External Fellowships for Study
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellows
and Research in the United States
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) accepts applications for its science and technology fellows program. The purpose of the program is to enable scientists and engineers from around the country to use their knowledge and analytical skills to help address national and international policy issues. Fellows, who must be U.S. citizens and have completed a doctoral-level degree, spend year-long fellowships in congressional offices and more than a dozen federal agencies. The six general areas of emphasis are: congressional; diplomacy; energy, environment, agriculture, and natural resources; global stewardship; health, education, and human services; and national defense and global security.
AAAS Fellows Program website
American Bar Foundation - Doctoral Fellowships in Law and Social Science
The American Bar Foundation is committed to developing the next generation of scholars in the field of law and social science. The purpose of the fellowships is to encourage original and significant research on law, the legal profession, and legal institutions. For the Doctoral Fellowships, applications are invited from outstanding students who are candidates for Ph.D. degrees in the social sciences. Proposed research must be in the general area of sociolegal studies or in social scientific approaches to law, the legal profession, or legal institutions. The dissertation must address significant issues in the field and show promise of a major contribution to social scientific understanding of law and legal process. Minority students are especially encouraged to apply.
Josephine de Kármán Fellowship
For students in any discipline who are entering their senior undergraduate year or who are Ph.D. candidates.
The Josephine de Kármán Fellowship Trust website
The Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection
Offers junior fellowships in three fields—Byzantine Studies, Pre-Columbian Studies, and Garden and Landscape Studies—to students who have fulfilled all preliminary requirements for the Ph.D. Dumbarton Oaks website
The John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship
For Ph.D. students in the social sciences in the greater Los Angeles area.
The Haynes Foundation website
The Fannie & John Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowship
For Ph.D. students in the Applied Physical and Engineering Sciences.
The Hertz Foundation website
Jacob K. Javits Fellowship Program
This program provides fellowships to students of superior academic ability for study at the doctoral and Master of Fine Arts level in selected fields of arts, humanities, and social sciences.
Javits Fellowship website
The Lawrence Scholar Program
A program administered by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). Top Ph.D. students are granted appointments of up to four years to conduct research of interest to the Laboratory while completing their thesis.
The Lawrence Scholar Program website
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation/ACLS Early Career Fellowship Program
A program of the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), which provides support for young scholars. Fellowships are awarded in two categories: Dissertation Completion Fellowships, and Fellowships for Recent Doctoral Recipients. A grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation supports this program.
IHR (Institute of Historical Research) Mellon Fellowships for Dissertation Research in the Humanities
Institute of Historical Research website
Nasdaq Education Foundation PhD Dissertation Fellowships
The mission of The Nasdaq OMX Educational Foundation, Inc. is to promote learning about capital formation, financial markets and entrepreneurship through innovative educational programs.
NASDAQ Education Foundation website
National Academy of Education/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship Program
This program aims to identify the most talented researchers conducting dissertation research related to education. The 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 $25,000 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.
National Academy of Education/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship Program website
National Bureau of Asian Research: Next Generation Leadership Program
This year-long fellowship bridges the gap between scholarship and policymaking. Recent master's degree recipients and professional degree holders are encouraged to apply.
National Bureau of Asian Research website
National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate Fellowship (NDSEG)
The Department of Defense (DoD) offers three-year graduate fellowships to individuals who have demonstrated the ability and special aptitude for advanced training in science and engineering. The 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 following disciplines: Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, Biosciences, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Cognitive, Neural, and Behavioral Sciences, Computer and Computational Sciences, Electrical Engineering, Geosciences, Materials Science and Engineering, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering, Oceanography, and Physics.
National Institute of Health, Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA)
The mission of the NIH is to protect health and give a special helping hand to those who need assistance. A number of fellowships for students pursuing PhDs in health related fields are offered.
National Physical Sciences Consortium (NPSC) Fellowship
Offers a graduate fellowship in the physical sciences and related engineering fields. Open to all U. S. citizens, but especially geared to historically under-represented minorities and women. An NPSC Fellowship covers the first two or three years of graduate school, depending on the sponsoring employer, with the possibility of continuing for several more years if all fellowship conditions are met.
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)
The National Science Foundation (NSF), an independent U.S. government agency, aims to ensure the vitality and diversity of the human resource base in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics by offering approximately 1,000 graduate fellowships. They provide three years of support for graduate study leading to research-based master's or doctoral degrees, and are intended for students in the early stages of their graduate study.
The National Science Foundation website
Roberto Rocca Education Program
The Roberto Rocca Education Program is an initiative to provide scholarships and fellowships to talented graduate students of engineering and the applied sciences. Fellowships are available for exceptional university graduates from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Indonesia, Mexico, Romania and Venezuela who will pursue or are pursuing Ph.D. studies at a university of the student's choosing outside his or her home country. The Fellowship is targeted to the disciplines of Engineering: Mechanical, Metallurgy, Materials Science and Petroleum.
Roberto Rocca Education Program website
The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships For New Americans
For green card holders, naturalized U.S. citizens and children of parents who are both naturalized U.S. citizens. Supports 30 individuals annually for up to two years of graduate study in any subject, anywhere in the United States.
The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships For New Americans website
Switzer Environmental Fellowship Program
Created to assist talented graduate students in New England and California who demonstrate leadership in improving environmental quality. Open to fields of study, including economics, engineering, public health and law as well as biology, chemistry and physics.
Robert & Patricia Switzer Foundation website
The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Program
Several Woodrow Wilson Fellowships are available to graduate students. For more information about any of the grants and fellowships below, visit the:
Woodrow Wilson Fellowships website
- Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships support the final year of work on Ph.D. dissertations dealing with ethical or religious values in fields across the humanities and social sciences.
- The Woodrow Wilson Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship in Women's Studies is the only national program supporting original, significant, interdisciplinary doctoral dissertations on women's issues.
- MMUF Dissertation Grants support former Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows who are at the dissertation stage of a Ph.D. program.
- MMUF Travel and Research Grants help defray costs
of dissertation fieldwork for former Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows.