Funding Opportunities

Distinguished Awards

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.

Learn more about these awards and the various resources available to you:

  • Visit the tabs above to learn more about specific awards for academic study and dissertation research.

  • Register for our hosted information sessions.

  • Explore ASU’s ONSA database to locate other sources of support.

  • 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 Mitch Hobza, Senior Program Manager for Distinguished Graduate Fellowships for additional support.

List of Distinguished Awards

Award Name

General Information

Award Amount or Benefit



AAUW American (Dissertation) Fellowship

The AAUW American Fellowships dissertation fellowship supports women scholars who are completing dissertations. 

$20,000 for one year

  • Must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • Must identify as a woman, open to all fields of study
  • Must be used for the final year of writing the dissertation. 
  • See the sponsor’s website for further eligibility requirements.

Early November (typically Nov. 1)

AAUW International Fellowships (for Women)

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
Doctoral: $20,000
Postdoctoral: $30,000

  • Have citizenship in a country other than the U.S. or possession of a nonimmigrant visa if residing in the U.S. 
  • Hold a U.S. bachelor’s degree (or its international equivalent) completed by November 15 of the year you apply.
  • Intend to return to her home country to pursue a professional career.
  • Eligible programs include J.D., M.F.A., L.L.M., M.Arch., other master's and professional programs, and PhD, EdD, other doctoral programs; see sponsor site for other eligibility requirements.


Barbara A. Kirk Award

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.

  • Must conduct and produce independent research while enrolled in a graduate counseling psychology program.  
  • Must be the principal author of the research.
  • See the sponsor’s website for further details.


Boren Fellowship

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

  • Must be U.S. citizens who are currently enrolled in an accredited U.S. degree program.
  • Must be willing to commit to working for the U.S. Government for one year.
  • See the sponsor's website for more detailed eligibility requirements.

Early January

CGS / ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award

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

  • Each year, two discipline fields are chosen as categories for the award; check the sponsor's site for each year's categories.  
  • ASU may nominate one person in each field (or category) for the application year (for a total of two nominations maximum, per institution). 
  • Completion of doctoral degree requirements and dissertation must lie within a specific date range announced each application year; see sponsor’s website.

Late June - Early July

Chateaubriand Fellowship to France

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.

  • Must be currently working on your PhD
  • Must be registered at a U.S. university (US citizenship is not required; however, French citizens are not eligible)
  • Must be in one of two broad fields: Science, (1) Technology, Engineering, Match & Health, or (2) Humanities & Social Sciences.


Critical Languages Scholarship

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.

  • All applicants must be U.S. citizens.*
  • Applicants must be currently enrolled in a U.S. degree-granting program at the undergraduate or graduate level.
  • Applicants must be at the appropriate level of foreign language proficiency (varies by country).
  • Students in all disciplines, including business, engineering, law, medicine, sciences, and humanities are encouraged to apply.

Early November 

Danone North America Gut Microbiome, Yogurt and Probiotics Fellowship Grant

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.


  • Be an incoming, current and full-time enrolled graduate student, studying in the appropriate field at an accredited U.S. Institution.
  • Be in good standing in the college or university, as well as a major program of study. 
  • Be a current U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident. 
  • See sponsor's website for other requirements.


Donald E. Super Fellowship

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

  • Must be a doctoral student enrolled in a counseling psychology program.
  • Anticipated completion date for the dissertation should not fall before the award date.
  • See the sponsor’s website for other requirements.


English Language Fellow Program

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

  • U.S. citizenship.
  • Graduate-level degree in TESOL, applied linguistics, or a field related to English language teaching.
  • Minimum of two years’ classroom TESOL (ESL and/or EFL) teaching experience.
  • See sponsor’s website for other requirements.

Rolling basis: The application opens in the early fall of the year prior to the fellowship start date. 

Ford Foundation Fellowships

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
Dissertation: $28,000 stipend per year for one year plus tuition waiver, other benefits
Postdoctoral: $50,000 stipend per year for one year, other benefits

  • Open to U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, and U.S. permanent residents, DACA, political asylees, and refugees regardless of race, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation.
  • Must have evidence of superior academic achievement (such as grade point average, class rank, honors or other designations).
  • Intended for individuals committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level.

Early-to-mid December

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad

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.

  • Must be a citizen or national of the United States or a U.S. permanent resident.
  • Must be a graduate student in good standing at an institution of higher education in the United States.
  • Must be admitted to candidacy in a doctoral program in modern foreign languages and area studies.
  • Must be planning a teaching career in the U.S. upon graduation.


Hertz Foundation Fellowship

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
Full tuition equivalent
Renewable annually for up to five years
$5,000/year stipend for fellows with dependent children

  • Be college seniors, first-year graduate students, or in a gap year preparing to apply to graduate school.
  • Intend to pursue a PhD in the applied physical and biological sciences, mathematics, or engineering AND intend to direct studies toward understanding and solving major, near-term societal problems.
  • Must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States. 
  • Supports PhD only.


