Graduate Study

American Association of University Women (AAUW) Educational Foundation is the largest source of funding in the world exclusively for graduate women. The Foundation supports scholars pursuing a vast spectrum of academic research; public school teachers promoting girls' achievement in math, science, and technology; and community activists helping to improve the lives of women and girls through education. Deadline: Fall.

Doris Russell Graduate Scholarship in English is open to candidates seeking admission to Cambridge University who are graduates of Mount Holyoke College (and other designated colleges and universities).  The scholarship is named in memory of Professor Doris Russell, former chairman of the English Department at Vassar, and is awarded on intellectual distinction to students proposing to read ENGLISH at Cambridge University either as affiliated students or research students.  In seeking admission to the University, candidates should apply to Girton College as the college of their first choice.  Candidates wishing to be registered as research students must apply to the University of Cambridge for registration as research students by applying online.  There is no special application form, but applicants wishing to apply will be asked to submit a term paper or papers which they have written as part of their regular assignments or any other evidence they would like to submit in furtherance of their application.  Those wishing to apply should notify the Head of Tutorial & Admissions Office, Girton College, Cambridge, CB30JG, England, by early fall, enclosing their written work in support of their application. This scholarship is offered every second year.  Deadline:  Fall.

Fannie and John Hertz Foundation Fellowships are awarded for exceptional creativity, broad understanding of physical principles, and outstanding potential for innovative research. Eligible applicants for must be students of the applied physical sciences 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. College seniors wishing to pursue the Ph.D. degree in any of the fields of interest to the Foundation, as well as graduate students already in the process of doing so, may apply. Fellows must hold tenure at one of the specified graduate schools. Deadline: Fall.

Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowships for Minorities is open to U.S. citizens or nationals (must have become a citizen by the application deadline) who are members of a minority group: Alaskan Natives (Eskimo or Aleut); Black/African Americans; Mexican Americans/Chicanas/Chicanos; Native American Indians; Native Pacific Islanders (Polynesian/Micronesian); and Puerto Ricans, for graduate study in research-based doctoral programs in the behavioral and social sciences, humanities, and sciences. GRE scores are required. Deadline: Fall.

GEM Fellowship Program provides opportunities for underrepresented minority students to obtain M.S. degrees in engineering and Ph.D. degrees in engineering and the natural and physical sciences through a program of paid summer internships and graduate financial assistance. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen of Mexican American, American Indian, Black/African-American, Puerto Rican American and other Hispanic American ethnicity with a minimum GPA of 2.80/4.00 the M.S. program and 3.00/4.00 for the Ph.D. program. Deadline: Fall.

Humane Studies Fellowship is one of the awards offered by the Institute for Humane Studies, which gives scholarships up to $15,000 for undergraduate or graduate study in the United States or abroad. Last year IHS awarded more than 165 scholarships to outstanding undergraduates, graduate students, law students, and professional students who are exploring the principles, practices, and institutions necessary to a free society through their academic work. You must be a junior or senior during the academic year of funding.  All nationalities may apply. Deadline: Fall.

James Madison Graduate Fellowships support U.S. citizens committed a career in teaching American history, government, or social studies at the secondary level. The "Junior Fellowships" are awarded to students who are about to complete, or have completed, their undergraduate course of study and plan to begin graduate work on a full-time basis. "Senior Fellowships" are awarded to teachers who wish to undertake work for a graduate degree on a part-time basis through summer and evening classes. The fellowships are intended exclusively for graduate study leading to a master’s degree. James Madison Fellows may attend any accredited institution of higher education in the United States. Deadline: Winter.

Mellon Fellowships in the Humanities provide full tuition and stipends for U.S. citizens, nationals and permanent residents who are seniors or recent graduates, for a first year of graduate work leading to the Ph.D. in preparation for a career in teaching and scholarship in a humanistic field of study (excluding the creative and performing arts). Deadline: Fall.

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program seeks to ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science, mathematics, and engineering in the United States and to reinforce its diversity. The NSF awards approximately 1,000 new three-year Graduate Research Fellowships in March of each year. NSF Fellows are expected to contribute significantly to research, teaching, and industrial applications in science, mathematics, and engineering. Applicants must be United States citizens or permanent resident aliens of the United States. Those eligible to apply are college seniors, first-year graduate students, and others who have completed a limited amount of graduate study in science, mathematics, or engineering. Women who intend to pursue graduate degrees in engineering or in computer and information science and engineering and who meet the eligibility requirements above can apply for the additional WENG or WICS awards. Deadline: Fall.

Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans support thirty individuals a year for up to two years of graduate study in any subject anywhere in the U.S. Candidates must be either holders of Green Cards, naturalized citizens, or children of two naturalized citizen parents. Deadline: Fall.