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External Fellowships: Prestigious Opportunities to Know

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program

  • Disciplines: Research-based master’s and doctoral students in science
    and engineering fields supported by NSF.
  • Award: 3 years of funding support during a 5-year fellowship period, with
    a $34,000 annual stipend and a $12,000 cost of education allowance.
  • Citizenship: US Citizen, US National, or Permanent Resident.
  • Eligibility: Graduating senior entering a graduate program OR current graduate student in either the first or second year of study. New for 2017 (Fall 2016 application deadline): Current graduate students are limited to one application, submitted either in the first or second year of study.
    A one-time exception is made for students who applied in Fall 2015 as
    first-year applicants; they may apply again in Fall 2016.
  • Deadline: Varies by discipline.
  • Program Solicitation: click here.

Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship

  • Disciplines: Engineering and Science (physical, computer, mathematical,
    or life sciences).
  • Award: Up to 4 years of support, including full tuition, $36,000 annual stipend, and $5,000 academic allowance in the first year ($1,000/year upon renewal).
  • Citizenship: US Citizen or Permanent Resident.
  • Eligibility: First-year PhD student OR graduating senior entering a PhD program OR BA/BS not enrolled in graduate school.
  • Deadline: January 2017 (exact date to be announced).

National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate Fellowship (NDSEG)

  • Disciplines: Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
  • Award: 3-year fellowship with full tuition, annual stipend (up to $34,000), and up to $1,000/year in medical insurance.
  • Citizenship: US Citizen or US National.
  • Eligibility: First- or second-year PhD student OR graduating senior entering a PhD program.
  • Deadline: The 2017 application will open in September 2016. Deadline to be announced.

SMART Scholarship

  • Disciplines: Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
  • Award: Full tuition, stipend ($25,000 - $38,000 depending on degree and may be prorated based on award length), paid summer research internships, and employment placement after graduate.
  • Citizenship: US Citizen.
  • Eligibility: Graduate OR undergraduate student able to participate in summer internships at Department of Defense (DoD) laboratories and willing to accept post-graduate employment with the DoD as a civilian research scientist.
  • Deadline: December 1, 2016 at 5 pm Eastern Standard Time.

Hertz Fellowship

  • Disciplines: Applied physical, biological, and engineering sciences.
  • Award: Up to 5 years of fellowship support, including full tuition and a $32,000 annual stipend.
  • Citizenship: US Citizen or Permanent Resident.
  • Eligibility: First-year PhD student OR entering a PhD program.
  • Deadline: October 28, 2016.

Ford Foundation Fellowships

Predoctoral, Dissertation, and Postdoctoral Fellowships are available in most disciplines.

  • Awards: Include an annual stipend and paid expenses to at least one Conference of Ford Fellows.
  • Citizenship: US Citizen, US National, or Permanent Resident.
  • Eligibility: Candidates must demonstrate a commitment to pursuing a career in teaching and scholarship at the college or university level. Engagement with and commitment to underrepresented groups in higher education is a key selection criterion.
  • Deadline: November 2016 (date varies by fellowship, see website).

Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans

  • Disciplines: All.
  • Award: 2-year fellowship, including a total stipend of $40,000 and 50% of required tuition and fees up to $20,000/year.
  • Citizenship: Born in the US to parents born abroad as non-US citizens; Naturalized Citizen; Green Card; Adopted; DACA. See website for more details.
  • Eligibility: First- or second-year graduate student OR college senior OR college graduate not currently enrolled in a graduate program. 30 years old or younger on the date of the application deadline.
  • Deadline: November 1, 2016.

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

  • Disciplines: All.
  • Award: 1-year fellowship (travel expenses + living stipend) to design your own study/research project or English Teaching Assistantship abroad.
  • Citizenship: US Citizen.
  • Eligibility: Applicants must have achieved at least a bachelor’s degree by the start of the program, but must not have completed a PhD. Review detailed eligibility requirements on the Fulbright website.
  • For more info: Begin on the Getting Started page. Prerecorded and upcoming webinars are also a great way to learn about the program. Applicants should carefully review the Application Tips.
  • Campus deadline: September 14, 2016. After the campus deadline, applicants will take part in on-campus interviews. To apply, contact Alice Broussard at brousa@rpi.edu.
  • Final Fulbright deadline: October 11, 2016.