
  • Must demonstrate interest in a career in public service.

How to Apply: Apply online on the Boren Awards website.

Campus Liaison: Megan Stewart, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

British Marshall Scholarship*

This scholarship requires institutional nomination and cannot be applied to directly.

The British Marshall scholarship enables students to study a wide range of subjects for an advanced degree at any of Britain’s universities and business schools. Funding is for one or two years of graduate study in any field at participating universities.

Campus Deadline: Aug. 1

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.7 or higher.
  • Must be a graduating senior or recent alumni.
  • U.S. citizenship.
  • Extensive leadership, research and ambassadorial potential.
  • All majors are welcome to apply.

How to Apply: Students interested in being nominated by the University at Buffalo must complete the entire online application and submit transcripts and letters of recommendation to the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships by Aug. 1.

Selection Process: Students who complete all application materials will be considered for nomination to the Marshall Scholarship. A faculty committee will select UB’s nominees.

Campus Liaison: Elizabeth Colucci, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Programs

The Rangel Program is a collaborative effort between Howard University and the U.S. State Department that seeks to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers as diplomats in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State. The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program is a six-week summer program designed to provide undergraduate students with a deeper appreciation of current issues and trends in international affairs, a greater understanding of career opportunities in international affairs, and the enhanced knowledge and skills to pursue such careers.

External Deadline: February 2019

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Full-time undergraduate students, with at least sophomore status on the date of the application.
  • GPA of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale at the time of application.
  • U.S. citizenship.

How to Apply: Apply online on the Charles B. Rangel Program website.

Campus Liaison: Megan Stewart, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

Fulbright Student Grant for Graduate Study, Research Abroad or English Teaching Assistantship*

This scholarship requires institutional nomination and cannot be applied to directly.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English teaching assistant programs. During their grants, Fulbright recipients will meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences. The program facilitates cultural exchange through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home and in routine tasks, allowing the grantee to gain an appreciation of others’ viewpoints and beliefs, the way they do things and the way they think. Through engagement in the community, the individual will interact with their hosts on a one-to-one basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity and intellectual freedom, thereby promoting mutual understanding.

Campus Deadline: August 2019

External Deadline: October 2019

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Open to graduating seniors, recent alumni or graduate students, in all disciplines.
  • U.S. citizenship.
  • Prospective applicants should be aware of country-specific requirements, such as whether or not foreign language proficiency is required.
  • Must have obtained a bachelor’s degree by the start of the program, but have not yet earned a PhD.

How to Apply: Apply online on the Fulbright website.

Selection Process: The UB campus committee will meet with all candidates after the campus deadline.

Campus Liaison: Pat McDevitt, Department of History and Megan Stewart, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

Gates Cambridge Scholarships

Scholarships are awarded to outstanding applicants from countries outside the U.K. to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge.

Campus Deadline: A campus nomination is not required, but prospective applicants are encouraged to consult with the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships well in advance of the deadline.

External Deadline: Applications open in September with two deadlines — one deadline in October for U.S. citizens and one deadline in December for citizens of countries other than the U.S.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Outstanding intellectual ability.
  • Leadership potential.
  • A commitment to improving the lives of others.
  • A good fit between the applicant's qualifications and aspirations and the postgraduate program at Cambridge for which they are applying.

How to Apply: Apply online on the Gates Cambridge website.

Campus Liaison: Elizabeth Colucci, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

George J. Mitchell Scholarship for Study in Ireland*

This scholarship requires institutional nomination and cannot be applied to directly.

Up to 12 Mitchell Scholars between the ages of 18 and 30 are chosen annually for one academic year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland (study in Northern Ireland is not currently an option through the Mitchell Scholarship).

Campus Deadline: Aug. 1, 2019

External Deadline:  September 2019

Eligibility Criteria:

  • High GPA (3.8 - 4.0).
  • Student must demonstrate scholarship and leadership.
  • Student must have a sustained commitment to community and public service.

