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Submitted on August 19, 2016

Our Office of Fellowships & Community Engagement produces the GradFunding Opportunities Newsletter every month. 

September 2016

Dear Graduate Students,

This is a list of some of my favorite fellowships that are external to the UA. However, there are lots more out there! Take time to do your own searches. Also, don’t forget about other sources of funding for graduate students; I have them listed here.

Secondly, if you plan to apply for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program, please sign up for our Application Support Program.

General Fellowships

American Association of University Women Dissertation Fellowships

  • American Fellowships support women scholars completing doctoral dissertations, conducting postdoctoral research, or finishing research for publication. The purpose of the Dissertation Fellowship is to offset a scholar’s living expenses while she completes her dissertation. The fellowship must be used for the final year of writing the dissertation.
  • Deadline: November 15

American Philosophical Society Fellowships and Grants

  • The American Philosophical Society maintains nine grant or fellowship programs in a wide range of fields. The Franklin, Lewis and Clark, Lewis and Clark Astrobiology, Library Digital Humanities Fellowship, Library Fellowship, and Phillips programs award small grants ($1,000 to $6,000) for modest research purposes. The Daland, Library Long-Term Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, and Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellowship programs award much larger amounts ($40,000 to $60,000) in highly selective competitions.
  • Deadlines: see website
  • Citizenship: varies according to fellowship

Boren Fellowships for International Study

  • Boren Fellowships, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded. Boren Fellows represent a vital pool of highly motivated individuals who wish to work in the federal national security arena. In exchange for funding, Boren Fellows commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation. For more information, contact Emily Kotay: emkotay@email.arizona.edu
  • Citizenship: U.S. Citizen
  • Deadline: January 31, 2017

Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program

  • A program of United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program offers intensive summer language institutes overseas in thirteen critical need foreign languages for summer 2012. Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) institutes provide fully-funded group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences for seven to ten weeks for U.S. citizen undergraduate, Master’s and Ph.D. students.
  • Azerbaijani, Bangla, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Turkish, and Urdu: Beginning, advanced beginning, intermediate and advanced levels;
  • Arabic and Persian: Advanced beginning, intermediate and advanced levels;
  • Chinese, Japanese, and Russian: Intermediate and advanced levels.
  • Citizenship: U.S. Citizen
  • Deadline: TBA

DAAD – Study and Research in Germany

  • Provides a variety of educational exchange scholarships Germany. The Research Grant is specifically for PhD students (and post-docs) wishing to pursue research in Germany. The Study Scholarship provides resources for independent study in Germany. The University of Arizona has been invited to nominate one graduate student for a DAAD Study Scholarship. If interested, please contact Shelley Hawthorne Smith (shellh@email.arizona.edu).
  • Citizenship: see website
  • Deadline: varies according to fellowship

Dissertation Fellowships for Republic of China Students Abroad

  • Doctoral candidates may apply for fellowships for the completion of dissertations in the humanities and social sciences. Applicants for ROC dissertation fellowships must be doing research on topics related to Chinese culture and society, the development of the Republic of China, or Taiwan Studies. Their dissertations should cover one of the following fields: literature, history, philosophy, linguistics, art, sociology, anthropology, psychology, political science, legal studies, economics, or media studies.
  • Citizenship: Only students who have graduated from an accredited university or college in the Republic of China, and who do not have foreign permanent residence status or citizenship, are eligible to apply.
  • Deadline: October 15, 2016

FLAS Fellowships for Foreign Language Learning

  • The program funds centers around the country that provide fellowships to promote foreign language competencies. The UA is home to a FLAS program in the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (http://cmes.arizona.edu/FLAS ). Also, you may apply to programs at some other institutions as well. Programs are either for the academic year or the summer. Institutions compete every four years for the program.
  • Deadline: vary
  • Website includes a list of currently funded institutions

Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowships

  • Through its Fellowship Programs, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. Ford Foundation Fellowship awards are offered at the Predoctoral, Dissertation and Postdoctoral levels.  Fellowships are awarded in a national competition. Awards are 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. To be eligible for a Ford Foundation Fellowship award you must be a citizen of the United States, demonstrate evidence of superior academic achievement (such as grade point average, class rank, honors or other designations), and be committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level.  Awards will be made for study in research-based Ph.D. or Sc.D. programs; practice oriented degree programs are not eligible for support.
  • Citizenship: All citizens, nationals, and permanent residents (holders of a Permanent Resident Card) of the United States, and individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program
  • Deadline: TBA

Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowships

  • Through its Fellowship Programs, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. Awards are 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. To be eligible for a Ford Foundation Fellowship award you must be a citizen of the United States, demonstrate evidence of superior academic achievement (such as grade point average, class rank, honors or other designations), and be committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level.  Awards will be made for study in research-based Ph.D. or Sc.D. programs; practice oriented degree programs are not eligible for support. 
  • Citizenship: All citizens, nationals, and permanent residents (holders of a Permanent Resident Card) of the United States, and individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program
  • Deadline: TBA (usually late fall)

Fulbright Scholarship for U.S. Students

  • Fulbright offers recent graduates opportunities for personal and professional development and international experience that fosters mutual understanding among nations through study and research abroad. Created to increase mutual understanding among nations through education and cultural exchanges. Students design their own projects, which may include: university coursework, library or field research, classes in a music or art school, independent projects in the social or life sciences, assistant teach English, a combination of these or other activities.
  • Citizenship: U.S. Citizen
  • Deadline: Contact Emily Kotay (emkotay@email.arizona.edu) if you are interested in applying

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad

  • This program provides grants to colleges and universities to fund individual doctoral students who conduct research in other countries, in modern foreign languages and area studies for periods of six to 12 months. Projects deepen research knowledge on and help the nation develop capability in areas of the world not generally included in U.S. curricula. Projects focusing on Western Europe are not supported. Please contact me (shellh@email.arizona.edu) if you are interested in applying.
  • Citizenship: U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Deadline: TBA

German Academic Exchange Service - DAAD

  • The goal of DAAD is to primary goal is to facilitate transatlantic mobility to Germany. DAAD offers a wide range of funding opportunities for individuals and institutions in higher education.  Funding is awarded on a competitive basis; consideration given to the academic merit of the individual, the feasibility and quality of the proposal, and the impact of the applicant and application as a whole.
  • Citizenship: see website
  • Deadline: vary according to fellowship

National Institute of Justice Graduate Research Fellowship Program

  • The NIJ Ph.D. Graduate Research Fellowship program provides awards for research on crime, violence, and other criminal justice-related topics to accredited universities that support graduate study leading to research-based doctoral degrees. NIJ invests in doctoral education by supporting universities that sponsor students who demonstrate the potential to successfully complete doctoral degree programs in disciplines relevant to the mission of NIJ (i.e., social and behavioral sciences, and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).
  • Citizenship: Unrestricted
  • Deadlines: see website

Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

  • The purpose of The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans is to provide opportunities for continuing generations of able and accomplished New Americans to achieve leadership in their chosen fields. The Program is established in recognition of the contributions New Americans have made to American life and in gratitude for the opportunities the United States has afforded the donors and their family. 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).
  • Not yet 31 years old, as of the application deadline.
  • A college senior or holder of a bachelor’s degree.
  • Not beyond your second year – if already enrolled -- in the graduate degree program for which you request support.
  • Deadline: see website

Fellowships in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships in Ethics and Religion

  • The Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships are designed to encourage original and significant study of ethical or religious values in all fields of the humanities and social sciences, and particularly to help Ph.D. candidates in these fields complete their dissertation work in a timely manner. In addition to topics in religious studies or in ethics (philosophical or religious), dissertations appropriate to the Newcombe Fellowship competition might explore the ethical implications of foreign policy, the values influencing political decisions, the moral codes of other cultures, and religious or ethical issues reflected in history or literature.
  • Citizenship: Unspecified
  • Deadline: November 15, 2016

Confucius China Studies Joint Research Ph.D. Fellowship

  • The Confucius China Studies Program (CCSP) Fellowship offers generous funding to students in doctoral programs at U.S. institutions who are pursuing China-related research across a broad range of fields in the arts, education, humanities and social sciences. Successful applicants will be supported for a period of at least six months to up to two years as they pursue research at one of 15 designated universities in China.
  • Citizenship: Must not be a citizen of China or Taiwan
  • Deadline: Spring 2017

