External Funding Opportunities

Successful pursuit of external funding opportunities for graduate students and postdocs involves a combination of both great connections with your advisors and mentors and advising related to the processes involved in a competitive application.

Successful External Funding Involves Two Key Components.componentsAt UConn, the Office of National Scholarships can assist in finding appropriate external sources of funding and in providing advice and direction through the application process.

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In addition, the Graduate School has compiled the following list of external sources that may offer regularly scheduled funding opportunities relevant to you:

American Association of University Women

AAUW has a long and distinguished history of advancing educational and professional opportunities for women in the United States and around the globe. Fellowship and grant recipients perform research in a wide range of disciplines and work to improve their schools and communities. Their intellect, dedication, imagination, and effort promise to forge new paths in scholarship, improve the quality of life for all, and tackle the educational and social barriers facing women in the United States and around the globe.

Department of Energy Office of Science Graduate Fellowship Program


The Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science (SC) established the DOE Office of Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE SCGF) program in 2009 to support outstanding students to pursue graduate training in fundamental research in areas of physics, biology, chemistry, mathematics, engineering, computer and computational sciences, and environmental sciences relevant to the Office of Science and to encourage the development of the next generation scientific and technical talent in the U.S who will pursue careers in research critical to the Office of Science mission at DOE laboratories and in academia.

The DOE SCGF is a three-year award, providing partial tuition support, an annual stipend for living expenses, and a research allowance for full-time graduate study and thesis/dissertation research at a U.S. academic institution. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and either a first or second year graduate student, or an undergraduate senior at the time of applying, and must be pursuing or plan to pursue graduate study and research in areas relevant to the science programs supported by the DOE Office of Science. Applications are subject to rigorous peer review by external experts based on established merit review criteria.

Environmental Protection Agency STAR Fellowships

EPA’s STAR graduate fellowship program supports masters and doctoral candidates in environmental studies. Each year, students in the United States compete for STAR fellowships through a rigorous review process. Students can pursue degrees in traditionally recognized environmental disciplines as well as other fields such as social anthropology, urban and regional planning, and decision sciences. Since the program began in 1995, EPA has awarded approximately 1,500 STAR fellowships to students in every state and most territories. Fellowships have helped educate new academic researchers, government scientists, science teachers, and, environmental engineers.

STAR fellowships are intended to help defray the ever-increasing costs associated with studies leading to advanced degrees in environmental sciences. The actual amount awarded per year will vary depending on the amount of tuition and fees and the number of months the stipend is needed.

National Institutes of Health Ruth L. Kirschtein National Research Service Award


See the “F Kiosk” for information about individual fellowships: circular F30 for M.D./Ph.D. and other dual doctoral degree fellows, circular F31 for predoctoral fellowships (including fellowships to promote diversity in health-related research), circular F32 for postdoctoral fellows.

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships


The National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) helps ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States and reinforces its diversity. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited US institutions. The NSF welcomes applications from all qualified students and strongly encourages under-represented populations, including women, under-represented racial and ethnic minorities, and persons with disabilities, to apply for this fellowship.

Spencer Foundation


The Spencer Foundation provides individual fellowships to doctoral students at the dissertation stage and to scholars engaged in postdoctoral work. Both programs support research related to education and are administered by the National Acadamy of Education (NAEd).

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.

The Postdoctoral Fellowship Program is designed to promote scholarship in the United States and abroad on matters relevant to the improvement of education in all its forms. Scholars anywhere in the world who have completed their doctorates within the last five years, and who wish to conduct research related to education, may apply.

Dissertation and Postdoctoral Awards

Archaeology Program – Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Awards

Biological Anthropology Program – Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants

Cultural Anthropology Program – Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants

Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants in the Directorate for Biological Sciences

Documenting Endangered Languages

East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for U.S. Graduate Students (for Science, Engineering and Education students)

Geography and Spatial Sciences Program – Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Awards

Linguistics Program – Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Awards

Political Science Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants

SOCIOLOGY PROGRAM – Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Awards

International Research Fellowship Program

Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

NSF Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellowships

NSF Earth Sciences Postdoctoral Fellowships

Pan-American Advanced Studies Institutes Program

Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology

SBE Postdoctoral Research Fellowships