First, join our Graduate Fellowships Listserv:
Stay current with information and deadlines pertaining to national external fellowships.
Second, reach out to advisors, mentors, and staff:
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. At 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.
Successful External Funding Involves Two Key Components:
Finally, peruse our list of external funding sources:
The Graduate School has compiled the following list of external sources that may offer regularly scheduled funding opportunities relevant to you:
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.
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.
NIH 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.
NSF 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.
NSF Science, Technology, and Society (STS) Program
The STS program draws from a variety of disciplines: anthropology, communication studies, history, philosophy, political science, and sociology to address the broad spectrum of STS research areas, topics, and approaches. Within this tradition, the STS program supports the NSF mission by welcoming proposals that provide an STS approach to NSF research-focused Big Ideas.
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.
Ford Foundation Fellowship Program
Awards will be made for study in research-based Ph.D. or Sc.D. programs; practice oriented degree programs are not eligible for support (see eligible fields). Prospective applicants should read carefully the eligibility requirements, the terms of the fellowship awards, application instructions and other information pertaining to the individual fellowship (Predoctoral, Dissertation, or Postdoctoral) for which they are applying.
Biological Anthropology Program - Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants
Cultural Anthropology Program - Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants
Documenting Endangered Languages
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
Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowships
NSF Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellowships
NSF Earth Sciences Postdoctoral Fellowships
Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology
SBE Postdoctoral Research Fellowships