Duke Fellowships for Promotion of Child Well-Being

  • The $25,000 fellowships are designed to develop a new generation of leaders capable of creating practice and policy initiatives that will enhance child development and improve the nation's ability to prevent child maltreatment.  Fellows can be based at any academic institution in the US and are selected from a range of academic disciplines, including but not limited to social work, public health, medicine, public policy, education, economics, psychology, and epidemiology.  Fellows receive an annual stipend of $25,000 for up to two years to support the completion of their dissertation and related research at their academic institution.
  • Deadline: December 1, 2016

Henry Frank Guggenheim Dissertation Fellowships

  • These fellowships of $20,000 each are designed to contribute to the support of the doctoral candidate to enable him or her to complete the thesis in a timely manner and are only appropriate for students approaching the final year of their Ph.D. work. Questions that interest the foundation concern violence and aggression in relation to social change, intergroup conflict, war, terrorism, crime, and family relationships, among other subjects. Dissertations with no relevance to understanding human violence and aggression will not be supported. Priority will also be given to areas and methodologies not receiving adequate attention and support from other funding sources.
  • Citizenship: Not specified
  • Deadline: February 1

International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF)

  • The Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) offers nine to twelve months of support to graduate students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who are enrolled in PhD programs in the United States and conducting dissertation research on non-US topics. Eighty fellowships are awarded annually.  Fellowship amounts vary depending on the research plan, with a per-fellowship average of $20,000. The fellowship includes participation in an SSRC-funded interdisciplinary workshop upon the completion of IDRF-funded research.
  • Citizenship: Unrestricted
  • Deadline: November 1, 2016

Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships

  • ACLS invites applications for the annual competition for the Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships, which support a year of research and writing to help advanced graduate students in the humanities and related social sciences in the last year of Ph.D. dissertation writing. The program encourages timely completion of the Ph.D. Applicants must be prepared to complete their dissertations within the period of their fellowship tenure and no later than August 31, 2017. A grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation supports this program.
  • Citizenship: Unrestricted
  • Deadline: October 26, 2016

Mellon Fellowships for Dissertation Research in Original Sources

  • The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) is pleased to offer fellowships generously funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for dissertation research in the humanities or related social sciences in original sources. The purposes of this fellowship program are to: Help junior scholars in the humanities and related social science fields gain skill and creativity in developing knowledge from original sources; enable dissertation writers to do research wherever relevant sources may be, rather than just where financial support is available; encourage more extensive and innovative uses of original sources in libraries, archives, museums, historical societies, and related repositories in the U.S. and abroad; and provide insight from the viewpoint of doctoral candidates into how scholarly resources can be developed for access most helpfully in the future.
  • The program offers about fifteen competitively awarded fellowships a year. Each provides a stipend of $2,000 per month for periods ranging from 9-12 months.
  • Citizenship: Unrestricted
  • Deadline: December 2, 2016

NAEd/Spencer 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 $27,500 fellowships support individuals whose dissertations show potential for bringing fresh and constructive perspectives to the history, theory, analysis, or practice of formal or informal education anywhere in the world.
  • Citizenship: Unrestricted
  • Deadline: October 6, 2016

Newberry Fellowships

  • Fellowships at the Newberry provide support for researchers who wish to use the collection. The Newberry administers annual competitions for both Short-Term Fellowships of one to two months and Long-Term Fellowships of four to twelve months.
  • Citizenship: Unrestricted
  • Deadline: Varied - see website

James Madison Memorial Fellowships

  • The James Madison Memorial Fellowships are awarded to U.S. citizens who demonstrate a commitment to civic responsibilities and to professional and collegial activities and who qualify for admission with graduate standing at an accredited U.S. university that offers a qualifying master's degree program. Applicants must be committed to teaching American history, American government, and/or social studies full time in grades 7–12.
  • Citizenship: U.S. citizen or national
  • Deadline: March 1, 2017

