Fellowships and Scholarships
- Diversifying Higher Education Faculty in Illinois (DFI) (student)
- Education Testing Service Fellowship Programs (faculty & student)
- FDA Commissioner's Fellowship Program (faculty & student)
- Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowship (student)
- GEM Fellowship (student)
- Jefferson Science Fellowship (faculty)
- NASA Postdoctoral Fellowship (faculty)
- National Research Council Post-Doctoral & Senior Research Awards (faculty & student)
- NDSEG Graduate Fellowship (student)
- Newton International Fellowship (post-doctoral)
- NIST: Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (student)
- NSF: East Asia & Pacific Summer Institutes (student)
- NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (student)
- Sigma Xi: Grants In Aid of Research Program (student)
- Smithsonian Fellowships (faculty & student)
- UK - US Research Collaborations (faculty & students)
- Additional Resources
The DFI Initiative works to increase the number of minorities with master’s and doctoral degrees by providing financial assistance, based on demonstrated financial need, for students to complete graduate degrees. In addition, the program administrators work with higher education institutions to offer workshops and pursue other outreach opportunities to meet the goals and objectives of the Initiative.
A DFI Fellow must be an Illinois resident and U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident alien who is a member of an Underrepresented Group. Black/African American, Hispanic American, Asian American, American Indian or Alaskan Native. "Traditionally underrepresented minority group" means any of the minority groups designated in the Public Act which are represented in Illinois post-baccalaureate enrollment at a percentage rate less than the minority group's representation in the total Illinois population. The Public Act further specifies that to be classified as an Illinois resident, an applicant must possess a high school diploma or postsecondary degree from an accredited Illinois educational institution or have lived in Illinois for at least three years.
The ETS Fellowship and Internship programs seek scholars who either hold a doctoral degree or who are enrolled in a doctoral program in the field of educational research and who are interested in research opportunities.
ETS Summer Internship Program for Graduate Students
Selected interns conduct research under the guidance of an ETS mentor in Princeton, N.J. Graduate students who are currently enrolled in a full-time doctoral program and who have completed a minimum of two years of coursework toward their PhD or EdD on or before the program start date are eligible to apply.
Postdoctoral Fellowship Award Program
Up to three fellows are selected and invited to conduct independent research. Candidates must hold a PhD or an EdD. The fellowship is for a period of up to two years, renewable after the first year by mutual agreement.
Sylvia Taylor Johnson Minority Fellowship in Educational Measurement
One fellow is selected to conduct independent research. Candidates must have received their PhD or EdD within the past ten years. The fellowship is for a period of up to two years, renewable after the first year.
Harold Gulliksen Psychometric Research Fellowship Program
During the academic year, fellows study at their universities and conduct a research project under supervision of an academic mentor and in consultation with an ETS research scientist. During the summer, fellows participate in the ETS Summer Internship Program for Graduate Students. The program is open to national and international applicants who are enrolled in a doctoral program and who have completed all required coursework toward the PhD. Applicants should be at the dissertation stage of their program.
See ETS for specific application deadlines.
The Fellowship Program combines rigorous graduate-level coursework with the development of a regulatory science research project. Under the guidance of an FDA senior scientist Preceptor committed to mentoring, Fellows will explore a specific aspect of FDA regulatory science.
This experience can be in a biology, physics or engineering lab, in a clinical review team, in biostatistics, informatics, epidemiology, risk analysis, or in other aspects of FDA science.
Fellows also have the opportunity to contribute to FDA's review of sponsor's applications for new products or to other regulatory reviews. They work with FDA scientists to develop better research and evaluation tools and approaches, ranging from assays for chemical or pathogen detection to methods to assess clinical or health care data.
- U.S. citizen or national
- Must have a Doctoral level degree or have a Bachelor's or Master's degree in an engineering discipline
Key Program Dates:
- April - May: Applications accepted
- Late June/July: Interviews
- July - August: Applicants notified of their standing
- October: Program start date
Through its Fellowship Programs, the Ford Foundation seeks 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.
- U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident
- Evidence of superior academic achievement
- Planning a career in teaching and research at the college or university level
All awardees have expenses paid to attend one Conference of Ford Fellows.
Approximately 60 predoctoral, 35 dissertation and 20 postdoctoral fellowships sponsored by the Ford Foundation and administered by the National Research Council for the National Academies.
Deadline: November, annually, see Ford Foundation website for specific application deadlines.
GEM's fellowship programs span the entire recruitment, retention, and professional development spectrum. GEM's principal activity is the provision of graduate fellowships at the MS and Ph.D. levels coupled with paid summer internships. GEM also offers programming on the importance of graduate school and tools for access and successful matriculation. Additionally, GEM produces publications for graduate and undergraduate students, university and industry administrators to assist in the education process of how to obtain a graduate STEM education. GEM is devoted to increasing access and success in engineering and science graduate education and practice.
GEM's program activities go beyond financial support by engendering student success in academic and professional environments. GEM has a solid success record in implementing effective programs to increase the recruitment, retention, and graduation of minority students.
