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Graduate Student Funding Opportunities

There are a variety of different funding opportunities for graduate students, which can support graduate education (e.g., tuition, stipends), graduate research (e.g., masters thesis or dissertation work), or conference travel. Many of the general strategies for finding funding opportunities also apply to graduate students. Please contact us if you have questions about searching and/or applying for fellowships and grants.

Professional Societies

Many professional societies and organizations provide funding for student research and travel. The websites of relevant professional organizations can be good places to look for possible opportunities. For example, the American Psychological Association has a number of graduate student scholarships and grants; similar organizations in other disciplines also provide support to graduate students.

Federal & Foundation Funding and Fellowships

There are also opportunities to apply for federal or foundation funding for graduate training and research. Below is a list of some grants and fellowships that might be relevant for Pace graduate students in different disciplines/departments.

Department Of Defense

National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate Fellowship: Students who are US citizens or nationals at or near the beginning of their doctoral studies in one of 15 fields (including engineering, chemistry, cognitive/neural/behavioral sciences, computer & computational sciences, geosciences, mathematics, oceanography and physics) are eligible for 3 years of stipend funding. The fellowship is designed to increase the number of individuals trained in science and engineering disciplines of military importance APPLICATION PERIOD: Opens in September. APPLICATION DEADLINE: TBA.

Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program: provides full scholarships for undergraduate or graduate studies in STEM disciplines, summer research internships, mentoring, and employment placement upon degree completion. APPLICATION DEADLINE: December 1, 2018

Ford Foundation

Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowships: provide three years of support for individuals engaged in graduate study leading to a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) or Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) degree. Individuals must require a minimum of three years to complete their degree, and are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level. Individuals must be pursuing a doctoral degree in an eligible field of study, which includes biological and biomedical sciences, chemistry, computer science, earth sciences, ecological, environmental & evolutionary sciences, education, engineering, history, languages and literature, mathematics, performance studies, communication, and art history, philosophy and religious studies, physics and astronomy, psychology, social sciences, social/cultural anthropology and archeology, and sociology. APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 8, 2019.

Selection criteria include:

  • Evidence of superior academic achievement and promise of continuing achievement
  • Capacity to respond in pedagogically productive ways to the learning needs of students from diverse backgrounds
  • Sustained personal engagement with communities that are underrepresented in the academy
  • Likelihood of using diversity of human experience as an educational resource in teaching and scholarship
  • Membership in one or more of the following groups whose underrepresentation in the American professoriate has been severe and longstanding (Alaska Natives, Black/African Americans, Mexican Americans/Chicanas/Chicanos, Native American Indians, Native Pacific Islanders, Puerto Ricans)

Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship: provides one year of support for individuals working to complete a dissertation leading to a Ph.D. or ScD. Degree. Selection criteria are the same as for the Pre-Doctoral fellowship (see above). APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 8, 2019.

Fulbright Program

Fulbright U.S. Student Programs: Support study/research and English Teaching Assistantships in over 100 foreign countries. Candidates must be U.S. citizens who will hold a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent prior to receiving the grant. To be competitive, candidates should have a GPA of at least 3.5. College and university students must apply through their campus Fulbright Program Advisor. Grants provide funds for transportation, language or orientation courses, where appropriate, tuition, books, maintenance for one academic year, and limited health and accident insurance. APPLICATION DEADLINE: OCT 9, 2018

Graduate Women In Science

Graduate Women in Science Fellowships Program: One-year fellowship of up to $10,000 to be used to increase knowledge in the fundamental sciences and to encourage research careers in the sciences by women. Applicants must have a degree from a recognized institution of higher learning (meaning graduate students through professors can apply), and be performing hypothesis-driven research at any institution in the US or abroad. APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 11, 2019.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

Hispanic Scholarship Fund: Offers undergraduate and graduate students of Hispanic heritage merit –based scholarships from $500-$5000. All majors and graduate fields are eligible, although there is an emphasis on STEM fields. APPLICATION OPENS: January 1. APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 2018

James Madison Foundation

James Madison Junior Fellowships: Offers $24,000 James Madison Graduate Fellowships to individuals desiring to become outstanding teachers of the American Constitution at the secondary school level. Fellowship applicants compete only against other applicants from the states of their legal residence. As funding permits, the Foundation plans to offer one fellowship per state per year. Open to college seniors and recent college graduates who intend to go to graduate school on a full-time basis. The fellowships provide funding for graduate study leading to a master’s degree and are tenable at any accredited institution of higher education in the United States. Candidates must intend to become secondary school teachers of American history, American government and social studies. APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 1, 2019

Marshall Scholarships

Marshall Scholarships: Finance young Americans of high ability to study for a graduate degree in the United Kingdom. Up to 40 Scholars are selected each year to study at graduate level at an UK institution in any field of study. Applicants must be citizens of the United States of America (at the time they apply for a scholarship); (by the time they take up their scholarship e.g. September 2017); hold their first undergraduate degree from an accredited four-year college or university in the United States; have obtained a grade point average of not less than 3.7 on their undergraduate degree (Applicants must have a GPA of 3.7 at the time of application); and have graduated from their first undergraduate college or university after April 2014. APPLICATION DEADLINE: October 1, 2018 5:00PM of the endorsing university.

