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.

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

The Integrated University Program works to attact qualified nuclear science and engineering students to nuclear energy professions by providing graduate elvel fellowships.  Fellowships are awarded for graduate level work leading to a masters or doctoral degree in the fields of disciplines relevant to the Department of Energy, Office of Nuclear Energy mission.  All students shall have adequate preparation to begin graduate level study and research by Fall 2017.  Application due date: January 25, 2017. More information can be found here.

Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi will award 51 Fellowships of $5,000 each and 6 fellowships at $15,000 each to members entering their first year of graduate or professional study.  Each Phi Kappa Phi chapter may select one candidate from among its local applicants to compete for the Society-wide awards. Open to all active Phi Kappa Phi members or those who have accepted membership by June 30, 2017. More information can be found on PhiKappaPhi.org/Fellowship.  Contact your chapter for application deadline information as soon as possible. Chapter may submit one application to Society headquarters by April 15, 2017.

2017 NDSEG Fellowship for STEM Students

The NDSEG Fellowship Program is a three-year funding opportunity for students in or near the beginning stages of their overall graduate study and it is meant for students who plan to pursue research-based doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines.  The NDSEG Fellowship Program is open only to applicants who are citizens or nationals of the United States. The term "nationals" refers to native residents of a possession of the United States such as American Samoa.

The program provides awarded fellows with:

•    36 months of full tuition and mandatory fee coverage at any accredited U.S. institution;
•    A $1,000 medical health insurance allowance per each year of the three-year program tenure;
•    And $102,000.00 in stipend payments over three years.

Students can start applying to the program as early as their undergraduate senior year and as late as the start of their third year of overall graduate study.

This year’s deadline for a 2017 award is December 9 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time.

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
Corning’s Office of STEM is pleased to announce our Graduate Research Fellowship program for the 2017 – 18 academic year. Fellowships will include a grant of $30,000 to $60,000 in partial support of a pre-doctoral fellowship for study in the area of Glass, Ceramics, Optical Sciences or Engineering. Application Deadline: April 21, 2017.

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).

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

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.

Loreal: For Women in Science
This program awards five women annually with grants up to $60,000 each.

Michigan Society of Fellows
Candidates should be near the beginning of their professional careers.  Those selected for fellowships must have received the Ph.D. degree or comparable artistic or professional degree between June 1, 2015, and September 1, 2018.  Application deadline: September 26, 2017

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. 

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.

Open Education Database (OEDb) Graduate Scholarships

Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship and Grants

Sandia National Labs Fellowships

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

Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program
This program provides doctoral dissertation/thesis research opportunities for graduate students at Department of Energy's national laboratories. Applications are due by 5:00PM EST on Monday, November 21, 2016. 

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
Application Deadline: Monday, November 10, 2014.
The U.S. Borlaug Fellows in Global Food Security graduate research grant supports exceptional graduate students who are interested in developing a component of their graduate research in a developing country setting and in collaboration with a mentor from an International Agricultural Research Center (IARC) or a qualifying National Agricultural Research System (NARS) unit.U.S. citizenship is required, and applicants must be enrolled in an accredited U.S. graduate program at the time of application. A program summary is attached, and application materials are available at the program website. Questions may be sent to borlaugfellows@purdue.edu.

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