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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 Ms. Erin Kleiber, Coordinator of Scholarships and Awards by phone at 202-319-5634, 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. 

COLUMBUS SCHOOL OF LAW STUDENTS: Please contact the Columbus School of Law Financial Aid office for specific information regarding scholarships and financial aid opportunities. Click here for contact information, here for general scholarship information, or here for public service law fellowships.

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School of Architecture and Planning Scholarships and Financial Aid

School of Arts and Sciences Internships and Research Opportunities

Busch School of Business and Economics Internships

School of Canon Law Scholarships and Financial Aid

School of Engineering Scholarships and Financial Aid

Benjamin T. Rome School of Music Scholarships and Financial Aid

School of Nursing Scholarships and Financial Aid

National Catholic School of Social Service Scholarships and Financial Aid

Metropolitan School of Professional Studies Scholarships and Financial Aid

School of Theology and Religious Studies Scholarships and Financial Aid

Institutional Grants in Aid and Lecturer Development Grants [Please Note: 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. partners with to provide students with direct connections to schools and programs suiting their educational goals. They offer a resource guide (Scholarships For Women) geared towards women interested in graduate scholarships, grants, and fellowships, with additional tips for saving money in college. also lists scholarships established for women organized by common fields of study.

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 Economics, 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 Dissertation Research Abroad Program provides grants to colleges and universities to fund individual doctoral students who conduct research in other countries, in modern foreign languages and area studies for periods of six to 12 months.

The Getty Foundation supports individuals and institutions committed to advancing the understanding and preservation of the visual arts locally and throughout the world. The majority of funding is through initiatives that target a particular issue or region, and that are carried out in collaboration with the other Getty programs–the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Getty Research Institute, and the Getty Conservation Institute.

The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation sponsors scholarly research that can increase understanding and amelioration of urgent problems of problems of violence, aggression, and dominance. Ten or more dissertation fellowships are awarded each year to graduate students who would complete the writing of a dissertation within the award year. These fellowships of $20,000 each are designed to contribute to the support of the doctoral candidate to enable him or her to complete the thesis in a timely manner and are only appropriate for students approaching the final year of their Ph.D. work.

Bryce Harlow Foundation Scholarship Program is dedicated to enhancing the quality of professional advocacy and increasing the understanding of its essential role in the development of sound public policy. Since 1985, the Foundation has awarded scholarships to highly motivated students who are pursuing a career in the advocacy profession. Scholarships will be awarded to individuals interested in pursuing a career in this field and who undertake graduate level studies on a part-time basis. The award, $5,000 per year, will help defray tuition fees and will be paid directly to the university in two installments.


Healthcare Administration Scholarships is a leading online resource; helping students find scholarship assistance from various associations and health organizations. These scholarships cover specific and general minorities, majors, and degree levels. Healthcare administration is growing in popularity and need, and organizations are helping these students with specific scholarships geared towards becoming a health administration professional. You can check out some of the available scholarships on Discover Health Admin.


Knowles Science Teaching Foundation Fellowships are introduced to a variety of teaching resources, curriculum materials, research and experts in the field that help them study and reflect on their work as teachers. Each Fellow receives tuition support and monthly stipends while working on a teaching credential; Fellows also receive a stipend during the summer months and funds for professional development and for teaching materials to support student understanding in scientific inquiry or mathematical problem solving.


The Jacob K. Javits Fellowship Program through the United States Department of Education provides fellowships to students of superior academic ability—selected on the basis of demonstrated achievement, financial need, and exceptional promise—to undertake study at the doctoral and Master of Fine Arts level in selected fields of arts, humanities, and social sciences.


The Library Company of Philadelphia and The Historical Society of Pennsylvania will jointly award approximately twenty-five one-month fellowships for research in residence in either or both collections during the academic year 2013-2014. These two independent research libraries, adjacent to each other in Center City Philadelphia, have complementary collections capable of supporting research in a variety of fields and disciplines relating to the history of America and the Atlantic world from the 17th through the 19th centuries, as well as Mid-Atlantic regional history to the present.

The Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts offers two-year postdoctoral teaching fellowships for teacher-scholars who seek to renew and enrich their intellectual and spiritual lives while preparing for leadership roles in teaching and administration in Catholic or Protestant institutions of higher education. Each academic year, three Postdoctoral Fellows are appointed for two-year periods. Lilly Fellows are appointed for two years at a rank equivalent to that of assistant professor. Starting salary will be $42,000 plus standard benefits, a moving allowance, and an annual professional and travel allowance. Post-doctoral fellowship applications and graduate fellowship applications are available online.


