Science-Related Graduate Fellowships

Ford Foundation Diversity Grants

  • Deadline: Closed
  • Pre-doctoral fellowship for students who intend to acquire their PhD or ScD degrees in the future.
  • Students eligible for the Pre-Doctoral Fellowship must be a senior in undergraduate studies with the intention of enrolling in a program that leads to a PhD or ScD the semester directly following undergraduate graduation. Other people eligible include those who have completed their undergraduate studies with the same intention of enrolling in a program that leads to a PhD or ScD or those who have completed some graduate school in a program that leads to a PhD or ScD
  • Students who are awarded a Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowship receive support for three years, which includes an annual stipend of $24,000, expenses paid in order attend at least one Conference of Ford Fellows, and access to mentoring.
  • Visit the Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships website for pre-doctoral students for more information.

GEM PhD Science Full Fellowship Program

  • Tuition with a minimum stipend of $16,000
  • Deadline: Closed
  • Criteria for selection include: U.S. citizen or permanent resident, specific ethnicity underrepresented in the natural sciences, enrollment as a senior, graduate student, or working professional with a minimum of a B.S. in an applied science discipline with a minimum GPA of 3.0; and an academic record that indicates the ability to pursue graduate studies in the applied sciences.
  • Visit the National GEM Consortium website for more information.

National Academies

  • Four organizations comprise the Academies: the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Research Council. The Fellowship Office administers predoctoral, dissertation, and postdoctoral fellowship programs in research-based fields of study. The office currently administers the following programs: The Ford Foundation Predoctoral, Dissertation, and Postdoctoral Fellowships for Minorities; the Resident Research Associateships Program; the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Urban Scholars Postdoctoral Fellowships; the U.S. Department of State Jefferson Science Fellows Program; and the Vietnam Education Foundation Fellowships.
  • Fields: Science, Medicine, Engineering Research
  • Visit the National Academies website for more information.


National Consortium For Graduate Degrees for Minorities


  • Deadline: Closed
  • Amount National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowships last for three years and pay $102,000 in stipend funds and up to $1,000 a year in medical insurance.
  • Program open only to applicants who are citizens or nationals of the U.S. Applicants should be at or near the beginning of their work on a doctoral degree in a mathematical, physical, biological, ocean, or engineering science. Applications are particularly encouraged from women, minorities, and persons with disabilities. Selection is based on academic record, recommendations, and standardized test scores. Financial need is not considered.
  • Visit the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship website for more information.

National Physical Science Consortium

  • Graduate fellowships for minorities and women in Physical Science
  • Field(s): Astronomy; Chemistry; Computer Science; Geology; Material Science; Mathematics; Physics. Open to U.S. citizens who are Black, Hispanic, Native American, and/or female who have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 and are eligible to pursue graduate study in the above areas at a participating NPSC member university. Renewable for up to six years. Total value of award up to $102,000.
  • For more information, visit the National Physical Science Consortium website.

National Science Foundation

  • Deadlines vary according to field
  • For three years, fellows are awarded an annual $32,000 stipend as well as a $12,000 cost of education allowance to one's graduate studies institution.
  • The National Science Foundation awards fellowship to students who are enrolling in science or engineering graduate programs at a U.S. institution. Confirmation of acceptance to an approved graduate program is required before fellowship acceptance. The Foundation encourages underrepresented students in the science and engineering fields to apply.
  • Visit the National Science Foundation Fellowship Program website for more information.

Department of Energy

  • Benefits: Yearly stipend of $36,000; payment of all tuition and fees; $1,000 yearly academic allowance.
  • The Department of Energy (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship Program provides outstanding benefits and opportunities to students pursuing a PhD in areas of interest to stewardship science, such as high-energy-density physics, low-energy nuclear science, or properties of materials under extreme conditions. Fellows also participate in research at a DOE laboratory.
  • This program is open only to U.S. citizens and permanent resident aliens studying at a U.S. university who are exceptional senior undergraduates or are in their first or second year of graduate study.
  • Visit the Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship website for more information.

