Graduate Student Funding Opportunities

See also

University Graduate Laurels Block Grants

Fellowship Programs Administered by the Graduate School

Oregon State University Financial Aid and Scholarships Page

Graduate School Travel Awards



Sigma Xi, Research Grants for Undergraduate and Graduate Students. Sigma Xi is a scientific organization that offers grants-in-aid to fund research by undergraduate and graduate students in science and engineering disciplines. Application deadlines : March 15 and October 15 annually.

NSF Graduate Research Fellowships. Consider applying for one of these prestigious fellowships! They provide three years of support for graduate study leading to research-based master’s or doctoral degrees and are intended for students who are in the early stages of their graduate study.

Anchor Environmental Scholarship, an environmental science and engineering consulting firm whose expertise and focus is in aquatic-based remediation and waterfront development projects. To promote and help support those who have chosen these fields of study, Anchor has established a scholarship fund to assist graduate students in their pursuit of higher education. Full-time graduate students or persons accepted to an United States graduate school; Undergraduate GPA equivalent of B average or higher; Majoring in: fisheries; environmental sciences; planning/land use; landscape architecture; or coastal, geotechnical or environmental engineering (any of which has an aquatic/waterfront emphasis). Applications are due in early November. Full details.

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) - Three year doctoral fellowships for degrees in many fields including biosciences, geosciences, engineering and others. Applications due December 16, 2011.

The Green Technology Entrepreneurship Academy - offers a one-week entrepreneurship academy for science and engineering PhD students, post-doctoral researchers and faculty working on research in green and sustainable technologies who want to take the first steps toward commercializing their research, launching a venture and moving their ideas out of the lab and into the world. The academy is open to applicants from national and international universities. Accepted applicants receive fellowships to cover room, board and tuition Application and details here.

Jesse M. Bell Memorial Graduate Student Loan Program, which was created by the estate of Jesse Bell for the purpose of providing loans for worthy graduate students of high scholastic standing to enable their pursuit of graduate study in an OUS institution. These non-need-based loans are available on a one-time basis to enrolled graduate students to assist with educational and/or research expenses associated their advanced degrees. Both domestic and international degree-seeking graduate students may be considered. Loans up to $5,000 are anticipated, and will be dependent upon the merits of the case, the loan demand, and the current balance available in the loan fund. Requests exceeding $5,000 will be considered on an exception basis. Details and application.

The Delson Bridge to the Future Fund, an endowment fund administered by the OSU Graduate School, was created to honor Irma Delson, who dedicated her many years at OSU to serving students from all over the world. It is designed to assist students in the final phase of their graduate education to pay research expenses, publication costs, and other incidentals that stand in the way of completing their studies. Details here.

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) provides students with three years of funding, up to $121,500, for research-focused Master’s and PhD degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics fields. For details see http://www.nsfgradfellows.org/.

Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships Program for Achieving Excellence in College and University Teaching. Fellowships for individuals planning a career in teaching and research at the college or university level in a research-based field of science, social sciences, or humanities. Stipends and Allowances: predoctoral--$20,000 to the fellow, institutional allowance of $2,000 for three years; dissertation--$21,000 for one year; postdoctoral--$40,000 for one year, $1,500 employing institution allowance, to be matched by employing institution. Application deadline dates are in early November.

The DOE Office of Science Graduate Fellowship program supports outstanding students to pursue graduate training in basic research in areas of physics, biology, chemistry, mathematics, engineering, computational sciences, and environmental sciences relevant to the Office of Science and to encourage the development of the next generation scientific and technical talent in the US. Each fellowship award will be $50,500 per year for three years to provide support for tuition, living expenses, research materials and travel to research conferences. Fellowships awarded in the first year will be funded in part by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Complete details and application here.

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Scholarship Graduate Program provides financial assistance to women admitted to accredited baccalaureate or graduate programs, in preparation for careers in engineering, engineering technology and computer science. SWE Scholarships are only open to women pursuing baccalaureate or graduate degrees in engineering or computer science, as well as engineering and computer science students enrolled in ABET-accredited engineering programs. Check their Website in December. Details

Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program. The purpose is to promote the education, recruitment and retention of outstanding undergraduate and graduate students in science, mathematics, and engineering studies; the DoD is also interested in supporting the education of future scientists and engineers in a number of interdisciplinary areas. Scholarships and fellowships awarded include salary or stipend, full tuition, required fees, federal employee benefits, and up to $1000 book allowance per year. The SMART Program will allow individuals to acquire an education in exchange for a period of employment with the Department of Defense. The program is intended for citizens of the United States; students must be at least 18 years of age to be eligible for an award. Application cycle is August to December. For information and to apply online, go to www.asee.org/smart.