National Institutes Of Health

National Research Service Award (NRSA)
Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral Individual NRSA: Enables pre-doctoral students to obtain individualized, mentored research training from outstanding faculty sponsors while conducting dissertation research in scientific health-related fields relevant to the missions of the participating NIH Institutes and Centers. The mentored research training must reflect the applicant’s dissertation research project and is expected to enhance the individual’s potential to develop into a productive, independent research scientist. The award can include stipends, funds towards tuition and fees, and institutional allowance. APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 8, August 8, December 8.

Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Individual Predoctoral Fellowship to Promote Diversity in Health Related Research: Supports the research training of pre-doctoral students from population groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in the biomedical, behavioral, or clinical research workforce, including underrepresented racial and ethnic groups and those with disabilities. APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 8, August 8, December 8.

Dissertation Award (R36) Supports dissertation research costs of students in accredited research doctoral programs in the US. Current opportunities include:

National Institutes Of Justice

NIJ Graduate Research Fellowship Program: supports doctoral students in the final stages of graduate study who are engaged in research that advances NIJ’s mission to improve knowledge and understanding of crime and justice issues through science. There are two tracks: Social and Behavioral Sciences and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. (APPLICATION DEADLINE: TBA).

National League For Nursing (Nln)

Mary Anne Rizzolo Doctoral Research Award: Supports doctoral level research conducted by PhD or DNP students to increase the quality and quantity of scholarly inquiry into the uses of simulation in nursing education, advance the science of nursing education, and increase the visibility of NLN-sponsored nursing education research. $2500 award comes with a one-year student membership from the NLN. APPLICATION PERIOD: Opens October 2018.

Sigma Theta Tau International/National League for Nursing Research Award: An annual award of $5000 to one nurse researcher or doctoral dissertation student to support the use of technology in nursing education research. APPLICATION PERIOD: Opens October 2018.

National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration (Noaa)

NOAA Fisheries Sea Grant Fellowship: offers graduate fellowships for population and ecosystem dynamics and marine resource economics. Provides up to $46,000 per year for stipend, living expenses, tuition and travel for up to three years. APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 2019

John A Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship: graduate students with an interest in ocean, costal or Great Lakes resources are matched with hosts in the legislative and executive branch of government located in Washington DC for a one year paid fellowships. APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 2019

National Security Education Program (Nsep)

Boren Fellowship: Provides up to $30,000 to US graduate students to add an important international and language component to their graduate education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency. Fellowships support study and research in areas of the world that are critical to US interests. APPLICATION DEADLINE: TBA.

National Science Foundation

Graduate Research Fellowships
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP): provides 3 years of cost of education allowance for tuition and fees ($12,000 annually) and stipend support ($34,000 annually) for outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported fields pursuing research-based Master’s and doctoral degrees. You can apply for a NSF GRPF during your senior year of an undergraduate program, after completing your undergraduate program but prior to entering graduate school, or during your first or second year of graduate school. Please note that NSF limits graduate students to only one application to the GRFP, submitted either in the first year or the second year (but not both).


Fields of Study 2018 Deadlines 2019 Deadlines 2020 Deadlines
Life Sciences, Geosciences October 22 (Monday) October 21 (Monday) October 19 (Monday)
Computer and Information Science and Engineering, Engineering, Materials Research October 23 (Tuesday) October 22 (Tuesday) October 20 (Tuesday)
Psychology, Social Sciences, STEM Education and Learning October 25 (Thursday) October 24 (Thursday) October 22 (Thursday)
Chemistry, Mathematical Sciences, Physics and Astronomy October 26 (Friday) October 25 (Friday) October 23 (Friday)

Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants (DDRIG)
Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences: programs with DDRIG solicitations include Archeology, Biological Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology, Decision, Risk & Management Sciences, Documenting Endangered Languages, Economics, Geography and Spatial Sciences, Law & Social Sciences, Linguistics, Methodology, Measurement & Statistics, Political Science, Science of Science & Innovation Policy, Science, Technology & Society, and Sociology. APPLICATION DEADLINE: varies by program.

You can find the list of programs here.

Paul And Daisy Soros Fellowships For New Americans

Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans: support New Americans, immigrants or the children of immigrants, who are pursuing graduate school in the United States. Each fellowship provides funding for two years of graduate study in any field and in any advanced degree-granting program in the US. APPLICATION DEADLINE: November 1.

Office For Science And Technology Of The Embassy Of France

Chateaubriand Fellowship in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, & Health: for doctoral students to initiate or reinforce collaborations, partnerships, or joint projects between French and American research teams. The Fellowship supports PhD students registered in an American university who wish to conduct part of their doctoral research in a French laboratory. APPLICATION PERIOD: October through January.

Rotary Foundation Grant Scholarships

District Grant and Global Grant Scholarships can be used to support graduate students studying locally (district grant) or abroad (district or global grants). Global Grant awardees must be studying in one of six areas of focus: promoting peace, fighting disease, providing clean water, saving mothers and children, supporting education, and growing local economies.

Truman Scholarship Foundation

Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation: Supports the graduate education and professional development of outstanding young people committed to public service leadership. APPLICATION DEADLINE: TBA