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Outside Fellowships

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 Submission deadline: October 21st

Grants in Aid of Research from Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Honors Society

(for masters and PhD students)

Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Honor’s Society, offers grants of up to $1,000 to graduate students who can use the funds for travel expenses or small equipment.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Research area in or related to science (many fields are eligible)

Application Deadline Dates:

  • October 1st

Facebook Fellowship

(for PhD students in a variety of fields)

The Facebook Fellowship is open to PhD students in a variety of research areas with no citizenship requirements. Fellows receive two years of tuition and fee coverage with an annual stipend of $37,000 along with $5,000 for conference and travel support.  Applications consist of a short research summary, CV, and two letters of recommendation.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Full time PhD student with research related to applied statistics, photonics and optics, privacy and ethics, computational social science, computer graphics, computer vision, economics and computation, Facebook app wellbeing and safety, machine learning, privacy and data use, programming languages, social and economic policy, and data science.


Application Deadline Dates:

  • October 4th

Google Fellowship

(For doctoral students in Computer Science and related areas)

 Google Fellowship Website: 

 Form to request nomination:

Google fellowships are awarded to doctoral students who exhibit academic excellence in the area of computer science and related fields. Fellows are provided with a stipend for two years along with Google paying for their tuition and fees. A research mentor from Google will be assigned to each fellow. 

Instead of applying individually, applicants first apply to Purdue to request to be nominated for the Google Fellowship. Purdue will select two nominees to send to Google for their consideration. 

**Deadline to request nomination: October 25, 2019**

Hertz Foundation Fellowships for Graduate Students

(For Current, First Year PhD Students)

The Hertz Foundation Fellowships are merit-based awards for doctoral students who are studying applied science or engineering. Fellows are selected based on technical endeavors, commitment to the physical sciences, and moral and ethical values.  

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants need to be US citizens or US permanent residents.
  • The applicant must be in their first year of their doctoral program.
  • Applying students must be enrolled in a Ph.D. program in science, math, or engineering.

Application Deadline Dates:

  • October 23rd

National Science Foundation (NSF) Fellowship

 (for graduating seniors, first year master’s students, first or second year doctoral students who did not earn a master’s degree and have not applied previously for the fellowship while in grad school)

The NSF Fellowship offers three years of a $34,000 annual stipend for masters and PhD student in STEM or STEM-related fields, ranging from engineering to physical sciences, life sciences, and social sciences as well as STEM education. Fellows also get the opportunity to apply for opportunities to conduct research abroad and may apply to have industry internships through the NSF GROW and GRIP programs for NSF Fellows. Applicants submit a two-page research plan along with a three-page personal statement with information on their previous research experiences.


  • US citizen or US national or US Permanent Resident
  • Graduating senior, first year master’s student, or first or second year doctoral students who did not earn a master’s degree and have not applied previously for the fellowship while in grad school


  • October

Summer and Fall NSF Workshops are available.  For information and registration:


National Science Foundation Postdoc Fellowships

*Must be a US Citizen, Permanent Resident, or US National to apply and either a graduating PhD or a current postdoc.

Each specific fellowship has its own qualifications and requirements.

NSF Postdoc Fellowships

NSF Postdoc Fellowship




Atmospheric and Geosciences Postdoctoral Fellowships  (AGS-PRF)

Earth Sciences

Proposal Accepted anytime

Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowships  (MSPRF)



NSF Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellowships  (AAPF)

Astronomy and Astrophysics

October 15

Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology  (PRFB)


November 19

SBE Postdoctoral Research Fellowships  (SPRF)

Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences

November 1


National Institutes of Health (NIH) K99/R00 Webinar for Postdocs from diverse backgrounds

International and domestic postdocs are encouraged to attend this webinar to learn about the MOSAIC program that provides resources for postdocs to transition into faculty careers through the K99/R00 postdoc transition award by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences.

Webinar Session: September 24th, 1:00 – 3:00 pm EST

More information and webinar access:

National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Fellowship Program

 (for doctoral students and current postdocs – for many different fields, not just nuclear engineering!)

