External fellowships

Many outside organizations fund fellowships for graduate students. This page provides a listing of the fellowships administered by the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education; contact fellowship administrator Scott Tirrell for details.

Read each description carefully.   See also general guidelines on applying for fellowships, scholarships, and grants.  The following symbols are used in the fellowship descriptions:

Citizens US citizens may apply
Permanent residents Permanent residents may apply
Internationals Internationals may apply

Fellowships are grouped according to the following deadlines:

October deadlines

  • Dissertation Fellowship Program
  • Fannie and John Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowship Program

November deadlines

  • The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans
  • National Science Foundation
  • Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships
  • National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science, inc. (GEM)

December deadlines

  • National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship Program (NDSEG)
  • Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Defense Education Program
  • The Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fund Fellowship

January deadlines

  • Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship Program
  • Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration
  • American Psychological Association Predoctoral Fellowship in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (MHSAS)
  • Josephine De Karman Fellowship

February deadlines

  • NASA Graduate Student Researchers Project

 


October deadlines

 

Dissertation Fellowship Program

Dissertation Fellowship Program
The Spencer Foundation
625 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 1600
Chicago, IL 60611-1803
Telephone 312-337-7000
E-mail fellows@spencer.org

CitizensPermanent residentsInternationals 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 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. Applicants must be candidates for the doctoral degree in any field of study at a graduate school in the United States, but they need not be US citizens. Dissertation topics must concern education, and all applicants must document that they will have completed all pre-dissertation requirements by June 1, 2015 and must provide a clear and specific plan for completing the dissertation within a one or two-year time frame

Applications are available online.

Deadline: October 3, 2014

 

Fannie and John Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowship Program

Fannie and John Hertz Foundation
P.O. Box 5032
Livermore, CA 94551-5032
Telephone (925) 373-1642

CitizensPermanent residentsEligible applicants for Hertz Fellowships must be students of the applied physical, biological and engineering sciences who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States of America, and who are willing to morally commit to make their skills available to the United States in time of national emergency. College seniors wishing to pursue the Ph.D. degree in any of the fields of particular interest to the Foundation, as well as graduate students already in the process of doing so, may apply. The awards are for one academic year and are renewable. The award includes a stipend plus an allowance for tuition and other expenses.

Applications are available online.

Deadline: October 31, 2014

 


November deadlines

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

400 West 59th Street
New York, New York 10019
Telephone 212-547-6926
Fax 212-548-4623
E-mail pdsoros_fellows@sorosny.org

CitizensPermanent residents 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. Fellowships offer support for up to two years in any academic discipline or professional field, and provide stipend and partial tuition. Applicants must be a senior in a bachelor’s program or a first or second year graduate student, be under 31 years old, and have status as a “New American”: the holder of a Green Card or DACA recipient; a naturalized citizen; or the child of two naturalized citizen parents.

Applications are available online.

Deadline: November 1, 2014

 

National Science Foundation

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program
GRF Operations Center
Suite T-50
1818 N. Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
Telephone (866) NSF-GRFP
E-mail info@nsfgradfellows.org

CitizensPermanent residentsFellowships cover a wide variety of disciplines and are awarded for three years. Only US citizens or permanent residents may apply. Applications are available online.

Deadlines:
Computer and Information Science and Engineering, Engineering, Materials Research: October 29, 2014
Chemistry, Mathematical Sciences, Physics and Astronomy: October 30, 2014
Psychology, Social Sciences, STEM Education and Learning: November 3, 2014
Geosciences, Life Sciences: November 4, 2014

Reference letter deadline: November 6, 2014

 

Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships

Fellowships Office, Keck 576
National Research Council
500 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
202-334-2872
E-mail infofell@nas.edu

Citizens These fellowships are designed 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.

  • Predoctoral fellowships support study toward a PhD or ScD
  • Dissertation fellowships offer support in the final year of writing the PhD or ScD thesis
  • Postdoctoral Fellowships offer one-year awards for PhD recipients

Applicants must be US citizens in research-based fields of study.

Applications are available online.

Predoctoral Deadline: November 19, 2014
Dissertation and Postdoctoral Deadline: November 14, 2014

Supplementary Materials Receipt Deadline: January 9, 2015

 

National Consortium for Graduate Degrees For Minorities In Engineering and Science, Inc. (GEM)

1430 Duke Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
info@gemfellowship.org
Fax (202) 207-3518

GEM offers financial support for advanced degrees:

  • MS Engineering Fellowship Program
  • PhD Engineering Fellowship Program
  • PhD Science Fellowship Program

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

Applications are available online.

Deadline: November 15, 2014

 


December deadlines

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship Program (NDSEG)

US Department of Defense, NDSEG Fellowship Program
200 Park Drive, Suite 211
P.O. Box 134444,
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, 27709
Telephone (919) 549-8505

CitizensThe NDSEG fellowship 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. Open to US citizens only, it is a three-year award with stipend plus full tuition and fees. Send e-mail to ndseg@aro-emhl.army.mil.

Applications are available online.

Deadline: December 12, 2014

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

American Society for Engineering Education
1818 N Street N.W., Suite 600
Washington, DC 20036
Telephone: (202) 331-3544
Fax: (202) 265-8504
Email: smart@asee.org

CitizensPermanent residents Through this scholarship program, academically excellent students pursuing degrees in disciplines of particular interest to the Department of Defense receive funding for full tuition, related educational fees, and living expenses and are then placed in civilian laboratory positions upon graduation. The program is open to graduate and undergraduate students.

Applications are available online.

