PhD Funding Opportunities

PhD Fellowship opportunities

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American Psychological Foundation Visionary Grants EVThe APF Visionary Grants seek to seed innovation through supporting research, education and intervention projects and programs that use psychology to solve social problems in the following priority areas: Applying psychology to at-risk, vulnerable populations (e.g. serious mental illness, returning military, those who are incarcerated or economically disadvantaged); Preventing violence; Understanding the connection between behavior and health (e.g. wellness, diabetes, obesity); Understanding and eliminating stigma and prejudice (e.g. race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability and socioeconomic status).
National Association of Social Workers Fellowships for Doctoral Students - Jane B. Aron AwardEVJane B. Aron Doctoral Fellowship for doctoral students in social work who are engaged in dissertation research in health care policy and practice. Applicant must be a member of the Council on Social Work Education in addition to being a member of NASW.
National Association of Social Workers Fellowships for Doctoral Students - Eileen Blackey AwardEVEileen Blackey Doctoral Fellowship for doctoral students in social work who are engaged in dissertation research in welfare policy and practice. Dissertations that include a diversity component are encouraged.
Fahs-Beck Fund for Research and Experimentation Doctoral Dissertation Grant ProgramEVGrants support dissertation research that has the potential for adding significantly to knowledge about problems in the functioning or well being of children, adults, couples, families, or communities, or about interventions designed to prevent or alleviate such problems. The research must focus on the United States and/or Canada or on a comparison between the United States and/or Canada and one or more other countries.
Josephine de Karman Fellowship TrustEV
Department of State Fulbright Academic Study/Research GrantUSThe Fulbright program offers grants for US citizens to study or conduct research in any of approximately 140 countries around the world.  Students from any discipline are welcome to apply, and grants provide up to one year of support.  Fulbright grants help students pursue their own master’s or doctoral level research, and they allow students to immerse themselves in a different cultural environment.  Fulbright grants are among the most visible and respected of academic awards worldwide.
National Research Service Award (F31) Individual Pre-Doctoral Fellowships to Promote Diversity in Health-Related ResearchUSKirschstein fellowships provide support for the research training of predoctoral students from underrepresented groups leading to the PhD or equivalent research degree, the combined MD/PhD degree, or another formally combined professional degree and research doctoral degree in biomedical, behavioral, health services, or clinical sciences. The fellowships provide up to five years of support.
National Institute on Drug Abuse - Drug Abuse Dissertation Fellowshipos (R36)USThe goal of this FOA is to enhance the diversity of the drug abuse research workforce by providing dissertation awards on topics related to the study of basic and clinical neuroscience, development, epidemiology, prevention, treatment, services, or women and sex/gender differences as they relate to drug abuse
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) - Mental Health Dissertation Research Grant to Enhance Workforce Diversity (R36)USGrants are offered to enhance the diversity of the mental health research workforce by providing dissertation support in all research areas within the strategic priorities of the NIMH to individuals from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social sciences research. The grants are for two years.
National Institutes of Health (NIH) - National Institute of Aging (NIA) - Aging Research Dissertation Awards to Increase Diversity (R36)USThe National Institute on Aging supports individuals whose advancement in research will help ensure that a diverse pool of highly trained scientists is available in scientific disciplines relevant to NIA's strategic priorities to address NIA’s mission. That mission includes research on the basic biology of aging, on chronic, disabling, and degenerative diseases of aging, with a particular focus on Alzheimer’s Disease, on multiple morbidities, on individual behavioral and social changes with aging, on caregiving, on longevity, and on the consequences for society of an aging population. This fellowship is for up to two years.
National Institute of Justice Graduate Research Fellowship in the Social and Behavioral SciencesUSThe fellowship supports doctoral students in social and behavioral sciences who are conducting dissertation research on crime, violence and other criminal justice-related topics. The fellowship offers support for one year.
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships (NSF-GRF)USThe NSF-GRF is one of the nation's premiere fellowships for graduate students.  Fellowships support students pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees in the sciences, engineering, and social sciences. The three-year fellowship provides a stipend, a cost-of-education allowance, international research opportunities, internships with federal agencies, and access to supercomputing facilities.
