External Funding

While teaching and research assistantships are probably the most commonly thought about sources of funding, there are many fellowships and sources of financial aid offered through outside organizations that can help you pay for a graduate education.

 

2017 NDSEG Fellowship for STEM Students

African American Student Scholarships

Amelia Erhart Fellowship
Fellowships for women pursuing graduate Ph.D./doctoral degrees in Aerospace-related sciences and Aerospace-related engineering. More information can be found here

Anthony Ihedoha Anaebere Sr. Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship will be awarded annually to one Nigerian-born or first generation Nigerian-American student pursuing undergraduate or graduate engineering studies from an accredited college/university in the United States of America.

AT&T Labs Fellowship Program
Fellowships are available to outstanding under-represented minority and women students who are U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents and who are pursuing Ph.D. studies in computer and communications-related fields.

Chateaubriand Fellowship Program
The Chateaubriand Fellowship is a grant offered by the Embassy of France in the United States. It supports outstanding Ph.D. 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 merit-based competition, through a collaborative process involving expert evaluators in both countries.

Computer Science Programs for Minorities 
Computer science is a growing field that has incredible career opportunities. This guide focuses on helping minority students on why they should consider getting into the field, exploring different computer science programs and colleges, and what to look for in a computer science degree. 

Corning Graduate Research Fellowship Program

eLearners Online Scholarship
This $1,000 scholarship is available to students enrolled in an online degree program. 

Engineering Empowerment Scholarship
This scholarship provides $1,000 for women in STEM. 

Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships
Designed to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity.

GEM Fellowships
The National GEM Consortium offers science & engineering fellowships for underrepresented technical talent (MS Engr, PhD Engr & PhD Science).

General Assembly: Opportunity Fund
A philanthropic scholarship program dedicated to providing hands-on education and career opportunities in technology to underrepresented groups across the globe to help increase diversity in the field. Educational scholarships are awarded to women, veterans, and minorities. 

Global Research Collaboration
The Master’s Scholarship Program is offered to underrepresented minority, women, and underrepresented students holding refugee or political asylum status in the U.S. Currently pursuing a master’s degree relevant to microelectronics.

Graduate Assistantships in Areas of National Need

Hydro Research Foundation Fellowships

JSA Interactive $1000 Scholarship

Laine Russell Distinguished Early Career Fellowship
The Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) invites applications from all fields of science and engineering for the Liane Russell Distinguished Early Career Fellowship. The Russell fellowship provides funding support for three years along with formal mentorship to facilitate successful integration of Russell fellows’ research with DOE programs. Russell fellows are expected to pursue independent research of high quality and high impact within their areas of expertise as outlined in their research proposals. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to: bioscience, chemistry, computer science, earth and atmospheric sciences, engineering, materials science, mathematics, nuclear sciences and engineering, and physics. The fellows will be rooted in research divisions, conducting their work in a collaborative and multidisciplinary team environment. Russell fellows will also work with their supporting division to develop a plan for their research to become a sustainable, long-term program at ORNL.

Mesothelioma Scholarship
This scholarship is for students who are currently battling cancer or who have watched a loved one battle cancer. Applications are due by August 15, 2018.

Michigan Society of Fellows

Military Scholarship from Education Dynamics

This $1,000 scholarship is available for veterans, active duty, and spouses of veterans. Applicants must submit a brief essay and must be a U.S. resident who is currently enrolled in a college or university, or will begin enrollment by Fall, 2018. 

MoneyKey Scholarship
This $2,500 scholarship is available for post-secondary students who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement. This is an opportunity for students to be a voice in the growing conversation about financial responsibility.

Monsanto Fund 1890 Student Scholarship
This scholarship puts a broader focus on innovation and investment in agriculture. To meet the challenges the world faces in feeding nine billion people by 2050, investing in future leaders pursuing STEM careers in food and agriculture is key. The next generation of innovators will be the ones to ascend and meet the challenges of global food security. This scholarship is available to minority students.

National Physical Science Consortium
NPSC offers a unique graduate fellowship in the physical sciences and related engineering fields. It is open to all U. S. Citizens, but with emphasis on recruitment of applications from historically underrepresented minorities and women.

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program
The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees in science and engineering. The GRFP provides three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant achievements in science and engineering. Additional information and insights into writing the essay can be foundhere.

Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program
The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science is now accepting applications for the 2018 Solicitation 1 of the Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program. Applications are due 5:00pm Eastern Time on Tuesday, May 15, 2018.

Open Education Database (OEDb) Graduate Scholarships

Pathways to Science: Grad Programs, PostDoc positions, Tutorial

Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship and Grants

PosiRank $500 Scholarship

Sandia National Labs Fellowships

Scholarships for Women
A helpful guide for women looking to apply for scholarships.

Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Grant

The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans
The Program is open to individuals who retain loyalty and a sense of commitment to their country of origin as well as to the United States, but is intended to support individuals who will continue to regard the United States as their principal residence and focus of national identity.

Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship Program
Applicants must be academic high-achievers (3.0 or better GPA). Applicants must be US citizens or visa-holding Permanent Residents of African American, Asian, Pacific Island, Native American, Native Alaskan, or Hispanic descent.

U.S. Borlaug Fellows Graduate Research Grant

US Department of Energy - Nuclear Energy Graduate Fellowship for the Integrated University Program

Women's Scholarship Resource

Women's Scholarship Information, provided by GoGrad.org

Women's Guide to Paying for College
Created by Affordable Colleges Online, this guide assists women with (1) identifying and securing college scholarships and grants and (2) finding key information and resources about financial aid.

Women and Minorities in STEM

U.S. Department of Homeland Security 2016 HS-STEM Summer Internship
A 10-week summer internship program for students majoring in homeland security related science, technology, engineering and mathematics (HS-STEM) disciplines. The program provides students with quality research experiences at federal research facilities located across the country and allows students the opportunity to establish connections with DHS professionals. It is open to undergraduate and graduate students in a broad spectrum of HS-STEM Disciplines and DHS mission-relevant research areas. The ultimate goal of the program is to engage a diverse, educated and skilled pool of scientists and engineers in HS-STEM areas and to promote long-term relationships between students, researchers, DHS and research facilities to enhance the HS-STEM workforce. Applications and supporting materials must be submitted here