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Those of you who have time and/or experience re: outside funding:

It would be great if we could create a sticky with names of, basic info for and links to outside funding sources/fellowships like GRFP, etc. Would any of you with the time like to add to this thread so we could compile this information for grad cafe members?


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National Science Foundation - Graduate Research Fellowship Program

Perhaps one of the largest fellowship programs in the country.

~1000-1500 fellows per year

Each fellow receives a certain amount of money towards tuition and a stipend for 3 years. (10.5k and 30k as of 2009)

Deadline ~ generally early to mid November

Hertz Foundation Applied Science Fellowships

Very difficult, very prestigious.

5 year award, 15-20 are selected each year

2 rounds of technical interviews by "4 experienced phD engineers/scientist interviewers"

Deadline ~late October, Early November

National Physical Science Consortium

Fellowships are funded by companies

~16k a year

Deadline ~early November

Department of Energy - Office of Science Graduate Fellowship Program

Requires almost the exact same stuff as the NSF fellowship

Started in 2009, looks like they're copying the NSF template, I don't know much beyond that.

Deadline ~late November


forgot NDSEG and a few other things

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship

Similar to NSF in terms of funding

Sponsored by the Department of Defense, thus you probably need to be able to pass a background check :)

Limited to fields that DoD deems interesting.

Deadline ~ January

Department of Homeland Security Fellowship

~20 awards (out of ~100 apps, small program)

Full tuition + 2300/month stipend

Fields are limited

Deadline ~ January (opens relatively late, in late october, early november)

Semiconductor Research Corporation Graduate Fellowship

Tuition +stipend for 5 years

Limited to the area of Micro-electronics

Need to have an SRC approved research advisor

Deadline ~ February

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Thanks for those! I know there are a few more out there that are targeted to or at least include the humanities as well...

Will see what I can dig up and hope others add more also.

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Thanks for those! I know there are a few more out there that are targeted to or at least include the humanities as well...

Will see what I can dig up and hope others add more also.

Like the Ford, Javits, JKC, OSI, FLAS, and so on? Those are to start, at least. I will list more once they come to me.

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Also the EPA STAR...

Current funding level: $17k toward tuition, $20k stipend

Number of awards: varies by year, this year it's 120

Deadline: October (this week!) so it's a little late if you haven't started.

Unlike NSF, you can apply for this pretty late into your graduate career--I've heard of several people using it to pay for the years remaining after NSF funding has run out.

Of course this is only for people doing environmental research.

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didn't mention this one because the deadline for this year is in 3 days, but for future information.

EPA Star fellowship

Fields limited to social and physical sciences that tie in to environmental issues.

37k total (12 for tuition, 20 for a stipend, 5 for expenses)

Deadline ~ Mid to late October

[edit: looks like UnlikelyGrad beat me to it :)]

I don't know too much about fellowships for humanities and social sciences, but I've had friends apply to this one

Jaob K. Javits Fellowships program

Run by the US department of education

Up to 30,000 (based on financial need)

30-70 new fellows/year

Deadline ~early October (already passed for 2009 I think)

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Humanities/Social Science Awards

Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship

Run by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation

For grad students in IR/Public Policy programs

Full Tuition, Room & Board for two years

20 new fellows/year

Deadline ~early February

American Political Science Association Minority Fellows Program

Run by APSA

For minority students applying for doctoral programs in Political Science for the first time

$4,000 over the first two years

12 new fellows/year

Deadline ~early October

Truman Scholarship

Run by the H. Truman Scholarship Foundation

For college juniors who hope to be a "change agent"

$30,000 for graduate school

60-65 new fellows/year

Deadline ~early February

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Microsoft Fellowship

2 years, tuition + stipend

Must be 2nd or 3rd year PhD student

Must receive nomination from University

Deadline ~Early October (already passed for 2009)

Harriet G. Jenkins Predoctoral Fellowship

Operated by NASA

3 year fellowship, tuition + stipend

Targeted at Women and minorities in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) disciplines

Deadline ~February (opens the September before)

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A great additional source of funding across all programs is the American Association of University Women (AAUW). They offer scholarships for both U.S. and international women (sorry, guys). They offer five different grants:

American Fellowships

Support women doctoral candidates completing dissertations and scholars seeking funds for postdoctoral research leave or for preparing completed research for publication. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. One-year postdoctoral research leave fellowships, dissertation fellowships, and summer/short-term research publication grants are offered.

$30,000 for postdoc fellowships

$20,000 for doctoral fellowships

$6,000 for summer fellowships

Due: Nov 15 (passed for 2009)

Career Development Grants

Support women who hold a bachelor's degree and who are preparing to advance their careers, change careers, or re-enter the work force. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

$2,000 to $12,000

Due: Dec 15 (passed for 2009)

International Fellowships

Awarded for full-time graduate or postgraduate study or research to women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents.$2,000 to $12,000

$2,000 to $12,000 master's / professional fellowship

$20,000 doctoral fellowship

$30,000 postdoctoral fellowship

Due: Dec 1 (passed for 2009)

Selected Professions Fellowships

Awarded to women who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and who intend to pursue a full-time course of study (during the fellowship year) in designated degree programs where women's participation traditionally has been low. Restricted to architecture (M.Arch, M.S.Arch), Computer/Information Sciences (M.S.), Engineering (M.E., M.S.), Mathematics/Statistics (M.S.). For women of color also includes Business Administration (M.B.A.), Law (J.D.), Medicine (M.D., D.O.).

