Graduate Fellowships

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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.

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

Charlotte Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship: Funding dissertations on religion and ethics.

Child Psychology Graduate Student Fellowship:  One year support for graduate students in child psychology.

Doris Duke Fellowships for Child Well-Being: Up to two year fellowships to support dissertation writing and provide a peer network.

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

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

Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship: Supports a year of writing and research for advanced graduate students in humanities and social sciences.

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.

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."  

Pasteur PHD Partners Fellowships:  With support from the National Science Foundation, Lehigh University’s innovative Pasteur PhD Partners (P3) Fellowship provides fresh thinking and a new approach to the ecosystem of support and resources around talented young minds pursuing doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

Social Science Research Council: International Dissertation Research Fellowship for research on non-U.S. subjects.


Nothing fit? Try these databases: 

Fellowship FInder via University of Illinois

SPIN Sponsored Research database (for Lehigh users)