How to Apply: Apply online on the U.S.-Ireland Alliance website.

Selection Process: A faculty committee will review the nominee’s application and determine if the student will be endorsed to the Mitchell Scholarship Program.

Campus Liaison: Elizabeth Colucci, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Scholarships

The German Academic Exchange Service or “DAAD” as it is known by its German acronym, provides support for over 70,000 people every year, making it the largest international exchange organization in the world. They offer grants and scholarships for undergraduates through faculty members to spend time in or conduct research in Germany. Some programs include intensive language grants, support for conferences and the “High Tech in Germany” summer program for engineers, graduate grants for research/study, a study scholarship for graduating seniors and much more.

External Deadline: There are multiple deadlines based on the individual program. Please see the DAAD Scholarships website for more information.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Open to undergraduates, graduating seniors and graduate students, in any discipline.
  • Open to U.S. citizens and many foreign nationals.
  • Language proficiency not required for matriculation in participating master's programs.
  • Independent research projects in the arts, humanities and social sciences typically require good understanding of German.

How to Apply: Apply online on the DAAD website.

Campus Liaison: David Fertig, Department of Linguistics

Inter-American Foundation (IAF) Grassroots Development Fellowship Program

Inter-American Foundation (IAF) Fellowships provide support for PhD candidates to conduct dissertation research in Latin America and the Caribbean on topics related to grassroots development. Funding is for between four and 12 months.

The impact on the quality of life of the poor of grassroots development activities in such areas as sustainable agriculture and natural resource management, housing, health care, education, urban development, technology transfer, jobs creation, and marketing and small-enterprise development.

External Deadline: TBA, see website for details

Eligibility Criteria:

  • The applicant must be currently enrolled in a PhD program in a U.S. university.
  • The applicant’s research must be related to topics on grassroots development in the region.
  • Successful applicants must have completed all course requirements and qualifying or comprehensive examinations for the doctoral degree before initiating IAF-funded field research. Candidacy is not required at the time of application.
  • Applicants must have U.S. citizenship, or be citizens of an independent Latin American or Caribbean country (except Cuba).
  • Proposals must be for research conducted in independent Latin American or Caribbean countries (except Cuba). Research in Puerto Rico or the Dutch, French and British territories is not eligible.
  • Applicants must speak and read the language(s) appropriate to the research. An evaluation is required for each language. Native speakers must self-evaluate and send the required form.
  • Each applicant must demonstrate at least one planned substantive collaboration during the field research period with a development or applied research institution in the Latin American or Caribbean country of the research. Past affiliations have included grassroots organizations, local government agencies, universities, or a combination. A letter confirming this affiliation is required. If research is proposed in more than one country, each country must have at least one affiliation.
  • Applicants must commit to participating in at least one meeting or event organized by the IAF team in the country or countries of research.
  • Applications for clinical research in the health field will not be considered.
  • Split research periods are generally limited to circumstances where the resources required for the fieldwork are seasonally based.
  • The applicant must demonstrate awareness of the IAF's program in the country(ies) of their research.

How to Apply: Apply on the Inter-American Foundation website.

Campus Liaison: Megan Stewart, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program*

This scholarship requires institutional nomination and cannot be applied to directly.

The James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is designed to provide a substantive work experience for students who have a serious career interest in the area of international affairs. Students who are selected will be hired to work as employees at the Carnegie Endowment in Washington, DC on a full-time basis for a period of one year.

Campus Deadline: Jan. 10, 2019

External Deadline: Jan. 15, 2019

Eligibility Criteria:

  • These fellowships are available to graduating seniors or alumni who have graduated within the past academic year and have not yet started graduate studies.
  • Superior research and writing abilities.
  • Significant coursework and internships related to discipline of interest.
  • Must be eligible to work in the United States for a full 12 months.

How to Apply: Students interested in being nominated by the University at Buffalo must first contact the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships to request application forms and information.

Selection Process: Students who complete all application materials will be considered for nomination as a Gaither Fellow. A committee will select UB’s nominees.

