External Fellowships

The Graduate School Diversity Office is committed to providing information on financial resources for underrepresented graduate students at the University of Utah. A variety of support is offered through outside agencies, including private foundations, academic associations, nonprofits, state and federal offices. Predoctoral, doctoral, dissertation, and postdoctoral fellowships/scholarships and grants provide funding, resources, and mentorship. Support is offered, from one-time awards to multi-year support for living expenses, educational fees, conference travel and/or research. Fellowships are awarded to beginning and advanced graduate students, and recent doctoral graduates. In addition to the financial support, receipt of external funding exemplifies excellence in research, teaching, service, and/or scholarship. We encourage you to apply to those opportunities in which you are eligible.

The following list provides either specific agency fellowship listings or various websites listing numerous fellowship opportunities on their own site.


2020 ACLS Scholarship for Healthcare Providers
The Pacific Medical Training is offering their 2020 ACLS Scholarship for Healthcare Providers to support studies, help to complete medical school and get a head start on a career. They are granting a $1,000 scholarship to the author of the winning essay, and complimentary access to any of their courses for the three runner ups. 

Amelia Earhart Fellowship: Predoctoral Fellowship Program
The predoctoral fellowship program helps talented women, pursuing advanced studies in fields of aerospace-related sciences and engineering

American Association of University Women (AAUW) American Fellowship
Dissertation and Postdoctoral Fellowship support women scholars who are completing dissertations, planning research leave from accredited institutions, or preparing research for publication.

American Association of University Women (AAUW) International Fellowships
Predoctoral and postdoctoral international fellowships are awarded for full-time study or research in the United States to women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

American Educational Research Association (AERA): Dissertation Grants
The program seeks to stimulate research on U.S. education issues using data from the large-scale, national and international data sets supported by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), NSF, and other federal agencies, and to increase the number of education researchers using these data sets. Underrepresented racial and ethnic minority researchers are strongly encouraged to apply.

American Educational Research Association (AERA): Minority Fellowships in Education Research
Provides support for doctoral dissertation research. The purposes of the program are to advance education research by outstanding minority graduate students and to improve the quality and diversity of university faculties.

American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC): Academic Year Fellowship
Graduate fellowships are monetary awards made to American Indian and Alaska Native graduate or professional full-time, degree-seeking students, who meet all eligibility criteria.

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA): Minority Doctoral Fellowships
Awards annual fellowships of $12,000 to full-time minority accounting scholars who demonstrate significant potential to become accounting educators.

American Meteorological Society (AMS): AMS/Industry/Government Graduate Fellowships in the Atmosphere and Related Oceanic and Hydrologic Sciences
Administers an array of graduate fellowships and undergraduate scholarships with the support of its members, corporations, and government agencies nationwide.

American Political Science Association (APSA): Minority Fellows Program
Predoctoral fellowship is designed primarily for minority (or underrepresented) students applying to enter a doctoral program in political science.

American Psychological Association (APA) Scholarships and Fellowships
APA and its affiliate organizations provide a wide range of grants, scholarships, awards with the aim of advancing the science and practice of psychology as a means of understanding behavior and promoting health, education, and human welfare.

American Psychological Association (APA): Minority Fellowship Program
Predoctoral and postdoctoral fellowships provide financial support, professional development activities, and guidance to promising doctoral students and postdoctoral trainees with the goal of moving them toward high achievement in areas related to ethnic minority behavioral health research or services.

American Psychological Association Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues: Malyon-Smith Scholarship Award
It is a fund that annually awards up to $1000 to selected graduate students in psychology to advance research in the psychology of sexual orientation and gender identity.

American Psychological Foundation: Funding for Students
the foundation supports a number of programs aimed at helping graduate students further their education in psychology. Includes the Roy Scrivner Memorial Research Grants for research focused on lesbian, gay and bisexual family psychology and family therapy. And the Wayne F. Placek Grants to support research from all fields of the behavioral and social sciences on any topic related to lesbian, gay or bisexual issues.