This opportunity is open to US citizens currently working on MS or PhD degrees in a variety of fields, ranging from nuclear engineering to chemistry to political science and accounting. Gain hands-on experience in projects related to national security while building your professional skills. The majority of fellows in the NNSA program find jobs at national laboratories after graduation due to their participation in the program. Fellows earn a stipend of $53,000 for the year along with funding for travel and training.


  • US Citizen who is eligible for a security clearance
  • Currently enrolled in a graduate program or within 18 months post-graduation
  • Final or current cumulative GPA of 3.20 / 4.00
  • Be able to work fulltime for the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (multiple locations across the US) for one year, beginning in June, 2020


  • October 2, 2019

NNSA Fellowship Webinar Info Session – Thursday, September 6th 6:00 pm


ACLS Mellon Dissertation Fellowships

(For Current PhD Students who will graduate in the spring or summer of 2021)

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) awards one-year fellowships to PhD candidates who are finishing their dissertations in the humanities or social science.  Fellows receive a $30,000 stipend in addition to $3,000 for research costs and $5,000 to cover fees.  Applicants submit a research proposal, a completed chapter of their dissertation, and reference letters. Winners will be notified in March 2020 and the award funding would start for summer or fall 2020.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Humanities or Social Science PhD candidate
  • Must be prepared to complete your dissertation within the period of their fellowship tenure and no later than August 31, 2021
  • Be no more than six years into the degree program at the time of application, including any time spent earning an MA
  • Have not previously applied for this fellowship more than once

Application Deadline Dates:

  • October  

Smithsonian Institute Fellowship Program (SIFP)

(For Current graduate students and Postdocs who wish to use Smithsonian resources for their research)

The Smithsonian Institute offers fellowships for history, anthropology, environmental science, earth science, molecular biology, and materials research as well as interdisciplinary fields. Graduate student fellowships (before candidacy) give the fellow ten weeks of research time at the institution with a $7,500 stipend. The Predoctoral (Dissertation) Fellowship can be granted for 3 to 12 months of research at a Smithsonian Institute with a $36,000 annual stipend and $4,000 research allowance. Postdoctoral fellows may request funding ranging from 3 months to two years with a stipend of $50,400 annually.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Fellowship tenures must begin between June 1, 2020 and March 1, 2021.
  • Graduate Students: When they apply, students must be formally enrolled in a graduate program of study at a degree-granting institution. Before the appointment begins fellows must still be enrolled and must have completed at least one full-time semester. Graduate Student Fellowships are usually intended for students who have not yet been advanced to candidacy if in a doctoral program.
  • Predoctoral Fellowships - Dissertation: Students enrolled in a university as candidates for the Ph.D. are eligible for predoctoral fellowships. By the time the appointment begins, the university must approve the undertaking of dissertation research at the Smithsonian Institution and certify that requirements for the doctorate, other than the dissertation, have been met.
  • Postdoctoral Fellowships: The doctorate degree must be completed by the time the fellowship begins.

Application Deadline:

  • November 1, 2019

Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans

 (for graduating seniors, masters students, and doctoral students)

 This fellowship is open to domestic and international students who meet the “New American” status, particularly as immigrants or the children of immigrants to the United States. Fellows are selected based on their creativity and commitment in academics.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • “New American” status: an applicant’s birth parents must have both been born outside of the US as non-US citizens, and both parents must not have been eligible for US citizenship at the time of their birth; additionally, the applicant must either meet one of the following criteria: born in the US, be a naturalized citizen, have a Green Card, have been adapted by American parents, or is a DACA participant.
  • Age 30 or younger
  • Must be in the first or second year of their graduate program
  • Must not have a previous graduate degree


Application Deadline Dates:

  • November

Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future Fellowship

 (for women PhD students and women postdocs in STEM fields)

This fellowship is open to international PhD students and postdocs who intend “to return to their home countries after completion of their studies to contribute to economic, social and technological advancement by strengthening the STEM teaching and research faculties of their home institutions.”

