The Catholic University of America

Funding and Research Opportunities for Graduate Students and Faculty 

Please Note: Graduate students completing application forms for scholarships or fellowships should coordinate this process with the dean of their respective school.

GRADUATE STUDENTS: If University approval is required, please contact Mr. David P. Long, Graduate Academic Affairs and Effectiveness Analyst in the Office of Graduate Studies by phone at 202-319-5571, or by e-mail at

FACULTY MEMBERSIf University approval is required, please contact Mr. Ralph Albano, Associate Provost for Research and Director of Technology Transfer by phone at 202-319-5218, by e-mail at, or by visiting the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research Services website. 

HIGHER EDUCATION OPPORTUNITY ACT OF 2008 REQUIRED DISCLOSUREAll Catholic University of America faculty members, staff members, and students should visit the Office of the General Counsel website at to become familiar with specified information regarding Title IV and Title IX.



The Professor Henri Hyvernat Scholarship is a scholarship that has been developed primarily to support doctoral students while they are receiving dissertation, treatise or other final guidance necessary for the completion of their degree. The award is named for Monsignor Henri Hyvernat (1858-1941), the first faculty member appointed at CUA, an esteemed professor of Christian Arabic Studies, and the founder of the Department of Semitic and Egyptian Languages and Literatures. Professor Hyvernat was chosen to represent this award due to his deep association with CUA, his passion for interdisciplinary and interfaith academics, and his pastoral interests and respect for the community-at-large.

The scholarship is need-based and provides students with a $7,000/year stipend, as well as a tuition waiver for dissertation guidance while they are receiving the award.

Interested students should contact their school dean’s office to determine need-based eligibility and for all relevant application forms. The formal decision on the scholarship award is made by the Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Students, and all awards will be distributed to students who share Professor Hyvernat’s passion for learning and legacy of hard work and dedication to their studies.

Columbus School of Law Public Service Law Fellowships

National Catholic School of Social Service Graduate Fellowships

Catholic University of America faculty members can also discuss the submission of proposals for research support, acceptance of awards, administration of internal funding of research, coordination of university research, and technology development with the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research Services. Contact Mr. Ralph Albano, Associate Provost for Research and Director of Technology by phone at 202-319-5218, by e-mail at, or by visiting the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research Services website.

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The American Academy in Rome is one of the leading American overseas centers for independent study and advanced research in the arts and humanities. Each year, through a national juried competition, the Academy offers up to 30 Rome Prize fellowships. Pre-Doctoral and Post-Doctoral fellowships in the Humanities are awarded in Ancient Studies, Medieval Studies, Renaissance, Early Modern Studies, and Modern Italian Studies. Fellowships in the Fine Arts are awarded in the fields of Architecture, Design, Historic Preservation and Conservation, Landscape Architecture, Musical composition, and Visual Arts.

The American Research Center in Egypt promotes knowledge of Egypt and the Near East through study and research, and to aid in the training of American specialists in academic disciplines that require familiarity with Egypt.

The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) is the leading cultural and educational link between the U.S. and Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. An American non-profit organization, the ASF works to build international understanding with an extensive program of fellowships, grants, intern/trainee sponsorship, publishing and membership offerings. The ASF's award program for study and research abroad has been the Foundation's most long-standing commitment to educational exchange. During the past 100 years, over 4,000 fellowships and grants have been given to Americans and Scandinavians engaged in study or research projects.

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

The Chateaubriand Fellowship is a grant offered by the Embassy of France in the United States. Every year, it allows doctorate students enrolled in American universities to conduct research in France for up to 10 months. The STEM Fellowship Program and The HSS Fellowship Program have different modes of selection but they are both highly prestigious and merit-based. Chateaubriand recipients receive a stipend, a round trip ticket to France and health insurance.

Gates Cambridge Scholarships are highly competitive full-cost scholarships. They are awarded to outstanding applicants from countries outside the UK to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge. The program aims to build a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others.

