University Graduate School Funding Opportunities

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In the email below, graduate students will find information about upcoming funding opportunities. Please pardon the lengthy email—there is a lot to share, and there are opportunities for a variety of disciplines. Note that the list below is not comprehensive and that more fellowships can be found on the University Graduate School (UGS) website


1.      Internal (IU) awards and fellowships

2.      External (non-IU) fellowships

3.      Postdoctoral fellowships

4.      GradGrant Center resources for finding external funding  

Internal (IU) awards and fellowships

Friday, January 13th: University Graduate School deadline for the Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fund Fellowship

o   Awarded annually and covers tuition plus an $18,000 stipend. Fellowships are available to students who are currently pursuing a graduate degree in the humanities, social sciences, or natural sciences (including law, medicine, engineering, architecture or other formal professional training). In addition, candidates must demonstrate a need for financial assistance and must be U.S. citizens.

o   Students must contact their department for the internal deadline, which precedes the UGS deadline.  

Friday, February 3rd: President’s Diversity Dissertation Fellowship

o   Provides one year of support of ranging from $20,000 – $25,000 (depending upon the discipline) to advanced doctoral students who are completing Ph.D. dissertations. These are one-time fellowships meant to offset a scholar’s living expenses while completing the dissertation.

o   This competition is specifically aimed at graduate students who are underrepresented minorities in their field.

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.

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

Friday, March 10th: Santosh Jain Endowed Memorial Scholarship

o   Offers an award of $5,000 for the 2017-18 academic year to a current international graduate student who has demonstrated commitment to service and education and plans to pursue a service-oriented career and demonstrates financial need.

o   Preference will be given to graduate students from South Asia, in particular those hailing from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Bhutan.

Friday, March 10th: Irving and Shirley Brand Graduate Fellowship

o   Offers an award of $5,000 for the 2017-18 academic year for incoming or current IUB graduate students in the Humanities, with preference given to students of Philosophy.


External Award Deadlines

Thursday, November 10th: Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowships

o   Awards provide one year of support ($25,000) for individuals working to complete a dissertation (final year of writing and defense). Open to all U.S. citizens, nationals, and permanent residents. 

o   Read the program announcement by clicking here.

Tuesday, November 15th: Center for LGBTQ Studies (CLAGS) Duberman-Zal Fellowship

o   Awarded to a graduate student, an independent scholar, or an adjunct from any country doing scholarly research on the lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/queer (LGBTQ) experience.

o   The winner of the fellowship may be asked to participate in CLAGS’s programming the following academic year to present their research project.

Tuesday, November 15th: Center for LGBTQ Studies (CLAGS) Robert Giard Fellowship in Moving Image (Video and Film)

o   This award is presented to an emerging, early, or mid-career artist from any country working in moving-image (video or film).

o   Supports a directed project, one that is new or continuing, that addresses issues of sexuality, gender, or LGBTQ identity. Read the guidelines here.

Tuesday, November 15th: AAUW American Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships 

o   Fellowships of $20,000 to support women scholars in all fields completing doctoral dissertations. Open to women who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. 

o   AAUW also offers postdoctoral fellowships and special awards for international graduate students.

Tuesday, November 15th: Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships 

o   Awards of $25,000 (plus tuition remission/fees) for dissertation completion on original and significant study of ethical or religious values. Open to students in all fields of the humanities and social sciences. No citizenship requirements. 

Wednesday, November 16th by 8:00pm EST: Department of State 2017 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program

o   Offers fully-funded immersive language training in less commonly taught languages for summer 2017. Open to US citizens.

Thursday, November 17th: Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowships

o   Fellowships provide three years of support (annual stipend of $24,000) for individuals engaged in graduate study leading to a Ph.D. or Sc.D. Open to all U.S. citizens, nationals, and permanent residents.

o   Read the program announcement by clicking here.