$5,000 to $18,000 master's and first professional awards

Due: January 1, 2010

All available at:

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DOE National Nuclear Security Administration Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship (SSGF)

For students pursuing a Ph.D. in areas of interest to stewardship science, such as high-energy density physics, low-energy nuclear science, or properties of materials under extreme conditions.

$32,400/year for four years

Senior undergraduates and 1st and 2nd year grad students

~5 new fellows/year

Deadline: January 12, 2010

DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE CSGF)

For students pursuing a PhD in scientific or engineering disciplines with an emphasis in high-performance computing (i.e. supercomputers).

$32,400/year for four years

Senior undergraduates and 1st and 2nd year grad students

~15-18 new fellows/year

Deadline: January 14, 2010

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I have some anthropologically geared scholarships and grants in my inbox, as they come along I'll post them for anyone interested, or send me a quick email and I will forward them to you since most of them are pretty circumscribed in terms of who can apply...

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2010 Summer Internships in Cultural Resource Management

PennDOT’s Cultural Resource Management Program hopes to again offer internships in cultural resource

management and historic preservation at the Central Office in Harrisburg Pa. Interns will be directly

involved in important research on the management, study and stewardship of archaeological sites and

historic resources affected by transportation projects. They’ll also be exposed to the full range of job skills

and employment opportunities in Cultural Resource Management through formal seminars and rotations

in GIS, curation, archaeological field work, project assessment, consulting, environmental review, and

National Register evaluation.

Our internships, part of the Department’s Engineering, Scientific and Technical Internship Program

(ESTI) pay $11.32/hour and undergraduate or graduate credit may be available through your university

department. Preference will be given to applicants with previous exposure to GIS, database management,

and archaeological, historical, or historic preservation course work and field experience in the Middle

Atlantic region. This year’s internships may include an archaeological field program. We anticipate filling

five or more intern positions based at the PennDOT and PHMC Central Offices in Harrisburg.

To apply: submit an application for an ESTI - Non-Engineering internship through the PennDOT


While you can and should submit these applications on-line directly to the Human Resources Office,

please e-mail or mail a copy of your application directly to Joe Baker in the Cultural Resources program

office. Interviews will be conducted January-March. If you have any questions or want more information

about the internships, please contact Joe Baker directly using the contact information below.

Joe Baker

C/O PennDOT Bureau of Design, Environmental Quality Assurance Division

PO Box 3790

Harrisburg, Pa 17105-3790

(717) 705-1482

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Soros Fellowship for New Americans

For "new Americans" - permanent residents, naturalized U.S, or the child of at least one U.S. naturalized parent who has no US-born parents. Field is open

$25,000/year for two years, plus tuition

For undergraduate seniors, bachelor's degree holders, and 1st and 2nd year graduate students

30 New Fellows a year

Deadline: November 1, 2010

Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowships

-U.S. citizens pursuing a research-based PhD in certain fields (basically humanities, social sciences, and sciences; no practice-oriented programs including education and social work, but engineering is eligible); preference is for scholars who will contribute to ethnic diversity of the college teaching workforce, but anyone is eligible if you are committed using diversity as an educational resource

-$20,000/year for 3 years and a $2,000 honorarium to your school

-For undergraduate seniors, BA holders, and PhD students who still have at least a semester of coursework left

Deadline: early November

APA Minority Fellowship Program

-For ethnic minority students pursuing a PhD in clinical, counseling, or school psychology, or other mental health areas (MHSAS) or in neuroscience (DPN). U.S. citizens or residents only.

-3 years for MHSAS; 2 years for DPN; stipend amount changes year to year (they don't give it, based on NRSA guidelines)

-Deadline: early January (MHSAS) (DPN)

National Research Service Award for Predoctoral Fellowships

-There are a couple of categories of these: one for MD/PhD & other dual doctoral degrees (The F30 mechanism), and then one for just PhD candidates (F31) - and then there are two types of F31s, the diversity one (Parent F31 - Diversity) and the "regular" one (Parent F31). They also have one specifically for nursing students.

-This fellowship is unique in that you have to write the equivalent of a FULL GRANT to the NIH - it's 12 pages, and you have to have a research project and training plan, plus support from your mentors. Because of this, it's best suited to students who are already in a doctoral program, usually in their 2nd year or higher.

-Field is open; just have to do health related research.

-Current funding levels are $21,780 for FY2010, but they are revised every year. Contribuition to tuition and fees. Up to 5 years.

-3 Deadlines a year: April 8, August 8, December 8. For the diversity fellowships, they are April 13, August 13, and December 13. HOWEVER, for AIDS related applications, the dates are May 7, September 7, and January 7.


-for doctoral students doing research interesting to IBM ( computer science and engineering, electrical and mechanical engineering, physical sciences (including chemistry, material sciences, and physics), mathematical sciences (including optimization), business sciences (including financial services, communication, and learning/knowledge), and service science, management, and engineering (SSME).): Don't have to be a citizen.

-1st year PhD students and up

-1 year of support

Also, here is a page with some other ones, including ones for sociology, accounting, management, science education, engineering, the physical sciences, and biomedical sciences:

Another link:

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Harriet G. Jenkins Predoctoral Fellowship

Operated by NASA

3 year fellowship, tuition + stipend

Targeted at Women and minorities in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) disciplines


Deadline ~February (opens the September before)

Sorry for resurrecting an old thread. Does anyone have any experience with the NASA Jenkins, NASA GRFP, or NASA Aeronautics Scholarship? I've had trouble finding advice (or sample essays) for these programs.

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