National Science Foundation (NSF) - Social, Economic, Behavioral, & Cognitive Sciences - Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants (DDRIG)USThe DDRIG is awarded to doctoral students to improve the quality of their dissertation research. In general, grants are awarded for up to 24 months. Funds may be used for valid research expenses which include, but are not limited to, conducting field research in settings away from campus that would not otherwise be possible, data collection and sample survey costs, payments to subjects or informants, specialized research equipment, analysis and services not otherwise available, supplies, travel to archives, travel to specialized collections and facilities or field research locations, and partial living expenses for conducting necessary research away from the student's U.S. academic institution. The awards are not intended to provide the full costs of a student's doctoral dissertation resear
Kosciuszko FoundationUSFor students of Polish descent.Kosciuszko Foundation Tuition Scholarships support American students of Polish descent for full-time graduate studies in the United States - all fields are supported. Scholarships are granted for one academic year and may be renewed upon re-application for a maximum of one additional year.
PhRMA Foundation - Health Outcomes in Health Care Delivery Dissertation and Postdoctoral FellowshipsUSFellowships support research which spans a broad spectrum of issues related to health-care delivery, from studies evaluating effectiveness of a pharmaceutical intervention, to the impact of reimbursement policies on outcomes of care. Research projects may incorporate a variety of methods from different disciplines. Research areas supported include pharmacoeconomics, patient reported outcomes, and other topics in health outcomes. Predoctoral fellowships provide 1-2 years of support and postdoctoral fellowships offers two years of support.
Philanthropic Educational Organization (P.E.O.) - Scholar Award for WomenUSAwards are for women of the United States and Canada who are either pursuing a doctoral level degree or are engaged in postdoctoral research at an accredited institution. These awards provide partial support for study and research for women who will make significant contributions in their varied fields of endeavor. Applicants must be nominated by a local PEO chapter.
American Cancer Society Doctoral Training Grants in Oncology Social WorkTOPGrants are for research relevant to oncology social work. The fellowship offers support for two years, with the possibility of an additional two-year renewal.
American Lung Association Lung Health Dissertation GrantTOPFellowships support laboratory, patient-centered and social-behavioral dissertation research designed to prevent and relieve the suffering associated with all lung diseases and corresponding risk factors. Research in the following areas is supported: psychosocial, behavioral, health services and health policy, epidemiology, biostatics, public health, and education research. Fellows should have a long-term commitment to lung disease research. The fellowship provides up to two years of support.
Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues' Clara Mayo Grants in supoort of Pre-Dissertation Research on Sexism, Racism or PrejudiceTOPIn support of Masters' theses and pre-dissertation research on sexism, racism or prejudice. Award amount: $1,000. Deadline: May 15 & October 10 annually.
Violet and Cyril Frankis ScholarshipTOPThe APF Violet and Cyril Franks Scholarship supports graduate-level scholarly projects that use a psychological perspective to help understand and reduce stigma associated with mental illness. The scholarship helps address research which shows that stigma is a significant barrier to treatment and recovery for many of the 50 million Americans living with mental illness.
Lizette Peterson-Homer Injury Prevention GrantsTOPhe Lizette Peterson Homer Memorial Injury Research Grant supports research into psychological and behavioral aspects of the prevention of injuries in children and adolescents as reflected in the activities and interests within pediatric psychology of the late Lizette Peterson-Homer and her commitment to improving the status of children in the face of the most significant threats to their health and development. This grant is open to students and faculty to support research related to the prevention of injuries in children and adolescents. Funding is available up to $5,000 and is sponsored jointly by the American Psychological Foundation and APA Div. 54.
Wayne F. Planek GrantsTOPThe Wayne F. Placek Grant encourages research to increase the general public's understanding of homosexuality and sexual orientation, and to alleviate the stress that lesbian women, gay men, bisexual women, bisexual men and transgender individuals experience in this and future civilizations. Since 1995, the Placek Fund has granted more than $1 million.
Roy Scrivner Memorial Research GrantsTOPLesbians, gays, bisexuals and trans (LGBT) people face many challenges in forming, defining and maintaining families.  This program seeks to encourage the study of LGBT family psychology and therapy through its support of promising young investigators whose graduate research is oriented toward issues in this general area.  Preference is given to advanced students who have demonstrated their commitment to this area through their dissertation research plans.
