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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:

“ASU Endorsement” means that only one or a select few applications may be forwarded from ASU for subsequent consideration by the sponsor, based on the sponsor’s requirements. For these awards, you’ll need to work with the Lorraine W. Frank Office of National Scholarship Administration’s (ONSA) and their internal deadlines to make sure your application is considered. 


Boren Fellowship

Boren Fellowship

Click here for a summary of benefits, eligibility criteria, and award requirements.

Timeline & Deadlines:

Provides unique funding opportunities (up to $24,000) 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.

Boren Fellows commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation. Preference given to applicants proposing overseas programs of 6 months or longer. Those proposing overseas programs of 3-6 months, especially those in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields are encouraged to apply.

Eligibility: U.S. citizens who are currently enrolled in an accredited U.S. degree program.


Fulbright Scholarship and Postdoctoral Scholars Award

Click here for a summary of the eligibility and selection criteria.

Timeline & Deadlines:

  • For all information on how, when, and where to apply for Fulbright, visit ASU's Fulbright Page
  • Initial submission for ASU campus applications: typically mid-September
  • Preparation for Fulbright at ASU starts early—Fulbright Day is on March 20, 2019 from 3-5:30 p.m. in MU 230

Eligibility: To be eligible for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, candidates must be U.S. citizens and have a completed bachelor’s degree by the start of the grant period. Fulbright awards are also available to graduate students. In addition to student awards, Postdoctoral Scholars Awards are open to U.S. scholars who recently completed their doctoral degrees (within the previous five years). Postdoctoral awards are available in STEM fields, the arts, humanities and social sciences.  See ASU's Fulbright Page for more information.


Schwarzman Scholarship

Click here for a summary of the benefits, eligibility and selection criteria, and the application process.

Timeline & Deadlines:

  • Campus deadline: Not yet announced for 2019, typcially in mid-April
  • Program deadline: Not yet announced for 2019, typically in mid-September 

The first fully funded scholarship created to respond to the geopolitical landscape of the 21st Century in politics, business or science to understand China’s role in global trends where recipients spend a year immersed in an international network of global leaders.

Eligibility: Must be at least 18 but not yet 29 years of age as of August 1. Demonstrate excellence in academic pursuits. There are no citizen or nationality requirements.  

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These awards, in a variety of disciplines, do not require prior ASU endorsement but some may have ONSA-supported informational sessions to help make your application more competitive.


AAAS L’Oréal USA Fellowship for Women in Science

AAAS L’Oréal USA Fellowship for Women in Science

Deadline: February 1, 2019.

The L’Oréal USA Fellowships for Women in Science program is a national program that recognizes and rewards five U.S.-based women scientific researchers in the early stages of careers. Recipients each receive up to $60,000 towards their postdoctoral research.

The U.S. Fellowship aims to:

  • Raise awareness about the contributions of women to the sciences
  • Identify outstanding female researchers in the U.S. as role models for younger generations

To view a PDF of the frequently asked questions regarding the program, please click here.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Must have a conferred PhD and have started in a postdoctoral research position by February 1, 2019
  • Must maintain the status of postdoctoral researcher throughout the fellowship year
  • Must be American born, naturalized citizen or permanent resident
  • Must be affiliated with a U.S. based academic or research institution
  • Must plan to conduct their postdoctoral studies and research in the U.S.
  • Must be involved in basic research in the life and physical/material sciences, engineering & technology, computer science and mathematics
  • Cannot be in a faculty position
  • Must commit to at least twenty hours of activity in support of women and girls in science (e.g. mentoring, classroom visits, media, events)
  • Must be available the week of November 4, 2019 for the For Women in Science Awards Week


AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowship

AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowship

Deadline: Not yet announced. Typically early November.

AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships (STPF) offer outstanding scientist and engineers an opportunity to learn about and contribute to policymaking and the realm of policy. The fellowship is a yearlong appointment in the federal government. Approximately 300 fellows a year are placed in all branches of the federal government as Policy Fellows.

To learn more about what Policy Fellow alums have accomplished, view the newsletter, Fellowship Focus. Current fellows convene regularly for Professional Development events, participate in Affinity Groups, and network, collaborate and share resources. 

The Fellowship offers a $75,000 – 100,000 per year stipend as well as reimbursement for health care insurance. Each fellowships also includes a Professional Development program and some offer opportunities for publication and travel.  

Eligibility: Fellowships are highly competitive and undergo a 3-tier application process. Applications are only accepted through the online application system.  Applicants must hold a doctoral degree in any of the following:

  • Medical and Health Sciences
  • Biological, Physical, or Earth Sciences
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Computational Sciences and Mathematics
  • Engineering Disciplines (applicants with a MS in engineering and 3 years professional engineering experience also qualify)
  • Applicants must hold a U.S. citizenship (dual citizenship with the U.S. and another country is acceptable).
  • Be eligible to receive federal government funds through the System of Award Management
  • Male applicants must be registered with the U.S. Selective Service System unless becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen after age 26 or receiving a waiver

There are opportunities for fellowships in the legislative, judicial, and executive branches.


AAUW International Fellowship

AAUW International Fellowship

Deadline: November 2019, exact date not yet announced. Typically it is November 15.

The American Association of University Women’s International Fellowship program has been in existence since 1917. The program provides support ($18,000 Master’s/first professional degree, $20,000 Doctoral, and $30,000 Postdoctoral) for women pursuing full-time graduate or postdoctoral study in the United States who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. A limited number of awards are available for study outside of the United States (excluding the applicant’s home country) to women who are members of Graduate Women International (see the list of GWI affiliates). Preference is given to women who show prior commitment to the advancement of women and girls through civic, community, or professional work.

Eligibility:  Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Have citizenship in a country  other than  the United States or possession of a nonimmigrant visa if residing in the United States. Women holding dual citizenship in the United States and another country or who are permanent legal residents of the United States are not eligible.
  • Hold an academic degree (earned in the United States or abroad) equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree completed by September 30 of the year of application.
  • Intend to devote herself full-time to the proposed academic plan during the fellowship year
  • Intend to return to her home country to pursue a professional career
  • Be proficient in English.
  • Master’s/first professional degree and doctoral applicants must have applied by the time of their application, to an accredited institution of study for the period of the fellowship year and be enrolled in a U.S. accredited institution located in the United States during the fellowship year.
  • Applicants must be conducting a full year of study or research.
  • Recipients are selected for academic achievement and demonstrated commitment to women and girls. Recipients return to their home countries to become leaders in business, government, academia, community activism, the arts, and sciences.


ASHA Research Mentoring (ARM) Network: Pathways Program

ASHA Research Mentoring (ARM) Network: Pathways Program

Deadline:  Exact date not yet announced.  Typically, the application period for Pathways opens in October and closes in December.

The Pathways program helps to mentor early-career clinical scientists to build strong foundations in independent research careers. The program helps scholars create a 5-year research career plan, learn about funding mechanisms, learn how to build a publication record, and discover other components of fostering a research career. The specific goal of the program is to prepare eligible candidates to become competitive applicants for NIDCD Early Career Research (ECR) R21 (formerly the NIDCD R03) or K23 awards. Approximately 10 early-career researchers are selected to participate yearly. In addition to the mentorship, funds are provided for participant travel, hotel, and meals to attend the annual Pathways Conference.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • PhD students at the level of candidacy, postdoctoral fellows, or junior-level faculty (below the level of associate professor)
  • Applicants must be clinician-scientists defined as graduates of an accredited, clinical program who are enrolled in or have graduated from a research doctorate program
  • Individuals with clinical doctorates who have at least 1 year of research experience are eligible to apply and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


Critical Languages Scholarship

Critical Languages Scholarship

Click here for a summary of the benefits, eligibility and selection criteria, and the application process.

Deadline: Exact date not yet announced, typically mid-November.

A program of the U.S. Department of State, the Critical Languages Scholarship is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for U.S. citizens enrolled in U.S. colleges and universities. The program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences in 13 different languages:

  • Azerbaijani, Bangla, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu: Beginning, advanced beginning, intermediate and advanced levels;
  • Arabic and Persian: Advanced beginning, intermediate and advanced levels;
  • Chinese, Japanese, and Russian: Intermediate and advanced levels.

