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Graduate Fellowships

Many organizations and government agencies offer fellowships for graduate students. These programs are extremely competitive but worth pursuing. The Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies has resources to help in this process. Find links to proposal writing guides here and email the office at

Below is a selected list of graduate fellowships. You can also check the webpage of the Office of Fellowship Advising here

Africa and Africana Studies Dissertation Fellowship: Through Boston College, residential dissertation fellowships. Applications due in January.

Center for Engaged Scholarship: Open to social science graduate students including psychology and history. Due in January. 

Charlotte Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship: Funding dissertations on religion and ethics. Due November 15th 2016

Child Psychology Graduate Student Fellowship:  One year support for graduate students in child psychology. Due November 15, 2016

Doris Duke Fellowships for Child Well-Being: Up to two year fellowships to support dissertation writing and provide a peer network. Applications due December 1, 2016

Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowships:  Supports dissertations in a wide variety of disciplines with the goal of increasing the ethnic and racial diversity. Due November 10th 2016

The MCEAS Dissertation Fellowship Program: Fellowships for doctoral students in early American history at the McNeil Center in Philadelphia. Deadline fall 2016. 

Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completition Fellowship: Supports a year of writing and research for advanced graduate students in humanities and social sciences. Due October 26th 2016

Mellon Fellowship for Disseration Research in Original Sources:  Provides monthly stipend for 9-12 months for original research in the humanities and social sciences. 

National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Fellowship: Support research on formal and informal education. Due October 6th, 2016

NIH Individual Fellowships: Targeting promising graduate students pursuing health related research. 

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship: "The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the United States."  

Social Science Research Council: International Dissertation Research Fellowship for research on non-U.S. subjects. Due November 1st 2016


Nothing fit? Try these databases: 

Fellowship FInder via University of Illinois

SPIN Sponsored Research database (for Lehigh users)



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