Point Foundation - The National LGBTQ Scholarship Fund - Graduate ScholarshipTOPThe Foundation offers scholarships to LGBTQ students in any field pursuing graduate degrees at institutions within the U.S. The scholarship is for up to four years.
Dan David Prize Doctoral FellowshipsTOPScholarships support interdisciplinary research that cuts across traditional boundaries and paradigms. The Prize aims to foster universal values of excellence, creativity, justice, democracy and progress and to promote the scientific, technological and humanistic achievements that advance and improve the world. The scholarship offers support for one year. Three different research topics are selected each year.
Davis-Putter Scholarship in Social JusticeTOPScholarships support students actively working for peace and justice. These need-based scholarships are awarded to those able to do academic work at the university level and who are part of the progressive movement on the campus and in the community. Recent grantees have been active in: the struggle against racism, sexism, homophobia and other forms of oppression; building the movement for economic justice; and creating peace through international anti-imperialist solidarity. Grants are for one year, however, recipients may re-apply for subsequent years.
Mathematica Policy Research Summer Doctoral Research FellowshipTOPSummer fellowships support independent, self-directed research projects, which will intersect with one or more of Mathematica’s focus areas: data analytics, disability, early childhood, education, family support, health, international, labor, or nutrition. Fellows will be mentored by senior staff, learn about Mathematica and its work, and have the opportunity to shadow Mathematica research projects and proposals. Fellows are required to work at one of Mathematica's six office locations at least three days per week during the fellowship period. The fellowship is for 12 weeks.
Melanie Foundation Graduate Scholarship in Mental HealthTOPScholarships support graduate students who are pursuing a doctoral or master’s degree in the mental health field. The scholarship offers support for one year.
National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowships for Research on EducationTOPFellowships support individuals whose dissertations show potential for bringing fresh and constructive perspectives to the history, theory, or practice of formal or informal education anywhere in the world. The tenure of the fellowship if not less than one academic year (nine months) and not more than two calendar years (24 months).
University of Illinois Women and Gender in Global Perspective Graduate FellowshipsTOPOne fellowship and several small grants support graduate students at the University of Illinois conducting research on a broad range of topics at the intersection of women, gender, and international development.
University YMCA Fred S. Bailey Fellowship for Community Leadership, Service and ActivismTOPThe fellowship supports graduate or professional students at the Urbana campus of the University of Illinois who demonstrate passion, commitment, leadership and impact towards Social Justice, Environment, Faith in Action, and/or International issues; and who are able to demonstrate how their efforts represent new and innovative ways to address these issues. The fellowship offers support for nine months.
University of Illinois Doolen Scholarships for the Study of AgingTOPScholarships support two graduate students, one from the biological-biomedical sciences and one from the behavioral-social sciences each year. Applicants must be concentrating scholarly efforts on the topic of aging, i. e., biological aspects of the aging process, sociological concomitants of aging, the treatment of diseases of the elderly, the care of the aged, or other topics related to aging. The scholarships offer support for one year.
American Council of Learned Societies/Henry Luce Foundationsummer travel grant award for pre-dissertation research in ChinaTOPGrants provide funding for doctoral candidates to conduct preliminary research in China prior to beginning basic research for the dissertation. They are intended to allow recipients to investigate the research currently underway in Chinese archives and field sites, to establish contact with Chinese scholars, and to secure necessary permissions for their own fieldwork or archival research. Applications in all disciplines of the humanities and related social sciences are welcome. The program supports the study of Chinese culture and society in all periods. Research in Hong Kong, Tibet, and Taiwan is eligible. The tenure of the grant is 3-4 months.
Paul D. Doolen Graduate Scholarship for the Study of AgingTOPThe objective of the Doolen Scholarship is to facilitate the study of aging by providing scholarships to two outstanding graduate students. These scholarships are made possible by an endowment from the Retirement Research Foundation to honor the late Mr. Paul D. Doolen, a long-time member of the University of Illinois Foundation Board of Directors.
Open Society Foundation INTList of eligible home countries on websiteCSSA are for doctoral students from select countries who are conducting research in the social sciences and humanities. Awards support activities such as fieldwork (data collection), research visits to libraries, archives or universities, course/curriculum development, and international collaborations leading to a peer-reviewed publication. Awards are for 2-10 months, and require an international component.
