External Fellowships and Grants

This page collects notices we receive at LGS about fellowship or grant opportunities that may be of interest to graduate students.

Do not use this page in lieu of a systematic search. This is simply a list of the ones that happen to come our way. We encourage students to use the Grant Forward database to search for more opportunities.

American Association for the Advancement of Science

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the largest general scientific society in the world. The fellowship program offers hands-on opportunities to apply your scientific knowledge and technical skills to important societal challenges. As a fellow, you will serve a yearlong assignment in a selected area of the executive, legislative, or judicial branch of the federal government in Washington, D.C., enhancing your professional influence by tackling problems and participating in policy development and implementation. Deadline to apply: November 1, 2017.

AAAS Fellowships website

American Association of University Women Fellowships

Fellowships available include international fellowships, professional fellowships, American fellowships and career development grants. Funding ranges from $6,000 to $30,000. Deadlines vary from November 15, 2017 to January 15, 2018.

AAUW website

American-Scandinavian Foundation Fellowships and Grants

The ASF will offer around $300,000 to outstanding American students, scholars, professionals and artists for study and/or research in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway or Sweden. Fellowships of up to $23,000 are intended to support an academic year-long stay, and priority is given to students at the graduate level who need to spend time at foreign academic or research institutions. Grants of up to $5,000 are considered more suitable for shorter research visits, both on the graduate or post-doctoral level. Funding is available to candidates in all fields. Deadline to apply: November 1, 2017

ASF website

Anne van Biema Fellowship

The Anne van Biema Fellowship was established by bequest to promote excellence in research and publication on the Japanese visual arts. Fellowships support research at the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. Deadline to apply: December 15, 2017

Anne van Biema Fellowship website

Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies

The program promotes a new generation of young North American scholars with specialized knowledge of modern and contemporary Germany and Europe. The program supports scholars in all social science and humanities disciplines, including historians working on the period since the mid-18th century. Fellowships are awarded for doctoral dissertation research as well as postdoctoral research which leads to completion of a monograph. Deadline to apply: December 1, 2017

Berlin program website

Boren Fellowships

Boren Fellowships provide up to $24,000 to graduate students to add an important international language component to their education through specialization in area study, language study or increased language proficiency. Boren Fellowships support study and research in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests, including Africa, Asia, Central & Easter Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and the Middle East. Boren Fellows represent a variety of academic and professional disciplines, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages. 

  • Deadline to apply: January 30, 2018.

Boren Fellowships website

DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research Program

The goal of the Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is to prepare graduate students for science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) careers critically important to the DOE Office of Science mission, by providing graduate thesis research opportunities at DOE laboratories.  The SCGSR program provides supplemental awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students to pursue part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE laboratory/facility in areas that address scientific challenges central to the Office of Science mission. The research opportunity is expected to advance the graduate students’ overall doctoral thesis while providing access to the expertise, resources, and capabilities available at the DOE laboratories/facilities. Deadline to apply: November 16, 2017

DOE SCGSR Program website 

Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fund Fellowship

The Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fund was established by the Will of Dolores Zohrab Liebmann and is administered by JPMorgan, Trustee.  Mrs. Liebmann was the daughter of a prominent Armenian intellectual, writer and statesman and was married to one of the owners of a successful American business.  She supported students and educational and charitable organizations during her lifetime.  Mrs. Liebmann's primary concern, as expressed in her Will, was to attract and support students with outstanding character and ability who hold promise for achievement and distinction in their chosen fields of study.  The trustees welcome applications from students of all national origins who are United States citizens.

Ford Foundation

Through its Fellowship Programs, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college 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. Predoctoral, Dissertation, and Postdoctoral fellowships will be awarded in a national competition administered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on behalf of the Ford Foundation. Deadlines to apply: Predoctoral (December 14, 2017); Dissertation and Postdoctoral (December 7, 2017)

Ford Foundation website

Hertz Fellowship

The Foundation supports graduate students working towards the Ph.D. degree in the applied physical, biological and engineering sciences. These fields include applied mathematics, statistics, and quantitative aspects of modern biology. Here, "applied" is broadly construed to mean fields of endeavor in which one applies, invents, and/or develops results from the basic physical sciences to generate solutions to problems of comparatively near-term, widespread human interest. Eligible applicants for Hertz Fellowships must be students of the applied physical, biological and engineering sciences or mathematics who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States of America, and who are willing to morally commit to make their skills available to the United States in time of national emergency. Deadline to apply: October 27, 2017

Hertz Fellowship website

Insight Data Science Fellows Program

Insight is an intensive, seven week postdoctoral training fellowship that bridges the gap between academia and a career in data science. Based in Silicon Valley and New York City, and with a growing network across the country, the program enables scientists to learn the industry specific skills needed to work in the growing field of big data at leading companies. Deadline to apply: October 23, 2017

Insight website

Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship

The Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships supports a year of research and writing to help advanced graduate students in the humanities and related social sciences in the last year of PhD dissertation writing.  LGS has an internal process related to this fellowship. Applicants should plan to complete and submit their Mellon/ACLS applications by October 11, 2017. Closely read the guidelines posted immediately below.

Mellon/CLIR Fellowships for Dissertation Research in Original Sources

The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) is pleased to offer fellowships generously funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for dissertation research in the humanities or related social sciences in original sources. The program offers about fifteen competitively awarded fellowships a year in amounts up to $25,000. Each provides a stipend of $2,000 per month for periods ranging from 9-12 months. Each fellow receives an additional $1,000 upon participating in a symposium on research in original sources and submitting a report acceptable to CLIR on the research experience. Deadline to apply: December 4, 2017

Mellon/CLIR website

Michigan Society of Fellowships

The Michigan Society of Fellows was founded in 1970 through grants from the Ford Foundation and Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies for the purpose of promoting academic and creative excellence in the humanities, the arts, the social, physical, and life sciences, and in the professions. Deadline to apply: September 26, 2017.

Michigan Society website

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program

The purpose of the 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 STEM fields and STEM education. Deadlines vary, but begin as soon as October 23, 2017.

NSF GRFP website

Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans provides up to $90,000 in support for immigrants and children of immigrants who are pursuing graduate school full-time in any field and at any advanced degree-granting institution in the United States. Deadline to apply: November 1, 2017.

PD Soros website

Payne International Development Fellowship

The Payne Fellowship is a U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Program, administered by Howard University, which seeks to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers as Foreign Service Officers in USAID. Deadline to apply: January 19, 2018

Payne fellowship website

Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center Research Fellowship to Oman

The SQCC supports and encourages advanced research on Oman across a variety of academic disciplines. Up to $51,000/year to a scholar or team of scholars to conduct research in Oman for up to one year. Research must be carried out in 2018. Deadline to apply: September 17, 2017.

SQCC website