Eligibility: U.S. citizen, currently enrolled in U.S. degree-granting program, at least 18 years of age, appropriate level of foreign language proficiency (varies by country)


English Language Fellowship Program (U.S. Department of State)

English Language Fellowship Program

Deadline: Prioity deadline was November 30, 2018. However, the general application peirod closes in June 2019 (exact date not published) for fellowships that may remain available after project matching in Jan. 2019 for priority candiadates.

The English Language Fellow Program sends experienced U.S. TESOL professionals on paid teaching assignments at universities and other academic institutions around the world.

As a U.S. Department of State public diplomacy initiative, Fellows are cultural ambassadors that promote English language learning and mutual understanding through cultural exchange. Fellow projects are 10-month, full-time positions for professionals with a graduate degree in English language teaching and classroom TESOL teaching experience. In return, the program provides professionals with a platform to build skills that can greatly enhance their TESOL careers.

• Fellowships are 10 months long, typically from September to June
• Fellows are placed in host institutions in more than 80 countries around the world
• Assignments include teaching, teacher training, developing materials, and more
• Fellows receive a generous benefits package, including a stipend of $30,000.
• Perfect for experienced TESOL professionals with a graduate degree and TESOL teaching experience

Eligibility:  U.S. citizenship; A graduate level degree in TESOL, applied linguistics, or a field related to English language teaching; A minimum of two years’ classroom TESOL (ESL and/or EFL) teaching experience.  Visit the ELFP benefits and eligibility page for a detailed description of the eligibility requirements. 


Ford Foundation Fellowship

Ford Foundation Fellowship

Click here for a summary of the benefits, eligibility criteria, and the application process.


  • Dissertation & Postdoctoral: was on December 6, 2018 (5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time).  The 2019 deadline for the next application cycle has not yet been announced. Typically, it's in the first week of December.
  • Predoctoral: December 13, 2018 (5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time). The 2019 deadline for the next application cycle has not yet  been announced. Typically, it's in the second week of December.

Predoctoral, Dissertation, and Postdoctoral fellowships will be awarded in a national competition administered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on behalf of the Ford Foundation to increase diversity.

Eligibility Requirements: All U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, and U.S. permanent residents (holders of a Permanent Resident Card), as well as individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, political asylees, and refugees, regardless of race, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation.

Individuals with evidence of superior academic achievement (such as grade point average, class rank, honors or other designations).

Individuals committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level.


Hertz Foundation Fellowship

Hertz Foundation Fellowship

Go to the Hertz Graduate Fellowship Award page for an explanation of benefits, options, criteria, and a link to the online application. 

Deadline: Not yet announced. Typically the fourth Wednesday in October. 

The Hertz Graduate Fellowship Award is based on merit (not need) and consists of a cost-of-education allowance and a personal-support stipend.

The cost-of-education allowance is accepted by all of the participating schools in lieu of all fees and tuition. Hertz Fellows therefore have no liability for any ordinary educational costs, regardless of their choice among participating schools.

In addition to providing the necessary funding along with the research freedom to pursue their PhD, we also provide mentorship and counsel through the lifelong community of peers to which they now belong—the Hertz Community. This Community is comprised of current in-school Fellows who are pursuing their graduate degree, as well as the entire group of alumni Fellows (now totaling over 1,200). When Hertz Fellows complete graduate school, we intend that they do so armed with more than their degree, research experience, and colleagues from that university, but also with a set of collaborators across disciplines, geography, and generations, all ready to help them succeed throughout their careers.

Eligibility:  Must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States of America and a graduate student wishing to or in the process of pursuing a PhD in fields of interest to the Foundation. Generally, students should not be beyond their first year of graduate studies. Eligible applicants for Hertz Fellowships must be students of the applied physical, biological and engineering sciences who are willing to formally commit to make their skills available to the United States in time of national emergency (see formal commitment section).


National Academy of Education (NAEd)/Spencer Fellowships

NAEd/Spencer Fellowships


Postdoctoral Fellowship Program:

Deadline: Not yet announced. Typically early November.

NAEd/Spencer's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program supports early-career scholars working in critical areas of education scholarship.

