Doctoral Program Funding + Fellowships
Students accepted as Ph.D. students in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering are customarily “fully funded,” which means that funding will be provided that includes tuition, health insurance, and a stipend, so long as the student is making satisfactory progress.
Funding may come from several sources: the School of Engineering and Applied Science, the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department, research grants of the faculty, institutional training grants, industrial sources, as well as funding from direct federal and foundation fellowships to the student. Details regarding each funding offer are specified in a letter from the department at the time that an individual is offered admission.
We encourage all students to apply for fellowships that pertain to them during their graduate studies since this will provide additional flexibility throughout their time at Penn.
Please check these Penn resources for additional information on funding and resources:
- Grad Center at Penn – Funding
- Center for Undergraduate Research & Fellowships – Graduate Resources
- University of Pennsylvania Student Financial Services
Additional resources for graduate students in STEM fields:
- Information and Tips on Applying for STEM graduate fellowships
- Searchable database of STEM funding opportunities
- STEM postdoc opportunities
- Funding Sources for Doctoral Students
Internal Fellowships + Financial Aid
The eligibility for an Ashton fellowship requires the applicant to be a third generation American-born citizen under the age of 25 and be a resident of New Jersey or Pennsylvania.
If you fulfill these requirements, apply to the Chemical Biomolecular Engineering Department and request an application for the Ashton fellowship by sending e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
The William Fontaine Endowment was established in 1970 at the University of Pennsylvania in honor of Dr. William Fontaine, professor of philosophy for twenty-one years and the first African-American to become a fully affiliated professor at Penn.
From the endowment’s inception, Fontaine Fellowships have advanced the University’s goals related to diversity by supporting the education of the most underrepresented groups in Ph.D. education nationally. Originally restricted to students from groups “traditionally and historically underrepresented” in higher education – specifically U.S. African American, Native American, and Hispanic students – diversity is now more broadly defined and may include, for example, first-generation college students who are from low-income families, or students whose backgrounds are most underrepresented in a specific discipline or field. Awardees must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S.
For more information, visit https://gsc.upenn.edu/fontaine/about.
If you fulfill these requirements, apply to the Chemical Biomolecular Engineering Department and request an application for the Fontaine fellowship by sending e-mail to email@example.com
Supports graduate and professional students who are graduates of Marymount Manhattan College (Bronx) or any of the Marymount Colleges established by the Order of the Religious Sacred Heart of Mary. Fellows receive $5000/year for up to three years.
Call for nominations typically in February.
For more information: https://gsc.upenn.edu/academic-programs/grants-fellowships/opportunities#nomination
Wilson S. Yerger Memorial Fellowship
This award was established on February 15, 1946, in memory of Wilson S. Yerger(‘09), by his widow and children. It provides a stipend plus tuition for a fellowship holder in metallurgy and materials science or in chemical engineering.
Nominations will be based on the scholastic attainments of the applicant with due regard for worthiness of character, financial need, the promise of success in the principal line of work he or she proposes to pursue as a graduate student, and for the interests of the school in which he or she proposes to pursue it.
If you fulfill these requirements, apply to the Chemical Biomolecular Engineering Department and request an application for the Wilson S. Yerge fellowship by sending e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
US Military & Veteran's Program's
Penn Yellow Ribbon Program
Is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. The program allows Penn to voluntarily enter into an agreement with the VA to fund tuition expenses for eligible veterans.
Schools and programs at Penn have committed funds to the Yellow Ribbon Program, with a designated number of openings available at each school. The VA will match Penn’s commitment. The combined Penn award and VA match cannot exceed the difference between the recipient’s actual tuition charges and the recipient’s basic Post-9/11 tuition benefit. Students receiving VA education benefits are required to disclose other scholarships and grants (including any departmental, Penn, or outside organizations, such as an employer) to Student Registration & Financial Services for review. Additional funding sources may require adjustments to benefit eligibility.
Federal law states that Yellow Ribbon awards must be made on a first-come, first-served basis. SRFS maintains a queue of applicants based on the date a student submits their VA Certificate of Eligibility (COE). Phone calls and email inquiries do not hold you a place in the queue.
For more information: https://srfs.upenn.edu/financial-aid/yellow-ribbon
Penn Veterans Upward Bound Program
The TRIO Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) program hosted by the University of Pennsylvania is a FREE, college preparatory program for eligible veterans federally funded with a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The program offers college preparatory services to include academic assessment, advising, and counseling; non-credited academic classes and tutoring; college access; and educational support services. The program is intended to encourage, empower, and acclimatize college-bound veterans for the rigors of post-secondary education and training. The primary goal of VUB is to fully prepare eligible veterans to enter the college of their choice, be successful in college, and to graduate from college.
For more information: https://vub.vpse.upenn.edu/
The Class of 1939 Graduate Fellowship
Two fellowships are made each year to students who have earned Penn undergraduate degrees within the three previous academic years and have been accepted into graduate programs at Penn. First-year funding from the fellowship is matched with institutional support to provide fully funded four-year awards.
For more information, please contact the Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education, 210 College Hall/6381, or by phone at 898-2061.
Gloria Chisum Graduate Fellowship
Fellowship to support new and continuing doctoral students from populations most under-represented nationally in PhD education. Call for nominations typically in February.
For more information: https://gsc.upenn.edu/academic-programs/grants-fellowships/opportunities
Fellowships + Grants for Current Students
University of Pennsylvania Family Grant Program for Ph.D. students
The University has created two grant programs for PhD students to help offset the cost of childcare and family expenses, and health insurance for dependents.
These grants are funded by the Office of the Provost and administered by the Family Resource Center and the Office of Student Registration and Financial Services.
Graduate and Professional Student Assembly (GAPSA) Grants and Related Funding
The Graduate and Professional Student Assembly (GAPSA) provides a host of funding opportunities from individual grants, to group and event funding. Some of the grants available for graduate students include the following:
Penn Prize for Excellence in Teaching by Graduate Students
The Penn Prize for Excellence in Teaching by Graduate Students recognizes the profound impact of graduate students on education at Penn. Nominations come directly from undergraduate and graduate students. Ten prizes are awarded annually.
