Graduate Student Funding Opportunities
There are a variety of different funding opportunities for graduate students, which can support graduate education (e.g., tuition, stipends), graduate research (e.g., masters thesis or dissertation work), or conference travel. Many of the general strategies for finding funding opportunities also apply to graduate students. Please contact us if you have questions about searching and/or applying for fellowships and grants.
Many professional societies and organizations provide funding for student research and travel. The websites of relevant professional organizations can be good places to look for possible opportunities. For example, the American Psychological Association has a number of graduate student scholarships and grants; similar organizations in other disciplines also provide support to graduate students.
Federal & Foundation Funding and Fellowships
There are also opportunities to apply for federal or foundation funding for graduate training and research. Below is a list of some grants and fellowships that might be relevant for Pace graduate students in different disciplines/departments.
Department Of Defense
National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate Fellowship: Students who are US citizens or nationals at or near the beginning of their doctoral studies in one of 15 fields (including engineering, chemistry, cognitive/neural/behavioral sciences, computer & computational sciences, geosciences, mathematics, oceanography and physics) are eligible for 3 years of stipend funding. The fellowship is designed to increase the number of individuals trained in science and engineering disciplines of military importance. Application deadline: TBA
Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program: provides full scholarships for undergraduate or graduate studies in STEM disciplines, summer research internships, mentoring, and employment placement upon degree completion. Application information: The application window opens August through December each year. All applicants are required to submit applications online by December 3.
Department of Education
DOE Scholars Program introduces students or post-graduates to the DOE mission and operations, and provides opportunities for paid internships, research, and individual development. The DOE Scholars Program is designed to provide opportunities and attract talented undergraduate and graduate students, as well as recent graduates to appointments that are carefully designed to help prepare participants towards the full range of entry and mid-level research, technical and professional positions within DOE and organizations that support the DOE mission. Opportunities are available for a variety of disciplines at participating DOE facilities nationwide. The minimum stipend for undergraduates is $600/week and $650/week graduate students and recent graduates. Travel reimbursement of inbound and outbound costs up to $1,000 for participants who live more than fifty miles, one-way, from the assigned hosting site. Application information: Application is now open.
Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowships: This competition year the program will award approximately 70 predoctoral fellowships. These fellowships provide three years of support for individuals engaged in graduate study leading to a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) degree. Predoctoral fellowships will be awarded in a national competition administered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (the National Academies) on behalf of the Ford Foundation. 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 in the U.S., 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. Application deadline: December 17, 2020.
Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship: This competition year the program will award approximately 36 dissertation fellowships. The dissertation fellowships provide one year of support for individuals working to complete a dissertation leading to a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) degree. The Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship is intended to support the final year of writing and defense of the dissertation. Dissertation fellowships will be awarded in a national competition administered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (the National Academies) on behalf of the Ford Foundation. 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 in the U.S., 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. Application deadline: January 10, 2021.
Fulbright U.S. Student Programs: The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs. A candidate will submit a Statement of Grant Purpose defining activities to take place during one academic year in a participating country outside the U.S. During their grants, Fulbrighters 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. Learn more about the program and how to apply. Application deadline: OCT 13, 2020
Graduate Women In Science
Graduate Women in Science Fellowships Program: The Graduate Women In Science (GWIS) National Fellowship Program helps fund research in the natural sciences and promotes academic and professional careers for women in science. Endowment funds, mostly generated from bequests, provide the annual income that supports scientific research conducted by GWIS fellowship winners. The fellowships are known as the Sigma Delta Epsilon (SDE) Adele Lewis Grant, Eloise Gerry, Vessa Notchev, Jean Langenheim, Monique Braude, Nell Mondy, Elizabeth Weisburger, Hartley Corporation, Ariel C. Hollinshead, and Centennial Fellowships. The highest scoring SDE Fellowship designee shall be recognized as the Adele Lewis Grant/SDE Fellowship Winner and the second-highest scoring designee shall be known as the Hartley Corporation Fellowship Winner. The funds available in any one year shall be the income from and contributions to the endowment accounts. The amount thus varies from year to year. The Fellowships Committee reserves the right to make no awards if no satisfactory applicants present themselves. The program is not bound by any estimates indicated in this description. Application deadline: January 10, 2020 .
Hispanic Scholarship Fund
Hispanic Scholarship Fund: Offers undergraduate and graduate students of Hispanic heritage merit –based scholarships from $500-$5000.Awards are based on merit; amounts range from $500 to $5,000 based on relative need, among the Scholars selected. Application information: application opens-January 1, 2020; application deadline- February 15, 2020.
Boren Fellowship fund research and language study proposals by U.S. graduate students in world regions critical to U.S. interests.
Maximum awards are determined by duration abroad:
- Up to $24,000 for 37-52 weeks abroad (preferred)
- Up to $20,000 for 25-36 weeks abroad (preferred)
- Up to $12,000 for 12-24 weeks
- Up to $12,000 for domestic language study (optional)
Application deadline: January 27, 2021.