Applications from all disciplines are encouraged. NAEd/Spencer interprets "educational scholarship" broadly. 

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. 

Eligibility: Open to Non-citizens and non-permanent residents.  Open to applicants in any field whose research has an education component and who have received their doctoral degree (PhD, EdD, or equivalent research degree) between Jan. 1, 2014 and Dec. 31, 2018.


Dissertation Fellowship Program:

Deadline: Not yet announced. Typically early October.

The Dissertation Fellowship 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 $27,500 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 around the world. Fellows will also attend professional development retreats and receive mentorship from NAEd members and other senior scholars in their field. This highly competitive program aims to identify the most talented emerging researchers conducting dissertation research related to education. Click here to learn about the current fellows.


Highly suggested by NAEd/Spencer as a guide when writing your application:  "The Art of Writing Proposals"

Presentation by NAEd/Spencer Officers on What's Required, Expected, and Strategies for the Dissertation Fellowship:  The most recent webinar for dissertation fellowship applicants

Upcoming Postdoctoral Fellowship Info. Webinar and Q&A Session:  The most recent webinar for postdoctoral fellowship applicants 

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Click here for a summary of the benefits, eligibility criteria and application process.


All in October, over various dates depending on field. 

All applications are due at 5:00 p.m. local time, as determined by the applicant’s mailing address:

  • October 22, 2018 (Monday)

Life Sciences

  • October 23, 2018 (Tuesday)

Computer and Information Science and Engineering
Materials Research

  • October 25, 2018 (Thursday)

Social Sciences
STEM Education and Learning

  • October 26, 2018 (Friday)

Mathematical Sciences
Physics and Astronomy

  • Reference Letter Deadline:

November 2, 2018 (Friday): Reference Letters Must Be Submitted by 5:00 pm (Eastern Time)

Information Session:  September 6, 2018 at 10:15 - 11:30AM in the Memorial Union, Room 202, the Alumni Lounge - Register

The program provides three years of support in the form of an annual $34,000 stipend and $12,000 annual cost of education allowance. NSF Fellows have the opportunity for international research, professional development, and freedom to conduct their own research within any accredited U.S. institution.

Eligibility: must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or permanent resident, intending to pursue a research-based Master’s or PhD in an NSF-supported field, be enrolled in an accredited U.S. graduate institution, and have completed no more than 12-months of full-time graduate study.

 Graduate Research Internship Program (GRIP)

Click here for a summary of the program.

The new GRIP initiative expands opportunities for NSF Graduate Fellows by enhancing professional development and engaging with research experiences through partner agencies. Internship details vary and are available through partner agency websites.

Eligibility: open only to NSF Graduate Fellows, recipients of the GRFP award. Each Fellow's request must be approved by the institution's GRFP Coordinating Official before submitting an application.

Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide (GROW)

Click here for a summary of the program. 

GROW participants are provided an international travel allowance for 3 - 12 months research collaborations in partner countries outside the United States. The partner countries are: Australia, Austria, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, Finland, France, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Qatar, Singapore, and Sweden.

Eligibility: open to active (those within their five-year fellowship, "on tenure" or "on reserve") awardees of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program. 


National Association of Social Workers: Social Work HEALS

National Association of Social Workers: Social Work HEALS

Deadline: Typically on March 1.  Applications are not yet open for the next available cycle.

The National Association of Social Workers Foundation (NASWF) and the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) have partnered together to develop and implement Social Work HEALS: Social Work Health care Education and Leadership Scholars. Social Work HEALS aims to educate and train social workers from the BSW to post-doctoral levels to strengthen the delivery of health care services in the United States. This will be accomplished by creating a cohort of health care social work leaders at every professional level (including BSW, MSW, and PhD/DSW students and post-doctoral graduates) together with practice, research, and policy mentors and leaders.

This grant will support 5 doctoral fellowships, including one Jane B. Aron Doctoral Fellowship, annually, during the anticipated 5-year funding period, in the amount of up to $17,900 each to applicants with demonstrated commitment to the field of health social work and engaged in dissertation research related to health care practice, policy or education. A total of $15,500 will be disbursed directly to the recipient's university. An additional $2,400 will be earmarked for conference attendance and participation and leadership development. Expenses for conferences and professional development must be approved through the NASW Foundation and funds will not be distributed directly to the recipient.