The Henry Luce III Fellows in Theology Program is designed to encourage high-quality research that promises both to contribute to theological inquiry and to provide leadership in theological scholarship. Since its inception in 1994, the program has funded intellectually rigorous research projects that emphasize the interdisciplinary character of theological scholarship and education, and address the needs of the academy, communities of faith, and the wider society. The fellowship enables each Fellow to conduct year-long research in one of several areas of theological inquiry. In addition, Fellows present their findings at a yearly conference, and in both scholarly and popular journals.


James Madison Fellowships are for students who teach or plan to teach American History, American Government, or social studies at the secondary school level.


The McNeil Center for Early American Studies is an interdisciplinary community of scholars who study the histories and cultures of North America in the Atlantic world before 1850. The Center offers several pre-doctoral dissertation fellowships each year; most are for a term of nine months, beginning 1 September. Advanced graduate students from any PhD-granting institution who are in the dissertation research or writing stage are eligible to compete for these fellowships, which are open to scholars in any discipline for projects focusing on North America and the Caribbean before 1850.


The Andrew Mellon Foundation supports a wide range of initiatives to strengthen the institutions that sustain scholarship in the humanities and "humanistic" social sciences, primarily research universities but also a small number of centers for advanced study and independent research libraries. Particular emphases in this area include (but are not limited to) doctoral education, postdoctoral fellowships, faculty research, and discipline-related projects. On occasion the Foundation has underwritten research on higher education.


The Michigan Society of Fellows promotes academic and creative excellence in the humanities, the arts, the social, physical, and life sciences, and in the professions. The objective of the Society is to provide financial and intellectual support for individuals holding advanced degrees in their fields, who are selected for their outstanding achievement, professional promise, and interdisciplinary interests. We invite applications from qualified candidates for three-year fellowships at the University of Michigan. For full information, visit their website to fill out the application.


The Microsoft Research Graduate Women's Scholarship is a one-year scholarship program for outstanding women graduate students and is designed to help increase the number of women pursuing a PhD. This program supports women in the second year of their graduate studies. Women who are interested in this scholarship must apply during their first year of graduate studies. Scholarships are granted by Microsoft Research at the discretion of Microsoft.


The Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship is a two-year fellowship program for outstanding PhD students nominated by their universities. This program supports men and women in their third and fourth years of PhD graduate studies. To be eligible for this fellowship, you must apply during your second or third year of PhD studies. Fellowships are granted by Microsoft Research at the discretion of Microsoft.


The Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program within the Policy and Global Affairs Division of the National Academies is designed to engage its Fellows in the analytical process that informs U.S. science and technology policy. Fellows develop basic skills essential to working or participating in science policy at the federal, state, or local levels. Areas of study may include any social/behavioral science, medical/health discipline, physical or biological science, and field of engineering, law/business/public administration, or any relevant interdisciplinary fields.

The National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship Program supports early career scholars working in critical areas of education research. This nonresidential postdoctoral fellowship funds proposals that make significant scholarly contributions to the field of education. The program also develops the careers of its recipients through professional development activities involving National Academy of Education members.

The National Academy of Education/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 $25,000 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. This highly competitive program aims to identify the most talented researchers conducting dissertation research related to education.


The NASA Aeronautics Scholarship Program awards recipients of their graduate scholarship up to two years with a third year option based on academic standing and programmatic requirements. Students awarded scholarships will be provided the opportunity for a two week internship performing aeronautical research at a NASA center during the first two years they are enrolled in the program. $35,000 annual stipend; up to $11,000 awarded for each school year, to be used for tuition and other education related expenses and two $10,000 Summer internships at a NASA Research Center.


The National Research Council of the National Academies is pleased to announce the Postdoctoral and Senior Research Associateship Programs. Detailed program information, including instructions on how to apply, a list of participating laboratories and their locations, and areas of research can be found on the Web site.


The purpose of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce in the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based masters and doctoral degrees in fields within NSF’s mission. The GRFP provides three years of support for the graduate education of individual who have demonstrated their potential for significant achievements in science and engineering research. The ranks of NSF Fellows include numerous individuals who have made transformative breakthroughs in science and engineering research, many of whom have become leaders in their chosen careers, and some who have been honored as Nobel laureates.