Fellowships in STEM

Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship

  • The Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE CSGF) program provides outstanding benefits and opportunities to students pursuing doctoral degrees in fields of study that use high performance computing to solve complex science and engineering problems. Those studying engineering and the physical, computer, mathematical or life sciences are encouraged to apply provided they meet the eligibility requirements. Fellowship support is available for four years and must be renewed annually.
  • Citizenship: U.S. Citizens or permanent residents
  • Deadline: January 18, 2017

DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program

  • The goal of the Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is to prepare graduate students for science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) careers critically important to the DOE Office of Science mission, by providing graduate thesis research opportunities at DOE laboratories.  The SCGSR program provides supplemental awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students to pursue part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE laboratory in areas that address scientific challenges central to the Office of Science mission. The research opportunity is expected to advance the graduate students’ overall doctoral thesis while providing access to the expertise, resources, and capabilities available at the DOE laboratories.
  • Eligibility: U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Deadline: November 21, 2016

Hertz Fellowships

  • The Foundation supports graduate students working towards the Ph.D. degree in the applied physical, biological and engineering sciences. These fields include applied mathematics, statistics, and quantitative aspects of modern biology. Applicants must be willing to morally commit to make their skills available to the United States in time of national emergency.
  • Citizenship: U.S. citizen or permanent residents of the United States of America
  • Deadline: October 28, 2016

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship Program (NDSEG)

  • The National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship Program (NDSEG) of the US Department of Defense is intended for students at or near the beginning of graduate study for doctoral degrees in mathematical, physical, biological, and engineering sciences. It is a three-year award, which includes a stipend, plus full tuition and fees, not including room and board.
  • Citizenship: US citizens or nationals
  • Deadline: December 9, 2016

National Physical Science Consortium Graduate Fellowship

  • The National Physical Science Consortium is a partnership between government agencies and laboratories, industry, and higher education. NPSC's goal is to increase the number of American citizens with graduate degrees in the physical sciences and related engineering fields, emphasizing recruitment of a diverse applicant pool including women and minorities. The NPSC Graduate Fellowship is unique in being: open to all American citizens; lasting for up to six years; providing a $20,000 annual stipend; covering tuition; allowing a fellow also to hold a research or teaching assistantship; including one or two paid summer internships with a government agency; providing a mentor and the opportunity for a lasting relationship with the sponsor.
  • Citizenship: U.S. Citizen
  • Deadline: December 9, 2016

National Physical Science Consortium Dissertation Support Fellowship

  • The National Physical Science Consortium is a partnership between government agencies and laboratories, industry, and higher education. NPSC's goal is to increase the number of American citizens with graduate degrees in the physical sciences and related engineering fields, emphasizing recruitment of a diverse applicant pool including women and minorities. The Dissertation Support Fellowship provides support while a graduate student conducts dissertation research. Students should apply in the year of graduate school prior to the beginning of their dissertation research program, but not before they can describe their intended research in general terms.
  • Citizenship: U.S. Citizen
  • Deadline: December 9, 2016

National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants

  • NSF award grants to doctoral students to improve the quality of dissertation research. These grants provide funds for items not normally available through the student's university. Additionally, these grants allow doctoral students to undertake significant data-gathering projects and to conduct field research in settings away from their campus that would not otherwise be possible. Proposals are judged on the basis of their scientific merit, including the theoretical importance of the research question and the appropriateness of the proposed data and methodology to be used in addressing the question.
  • Citizenship: Unrestricted
  • Deadlines: varied (apply under your appropriate NSF directorate)
  • Website note:  see various NSF directorates for specific information

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships (NSF GRFP)

  • The National Science Foundation aims to ensure the vitality of the human resource base in biological science, technology, engineering, mathematics, physical science, earth science, and social science in the United States and to reinforce its diversity by offering approximately 1,000 graduate fellowships in this competition. The Graduate Research Fellowship provides three years of support for graduate study leading to research-based masters or doctoral degrees and is intended for students who are at the early stages of their graduate study.
  • Applicant Support is available for U of A students who register here
  • Citizenship: US citizen, US national, or permanent resident
  • Deadline: Oct 24 – Oct 28 (varies according to discipline)

 

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