Project Goals

  • Attracting and educating a new generation of BSW and MSW students who will be well positioned to be an integral part of the health care delivery team.
  • Ensure excellence in applying culturally competent, evidence-based practice in health care settings by providing professional development and mentorship
  • Build the next generation of social work academic and practice who contribute to the knowledge of innovative health care
  • Support doctoral and post-graduate policy fellows who will contribute to national health care policy improvements


National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship (NDSEG)

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship (NDSEG)

Click here for a summary of the benefits, eligibility and selection criteria, and application process. 


  • December 31, 2018

The National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate NDSEG Fellowship is highly competitive and awarded to U.S. citizens and nationals who intend on pursuing a doctoral degree in one of fifteen supported disciplines. Recipients may attend any U.S. institution of their choice.

Fellows will receive a total of $102,000.00 in stipend funds over the course of three years, which provide payment for full tuition and all mandatory fees, a monthly stipend, and up to $1,000 yearly in medical insurance (excluding dental and vision). Stipends are prorated monthly based on a 12-month academic year.

Eligibility: There are four eligibility requirements: citizenship, discipline, academic status, and the ability to accept the full benefit. Candidates must meet all four requirements in order to be eligible.


National Institutes of Health: Research Training and Career Development Fellowships

National Institutes of Health: Research Training and Career Development Fellowships

Deadlines: Various depending on award – Due Dates

Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral Individual National Research Service Award

The purpose of this Kirschstein-NRSA program is to enable promising predoctoral students with potential to develop into a productive, independent research scientists, to obtain mentored research training while conducting dissertation research. The F31 is also used to enhance workforce diversity though a separate program.

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Predoctoral Fellowship to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (Parent F31 - Diversity)

Program Purpose

The purpose of this program is to enhance the diversity of the health-related research workforce by supporting the research training of predoctoral students from population groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in the biomedical, behavioral, or clinical research workforce. The proposed mentored research training is expected to clearly enhance the individual's potential to develop into a productive, independent research scientist.


Paul & Daisy SOROS Fellowship for New Americans

Paul & Daisy SOROS Fellowship for New Americans

Application for 2019-2020 Fellowships opens: April of 2018. 

DeadlineNovember 1, 2018

Every year, the SOROS Fellowship for New Americans supports thirty Fellows, new Americans who are immigrants or the children of immigrants pursuing graduate degrees in the United States.

Each Fellowship supports one to two years of graduate study in any field and in any advanced degree-granting program in the United States. Each award is for up to $25,000 in stipend support, as well as 50 percent of required tuition and fees, up to $20,000 per year, for one to two years. Awardees may not defer the first year of the Fellowship funding.

Fellows are required to attend the annual Fall Conference in New York City, which is fully paid for by the program. The director or deputy director of the Fellowship program will visit each Fellow at his/her respective campus during the first fall semester of the Fellowship. Fellows must remain in good standing in their graduate program over the one to two years of their Fellowship and submit an exit report at the conclusion of their Fellowship.

Eligibility: Must be a New American who is 30 years old or younger as of application deadline. Must be planning on starting or continuing an eligible graduate degree program full-time in the United States in the 2019 – 2020 academic year.

The competition is merit-based. Selection criteria emphasize creativity, originality, initiative, and sustained accomplishment. Unsuccessful applicants may reapply in subsequent years if they are still eligible.

The program values a commitment to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Full eligibility requirements can be found here.  


Presidential Management Fellows Program

Presidential Management Fellows Program

Application Opens: Monday, October 9, 2018 (12:00 Noon, Eastern Time)

Deadline: Tuesday, October 22, 2018 (12:00 Noon, Eastern Time)

The Presidential Management Fellowship Program is a flagship leadership development program at the entry level for advanced degree candidates. The program is designed to develop potential government leaders.

In addition to salary and benefits, the two-year appointment will provide opportunity to build experience in problem solving, strategic thinking and leadership. In addition to working at a single Federal agency, fellows may have the option to participate in a rotational opportunity at another agency.