The Nonprofit Sector Research Fund awards research grants and organizes conventions to expand knowledge of the nonprofit sector and philanthropy, improve nonprofit practices, and inform public policy related to nonprofits. Established at The Aspen Institute in 1991, the Fund seeks to enhance both the quantity and quality of nonprofit research by increasing the legitimacy and visibility of nonprofit scholarship; encouraging new investments in sector research; and supporting the exploration of tough, neglected questions and enlarging the number of creative scholars and practitioners interested in pursuing nonprofit studies. Since its founding, the Fund has awarded a total of $10 million to support more than 400 research projects on a broad range of nonprofit topics.


Oak Ridge Associated Universities offers a broad range of post-doctoral fellowships in science education.

The Open Education Database has been one of the most comprehensive collections of online college rankings and free courses anywhere online since 2007. The OEDb welcomes learners of all levels to explore their interests and prepare for exciting new careers, build on existing foundations of education and experience, or just satisfy a craving to learn something completely new. The OEDb scholarship list was updated with 35 new scholarships specifically for graduate students in the 2017-2018 academic year.

The Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program is open to master's, JD and doctoral-level students. Students who wish to be considered for the PMF Program must be nominated by their school's Dean.

The Andrew Rice Award for Leadership and Innovation by a Young Professional in International Development is given by The Society for International Development-Washington Chapter, and honors graduate students who have two years of experience as a volunteer or paid professional in international development, including demonstrating exceptional commitment to improving the lives of people in developing countries.

The Herbert Roback Scholarship of the National Academy of Public Administration offers scholarships of $7,500 to graduate students currently enrolled, or admitted for enrollment, in a full-time Master's Degree program in public administration, public and international affairs, and/or political science. The late Herbert Roback was a highly respected public servant. During his 33-year career, he became involved in encouraging talented and promising students to consider lifetime careers in public service. Winners of the scholarship will be invited to attend the annual meeting of the National Academy of Public Administration, a non-profit, nonpartisan organization of which Herbert Roback was a distinguished member. Applicants who meet the above enrollment and discipline from a university in the Washington, DC metropolitan area are eligible to apply. Applications must be submitted to the Scholarship Committee by the applicant's school.

The Rockefeller Foundation Humanities Fellows at the Smithsonian Institution Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage will help expand and refine the theoretical framework for cultural heritage discourse to include grassroots voices. Reflecting the perspectives of academic specialists, civil-society groups and public cultural organizations, fellows' work will inform dialogues across social, political and disciplinary boundaries, as well as indicate future direction for policy.

Rockefeller Resident Fellowships in the Humanities will be offered at host institutions that were selected for their potential to promote new work in the humanities. Host institutions include academic departments, interdisciplinary programs, museums, research libraries and community cultural centers that select scholars to receive Rockefeller Fellowships. They encourage interaction between visiting fellows and their own scholarly communities, and make libraries, special collections and other facilities available in specialized areas of research.

Sigma Xi: The Scientific Research Society provides awards grants of up to $1,000 to undergraduate and graduate students from all areas of the sciences and engineering. Designated funds from the National Academy of Sciences allow for grants of up to $2,500 for astronomy or vision related research. Application deadlines are March 15th and October 15th annually.

Smithsonian Fellowships are for research and study in the following fields:

  • Animal behavior, ecology, and environmental science, including an emphasis on the tropics
  • Anthropology, including archeology, cultural anthropology, linguistics, and physical anthropology
  • Astrophysics and astronomy
  • Earth sciences and paleobiology
  • Evolutionary & systematic biology
  • Folklife
  • History of science and technology
  • History of art, especially American, contemporary, African, and Asian art, twentieth-century American crafts, and decorative arts
  • Materials research
  • Molecular biology
  • Social and cultural history of the United States
Smithsonian Fellowships are divided into four main categories:
  • Senior Fellowships for scholars more than seven years beyond the Ph.D. (applications may be submitted more than two years in advance.)
  • Postdoctoral Fellowships for scholars up to seven years beyond the Ph.D.
  • Predoctoral Fellowships for doctoral candidates to conduct dissertation research.
  • Ten-Week Graduate Student Fellowships for graduate students to conduct independent research usually before having been advanced to candidacy if in a Ph.D. program.
The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) is an independent, international, nonprofit organization founded in 1923. It fosters innovative research, nurtures new generations of social scientists, deepens how inquiry is practiced within and across disciplines, and mobilizes necessary knowledge on important public issues.