American Association of University Women International FellowshipsINTWomen OnlyAAUW International Fellowships support for women pursuing full-time graduate or postdoctoral study in the United States who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. The overwhelming majority return to their home countries to become leaders in government, academia, community activism and the arts and science. Both graduate and postgraduate studies at accredited institutions are supported. Fellowships are for one year; some are renewable for an additional year.
University of Illinois Maria Pia Gratton International AwardINTWomen OnlyThe Gratton fellowships enable female graduate students from outside the United States to have an academic and cultural experience at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Preference will be given to students who have had limited opportunity to travel outside of their home countries.
Philanthropic Educational Organization: Pre-Doctoral Int'l Peace Scholarship for WomenINTWomen OnlyScholarships support women from other countries for graduate study in the United States and Canada. The scholarship is for one year.
Margaret McNamara Education GrantsINTStudents from Developing Countrieshe MMMF awards educational grants to women from developing countries whose graduate studies and future plans aim to benefit women and children in their respective regions. Candidates must currently be studying in the U.S. or Canada. The grants are for one year and are nonrenewable.
World Bank Robert S. McNamara Dissertation Research FellowshipINTStudents from Developing CountriesFellowships support doctoral students from developing countries to conduct innovative, development-related, research under the supervision of a research advisor at a host institution abroad. Fellows must commit to working in their home countries after completion of their PhD. The fellowship is for 6 to 10 months.
Horovitz Fund - Fellowship for African Artists & Scholars in the Humanities & Social SciencesINTCitizens of Sub-Sahara AfricaThe Fund supports graduate study for African artists and scholars in the humanities and social sciences with an award to defray educational costs. The Fellowship is for one year.
Inlaks Foundation - Scholarships for Indian CitizensINTIndian CitizensScholarships are granted to Indians citizens pursuing graduate degrees at top American, European and UK institutions, for funding requirements including tuition fees.
Social Science and Humanities Research Council of CanadaINTCanadiansFellowships support Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada pursuing a doctoral degree in the social sciences or the humanities. They aim to develop research skills and assist in the training of highly qualified professionals. The fellowship offers support for 1-4 years.
Canadian Federation of University Women Fellowships for Canadian WomenINTCanadian WomenCFUW is committed to improving the status of women, promoting quality education and advancing the status of women, human rights, justice and peace. The Federation awards numerous fellowships to Canadian women for study in Canada, the US and elsewhere.
Alberta Learning Information Service Sir Hames Lougheed Graduate ScholarshipsINTCanadians - Citizens of AlbertaScholarships support masters and doctoral student from Alberta with the opportunity for advanced study at educational institutions outside of Alberta. The scholarship offers support for one year and may be renewed for a second year.
International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF)INTApplicants to the 2019 IDRF competition must complete all PhD requirements except on-site research by the time the fellowship begins or by December 2019, whichever comes first.The Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) offers nine to twelve months of support to graduate students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who are enrolled in PhD programs in the United States and conducting dissertation research on non-US topics. Seventy fellowships are awarded annually. Fellowship amounts vary depending on the research plan, with a per-fellowship average of $22,000. The fellowship includes participation in an SSRC-funded interdisciplinary workshop upon the completion of IDRF-funded research.
Josephine de Karman Fellowship TrustINT
Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS) - Dissertation ScholarshipsDEMWomen Scholarships support doctoral students in the social sciences and related disciplines pursuing a broad range of topics, including gender, ethnicity, and social inequity. The scholarships are for one year.
Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New AmericansDEMNew Americans (green card holders, naturalized citizens, DACA recipients, children of immigrants)Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships support "New Americans," i.e., green card holders, naturalized citizens, DACA recipients, or the children of immigrants, in any field and in any advanced degree-granting full time program in the United States. The goal is to honor the contributions of immigrants and children of immigrants to the United States.
Center for Reintegration - Baer Scholarship for Students with Mental IllnessDEMStudents with Mental IllnessScholarships support students with schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder or bipolar disorder to acquire the educational and vocational skills necessary to reintegrate into society, secure jobs, and regain their lives. The scholarship is for one year with the possibility of renewal.