Eligibility: based on completion of advanced degree requirements by August 31st of the following year of the annual application.

If you will meet all advanced degree requirements (even though you have not necessarily graduated), including the completion or successful defense of any required thesis or dissertation, you may be eligible to apply. Or, if you have completed an advanced degree from a qualifying college or university during the previous two years from the opening date of the annual application announcement, you are eligible to apply.

Advanced Degree means a professional or graduate degree (e.g., master's, Ph.D., J.D.).


The Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program (SIFP)

The Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program (SIFP)

Deadline/s:  Upcoming SIFP Application Deadlines are Tentative and Subject to Change:


  • 2019 Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program: November 1, 2018
  • 2020 Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program: November 1, 2019 

The Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program is administered through the Smithsonian Office of Fellowships and Internships (OFI) is open to U.S. citizens and non-U.S. citizens.  Applicants to the Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program must propose to conduct independent research in a discipline pursued at the Smithsonian and must submit a specific and detailed research proposal indicating why the Smithsonian is an appropriate place to carry out the study. Projects that broaden and diversify the research conducted within these disciplines are encouraged. Fellowships are offered to support research at Smithsonian facilities or field stations. Fellows are expected to spend most of their tenure in residence at the Smithsonian, except when arrangements are made for periods of field work or research travel.

The Smithsonian Institution Fellowship award amounts are as follows:  

Graduate Student Fellowship: $7,500.00 for 10 weeks.  

Predoctoral Fellowship: $36,000 annually; research allowance up to $4,000.

Eligibility:  Open to, both, U.S. citizens and non-U.S. citizens.  

Applicants must propose to conduct research at the Smithsonian in one of its areas of research as outlined in the Smithsonian Opportunities for Research and Study (SORS), for a period of three to twelve months, or ten weeks for the Graduate Student Fellowship. Past or current SIFP fellowship recipients are eligible to apply for another SIFP award.

No employee or contractor of the Smithsonian Institution may hold a Smithsonian fellowship during the time of his/her employment or contract, nor may an award be offered to any person who has been employed by or under contract to the Institution in the previous year, without the prior approval of the Office of Fellowships.

Applicants whose native language is not English are expected to have the ability to write and converse fluently in English. All application materials must be presented in English (foreign transcripts may be translated, see below).

Determination of the fellowship category for which to apply should be based on the anticipated academic level at the time the fellowship would begin:

Graduate Student Fellowships

Graduate Student Fellowships: When they apply students must be formally enrolled in a graduate program of study at a degree granting institution. In order to start a graduate student fellowship, one must 1) have completed at least one full semester of a graduate program or its equivalent and 2) currently be enrolled in a graduate program. Graduate Student Fellowships are usually intended for students who have not yet been advanced to candidacy if in a doctoral program. Graduate student fellowships are offered for 10 weeks and are not available for periods of less or more than 10 weeks.

Predoctoral Student Fellowships*

Predoctoral Student Fellowships are typically 3 to 12 months in length (please see below for exceptions). Students must be enrolled at a university as a candidate for the Ph.D. or equivalent. By the time the appointment begins the university must approve the undertaking of dissertation research at the Smithsonian Institution and certify that requirements for the doctorate, other than the dissertation, have been met.


Supreme Court Fellows Program

Supreme Court Fellows Program

Deadline: November 9, 2018

The fellowship places a total of four 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 for a year-long fellowship.

Eligibility: U.S. citizens who hold a J.D. or other post-graduate degree. There is a special interest in candidates who are completing or have recently completed at least on judicial clerkship and anticipate pursuing careers in the academy or in public service.


Yenching Academy Scholarship

Yenching Academy Scholarship

Click here for a summary of the benefits, eligibility and selection criteria and the award requirements.

DeadlinesEarly December 2018 (no specific date listed)

Provides a postgraduate scholarship for international students to spend 12 months or students from China (including Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan) to spend 24 months in residence at Yenching Academy. The scholarship covers tuition fees, a travel stipend for one round-trip journey between each awardee’s base city and Beijing, accommodations, and living costs on Peking University's campus.