Campus Liaison: Megan Stewart, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

Schwarzman Scholarship*

This scholarship requires institutional nomination and cannot be applied to directly.

Designed to prepare the next generation of global leaders, Schwarzman Scholars is the first scholarship created to respond to the geopolitical landscape of the 21st Century. Whether in politics, business or science, the success of future leaders around the world will depend upon an understanding of China’s role in global trends. Funding to pursue a one-year master’s at China’s Tsinghua University in Economics, International Studies or Public Policy

Campus Deadline: August 2019

External Deadline: September 2019

Eligibility Criteria:

  • This scholarship is open to graduating seniors or recent alumni, in all disciplines (with an interest in pursuing one of the degree programs listed in the description above).
  • Applicants may be of any citizenship.
  • English language proficiency is required, however, Chinese language proficiency is not.
  • Candidates must be at least 18 but not yet 29 years of age as of Aug. 17 of the application year.

How to Apply: Apply online on the Schwarzman Scholarships website.

Selection Process: Students interested in being nominated by the University at Buffalo must complete the entire online application and submit transcripts and letters of recommendation to the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships by Aug. 1 to be considered.

Campus Liaison: Elizabeth Colucci, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program

Funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, the Thomas R. Pickering Fellowship Program provides undergraduate and graduate students with financial support, mentoring and professional development to prepare them academically and professionally for a career in the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service. Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service and students with financial need are encouraged to applying

Campus Deadline: A campus nomination is not required, but prospective applicants are encouraged to consult with Megan Stewart well in advance of the deadline.

External Deadline: January 2019

Eligibility Criteria:

  • This fellowship is open to junior, graduating senior or recent alumni.
  • Applicants must be in a field related to the U.S. Foreign Service such as business, economics, public policy, international affairs, political science, sociology, foreign language, etc.
  • U.S. citizenship.
  • Commitment to future employment with the U.S. Foreign Service.

How to Apply: Apply online on the Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program website.

Campus Liaison: Megan Stewart, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

Title VIII Research Scholar Program

The program provides full support for graduate students, faculty, and independent scholars seeking to conduct in-country, independent research for three consecutive months to nine consecutive months in Russia, Eurasia and Eastern Europe. Programs are available in*:

  • Albania
  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Estonia
  • Georgia
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kosovo
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Macedonia
  • Moldova
  • Montenegro
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Russia**
  • Serbia
  • Tajikistan
  • Ukraine

*Research scholar applicants may only apply for research in a total of two countries maximum.

**Due to visa regulations, research scholar recipients to Russia are required to participate in four hours per week of Russian language tutorials in addition to their academic consultation with a faculty advisor (one hour per week) at their host universities. Language tutorials will provide proficient speakers an opportunity to edit Russian articles for publication, to develop lexica for new areas of study, or to refine advanced speaking and writing skills.

External Deadline: October 2019

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Scholars in the social sciences and humanities are eligible.
  • Open to graduate students, faculty, PhD candidates, post-doctorate and independent scholars.
  • All research must contribute to a body of knowledge enabling the US to better understand the region and formulate effective policies within it.
  • Applicants must be US citizens.

How to Apply: Apply on the American Councils Research Fellowships website.

Campus Liaison: Megan Stewart, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

Selection Process: All applications are reviewed by outside readers with expertise in the applicant's specific research field and region. Written comments from these evaluators, along with all application materials, are then reviewed by a final, independent selection committee of leading U.S. scholars.

Additional Resources: For more information Please contact the Title VIII Program Officer in the Outbound Programs Office at 202-833-7522; or by email: outbound@americancouncils.org.

STEM

Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship

Anita Borg devoted her adult life to revolutionizing the way we think about technology and dismantling barriers that keep women and minorities from entering computing and technology fields.

Recipients will each receive a $10,000 award for the upcoming academic year. A group of female graduate students will be chosen from the applicant pool and scholarships will be awarded based on the strength of each candidate's academic background and demonstrated leadership. All scholarship recipients and finalists will be invited to attend the Annual Google Scholars' Retreat in Mountain View, California.