For more information: https://provost.upenn.edu/teaching-at-penn/penn-ta-prize
Penn Career Services - Summer Funding Program
Penn Career Services knows that many summer internships, particularly in certain fields, provide only a small stipend or do not pay at all. Frequently the internships are located in cities with a high cost of living. This means that some students are unable to take advantage of excellent positions, which are sometimes the first step towards a career in a given field. Other students wish to participate in nonprofit, NGO, or research work away from home.
Career Services has a limited fund of money to allow some select students to pursue unfunded or under-funded summer opportunities. Funds could cover travel expenses, living expenses, or other expenses related to the summer experience.
Note: SEAS graduate students are strongly encouraged to apply, although preference will be given to undergraduates (rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors), you should still apply.
For more information: https://careerservices.upenn.edu/career-services-summer-funding-program/
Trustees’ Council of Penn Women Emergency Grant
The Trustees’ Council of Penn Women will offer grants to students who have special financial needs. Special consideration will be given to women students. Grants will be for sudden, compelling, and unanticipated need due to changed financial circumstances. Examples include the death or unemployment of a parent or illness. These students would be unable to continue their studies without special financial assistance. Students should demonstrate resourcefulness and self-reliance in their quest for a Penn education, and their qualities should identify them as role models for other University students.
For more information: https://www.alumni.upenn.edu/s/1587/gid2/16/interior.aspx?sid=1587&gid=2&pgid=1421
Penn VPUL Emergency and Opportunity Funding
Unexpected financial circumstances can cause undergraduate, graduate, and professional students stress and impact their ability to achieve and thrive. Penn’s Division of the Vice Provost for University Life (VPUL), Office of Student Financial Services (SFS), Penn First Plus (P1P), Student Intervention Services (SIS), and Alumni Relations work collaboratively to address pressing needs and, when appropriate, adjust the student’s cost of attendance to fund a relevant opportunity or remedy an urgent situation.
Emergency or Opportunity Grants can range from $100 to $1,000 and can be used for demonstrated needs such as: academic technology/course materials; winter or professional clothing; medical expenses; academic advancement (such as graduate school exam fees); or personal/family emergencies.
For more information: https://pennvpul.wufoo.com/forms/emergency-and-opportunity-funding/
Leboy-Davies Graduate Student Award
The Leboy-Davies Graduate Student Award was created to honor of Phoebe Leboy and Helen Davies, two pioneering feminist faculty members in the health sciences. This award provides up to $2,000 in research or travel funding to a graduate student whose work fosters women’s health, well-being, and educational equality anywhere in the world, or enhances our understanding of gender inequality.
Priority will be given to students who have earned the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Graduate Certificate (or who are currently enrolled in the program), and to projects leading to the completion of a doctoral dissertation.
For more information: https://gsws.sas.upenn.edu/center/funding/leboy-davies-graduate-student-award
Kleinman Center for Energy Policy Grants & Research Funding
The Kleinman Center for Energy Policy provides student and research grants as well as summer fellowships four times per year in the spring, summer, fall, and winter, and are open to individual students as well as student groups.
Grants provided by the Kleinman Center must be prospective and funding decisions are based on funding availability, student eligibility, energy policy relevance, and completeness of the application.
For more information:
Penn Museum Assistantship Program
The Penn Museum Assistantship Program offers paid semester-and year-long assistantship opportunities for Penn graduate students to work on projects within the Penn Museum. The program pairs Museum projects in need of research assistance with interested graduate students from related fields.
For more information: https://www.penn.museum/learn/penn-students/museum-assistantship-program
Center for the Study of Ethnicity, Race and Immigration (CSERI) Grants
CSERI will award a number of graduate fellowships for research expenses and travel undertaken in the academic year. All full-time Penn graduate students enrolled in any school whose research focuses on social science approaches to race, ethnicity or immigration in the United States or in other countries are eligible to apply. CSERI research support may be combined with funding from other programs.
For more information: http://web.sas.upenn.edu/cseri/opportunities/graduate-research-grants/
External Fellowships + Financial Aid
Below are some of the common resources and sources for fellowships and support. Please check back for additions and updates.
The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based Master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions.
Some NSF programs provide either direct (i.e., from NSF) or indirect (i.e., from an awardee institution) funding for students at this level or identify programs that focus on educational developments for this group such as curricula development, training or retention.
The National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship is a highly competitive, portable fellowship that is awarded to U.S. citizens and nationals who intend to pursue a doctoral degree in one of fifteen supported disciplines.
US Department of Defense Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program
The Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program is an opportunity for students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines to receive a full scholarship and be gainfully employed upon degree completion. The program aims to increase the number of civilian scientists and engineers working at United States Department of Defense laboratories. Applicants must be a citizen of the United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, or United Kingdom.
NSEP Boren Fellowships provide up to $30,000 to U.S. graduate students to add an important international and language component to their graduate education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency. Boren Fellowships support study and research in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.
The National Physical Science Consortium is a partnership between government agencies and laboratories, industry, and higher education.
EPA (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) provides support for research fellowships and professional development opportunities to encourage students to obtain advanced degrees in the environmental sciences and pursue STEM-related careers.
The Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Science, Technology and Policy (STP) Program serves as a next step in the educational and professional development of scientists and engineers interested in energy efficiency and renewable energy policy. The EERE STP Program provides an opportunity for highly talented scientists and engineers to participate in policy-related projects at DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in Washington, D.C. and Golden, CO site office.
Appointments will be awarded to applicants based on academic level and experience. This postdoctoral fellowship is for recent Master’s or Ph.D. graduates who have held a graduate degree for less than three years at the time of application. Applicants should hold a Ph.D. or Master’s degree in an energy-relevant field of science, engineering or other highly quantitative field such as economics.