Eligibility: Master's students seeking a degree in China Studies in 1 of 6 different concentrations:

  • Politics and Int'l Relations
  • Philosophy and Religion
  • Literature and Culture
  • Law and Society
  • History and Archaeology
  • Economics and Management

Must be 25 years of age or younger by August 31, 2016 and hold a bachelor’s degree

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Here we list some of the most prestigious dissertation awards in a variety of disciplines; detailed information is available from the sponsors.  Be sure to work with your advisor to learn more about discipline-specific dissertation awards.


American Association of University Women Fellowship

AAUW American Fellowships

Deadline: November 1, 2018

American Fellowships support women scholars who are completing dissertations, planning research leave from accredited institutions, or preparing research for publication. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Candidates are evaluated on the basis of scholarly excellence; quality and originality of project design; and active commitment to helping women and girls through service in their communities, professions, or fields of research.

Eligibility: Women (US citizens/permanent residents) pursuing Doctoral degrees full-time, in their final year of writing dissertation; International is for women who are non-US citizens/permanent residents and in a Master's or Doctoral program; Selected Professions is for women who are Master's or Doctoral students in under-represented fields.

AAUW International Fellowships

Eligibility and Information: International Fellowships are awarded for full-time study or research in the United States to women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Both graduate and postgraduate studies at accredited U.S. institutions are supported.

Applicants must have earned the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree by November 15, 2018, and must have applied to their proposed institutions of study by the time of the application. Up to five International Master’s/First Professional Degree Fellowships are renewable for a second year; fellows will receive application information for this competitive program.

Recipients are selected for academic achievement and demonstrated commitment to women and girls. Recipients return to their home countries to become leaders in business, government, academia, community activism, the arts, and sciences.


Barbara A. Kirk Award

Barbara A. Kirk Award

Deadline: February 15, 2018

Presented in recognition of outstanding student-initiated research (dissertation or other). To be eligible, a graduate student must conduct and produce independent research while enrolled in a counseling psychology program.  The piece of research can be submitted up to one year after graduation. The nominee must be the principal author of the research.


Chateaubriand Fellowship to France

Chateaubriand Fellowship to France

The Chateaubriand Fellowship is a grant offered by the Embassy of France in the United States. It supports outstanding PhD students from American universities who wish to conduct research in France for a period ranging from 4 to 9 months. Chateaubriand fellows are selected through a collaborative process evaluating students on a merit-based competition.

The Chateaubriand Fellowship in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics & Biology-Health (STEM) for doctoral students aims to initiate or reinforce collaborations, partnerships or joint projects between French and American research teams.

The Chateaubriand Fellowship in Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) targets outstanding PhD students from American universities who seek to engage in research in France, in any discipline of the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Deadline: Application opens in October 2017 and closes in January 2018


Council of Graduate Schools / ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award

Council of Graduate Schools / ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award

Deadline: June 30, 2018

The CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award recognizes dissertations that represent original work and make an unusually significant contribution to the discipline. Each year, CGS and ProQuest choose two discipline fields as categories for the award. The categories for 2018 - 2019 are 1) Mathematics, Physical Sciences, and Engineering and 2) Social Sciences (not including history).

The effective date of degree awarded, or the completion of doctoral degree requirements and dissertation, must lie in the period of July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2018, inclusive, for each nominee selected.

Nomination for these awards require ASU endorsement. The deadline for nominations is June 30, 2018.


Donald E. Super Fellowship

Donald E. Super Fellowship

Deadline: February 15, 2018

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. Only doctoral students enrolled in a counseling psychology program are eligible. Because the fellowship is intended to support recipients during their tenure as students, the anticipated completion dated for the dissertation should not fall before the award date (i.e., at the annual convention of APA .) The fellowship will be awarded based on the quality of the dissertation proposal and its potential for advancing knowledge in the area of career development.


Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad

Deadline: March 14, 2017

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.

The institutional project period is 18 months. Students may request funding for a period of no less than six months and no more than 12 months. Funds support travel expenses to and from the residence of the fellow and the country or countries of research; maintenance and dependents(s) allowances based on the location of research for the fellow and his or her dependent(s); an allowance for research- related expenses overseas; and health and accident insurance premiums.