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s German Chancellor Fellowship Programme is for university graduates from the United States, the Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of China with an interest in international issues and demonstrated leadership potential. The programme is targeted at accomplished young professionals who are likely to become decision-makers, thought leaders, and influential voices in their respective fields. The programme provides fellows the opportunity to spend one year in Germany, where they will network with other prospective leaders from abroad and explore new solutions to the global issues of our times.

Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. Up to forty Scholars are selected each year to study at graduate level at an UK institution in any field of study. As future leaders, with a lasting understanding of British society, Marshall Scholars strengthen the enduring relationship between the British and American peoples, their governments and their institutions. Marshall Scholars are talented, independent and wide-ranging, and their time as Scholars enhances their intellectual and personal growth. Their direct engagement with Britain through its best academic programs contributes to their ultimate personal success.

The George J. Mitchell Scholarship is a nationally competitive award sponsored by the US-Ireland Alliance. Named in honor of the former U.S. Senator's pivotal contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process, the Mitchell Scholarship s designed to introduce and connect future American leaders to the island of Ireland, while recognizing and fostering academic excellence, leadership, and a commitment to public service.

Rhodes Scholarships at the Oxford University are offered in business and management; social science, humanities, medical sciences, and law.

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The American Council of Learned Societies, a private, nonprofit federation of 71 national scholarly organizations, is the preeminent representative of American scholarship in the humanities and related social sciences.

ACLS carries out its mission through a variety of programs across many fields of learning. Awarding peer-reviewed fellowships is central to their work. Peer review promotes academic self-governance and establishes standards of scholarship, two goals that help define our endeavors and those of our societies. Other ACLS activities include convening and supporting scholarly conferences, sponsoring reference works and innovations in scholarly communication, and representing humanistic scholarship in the U.S. and internationally.

The American Academy of Religion (AAR) through its International Dissertation Research Grants Program supports AAR student members whose dissertation research requires them to travel outside of the country in which their school or university is located. Grants are intended to help candidates complete their doctoral degrees by offsetting costs of travel, lodging, and other dissertation research-related expenses. Grant monies may not be used for tuition, computer hardware, or meals.

The American Antiquarian Society (AAS) library houses the largest and most accessible collection of printed materials from first contact through 1876 in what is now the United States, the West Indies and parts of Canada. The AAS also offers short-term visiting academic research fellowships tenable for one to three months each year. The short-term fellowships are available for scholars holding the Ph.D. and for doctoral candidates engaged in dissertation research. Candidates holding a recognized terminal degree appropriate to the area of proposed research, such as the master's degree in library science or M.F.A., are also eligible to apply.

The American Association of University Women fellowship and grant recipients perform research in a wide range of disciplines and work to improve their schools and communities. Their intellect, dedication, imagination, and effort promise to forge new paths in scholarship, improve the quality of life for all, and tackle the educational and social barriers facing women in the United States and around the globe.

The American Philosophical Society has awarded research grants to more than 15,000 scholars since 1933, maintaining seven grant or fellowship programs in a wide range of fields.

  • The Franklin, Lewis and Clark, Library Fellowship, and Phillips programs award small grants ($1,000 to $6,000) for modest research purposes.
  • The Durand, John Hope Franklin, and Sabbatical Fellowship programs award much larger amounts ($25,000 to $50,000) in highly selective competitions. 

Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program is a nine-month work/study program that enables 20 outstanding young American professionals to acquire an in-depth understanding of the political, economic, and cultural environment of Germany and the European Union. From September through May, fellows complete two high-level internships - first in federal or regional government institutions, and the second in private industry, mass media, or the non-profit sector. Fellows also participate in three intensive seminars with high-ranking government officials, as well as leading representatives from industry, media and academia, taking place in Berlin, Munich, Paris, Prague, Brussels, and other European cities. Applicants should possess a graduate degree and/or two years of professional experience in one of the following fields: Business Administration, Economics, Journalism/Mass Communications, Law, Political Science, or Public Affairs/Public Policy.

The Center for Black Music Research at the Columbia College Chicago explores and documents the musical genres of the Afro-circum-Caribbean diaspora.

