Graduate Scholarships

Through its program of Diversity Fellowships, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s colleges and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. The pre-doctoral fellowships provide three years of support for graduate study leading to a Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree. Awards include an annual stipend of $20,000.00, an award to the institution in lieu of tuition and fees of $2,000.00, expenses paid to attend at least one Conference of Ford Fellows and access to Ford Fellows Liaisons, a network of former Ford fellows who have volunteered to provide mentoring and support to current fellows.

The eligibility requirements for the Fellowship are as follows: Candidates must be citizens or nationals of the United States regardless of race, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation. Applicants must provide evidence of superior academic achievement; be committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level; and be enrolled or planning to enroll in an eligible research-based program leading to a Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree at a U.S. educational institution.

The Fellowship supports students engaged in graduate study in certain disciplines and related interdisciplinary fields. Individuals enrolled in practice-oriented programs are not supported by the fellowship. Please see Ford Foundation Pre-doctoral Diversity Fellowship website for the lists of eligible and excluded fields of study.

Application may be made on-line. A paper application may be obtained by submission of a written request. Applications are evaluated by panels of distinguished scholars. The panels will consider academic records, essays, letters of recommendation, the application itself, and other appropriate materials as the basis for determining the extent to which candidates meet the eligibility requirements and the selection criteria.

Fulbright grants support graduate study and research in over 100 foreign countries. Candidates must be U.S. citizens who will hold a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent prior to receiving the grant. To be competitive, candidates should have a GPA of at least 3.3. College and university students must apply through their campus Fulbright Program advisor. Grants provide funds for transportation, language or orientation courses, where appropriate, tuition, books, maintenance for one academic year, and limited health and accident insurance.

The Gates Cambridge Scholars Program was established in 2000, by a substantial gift from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Its aim is to create a network of outstanding scholars from around the world who will become leaders in addressing global problems related to health, social equity, technology, and learning. The scholarships cover fees at Cambridge, living costs and other necessities as well as a contribution toward airfare. The annual value of the scholarship is in excess of $30,000.00 and may be renewed for four years for students wishing to obtain a Ph.D.

Scholarship candidates are selected on the basis of demonstrated academic and intellectual achievement and are students who “have leadership potential and a commitment to serve their communities.” Candidates may study for a graduate degree in any field or a second bachelor’s degree but should have a convincing academic reason for pursuing their studies at Cambridge. In addition, candidates must be admitted to Cambridge University through the normal admissions procedures. There is no citizenship requirement for this award.

The Gilliam Fellowship for Advanced Study is a program of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, a medical research organization dedicated to biomedical research and education. The Fellowship is named in honor of the late James H. Gilliam Jr., a charter Trustee of HHMI who was committed to fostering a diverse scientific community. Each year HHMI awards 5 Gilliam fellowships.

Candidates for the Gilliam Fellowship are drawn from students selected to participate in the HHMI Exceptional Research Opportunities Program which offers students from disadvantaged backgrounds the chance to gain experience in the labs of HHMI investigators and professors. The Fellowship provides full support for up to five years of study toward a Ph.D.

The Hertz Foundation Fellowship is focused on supporting innovative young leaders in the applied sciences and engineering fields and offers fellowship support lasting up to five years. Valued at over $250,000.00, Hertz Fellowships allow exceptional applied scientists and engineers the freedom to innovate. Hertz Fellows pursue their own ideas with financial independence, mentored by distinguished professors at the country’s best universities.

Applicants must be students in the applied physical, biological and engineering sciences who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States and who are willing to make a moral commitment to make their skills available to the country in time of national emergency. College seniors wishing to pursue the Ph.D. in any of the fields of particular interest to the Foundation and graduate students already pursuing an advanced degree may apply.

The Foundation’s tenable fields of study include Aeronautics/Astronautics, Applied Mathematics and Statistics, Applied Physics and Astronomy, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Earth and Geo Sciences, Electrical, Mechanical, Civil and Nuclear Engineering, Materials Science, Quantitative Biology and Bio-Engineering. The Foundation website notes that the list “is an illustrative (but not exclusive) list of the fields in which we have recently supported Hertz Fellows. Note, however, that it is up to each fellowship applicant to advocate to us his or her specific field of interest as an applied field of study.