Deadline: December 15, 2014

THE DOLORES ZOHRAB LIEBMANN FUND FELLOWSHIP

CitizensThis is an external fellowship.  Each graduate program may submit one nomination and accompanying application materials to the ODGE for consideration in the internal MIT competition for the Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fund Fellowship by December 30, 2014. The ODGE will evaluate, select, and submit three applications for nomination to the Liebmann Trust on behalf of MIT.The fields of eligibility include any recognized field of study in the humanities, social sciences, or natural sciences (including law, medicine, engineering, architecture or other formal professional training).

History:The Will of Dolores Zohrab Liebmann created a perpetual charitable trust designated as “The Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fund” for the purpose of funding advanced education and graduate study grants, which must be carried out entirely in the United States of America.  Mrs. Liebmann was the daughter of a prominent Armenian intellectual, writer and statesman and was married to one of the owners of a successful American business.  She supported students and educational and charitable organizations during her lifetime.  Mrs. Liebmann’s primary concern, as expressed in her Will, was to attract and support students with outstanding character and ability who hold promise for achievement and distinction in their chosen fields of study.  The trustees welcome applications from students of all national origins who are United States citizens.http://foundationcenter.org/grantmaker/liebmann/

Eligibility:

  • Fellowships are available to students who are currently enrolled in and pursuing a graduate degree at a designated institution of higher learning located in the United States of America.
  • The program of study being pursued by the candidate may include any recognized field of study in the humanities, social sciences, or natural sciences (including law, medicine, engineering, architecture or other formal professional training).
  • The candidate must demonstrate a need for financial assistance. 
  • The candidate must be a citizen of the United States of America.
  • The candidate may be of any national descent or background.

Benefits:

The amount of each Fellowship will cover the cost of tuition ($43,210 for current academic year) and a stipend of $18,000 to be allocated towards room, board, living expenses and income taxes.

Internal Application Requirements:

  • 2015-2016 Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fund Fellowship application
  • C.V.
  • Unofficial graduate transcript or Websis grade report
  • A Statement of Purpose (up to 3 pages, double spaced) which considers the relationship between the student’s graduate studies and intended personal and/or professional goals. Statement of purpose must include a 10-15 line abstract at the top (included in page limit) that explains (in layman’s terms) the student’s degree program, giving emphasis to its eventual intellectual impact on the field of study.
  • Letters of recommendation from two (2) professors who have taught or worked closely with the student

Please note that selected candidates will need to provide additional materials for the full application.Selected candidates will also have the option of providing additional faculty letters of recommendation.

ODGE Internal Competition Deadline: December 30, 2014. Notification of successful nominees occurs in late January.


January deadlines

 

Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship Program

DOE CSGF Program Coordinator
1609 Golden Aspen Drive, Suite 101
Ames, IA 50010
Telephone (515) 956-3696
Fax (515) 956-3699
E-mail csgf@krellinst.org

CitizensPermanent residentsThis fellowship is for exceptional undergraduate seniors or first or second year graduate students planning full-time study toward a PhD in the physical, engineering, computer, mathematical, or life sciences with emphasis in high performance computing. Recipients receive full tuition and required fees for up to 4 years of study, a yearly stipend, matching funds for a computer workstation, yearly academic allowance, yearly conferences, and opportunity to complete a practicum at a national DOE laboratory. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent resident aliens.

Applications are available online.

Deadline: January 2015 (Specific date not yet announced)

American Psychological Association Predoctoral or postdoctoral Fellowship in mental health and Substance abuse services (MHSAS) 

Minority Fellowship Program
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
Telephone (202) 336-6127
TDD/TTY (202) 336-6123
Fax (202) 336-6012
Email mfp@apa.org
Website: http://www.apa.org/pi/mfp/

CitizensPermanent residents 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.

Applications are available online.

Deadline: January 15, 2015

 

Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration

Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship
1609 Golden Aspen Dr., Suite 101
Ames, IA 50010
Telephone (515) 956-3696
Fax (515) 956-3699
E-mail ssgf@krellinst.org

CitizensPermanent residentsFellowship supports graduate students planning full-time study for a PhD in areas of interest to stewartship science areas such as high-energy density physics, low-energy nuclear science, or properties of materials under extreme conditions. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent resident aliens. Benefits include yearly stipend, payment of all tuition and required fees for up to 4 years of study at any US university, and a yearly academic allowance for professional development.

Applications are available online.

Deadline: January 2015 (Specific date not yet announced)

 

Josephine de Karman Fellowship

Fellowship Committee
Judy McClain, Secretary
Josephine de Karman Fellowship Trust
P.O. Box 3389
San Dimas, CA 91773
Telephone (909) 592-0607

CitizensPermanent residentsInternationalsFellowships are available to students in any discipline entering their senior undergraduate year, or to any candidate for a PhD who has completed all requirements for that degree by January 31. Post doctoral students are not eligible for consideration. International students may apply if they are already enrolled in a university located in the United States and if they will be in the United States by July preceding the fall semester of the academic year for which they have enrolled. Grants include a stipend; they are for one academic year and may not be renewed or postponed.

Applications are available online; completed applications include transcripts of the applicant’s scholarship records and two letters of recommendation.

Deadline: Postmarked no later than midnight, January 31, 2015

 


March deadlines

 

NASA Graduate Student Researchers Project

Graduate Student Researchers Program Manager, Ahmed Nurriddin
NASA Headquarters, Code FE, HQ
Washington, DC 20546-0001
Telephone (301) 918-8390

CitizensTraining grants, plus a NASA internship, for one year; renewable for a total of three years. Students may apply at any time during their graduate career. An applicant must be sponsored by the department chair or faculty advisor.

Applications are available online.

Deadline: Not yet announced

 

Last updated October 2014