Sample Fellowship and Scholarship Programs for Graduate Students and Dissertators

The listing below is provided only to give an illustration of the wide variety of fellowship programs that are available to graduate students. Students are advised to consult the CoS Funding Opportunities Database for a far more complete listing of funding opportunities.

In addition to fellowships, there are many scholarship programs which graduate students may be eligible for. Click here to see sample programs. More complete information is available in the CoS Funding Opportunities Database.



Fellowships for Any Field of Study


Chevening Scholarship Program

Three scholarship programs for postgraduate study in the United Kingdom for students in any field of study.

Ford Foundation Fellowship

Predoctoral, dissertation, and postdoctoral fellowships to increase and support diversity in the faculties of American universities.


The flagship international exchange program operated by the U.S. government. The program awards approximately 1560 grants each year to U.S. citizens to study abroad for up to one year in all disciplines. Also awards grants to foreign students to study in the U.S. Over 150 countries participate in the program.

Gates Cambridge Scholarships

One to three years of study in any discipline at Cambridge University in England.

German Chancellor Fellowship

One year of study in any discipline at a university in Germany.

Josephine de Karman Scholarships

Fellowships to support PhD candidates with ABD status.

Organization of American States (OAS) Fellowships

For graduate study or research in any field except medical sciences or introductory language study.

Rhodes Scholarship

Two or three years of support for study at Oxford University in any field. 32 scholars chosen from the U.S. per year.

Swiss Benevolent Society of New York Scholarships

For students of Swiss parentage. Merit based awards for study at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels both in the U.S. and abroad.



Fellowships for Particular Fields of Study


Amelia Earhart Fellowships (Zonta International Foundation)

For women pursuing aerospace careers in science or engineering. 35 – 40 fellowships of $10,000 are awarded annually.

BMI Student Awards

Scholarships for various music and art related fellowships and awards.

Davis-Putter Scholarships

Need-based grants (up to $6,000) to students actively working for peace and justice on campus and/or in the community.

Humane Studies Fellowships

For undergraduate and graduate students with “liberty-advancing research interests” in fields such as economics, philosophy, law, political science, anthropology, and literature. In 2010, the program awarded more than 180 fellowships for $2,000 to $15,000.

Jacob K. Javits Fellowship

Up to four years of support for doctoral study in the arts, humanities, or social sciences.

NIH Loan Repayment Programs

Up to $35,000 annually to approximately 1600 research scientists who work in universities, nonprofit, or governmental agencies following graduation. Open to applicants from a variety of clinical research fields.

NIH National Research Service Award

A variety of fellowship and training grant programs for both research doctoral students and health service doctoral students.

Peace Scholar Dissertation Fellowship

Supports doctoral dissertations that explore the sources and nature of international conflict, and strategies to prevent or end conflict and to sustain peace.

Phi Kappa Phi Fellowships

Fifty-seven fellowships of $5,000 and three fellowships of $15,000 to Phi Kappa Phi members entering the first year of graduate or professional study.

Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowships

Two years of support for those entering careers in the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service.

Society of Women Engineers

Various awards for women pursuing baccalaureate or graduate degrees in engineering or computer science, as well as engineering and computer science students enrolled in ABET-accredited engineering programs.

Smithsonian Fellowships

Support for undergraduate senior or graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in any field of study appropriate to the Smithsonian and its collections.

Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowship

Fellowships of $25,000 to support dissertation research in any field that addresses the improvement of education.

Wellstone Fellowship for Social Justice

The Wellstone Fellowship for Social Justice is designed to foster the advancement of social justice through participation in health care advocacy work that focuses on the unique challenges facing many communities of color.

Winston Churchill Foundation Scholarship

Supports graduate study in the sciences, math, and engineering at Cambridge University in England.



Dissertation Grant Opportunities


AAUW Dissertation Fellowships

Supports women scholars completing dissertations and postdoctoral research in a wide variety of fields.

Charlotte Newcombe Dissertation Fellowship

Provides one year support for conducting dissertation research on ethical and religious values. Open to applicants from a variety of fields in the humanities and social sciences.

DeKarmen Dissertation Fellowship

One-year fellowships to support dissertation research in any field of study.

International Dissertation Field Research Fellowships

Up to 50 fellowships to support social scientists and humanists conducting dissertation field research in all areas and regions of the world.

Ford Foundation Dissertation Program

Fellowships to support dissertation research for students from a wide variety of fields. Program aims to increase diversity in the faculties of American universities.

Louisville Institute Dissertation Fellowship

Provides one year support for conducting dissertation research on Christianity in North America.

Mellon Foundation Fellowship

Supports a variety of programs supporting dissertation research in the humanities and social sciences.


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