Funded by the Department of Energy’s Office of Science and National Nuclear Security Administration, the program trains scientists to meet the nation’s workforce needs and helps to create a nationwide interdisciplinary community. Provides a $36,000 annual stipend; full tuition and fees; $1000 education allowance; travel to conferences and laboratories; 12-week research practicum; renewable up to four years. The DOE NNSA SSGF is open to any U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien planning full-time, uninterrupted study toward a doctoral degree at an accredited U.S. university. Those eligible to apply for the program include senior undergraduate students and first and second year graduate students focusing their studies on high energy density physics, nuclear science, or properties of materials under extreme conditions and hydrodynamics.
The SCGSR program provides supplemental funds for graduate awardees to conduct part of their thesis research at a host DOE laboratory/facility in collaboration with a DOE laboratory scientist within a defined award period. Collaborating DOE Laboratory Scientists may be from any of the participating DOE national laboratories/facilities. The award period for the proposed research project at DOE laboratories/facilities may range from 3 to 12 consecutive months.
The Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE CSGF) program provides outstanding benefits and opportunities to students pursuing doctoral degrees in fields of study that use high performance computing to solve complex science and engineering problems. Provides a yearly stipend of $36,000, full tuition, a research allowance, and more – renewable up to 4 years. Applicants must be in the first year of graduate study in engineering, mathematics, or the physical, computer, or life sciences.
The Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF), sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy, is a 10-week summer internship program that provides opportunities to students who are pursuing degrees in science, technology (IT), engineering, or mathematics (STEM majors). The goal of the program is to improve opportunities for minority and female students in these fields, but all eligible candidates are encouraged to apply. Candidates who are selected will have the opportunity to work under the mentorship of program officials and researchers on focused research projects consistent with the mission of the Office of Fossil Energy.
The NIJ Ph.D. Graduate Research Fellowship program provides awards for research on crime, violence, and other criminal justice-related topics to accredited universities that support graduate study leading to research-based doctoral degrees. NIJ invests in doctoral education by supporting universities that sponsor students who demonstrate the potential to successfully complete doctoral degree programs in disciplines relevant to the mission of NIJ (i.e., social and behavioral sciences, and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).
The NIH offers graduate students research, fellowship, and funding opportunities to help them gain the knowledge and independence that is required to earn an advanced degree.
The NIH Department of Bioethics Fellowship Program is designed to provide an opportunity for post-baccalaureate and post-doctoral fellows to develop knowledge and skills in bioethics that will help shape their future careers. During the fellowship, fellows will actively and professionally engage in and support departmental activities and have significant responsibilities as part of the NIH Bioethics Consultation Service.
The GAANN program provides fellowships through academic departments of institutions of higher education to assist graduate students of superior ability who demonstrate financial need and plan to pursue the highest degree available in their course of study at the institution
AFRL offers summer research internships for science and engineering students to work on technologies for air vehicles, human performance, materials and manufacturing, sensors, propulsion, space vehicles, directed energy, information and weapons. Internships are carried out at one of two research locations. Graduate interns are able to collaborate with AFRL on current research and incorporate the research into their graduate work.
NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) seeks to sponsor U.S. citizen and permanent resident graduate student researchers who show significant potential to contribute to NASA’s goal of creating innovative new space technologies for our Nation’s science, exploration, and economic future. NASA Space Technology Graduate Researchers will perform innovative, space technology research at their respective campuses and at NASA Centers. Awards are made in the form of grants to accredited U.S. universities on behalf of individuals pursuing master’s or doctoral degrees, with the faculty advisor serving as the principal investigator. In addition to his/her faculty advisor, each student will be matched with a technically relevant and community-engaged NASA Subject Matter Expert, who will serve as the student’s research collaborator. The research collaborator will serve as the conduit into the larger technical community corresponding to the student’s space technology research area.
- NASA Fellowships
- NASA Intern and Fellow Opportunities for International Students
- NASA internships for Undergraduate & Graduate Students
Foundation & Private Funding
The American Heart Association offers a fellowship to help students initiate careers in cardiovascular and stroke research by providing research assistance and training. The fellowship is aimed at research broadly related to cardiovascular function and disease and stroke, or to related clinical, basic science, bioengineering or biotechnology, and public health problems, including multidisciplinary efforts. Proposals are encouraged from all disciplines, as well as epidemiological, behavioral, community and clinical investigations that bear on cardiovascular and stroke problems. In 2017, the maximum annual stipend was $26,844, for up to two years. International students may apply as long as they have the appropriate student visa.
The AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships are opportunities for professional development and public service. They are operated by AAAS as part of its mandate to “advance science and serve society.” The aim is to foster scientifically informed, evidence-based policy and practice by involving scientists and engineers from a broad range of disciplines, backgrounds, and career stages to engage their knowledge and analytical skills while learning first-hand about policymaking and implementation at the federal level; and to build leadership for a strong S&T enterprise that benefits all people. This is accomplished by developing the capacity of scientists and engineers to effectively inform individuals and institutions that influence and determine policies, regulations, and funding. Note: All requirements for the degree must be completed by the application deadline.
As part of the Academy’s Initiative for Science, Engineering, and Technology, the Hellman Fellowship in Science and Technology Policy provides an opportunity for an early-career professional with training in science or engineering to learn about a career in public policy and administration. While in residence, Hellman Fellows work with senior scientists and policy experts on critical national and international policy issues related to science, engineering, and technology. Hellman Fellows contribute to new and ongoing projects under the Academy’s Initiative for Science, Engineering, and Technology. The studies explore how science and technology are evolving, how to help the public understand those changes, and how society can better adapt to those changes.
ASBMB recognizes exceptional scientists with a range of prestigious awards, grants, and fellowships. The society provides these opportunities to scientists at all career stages throughout the year.
ASEE administers a number of fellowship and research opportunities with funding provided by the Federal agencies including the Department of Defense (DOD), and the National Science Foundation (NSF). These range from programs that provide summer internships for high school students to research programs for faculty members during the summer or while on sabbatical. Programs include undergraduate and graduate research support and postdoctoral research programs for recent PhDs at government and industrial research facilities.
This endowment fund provides grants to individuals who volunteer or intern for progressive social action projects, ranging from $500 to $1500.
The Dan David Prize awards scholarships to doctoral and post-doctoral researchers, carrying out research in one of the selected fields for the current year. Registered doctoral and post-doctoral researchers who study at recognized universities throughout the world, and whose research has been approved, are eligible to apply.
The Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fund was established by the Will of Dolores Zohrab Liebmann and is administered by JPMorgan, Trustee. Mrs. Liebmann’s primary concern, as expressed in her Will, was to attract and support students with outstanding character and ability who hold promise for achievement and distinction in their chosen fields of study. The trustees welcome applications from students of all national origins who are United States citizens.
The Dr. Gerald A. Soffen Memorial Fund for the Advancement of Space Science Education offers Student Travel Grants. The Travel Grants are awarded to students pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees in aerospace-related sciences or engineering fields (astrobiology, astronomy, earth and space science, engineering, etc.) to attend a meeting at which they will present their research. Two awards in the amount of $500 will be presented at the deadline, contingent upon acceptance of the recipients’ conference abstracts.
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.
The aim of the Gen Foundation is to enhance the importance of cross-cultures between Japan and the rest of the world in today’s global society. The Foundation is supporting those who excel in the areas of natural sciences, in particular food sciences/technology. Since 1998, awards have been granted to over 100 people studying or researching within these fields. The Trustees are all Japanese citizens based in the U.K., but the Foundation considers applications even if there is no link with Japan as long as applicants are studying the relevant subjects.
The Directed Energy Professional Society (DEPS) is the premier organization for the exchange of information on the development and application of directed energy (DE), which includes both high energy lasers (HEL) and high power microwaves (HPM). DEPS fosters research and development of DE technology for national defense and civil applications through professional communication and education. The traditional academic disciplines involved in DE research include, but are not limited to, physics, electrical engineering, chemistry, chemical engineering, materials sciences, optical sciences, optical engineering, and aerospace engineering.
Candidates are expected to be interested in pursuing or currently studying the DE technology areas of HEL or HPM. The technical scope of acceptable research is the same as that of the Journal of Directed Energy and of DEPS meetings. Scholarship students have published in the Journal and made presentations at these technical meetings. Students applying for this scholarship must be U.S. citizens or have demonstrated interest in becoming citizens. Citizens of other countries may apply, if they provide with the application package a letter of intent to become a U.S. citizen.
The Fannie and John Hertz Foundation, a tax exempt, not-for-profit organization, provides PhD fellowships to exceptionally talented individuals studying in the applied physical and biological sciences, mathematics, and engineering, at over 40 of the nation’s finest participating universities.
This fund provides financial assistance for young adults to perform community service.
The Josephine de Karman Fellowship provides approximately eight (8) fellowships of $25,000 will be awarded to Ph.D. students for the regular academic year (fall and spring semesters or the equivalent where the quarterly system prevails), paid through the fellowship office of the university in which the recipient is enrolled for study in the United States. Study must be carried out only in the United States and all funds must be expended only within this country. DeKarman fellowships are open to students in any discipline, including international students, who are currently enrolled in a university or college located within the United States.
Only candidates for the Ph.D. who will defend their dissertation by June of the fellowship year are eligible for consideration. Postdoctoral and masters degree students are not eligible for consideration. Special consideration will be given to applicants in the Humanities.
In honor of former RFF President Joseph L. Fisher, Resources for the Future awards academic fellowships in support of doctoral dissertation research on issues related to the environment, natural resources, or energy. RFF’s primary research disciplines are economics and other social sciences. Proposals originating in these fields will have the greatest likelihood of success. Proposals from the physical or biological sciences must have an immediate and obvious link to environmental policy matters.
The fellowship carries a stipend of $18,000, which is intended to be a student’s principal source of support. The fellowship stipend will thus be reduced dollar-for-dollar by the amount of any financial assistance (other than tuition support) from other sources. However, the fellowship will still pay a minimum stipend of $2,000 to awardees whose stipends would otherwise be reduced below that amount. The program is open to both US and non-US citizens, provided that the latter have proper work and residency documentation.
The Kirchner Food Fellowship program aims to foster the development of individuals who have the practical skills and knowledge to make effective investments in emerging agricultural technologies that have the possibility of addressing global food security.
Candidates must be enrolled in a university in Mexico, Canada, or the United States and have interests or connections to, the Mexico region. They must be fully bilingual (English/Spanish), self-motivated, hard-working and possess a passion for investing in promising early-stage, for-profit, socially-responsible agricultural companies that will ultimately benefit Central Mexico. The fellowship also awards a $10,000 stipend to each selected fellow.
The ACS Division of Medicinal Chemistry announces the continuation of its Predoctoral Fellowship program. We anticipate that two $30,000 fellowships may be awarded in 2020. The awards are for predoctoral students in their third or fourth year of graduate study (second or third year of graduate study at the time of application) engaged in medicinal chemistry research in a Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Biochemistry, or Chemistry department listed in the current ACS Directory of Graduate Research. Mentors for all applicants must be members in good standing of the Division of Medicinal Chemistry. Funds used to support predoctoral fellowships are to be used solely for stipend support for the awardee.
The PhRMA Foundation informatics predoctoral fellowship supports students in advanced stages of training and thesis research. The goal of the Informatics awards program is to promote development and use of novel informatics in an integrative approach toward understanding normal processes of human biology and disease processes. Informatics awards support career development of scientists engaged in research that significantly integrates state-of-the-art information technology developed with advanced biological, chemical, and pharmacological sciences. This program supports full-time, in-residence students who will have completed most of their pre-thesis requirements (at least two years of study) and be engaged in thesis research as PhD candidates by the time the award is activated.
The program’s long-term goal is to generate conditions that result in more women pursuing scientific careers by lowering the barriers women face when entering STEM disciplines.
