Sources for Graduate Student Support and Funding

In addition to the numerous awards, grants, and fellowships that may be accessed through the Provost’s Office of Graduate Education, the CEHD Office of  Student and Academic Affairs is pleased to be able to share some additional sources of graduate student funding and support. Many thanks to CEHD Associate Dean for Research, Dr. Eamonn Kelly for compiling these resources.

American Association of University Women (AAUW)

Since 1888, AAUW has been one of the largest funders of women’s graduate education.

Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs

Through its program of fellowships, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Minority Graduate Scholarship Programs

The purpose of the Alfred P. Sloan Graduate Scholarship Programs is to assist efforts to diversify the U.S. Ph.D. degree-holding workforce by increasing the recruitment, retention, and graduation of underrepresented doctoral students in sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), especially in fields where national trends document persistent underrepresentation. A secondary aim is to change the demographics of STEM faculty in U.S. colleges and universities by paying special attention to the preparation of doctoral students from underrepresented minorities (URM) for careers in academia.

National Academy of Education Spencer Dissertation Fellowship Program

The Dissertation Fellowship Program seeks to encourage a new generation of scholars from a wide range of disciplines and professional fields to undertake research relevant to the improvement of education. These $27,500 fellowships support individuals whose dissertations show potential for bringing fresh and constructive perspectives to the history, theory, analysis, or practice of formal or informal education anywhere in the world.

National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)

The NSF GRFP recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported STEM disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited US institutions.

National Science Foundation (NSF) Special Funding for Graduate Students

Programs providing 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.

Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP)

AGEP alliances consist of institutions dedicated to supporting underrepresented minority students, women, and students with disabilities to complete advanced degrees in the STEM fields. Alliances provide a variety of support programs including research support, professional development, and mentoring, as well as cultural and social activities.

Science.Gov Internships

Follow the link and type “internships” into the Full Record field to locate U.S. government-related science internship opportunities.

Pathways and Presidential Management Fellows Programs

The Pathways Program offers federal internship and employment opportunities for current students, recent graduates, and those with an advanced degree.

GEM Fellowships

GEM is a network of leading corporations, government laboratories, top universities, and top research institutions that enables qualified students from underrepresented communities to pursue graduate education in applied science and engineering.

McNair Scholars Funding Links

The following links come from the McNairs Scholars website.  These sources are from private and public organizations that have ties to higher education but are not degree-granting entities.

Arts & Humanities:



General Graduate/Scholar:

Life and Health Sciences:

Social Sciences: