While some externally funded awards are only given to graduate students seeking a doctoral degree or completing their dissertations, other support is available for students at various stages and levels of graduate education. Below are a few resources that may be of interest to you in order of their typical application deadline months.
Department of Energy Office of Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE SCGF)
The DOE SCGF provides funding to individuals seeking advanced degrees in science and engineering, with a special focus in areas of energy, environment, and national security. Open to US citizens and US nationals. Disciplines awarded: physics, biology, chemistry, mathematics, engineering, computational sciences, and environmental sciences.
Gates Millennium Scholarships
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation offers scholarships to former Gates Scholars seeking to continue their educations by completing graduate degrees. Open to US citizens, permanent residents, and nationals. Disciplines awarded: education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health or science.
Dwight D. Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program
The Eisenhower Graduate Fellowship provides funding to both master's and doctoral students seeking careers related to transportation. Open to students enrolled at US institutions of higher learning. Disciplines awarded: multiple - visit link above for detailed information.
North Carolina Space Grant Graduate Research Fellowship
NC Space Grant awards fellowships to graduate students interested in aero/space-related research. Open to US citizens only. Disciplines awarded: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
Pat Tillman Foundation Military Scholars Program
Members of each class of Tillman Military Scholars represent a rich and diverse set of backgrounds, experiences, and ambitions and are selected based on strong leadership potential and drive to make a positive impact on others through service.
American Philosophical Society (APS) Phillips Fund Grants for Native American Research
The APS provides funding to students seeking to conduct research on Native American linguistics and ethnohistory. Open to US citizens and foreign nationals seeking to complete projects within the US. Disciplines awarded: no restrictions specified.
Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) Fellowship Program
The US Department of Energy is providing research opportunities in automated access control and secured wireless computing. Open to US citizens only. Disciplines awarded: computer science, engineering, information systems/technology,computer engineering, cyber/computer security,or other related degrees in engineering and/or technology.
Latin American Women's Association Scholarship Program
The Latin American Women's Association offers scholarships for the advancement of Latino women. Open to residents of the following North Carolina counties: Mecklenburg, Union, Gaston, Cabarrus, Iredell, or Rowan. Disciplines awarded: all.
National Water Research Institute (NWRI) Fellowship Program
The NWRI offers fellowships to students interested in conducting research in areas of water resources and treatment. Open to all students enrolled at US universities. Disciplines awarded: none specified.
Phi Kappa Phi Fellowships
Phi Kappa Phi offers fellowships to qualifying active members who are enrolled in full-time graduate study. Open to students enrolled at US institutions of higher learning or at some accredited international institutions. Disciplines awarded: all.
Phi Kappa Phi Literacy Grants
Designed to mobilize members and resources of Phi Kappa Phi and the higher education community to champion literacy initiatives.
American Public Transportation Foundation Scholarship Awards Program
The American Public Transportation Foundation provides several scholarships to graduate students interested in careers related to public transportation. Open to US students enrolled at accredited institutions. Disciplines awarded: no restrictions specified.
LPCANC Nancy Howell Scholarship Program
LPCANC offers a one-time award of $500 and an annual conference registration waiver to active student members from counseling programs. Open to all counseling students. Disciplines awarded: counseling (i.e. school, clinical mental health, substance abuse, etc.).
Phi Kappa Phi Love of Learning Awards
These awards help fund career development for graduate and professional studies, doctoral dissertations, continued education, travel related teaching/studies, etc.
Presidential Mangement Fellows - STEM track (PMF-STEM)
NASA, and other Federal agencies, are always looking for the best and brightest science and engineering talent. To help agencies find those talented individuals, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) developed and piloted a STEM track of the Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program.
The PMF Program is a Federal-wide, flagship leadership development program for advanced degree candidates. The Program attracts and selects the best candidates possible and is designed with a focus on developing a cadre of potential government leaders. The PMF-STEM track seeks to identify the best future government leaders in STEM disciplines and place them in entry-level positions in Federal agencies around the country. PMF-STEM was piloted last year with a low key rollout. This year, OPM would like to expand the PMF-STEM track to continue to support the STEM needs of the Federal government.
