Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans (deadline 11/1)

  • Every year, The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans supports thirty New Americans, immigrants or the children of immigrants, who are pursuing graduate school in the United States. Full eligibility requirements can be found here.
  • Each Fellowship supports up to two years of graduate study – in any field and in any advanced degree-granting program – in the United States. Please note that the Fellowship does not cover tuition for executive programs, accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s programs, or online degrees.
  • Each award is for up to $25,000 in stipend support (not to exceed $35,000), as well as 50 percent of required tuition and fees, up to $20,000 per year, for two years.
  • New Fellows join a strong community of current and past Fellows who all share the New American experience.
  • The application deadline is November 1, 2015 at 11:59 pm EST.
  • The competition is merit-based. Selection criteria emphasize creativity, originality, initiative, and sustained accomplishment. The program values a commitment to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The program does not have any quotas for types of degrees, universities or programs, countries of origin, or gender, etc.
  • The top 77 applicants will be designated “finalists” and will be asked to appear for interviews in New York City or California in late-January or early-February of 2016. The Fellowship program will cover travel and accommodation.
  • The 30 Fellowship winners, selected from among the 77 finalists, will be notified in March of 2016. They will begin to receive stipend and tuition support from the program in the fall of 2016. If a Fellow is in the second-to-last year of their graduate program in the spring of 2016, when the new class of Fellows is announced, the Fellowship may approve special requests, under certain circumstances, to retroactively activate the Fellowship in order to cover that term.
  • The first year of Fellowship funding cannot be deferred.
  • Unsuccessful applicants are welcome to reapply in subsequent years if they are still eligible.

More info here

IU College Arts and Humanities Institute (CAHI) Dissertation or MFA Thesis Travel Awards (deadline 9/5)

The College Arts and Humanities Institute announces a competition (two times per year) for travel costs related to travel for the purposes of research (visits to archives, fieldwork, etc.).

Eligibility: Any Ph.D. student in the arts and humanities (in the College of Arts and Sciences at Indiana University) who has completed all course work, been advanced to candidacy, and who is at work on the dissertation. MFA students must be within one year of completing their thesis work.

Students must be enrolled at IU in order to apply for and receive award funding.


Applications must consist of:

  • curriculum vitae;
  • a short research statement, outlining the research to be done, and the necessity of the travel (no more than 750 words);
  • a budget outlining expected costs;
  • a letter of support from a faculty advisor;
  • documentation that there are no outstanding charges on student’s bursar account.


  • September 5, 2014 (notifications no later than October 3)
  • March 27, 2015 (notifications no later than April 24)

Awards may be up to $2000.

NB: If other internal or external funding is received for the same project, CAHI requires notification, and reserves the right to adjust or reassign awards in light of this information. Awards cannot be given retroactively for travel occurring before the date of award notification. Funding will come in the form of a fellowship that will be processed through SIS and credited to the recipient’s bursar account.

Please submit all materials electronically to by 5 p.m. on the date of the deadline.

IU College Arts and Humanities Institute (CAHI) Graduate Conference Travel Awards (deadline 9/5)

Upcoming deadline: September 5th

The College Arts and Humanities Institute announces a competition (three times per year) for graduate students to support costs related to travel to professional conferences at which the student is presenting a paper.

Eligibility: Any Ph.D. or MFA student in the arts and humanities (in the College of Arts and Sciences at Indiana University) may apply.

Students must be enrolled at IU in order to apply for and receive award funding.


Applications must consist of:

  • curriculum vitae;
  • documentation that the student has had a paper accepted for the conference;
  • a brief abstract (no more than 200 words) of the paper to be given;
  • a letter of support, from a faculty advisor or the departmental DGS, outlining the student’s progress towards the degree and the significance of the conference in relation to the student’s work;
  • documentation that there are no outstanding charges on student’s bursar account.

Awards may be up to $1000.

Recipients must wait an academic year before reapplying.


  • September 5, 2014 (notifications no later than October 3)
  • January 16, 2015 (notifications no later than February 6)
  • March 27, 2015 (notifications no later than April 24)

NB: If other internal or external funding is received for the same project, CAHI requires notification, and reserves the right to adjust or reassign awards in light of this information. Awards cannot be given retroactively for conferences already attended before the date of award notification. Funding will come in the form of a fellowship that will be processed through SIS and credited to the recipient’s bursar account.

