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Funding Opportunities

All decisions regarding teaching and research assistantships are made directly by the academic departments. Please contact the graduate staff person in your department for further information on how they make those decisions and what steps you should take to be considered for financial assistance.

Funding Opportunities:

Chancellor's Fellowship

This University sponsored competitive fellowship is awarded to high-performing applicants.


External Funding Opportunities:

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.

Amelia Erhart Fellowship
Fellowships for women pursuing graduate Ph.D./doctoral degrees in Aerospace-related sciences and Aerospace-related engineering.

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.

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

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 found here.

Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship and Grants

Sandia National Labs Fellowships

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


National Academy of Education/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship Program in Education Research 
The NAEd/Spencer 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 $25,000 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 in 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 Dissertation Fellowship program receives many more applications than it can fund. This year, up to 600 applications are anticipated and about 30 fellowships will be awarded. Additional guidelines and the fellowship application form are available on our website. Website:
Deadline to apply: October 3, 2014

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National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in Education Research 
*** The Postdoctoral Fellowship underwent an applicant qualification change last year. Please note the new eligibility requirements pertaining to the date in which the doctoral degree was earned. ***
The NAEd/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship Program supports early-career scholars working in critical areas of educational scholarship. Fellows will receive $55,000 for one academic year of research, or $27,500 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 had their PhD, EdD, or equivalent research degree conferred between January 1, 2009, and December 31, 2013. This fellowship is non-residential, and applications from all disciplines are encouraged. Up to twenty-five NAEd/Spencer Fellowships will be awarded. Additional guidelines and the fellowship application form are available on our website.
Deadline to apply: November 7, 2014

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