National Fellowship Opportunities

We encourage students to apply for regional, national, and international fellowships or grants.  Below are some of the major national fellowship and grant opportunities available for graduate study.

Searching for Fellowship and Scholarships

Use the links below to find information about grants, scholarship search, and other external funding opportunities.

Dissertation Fellowships

American Association of University Women (AAUW) American Fellowships

Provides support for women scholars who are pursuing full-time study to complete dissertations, conducting postdoctoral research full time, or preparing research for publication for eight consecutive weeks. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. 

American Anthropological Association Minority Dissertation Fellowship Program

Provides dissertation funding for minority students studying anthropology.

American Educational Research Association Dissertation Grants

Dissertation grants are available for advanced doctoral students and are intended to support the student while analyzing data and writing the doctoral dissertation. Proposals are encouraged from the full range of education research fields and other fields and disciplines engaged in education-related research, including economics, political science, psychology, sociology, demography, statistics, public policy, and psychometrics.

Carter Manny Award

Established in 1996 by the Graham Foundation, the Carter Manny Award supports the completion of outstanding doctoral dissertations on architecture and its role in the arts, culture, and society. Deadline: November 15, 2021

Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships

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. Deadline: November 15, 2021

Ford Foundation Fellowship Program

Predoctoral, Dissertation, and Postdoctoral fellowships will be awarded in a national competition administered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on behalf of the Ford Foundation.

Harry Frank Guggenheim Emerging Scholar Awards

Sponsors scholarly research on problems of violence, aggression, and dominance. 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.

International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF)

The Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) offers six to twelve months of support to graduate students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who are enrolled in Ph.D. programs in the United States and conducting dissertation research on non-US or US Indigenous topics. Deadline: November 2, 2021

Josephine de Karman Fellowship

de Karman fellowships are open to PhD students in any discipline, including international students, who are currently enrolled in a university located within the United States.

Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships

This fellowship supports a year of research and writing to help advanced graduate students in the humanities and related social sciences in the last year of PhD dissertation writing. Applications due on October 27, 2021. Learn more at our upcoming information session on September 28.

National Science Foundation SBE Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants

Dissertation funding for students enrolled at U.S. institutions for up to 24 months. Supports research in the social, behavioral, economic and biological sciences.

Resources for the Future: Joseph L. Fisher Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships

These fellowships support doctoral dissertation research on issues related to the environment, natural resources, or energy. 

Social Science Research Council International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF)

The Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) offers six 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 about non-US or US Indigenous cultures and societies. Deadline: November 2, 2021

Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowships for Research Related to Education

The Dissertation Fellowship program is committed to supporting the research training of promising doctoral students from a wide range of disciplines, taking up research relevant to the improvement of education.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (NIH), Health Services Research Dissertation Awards (R36)

Funding for dissertation work on topics such as healthcare, medicine, social or behavioral sciences, health services research, social sciences, epidemiology, biostatistics, health policy and health informatics.

Wenner-Gren Foundation Dissertation Fieldwork Grants

Supports dissertation research in anthropology.

WW Dissertation Fellowship in Women's Studies

The WW Women’s Studies Fellowships support the final year of dissertation writing for Ph.D. candidates in the humanities and social sciences whose work addresses topics of women and gender in interdisciplinary and original ways. Deadline: October 15, 2021

Fellowships for Women

American Association of University Women (AAUW)

Administers a number of fellowship and grant programs for women scholars, including awards supporting women pursuing full-time study in a master's or professional degree program in which women are underrepresented, including STEM, law, business, and medicine; women pursuing full-time graduate or postdoctoral study in the US who are not US citizens or permanent residents; women pursuing a certificate or degree to change careers or reenter the workforce; and women scholars completing dissertations and postdoctoral research. Each program has its own eligibility criteria, open/close dates, and required documents.

American Political Science Association - Minority Graduate Fellowships in Political Science

The Minority Fellows Program is designed for minority or under-represented students applying to doctoral programs in political science. 

General Fellowships

Intercollegiate Studies Institute Graduate Fellowships Program

Offers several fellowships in fields related to Western civilization and history.

International Foundation for Ethical Research (IFER) Graduate Fellowship Program

Provides funding for graduate students at the master’s or PhD level who are working for the development and implementation of scientifically valid alternatives to the use of animals in research, product testing and education. The foundation will consider students in fields such as sciences, humanities, psychology and journalism.

Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellowships

Provides graduate school fellowships in any recognized field of study in the humanities, social science or natural sciences, including law, medicine, engineering, architecture or other formal professional training.

Smithsonian Opportunities for Research and Study 

Several fellowship opportunities for students to conduct research at Smithsonian institutes.

STEM Fellowships

Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program

Fellows develop basic skills essential to working or participating in science policy at the federal, state, or local levels. Areas of study may include any social/behavioral science, medical/health discipline, physical or biological science, public administration, or any relevant interdisciplinary fields.