The Program provides Seventy-five fellowships each year up to a maximum of $30,000.00 for graduating seniors and graduates to support study at the doctoral and Master of Fine Arts level in the humanities, social sciences, and the arts. The program provides assistance to students of superior academic ability with a history of demonstrated achievement, financial need, and exceptional promise. A panel of experts, appointed by the Javits Fellowship Board, select fellows according to criteria established by the board. Students must demonstrate financial need by filing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

The GEM fellowship programs are designed to provide opportunities for underrepresented ethnic and minority students to obtain M.S. degrees in engineering and Ph.D. degrees in engineering and the sciences through a program of paid summer internships and graduate financial assistance. Working collaboratively with GEM Member Universities and GEM Employer Members three Fellowships Programs are supported. The MS Engineering Fellowship Program, the Ph.D. Engineering Fellowship Program, and the Ph.D. Science Fellowship Program.

The Department of Defense offers National Defense Science and Engineering Fellowships to individuals who have demonstrated special aptitude for advanced training in the sciences and engineering. The goal of this program is to increase the number of U.S. citizens and nationals trained in science and engineering disciplines of military importance. The program is administered by ASEE, the American Society for Engineering Education. Applicants must be enrolled in their final year of undergraduate studies or have completed no more than the equivalent of one academic year of full-time graduate study in disciplines of interest to the Department of defense. See the NDSEG web pages for the full list of approved disciplines.

The Fellowship offers support for 36 consecutive months including the payment of full tuition and required fees (not including room and board) and fellows receive a living stipend. Selection is based on the applicant’s academic record, personal statements, recommendations, and GRE scores. A panel with expertise in the science or engineering discipline of the applicant’s advanced degree program evaluates the applications.

The NIH together with Oxford and Cambridge Universities have established a collaborative, individualized doctoral training program for outstanding sciences students committed to biomedical research. Students typically spend two years in England at either university, pursuing tutorials and research on a collaborative project with an NIH intramural scientist. They then spend two years in Bethesda, Maryland continuing their thesis project at the NIH with either a D.Phil. or a Ph.D. awarded at the end by either Oxford or Cambridge Universities. Students receive a yearly stipend, health and travel benefits and other academic support including tuition and lab fees. Students may also pursue combined M.D./Ph.D. training through partnerships the program maintains with a broad range of American medical schools.

The Graduate Research Fellowship recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in the relevant science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines. See the NSF website for the list of supported fields. NSF Graduate Fellowships are intended for students at or near the beginning of their graduate study. Eligibility is limited to those individuals who, at the time of application, have completed no more than 20 semester hours or equivalent of graduate study in the fields supported by the program. In most cases, an individual has two opportunities to apply: during the senior year of college and in the first year of graduate school. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or nationals, or permanent resident aliens of the United States.

Applications are reviewed by disciplinary panels of scientists, mathematicians, and engineers. Panelists will consider the strength of the academic record, the proposed plan of research, previous research experience, the appropriateness of the choice of references and the extent to which they indicate merit, GRE general and subject test scores, and the appropriateness of the choice of institution for fellowship tenure relative to the proposed plan of research. The panelists may also consider contributions to the community, both social and scholarly as well as the unique characteristics of each applicant’s background including, personal, professional, and educational experiences.

Created by the Board of Estimate of the City of New York in 1955 to honor the City College graduate who developed the first anti—polio vaccine, the Jonas E. Salk scholarships are award annually to eight graduates of senior colleges of the City University of New York. The scholarships are awarded to students of sound character and high academic achievement who display the potential to make significant contributions to medical research. The scholarship winners receive a total of $8,000.00 ($2,000.00 per year for four-year medical schools) to help defray the expenses of study for the M.D., Ph.D. or D.Sc. in Biomedical Sciences or D.O. degree.

The NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education (OITE) hosts the Graduate Partnerships Program (GPP), which is designed to bring PhD graduate students to the NIH Intramural Research Program for dissertation research. Participants enjoy the academic environment of a university, the extensive research resources of the NIH, and the breadth and depth of the research programs of both the host university and the NIH Intramural Research Program (IRP). The goal is to create a different kind of graduate experience, one that focuses on training the next generation of scientific leaders by emphasizing communication and collaboration skills, integration of information, and interdisciplinary investigation.

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s scholarship programs are designed to encourage and support outstanding students who work hard and have financial need. Our scholarships provide financial assistance and academic support to high school, undergraduate, and graduate students.

Please visit the sites below to learn about other external scholarships.

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