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans
support thirty individuals a year for up to two years of graduate study in any subject anywhere in the United States. Students already in graduate study are eligible, though not past their second year. The Fellowship provides $20,000 maintenance and half tuition wherever the Fellow attends. Candidates must be either holders of Green Cards, naturalized citizens, or children of two naturalized citizen parents.
The Student Research Conference provides undergraduate and graduate student researchers an opportunity to connect with senior scientists. Participants present research, attend career development workshops, participate in mentoring and networking activities, panel discussions, and other events. Monetary awards will be presented for outstanding research.

The TIAA-CREF Ruth Simms Hamilton Research Fellowship was established to honor the pioneering work of the late Dr. Ruth Simms Hamilton, Michigan State University Professor and TIAA Trustee. The fellowship, administered by the TIAA-CREF Institute, will be awarded for graduate-level research related to the study of the African Diaspora by graduate students enrolled in an accredited U.S. college or university. The fellowship will be for one year and students may reapply for the fellowship each year that the program is offered. This fellowship is intended to provide research support.

The United Negro College Fund and Merck Foundation Science Initiative Graduate Science Research Dissertation Fellowships provide up to a maximum of $53,500, which includes a stipend of up to $43,500 for the Fellow and a research grant up to $10,000 to support the research needs of the Fellow. Each UNCF/Merck Graduate Fellow will be mentored by a Merck scientist or engineer and will be expected to maintain regular contact with his/her mentor. A UNCF/Merck Selection Committee consisting of educators, Merck scientists and engineers will select the awardees based on academic ability, record of accomplishment, and the soundness of the proposed doctoral research plan.
U.S. Department of Defense National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate FellowshipAs a means of increasing the number of U.S. citizens trained in science and engineering disciplines of military importance, the Department of Defense plans to award approximately 200 new three-year graduate fellowships in April 2015, subject to the availability of funds the DoD will offer these fellowships to individuals who have demonstrated the ability and special aptitude for advanced training in science and engineering.

U.S. Department of Energy – The Office of Science Graduate Fellowship Program provides outstanding benefits and opportunities to students pursing graduate studies and research in scientific and engineering fields supported by the Office of Science. This includes physics, chemistry, biology (non-medical), mathematics, engineering, computational sciences, and areas of environmental sciences. Fellows will receive a yearly stipend of $35,000 for general living expenses. Fellows are eligible to receive up to $10,500 towards college/university tuition and fees.


United States Institute of Peace – The Jennings Randolph Senior Fellowship Program provides scholars, policy analysts, policymakers, and other experts with opportunities to spend time in residence at the institute, reflecting and writing on pressing international peace and security challenges. Priority is given to proposals deemed likely to make timely and significant contributions to the understanding and resolution of ongoing and emerging conflicts and other challenges to international peace and security.  For more information, please go to

U.S. National Institute of Health – Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Pre-Doctoral Fellowship to Promote Diversity in Health Related Research encourages students from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds to seek graduate degrees in the biomedical and behavioral sciences to help increase the number of well-trained scientist from underrepresented groups. The fellowship provides up to 5 years of support for research training leading to the PhD or equivalent research degree, the combined M.D./PhD degree, or other combined degrees in the biomedical or behavioral sciences.


The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois Program for the Research in Humanities has been awarded a six-year, $1.25 million grant by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This grant will fund ten post-doctoral fellowships in the humanities and humanistic social sciences during the next six years. Fellows with the following backgrounds may apply: race and diaspora studies, this history of science and technology, empire and colonial studies, and memory studies. Fellows will be required to teach two courses per year.


The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation started a bold new initiative six decades ago to meet the nation's need for college teachers at Princeton University. Today, the Foundation has a suite of Fellowships that support the development of future leaders at a variety of career stages in several critical fields such as: Teaching, Foreign Affairs, Conservation, Women and Gender, Religion and Ethics, and Access and Opportunity.

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is offering the following postdoctoral award opportunities for student and faculty members in the following academic fields: Ocean Physics and Engineering, Biology, Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry, Geology and Geophysics, and Physical Oceanography.

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