External Graduate Fellowships and Scholarships

Obtaining a prestigious fellowship can be a life-changing experience for students. It opens up educational and professional opportunities that are unavailable through other means, and grants a distinction that can transform a student’s education and career. Therefore, we strongly encourage students to consider pursuing fellowships during their graduate studies at Marquette.

Advice for Applying for Graduate Student Fellowships

Fellowships are highly competitive, and so students need to prepare their applications very carefully. Of course, the most prestigious fellowship programs are the most competitive and are looking for individuals whose past accomplishments suggest that they are likely to go on to careers of influence and outstanding accomplishment. For all fellowships, however, students need to prepare their applications very carefully and should begin working on them months in advance of deadlines. Successful applications usually go through several revisions after being reviewed by multiple individuals familiar with the area of interest and the particular fellowship program.

Being successful with a fellowship application requires careful planning and preparation. When students begin exploring fellowship opportunities, they will quickly notice that most fellowships require specific types of background and qualifications. Therefore, students need to determine which fellowships match their interests and qualifications.

The listing below is provided only to give an illustration of the wide variety of fellowship programs that are available to graduate students and is by no means an exhaustive list.

Fellowships for any field of study

Chevening Scholarship Program

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 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.


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.


Dissertation grant opportunities

AAUW Dissertation Fellowships

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

DeKarmen Dissertation Fellowship

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

International Dissertation Field Research Fellowships

Supports 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.

Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowship

Fellowships to support dissertation research in any field that addresses the improvement of education.

Fellowships for particular fields of study

Davis-Putter Scholarships

Need-based grants 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. 

Jacob K. Javits Fellowship

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

NIH Loan Repayment Programs

For 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

Fellowships to Phi Kappa Phi members entering the first year of graduate or professional study.

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.

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.