ASU's Distinguished Graduate Fellowships program helps graduate students and postdoctoral researchers compete for widely-recognized distinguished fellowships and awards. Recipients of these awards go on to become outstanding scholars and leaders, both in their disciplines and in society at large.
The Distinguished Graduate Fellowships office serves all ASU graduate students and postdoctoral researchers.
Review the list of distinguished awards on this page. Once you’ve determined which fellowship or award you’d like to pursue, read through all of the relevant materials on the sponsor's website, learn the due date/s, application requirements, eligibility requirements, and, then, contact Joshua Brooks, the Program Manager of Distinguished Graduate Fellowships for any additional support.
List of Distinguished Awards
Award Amount or Benefit
The AAUW American Fellowships dissertation fellowship supports women scholars who are completing dissertations.
$20,000 for one year
Early November (typically Nov. 1)
International Fellowships are awarded for full-time study or research in the U.S. to women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
Master’s/first professional degree: $18,000
This award is presented in recognition of outstanding student-initiated research (dissertation or other) and includes a cash award (see sponsor's site for details).
See sponsor's site for details.
Provides unique funding opportunities for U.S. graduate students, who want to work and study in less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests that are underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.
Covers the cost and expenses of travel/study abroad
The CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award recognizes dissertations that represent original work and make an unusually significant contribution to the discipline.
Cash award varies - see sponsor's site
Late June - Early July
The Chateaubriand Fellowship supports outstanding Ph.D. students from American universities who wish to conduct research in France for their dissertation or other term-specific research (4 to 9 months).
Varies: Supports research in France for a period of 4 to 9 months.
The CLS is a U.S. Dept. of State award that funds an intensive overseas language (for 14 specific languages) and cultural immersion program for U.S. citizens enrolled in U.S. colleges and universities.
All CLS Program costs are covered for participants including travel to and from the student's U.S. home city and program location, a mandatory Washington, D.C. pre-departure orientation, applicable visa fees, room, board, group-based intensive language instruction, program-sponsored travel within the country, and all entrance fees for CLS Program cultural enhancement activities.
Awards $25,000 to two graduate students interested in exploring gut microbiome, probiotics and yogurt to better understand how they help support and maintain human health and wellness.
The Donald E. Super Fellowship is awarded to support dissertation research on a topic related to career development and is accompanied by a cash award.
Cash award varies - see sponsor's site
The English Language Fellow Program is a U.S. Dept. of State public diplomacy initiative that sends experienced U.S. TESOL professionals on paid teaching assignments at universities and other academic institutions around the world.
$30,000 stipend and benefits package
Rolling basis: The application opens in the early fall of the year prior to the fellowship start date.
Fellowships will be awarded in a national competition administered by the National Academies on behalf of the Ford Foundation to increase underrepresented minority (URM) representation in academia.
Pre-doctoral: $24,000 stipend per year for three years plus tuition waiver, other benefits
The Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowship Program provides opportunities to doctoral candidates to engage in full-time dissertation research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies.
Varies by year. See sponsor's site for this year's award summary. Cover's expenses for research abroad for 6-12 months.
The Hertz Fellowship provides financial and lifelong professional support for the nation’s most promising graduate students in science and technology.
$34,000/nine-month personal stipend
This fellowship supports a year of research and writing to help advanced graduate students in the humanities and related social sciences in the last year of PhD dissertation writing.
Stipend: $35,000, plus funds for research costs of up to $3,000 and for university fees of up to $5,000
NAEd/Spencer's Dissertation Fellowship Program supports individuals whose dissertations show potential for bringing fresh and constructive perspectives to the history, theory, or practice of formal or informal education anywhere around the world.
$27,500 one year stipend, plus additional benefits
NAEd/Spencer's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program supports early-career scholars working in critical areas of education scholarship.
Fellows will receive $70,000 for one academic year of research, or $35,000 for each of two contiguous years, working half time. Fellows will also attend professional development retreats and receive mentorship from NAEd members and other senior scholars in their field.
The DoD NDSEG Fellowship Program is a competitive fellowship that is awarded to U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, and U.S. dual citizens who intend to pursue a Doctoral degree aligned to the DoD services Broad Agency Announcements (BAAs) in research and development at a U.S. university.
Stipend: $38,400 per year for three years
The NSF GRFP recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported STEM disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees at accredited US institutions. The five-year fellowship includes three years of financial support including an annual stipend.
An annual stipend of $34,000 for three of five years and a cost-of-education allowance of $12,000 is paid to the institution for the institution's benefit to help the institution bear the cost of the Fellow's tuition waivers.
The goal of the Pathways program is to prepare eligible candidates to become competitive applicants for NIDCD Early Career Research (ECR) R21 or K23 award.
Variable and dependent on multiple factors (see sponsors site)
The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans program invests in the graduate education of 30 New Americans—immigrants and children of immigrants—who are poised to make significant contributions to US society, culture or their academic field.
$90,000 in financial support over two years
Late October or Early November
PMF is a well-compensated two-year training and leadership development program within United States government agencies, administered by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), for U.S. citizens with a recent graduate degree.
Two-Year Appointment: The full salary and benefits of that come with an executive appointment in a federal agency—varies, but well compensated for all fellowship positions; many other benefits; see fellowship website.
This program gives awarded students the opportunity to develop their leadership skills and professional networks through a one-year Master’s Degree at Tsinghua University in Beijing – one of China’s most prestigious universities.
Fully funded Masters in Global Affairs, taught in English, with concentrations in public policy, economics and business, or international studies.
The IDRF program offers six to twelve months of support to graduate students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who are enrolled in PhD programs in the United States and conducting dissertation research about non-US or US Indigenous cultures and societies.
Fellowship amounts vary depending on the research plan, with a per-fellowship average of $23,000. Other benefits included.
This program places fellows at the Supreme Court of the United States, the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, the Federal Judicial Center, and the U.S. Sentencing Commission as part of funded/compensated year-long developmental experiences for awardees.
Fellowships are one year and include full living support and other benefits. Details vary by year. See sponsor's site.
Late November or Early December
Fellowships are offered to graduate students, predoctoral students, and postdoctoral and senior investigators to conduct independent research and to utilize the resources of the Institution with members of the Smithsonian professional research staff serving as advisors and hosts.
DISSERTATION PREDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS -for doctoral candidates to conduct dissertation research:
Early November (typically Nov. 1)
Yenching Academy Scholars receive full support to pursue a Master of Arts in China Studies at Peking University.
A full-tuition scholarship, accommodation in the residential college, and a stipend to cover living expenses.
Mid-April (prelim); mid-December (see sponsor's site for details)