University of Illinois Diffenbaugh FellowshipDEMCurrent or Former Residents of MissouriThe Diffenbaugh Fellowship Fund, established in 1976 by Harry J. Diffenbaugh, supports graduate students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign who are or were residents of the State of Missouri.
Korean American Scholarship FundDEMKorean StudentsKASF offers scholarships to Korean-American students attending a graduate or professional school in the through Regional Chapters. The scholarships offer support for one year.
Cobell Scholarships for Native AmericansDEMall Native AmericansScholarships support Native American graduate students pursuing degrees at all levels.
Association on American Indian Affairs Graduate Fellowships for Native Americans and Alaskan NativesDEMall Native AmericansAAIA scholarships support Native American or Alaska Native graduate students from both federally- and non-federally recognized tribes in a variety of fields leading to graduate degrees. Scholarships are for one year.
American Indian College FundDEMall Native AmericansScholarships support students pursuing a graduate or professional degree at any university. The scholarship offers support for one year.
American Indian Graduate CenterDEMall Native AmericansFellowships support American Indian and Alaska Native students in graduate research and professional programs. The fellowships are for one year.
US Dept of Health & Human Services Indian Health Service Health Professions ScholarshipDEMall Native AmericansThe Health Professions Scholarship provides financial aid to qualified American Indian and Alaska Native undergraduate and graduate-level students. Recipients must be members of federally recognized Tribes and enrolled in an eligible health profession degree program. In exchange for financial aid, scholarship recipients agree to fulfill a service commitment in full-time clinical practice upon completion of their academic or post-graduate clinical training. Eligible programs include chemical dependency counseling, clinical psychology, dentistry, medicine, nursing, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, podiatry, public health nutritionist, social work, and ultrasonography. See website for details. The scholarship is for up to four years.
Office of Navajo Nation Scholarship & Financial Assistance Graduate FellowshipDEMNavajo onlyThe Fellowship is established to provide financial assistance to eligible Navajo graduate students.
Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Minority Fellowship Program for Doctoral Students in Mental Health and Substance UseDEMall under-representedFellowships support students pursuing a doctoral degree in social work whose career goal is to provide leadership in practice, research, teaching, and policy promulgation in government and private organizations serving underrepresented and underserved persons with or at risk for mental health and/or substance abuse disorders. The fellowship offers support for one year with possible renewal for up to three years.
Point Foundation - the National LGTBQ Scholarship Fund Graduate ScholarshipDEMLGTBQThe Foundation offers scholarships to LGBTQ students in any field pursuing graduate degrees at institutions within the U.S. The scholarship is for up to four years.
Poise Foudation National NAACP Scholarships for African-American Graduate Students (must be student NAACP member)DEMAfrican-American only, US CitizenScholarships support student members of the NAACP pursuing graduate studies. The scholarships are for one year.
Hispanic Scholarship FundDEMHispanic onlyScholarships assist students of Hispanic heritage to obtain a college degree. The scholarship offers support for one year.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Scholarship for Underrepresented Doctoral StudentsDEMall under-representedThe RWJF Health Policy Scholarship program supports diverse doctoral students from nonclinical, research-focused disciplines in the social sciences whose research contributes to policies promoting a "culture of health."  Participants complete their doctoral program concurrently with additional research and leadership activities offered through the RWJF over the course of four years.
National Research Service Award (F31) Individual Pre-Doctoral Fellowships to Promote Diversity in Health-Related ResearchDEMall under-represented US CitizensKirschstein fellowships provide support for the research training of predoctoral students from underrepresented groups leading to the PhD or equivalent research degree, the combined MD/PhD degree, or another formally combined professional degree and research doctoral degree in biomedical, behavioral, health services, or clinical sciences. The fellowships provide up to five years of support.
University of Illinois Graduate College ASPIRE Fellowship ProgramDEMall under-representedASPIRE is a University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Illinois) initiative designed to increase the pool of students from populations historically underrepresented in graduate programs at Illinois. This early application, early admission, and early decision program provides talented students from U.S. populations with an opportunity to visit the University of Illinois campus early in the application process, while simultaneously allowing departments at Illinois to showcase the quality and strength of their programs.  ASPIRE also offers an early round of the Graduate College Fellowship competition to participating departments that nominate ASPIRE students who have been admitted to their graduate programs.