Deadline: December 2019

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Applications must identify as female.
  • Intend to be enrolled in or accepted as a full-time student in a bachelor's, master's or PhD program at a university in the United States or Canada for the 2020-21 academic year.
  • Be studying computer science, computer engineering or a closely related technical field.
  • Demonstrate a strong academic record.
  • Exemplify leadership and demonstrate passion for increasing the involvement of women in computer science.

How to Apply: Apply online on the Women Techmakers website.

Campus Liaison: Elizabeth Colucci, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

Chateaubriand Fellowship – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)

The Chateaubriand Fellowship is a grant offered by the Embassy of France in the U.S. It supports outstanding PhD students from American universities who wish to conduct research in France for a period ranging from four to nine months. Chateaubriand fellows are selected through a merit-based competition, through a collaborative process involving expert evaluators in both countries.

The Chateaubriand Fellowship in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and biology-health (STEM) for doctoral students aims to initiate or reinforce collaborations, partnerships or joint projects between French and American research teams. This fellowship is offered by the Office for Science and Technology (OST) of the Embassy of France in partnership with American universities and French research organizations such as Inserm and Inria. It is a partner of the National Science Foundation’s GROW program.

External Deadline: January 2020

Eligibility Criteria:

  • You must be currently working on your PhD.
  • You must be a registered in an American university (U.S. citizenship is not required).
  • All STEM and health research topics are eligible.
  • Research should be performed in a French laboratory (university, engineering school, public research laboratory).
  • It is the applicant’s responsibility to identify and contact a French laboratory that would like to collaborate with your university, laboratory or thesis advisor.
  • Your U.S. and French advisors must agree to co-supervise part of your thesis.
  • Knowledge of French is not mandatory and is left to the discretion of the host institution.
  • Co-sponsorship by a candidate’s American university or French host institution is encouraged.

How to Apply: Apply on the Chateaubriand Fellowship website.

Campus Liaison: Elizabeth Colucci, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program

The Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program is a full-time hands-on training and educational program that provides early career individuals with the opportunity to spend 12 weeks at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine in Washington, DC learning about science and technology policy and the role that scientists and engineers play in advising the nation.

Each year, applicants from around the world become part of an Academies' committee, board or unit where they are assigned to a mentor and learn about the world of science and technology policy. An immersive experience, the program is designed to broaden fellows’ appreciation of employment opportunities outside academia and leave them with both a firm grasp of the important and dynamic role of science and technology in decision-making and a better understanding of the role that they can play in strengthening the science and technology enterprise for the betterment of mankind.

Alumni of the program hold positions in Congressional committees such as the House Science and Technology Committee and at federal agencies such as the U.S. Department of State, National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Environmental Protection Agency, United States Agency for International Development, Department of Defense and Department of Energy. They also work in foreign governments, in international institutions such as the European Union and World Bank, in universities, and in the private sector.

Deadline: April 2019

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen, US permanent resident or a non-US citizen with a certain visa.
  • Must be a graduate student or have completed graduate studies with in the last five years.
  • Areas of study include: social/behavioral sciences, health and medicine, physical or biological sciences, engineering or relevant interdisciplinary fields.

How to Apply: Apply online on the Christine Mizrayan Science and Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program page of the National Academies website.

Campus Liaison: Elizabeth Colucci, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE CSGF)

Established in 1991, the Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE CSGF) provides outstanding benefits and opportunities to students pursuing doctoral degrees in fields that use high-performance computing to solve complex science and engineering problems.

The DOE CSGF is open to U.S. citizens or permanent resident aliens who plan full-time, uninterrupted study toward a PhD 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.