SETAC strives to honor and recognize outstanding contributions of individuals or groups of individuals to the environmental sciences and to the Society through its SETAC North America awards program. These programs include awards for best posters, travel grants to its annual conference, grants for URM students, exchange programs, and traineeship programs.
SETAC North America awards program is divided into four categories: Professional awards, research fellowships, grants, and travel awards. Each category is evaluated by separate guidelines but maintains the intent of the Society’s award process.
The SETAC North America awards program is overseen by the SETAC North America Awards and Fellowship Committee. Each award category is evaluated by separate guidelines but maintains the intent of the Society’s award process. Unless an award specifies otherwise, candidates may be self-nominated or nominated by an individual or group and SETAC members or nonmembers (guests) from the North America, Asia-Pacific or Latin America geographic units. Recipients of these awards are announced each year at the SETAC North America Annual Meeting.
SNMMI provides a range of awards, grants, and fellowships to scientists at all career stages throughout the year. For specific programs and eligibility, please see their website.
The Neuroscience Scholars Program (NSP) is a multi-year program designed to enhance career development and professional networking opportunities for underrepresented and diverse graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in the field of neuroscience.
In addition to the NSP Associates program, up to 14 applicants will be selected as NSP Fellows. Features of the NSP Fellows program include:
-A mentoring team consisting of a senior mentor, a peer mentor, and a seasoned neuroscientist to discuss fellow’s research, career plans, and overall experience
-Two years of complimentary SfN membership
-Travel award to attend the SfN annual meeting each fall
-Annual travel award up to $1,500 to support allowed professional development activities
According to the guidelines of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, candidates must be from a group recognized as underrepresented in the biomedical, behavioral, clinical, and social sciences. These include African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, Hawaiian Natives, natives of the U.S. Pacific Islands and individuals with disabilities, defined as physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities
Corporate & Industry Funding
Baxter sponsors an annual award program open to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Baxter’s Young Investigator Awards seek to stimulate and reward research applicable to the development of therapies and medical products that save and sustain patients’ lives. Baxter invites current graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in North America to submit descriptions of ongoing research. Competitive applications will describe active research which clearly and concisely demonstrates direct relevance to critical care therapies, and especially to those therapies closely related to Baxter’s portfolio.
The Dannon Fellowship Grant will award $25,000 to two graduate students interested in exploring the gut microbiome, probiotics, and yogurt to better understand how they help support and maintain human health and wellness. For students who are studying topics including the gut microbiome’s impact on human health and well-being and/or the nutritional and functional benefits of yogurt and probiotics.
The Ereztech BridgeForward Award is an award program recognizing gifted graduate students and recent post-doctoral graduates pursuing careers in organometallic chemistry and materials science. Applicants complete their submission for the opportunity to earn one of five $1,500 financial awards.
- The award is available to graduate students, recent Ph.D. recipients (grad should have received PhD within the last 5 years), and postdoctoral fellows that have distinguished themselves in the organometallic chemistry and materials science fields.
- Applicant must be attending or working at an accredited college or university.
- Applicant can be associated with a university or a government research organization.
- Both national and international applicants are urged to apply.
Google PhD Fellowships directly support graduate students as they pursue their PhD, as well as connect them to a Google Research Mentor. The Google PhD Fellowship Program was created to recognize outstanding graduate students doing exceptional work in computer science and related research areas. The fellowship is open to full-time graduate students pursuing a PhD in Computer Science or related field. US/Canadian students must be in at least their 3rd year of a PhD program by the fall semester or quarter of the year when the Fellowship begins. The nominating university will be asked to confirm the student’s PhD program start date.
The recipient must remain an active, full-time student in a PhD program during at least two academic years of the award or forfeit award.
Penn’s Application Process for the Google Fellowship. Penn’s Google Fellowship coordinator is Dr. Aaron Olsen (email@example.com)
The Google SVA Scholarship in partnership with Student Veterans of America provides assistance to student veterans who are pursuing university degrees in the field of computer science in the U.S. The Google SVA Scholarship is open to the following students:
- Undergraduate or graduate student currently enrolled at an accredited four-year university
- Intend to be enrolled in or accepted as a full-time student at an accredited four-year university in the United States
- Be pursuing a Computer Science or Computer Engineering degree, or a degree in a closely related technical field*
- Be a current student veteran (includes members of the National Guard or Reserve), as proven by a DD-214 and transcript, OR be a student on Active Duty as proven by submission of Active Duty orders and a Memorandum of Understanding from your commanding officer indicating that you are in good standing with your unit, and transcript
- Have received an honorable discharge, or currently be in good standing with his/her branch of service
The IBM Ph.D. Fellowship Awards Program is an intensely competitive worldwide program, which honors exceptional Ph.D. students who have an interest in solving problems that are important to IBM and fundamental to innovation in many academic disciplines and areas of study. These include: computer science and engineering (including cyber security, cloud, and mobile computing), electrical and mechanical engineering, physical sciences (including chemistry, material sciences, and physics), mathematical sciences (including analytics of massive scale data with uncertainty, operations research, and optimization), public sector and business sciences (including urban policy and analytics, social technologies, learning systems and cognitive computing), and service science, management, and engineering (SSME). Preference will be given to students who have had an IBM internship or have closely collaborated with technical or services people from IBM. Students must be nominated by a doctoral faculty member and enrolled full-time in a college or university Ph.D. program. The faculty member is encouraged to contact an IBM colleague prior to submitting the nomination to assure mutual interest. The award includes tuition, fees, and a stipend.
The L’Oréal USA For Women in Science fellowship program awards five women postdoctoral scientists annually with grants of $60,000 each for their contributions in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields and commitment to serving as role models for younger generations. The program is the U.S. component of the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science International Fellowships program.
Eligible applicants must have a conferred PhD and have started in a postdoctoral research position by the deadline. They must maintain the status of postdoctoral researcher throughout the fellowship year and be affiliated with a U.S. based academic or research institution. They must be involved in basic research in the life and physical/material sciences, engineering & technology, computer science and mathematics.