GEM provides three Fellowship Programs.
Deadlines: July 1 - November 15, annually
The Jefferson Science Fellowship engages faculty in the fields of science, technology, and engineering as policy advisors to the US Department of State or USAID. All JSF assignments will be designed through a consultation that considers both the interests and expertise of the Fellow and the needs of the hosting office. Tenured, or similarly ranked, academic scientists, engineers and physicians from US institutions of higher learning are eligible to apply.
The NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) supports NASA’s goal to expand scientific understanding of the Earth and the universe in which we live.
Selected by a competitive peer-review process, NPP Fellows complete one- to three-year Fellowship appointments that advance NASA’s missions in earth science, heliophysics, planetary science, astrophysics, space bioscience, aeronautics and engineering, human exploration and space operations, and astrobiology.
As a result, NPP Fellows contribute to national priorities for scientific exploration; confirm NASA’s leadership in fundamental research; and complement the efforts of NASA’s partners in the national science community.
Deadlines : March 1, July 1, and November 1, annually.More information
The mission of the NRC Research Associateship Programs (RAP) is to promote excellence in scientific and technological research conducted by the U. S. government through the administration of programs offering graduate, postdoctoral, and senior level research opportunities at sponsoring federal laboratories and affiliated institutions.
Deadlines: February 1, May 1, August 1, and November 1, annually
As a means of increasing the number of U.S. citizens and nationals trained in science and engineering disciplines of military importance, the Department of Defense (DoD) plans to award approximately 200 new three-year graduate fellowships in April 2014, subject to the availability of funds. The DoD will offer these fellowships to individuals who have demonstrated the ability and special aptitude for advanced training in science and engineering.
National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowships are awarded to applicants who will pursue a doctoral degree in, or closely related to, an area of DoD interest within one of the fifteen following disciplines:
- Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
- Chemical Engineering
- Civil Engineering
- Cognitive, Neural, and Behavioral Sciences
- Computer and Computational Sciences
- Electrical Engineering
- Materials Science and Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering
The Newton International Fellowship is run by The British Academy, and the Royal Society, and aims to attract the world’s best early stage postdoctoral researchers to work at United Kingdom research institutions for a period of two years.
The Fellowships cover a broad range of natural and social sciences, and the humanities and are open to early-stage postdoctoral researchers who do not hold UK citizenship and are working outside the UK. Fifty Fellowships are available per round and successful candidates will receive an annual subsistence of £24,000, up to £8,000 for research expenses, and a one-off payment of up to £2,000 for relocation.
Awards include a contribution to the overheads incurred, at a rate of 50% of the total award to the visiting researcher.
Newton Fellows may also be eligible to receive up to £6,000 annually for up to ten years following the tenure of their Fellowship to support networking activities with UK-based researchers.
The SURF program encourages the pursuit of graduate degrees in science and engineering by exposing undergraduate students to cutting-edge research and providing them the opportunity to work with internationally known NIST scientists. Applications are submitted on behalf of qualified students by their schools. Colleges and universities in the United States and its territories with degree-granting programs in nanoscale science, engineering, computer science, mathematics, chemistry, biology, materials science, neutron research, and/or physics are eligible to nominate students.
An EAPSI award provides U.S. graduate students in science, engineering, and education: 1) first-hand research experiences in Australia, China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore, or Taiwan; 2) an introduction to the science, science policy, and scientific infrastructure of the respective location; and 3) an orientation to the society, culture, and language. It is expected that EAPSI awards will help students initiate professional relationships to enable future collaboration with foreign counterparts.
The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees in fields within NSF's mission. The GRFP provides three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant achievements in science and engineering research.
Deadline: November, annually
The Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research (GIAR) program has been providing undergraduate and graduate students with valuable educational experiences for more than 80 years. By encouraging close working relationships between students and faculty, the program promotes scientific excellence and achievement through hands-on learning.
The program awards grants of up to $1,000 to students from all areas of the sciences and engineering. Designated funds from the National Academy of Sciences allow for grants of up to $5,000 for astronomy research and $2,500 for vision related research. Students use the funding to pay for travel expenses to and from a research site, or for purchase of non-standard laboratory equipment necessary to complete a specific research project.
Deadlines: March 15th, October 15th, annually
The Smithsonian Institution offers fellowships in many diverse disciplines, including:
- Animal behavior, ecology, and environmental science
- Anthropology, including archaeology, cultural anthropology, linguistics, and physical anthropology
- Astrophysics and astronomy
- Earth sciences and paleobiology
- Evolutionary & systematic biology
- History of science and technology
- History or art, especially American, contemporary, African, Asian art, and twentieth-century American crafts, and decorative arts
- Materials research
- Molecular biology
- Social and cultural history of the United States
A list of fellowship, scholarship and grant websites compiled by the National Academies Fellowship Office
Additional FDA Fellowship, Internship, Graduate, & Faculty Programs
NSF A-Z Index of Funding Opportunities