As part of the application process, students submit individual applications to the IHE. The IHE then submits all eligible individual student applications with its grant application to the U.S. Department of Education.


Mellon/ACLS Doctoral Dissertation Completion Fellowship

Mellon/ACLS Doctoral Dissertation Completion Fellowship

Deadline: October 24, 2018

The Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships 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 complete the PhD in a timely manner. Applicants must be prepared to complete their dissertations within the period of their fellowship tenure and no later than August 31, 2019. These fellowships may not be held concurrently with any other fellowship or grant.

The total award of up to $38,000 includes a stipend plus additional funds for university fees and research support. In addition to the monetary support that the fellowship offers, Dissertation Completion Fellows are able to apply to participate in a seminar on preparing for the academic job market.  The seminar takes place over three days in the fall of the fellowship year.


National Academy of Education (NAEd)/Spencer Fellowships in Education Research

NAEd/Spencer Fellowships in Education Research

Dissertation Fellowship Program:

Deadline: October 4, 2018

The Dissertation Fellowship 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 $27,500 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 around the world. Fellows will also attend professional development retreats and receive mentorship from NAEd members and other senior scholars in their field. This highly competitive program aims to identify the most talented emerging researchers conducting dissertation research related to education. The NAEd/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship program will fund 35 promising young scholars for the 2019-2020 academic year.  Click here to learn about the current fellows.

Webinar: Wednesday, September 5th at 11:00 a.m AZ Time (2:00 p.m. ET)

Eligibility:  Doctoral students who have completed all pre-dissertation requirements by June 1, 2019.  Pre-dissertation requirements include: course requirements, qualifying paper and/or comprehensive exams, official approval of the dissertation proposal, and any other program-specific obligations. Non-U.S. citizens are eligible to apply as long as they are a candidate for a doctoral degree at a graduate school in the United States. 


Social Sciences Research Council Fellowships

Social Sciences Research Council Fellowships

Since 1923, the SSRC has awarded more than fifteen thousand fellowships to researchers around the globe. Council fellowship programs are strategic—they target specific problems, promote individual and institutional change, and expand networks.

The SSRC’s varied fellowships and prizes share a core commitment to improving conditions for social science knowledge production worldwide. Programs engage themes ranging from global issues facing the United States and Japan to security in Africa and Latin America.


SSRC (Mellon) International Dissertation Research Fellowship

SSRC (Mellon) International Dissertation Research Fellowship

Deadlilne: November 7, 2018 at 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time (7:00 p.m. Arizona Time)

The Social Science Research Council (Mellon) International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) offers nine 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 on non-US topics. Seventy fellowships are awarded annually. Fellowship amounts vary depending on the research plan, with a per-fellowship average of $21,500. The fellowship includes participation in an SSRC-funded interdisciplinary workshop upon the completion of IDRF-funded research. 

Eligibility:  The program is open to graduate students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences—regardless of citizenship—enrolled in PhD programs in the United States. Applicants to the 2019 IDRF competition must complete all PhD requirements except on-site research by the time the fellowship begins or by December 2019, whichever comes first.  The program invites proposals for dissertation research conducted, in whole or in part, outside the United States, on non-US topics. 



The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Mellon Fellowships for Dissertation Research in Original Sources

The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Mellon Fellowships for Dissertation Research in Original Sources

Deadline: December 4, 2018

The purposes of this fellowship program are to help junior scholars in the humanities and related social science fields gain skill and creativity in developing knowledge from original sources; enable dissertation writers to do research wherever relevant sources may be, rather than just where financial support is available; encourage more extensive and innovative uses of original sources in libraries, archives, museums, historical societies, and related repositories in the U.S. and abroad; and provide insight from the viewpoint of doctoral candidates into how scholarly resources can be developed for access most helpfully in the future.

The program will be offering about fifteen competitively awarded fellowships in 2018. Each provides a stipend of $2,000 per month for 9–12 months. Each fellow will receive an additional $1,000 upon participating in a symposium on research in original sources and submitting an acceptable report to CLIR on the research experience. The maximum award will be $25,000.

Eligibility: Applicants do not have to be U.S. citizens, but must be enrolled in a doctoral program in a graduate school in the United States.

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