Sandia established the President Harry S. Truman Fellowship in National Security Science and Engineering to
attract the best nationally recognized new Ph.D. scientists and engineers. This three-year fellowship is named for President Truman who charged Sandia in 1949 with providing “an exceptional service in the national interest.”
Truman Fellows conduct independent ground-breaking research that supports Sandia’s national-security mission. Fellows choose their own research topics and benefit by having access to Sandia’s state-of-the-art facilities and collaborating with some of the nation’s best scientists and engineers. Fellows may work at either of Sandia’s principal locations in New Mexico and California.
Sandia’s competitive wage and benefits package includes an annual salary of $111,200; flexible work arrangements; 11 paid holidays; three weeks of vacation; health, vision, and dental insurance; and a 401(k) savings plan with company match.
Ph.D. awarded within the past three years at the time of application or completed Ph.D. requirements by commencement of appointment.
The Thermo Fisher Scientific Antibody Scholarship Program “(“Program”) will award scholarships to eligible life science students. This Program will award two (2) $10,000 scholarships and four (4) $5,000 scholarships.
Diversity & URM External Funding & Grants
Short or long term grants in support of college, graduate studies, or technical training for Northern Alaska Inupiat Natives. Graduate students can receive up to a $21,500 yearly limit in support.
Applicants must be a member of at least one of the eligible classes of recipients:
– A Northern Alaska Inupiat Native of at least ¼ blood quantum currently residing in the Arctic Slope Region
– An original 1971 shareholder of the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation
– A direct lineal descendant of an original 1971 shareholder of the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation
Graduate fellowships are monetary awards made to American Indian and Alaska Native graduate or professional full-time, degree-seeking students, who meet all eligibility criteria. The fellowship amount is typically between $1000 and $5000 per academic year.
To be considered, applicants must be:
-Pursuing a post-baccalaureate graduate or professional degree as a full time student at an accredited institution in the U.S.; -Able to demonstrate financial need through submission of the AIGC Financial Need Form (FNF), and;
-An enrolled member of a federally recognized American Indian or Alaska Native group, or provide documentation of descent (possess one-fourth degree verifiable federally recognized Indian blood) as verified through submission of a Tribal Eligibility Certificate (TEC).
The American Association of University Women (AAUW) has a long and distinguished history of advancing educational and professional opportunities for women in the United States and around the globe. One of the world’s largest sources of funding for graduate women, AAUW provides funding for more than 245 fellowships and grants to outstanding women and nonprofit organizations.
Programs that might be of interest to CBE students include:
- American Fellowships
- Career Development Grants
- Community Action Grants
- International Student Fellowships
- International Project Grants
- Research Publication Grant in Engineering, Medicine, and Science
- Selected Professions Fellowships including STEM
AG Bell offers several scholarships for full-time students who have a pre-lingual bilateral hearing loss in the moderately-severe to profound range, use listening, and spoken language, and who are pursuing a bachelor’s, masters, or doctorate degree at an accredited mainstream college or university. This is a merit-based scholarship program and award selection is extremely competitive; over the past six years approximately 12% of applicants were selected to receive an award.
BMO Capital Markets & Lime Connect have partnered to provide scholarships for students with disabilities. Selected recipients will receive $10,000USD (students in the US) or $5,000USD (students in Canada) to support their future studies.
Eligibility considerations include:
-A current undergraduate or graduate student at a four-year university in the United States or Canada (the graduate program itself, i.e., business school, may be shorter in length)
-Continuing studies as a full-time student in fall 2015 with a minimum 40% course load
-Pursuing a degree in business/commerce, engineering, math, physics, statistics or a related discipline
-Interested in a career in Financial Services with a focus on Capital Markets preferred
-A person with a (visible or invisible) disability (defined as someone who has, or considers themselves to have, a long-term or recurring, issue that impacts one or more major activities that others may consider to be a daily function); this definition also includes the perception among others that a disability exists.
To recognize achievement by blind scholars, the National Federation of the Blind annually offers blind college students in the United States and Puerto Rico the opportunity to win one of thirty national scholarships worth from $3,000 to $12,000. The NFB and HumanWare have collaborated to offer two STEM development internship opportunities. If you are a technically-minded student with aspirations of a career in product testing and/or marketing, you should apply.
The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) awards scholarships to outstanding students in a variety of academic disciplines for use during the following academic year. Scholarships range from $2,500 – $12,000.
To be considered for a NIAF scholarship, a student must meet the following criteria:
- Be a member of NIAF or have a parent, guardian or grandparent who is a member of NIAF.
- Be enrolled in a US accredited institution of higher education for the Fall 2018 semester.
- Have a grade-point average of at least 3.5 out of 4.0 (or the equivalent). Some scholarships require a lower GPA requirement for eligibility. Students that are a part of a pass-fail system are also welcome to apply.
- Be a United States citizen or permanent resident alien.
- Have at least one ancestor who has immigrated from Italy.
HSF provides various awards to students from Hispanic descent support for their graduate study. Applicants must be pursuing their first graduate degree. Values of the award vary from $500-$5,000.
HENAAC provides various awards for Hispanic engineers and scientists. Check the website for specific eligibility requirements and award amounts.
Point Foundation (Point) is the nation’s largest higher education scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) students. Point’s multifaceted support of its scholarship recipients (“scholars”) extends far beyond direct financial contribution toward the cost of their education (which equals about $10,000). Each scholar is paired with a mentor and participates in leadership development programs and events.
The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans is a $90,000 merit-based fellowship exclusively for immigrants and children of immigrants who are pursuing graduate school in the United States.
Each Fellowship supports one to two years of graduate study in any field and in any advanced degree-granting program in the United States. Each award is for up to $25,000 in stipend support, as well as 50 percent of required tuition and fees, up to $20,000 per year, for one to two years. The first year of Fellowship funding cannot be deferred.
Most importantly, new Fellows join a strong community of current and past Fellows who all share the New American experience.