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Female PhD student or postdoc in a STEM field
  • Citizen of a developing country or emerging economy
  • Demonstrate interest in teaching and research, have an interest in the application of science in public policy

Application Deadline Dates:

  • November 7th

NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships (NSTRF)

 (for graduating seniors, masters students, and doctoral students)!{23291728-FC29-E544-8D34-45811A70418A}&path=open

NASA’s NSTRF fellowship is for graduate students conducting STEM research related to space technology. This fellowship provides 1 year of funding ($36,000 stipend) for masters students and PhD students that may be renewed annually.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • STEM program with research related to space technology
  • US citizen, US national, or US permanent resident

 Application Deadline Dates:

  • November

American Association of University Women (AAUW): International Fellowship

 (for female masters students, and doctoral students, and postdocs)

 The AAUW International Fellowship is open to women who are not US citizens who intend to return to their home country after earning their graduate degree or completing their postdoc term. A one-year stipend of $18,000 is awarded for masters students, a $20,000 stipend is awarded for PhD students, and a $30,000 stipend is awarded for a one-year postdoc position.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Open only to women
  • Be entering a graduate research program, already in a graduate research program, or are seeking a postdoc research opportunity
  • Preference is given to women who show prior commitment to the advancement of women and girls through civic, community, or professional work.

 Application Deadline Dates:

  • November

American Association of University Women (AAUW): Dissertation Fellowship

 (for female masters students, and doctoral students, and postdocs)

 The AAUW Dissertation Fellowship is for women who will be completing their PhD during the spring of 2020. Fellows are selected based on scholarly excellence.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Open only to women
  • US citizen or permanent resident
  • Will graduate with their PhD in spring of 2020

 Application Deadline Dates:

  • November

GEM Fellowships

 (For senior undergraduates planning to enter a Masters or PhD program next fall)

 The GEM Consortium offers several fellowships for graduating seniors who plan to enter graduate school in the fall of 2019 in science or engineering fields. As a part of the fellowship, GEM provides a summer internship and promotes career goals for either industry or academia.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants need to be US citizens or US permanent residents.
  • Candidates should be members of one of the following underrepresented groups: American Indian/Native, African American/Black, Hispanic American/Latino
  • A GRE score is required along with applying to at last 3 GEM Member Universities (see the list on the website) 

Application Deadline Dates:

  • November

Pre Doctoral Indiana Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) Fellowship

 (For second and third year PhD Students)

 The Indiana CTSI fellowship is awarded to doctoral students who conduct interdisciplinary translational, clinical research. Two years of funding are provided, including a stipend and health insurance. Fellows also present at the annual National Association of Clinical and Translational Sciences (ACTS) meeting.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants need to be US citizens or US permanent residents.
  • The applicant must be in their second or third year of a doctoral program
  • Research area must be translational research (T1 or T2)
  • Applicant must be mentored by two faculty members in different disciplines

Application Deadline Dates:

  • November

Social Science Research Council Dissertation Research Fellowship

PhD students in the humanities and social sciences who will graduate during the 2020-2021 academic year are eligible to apply. The dissertation subject must include research topics that are not related to the United States. As stated on the SSRC website, "Applicants from select disciplines within the humanities (Art History, Architectural History, Classics, Drama/Theater, Film Studies, Literature, Musicology, Performance Studies, Philosophy, Political Theory, and Religion) may request three or more months of funding for international on-site dissertation research in combination with site-specific research in the United States, for a total of nine to twelve months of funding. All other applicants (for instance, those in Anthropology, Geography, History, Political Science, and Sociology, among others) must request nine to twelve months of on-site, site-specific dissertation research with a minimum of six months of research outside of the United States."

Stipend amount varies depending on the project. The fellowship includes participation in an SSRC-funded interdisciplinary workshop upon the completion of the proposed research.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Finishing a PhD in humanities or social science during the 2020-2021 academic year with the above-mentioned international research component
  • Dissertation research was/will be conducted, in whole or in part, outside the United States, on a non-US topic

Application Deadline:

  • November 5th, 2019

Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship

This dissertation fellowship is open for PhD students in humanities or social sciences with research pertaining to religion or ethics. Applications include a research proposal, CV, transcript, and three letters of recommendation. 

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must plan to finish PhD between April 1, 2021 and August 31, 2021
  • Humanities or Social Science discipline with research pertaining to religion or ethics. 
  • Have all pre-dissertation requirements fulfilled by the application deadline November 15, 2019, including approval of the dissertation proposal.