James Madison Foundation
James Madison Junior Fellowships: The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation offers $24,000 James Madison Graduate Fellowships 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. Application deadline: TBA
Marshall Scholarships: In appointing Scholars the selectors the Fondation looks for candidates who have the potential to excel as scholars, as leaders and as contributors to improved UK-US understanding. Assessment will be based on academic merit, leadership potential and ambassadorial potential. One year and two year scholarships are available.
The selection criteria are divided into three equally weighted categories:
- Academic Merit
- Leadership Potential
- Ambassadorial Potential
Application deadline: September 28, 2020.
National Institutes Of Health
Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Fellowship for Students at Institutions Without NIH-Funded Institutional Predoctoral Dual-Degree Training Programs: The purpose of the Kirschstein-NRSA, dual-doctoral degree, predoctoral fellowship (F30) is to enhance the integrated research and clinical training of promising predoctoral students, who are matriculated in a combined MD/PhD or other dual-doctoral degree training program (e.g. DO/PhD, DDS/PhD, AuD/PhD, DVM/PhD), and who intend careers as physician-scientists or other clinician-scientists. Applicants must propose an integrated research and clinical training plan and a dissertation research project in scientific health-related fields relevant to the missions of the participating NIH Institutes and Centers. The fellowship experience is expected to clearly enhance the individuals’ potential to develop into productive, independent physician-scientists or other clinician-scientists. Application deadline: April 8, August 8 and December 8 each year.
Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Predoctoral Fellowship: The purpose of the Kirschstein-NRSA predoctoral fellowship (F31) award is to enable promising predoctoral students to obtain individualized, mentored research training from outstanding faculty sponsors while conducting dissertation research in scientific health-related fields relevant to the missions of the participating NIH Institutes and Centers. The proposed mentored research training must reflect the applicant’s dissertation research project and is expected to clearly enhance the individual’s potential to develop into a productive, independent research scientist. Application deadlines: April 8, August 8 and December 8 each year.
Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Predoctoral Fellowship to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research: The purpose of the Kirschstein-NRSA predoctoral fellowship (F31) award is to enable promising predoctoral students to obtain individualized, mentored research training from outstanding faculty sponsors while conducting dissertation research in scientific health-related fields relevant to the missions of the participating NIH Institutes and Centers. The proposed mentored research training must reflect the applicant’s dissertation research project and is expected to clearly enhance the individual’s potential to develop into a productive, independent research scientist. Application deadlines: April 8, August 8 and December 8 each year.
What is NRSA?
The overall goal of the NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) program is to help ensure that a diverse pool of highly trained scientists is available in appropriate scientific disciplines to address the Nation's biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research needs. In order to accomplish this goal, NRSA training programs are designed to train individuals to conduct research and to prepare for research careers. More information about NRSA programs may be found at the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) website.
Drug Abuse Dissertation Research (R36): The goal of this FOA is to enhance the diversity of the drug abuse research workforce by providing dissertation awards on topics related to the study of basic and clinical neuroscience, development, epidemiology, prevention, treatment, services, or women and sex/gender differences as they relate to drug abuse. This support will enhance the pool of highly talented drug abuse scientists who conduct research within the funding priority areas or in the NIDA strategic plan. Applications are encouraged from doctoral candidates in a variety of academic disciplines and programs. This program will ultimately facilitate the entry of promising new investigators into the field of drug abuse research and promote transdisciplinary collaborations. This award is for up to two years of support for the completion of the doctoral dissertation research project. KEY APPLICATION DEADLINES
Agency for Heatlchare Research and Qualtiry (AHRQ) Grants for Health Services Research Dissertation Program: This announcement represents the continuation of an AHRQ program that provides support to individuals who are conducting research undertaken as part of an accredited academic program to qualify for a research doctorate degree. Application deadlines: February 1, May 1, August 1, and November 1 annally.
National Institutes Of Justice
NIJ Graduate Research Fellowship Program: The NIJ Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF) program supports doctoral students engaged in research that advances NIJ’s mission. The goal of the GRF program is to increase the pool of scholars engaged in research that addresses the challenges of crime and justice in the United States, particularly at the state and local levels. Beginning in 2020, NIJ will welcome applications from eligible applicants in all fields to a single GRF funding opportunity, regardless of SBS/STEM distinction. Application deadline: TBA.
National League For Nursing (Nln)
Mary Anne Rizzolo Doctoral Research Award: This award supports doctoral level research conducted by PhD or DNP students to:
- increase the quality and quantity of scholarly inquiry into the uses of simulation in nursing education
- advance the science of nursing education
- increase the visibility of NLN-sponsored nursing education research.
Funding: This is a $2,500 award offered annually to support PhD doctoral dissertation nursing education research or DNP final project nursing education research. The recipient also receives a one-year student membership from the NLN. Application deadline: TBA
Sigma Theta Tau International/National League for Nursing Research Award: The National League for Nursing and Sigma Foundation for Nursing grant supports research that advances the science of nursing education. Made possible through an individual donor gift, the grant aims to advance the science of nursing education and learning through the use of technology in dissemination of knowledge.