The Consortium Research Fellows Program invites graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in degree-seeking granting programs in information technology, and the social, behavioral, and computer sciences to apply for fellowships. Applicants must be citizens of the United States.

  • Duties and Schedules. Each Fellow is assigned to a government mentor. The Fellow acts as a research assistant, performing such technical and analytical duties as literature reviews, web-page design, computer programming, design and/or administration of survey instruments, data collection and analysis, and preparation of research projects. Each Fellow's schedule is flexible and is worked out individually between student and mentor. Fellows may work up to 20 hours per week during the school year and 40 hours per week in the summer. Fellowship appointments are for a minimum of one year and a maximum of three years.
  • Compensation. Fellows are paid an hourly rate based upon educational experience and program of study. If all hours are worked, Fellows will earn between $16,445 and $33,345 annually.
  • To Apply. Forward a cover letter, your current resume, and two letters of recommendation from faculty to Dr. Robert Ruskin, Director, Consortium Research Fellows Program, 2511 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA 22202-3926. You may fax your materials to 703-602-7722. Positions are available on a rolling basis; there is no application deadline. Feel free to call 703-602-7815 to determine what positions might be open.

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation has an ongoing commitment to support graduate students making extraordinary contributions to their fields of study and recognizes the importance of providing assistance to those striving for excellence. The Foundation offers a Graduate Arts Award for students to pursue a graduate or professional degree in the visual arts, performing arts, or creative writing. The Jack Kent Cooke Dissertation Fellowship Award supports advanced doctoral students who are completing dissertations that further the understanding of the educational pathways and experiences of high-achieving, low-income students.

The Cosmos Foundation is a Program of Grants-in-Aid to Young Scholars. Applications available. Applicants must be enrolled in a program leading to a graduate degree (Masters or Doctoral) in a member institution of the Consortium of Universities (CUA is a member), on a full-time or part-time basis or conducting research for thesis/dissertation after completion of required course work for the degree. Awards between $1,500 up to $3,000.

The Council on Foreign Relations is for individuals from the academic, business, professional, government (federal, state, and local levels), religious and congregational communities seeking to bridge the gap between analysis and action in foreign policy by supporting a variety of policy studies and active experiences in policymaking. Academic and other professionals from the private sector spend fellowship tenures in public service or in a policymaking setting while government officials have the opportunity for systematic assessment of foreign policy issues in a research environment.

The Council of Graduate Schools does not offer any financial assistance for graduate students, however, they have prepared a list of links to web sites of individual funding sources.

The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) offers a fellowship award to support original source dissertation research in the humanities or related social sciences at the Preservation Research and Testing Division of the Preservation Directorate at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. The fellowship is offered as part of CLIR's long-established Mellon Fellowship program and is generously funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

To promote advanced scholarship, the David Library of the American Revolution offers short-term Resident Research Fellowships for conducting research in its collections. DLAR’s rich resources in microfilm and print on virtually every aspect of the era of the American Revolution (1750-1800) are fully listed on this web site. Fellows receive a stipend of $1600 per month ($1000 if your legal address is within a 100-mile radius of DLAR) plus housing and 24-hour access to the Library. The term of the Fellowship is one month. Both doctoral and post-doctoral applicants are welcome to apply; doctoral candidates must have passed their general examinations before beginning their fellowships.

The Economic Club of Washington, DC offers The Philip M. Dearborn Fellowship Award, which is a $10,000 fellowship to Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area students for research dealing with local issues such as Economic, Finance, Education, Social Welfare, etc., as well as The Vernon E. Jordan Fellowship Awards in Economics, Finance, International Trade and Business. This fellowship awards two $10,000 stipends for students enrolled at least half-time in a Consortium institution.

Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships are designed 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.

The Fulbright Scholar Program offers research and teaching opportunities not only to college and university faculty and administrators but also to professionals from business and government, as well as artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, independent scholars and many others. There are awards in 45 different disciplines and professional fields. Traditional Fulbright awards are available from two months to an academic year or longer. A short-term grants program--the Fulbright Senior Specialists Program--offers two-to-six-week grants in a variety of disciplines and fields.

The Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Diss