Deadline: January 2019

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Undergraduate seniors.
  • Applicants with no more than BS or BA degrees who are not enrolled in graduate school.
  • First-year graduate students (MS degree or PhD students without an MS degree)
  • Enrolled MS degree students beyond their first year provided that they plan full-time, uninterrupted study toward a PhD at either a different academic institution or in a different academic department.
  • Applicants with no more than MS degrees who are not currently enrolled and who will not have been enrolled in graduate school for two years prior to resuming graduate studies.
  • First-year PhD students with an MS degree provided that they completed the MS degree within two years at a different academic institution, completed the MS degree within two years in a different academic department or prior to current enrollment, they had not been enrolled in graduate school for at least two years.

How to Apply: Apply online on the DOE CSGF website.

Campus Liaison: Elizabeth Colucci, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

Hertz Foundation

The Fannie and John Hertz Foundation is a not-for-profit organization changing the world around us by granting freedom of American scientific research and innovation through fellowship and financial support. Celebrating 60 years in 2017, the Hertz Fellowship is the most exclusive fellowship program in the world. The Hertz Foundation is the only organization in the United States that supports PhD candidates for a full five years at one of the Foundation’s numerous partner institutions and grants students total research freedom, ensuring that each Fellow is able to pursue the most compelling, cutting-edge research.

External Deadline: Fall 2019

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Eligible applicants for Hertz Fellowships must be students of the applied physical and biological sciences, mathematics and engineering.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident.
  • Willing to morally commit to make their skills available to the U.S. in time of national emergency.
  • Applicants must be a graduating senior or first year graduate student.

How to Apply: Apply online on the Hertz Foundation website.

Campus Liaison: Elizabeth Colucci, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowships

The National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship Program awards over 100 fellowships each year to graduate students in the fields of science and engineering. Fellows may choose any accredited institution of higher education in the United States offering doctoral degrees in science or engineering. The tenure of the award is 36 months cumulatively, beginning in the fall of the year the fellowship is awarded. The evaluation of candidates will be based on all available evidence of ability, including academic records, recommendations regarding each applicant’s qualifications and the score obtained on the GRE. The award includes full payment of tuition and required fees. In addition, fellows receive a stipend to cover related living expenses.

External Deadline: December 2019

Eligibility Criteria:

  • U.S. citizenship.
  • Applicants must be enrolled in their final year of undergraduate studies or have completed no more than two years of full-time years graduate study in the discipline in which they are applying.
  • Applicants must be in one of 15 supported disciplines:
    • Aeronautical and astronautical engineering
    • Biosciences
    • Chemical engineering
    • Chemistry
    • Civil engineering
    • Cognitive, neural and behavioral sciences
    • Computer and computational sciences
    • Electrical engineering
    • Geosciences
    • Materials science and engineering
    • Mathematics
    • Mechanical engineering
    • Naval architecture and ocean engineering
    • Oceanography
    • Physics

How to Apply: Apply online on the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowships website.

Campus Liaison: Elizabeth Colucci, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

National Institutes of Health NIH F30 — Ruth L. Kirschstein Individual Predoctoral NRSA for MD/PhD and Other Dual Degree Fellowships (NIH F30)

The NIH F30 provides individual fellowships for predoctoral training which leads to the combined MD/PhD and other dual clinical/research degrees.

External Deadline: Variable.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • Enrollment in a dual-degree program.
  • Submission by UB's Office of Research Advancement.

How to Apply: An online application for the NIH F30 must be completed.

Campus Liaison: Lindsay Chakan, Office of Research Advancement

National Institutes of Health F32 — Ruth L. Kirschstein Postdoctoral Individual National Research Service Award (NIH F32)

The NIH F32 provides postdoctoral research training to individuals to broaden their scientific background and extend their potential for research in specified health-related areas.

External Deadline: Variable.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • Enrolled in a research or clinical doctoral degree.
  • Submission by UB's Office of Research Advancement.

How to Apply: An online application for the NIH F32 must be completed.

