External Fellowships

Federally Funded Fellowships


National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program

  • Deadline: Varies in November
  • Applicants must be a US citizen, US national, or permanent resident
  • Applicants must be in a research-focused Master's or Ph.D. program in an NSF-supported field
  • Applicants must be enrolled in an eligible program at an accredited United States graduate institution
  • Applicants must have completed no more than twelve months of full-time graduate study (or the equivalent)
  • Applicants must meet all other eligibility requirements as set forth in the current Program Solicitation
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National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide

  • Deadline: Early February
  • Applicants must be a US citizen, US national, or permanent resident
  • Applicants must be in a research-focused Master's or Ph.D. program in an NSF-supported field
  • Applicants must have completed at least one year of their graduate program at the time of application
  • Applicants must be enrolled at U.S. institutions, making satisfactory progress towards their degrees, and have fulfilled all GRFP reporting requirements
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NASA Graduate Student Researchers Program

  • Deadline: Early February
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizen (permanent residents are not eligible).
  • Students may apply at any time during their graduate program. All applicants must have a University Faculty Research Advisor (who will be the Principal Investigator of the GSRP Training Grant) from the institution where they plan to receive their graduate degree.
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NASA Harriet G. Jenkins Predoctoral Fellowship Program

  • Deadline:
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizen
  • Applicants must be a member of an underrepresented group, which includes women, ethnic minorities and persons with disabilities majoring in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) discipline
  • Applicants must either be within the first 3 years of a graduate program at an accredited, U.S. university OR be in the process of applying to an accredited STEM graduate program. Note: Persons who have advanced to doctoral candidacy are in-eligible
  • Minimum 3.00 GPA
  • If selected, students cannot participate in any other federally-funded fellowship or scholarship program
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Department of Defense National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate Fellowship Program

  • Deadline: Mid-December
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizen or nationals
  • Applicants must be in the field of: Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, Biosciences, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer and Computational Sciences, Electrical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering
  • Applicants must be in their first year of their graduate studies or starting 2nd year of graduate studies
  • Fellowships are awarded only to applicants who intend to pursue a doctoral degree
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Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship

  • Deadline: Early January
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Applicants must be in their first year of graduate studies (M.S. degree or Ph.D. students without an M.S. degree). Note: Second year graduate students are no longer eligible
  • Applicants must be enrolled full-time first year PhD student at an accredited U.S. university and conduct research in an area of interest to the Department of Energy
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Department of Energy STEM Graduate Fellowships

  • Deadline: Early January
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizen
  • Applicants must be first year or second year Master’s or Ph.D. student
  • Applicants must be enrolled as a full-time graduate student
  • Applicants should demonstrate a strong interest in pursuing graduate study and research in areas of fundamental research supported by the DOE Office of Science
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Department of Homeland Security Graduate Fellowships


Foundations/Corporations/Societies/UC


AAUW International Fellowship

  • Deadline: Early December
  • Applicants must be women who are not United States citizen or permanent resident
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Ford Foundation Fellowships

  • Deadline: varies in November
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizen, US national, permanent resident, or have deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program
  • Applicants must demonstrate evidence of superior academic achievement
  • Applicants must be committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level
  • Applicants must meet all other eligibility requirements as set forth by the specific fellowship they are applying for (Predoctoral, Dissertation, or Postdoctoral)
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Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowships for Minorities

  • Deadline: Mid November
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizen
  • Applicants must be enrolled in a research-based program leading to a Ph.D. degree
  • Applicants must be committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level
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Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowship Award

  • Deadline: varies in October
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Applicants must be in the applied physical, biological, and engeering sciences fields
  • Applicants should not be beyond their first year of graduate study
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Korean American Scholarship Foundation

  • Deadline: July 8
  • Applicants must be of Korean heritage studying in the United States regardles of citizenship status
  • Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate need for financial assistance
  • Applicants must be a full-time student the school year they are awarded
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Link Foundation Energy Fellowship

  • Deadline: December 1st
  • Applicants must be working toward a Ph.D. in an academic institution
  • No limitations have been placed on citizenship.
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Microsoft Research Ph.D. Fellowship

  • Deadline: October 9
  • Applicants must attend a United States or Canadian university
  • Applicants must be in a research-focused Master's or Ph.D. program in an NSF-supported field
  • Applicants must be enrolled in the Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, or Mathematics department
  • Applicants must be in their second of third year of an eligible Ph.D. program
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National Park Services George Melendez Wright Climate Change Fellowship Program


National Physical Sciences Consortium Graduate Fellowship in Science and Engineering

  • Deadline: November 30th
  • Applicants must be U.S. Citizen
  • Applicants must be in first or second year of a graduate program
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NVIDIA Fellowship

  • Deadline: Unknown
  • Applicants must have already complete their first year of a Ph.D. level studies
  • Applicants must be have majors in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Systems Architecture, Electrical Engineering or a related area
  • Applicants must be engaged in active research as part of their Ph.D. dissertation
  • Applicants must be enrolled as a full-time Ph.D. student
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UC Natural Reserve System Mildred E. Mathias Graduate Student Research Grants

  • Deadline: Early October
  • Applicants must be enrolled at a UC campus other than UCSF while conducting their research
  • Studies must be conducted on reserves in the Natural Reserve System or at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park or White Mountain Research Station
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Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans

  • Deadline: Early November
  • Applicants must be a New American (a green card holder or naturalized citizen if born abroad; a child of naturalized citizens if born in this country).
  • Applicants must be not yet 31 years old
  • Applicants must have a bachelor's degree and cannot be beyond second year in the graduate degree program
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SPIE Educational and Travel Scholarships

  • Deadline: Mid February
  • Applicants must be a member of SPIE
  • Applicants must be enrolled in electrical engineering
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Switzer Foundation Graduate Environmental Fellowship

  • Deadline: Mid January
  • Applicants must be U.S. Citizen
  • Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited graduate institution in California
  • Applicants must have strong academic qualifications
  • Applicants must have academic and career goals focused on environmental improvement
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Dissertation Fellowships


AAUW Dissertation Fellowship

  • Deadline: Mid November
  • Applicants must be U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Applicants must be women scholars completing doctoral dissertations, conducting postdoctoral research, or finishing research for publication
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Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship

  • Deadline: Mid November
  • Applicants must be U.S. Citizen
  • Applicants must be enrolled in a research-based program leading to a Ph.D. degree
  • Applicants must be committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level
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UNCF Merck Graduate Science Research Dissertation Fellowships

  • Deadline: Fall
  • Applicants must be U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Applicants must be African American (Black)    
  • Applicants must be enrolled full-time in a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree program majoring in a life or physical science 
  • Applicants must be engaged in and within 1-3 years of completing dissertation research having successfully completed all qualifying exams
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