Funding: This is an annual award of $5000 to one nurse researcher or doctoral dissertation student to support the use of technology in nursing education research. Funds for this award are made possible from a gift from Dr. Diane Billings to Sigma Foundation for Nursing's research endowment. The funding for this grant is administered by Sigma and does not cover expenses incurred prior to the disbursement of funds. Sigma will disburse funds by November 1 of the year awarded. The recipient will also receive a one-year membership from the NLNAn annual award of $5000 to one nurse researcher or doctoral dissertation student to support the use of technology in nursing education research. Application deadline: TBA
National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration (Noaa)
NOAA Fisheries Sea Grant Fellowship: The NMFS-Sea Grant Joint Fellowship Program in Population and Ecosystem Dynamics and Marine Resource Economics is designed to help Sea Grant fulfill its broad educational responsibilities and to strengthen the collaboration between Sea Grant and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). Since 1990, Sea Grant and NMFS have partnered to train students through this joint fellowship program in two specialized areas: population and ecosystem dynamics as well as marine resource economics. Population and ecosystem dynamics involve the study of fish populations and marine ecosystems to better assess fishery stock conditions and dynamics.
The goals of the NOAA Fisheries/Sea Grant Fellowship Program are:
- To encourage qualified applicants to pursue careers in either population and ecosystem dynamics and stock assessment or in marine resource economics
- To increase available expertise related to these fields
- To foster closer relationships between academic scientists and NOAA Fisheries
- To provide real-world experience to graduate students and accelerate their career development.
The fellowship provides up to $46,000 per year for salary (stipend), living expenses, tuition, and travel necessary to carry out the proposed research and to attend the annual Fellows meeting (at rotating locations). Application deadline: TBA
John A Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship: The Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship provides a unique educational and professional experience to graduate students who have an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources. The Fellowship, named after one of Sea Grant's founders and former NOAA Administrator John A. Knauss, matches highly qualified graduate students with "hosts" in the legislative and executive branch of government located in the Washington, D.C. area, for a one year paid fellowship. Application preparation takes abput a month. Application deadline: TBA
National Security Education Program (NSEP)
Boren Fellowship: The fellowship recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported STEM disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees at accredited US institutions. The five-year fellowship includes three years of financial support including an annual stipend of $34,000 and a cost of education allowance of $12,000 to the institution. Fellowships support study and research in areas of the world that are critical to US interests. Application deadline: TBA.
National Science Foundation
Graduate Research Fellowships
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP): The NSF GRFP recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported STEM disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees at accredited US institutions. The five-year fellowship includes three years of financial support including an annual stipend of $34,000 and a cost of education allowance of $12,000 to the institution. GRFP welcomes applications from individuals who are pursuing full-time research-based master's and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) or in STEM Education and who meet the eligibility requirements. Application deadline: TBA.
Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants (DDRIG)
Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences: The Biological Anthropology Program supports multifaceted research to advance scientific knowledge of human biology and ecology, including understanding of our evolutionary history and mechanisms that have shaped human and nonhuman primate biological diversity. Supported research focuses on living and fossil forms of both human and nonhuman primates, addressing time scales ranging from the short-term to evolutionary, encompassing multiple levels of analysis (e.g., molecular, organismal, population, ecosystem), conducted in field, laboratory, captive, and computational research environments, and often incorporating interactions between human biology and culture. Application deadline: January 20 annually.
See the list of programs.
Paul And Daisy Soros Fellowships For New Americans
Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans: support New Americans, immigrants or the children of immigrants, who are pursuing graduate school in the United States. Each fellowship provides funding for two years of graduate study in any field and in any advanced degree-granting program in the US. Application deadline: October 29, 2020.
Office For Science and Technology of The Embassy of France
Chateaubriand Fellowship in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, & Health: for doctoral students to initiate or reinforce collaborations, partnerships, or joint projects between French and American research teams. The Fellowship supports PhD students registered in an American university who wish to conduct part of their doctoral research in a French laboratory. Application information: Application opens October 2020.
Truman Scholarship Foundation
Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation: Supports the graduate education and professional development of outstanding young people committed to public service leadership. In order to access the on-line application, students must receive login credentials from their Institution's Faculty Representative. Refer to 2021 notes to candidates. Application deadline: TBA
Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship Program
Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship Program provides students with educational opportunities to gain real-world, hands-on research experience with the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy. The MLEF program was created in 1995 with the goal of improving opportunities for under-represented and minority students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. All eligible candidates are encouraged to apply. The mission of the MLEF program is to strengthen a diverse pipeline of future STEM professionals, and this program has mentored several hundred of the best and brightest students from across the nation for future careers in STEM. Applicants must be enrolled full time in a STEM program at the Bachelor’s Master’s or Doctoral level. Program duration is 10 weeks.
• Current undergraduate students receive a weekly stipend of $650
• Current Master’s students receive a weekly stipend of $750;
• Current Ph.D. students receive a weekly stipend of $850.
Some Participants may be authorized to receive an additional allowance to offset the cost of housing and travel expenses. Application information: Please check the fellowship website in September 2020 for the summer 2021 application.