Graduate Student Applicants

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This is not an exhaustive list of all the available funding. See Databases & Resources for links to national organizations that feature thousands more opportunities.

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Alumnae of Northwestern University Graduate Fellowship

Awards up to $20,000 for graduate tuition to Northwestern alumni, preferably females, who return to the University to pursue a terminal Master's degree in any field of study.  Applicant may be newly admitted or currently enrolled, but must be registered as full-time graduate student in Fall Quarter 2016.  Applications can be found at and will be available early in February, 2016. 

American-Scandinavian Foundation Grants & Fellowships

Scholarships for study in a Scandinavian country. Applicants must have research or study that makes a stay in Scandinavia essential.

Belgian American Educational Foundation Fellowship

Fellowship for one year of advanced study at a Belgian University. Preference given to those with Dutch, French or German language abilities.

Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD)

Various awards for study in Germany.

Josephine De Kármán Fellowship

Funding available for doctoral candidates. Student in all fields eligible.

Erasmus Mundus

Scholarships for students and doctoral candidates to attend programmes offered by consortia of higher education institutions with study/research periods in European countries.

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Funds a year’s study or research in more than 150 eligible countries. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree by the beginning date of the grant.

Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellowship

Tuition award for graduate studies in the humanities, social sciences or natural sciences.

Rotary Foundation Scholarship

Rotary shifted their grant profile in 2011.  Contact your home town and Evanston Rotary clubs for details regarding district funding priorities.  

Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship For New Americans

Tuition for graduate study at any university in the United States. Applicants must be naturalized U.S. citizens or children of naturalized U.S. citizens.

Science, Math, Technology & Engineering

ARCS Foundation Scholarships

Scholarships for graduate study in science, engineering or medical research. Applicants must be recommended by deans and department chairs.

American Concrete Institute Graduate Scholarships

Stipend for students in the areas relating to concrete, structural design, materials, construction, etc.

American Institute of Steel Construction Scholarships & Fellowships

Awards of varying amounts for students studying civil or architectural engineering.

American Society of Civil Engineers Fellowship

Tuition award for master’s program in civil engineering.

Department of Homeland Security Fellowships

Awards for students studying topics in science, math and technology that can be applied to the DHS mission. No competition in 2012 due to federal budget cuts.

Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship

Tuition award for students pursuing doctoral degrees. Eligible fields of study must use math and computing to solve complex science and engineering problems.

Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship

Tuition awards to pursue master’s degrees or doctorates in transportation-related fields.

Environmental Protection Agency Science To Achieve Results Fellowships

Tuition awards for students pursuing advanced degrees in environmental sciences.

Fannie & John Hertz Foundation Fellowship

Tuition awards for students pursuing a PhD in the applied physical, biological and engineering sciences.

IBM PhD Fellowship Program

Tuition awards for doctoral candidates in technical fields. Applicants must be nominated by a faculty member.

Link Foundation Energy Program

Tuition scholarships for doctoral candidates in fields relating to energy.

NASA Earth System Science

Tuition awards for students enrolled in master’s or doctoral programs relating to Earth system science or related disciplines.

NASA Graduate Student Researchers Program

Tuition awards for students pursuing master’s or doctoral programs in science, math and engineering related to NASA research and development.

National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate Fellowship

Tuition award for graduate degrees in a field of interest to the Department of Defense.

National Institute of Health National Research Service Awards

Tuition awards for students pursing careers as physician-scientists.

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

Tuition award for advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering, mathematics or social science.

Oxford Pershing Square Graduate Scholarship

Supports extraordinary individuals in developing and realising their potential as future global leaders by fully funding the MBA year of the Oxford 1+1 programme.

Scottish Power Foundation Scholarship

The scholarships aim to contribute to the education of young professionals with the capabilities required to lead the energy industry into the future. Open to American, British and Spanish citizens.

Sertoma International Communicative Disorders Scholarship Program

Scholarships for students pursuing an advanced degree in audiology or speech-language pathology.

Arts & Humanities

Adobe Design Achievement Awards

Higher education students are invited to submit their creative projects for a chance at global recognition, Adobe software, cash, mentorship, and more. 

Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship

Tuition awards in the fields relating to music, art, architecture, dance and theatre.

Public Policy/Service

David L. Boren Graduate Fellowships

Funding for research in all fields and study of less-common languages to compliment graduate education.

National Association of Social Work Foundation Fellowship

Provides the financial resources to support students pursuing a variety of social work specialties.

Donald M. Payne International Development Fellowship Program

The USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship Program seeks to attract outstanding young people who are interested in pursuing careers in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship

Scholarships for those interested in a Foreign Service career in the U.S. Department of State. Funding for senior year and first year of graduate study.

Charles B. Rangel Graduate Fellowship Program

Designed to promote diversity in the US Foreign Service, this fellowship funds graduate study and professional development activities leading to a career in the US Foreign Service. Seniors and alumni should apply during the year in which they apply to graduate programs.


Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation Grants for Gay-Postive Arts Projects

Awards yearly grants to playwrights who submit full-length plays, screenplays, musicals or operas. All works submitted must present the gay and lesbian lifestyle in a positive manner and be based on, or inspired by, a historic person, culture, event, or work of art.

Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Social Justice

Providing critically needed financial support to lesbian-led, trans, LGBTI and progressive organizations working for the human rights of women and LGBTI people. Primarily funds groups, not individuals. 

Forum Foundation Scholarships

Intended to promote a positive gay identity, to encourage continued academic and career progress and to assist in financing higher education for gay, lesbian and transgender students. Applicants must be residents of the State of Michigan.

Heyning-Roelli Foundation Scholarship

Helps pay for costs of living in Switzerland during study-abroad for students who would not be otherwise able to afford such a study trip without financial assistance.

National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals (NOGLSTP) Scholarship

Intended for students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) programs who are either lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) or an active ally of the LGBT community. 

Point Foundation: National LGBTQ Foundation Scholarship

Point Foundation empowers promising LGBTQ students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential – despite the obstacles often put before them – to make a significant impact on society.

Pride Foundation LGBT Scholarship

Offering over 50 different types of scholarships for LGBTQ and straight ally students. Must be a resident of the Pacific Northwest (Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska).

Underrepresented Minority Groups

American Geological Institute Minority Participation Program

Various awards for underrepresented ethnic-minority students in the geosciences.

American Sociological Association Minority Fellowship Program

Tuition awards for students from underrepresented minority groups pursuing a PhD in sociology or related field.

Diversifying Higher Education Faculty In Illinois

Tuition award for students from underrepresented groups pursuing a teaching or administrative career at an Illinois post-secondary institution or higher education governing board.

Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships

Awards for doctoral candidates from underrepresented minority groups committed to a career in teaching or research at the university level.

Gem Fellowships For Minorities in Engineering And Science

Tuition awards for underrepresented minorities pursuing master’s and doctoral degrees in science and engineering.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

Funding and educational resources to pursue a first undergraduate or graduate degree.

National Physical Sciences Consortium Graduate Fellowship

Full tuition for graduate degrees in the physical and sciences and related engineering fields. Special consideration to women and ethnic minorities. Early-year grad students may apply.

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

Tuition and stipend for outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees at accredited US institutions.  The NSF welcomes applications from all qualified students and strongly encourages under-represented populations, including women, under-represented racial and ethnic minorities, and persons with disabilities, to apply for this fellowship.

Students with Disabilities

American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation

Scholarship for graduate students with a disability enrolled in a communication sciences and disorders program.

NIH Predoctoral Fellowship Awards For Students With Disabilities

Tuition award for students with disabilities pursuing an advanced degree in the biomedical or behavioral sciences.