Other Graduate Fellowships

American Council for Learned Societies/Mellon

  • Deadline: Closed
  • ACLS invites applications for the eighth annual Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships competition, which supports a year of research and writing to help advances students in the humanities and related social sciences in the last year of PhD dissertation writing

Visit the American Council for Learned Societies website for more information.

American Council for Learned Societies/Luce Foundation

  • Deadline: Closed
  • Ten fellowships providing stipends of $30,000 and up to $4,000 for travel expenses are available for the 2017-2018 academic year for graduate students at any stage of the PhD dissertation research or writing process.
  • Visit the American Council for Leaned Societies website for more information.

American Political Science Association

Afro-American and African Studies

  • Deadline: Closed
  • Amount: $20,000 stipend and health insurance
  • Applicants for the pre-doctoral fellowship must have completed all requirements for the PhD in Afro-American or African Studies, except for the dissertation, prior to August of the fellowship year. Applicants must include a description of a research project that would be pursued during the fellowship year.
  • Visit the Carter G. Woodson Institute for Afro-American and African Studies at the University of Virginia for more information.

American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education

  • Various Humanity in Action Fellowships
  • Visit the Humanity in Action website for more information.

Art History Fellowship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

  • Deadline: Closed
  • One year stipends for junior fellow are $42,000 and $52,000 for senior fellows, with up to an additional $6,000 for travel expenses.
  • PhD candidates, postdoctoral researchers, and senior museum professionals interested in furthering their scholarly research within one of the Museum's curatorial departments are invited to apply.
  • Visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art for more information.

Aspen Institute Hearst Scholars

  • Deadline: Closed
  • Fellowship for Minority Students
  • The Hearst Fellow serves as an intern with PSI in the Washington, D.C. office of the Aspen Institute, which seeks to introduce a diverse group of students to issues and challenges in philanthropy, social enterprise, nonprofit organizations, and other actors in the social sector.
  • Visit the Aspen Institute for more information.

The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR)

  • Deadline: Closed
  • Opportunities are available forMellon Fellowships for Dissertation Research in Original Sources.
  • Fifteen 9-12 month fellowships will be offered with a monthly stipend of $2,000.
  • Research begins on June 1- September 1, 2016 and will end within 12 months of commencing.
  • Applicants do not have to be U.S. citizens, but must be enrolled in a doctoral program in a graduate school in the US.
  • Visit The Council on Library and Information Resources for more information.

Duke Fellowships for Promotion of Child Well-Being

  • Deadline: Closed
  • For Doctoral Students
  • Annual stipend of $30,000 for up to two years.
  • Designed to identify and develop a new generation of leaders interested in and capable of creating practice and policy initiatives that will enhance child development and improve the nation's ability to present all forms of child maltreatment.
  • Visit the Chapin Hall website for more information.

Getty Graduate Internship

  • Deadline: Closed
  • Offered by the four programs of the J. Paul Getty Trust (the Museum, Research Institute, Conservation Institute, and Foundation).
  • Visit the Getty Foundation for more information.

The Inter-American Foundation Grassroots Development

Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

  • Deadline: November 1, 2017
  • This program provides opportunities for continuing generations of accomplished "new Americans" to achieve leadership in their chosen fields. The fellowship grants half tuition plus $20,000/year for up to two years of graduate study in the United States. Applicants must provide evidence of at least two of the following: creativity, originality, and initiative; commitment to and capacity for accomplishment; commitment to the values expressed in the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights.
  • Qualifications: Applications are open to those who hold "green cards," have been naturalized as U.S. citizens, or are the children of two parents who are naturalized citizens. Applicants must either have a bachelor's degree or be in the final year of undergraduate study and must not be more than 30 years of age. Applicants maybe in graduate school, though not beyond their second year.
  • Visit the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New American s website for more information.

Public Health Associate Program

  • Deadline: Closed
  • Must be a U.S. citizen and hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited academic institution by July 1 of the year of application (applicants with a master's degree will be considered, but do not receive preference in hiring, nor a higher pay). Individuals holding a master's degree may be eligible for other CDC fellowship programs. Must be willing to commit to full-time work for two years. Must be willing to work in a state, tribal, local, or territorial health agency setting, or CDC quarantine station and must be willing to relocate at the associate's own expense.
  • Visit the Public Health Associate Program website for more information.