Application Deadline:

  • November 15, 2019

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship

 (for graduating seniors, graduating masters students, and first and second-year doctoral students) 

The NDSEG fellowship is for graduating undergrads and current masters or PhD students who work in technical areas related to national defense. Masters students who are interested in continuing on to a PhD are eligible to apply along with first and second-year doctoral students. Recipients can receive up to three years of funding including coverage of tuition and fees along with a $3,200 monthly stipend.


  • STEM research related to national defense
  • US citizen or US national


  • December 2019


Webinar Information Session: Tuesday, September 24th at 7:00pm, register at (

Ford Foundation Fellowships for Graduate Students and Postdocs

 The Ford Fellowship focuses on diversity in academia by providing funding for diverse students who aspire to become university faculty researchers and teachers.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • U. S. citizens, U.S. nationals, U.S. permanent residents (holders of a Permanent Resident Card), as well as individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA) program¹, political asylees, and refugees, regardless of race, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation
  • Individuals committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level in a research-based field of science, social science, or humanities

Application Deadline Dates:

  • Predoctoral: December 17, 2019 (5:00 PM EST)
  • Dissertation: December 10, 2018 (5:00 PM EST)
  • Postdoctoral: December 10, 2018 (5:00 PM EST)

 Ford Foundation Fellowship Info Session and Q&A Panel: October 10th, 10 – 11:30 am, WALC 3090, registration:

Symantec Research Fellowships for Graduate Students

(For Current PhD Students)

Symantec offers one-year fellowships for PhD students who are researching one of the following areas: privacy and identity, security, machine learning and data mining, and human factors. The application includes a CV, short personal statement with research interests, and two letters of recommendation.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applying students must be enrolled in a Ph.D. program.
  • Preference will be given to students with a desire to work in an industrial research lab and those working on innovative research projects in areas related to Symantec’s businesses and interests.
  • Recipients will also be selected based on their overall potential for research excellence and their academic progress to date as evidenced by publications.

Application Deadline Dates:

  • December 4th, 5:00 pm Pacific Time

SMART Scholarship Program (a Graduate Fellowship)

(For prospective or current Masters and PhD students in STEM)

The Science, Mathematics, and Research For Transformation (SMART) Scholarship-Fellowship is funded by the Department of Defense (DoD) to provide tuition, stipend, insurance, and internships for masters and PhD students who are willing to commit to working for the DoD for at least one year after graduation.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • a citizen of the United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, or United Kingdom at time of application
  • Masters or PhD student in a STEM field
  • able to complete at least one summer internships at a DoD facility
  • willing to accept post-graduate employment with the DoD
  • requesting at least 1.5 years of degree funding prior to graduation (which starts after the fellowship has been awarded, not at time of application)

Application Deadline Dates:

  • December 1, 2019

National Institutes of Health - NIH F31, F32, and K-Awards

(For PhD Students and Postdocs)

NIH fellowships and career awards (“K-awards”) are prestigious funding sources for graduate students and postdocs in the life sciences, health sciences, and bioengineering. See below for information on award types and upcoming information sessions.


F31: – US citizen or permanent resident who will use the fellowship during their PhD program

F32: – US citizen or permanent resident who will enter a postdoc term

K-awards: - no citizenship requirement, must have a PhD and less than 4 years of postdoc experience

Application Deadlines:

                -F31 and F32: April 8th, August 8th, December 8th

                -K-awards: March 12th, July 12th, November 12th

Fulbright Fellowship for Graduate Students

 (For second and third-year PhD Students)

 Purdue- specific information:

 National information:


Travel abroad to conduct a year of independent research in another country! Funding provides living expenses and project costs.  The applicant’s project/research proposal may include university coursework, independent library, lab, or field research, or special projects in the social sciences, life sciences, or visual and performing arts.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants need to be US citizens
  • Bachelor's degree required - but not a Ph.D. - by the beginning date of the grant
  • For travel to non-English-speaking countries, the applicant must have language proficiency that supports the proposed project.

Application Instructions:

  • Complete all sections of the online application (  EXCEPT recommendation information and SUBMIT through the Embark portal. This will include completing the many sections online as well as uploading both statements and all transcripts.
  • Send personal statement and statement of grant purpose to in Word doc format.

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