Tuesday, November 22ndJennings Randolph Peace Scholarship Dissertation Program

o   Award of $20,000 to students enrolled in U.S. universities who are researching and/or writing doctoral dissertations on topics related to peace, conflict, conflict resolution, and international security. Proposals from all disciplines are welcomed. No citizenship restrictions.

Thursday, December 1st: Big 10 Academic Alliance’s Smithsonian Institution Fellowship

o   Stipend of $32,700 available to graduate students who have completed all coursework, been admitted into doctoral candidacy, and have satisfied all requirements except completion of the dissertation. No citizenship restrictions.

o   Application materials must be submitted electronically by December 1, 2016, at 5pm through

o   Good news: The Smithsonian recently increased the number of fellows that it will accept from seven to roughly 25.

Wednesday, December 7th by 11:59pm EST: U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) 2017 HS-STEM Summer Internships

o   Offers a $700 weekly stipend and travel allowance to a 10-week summer internship program for students majoring in homeland security related science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines. Open to US citizens. More on eligibility here.

o   Provides students with quality research experiences at federal research facilities located across the country and allows students the opportunity to establish connections with DHS professionals.

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.

Tuesday, January 31stJosephine de Karman Dissertation Fellowships 

o   Dissertation completion awards of $22,000 for the final year in the Ph.D. program. Open to students in any discipline without citizenship restrictions. Special consideration will be given to applicants in the humanities.

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

Wednesday, February 1st: Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation Dissertation Fellowships  

o   Dissertation completion awards of $20,000 for candidates entering the final year of their Ph.D. program. Supports research pertaining to violence and aggression in relation to social change, intergroup conflict, war, terrorism, crime, and family relationships. No citizenship restrictions.

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. 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.


Postdoctoral Fellowships

Friday, November 10th by 5pm EST: Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships

o   Awards approximately 24 postdoctoral fellowships that provides one year of support ($45,000) for individuals engaged in postdoctoral study after the attainment of the Ph.D or Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) degree. Open to all U.S. citizens, nationals, and permanent residents.

o   Applicants are encouraged to choose a host institution other than the institution with which they are affiliated at the time of application. Fellowships are awarded for full-time research at appropriate nonprofit institutions of higher education or research, normally in the US, including universities, museums, libraries, government or national laboratories, privately sponsored nonprofit institutes, government chartered nonprofit research organizations, and centers for advanced study.

o   Read the program announcement by clicking here.

Wednesday, November 16th: Academic Diversity Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

o   Offers a stipend of $50,000 for three years and medical benefits, travel, and relocation.

o   Available to graduate students who will complete their Ph.D.s by the program’s start date or who have completed a Ph.D. within the past three years or to Professional applicants (M.D., D.M.D., V.M.D., J.D., etc.) within a year of completing their post-degree professional training. Must be US citizen or permanent resident.

o   Fellows receive highly mentored scholarly and research training as well as courses and workshops to enhance their research skills and prepare them for faculty positions in a major university

Wednesday, February 15th (application will be available online soon): An Wang Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

o   Postdoctoral fellows receive a stipend of $50,000, as well as health insurance, and spend one year at Harvard University’s Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies working in any discipline and on any period of Chinese history. This fellowship supports research at any stage in Chinese Studies, from initial research to revision for publication.

o   Fellows also deliver research presentations to the Fairbank Center community, mentor the Center’s graduate students, and, at times, teach courses in a department.

o   The Chinese Digital Humanities fellowship welcomes applications from candidates with a Ph.D. in a relevant discipline of the humanities, social sciences, or computer science. The Chinese Environmental Humanities fellowship welcomes applications from candidates with a Ph.D. in a relevant discipline of the humanities or social sciences.

o   All requirements for the Ph.D. degree must be completed by June 30, 2017.

Resources for Finding External Funding

Please note that our IU GradGrants Center offers one-on-one free consultations for our graduate students in any phase of the external funding application process, including assisting with funding searches and advising on application drafts. Direct students to to set up an appointment.