Mellon/ACLS Doctoral Dissertation Completion Fellowship

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


  • Must be PhD candidates in a humanities or social science department in the United States and obtained ABD status by the application deadline.
  • Must be no more than six years into the degree program at the time of application.
  • Must not currently hold or have previously held a dissertation completion fellowship.
  • See the sponsor's website for further requirements.

Late October

NAEd/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship Program

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

  • Applicants need not be citizens of the United States; however, they must be candidates for a doctoral degree at a graduate institution within the U.S.
  • The fellowship is not intended to finance data collection or the completion of doctoral coursework but rather to support the final analysis of the research topic and the writing of the dissertation. For this reason, all applicants must confirm via the online application that they will have completed all pre-dissertation requirements by June 1 of the year after they apply and must provide a clear and specific plan for completing the dissertation within a one or two-year time frame.

Early October

NAEd/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

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. 

  • Applicants must have received their PhD, EdD, or equivalent research degree between newly specified dates each application cycle (e.g., Jan 1, 20XX and Dec. 31, 20XX, typically a span of five years). 
  • See the sponsor's site for eligibility details/dates specific to your application year. 
  • Applications from all disciplines are encouraged so long as the specific study is within or about educational scholarship.
  • Non-residential fellowship, international applicants are encouraged. 


National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship (NDSEG)

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
Tuition: NDSEG Pays your full tuition to your institution, along with all mandatory fees
Travel/Development Budget: $5,000 
Health Insurance: $1,200 

  • Open only to U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or dual citizens. 
  • Must be enrolled in the final year of undergraduate studies, be a recent bachelor’s or master’s recipient, or be enrolled at some point through the second year of a traditional PhD program.
  • See the sponsor’s website for further eligibility requirements.

Early November

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program

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.

  • Need not be citizens of the United States, but must be candidates for a doctoral degree at a graduate institution within the U.S. 
  • Intended for support of dissertation, not data collection or course work. 
  • Complete all pre-dissertation requirements by June 1 of the year after they apply
  • Must provide a clear and specific plan for completing the dissertation within a one or two-year time frame.


Pathways Program

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)

  • PhD students at the level of candidacy, postdoctoral fellows, faculty below rank of associate.
  • Have a program of research that addresses or will address clinically relevant questions.
  • Have not yet been awarded funding at the NIDCD Early Career Research (ECR) R21, or equivalent level.
  • Have not previously participated in ASHA's Lessons for Success or Clinical Practice Research Institute.

Early December

Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans

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

  • Must be a New American who is 30 years old or younger as of the application deadline. 
  • Must be planning on starting or continuing an eligible graduate degree program full-time in the United States during the fellowship year/s.

Late October or Early November

Presidential Management Fellows 

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.

  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Must have completed advanced degree requirements by August 31st of the year following the annual application. Or, you have completed an advanced degree during the previous two years from the opening date of the PMF Program's annual application announcement.
  • Advanced degrees is any Master’s, doctorate, professional doctorate, etc. 


Schwarzman Scholarship

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. 

  • Must be at least 18 but not yet 29 years of age and have completed an undergraduate degree as of August 1 of their Schwarzman Scholars enrollment year.  
  • May hold any citizenship but must be a strong English speaker.
  • No minimum GPA or class rank required to apply, but applicants are expected to have demonstrated excellence in their academic studies (3.7+ cumulative GPA is reasonable for ASU students).
  • See the sponsor's website for further details.

Late September

SSRC International Dissertation Research Fellowship

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.

  • Must be a graduate student in the humanities and humanistic social sciences (regardless of citizenship) enrolled in PhD programs in the United States. 
  • Must complete all PhD requirements except on-site research by the time the fellowship begins or by December of the fellowship year, whichever comes first. 
  • See sponsor's site for further eligibility requirements. 

Early November

Supreme Court Fellows Program

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. 

  • Open to U.S. citizens.
  • Must hold a J.D. or other relevant post-graduate degree at the time of application.
  • See the sponsor’s website for other requirements and specifics.

Late November or Early December

The Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program (SIFP)

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:
Term: 3 to 12 months
Stipend: $40,000 per year
Research Allowance: up to $4,000 per year

TEN-WEEK GRADUATE STUDENT FELLOWSHIPS -for graduate students to conduct independent research usually before having been advanced to candidacy if in a Ph.D. program.
Term: 10 weeks
Stipend: $8,000

  • Open to, both, U.S. citizens and non-U.S. citizens within the specified fields. 
  • Dissertation Fellowship applicants must be entering their dissertation year. 
  • See the sponsor's site for other important specifics.

Early November (typically Nov. 1)

Yenching Academy Scholars

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. 

  • Must hold a bachelor’s degree 
  • Must be 25 years of age or younger
  • See the sponsor’s website for further requirements and specifics.

Mid-April (prelim); mid-December (see sponsor's site for details)