External funding opportunities
The following websites are provided to assist graduate students in identifying external sources of funding. This list is not intended to be all inclusive.
Scholarship search engines
These search engines list private scholarships for current and prospective graduate students. Amounts and application deadlines vary.
- GoGrad (see "Resources" tab for scholarships)
- SallieMae Graduate School Scholarship Search
- Scholarship America
- Scholarships for Hispanic and Latino Students
- Unigo Scholarships for Graduate Students
Major National Fellowship and Grant Opportunities
Selected major national fellowship and grant opportunities through government agencies, private foundations and associations are linked below. To encourage graduate students to compete for prestigious externally-funded fellowships and grants, the Graduate School and the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) have developed several incentives that reward these efforts.
AHRQ provides an array of intramural and extramural predoctoral and postdoctoral educational and career development grants and opportunities in health services research.
Dissertation and career development grants for women in graduate programs who have achieved distinction or show the promise of distinction in their fields. Deadlines vary.
ACLS provides fellowships in the humanities and related social sciences at the doctoral and postdoctoral levels.
The center offers a variety of funding opportunities for graduate students including MA, MS, PhD, STEM, Medical, Law, MBA, and other professional degrees.
The foundation awards merit based scholarships and fellowships to accounting scholars, including scholarships for minority doctoral students.
Fellowships are designed to encourage original and significant study of ethical or religious values in all fields of the humanities and social sciences.
Awards focus on diversity in colleges and universities and are offered at the predoctoral, dissertation and postdoctoral levels.
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers research, study and teaching opportunities in over 140 countries to recent graduates and graduate students. Master's students are eligible.
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. Master's students are eligible.
The mission of the Institute for Broadening Participation is to increase diversity in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) workforce.
The award supports a first-generation doctoral student, including immigrant students, to continue working on a dissertation under the close supervision of a senior dissertation advisor over an academic year.
Supports a year of research and writing to help advanced graduate students in the humanities and social sciences in the last year of PhD dissertation writing.
Since its creation in 1965, NEH has awarded more than $5.6 billion for humanities projects through more than 64,000 grants.
NIH offers funding for many types of grants, contracts, and even programs that help repay loans for researchers. Research Training and Career Development programs help prepare individuals for careers in biomedical, behavioral, social, and clinical research.
The National Science Foundation funds research and education in most fields of science and engineering.
NSF special programs for graduate students provide 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.
Fellowship for full-time PhD students focused on artificial intelligence or machine learning.
Fellowships to provide opportunities for continuing generations of able and accomplished new Americans to achieve leadership in their chosen fields.
SSRC fellowship and grant programs are targeted to a specific problem, promote individual and institutional change, and are designed to generate new knowledge and build networks.
The Wenner-Gren Foundation supports Ph.D. dissertation research that demonstrates a clear link to anthropological theory and debates.
Fellowships support the final year of dissertation writing for Ph.D. candidates in the humanities and social sciences whose work addresses topics of women and gender in interdisciplinary and original ways.
Wayne State Unversity's Office of Student Financial Aid provides assistance to graduate students seeking federal or private loans to help finance their graduate education.
Includes information on the need-based grants, loans and work-study funds available through federal student aid and the online version of the U.S. Department of Education's Student Guide to Financial Aid.