US Department of Education Jacob K. Javits Fellowship Program
The Jacob K. Javits Fellowship Program provides funding for students to gain a Master of Fine Arts or doctoral degree in arts, humanities, and social sciences. Open to US citizens, permanent residents, and nationals. Disciplines awarded: all - visit link above for detailed information.
Fulbright Foundation US Student Program
The Fulbright Foundation provides grants for students seeking to conduct research or complete a teaching assistantship abroad. Open to US citizens. Disciplines awarded: all.
Microsoft Graduate Women's Scholarship Program
The Microsoft Graduate Women's Scholarship Program supports outstanding women with the goal of increasing the number of women seeking a PhD. Open to graduate students at US and Canadian universities. Disciplines awarded: computer science, electrical engineering, mathematics, and related areas.
Title VIII Fellowships for Research and Language Training in Eurasia and Southeast Europe
Through funding provided by the US Department of State, the American Councils Southeast European Language program supports graduate student immersion into the cultures of Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, and Serbia. Open to US citizens and permanent residents. Disciplines awarded: any related to language research.
National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship
The NSF provides fellowships to students seeking research-based degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines. Open to US citizens, permanent residents, and nationals. Disciplines awarded: science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and related fields - visit link above for detailed information. View a presentation on the NSF GRF.
NBCC Foundation Scholarships
The NBCC offers scholarships to both students living in rural areas and service members/veterans. Open to all students enrolled in CACREP accredited counseling programs. Disciplines awarded: counseling.
Department of Defense National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate Fellowship (NDSEG)
The NDSEG provides funding to individuals seeking advanced degrees in areas of science and engineering of military importance. Open to US citizens and US nationals. Disciplines awarded: natural and physical sciences and engineering.
Philanthropic Education Organization (PEO) International Peace Scholarship
PEO offers scholarships to international women students seeking to complete degrees at US or Canadian institutions of higher learning. Note: this program has multiple deadlines, the first of which is typically in December. Open to students who are not citizens or permanent residents of the US or Canada. Disciplines awarded: all.
US Department of Defense SMART Scholarship
SMART Scholarships for Service program awards students seeking graduate degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Open to US citizens only. Disciplines awarded: science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and related fields - visit link above for detailed information.
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Fulbright Foundation Foreign Student Program
The Fulbright Foundation provides grants for students from many different countries seeking to complete master's or Ph.D. studies at US institutions of higher learning. Program eligibility requirements vary greatly by country. Disciplines awarded: all.
National Academies Research Associateship Programs
The National Research Council of the National Academies provides funding for graduate, postdoctoral, and senior level researchers at participating federal laboratories and institutions. Citizenship requirements vary by opportunity. Disciplines awarded: multiple - visit link above for detailed information.
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Stipend
The NEH provides summer stipends for graduate students seeking to complete research in the humanities . Open to US citizens and US nationals who have lived in the US or its jurisdictions for at least three years. Disciplines awarded: none specified - visit link above for detailed information.
Forgivable Educational Loans for Service
Formerly known as the North Carolina Student Loan Program for Health, Science, & Mathematics (HSM), this loan provides funding to students seeking degrees in health, science, and mathematics. This program allows students to repay loans through service or by traditional cash payments. Open to students with legal North Carolina residency for tuition purposes. Disciplines awarded: multiple areas related to health, science, and mathematics - visit link above for detailed information.
US Department of Veteran Affairs Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program
The Yellow Ribbon Program is a tuition matching agreement between the US Department of Veteran Affairs and participating US institutions of higher learning. Open to US veterans. Disciplines awarded: all - visit link above for detailed information.
Internships at RTI
Places recent graduates for a paid 10 week internship. Resident of Wake or Johnson County or the most recent employer was in Wake or Johnson County. Graduated six months ago or longer and has not found employment yet.