Grant A. Harris Research Instruments Fellowship - This fellowship provides $5,000 worth of Decagon research instruments to a graduate student studying any aspect of environmental science or geotechnical science. This year the committee will be emphasizing studies that propose innovative soil and plant monitoring. Six awards will be made.

CUAHSI Pathfinder Fellowships to Support Multi-site Research in Hydrology - CUAHSI is providing travel support for graduate students to make an extended visit (ca. 1-3 months) to conduct field research at an additional site or to collaborate with a research group using alternate modeling methods. CUAHSI will provide funding for up to five graduate students, with a $5000 maximum award to each recipient, to cover travel costs.

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowships - The fellowship program is sponsored by the Army Research Office, Office of Naval Research, Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the DoD High Performance Computing Modernization Program. This program is intended for U.S. citizens or nationals at or near the beginning of their graduate studies in science or engineering. The fellowships are for three-year tenures and include full tuition and fees, a competitive stipend, and a health insurance allowance. The application cycle is from September to January.

American Water Works Association Fellowships - Several available at masters and PhD levels mostly in the areas of water supply and treatment. One is a two-year fellowship for $20k. Most deadlines January 15.

Association for Women in Science Undergraduate and Predoctoral Fellowships See this site for Awards and Prizes, the AWIS Educational Awards Program, the AWIS Fellows Program, and Other Funding Sources.

Hydro Research Foundation. The Hydro Research Foundation will provide opportunities and benefits to outstanding early career graduate and doctoral students. Areas of interest include: Environmental and Societal; Equipment and Technology; Market Trends and Strategies; Project Management and Operations; and Water Management Innovations. The program is funded by the Department of Energy and is managed by The Hydro Research Foundation.

American Water Resources Association Scholarship. Each applicant must be a national AWRA member. Details and application process.



National Funding Sources

US-EPA National Center for Environmental Research Star Fellowships EPA’s STAR graduate fellowship program supports master’s and doctoral candidates in environmental studies. Each year, students in the United States compete for STAR fellowships through a rigorous review process. Students can pursue degrees in traditionally recognized environmental disciplines as well as other fields such as social anthropology, urban and regional planning, and decision sciences. Since the program began in 1995, EPA has awarded approximately 1,500 STAR fellowships to students in every state and most territories. Fellowships have helped educate new academic researchers, government scientists, science teachers, and, environmental engineers. STAR fellowships are intended to help defray the ever-increasing costs associated with studies leading to advanced degrees in environmental sciences. The actual amount awarded per year will vary depending on the amount of tuition and fees and the number of months the stipend is needed. Benefits of an EPA STAR Fellowship include: Up to $37,000 per year of support, including $12,000 per year for tuition and fees, $20,000 per year in a monthly stipend, and an annual expense allowance of $5,000. Master’s level students can receive support for a maximum of two years. Doctoral students can be supported for a maximum of three years with funding available, under certain circumstances, over a period of four years. In 2009, solicitations opened in August and closed late October.

AAAS Science aand Technology Policy Fellowships. The Fellowships help to establish and nurture critical links between federal decision-makers and scientific professionals to support public policy that benefits the wellbeing of the nation and the planet. Check their website for upcoming deadlines.

National Water Research Institute, NWRI's Fellowship program is underwritten by the Joan Irvine Smith and Athalie R. Clarke Foundation, NWRI Corporate Associates, and community partners. NWRI is very grateful for the support provide by these partners. Under the Fellowship program, NWRI awards Fellowships to graduate students in the U.S. in the areas of water resources and treatment. Please note that students must be currently enrolled in a graduate program at a U.S. university to receive the NWRI Fellowship. Students who have not yet been accepted into a graduate program at a U.S. university are not eligible to receive Fellowship funding. New applications will be accepted beginning in February 2010 for the 2010-2011 academic year. Details and application.



National Scholarship Search Pages

www.collegequest.com - Peterson's and the National Association of Financial Aid Administrators have joined together to provide a comprehensive Website for credible information on financing a college education.

www.fastweb.com - The largest free scholarship search service on the internet with a searchable database of more than 275,000 private sector scholarships, fellowships, grants and loans. Students are provided an updated list of "matched" scholarships as new funding sources become available.

The Financial Aid Information Page - A free and comprehensive guide to student financial aid. The site provides valuable information on scholarship search services as well as information on searchable databases. The page also provides links to some of the largest free scholarship search services on the internet.

GrantsNet.org - Asearchable, updated, database of funding opportunities in biomedical research and science education. It contains programs that offer training and research funding for graduate and medical students, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty, as well as programs in science, math, engineering, and technology for undergraduate faculty and students.