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Ongoing Fellowships

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

To bring about the kinds of changes that will help people live healthier and more productive lives, we seek to understand the world’s inequities. Then we consider whether we can make a meaningful difference with our influence and our investments, whether it is a grant or a contract. All of our strategies—more than two dozen across the foundation—have emerged through this process of identifying what we want to accomplish for people and where we can have the greatest impact.

Eligibility: Check website for eligibility requirements

Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Summer Fellowship Opportunities

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH), Division of Laboratory Sciences (DLS), is seeking SUMMER ORISE Fellows to focus on public health issues related to the environment. Candidates will join projects associated with developing and applying new methods to characterize and quantitate biomechanical markers that are relevant in environmental exposures and chronic diseases. The fellowship carries a stipend of approximately $3400 for full-time graduate student fellows.

Eligibility: Positions usually open in January and appear to be ongoing until filled


August Deadlines

Samsung Scholarship

Samsung Scholarship, formerly known as the Samsung Lee Kun Hee Scholarship Foundation, was established in 2002. Samsung Scholarship provides financial support and opportunities to pursue higher education overseas to gifted Korean students, who have proven their potential to become global leaders of tomorrow and lead Korea for the better future in this age of information technology.

Eligibility: Korean Nationals


September Deadlines

PhRMA Foundation Fellowships

This program provides up to two years of stipend funding to support full-time advanced students who will have completed most of their pre-thesis requirements (at least two years of study) and be engaged in thesis research as Ph.D. candidates by the time the award is activated.

Eligibility: US Citizens, US Permanent Residents

MERCK Graduate Science Dissertation Fellowship

The UNCF•Merck Graduate Science Research Dissertation Fellowships are intended to support African American graduate students as they complete coursework, conduct research, and prepare the dissertation required for the doctoral degree in the biomedical relevant life or physical sciences.

Eligibility: US Citizens, US Permanent Residents, African Americans


October Deadlines

Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowship Program

The 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.

Eligibility: US Citizens, US Permanent Residents, International Students

Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation: Dissertation Grants in Women’s Studies

The Women’s Studies Fellowships are provided to Ph.D. candidates at institutions in the United States who will complete their dissertations during the fellowship year. The most competitive applications include not only a clear, thorough, and compelling description of the candidate’s work, but also evidence of an enduring interest in and commitment to women’s issues and scholarship on women and gender.

Eligibility: US Citizens, US Permanent Residents, International Students


November Deadlines

American Association of University Women: American Fellowships

American Fellowships support women scholars who are completing dissertations, planning research leave from accredited institutions, or preparing research for publication. Candidates are evaluated on the basis of scholarly excellence; quality and originality of project design; and active commitment to helping women and girls through service in their communities, professions or fields of research.

Eligibility: US Citizens, US Permanent Residents, Women

Autism Science Foundation

The Autism Science Foundation invites applications for its Pre- and Postdoctoral Training Awards from graduate students, medical students and postdoctoral fellows interested in pursuing careers in basic and clinical research relevant to autism spectrum disorders.

Eligibility: US Citizens, US Permanent Residents, International Students

Fannie and John Hertz Foundation

The Foundation supports graduate students working towards the Ph.D. degree in applications of the physical sciences ranging from electrical engineering to molecular biomedicine. These are the fields: applied physics, applied chemistry, applied mathematics, applied modern biology and all areas of engineering which apply results from the basic physical sciences to generate solutions to problems of comparatively near-term, widespread human interest. The Foundation's efforts complement the applied physical sciences portion of the NSF's graduate fellowship program (and the Foundation coordinates with the NSF periodically).

Eligibility: US Citizens, US Permanent Residents

Ford Foundation Fellowship

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, 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.

Eligibility: US Citizens

GEM Fellowship

GEM also offers mentoring workshops, graduate research orientation workshops, summer internships with a sponsoring company, and student development seminars. Level of support varies by fellowship program.

Eligibility: US Citizens, US Permanent Residents

NSF East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI)

The National Science Foundation International Science & Engineering section provides an opportunity for U.S. graduate students to participate in research experiences in summer 2016 through the East Asia & Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI) program. EAPSI supports graduate students each year to do research in the lab of their choice in any of seven locations: Australia, China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore or Taiwan.

Eligibility: Check website for eligibility requirements

NSF Graduate Research Fellow Program

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based Master's and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions.

Eligibility: US Citizens, US Permanent Residents

P.E.O. Scholar Awards

P.E.O. Scholar Awards are one-time, competitive, merit-based awards for women of the United States and Canada who are pursuing a doctoral level degree at an accredited college or university. In addition to recognizing and encouraging excellence in higher education, these awards provide partial support for study and research for women who will make significant contributions in their varied fields of endeavor. Priority is given to women who are well established in their programs, study or research. Applicants must be within two years of completing degree but must have one full year left.