DOE Office of Science Graduate Fellowship Program

Program to support outstanding students to pursue graduate training in basic research in the areas of physics, biology, chemistry, mathematics, engineering, computational sciences and environmental sciences relevant to the Office of Science and to encourage the development of the next generation of scientific and technical talent in the U.S.

DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program

The SCGSR program is open to current Ph.D. students in qualified graduate programs at accredited U.S. academic institutions, who are conducting their graduate thesis research in targeted areas of importance to the DOE Office of Science. The research opportunity is expected to advance the graduate students’ overall doctoral thesis/dissertation while providing access to the expertise, resources, and capabilities available at the host DOE laboratories/facilities. The supplemental award provides for additional, incremental costs for living and travel expenses directly associated with conducting the SCGSR research project at the DOE host laboratory/facility during the award period. Detailed information about the program, including eligibility requirements and access to the online application system, can be found at:  

For any questions, please contact the SCGSR Program Manager, Dr. Ping Ge, at [email protected].

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Grants

Fellowships and grants supporting biomedical research.

NASA Space Technology Graduate Research Opportunities

The NASA Space Technology Mission Directorate seeks to sponsor graduate student space technology research ideas that have significant potential to contribute to NASA’s goal of creating innovative new space technologies for our Nation’s science, exploration, and economic future.

National Physical Science Consortium Graduate Fellowships in Science and Engineering

Fellowships and internship opportunities in science fields such as chemistry, geology, materials science, mathematical sciences, and physics.

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) 

Provides three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant achievements in science and engineering research.

2021 Deadlines:
October 18 
(Life Sciences)
October 19 (Computer and Information Science and Engineering, Materials Research, Psychology, Social Sciences, STEM Education and Learning)
October 20 (Engineering)
October 21 (Chemistry, Geosciences, Mathematical Sciences, Physics and Astronomy)

Quantitative Fellowship Program

The QFP is a two-year rotational program designed to develop candidates with strong analytical skills into full-time quantitative analysts within the Federal Reserve System. As a fellow, you will have the opportunity to work on-site at multiple Reserve Banks across the Federal Reserve System, including the Board of Governors' location in Washington, D.C. You will interact directly with financial institutions, gain valuable cross-firm perspective on modeling challenges, and be involved in helping senior Federal Reserve officials make informed decisions.

Fellowships for Minorities

American Psychological Association Minority Fellowship Program (MFP)

Provides financial support, professional development activities and guidance to promising doctoral students and postdoctoral trainees with the goal of moving them toward high achievement in areas related to ethnic minority behavioral health research or services.

UCAR Next Generation Fellowships

‚ÄčIntended for graduate students from underrepresented communities, the UCAR Next Generation Fellowships offer three distinct tracks: Earth System Science, Diversity & Inclusion, and Public Policy.

U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) Minority Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

In an effort to increase the participation of underrepresented groups in selected areas of science in the U.S., these fellowships support training and research in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Visual and Performing Arts Fellowships

Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts

Offers financial support for graduate research in the history, theory, and criticism of art, architecture, urbanism and photographic media.

Craft Research Fund Project Grant

Grants up to $15,000 awarded to support projects that encourage, expand, and support scholarly craft research in the United States. Deadline: October 4, 2021

Getty Pre- and Postdoctoral Fellowships

Getty Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships are intended for emerging scholars to complete work on projects related to the Getty Research Institute's annual research theme or the African American Art History Initiative. Recipients may be in residence at the Getty Research Institute or Getty Villa, where they pursue research projects, complete their dissertations, or expand dissertation for publication. Deadline: October 1, 2021

Samuel H. Kress Foundation Fellowships 

Competitive fellowships supported by the Kress Foundation are awarded to art historians and art conservators in the final stages of their preparation for professional careers, as well as to art museum curators and educators.

Humanities and Social Sciences Fellowships

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

This fellowship is aimed at those pursuing doctoral degrees in clinical, counseling, and school psychology, or other behavioral health services areas.

APF Graduate Student Scholarships

The purpose of the scholarship program is to assist graduate students of psychology with research costs associated with the master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation. The American Psychological Association Science Directorate administers the granting of the scholarships.

Capitol Fellowship

Inaugurated in 1986, the Capitol Fellowship Program has provided financial support to more than fifty scholars researching important topics in the art and architectural history of the United States Capitol Complex. Fellowship support permits scholars–selected on the basis of their qualifications and research proposals–to use the extensive documents housed in the Office of the Architect of the Capitol, the Library of Congress, and the National Archives. Applications for 2022-2023 Fellowships will be accepted in early 2022.

Social Science Research Council Dissertation Fellowships for Area Research

Funding in the social sciences, humanities; graduate students must be enrolled in U.S. institutions.






Updated September 17, 2021