Funding Opportunities (11/29/2016)


In the email below, graduate students will find information about some upcoming funding opportunities for research and language study abroad for a variety of disciplines and countries, as well as potential funding for travel expenses. More fellowships can be found on the University Graduate School (UGS) website.

1.      Funding for Research Abroad

2.      Funding for Language Study Abroad

3.      Travel Funding

4.      IU GradGrants Center

Research Abroad

·        Thursday, December 1st: DAAD University Summer Course Grant

o   Provides scholarships (including a scholarship, travel allowance, and health insurance) for Master’s students to attend a broad range of three- to four-week summer courses at German universities which focus mainly on German language and literary, cultural, political and economic aspects of modern and contemporary Germany.

·        Thursday, December 1st: NIH Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program

o   Provides tuition and stipend support, based on NIH policy, for the duration of the program (approximately 4 years). The program is conducted in both the NIH and U.K. laboratories (time split evenly between both) in any area of biomedical research.

o   Open to US citizens and permanent residents. The Wellcome Trust Program offers opportunities for international students.

·        Friday, December 2nd at 5pm EST: Mellon Fellowships for Dissertation Research in Original Sources

o   Offers 15 fellowships in amounts up to $25,000 funded for dissertation research in the humanities or related social sciences in original sources. The 2017-2018 fellowship cycle is June 2017 through August 2018. 

o   Proposed research may be conducted at a single or multiple sites abroad, in the U.S., or both. Any relevant repository may be used, including government archives and private collections accessible to the applicant.

o   This fellowship has no citizenship restrictions. Preference is given to applicants who will be studying away from their home institution.

·        Saturday, December 31st: American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC) Graduate/Postdoctoral Fellowship

o   Awards $1,500 to help cover travel and/or living expenses in the South Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan, and/or Georgia) to US graduate students or postdoctoral fellows.

o   Projects in all fields in the social sciences, humanities and related sciences are eligible. Proposals will be judged on their quality and on the potential of the research to strengthen scholarship on the South Caucasus.

o   Applicants must be ARISC members; open to US citizens and permanent residents.

·        Tuesday, January 17th: Whitaker International Fellows Program

o   Sends young Biomedical Engineers, anywhere outside the U.S. or Canada for 9-12 months for one or more of the following activities:

§  Conducting academic or scientific research in a university or laboratory

§  Pursuing coursework at an academic institution

§  Interning at a policy institute, or in an industrial or  non-profit setting

§  Other options are possible

o   Provides tuition reimbursement (up to $35,000), plus round-trip international airfare, monthly living stipend, health insurance, and various enrichment activities and funds.

o   Whitaker Fellows (pre-doctoral) must meet the eligibility requirements, hold a Bachelor’s degree by the beginning date of the grant, be in or have recently completed a Master’s degree, be in a PhD program, or be currently employed, with the most recent degree no higher than an MS.

o   Applicants must be in the field of biomedical engineering/bioengineering or a closely-related field (Chemical, Mechanical or Electrical Engineering with substantive interest and background in Biomedicine). At the time of the grant start date, students must be no more than 3 years from the receipt of your most recent degree, or be currently enrolled.

o   Open to US citizens and permanent residents. Applicants must have language ability to carry out the proposed project in the host country.

·        Tuesday, January 31st: Boren Fellowship

o   Funding for U.S. graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Boren Fellows represent a vital pool of highly motivated individuals who wish to work in the federal national security arena.

o   In exchange for funding, Boren Fellows commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation.

·        January 6th or 20th (Deadline varies depending on course): Ertegun Graduate Scholarship Programme in the Humanities

o   The scholarship will cover 100% of Oxford University and college fees and a grant for living costs (of at least £14,296).

o   Candidates for academic year 2017-2018 should be applying to start a new full-time graduate course at Oxford (applications open September 1st, 2016) for fields in the humanities. More on eligibility here.

·        Friday, January 27th: Chateaubriand Fellowship in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics & Biology-Health (STEM) OR Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS)

o   Supports outstanding Ph.D. students from American universities who wish to conduct research in France for a period ranging from 4 to 9 months. Chateaubriand fellows are selected through a merit-based competition, through a collaborative process involving expert evaluators in both countries. No citizenship restrictions.

o   Applicants must be currently working on their PhD; knowledge of French is not mandatory.

