Dissertation Research

NOTE: The awards below appear in alphabetical order. This list is not comprehensive. Use the databases on our Resources page and your own independent research to find awards not represented here.



AHA

American Heart Association (AHA) Pre-doctoral Fellowship

The AHA Pre-doctoral Fellowship provides pre-doctoral students with individualized, mentored research training to initiate careers in cardiovascular and stroke research. Fellows will work at a non-profit medical institution for two years under the sponsorship of a mentor at the institution. Applicants must be full-time pre-doctoral students who have already earned their bachelor’s degrees. Students who are U.S. citizens, permanent residents or have an applicable visa are eligible to apply.
National deadline: Thursday, February 9, 2017

 

ARIT

American Research Institute in Turkey Summer Fellowships

The American Research Institute in Turkey offers full travel and fellowships for advanced students to participate in the summer program in advanced Turkish language at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul. This intensive program offers the equivalent of one full academic year of study in Turkish at the college level. The fellowships cover round-trip airfare to Istanbul, application and tuition fees, and a maintenance stipend. Full-time students who are US citizens or permanent residents are eligible to apply.
National deadline: Monday, February 6, 2017

 

Chateaubriand

Chateaubriand Fellowship

Offered by the Embassy of France in the United States, the Chateaubriand Fellowship supports four to nine months of research in France for American university students. The fellowship has two programs: one for doctoral students in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and biology-health who aim to initiate or reinforce collaborations, partnerships or joint projects between French and American research teams; and one for doctoral students in the humanities and social sciences who seek to research in France. All Ph.D. students who are not French citizens are eligible to apply.
National deadline: Friday, January 27, 2017

 

CLS 2

Critical Language Scholarship

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a fully funded overseas summer language and cultural immersion program for American students. CLS provides study opportunities to a diverse range of students at every level of language learning. Students who are US citizens and at least 18 years old are eligible to apply.
National deadline: Wednesday, November 16, 2016



Dannon

Dannon Gut Microbiome, Yogurt and Probiotics Fellowship Grant

Dannon awards two undergraduate, graduate, or postdoctoral students a grant of $25,000. The successful candidate should excel in science and have an interest in the field of the gut microbiome’s effect on human health and well-being, or in the nutritional and functional benefits of yogurt, fermented dairy products and probiotics on the body. Examples may include the role of calcium, vitamin D or other nutrients from yogurt, or the effects of probiotics, fermented dairy products or yogurt on brain function, digestive health, weight management or heart health. The award will be for tuition or research-related projects or as otherwise allocated at Dannon’s sole discretion and will be payable directly to the student’s educational institution to support their continued education on related topics. Currently enrolled US citizens or permanent residents are eligible to apply.
National deadline: Wednesday, February 15, 2017



Jp Morgan

Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellowship

Administered by J.P. Morgan, this renewable fellowship provides tuition costs and an $18,000 annual stiped for currently enrolled PhD candidates with demonstrable financial need in any field. ABD applicants are most competitive. Northwestern may nominate up to three candidates for the award per year. US citizens are eligible to apply.
Campus deadline: Friday, December 9, 2016



HIUSA 2

Hosteling International Explore the World Travel Scholarship

The Explore the World Travel Scholarship is for aspiring global travelers who want to give back while they experience another culture. Scholarship recipients will receive $2,000 to support a trip that includes an educational or service component. Students who are between 18 and 30 years old and US citizens or permanent residents are eligible to apply.
National deadline: Wednesday, March 15, 2017



US Dep of Ed

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowship

The Fulbright-Hays DDRA program provides opportunities to doctoral candidates to engage in full-time dissertation research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies. (Projects focused on Western Europe are not supported.) Students may request funding for a period of no less than six months and no more than 12 months. Students who are US citizens, nationals, or permanent residents who have advanced to candidacy in a relevant field are eligible to apply.
Campus deadline: Monday, February 27, 2017



Fulbright 2

Fulbright US Student Program

The Fulbright US Student Program is a funded year of post-baccalaureate research, study, or English teaching in one of 140 countries worldwide. There are two general types of awards: full grants, which fund research projects, university studies, journalism projects, and projects in the creative and performing arts; and English teaching assistantships (ETAs), which are offered in about half of the participating countries. Teaching positions are available at the primary, secondary, and university level, depending upon the country of application. Some, but not all, countries require host-country language skills and teaching experience. US citizens are eligible to apply.
Campus deadline: Tuesday, September 5, 2017


GHC 2

Global Health Corps

Global Health Corps mobilizes a community of emerging leaders to build health equity. They place talented individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds in paid, high-impact roles in NGOs and government agencies in sub-Saharan Africa and the US. During the fellowship year, fellows collaborate, innovate, and create sustainable and impactful change. Applicants from a broad range of sectors and disciplines can apply for up to three positions that match their interests and skills, from project management to monitoring and evaluation, engineering, communications and more. Applicants under 30 years of age are eligible.
National deadline: Wednesday, January 18, 2017