To be eligible, you must be a New American who is 30 or younger as of the application deadline, and who is planning on starting or continuing an eligible graduate degree program full time in the United States in the upcoming academic year. Applicants may apply to the Fellowship at the same time that they are applying to graduate school, or after they are already enrolled in graduate school. However, applicants must not have started or passed the third year of the graduate program that they are seeking funding for.
Pat Tillman Foundation Scholarship for Military Veterans and Spouses Tillman Scholars program supports our nation’s active-duty service members, veterans, and military spouses by investing in their higher education. The scholarship covers educational expenses, including tuition and fees, books and living expenses. But scholars receive much more than just funding. Our program unites the best talent and leadership in the military to make a significant impact in the fields of medicine, law, business, policy, technology, education and the arts.
Each individual scholarship award is based on the applicant’s unique financial need. The average award is $10,000 per academic year.
The goal of the Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program is to recruit and retain individuals from gender, racial, ethnic, and other groups underrepresented in the life sciences, including those individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. The program will support early-career scientists with the potential to become leaders in academic research. HHMI will assess the applicant’s potential for a career as an independent academic researcher and the quality of the training environment with the selected mentor.
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Fellowships support doctoral students from underrepresented groups (African Americans, American Indians, and Hispanic Americans) in engineering and science to promote the recruitment, retention, and graduation of minority students. Fellows are provided practical engineering summer work experience through an employer sponsor. Fellowships are for up to five years. Applicants must be a senior, masters student, or graduate of an accredited engineering or applied science program at the time of application. Two types of fellowships are available:
- Ph.D. Engineering Fellowship for students pursuing doctoral degrees in engineering
- Ph.D. Science Fellowship for students pursuing doctoral degrees in the natural sciences including, but not limited to, chemistry, physics, earth sciences, mathematics, biological sciences, and computer science.
KASF scholarships (which range from $500 to $5,000) are offered to the qualified Korean American students (including foreign students from Korea). All applicants must be enrolled in a full time program in the U.S during the scholarship application year. If extra funds are available, other students (non Koreans) may qualify for scholarships. Specifically, descendants of American veterans served during the Korean War may qualify for scholarships (applicable to selective regions).
Additional sites for funding
Internationally Funded Grants, Research & Fellowship Opportunities
The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) offers fellowships (up to $23,000) and grants (up to $5,000) to individuals to pursue research, study or creative arts projects in one or more Scandinavian country for up to one year. Grants are considered suitable for post-graduate scholars, professionals, and candidates in the arts to carry out research or study visits of one to three months duration.
Fellowships are intended to support a year-long stay. Priority is given to candidates at the graduate level for dissertation-related study or research. The number of awards varies each year according to total funds available. Awards are made in all fields.
The scholarships of the Scholarship Foundation of the Republic of Austria for Undergraduates, Graduates, and Postgraduates are intended for descendants of forced laborers and nationals of countries that suffered particularly from the NS regime. Students and researchers can apply for a research period in Austria.
It is possible to apply for research scholarships for bachelor’s theses, traditional diploma degree theses and master’s theses, and dissertations. No scholarships are available for bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral/PhD studies in Austria or for summer courses, language courses, clinical traineeships, or internships. The monthly scholarship installment is 1.050 EUR.
The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program is sponsored by the Canadian government and provides funding to the very best postdoctoral applicants, both nationally and internationally, who will positively contribute to Canada’s economic, social and research‑based growth. The program seeks applicants from the areas of health research, natural sciences and/or engineering, and social sciences and/or humanities.
The Belgian American Educational Foundation (B.A.E.F.) encourages applications for fellowships for advanced study or research during one academic year, at a Belgian University or institution of higher learning. The B.A.E.F. will award fellowships each carrying a stipend of $27,000 (Master or PhD) or $32,000 (Postdoctoral) for one year. If the fellow chooses to remain less than the full 12 months, the stipend will be prorated accordingly. The fellowship period must be at least 6 months. In addition to the stipend, the Foundation will provide health insurance. No other supplements can be expected.
Applicants must: -either be registered in a graduate program towards a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in the United States, -or register in a graduate program in Belgium (Master’s or Ph.D) in Belgium, -or hold a Master’s, Ph.D., or equivalent degree. Knowledge of Dutch,or French, or German is optional. Applicants should make their own arrangements to register or affiliate with a Belgian University or research institution. B.A.E.F. Fellows must reside in Belgium during the tenure of their fellowship.
The Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds (BIF) awards PhD fellowships to outstanding junior researchers who wish to carry out an ambitious scientific PhD project in basic biomedical research at an internationally leading laboratory. Applications for BIF PhD fellowships can be submitted by European citizens working in Europe or overseas as well as by non-European citizens pursuing their PhD projects in Europe.
The Chateaubriand STEM Fellowship aims to initiate or reinforce collaborations, partnerships, or joint projects by encouraging exchange at the doctoral level in France. To that end, the OST supports Ph.D. students who are registered in an American university and wish to conduct research in a French laboratory (public or private) for a 4 to 9 month period of time as part of a co-supervised PhD. Knowledge of French is not mandatory and is left up to the discretion of the host institution. Chateaubriand recipients receive a monthly allowance (up to 1400 euros, depending on other sources of funding), travel support, and health insurance.
The EDUFI Fellowships program is open to young Doctoral level students and researchers from all countries and from all academic fields. Master’s level studies or post-doctoral studies/research are not supported in the program. The primary target group in the EDUFI Fellowship program are such Doctoral level students who will be doing their Doctorate (or Double Doctorate) at a Finnish university. Visiting Doctoral-level students and researchers who are doing their Doctorate degree at some foreign university can also be considered eligible, provided that the motivation letter of the hosting Finnish university department presents exceptionally good grounds for such an application.
Grants provided by Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions are available for all stages of a researcher’s career. Fellows include Ph.D. candidates and those carrying out more advanced research. Because they encourage individuals to work in other countries, the MSCA makes the whole world a learning environment. They encourage collaboration and sharing of ideas between different industrial sectors and research disciplines – all to the benefit of the wider European economy. MSCA also back initiatives that break down barriers between academia, industry, and business. In addition, they reach out to the public with events that promote the value – and fun side – of science.