§  Eligibility for the STEM Fellowship

§  Eligibility for the Humanities and Social Sciences Fellowship

·        Friday, March 3rd: Sara and Albert Reuben Scholarships To Support the Study of the Holocaust

o   Scholarships may support funding to attend Holocaust-related conferences, to do research in archives and libraries, to subsidize a Holocaust-related internship, to engage in research and to support master’s theses, a dissertation, and other academic initiatives related to the Holocaust.

o   Open to all IUB graduate students from any department or college on campus.

o   Note that the guidelines are posted under discipline-specific internal awards section on the UGS Fellowships & Awards webpage

·        Monday, May 1st: Rotary Global Grants

o   Scholarships to support one year of graduate level study abroad, with sustainable, high-impact outcomes in one of Rotary’s six areas of focus: peace and conflict prevention/resolution, disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, basic education and literacy, economic and community development. Applicants must apply to a local Rotary Club for sponsorship to the district level.

o   The minimum budget for a global grant scholarship is $30,000. The Foundation’s World Fund provides a minimum of $15,000 and a maximum of $200,000. No citizenship requirements. More on the grant here.

·        Monday, May 1st: Wenner-Gren Foundation Dissertation Fieldwork Grants

o   Awards up to $20,000 to aid doctoral or thesis research in anthropology. There is no preference for any methodology, research location, or subfield. The Foundation particularly welcomes proposals that employ a comparative perspective, can generate innovative approaches or ideas, and/or integrate two or more subfields.

o   There is no time limit on the duration of the grant, and funding may be requested to cover distinct research phases (for example, two summers) if this is part of the research design. No citizenship restrictions.


Language Study Abroad

·        Friday, December 9th: The Nippon Foundation Fellows Program

o   Fellows will receive a full tuition scholarship plus modest living stipend to attend the 10-Month Fellowship Program at the Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies in Yokohama.

o   Provides graduate students (Ph.D., MA, MS, MBA, or JD) with Japan-focused career goals in academia, business, diplomacy/government service, journalism, translation, and law with the deep linguistic and cultural knowledge needed to become leaders in their fields, and to foster strong collegial bonds and intellectual exchange.

·        Monday, February 6th: American Research Institute in Turkey Summer Language Program (pending funding)

o   For summer 2017, the American Research Institute in Turkey will offer approximately 15 fellowships for advanced students for participation in the summer program in intensive advanced Turkish language at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul. 

o   This intensive program offers the equivalent of one full academic year of study in Turkish at the college level.

o   The fellowships cover round-trip airfare to Istanbul, application and tuition fees, and a maintenance stipend. 

·        Wednesday, February 15th or March 15: Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad (GPA) Fellowships for Advanced Overseas Russian and Persian Language Study

o   Provides fellowships up to $7000 for advanced overseas Russian and Persian language study.

o   Eurasian Regional Language Program (ERLP)/Advanced Russian Language & Area Studies Program (RLASP): The summer program deadline is February 15; the fall and academic Year program deadline is March 15.

·        Wednesday, February 15th or March 15: Title VIII Funding for American Councils Language Programs

o   Awards up to 75% of the program cost of the following language study programs:

o   Eurasian Regional Language Program (ERLP)/Advanced Russian Language & Area Studies Program (RLASP)/Balkan Language Initiative (BLI): The summer program deadline is February 15; the fall and academic Year program deadline is March 15.


Travel Funding

·        UGS deadline: Friday, February 10th: Grant-in-Aid of Doctoral Research/Grant-in-Aid of M.F.A. Project

o   Provides funding up to $1000 for unusual research/project expenses, including travel

o   For the Doctoral Research Award, Ph.D. students must have been formally admitted to Ph.D. candidacy by the application deadline. Students pursuing doctoral degrees other than the Ph.D. (i.e., Ed.D. or D.M.) may also apply for a Grant-in-Aid of Doctoral Research Award. For the MFA Project Award, students must have been formally admitted to an MFA program by the application deadline.

o   Students must contact their department for the internal deadline, which precedes the UGS deadline. All nominations must be submitted by the nominee’s department to the University Graduate School.

·        Mid-February 2017 (deadline TBD): Graduate and Professional Student Government Travel Awards

o   Funding of $500 to help support travel expenses to conferences at which the student’s work will be presented or to help support travel to workshops, special trainings, competitions and auditions that will benefit the student professionally.


Resources for Finding External Funding

Please note that the IU GradGrants Center offers one-on-one free consultations for graduate students in any phase of the external funding application process, including assisting with funding searches and providing feedback on fellowship applications. Students can contact to set up an appointment.


Feel free to contact if there are any questions!





Emily Winters

Graduate Fellowships and Awards Coordinator

The University Graduate School

Indiana University

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