Luce 2

Luce Scholars Program

The Luce Scholars Program is designed to enhance the understanding of Asia among potential leaders in American society. The program provides stipends, language training, and individualized professional placement in Asia for 15-18 Scholars each year. Seniors, graduate school students, professional school students, and alum in any field who have had limited exposure to Asia are eligible to apply through Northwestern. The Luce Foundation will not accept individual applications submitted directly to the foundation. Applicants must be US citizens and under the age of 30. Successful candidates should have a record of high achievement, outstanding leadership ability, and clearly defined interests with evidence of potential for professional accomplishments. For more information on the campus application process, click here.
Campus deadline: Monday, October 16, 2017



McNeil 

McNeil Center for Early American Studies Dissertation Fellowship

Fellows receive a stipend of up to $21,000, office space in the Center's magnificent building on the University of Pennsylvania's campus and library, computer, and other privileges at the University. Limited travel funds for research are also available. While no teaching is required for most fellowships, all McNeil Center fellows are expected to be in residence in Philadelphia during the academic year and to participate regularly in the Center's program of seminars and other activities. Doctoral candidates from any PhD-granting institution who are in the research or writing stage of the dissertation are eligible. As outlined below, some fellowships are targeted at specific areas, but any project dealing with the histories and cultures of North America in the Atlantic world before 1850 will be considered. Proposals dependent on the use of Philadelphia-area archives and libraries are particularly welcome. Applications are encouraged from students of all relevant disciplines, including Africana Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, Archaeology, Comparative Literature, Economics, English, Folklore, Gender Studies, History, Latina/o Studies, Law, Music, Native American and Indigenous Studies, Political Science, Queer Studies, Religious Studies, Urban Studies, and Women’s Studies.
National deadline: Wednesday, February 1, 2017



NSF GRFP

National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)

The NSF GRFP recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based doctoral degrees at accredited US institutions. US citizens who have completed no more than 12 months of graduate study are eligible to apply.
National deadline: fall 2016, dates vary by discipline



Point

Point Foundation Scholarship

Point Foundation is the nation’s largest higher education scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) students. Point’s multifaceted support of its scholarship recipients extends far beyond direct financial contribution toward the cost of their education. Each scholar is paired with a mentor and participates in leadership development programs and events. Applicants must be "out," have strong academic achievements, and a track record of leadership and community involvement for the LGBTQ community.
National deadline: Monday, January 30, 2017

 

ThinkSwiss

ThinkSwiss Research Scholarship

ThinkSwiss encourages collaboration between Swiss and US students and academics in a variety of fields. The scholarship is open to outstanding students in all fields with an interest in conducting research or participating in a summer school course in Switzerland. The program provides a monthly scholarship of approximately $1,100 for a period of two to three months. Currently enrolled students at US universities are eligible to apply.
National deadline: Tuesday, January 31, 2017

 

Wenner-Gren

Wenner-Gren Dissertation Fieldwork Grant

Dissertation fieldwork grants are awarded to aid doctoral or thesis research. The program supports basic research in anthropology and to ensure that the discipline continues to be a source of vibrant and significant work that furthers our understanding of humanity's cultural and biological origins, development, and variation, and particularly welcomes proposals that employ a comparative perspective, can generate innovative approaches or ideas, and/or integrate two or more subfields. There is no preference for any methodology, research location, or subfield. The maximum amount of the grant is US $20,000. 
National Deadline: Monday, May 1, 2017, and Tuesday, November 1, 2017

 

Winterthur

Winterthur Dissertation Fellowship

Winterthur Fellows conduct research in a broad range of scholarly topics and academic disciplines, including material culture studies, social and cultural history, art history, literary studies, American studies, design history, the decorative arts, landscape architecture and design, consumer culture, and conservation studies covering global topics from the 17th to the 20th centuries. Doctoral candidates conducting research or writing a dissertation receive four- to nine-month fellowships, with stipends up to $7,000 per semester.
National deadline: Sunday, January 15, 2017

 

Winterthur

Winterthur Short-Term Fellowship

Winterthur Fellows conduct research in a broad range of scholarly topics and academic disciplines, including: material culture studies, social and cultural history, art history, literary studies, American studies, design history, the decorative arts, landscape architecture and design, consumer culture, and conservation studies covering global topics from the 17th to the 20th centuries. Academic, museum, independent scholars, and graduate students receive one- to three-month short-term fellowships, with stipends of $1,750 per month.
National deadline: Sunday, January 15, 2017