The program is open for candidates of all foreign nationalities. However, when decisions on scholarship are made, emphasis is given to applicants from Russia, China, India, Chile, Brazil, and North America. The scholarship period may vary from 3 to 12 months. The monthly allowance is 1500 euros.
This grant provides support for an academic year of doctoral dissertation research conducted in France. The annual stipend offered is $25,000. All disciplines are welcome to apply, although the topic should be uniquely French and make a stay in France necessary.
German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst) (DAAD) Grants and Funding in Germany
DAAD provides funding for short and long term research grants to pursue a 7-10 month research project in Germany. DAAD Long-Term (7-10 months) Research Grants are awarded to highly qualified Ph.D. candidates who are early in their academic/professional careers who wish to conduct research in Germany. This grant is open to applicants in all fields. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or Canada. Foreign nationals are eligible if they live in the US or Canada by the time of application deadline and have gained their last degree in the US or Canada or will be gaining it before the beginning of their funding period. A Master’s degree earned as part of a Ph.D. program meets this requirement.
- DAAD Rise RISE (Research Internship in Science and Engineering) Professional Program
- Graduate Funding
- PhD & Postdocs
Penn’s Application Process for the DAAD Program Penn’s DAAD coordinator (Ms. Bridget Rothera, email@example.com) in the Graduate Division of Arts and Sciences
The program provides PhD students or PhD researchers in Europe and North America with opportunities to conduct collaborative research under the guidance of their hosts in universities and other Japanese institutions for a relatively short period of time (1-12 months). A person who has never engaged in research in Japan would be most preferable. The award provides ¥200,000 per month for doctoral recipients and ¥362,000 per month for postdoctoral recipients, plus round-trip airfare and additional benefits. Applicants do not directly submit applications to JSPS. Applications under this program must be submitted to JSPS by a host researcher in Japan via the head of his/her university or institution. The deadlines are for submission to JSPS by the head of the host institution. The applicant should consult with their proposed host about the institution’s internal deadline.
The Graduate / Postgraduate Studies and Research Scholarship supports research at various universities in Poland by American graduate students and university faculty members. Scholarships are awarded under the auspices of the Foundation’s Exchange Program with Poland. The scholarship provides a stipend of 1,600 zloty per month for housing and living expenses. In addition, scholarship recipients receive $300 per month of approved study/research as an additional supplement for living expenses.
Candidates who intend to study/attend classes must apply to the university for admission and submit proof of acceptance/admission to the program. The Studies & Research scholarship does not cover the cost of tuition nor airfare to Poland.
FNR provides funding for the training of doctoral candidates only. Grants are awarded in the form of an employment contract with the host institution, rather than in the form of a scholarship. FNR PhD grant is available to candidates from any nationality may apply for a doctoral position in an eligible Luxembourg host institution. Candidates will have to spend >50% in Luxembourg under an employment contract with the host institution.
The Max Planck Society (Max-Planck-Gesellschaft) is one of the leading non-university research organizations in Germany. Max Planck Institutes carry out innovative basic research in the natural, biological and social sciences and the humanities. The Max Planck Society offers many interesting opportunities for international researchers and young researchers.
- Individual Doctoral Projects at Max Planck Institutes
- Max Planck Grants for Advanced Postdoctoral Training
- International Visiting Researchers at Max Planck Institutes
This Talent Scheme aims to promote innovation in Dutch academic research and to encourage excellent individual researchers at various stages of their careers to make a permanent career of academic research.
With a personal grant, the top researchers (10-20% of their peer group) have the opportunity to develop their own, innovative line of research which could be structurally embedded in a research institution.
Applications can be submitted by researchers from the Netherland or abroad. However, once the grant has been awarded, the research should be performed at a Dutch host institution.
The Talent Scheme has three funding instruments, tailored to various phases in the researchers’ scientific careers:
• Veni, for researchers who have recently gained their PhD
• Vidi, for experienced researchers
• Vici, for senior researchers who have demonstrated the ability to develop their own line of research
The purpose of the scholarships is to provide financial support for Americans to study in Norway. By supporting post-graduate study or research in areas of mutual importance to Norway and the United States we hope to bring the two countries closer. By awarding scholarships to American students or researchers, knowledge and understanding will increase, and it will strengthen the ties of friendship between the two countries.
Every year, we offer up to ten scholarships to American students, based on merit and need. The amounts vary from 10 000 kr – 40 000 kr. The size of the individual grants will depend on the research subject, purpose and the intended length of stay in Norway.
The Pasteur Foundation administers the fellowship program to bring U.S. postdoctoral researchers to work in any one of the 130+ Institut Pasteur laboratories in Paris. Guided by the institute’s administration, which seeks to develop international scientific exchanges to ensure the vitality of Institut Pasteur labs, this program is open to American citizens who are not already in France and who have received their PhD degree within the last five years.
ThinkSwiss offers scholarships for a research stay in Switzerland. It supports highly motivated and qualified U.S. graduate students to do research at a public Swiss university or research institute for 2 to 3 months. The scholarship is open to students of all fields.
The ThinkSwiss Research Scholarship program provides a monthly scholarship of CHF 1,050 (approx. USD 1,100) for a period of 2 to 3 months (CHF 3,150 maximum), which covers only a portion of the average student’s living costs.
United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation Professor Rahamimoff Travel Grants Program for Young Scientists
The Prof. Rahamimoff Travel Grants Program is open to Ph.D. students doing research that requires facilities or expertise not available in their home countries. The trips will be only to a higher education or a research facility in the U.S.A. (for Israelis) or Israel (for Americans). The program will not support participation in conferences or trips by late-stage Ph.D. students. Each trip will be for a maximum length of 2 months.
The budget for each trip is fixed at $4,000 and will cover travel costs and per-diem expenses.