Please submit all materials electronically to by 5 p.m. on the date of the deadline.

AY 2015-16 Internal (IU) Awards

The University Graduate School (UGS) offers a range of awards for graduate students with deadlines throughout the year. The 2015-16 awards include the following:


Leadership and Service
Career Development
Merit and Achievement


Find more information on UGS-administered grants, fellowships, and awards here.


***While the GradGrants Center is not tasked with assisting students in internal award applications, we are happy to answer your questions and discuss proposal-writing strategies in our walk-in hours (see sidebar for times)***

American Association for University Women (AAUW) American Fellowship Dissertation Writing Fellowship

The American Fellowships program has been in existence since 1888, making it the oldest noninstitutional source of graduate funding for women in the United States. The program provides fellowships for women pursuing full-time study to complete dissertations, conducting postdoctoral research full time, or preparing research for publication for eight consecutive weeks.

The purpose of the Dissertation Fellowship is to offset a scholar’s living expenses while she completes her dissertation.


Award Amount: $20,000



November 15, 2015, by 11:59 p.m. Central Time
Deadline for online submission of application.April 15, 2016
Notification of decision e-mailed to all applicants. AAUW is not able to honor requests for earlier notification.

July 1, 2016–June 30, 2017
Fellowship year



  • American Fellowships are not open to previous recipients of any AAUW national fellowship or grant (not including branch or local awards or Community Action Grants). Members and officers of the AAUW Board of Directors are not eligible to apply for fellowships and grant awards. AAUW staff or volunteers with decision-making authority who wish to apply for an award must recuse themselves from the decision-making process.
  • American Fellowship candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States as of November 15, 2015.
  • American Fellowships are open to women scholars in all fields of study.
  • The American Dissertation Fellowship must be used for the final year of writing the dissertation. Applicants must have completed all coursework, passed all preliminary exams, and had the dissertation research proposal or plan approved by November 15, 2015. The doctoral degree/dissertation must be completed between April 1 and June 30, 2017. Degree conferral must be between April 1 and September 15, 2017.
  • Dissertation Fellows are not required to study in the United States.
  • Students already holding a fellowship or grant for the purpose of supporting their final year of writing or completing the dissertation the year before the fellowship year are not eligible to apply.
  • Applicants may apply up to two times for a fellowship for the same dissertation project.
  • The fellowship is intended for applicants who are completing their first doctoral degree.
  • Distance learning/online programs: American Fellowships support traditional classroom-based courses of study. This fellowship program does not provide funding for distance learning programs or for degrees heavily dependent on distance learning components. Final decisions about what constitutes distance learning under these fellowships will be made by AAUW.

For more information here.

Ford Foundation Pre-doctoral Fellowship (deadline 11/1)

The 2016 Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship competition is scheduled to open in September 2015.


This year the program will award approximately 60 predoctoral fellowships. These fellowships provide three years of support for individuals engaged in graduate study leading to a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) degree.

Predoctoral fellowships will be awarded in a national competition administered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on behalf of the Ford Foundation. The awards will be made to individuals who, in the judgment of the review panels, have demonstrated superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers, and are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

Eligibility to apply for a predoctoral fellowship is limited to: 
Predoctoral Eligibility

  • All citizens, nationals, and permanent residents (holders of a Permanent Resident Card) of the United States, as well as individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, regardless of race, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation,
  • Individuals with evidence of superior academic achievement (such as grade point average, class rank, honors, or other designations),
  • Individuals committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level,
  • Individuals enrolled in or planning to enroll in an eligible research-based (dissertation-required), program leading to a Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree at a non-proprietary (not for profit) U.S. institution of higher education,
  • Individuals who as of the 2016 fall semester require a minimum of three years of study to complete their Ph.D./Sc.D. degree, and
  • Individuals who have not earned a doctoral degree at any time, in any field.
Receipt of the fellowship award is conditioned upon each awardee providing satisfactory documentation that he or she meets the eligibility requirements. 