Campus Liaison: Lindsay Chakan, Office of Research Advancement

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program provides support for master’s and doctoral studies in oceanography, marine biology, maritime archaeology and all other science, engineering, social science and resource management disciplines involving ocean and coastal areas particularly by women and members of minority groups. Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarships may provide, subject to appropriations, yearly support of up to $42,000 per student (a 12-month stipend of $30,000 in addition to an education allowance of up to $12,000) and up to $10,000 of support for a four to six week program collaboration at a NOAA facility. Master's students may be supported for up to two years, and doctoral students for up to four years. Depending on funding, approximately two to four scholarships are awarded each year.

Scholarships are distributed by disciplines, institutions and geography, and by degree sought, with selections within distributions based on financial need, the potential for success in a graduate level studies program (academic achievement), and the potential for achieving research and career goals.

Deadline: December 2019

Eligibility Criteria:

  • U.S. citizen, permanent resident or a citizen of a U.S. territory.
  • Must pursue or intend to pursue a master's or doctoral level degree in oceanography, maritime archaeology or marine biology, including all science, engineering and resource management of ocean and coastal areas (or related areas), at a U.S. accredited institution.
  • 3.30 GPA.
  • Must maintain full-time student status for the duration of the scholarship award.

How to Apply: Apply online on the Foster Scholars website.

Campus Liaison: Elizabeth Colucci, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program

The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSFGRFP) awards three-year scholarships for graduate study in mathematical, physical, biological, engineering and behavioral and social sciences, including the history of science. There are awards for women in engineering, awards for women in computer information science and graduate fellowships.

Applications are available online and part one of the application is due in early October. This fellowship carries a stipend of $34,000 per year plus tuition waivers and fees for three years. Candidates must have research experience. All NSFGRFP applications are evaluated using NSF’s two merit review criteria: Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts. In order to present a competitive application, you must address both merit review criteria thoroughly. The Personal, Relevant Background and Future Goals Statement and the Graduate Research Statement should both reflect these criteria.  

External Deadline: Various dates based on discipline throughout October each year. Consult the program solicitation on the NSF website.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Applicants must be a graduating senior.
  • Graduate students can apply only once for the NSFGRFP, either in the first year or in the second year of graduate school.
  • High GPA.
  • Past research experience.

How to Apply: Apply using the NSF FastLane portal.

Campus Liaison: Elizabeth Colucci, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

Additional Resources:

Rhodes Scholarship*

This scholarship requires institutional nomination and cannot be applied to directly.

The Rhodes Scholarships are the oldest and most celebrated international fellowship awards in the world. Each year 32 young students from the United States are selected as Rhodes Scholars, through a decentralized process representing the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. territories. Rhodes Scholars are chosen not only for their outstanding scholarly achievements, but for their character, commitment to others and to the common good, and for their potential for leadership in whatever domains their careers may lead.

Campus Deadline: August 2019

External Deadline: October 2019

Eligibility Criteria:

  • The Rhodes Scholarship is open to graduating seniors or recent alumni, in all disciplines.
  • Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or a U.S. permanent resident.
  • Applicants must be at least 18 but not yet 24 years of age.
  • In addition to scholarly achievement, applicants must clearly demonstrate leadership capacity and commitment to the common good.

How to Apply: Apply online on the Rhodes Scholarship website.

Selection Process: Students who complete all application materials will be considered for nomination to the Rhodes Scholarship. A faculty committee will select UB’s nominees and provide the institutional nomination.

Campus Liaison: Elizabeth Colucci, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

SMART Scholarship for Service Program

The Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program is part of a highly concentrated effort to improve the flow of new, highly skilled technical labor into the Department of Defense (DoD). The purpose is to promote the education, recruitment and retention of outstanding undergraduate and graduate students in science, mathematics and engineering studies; the DoD is also interested in supporting the education of future scientists and engineers in a number of interdisciplinary areas. SMART Scholars are awarded an annual stipend, full tuition, required fees, health insurance and up to $1000 book allowance per year. The SMART Program will allow individuals to acquire an education in exchange for a period of employment with the Department of Defense. The program is intended for citizens of the United States; students must be at least 18 years of age at the time of award.

Campus Deadline: A campus nomination is not required, but prospective applicants are encouraged to consult with Elizabeth Colucci in advance of the deadline.