Eligibility: US Citizens, Canadian Citizens, Women

The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships are open to immigrants and the children of immigrants who are entering or have begun graduate school. Fellows receive up to $90,000 in support of their education: $40,000 in tuition support and $50,000 in stipend support over two years. More importantly, they join a lifelong community of New Americans who are making significant contributions to society.

Eligibility: US Citizens, US Permanent Residents

Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future

Faculty for the Future focuses on developing and emerging countries. The committee closely examines the evidence of commitment of the applicant to return home. Check the website to see if your home country is an eligible country.

Eligibility: Check website for eligibility requirements


December Deadlines

American Association of University Women: International Fellowships

International Fellowships are awarded for full-time study or research in the United States to women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Both graduate and postgraduate studies at accredited U.S. institutions are supported.  Recipients are selected for academic achievement and demonstrated commitment to women and girls. Recipients return to their home countries to become leaders in business, government, academia, community activism, the arts, and sciences.

Eligibility: International Students, Korean Nationals, Women

Autism Speaks Dennis Weatherstone Fellowship Program

Two-year fellowships for predoctoral students interested in pursuing careers in autism research.

Eligibility: US Citizens, US Permanent Residents, International Students

Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI)

PURDUE DEADLINE: December (process is ran through Purdue) This award is to foster collaborations between investigators at IUSM, Purdue, ND, IUB, and IUPUI involved in translational research projects with strong potential to develop into externally funded programs or IP.

Eligibility: US Citizens, US Permanent Residents

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship Program (NDSEG)

This fellowship is intended for students at or near the beginning of graduate study for doctoral degrees in one of fifteen supported disciplines. This fellowship is a 3-year award and pays for full tuition, a monthly stipend and insurance allowance.

Eligibility: US Citizens

Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Defense Education Program

The Department of Defense (DoD) recognizes the need to support the education of America’s future scientists and engineers. The SMART Scholarship-for-Service Program offers scholarships to undergraduate, masters, and doctoral students who have demonstrated ability and special aptitude for exceling in STEM fields. Students are also provided opportunities to continue their research in DoD civil service roles following graduation. The Science, Mathematics, and Research For Transformation (SMART) Scholarship Program goal is to produce the next generation of DoD science and technology (S&T) leaders.

Eligibility: US Citizens


January Deadlines

American Psychological Association Predoctoral Fellowship in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (MHSAS)

Predoctoral and postdoctoral fellowships in neuroscience are available for full-time students in nonclinical doctoral programs, or those who hold doctorates and are engaged in full-time postdoctoral training in neuroscience. Members of underrepresented ethnic-minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Eligibility: US Citizens, US Permanent Residents

Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship Program

The DOE CSGF program provides a $36,00/year stipend and all tuition and fees paid, as well as opportunities to students pursuing doctoral degrees in fields of study that use high performance computing to solve complex science and engineering problems. This fellowship is intended for students at or near the beginning of graduate study for doctoral degrees in one of fifteen supported disciplines.

Eligibility: US Citizens, US Permanent Residents, First-year graduate students

Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration

This fellowship is intended for students at or near the beginning of graduate study for doctoral degrees in one of fifteen supported disciplines. DOE NNSA SSGF recipients must be enrolled as full-time graduate students at an accredited U.S. college or university and must study and research within the fellowship's goals. During the summer, fellows should conduct full-time research related to completing their degree, enroll in classes or take a practicum assignment at one of the DOE NNSA laboratories.

Eligibility: US Citizens, US Permanent Residents

The Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fund Fellowship

Process ran through Purdue
The Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fund awards graduate fellowships in any recognized field of study in the humanities, social sciences or natural sciences (including law, medicine, engineering, architecture or other formal professional training). The Fund also supports scholarly publications focusing on Armenian studies and culture and considers independent research or study projects.

Eligibility: US Citizens

Glenn/AFAR Scholarships for Research in the Biology of Aging

The program is designed to give students enrolled in MD, DO, PhD, or combined-degree programs the opportunity to conduct a three-to-six-month research project focused on biomedical research in aging. The program aims to give students the chance to learn more about the field of aging research, as well as increase their understanding of the challenges involved in improving the quality of life for older people.

Eligibility: Check website for eligibility requirements

Josephine de Karman Fellowship

To be competitive, graduate applicants should have outstanding letters of recommendation, significant publications, and have completed several chapters of the dissertation at the time of application. Although the competition is open to students from any US university or college, the vast majority of awards go to students at top-tier schools.

Eligibility: US Citizens, US Permanent Residents, International Students

American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowship

To help students initiate careers in cardiovascular and stroke research by providing research assistance and training. Research broadly related to cardiovascular function and disease and stroke, or to related clinical, basic science, bioengineering or biotechnology, and public health problems, including multidisciplinary efforts.