Criteria for Selection

The following will be considered as positive factors in choosing successful candidates:

  • Evidence of superior academic achievement
  • Degree of promise of continuing achievement as scholars and teachers
  • Capacity to respond in pedagogically productive ways to the learning needs of students from diverse backgrounds
  • Sustained personal engagement with communities that are underrepresented in the academy and an ability to bring this asset to learning, teaching, and scholarship at the college and university level
  • Likelihood of using the diversity of human experience as an educational resource in teaching and scholarship
  • Membership in one or more of the following groups whose underrepresentation in the American professoriate has been severe and longstanding:
    • Alaska Natives (Aleut, Eskimo, or other Indigenous People of Alaska)
    • Black/African Americans
    • Mexican Americans/Chicanas/Chicanos
    • Native American Indians
    • Native Pacific Islanders (Hawaiian/Polynesian/Micronesian)
    • Puerto Ricans
Applications will be evaluated by panels of distinguished scholars selected by the Academies. The panels will use academic records, essays, letters of recommendation, the application itself, and other appropriate materials as the basis for determining the extent to which candidates meet the eligibility requirements and the selection criteria. Review panels may also look at additional factors such as the suitability of the proposed institution for the applicant’s plan of graduate study and the likelihood that they will require a minimum of three years to complete their Ph.D./Sc.D. study as of the 2016 fall semester.

Eligible Fields of Study

Awards will be made for study in research-based Ph.D. or Sc.D. programs that include the following major disciplines and related interdisciplinary fields: American studies, anthropology, archaeology, art and theater history, astronomy, chemistry, communications, computer science, cultural studies, earth sciences, economics, engineering, ethnic studies, ethnomusicology, geography, history, international relations, language, life sciences, linguistics, literature, mathematics, performance study, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology, religious studies, sociology, urban planning, and women’s studies. Also eligible are interdisciplinary ethnic studies programs, such as African American studies and Native American studies, and other interdisciplinary programs, such as area studies, peace studies, and social justice. Research-based fields of education are eligible if the major field of study is listed above and is used to describe the Ph.D. or Sc.D. program of the applicant (e.g., sociology of education, anthropology and education).

The complete list of eligible fields of study supported at the predoctoral level of the fellowship program is available on the website.

Individuals enrolled in the following practice-oriented programs will not be supported: administration, audiology, business, consumer studies, curriculum development, education policy, human resource management, exercise physiology, filmmaking, fine arts, guidance, kinesiology, leadership, library and information science, management, nursing, occupational health, performing arts, personnel, physical education, physical therapy, public health, rehabilitation science, social welfare, social work, speech pathology, and teacher education. In addition, awards will not be made for work leading to terminal master’s degrees, the Ed.D. degree, the degrees of Doctor of Fine Arts (D.F.A.) or Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.), or professional degrees in such areas as medicine, law, and public health, or for study in joint degree programs such as the M.D./Ph.D., J.D./Ph.D., and M.F.A./Ph.D. This program does not support the Ph.D. portion of a dual-degree program. Interdisciplinary areas of study that have major content in ineligible fields listed above will not be included in the competition.

Fellowship Institution

Fellowships are tenable at any fully accredited, non-proprietary (not for profit) U.S. institution of higher education offering a Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree in the eligible fields of study. All arrangements for acceptance into a doctoral program at the chosen institution are the responsibility of the applicant. An applicant need not be accepted by the chosen institution at the time of application.

Previous Graduate Study

Predoctoral fellowships are intended for individuals who have enrolled or plan to enroll in an eligible Ph.D. or Sc.D. program no later than fall 2016, including:
  • Undergraduates in their senior year,
  • Individuals who have completed undergraduate study,
  • Individuals who have completed some graduate study, and
  • Individuals already enrolled in a Ph.D. or Sc.D. program who provide evidence that they can fully utilize a three-year fellowship award. A valid Academies Verification of Doctoral Degree Status Form, signed by the adviser or other authorized official, must be uploaded to the online fellowship application before 5:00 PM ET on January 8, 2016 to affirm this for those in a graduate program for which Ford Foundation support is sought.