External Deadline: Dec. 1, 2019

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Applicants must be a citizen of the United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand or United Kingdom at time of application.
  • Applicants must be 18 years of age or older as of Aug. 1, 2020.
  • Must be able to participate in summer internships at DoD laboratories.
  • Must be willing to accept post-graduate employment with the DoD.
  • Must be a student in good standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale at the time of award.
  • Must be pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in one of the disciplines listed on the Smart Program website.

How to Apply: Apply online on the SMART Scholarship for Service Program website.

Campus Liaison: Elizabeth Colucci, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship

The Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship seeks to attract talented, committed individuals with backgrounds in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields into teaching in high-need secondary schools in Georgia and Pennsylvania.

External Deadline: There are three rounds of deadlines (October, November and January).

Eligibility Criteria:  The Fellowship is open to college seniors, graduates and career changers who:

  • Have majored in and/or have 30 or more college-level credits in a STEM field (science, technology, engineering or math).
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the program and its goals.
  • Have U.S. citizenship or permanent residency.
  • Have attained, or expect to attain by June 30, 2019, a bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. college or university or its international equivalent. (Note: Undergraduate degrees earned outside the U.S. are accepted if an approved credential evaluator declares the degree equivalent to an earned U.S. bachelor’s degree.)
  • Have a cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale is preferred. (Note: Candidates who can demonstrate excellence through other avenues will also be considered. All applications are considered in their entirety and selection is based on merit.)

How to Apply: Apply online on the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship website.

Campus Liaison: Elizabeth Colucci, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

Other Awards

Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program*

This scholarship requires institutional nomination and cannot be applied to directly.

The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program will annually identify a group of 100 high-achieving students from around the world with demonstrated leadership and civic commitment to receive full funding to pursue a wide-ranging graduate education at Stanford, with the goal of developing a new generation of global leaders. The Knight-Hennessy Scholars is the largest fully endowed scholars program in the world.

Campus Deadline: August 2019

External Deadline: September 2019 (and enroll at Stanford University in September 2020)

Eligibility Criteria:

  • May be of any nationality.
  • Eligible applicants must be applying to enroll in a full-time graduate degree program at Stanford.
  • Admitted to the department of choice at Stanford.

For Knight-Hennessy Scholars, they look primarily at three areas:

1. Independence of Thought

  • First-step mental sharpness
  • Seeks out knowledge and new experiences
  • Full of original ideas
  • Makes sense of ambiguous situations
  • Can hold a contrarian or dissenting point of view

2. Purposeful Leadership

  • Ambitious, in the best sense of the word
  • Driven to improve self
  • Willing to take risks
  • Self-aware
  • Persists and bounces back from adversity

3. Civic Mindset

  • Personally humble and kind
  • Inclusive
  • Respects differences
  • Concerned for and helpful to others
  • Low ego

How to Apply: Applicants must apply simultaneously for admission to a specific department at Stanford and the Knight-Hennessy Scholarship, at https://knight-hennessy.stanford.edu/.

Selection Process: A UB faculty committee will review the nominee’s application and determine if the student will be endorsed to the Knight-Hennessy Scholarship Program.

Campus Liaison: Elizabeth Colucci, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

NCAA Scholarships and Grants

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) supports student-athlete success on the field, in the classroom, and for life, by awarding scholarships to help current and former college athletes pursue additional educational opportunities. More than 350 individuals are awarded $2.6 million in scholarships and grants annually to pursue a graduate degree or complete their undergraduate degree after they have exhausted eligibility for other athletics-related financial aid. 

External Deadline: Variable

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must have a high GPA, typically 3.2 and higher.
  • Must be a student athlete or pursuing a degree that directly influences the health and well-being of student athletes.
  • Open to both U.S. citizens and international students.
  • Available to both graduate and undergraduate students.

How to Apply: Apply online on the NCAA website.

Campus Liaison: Elizabeth Colucci, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

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