The National Science Foundation and Ford Foundation Fellowships can provide significant funding over a period of three years to graduate students. We know you are busy at the start of the semester, but qualified, newly enrolled graduate students are encouraged to attend upcoming workshops to learn how to apply.

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program provides 3 years of support to outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are at or near the beginning of graduate study.

Fellows benefit from a three-year annual stipend of $34,000 along with a $12,000 cost of education allowance for tuition and fees (paid to the institution), opportunities for international research and professional development, and the freedom to conduct their own research at any accredited U.S. institution of graduate education they choose.

Past fellows include numerous Nobel Prize winners, U.S. Secretary of Energy, Steven Chu, Google founder, Sergey Brin and Freakonomics co-author, Steven Levitt. Please come to this workshop to learn how to apply, and let us walk you through the application process.

September 27, 2019 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: 309 Sproul Hall

RSVP for this workshop online in advance. 

Read more about the fellowship program on the NSF website at Applications for NSF grants are due Oct. 21-25, depending on the discipline.

Ford Foundation Fellowship

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, maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and 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 are awarded annually in a national competition administered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on behalf of the Ford Foundation. Read the eligibility requirements online here.

Awards will be made for study in research-based Ph.D. or Sc.D. programs; practice oriented degree programs are not eligible for support.

  • The fellowship application deadline for dissertation and postdoctoral fellowships (one-year fellowships) is Dec. 10, 2019 at 5 p.m. EST.
  • The fellowships application deadline for predoctoral fellowships (three-year fellowships) is Dec. 17, 2019 at 5 p.m. EST.

A workshop about this fellowship may be scheduled this fall. Please email [email protected] with any questions about the process, or to receive help in understanding the application.