Stipend and Benefits


Fellowship recipients must begin the first year’s tenure on September 1, 2016, and must remain on tenure full-time for the academic year. After the first year of fellowship tenure, fellows may choose to defer funding for up to two years. All three years of support must be used within a five-year period.

Conditions of the Fellowship

Predoctoral fellows are required to enroll full-time in a program leading to a Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree in an eligible, research-based (dissertation-required) field of study. Students enrolled in a terminal master’s program are not eligible. Those who accept a predoctoral fellowship must agree to the stipulations in the Terms of Appointment for Ford Foundation Fellows that accompanies the award notification. In addition, Ford Fellows must agree to participate in regular updates of the Directory of Ford Fellows, as well as periodic surveys designed to demonstrate the impact of this program.



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School for Advanced Research (SAR) Dissertation Writing Residential Fellowship (Deadline 11/2)

A nine-month residential fellowship is available for scholars working in the humanities or social sciences. PhD candidates who plan to write their dissertations are eligible. Fellows receive a stipend ($40,000 for doctoral level scholars and $30,000 for PhD candidates) in addition to housing and office space on the SAR campus. This fellowship is made possible through the generous support of the Weatherhead Foundation.

Deadline 11/2

More info here:

Information sessions for the Mellon Innovating International Research, Teaching, and Collaboration (MIIRT) Program

Register Now for MIIRT Information Sessions
Mellon Innovating International Research, Teaching, and Collaboration (MIIRT) Program
August 19-20; 26-27, 2015
Wells Library-IDAH Conference Room, E171
Through the []Office of the Vice Provost for Research at IU Bloomington, the MIIRT program supports new directions in international, area, and global studies that include collaborations locally among faculty as well as graduate dissertation research in the humanities, social sciences, and professional schools throughout the Bloomington campus.
MIIRT offers 16 awards in the following four categories:
  1. Mellon Short Term Faculty Fellowships$20,000
  2. Mellon Graduate Dissertation Fellowships $20,000
  3. Innovative Curriculum Development Fellowships $20,000
  4. Innovative Workshops $5,000
Deadline for all awards: September 14, 2015
Four advanced graduate student MIIRT information sessions will be held in the IDAH Conference Room (Wells Library, E171, first floor East Tower) on the following dates:
  1. Wednesday, August 19, 12-1:30 p.m.
  2. Thursday, August 20, 12-1:30 p.m.
  3. Wednesday, August 26, 12-1:30 p.m.
  4. Thursday, August 27, 12-1:30 p.m.
Four faculty MIIRT information sessions will be held in the IDAH Conference Room (Wells Library, first floor East Tower E171) on the following dates:
  1. Wednesday. August 19, 2-3:30 p.m.
  2. Thursday, August 20, 2-3:30 p.m.
  3. Wednesday August 26, 2-3:30 p.m.
  4. Thursday August 27, 2-3:30 p.m.
Space is limited and a separate registration is required for each session you wish to attend.
For inquiries about the information sessions contact Clara Henderson at
Application information is available from the Office of the Vice Provost for Research.
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Oman Research Fellowship

Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center supports and encourages advanced research on Oman across a variety of academic disciplines through the Research Fellowship Program. Launched in 2010, this program funds scholars across several academic disciplines to conduct research in the Sultanate of Oman.

The program is offered annually and is open to Ph.D. candidates and university academics. The fellowship awards up to $51,000 for the fellow or team of fellows.

How to Apply
Submit completed application form and supporting materials via website. Have references also submit their letters of recommendation via form.

The deadline to apply for the Research Fellowship Program is September 15, 2015. The deadline for submission of letters of recommendation is September 18, 2015.

National Science Foundation 2016 Graduate Research Fellowship

First and second-year graduate students —

The National Science Foundation has announced its 2016 call for applications for the Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF). The GRF will fund 2,000 awards that fund up to 3 years of coursework for students in science-related fields.

Deadlines vary by field, but all fall in the final week of October.

For more information about eligibility, application procedures, and selection criteria, please see attachment and visit:

Applicants are encouraged to contact the GradGrants center ( for assistance in the application and proposal development process.

GRF 2016 Solicitation