External Funding Opportunities
The following is a curated list of scholarships, fellowships and funded study programs.
National Institute of Health Graduate Partnership Program
Allows Ph.D. students to conduct dissertation research with the NIH; research areas include bioinformatics, biophysics, structural biology, communication neuroscience, molecular pathology, biobehavioral research, and developmental biology; stipends vary by duration and level of experience, range from $31,050-$39,750.
Application deadline is early December for some parts of the process.
National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program
Includes opportunities for grants supporting dissertation research, internships with partner agencies across the federal government, and international research collaboration in the behavioral, biological, chemical, engineering, geological, mathematical, physical, and social sciences, including history and philosophy of science; applicants must have at least a 3.5 GPA and strong letters of recommendation; awards a three-year stipend of $34,000 as well as a $12,000 cost of education allowance for tuition and fees.
Deadlines vary by field throughout late October and early November.
National Science Foundation Mathematical Sciences Graduate Internship
Provides an opportunity for mathematical sciences doctoral students to intern at federal national laboratories and research facilities. The aim of the internship is to apply advanced mathematical and statistical approaches to practical problems. The internship is for 10 weeks and students receive a stiped of $1,200 for each week in addition to inbound and outbound costs of up to $2,000 for students who do not reside within 50 miles of the internship site.
The deadline is typically in January but see the website for more information.
Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship
Students pursuing doctoral research in fields that use high performance computing to solve complex engineering and science problems are potentially eligible for a yearly stipend of $45,000. There is a science and engineering track and a mathematics/computer science track.
The application deadline is January 17, 2024.
Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program
Designed for master's and doctoral studies in oceanography, maritime archaeology, and marine biology (including ocean or coastal engineering, social science, and resource management), this program provides annual funding up to $42,00. Funding of up to $10,000 is available for a short-term collaboration with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is also available.
See the website for deadline information.
Department of Defense Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART)
This scholarship for service scholarship awards up to $46,000 per year and is intended to provide STEM research that will support the United States. Students need to be studying one of 24 STEM disciplines approved by the Department of Defense and be willing to accept employment with the DOD after graduation.
The deadline is December 1.
Humanities and Social Sciences
Supports U.S. graduate students in study of language in a country critical to U.S. interests. Applicants should identify how their projects will contribute to national security (broadly defined); minimum of 12 weeks and a maximum of 12 months overseas. Boren-funded programs can begin no earlier than June 1 of the application year. Preference will be given to applicants proposing overseas programs of 6 months or longer. Up to $25,000. Contact Andrew_Hogue@Baylor.edu for more information.
Deadline: January 24, 2024 at 4:00 PM Central.
Critical Language Scholarship for Intensive Summer Studies
Scholarships for students to participate in beginning, intermediate, and advanced level intensive summer language programs. Fourteen critical languages are available. Note that some CLS institutes require one to two years of prior language study (or the equivalent), while other may have no language requirements.
Deadline: see website.
Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI) Graduate Fellowship
Each year ISI awards up tp 15 graduate fellowships to outstanding graduate students pursuing study in the humanities or social sciences. The fellowships range from $5,000 to $15,000. Applicants must intend to teach at the college level.
The application deadline is January 19, 2024.
Institute for Humane Studies Expense Support
The Insitute for Humane Studies provides up to $5000 to cover research expenses such as conference presentations, the purchase of data sets or journal submission fees. Preferences is given to research that aligns with the Institute's areas of focus.
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis but note that retroactive expenses are not covered.
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers research, study and teaching opportunities in over 140 countries to recent graduates and graduate students in order to promote cultural awareness and understanding. Multiple awards available including Open Study/Research Awards, English Teaching Assistant Awards, Fulbright-Fogarty Awards in Public Health, and Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship.
Final deadline is October 10th, 2023.
Harvey Fellows Program
Provides scholarships to Christian full-time graduate students pursuing a discipline considered to be underrepresented by Christians and who possess a unique vision to impact society through their vocations; encourages students from “top five” programs or studying under renowned scholars in their field; successful applicants receive a $16,000 initial stipend with the possibility of renewal for up to two additional years.
Deadline: January 3, 2024.
Fredric M. Jablin Doctoral Dissertation Award
Established in 1992, the Jepson School of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond, in partnership with the International Leadership Association (ILA), seeks submissions for the annual Fredric M. Jablin Doctoral Dissertation Award. Submissions can be on any topic and from any discipline as long as they demonstrate substantial insights and implications for the study of leadership. The award is presented at the Annual ILA Global Conference, typically held in October or November, where the recipient presents his or her doctoral dissertation research. The recipient of the award also receives a $1,000 prize from the Jepson School of Leadership Studies, one-year membership to the ILA, complimentary conference registration, and travel expenses to the ILA conference.
Deadline is due on or before May 15 annually.
Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowships
The dissertation fellowship offers support in the final year of study with an award amount of $28,000. Students need to be enrolled in a research Ph.D. or Sc.D. program and must intend to pursue a career that includes research and teaching a U.S. higher education institution.
The application deadline is December 12, 2023.
National Institute of Health F99/K00: Individual Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award
The NIH created this award with the intent to support outstanding graduate students who intend to pursue a career as independent researchers. The stipends varies from $27,144 to $69,000 depending on the stage of research.
See website for application deadlines.
National Institute of Health F31: Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral Individual National Research Service Award
Open to graduate students who are in the dissertation stage conducting biomedical, medical or clinical sciences work. The NIH uses the award to help produce productive and independent research scientists. The annual stipend is $27,144.
See website for application deadlines.