Eligibility: US Citizens, US Permanent Residents, International Students

Whitaker International Program (Last award cycle will be 2017)

The Whitaker International Program sends emerging leaders in U.S. biomedical engineering (or bioengineering) overseas to undertake a self-designed project that will enhance their careers within the field. The goal of the program is to assist the development of professional leaders who are not only superb scientists, but who also will advance the profession through an international outlook. Along with supporting grant projects in an academic setting, the Whitaker International Program encourages grantees to engage in policy work and propose projects in an industry setting.

Eligibility: US Citizens, US Permanent Residents


February Deadlines

HHMI International Student Research Fellowships

This fellowship program supports outstanding international predoctoral students studying in the United States who are ineligible for fellowships or training grants through U.S. federal agencies. Participation is by invitation only. Nominated students must be in their second or third year of study to apply for the fellowship. To activate the fellowship, students must be in the third or fourth year of a PhD program at one of the designated institutions. Students in the first, second, or fifth year of their PhD programs cannot activate the fellowship. In no case will support be provided past year five of a PhD program.

Eligibility: International Students

SRC Fellowships and Scholarships

SRC offers doctoral fellowships and master's scholarships through the Global Research Collaboration (GRC) and one doctoral fellowship through the Nanoelectronics Research Initiative (NRI), the SRC NRI/Hans J. Coufal Fellowship. The Graduate Fellowship Program (GFP) and the GRC Master's Scholarship Program (MSP), (targeting underrepresented minorities and women), are funded through GRC and the SRC Education Alliance and is made available through an annual call and application process beginning in November of each year for awards the following fall.
Both the GFP and MSP include company-named awards supported by GLOBALFOUNDRIES, IBM, Intel Foundation, and Texas Instruments.

Eligibility: US Citizens, US Permanent Residents

Tau Beta Pi Fellowships

Tau Beta Pi fellows are free to do graduate work in any field which will enable them to contribute to the engineering profession. The only specific duty of awardees is to write a report at the completion of the fellowship year summarizing their work.

Eligibility: Tau Beta Pi Alumnus, US Citizens, US Permanent Residents, International Students

Chorafas Foundation Awards

Purdue University will nominate one PhD graduate student researcher for the 2015 Chorafas Foundation Award. The $5,000 award, made available by the Dimitris N. Chorafas Foundation, is intended as a prize for advanced studies and/or research during or shortly after graduation. Professor Dimitris N. Chorafas was founder and a member of the Board of the Foundation from 1992 to 2014, when he passed away. Each year, the Foundation awards prizes to more than 20 universities, with the goal of stimulating promising young researchers. Participating universities nominate their own candidates.

Eligibility: Must be under 32 years of age, No stipulation on citizenship

NASA Graduate Student Researchers Project

The NASA Graduate Student Researchers Project awards fellowships for graduate study leading to master's or doctoral degrees, related to NASA research and development, in the fields of science, mathematics and engineering. This 12-month award includes a required internship at the NASA center affiliated with the NASA-sponsored research. The award may be renewed annually, for a maximum of three years.

Eligibility: US Citizens


April Deadlines

Livermore Graduate Scholar Program

The Livermore Graduate Scholar Program (LGSP) awards top PhD students appointment of up to four years to conduct research of interest to the Laboratory while completing their thesis. A key feature of the program is the triad relationship between the student, the university thesis advisor, and the Laboratory technical supervisor. This team will jointly plan and execute the student’s research program. The Lab technical supervisor is a scientist or engineer and should ideally be a member of the student’s thesis committee. The LLNL technical supervisor must be a part of this team prior to student application.

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) for Individual Predoctoral Fellowships

The purpose of this program is to enable promising predoctoral students to obtain individualized, mentored research training from outstanding faculty sponsors while conducting dissertation research. The proposed mentored research training is expected to clearly enhance the individual’s potential to develop into a productive, independent research scientist. The F31 is also used to enhance workforce diversity though a separate program.

Eligibility: US Citizens, US Permanent Residents

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) for Individual Predoctoral Fellowships

The purpose of this program is to enhance the diversity of the health-related research workforce by supporting the research training of predoctoral students from population groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in the biomedical, behavioral, or clinical research workforce. The proposed mentored research training is expected to clearly enhance the individual's potential to develop into a productive, independent research scientist.

Eligibility: Underrepresented Minorities in Science, US Citizens, US Permanent Residents


May Deadlines

American Society for Microbiology: Robert D. Watkins Graduate Research Fellowship

The goal of the fellowship is to increase the number of underrepresented groups completing doctoral degrees in the microbiological sciences. The ASM Robert D. Watkins Graduate Research Fellowship is aimed at highly competitive graduate students who are enrolled in a Ph.D. program and who have completed their graduate course work in the microbiological sciences. The fellowship encourages students to continue and complete their research project in the microbiological sciences.

Eligibility: US Citizens, US Permanent Residents

Neuroscience Scholars Program

The Neuroscience Scholars Program strives to build the capacity of underrepresented graduate and postdoctoral researchers to cultivate long-term success through mentoring and networking, professional skill development, and educational programming.

Eligibility: US Citizens, US Permanent Residents