External funding and awards
Opportunities for funding of graduate study are available from public and private institutions. The following websites are provided to assist students in identifying some external sources of financial assistance. Some sites are specific to certain foundations, others contain general advice and many include search engines to identify sources of aid. This list is not intended to be all inclusive. Additional information about outside sources of funding may be available in a student's academic department.
To encourage graduate students to compete for prestigious externally funded fellowships, the Graduate School and the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) have developed several incentives that reward these efforts.
American Association for Advancement of Science fellowships
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
AHRQ provides an array of intramural and extramural predoctoral and postdoctoral educational and career development grants and opportunities in health services research.
American Council of Learned Societies
ACLS provides fellowships in the humanities and related social sciences at the doctoral and postdoctoral levels.
American Indian College Fund
The American Indian College Fund raises scholarship, endowment and operating funds for the 30 tribally controlled colleges.
Council for International Exchange of Scholars
For the past 60 years, CIES has administered the Fulbright Scholar Program, the United States flagship academic exchange effort, on behalf of the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA).
Council of Graduate Schools
The WSU Graduate School submits nominations for the following annual awards:
- Gustave O. Arlt Award in the Humanities - nominations due to the Graduate School in April.
- CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award - nominations due to the Graduate School in June.
Department of Education
Includes information on the need-based grants, loans and work-study funds available through federal student aid and the online version of DOE's Student Guide to Financial Aid.
Ford Foundation Fellowship
Awards focus on diversity in colleges and universities and are offered at the predoctoral, dissertation and postdoctoral levels.
Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF)
The Hispanic Scholarship Fund is the largest Hispanic scholarship-granting organization in the nation. It provides financial assistance to outstanding Hispanic students in higher education throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.
Institute for Broadening Participation (IBP)
The mission of the Institute for Broadening Participation is to increase diversity in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) workforce.
MacArthur Fellows Program
The MacArthur Fellows Program awards unrestricted fellowships to talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction.
Midwest Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS)
The Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) is a regional affiliate of the Council of Graduate Schools. The WSU Graduate School submits nominations for the following annual awards:
- Distinguished thesis award - Nominations due to the Graduate School in October.
- Excellence in teaching award - The Graduate School nominates the winner of the Heberlein Teaching Award.
- Three Minute Thesis (3MT) award - Nominations are made in connection with the annual 3MT competition at the Graduate and Postdoctoral Research Symposium.
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
NEH is one of the largest funders of humanities programs in the United States.
The Open Phil AI Fellowship
Fellowship for full-time PhD students focused on artificial intelligence or machine learning.
The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans
The purpose of The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans is to provide opportunities for continuing generations of able and accomplished new Americans to achieve leadership in their chosen fields.
Scholarships for Hispanic and Latino Students
Scholarships for Hispanic/Latino Students
Social Science Research Council
SSRC fellowship and grant programs are strategic – they are targeted to a problem, promote individual and institutional change, generate new knowledge and build networks.
United Negro College Fund (UNCF)
UNCF is the nation's largest and most effective minority education organization.