American Society for Microbiology: Robert D. Watkins Minority Graduate Fellowship
Aimed at highly competitive graduate students who are enrolled in a Ph.D. program and who have completed their graduate course work in the microbiological sciences.

American Sociological Association (ASA): Minority Fellowship Program
Predoctoral fellowships are primarily, but not solely, designed to support the development and training of sociologists of color advanced in their Ph.D. program. Areas of interest for former Fellows include social psychology, gender and sexuality, education, medicine and health, inequalities and stratification, race and ethnicity, and more.

Astraea: Lesbian Foundation for Justice
Offers grants to organizations and individuals who are committed to social justice. Programs include the LGBTQ Racial Justice Fund, International Fund, U.S. Fund, Margot Karle Scholarship Fund, and the Global Arts Fund.

AT&T Laboratories
Predoctoral Fellowships and Grants are awarded to women and minority students who are pursuing full-time doctoral studies in computer and communications

Chavez/Eastman/Marshall Dissertation Fellowship at Dartmouth College
Promote student and faculty diversity at Dartmouth, and throughout higher education, by supporting completion of the doctorate by underrepresented minority scholars (including African-American, Latina/o, and Native American scholars) and other graduate scholars with a demonstrated commitment and ability to advance educational diversity.

Chicano Scholarship Fund
Committed to all students of diversity who promote the cultural pride and tradition of the Chicana/o-Latina/o community, the Chicana/o Scholarship Fund recognizes and assists students in their undergraduate and/or graduate education endeavors. One scholarship in the amount of $1500 is awarded to graduate students at the University of Utah.

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc: Congressional Fellows Program
For recent masters or professional degree graduates. Designed to increase the number of African Americans working as professional staff in the U.S. Congress. The Congressional Fellows Program offers public policy training to young professionals by providing them with an opportunity to work on Capitol Hill.

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI): Scholarship Awards
CHCI’s scholarship opportunities are afforded to Latino students in the United States who have a history of performing public service-oriented activities in their communities and who demonstrate a desire to continue their civic engagement in the future. Graduate scholarships are awarded to full-time graduate and/or professional students.

Cornell University Doctoral/Postdoctoral Diversity Fellowships
The Cornell diversity fellowships are designed to support the early development of scholars who show promise of distinguished research careers and who are from sectors of the population historically underrepresented on the professorial faculties of colleges and universities in the United States.

East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for U.S. Graduate Students (EAPSI)
NSF and selected foreign counterpart science and technology agencies sponsor international research institutes for U.S. graduate students in seven East Asia and Pacific locations at times set by the counterpart agencies between June and August each year.

Educators For Fair Consideration: Scholarships/Fellowships for Immigrant Students
Provides a list of scholarships and fellowships available for immigrant students attending graduate and professional schools. Scholarships and fellowships do not require proof of U.S. citizenship or legal permanent residency.

Ethnic Minority Dissertation Fellowship (EMDF) at the University of San Francisco
In this program, scholars are expected to complete their dissertation on a diversity related research topic, while teaching one course per semester in the school where they are placed. Through this program, promising scholars from diverse backgrounds become familiar with the responsibilities of a USF faculty member.

FLAS Scholarship Award
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Asian Languages:
The Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships are federally funded awards offered through the University of Utah’s Asia Center and Center for Latin American Studies. They provide funding for graduate students who study modern foreign languages and related area studies.

Ford Foundation: Predoctoral, Dissertation, and Postdoctoral Fellowships for Minorities
Through its Fellowship Programs, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

Five College Fellowships: In-Residence Dissertation Fellowship
Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Smith colleges and the University of Massachusetts Amherst are members of the Five College consortium. Fellowship supports scholars from under-represented groups, and/or scholars with unique interests and histories, whose engagement in the academy will enrich scholarship and teaching.

Geological Society of America (GSA): Research Grants Program
The primary role of the GSA research grants program is to provide partial support of master’s and doctoral thesis research in the geological sciences for graduate students enrolled in universities in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Central America. GSA strongly encourages women, minorities, and persons with disabilities to participate fully in this grants program.

Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada: Minorities in Government Finance Scholarship (Masterís program)
Scholarships are available to upper-division undergraduate students or graduate students. For minority students of public administration, (governmental) accounting, finance, political science, economics or business administration (with a specific focus on government or nonprofit management).

HHMI Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) seeks to increase diversity in the biomedical research community. The biggest challenges in science call for diverse perspectives and original thinking. Through the Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program, HHMI will recruit and retain individuals from groups underrepresented in the life sciences. The program will support early career scientists with the potential to become leaders in academic research. Through their successful careers, HHMI Hanna Gray Fellows will inspire future generations of scientists from America’s diverse talent pool.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF)
Offers a wide range of scholarship opportunities for students at a variety of educational level. Students with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status are eligible for an HSF General Scholarship.

IBM: Ph.D. Fellowships
The IBM Ph.D. Fellowship Awards Program is an intensely competitive worldwide program, which honors exceptional Ph.D. students who have an interest in solving problems that are important to IBM and fundamental to innovation in many academic disciplines and areas of study. The IBM Ph.D. Fellowship Awards program also supports our long-standing commitment to workforce diversity. IBM values diversity in the workplace and encourages nominations of women, minorities and all who contribute to that diversity.

International Foundation of University Women (IFUW)
This fellowship helps empowering women through education. Assists with research, study, and training needed to women and girls. Multiple fellowships and scholarships are available.

International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA): Luis Donaldo Colosio Fellowship
To apply, you must be a Mexican citizen. You should be a pre- or post Ph.D. doctoral student (35 or under) and have a good command of written and spoken English. Your background and interests should fit in with one of IIASA’s on-going research activities. One candidate is selected each year.

Korea Foundation: Fellowships for Field Research
Doctoral and postdoctoral fellowships are available to support research in the humanities, social sciences, arts or culture on a Korea-related topic.

Korean-American Scholarship Foundation (KASF): KASF Scholarships
Provides scholarships to Korean American students from a variety of disciplines and educational levels.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Resource Center at the University of Utah
Annual scholarships are awarded every Spring semester to promising undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Utah. Students must have involvement in LGBTQ* cultural/academic organizations, participation in LGBTQ* school-wide and community activities and/or employment.

L’Oreal USA Fellowships for Women in Science Program
Offers five postdoctoral fellowships to U.S.-based women researchers at the beginning of their scientific careers.

Marilyn Yarbrough Dissertation/Teaching Fellowship: Kenyon College
The Fellow is expected to write the dissertation and to teach one course each semester, usually in the Fellow’s general research area at Kenyon College at Gambier, Ohio.

Microsoft Research Graduate Women’s Scholarship
The Microsoft Research Graduate Women’s Scholarship is a one-year scholarship program for outstanding women graduate students and is designed to help increase the number of women pursuing a PhD. This program supports women in the second year of their graduate studies. Women who are interested in this scholarship must apply during first year of graduate studies. Scholarships are granted by Microsoft Research at the discretion of Microsoft.

Morris K. Udall Scholarship and Excellence in National Environmental Policy: Native American Congressional Internship Program
Provides a 10-week summer internship in Washington, D.C., for Native American and Alaska Native undergraduate or graduate students who wish to learn more about the federal government and issues affecting Indian Country.

2015 NASA Scholarship — Minority University Research Education Project

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Harriett G. Jenkins Pre-doctoral Fellowship Program
Predoctoral fellowships are awarded to students are from underrepresented groups, including women, ethnic minorities, and persons with disabilities in the STEM disciplines.

National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science, Inc. (GEM): Graduate Fellowship Programs
GEM awards three fellowships in the following levels and disciplines: M.S. Engineering, Ph.D. Engineering, Ph.D. Science.

National Medical Fellowship, Inc.
Predoctoral and Postdoctoral fellowships offer minority medical students the opportunity to study or serve in internships

National Estuarine Research Reserve Graduate Research Fellowship Program
Fellows conduct their research within a National Estuarine Research Reserve and gain hands-on experience by engaging with reserve staff and participating in their host reserve’s research, education, stewardship and training programs.

National Physical Science Consortium (NPSC): Graduate Fellowships in the Science & Engineering
This opportunity is designed to assist scholars who are women and other minorities underrepresented in science and engineering.

National Science Foundation (NSF): SBE Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants
The National Science Foundation’s Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences (BCS), Division of Social and Economic Sciences (SES), National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES), and the SBE Office of Multidisciplinary Activities (SMA) award grants to doctoral students to improve the quality of dissertation research.

National Security Education Program (NSEP), Academy for Educational Development (AED): David L. Boren Graduate Fellowships
Provide funding to add an important international and language component to graduate education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency. Boren Fellowships support study and research in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA): Scholarships and Awards
Provides various scholarships and awards to graduate students. Includes the NWSA Graduate Scholarship, Lesbian Caucus Award, NWSA Women of Color Caucus-Frontiers Student Essay Award.

NOAA/ U.S. Department of Commerce: The Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program recognizes outstanding scholarship and encourages independent graduate level research — particularly by female and minority students — in oceanography, marine biology and maritime archaeology.

Penn Pre-doctoral Fellowships for Excellence through Diversity at the University of Pennsylvania
This program is designed to provide mentorship and access to Penn’s resources for doctoral students in the humanities or social sciences, enrolled at universities other than Penn, as they complete their dissertations.

Point Foundation Scholarship: The National LGBTQ Scholarship Fund
Point Foundation empowers promising LGBTQ students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential – despite the obstacles often put before them – to make a significant impact on society.

Pre-Dissertation Post-MFA In-Residence Fellowship at University of Connecticut
The program will support scholars from other universities while they complete their dissertation or post-MFA study for the term of an academic year. Fellows will have access to outstanding resources, faculty expertise, mentoring and other professional development opportunities. The Asian American Studies Institute, Institute for African American Studies, Institute of Latina/o, Caribbean and Latin American Studies, and the Women’s, Gender, and Sexualities Studies.

The Recovery Village Health Care Scholarship
The Recovery Village® is dedicated to maintaining exceptional service at our alcohol and drug rehab facilities while providing unique opportunities for education and personal development. As part of this commitment, The Recovery Village® is offering a $1,000 scholarship to students pursuing a medical-related course of study.

Semiconductor Research Corporation: Fellowships and Scholarships
One doctoral fellowship through the Nanoelectronics Research Initiative (NRI), the SRC NRI/Hans J. Coufal Fellowship. The GRC Graduate Fellowship Program (GFP) supports about 35 Fellowships each year. The GRC Master’s Scholarship Program (MSP), targeting underrepresented minorities and women supports about 12 Scholarships each year.

Social Science Research Council (SSRC)
Provides over 20 active fellowships and grants

Social Science Research Council (SSRC), International Dissertation Field Research Fellowships
The International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) Program supports the next generation of scholars in the humanities and humanistic social sciences pursuing research that advances knowledge about non-US cultures and societies.

Spencer Foundation: Dissertation and Postdoctoral Fellowships for Research Related to Education
The Spencer Foundation provides individual fellowships to doctoral students at the dissertation stage and to scholars engaged in postdoctoral work. Both programs support research related to education and are administered by the National Academy of Education (NAEd).

University of California: President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
The University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program was established in 1984 to encourage outstanding women and minority Ph.D. recipients to pursue academic careers at the University of California.

U.S. Department of Defense (DoD): National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship Program
Fellowships are awarded to applicants who will pursue a doctoral degree in, or closely related to, an area of DoD interest within one of the fifteen disciplines listed on their website.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (NIH): Funding Opportunities and Notices
The official publication for NIH medical and behavioral research grant policies, guidelines and funding opportunities.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (NIH): Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Predoctoral Fellowships to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research
The purpose of this individual predoctoral research training fellowship is to improve the diversity of the health-related research workforce by supporting the training of predoctoral students from groups that have been shown to be underrepresented. Such candidates include individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (NIH), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ): Research Training Programs
Provides an array of intramural and extramural predoctoral and postdoctoral educational, research infrastructure and career development grants and opportunities in health services research.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant Program
The Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant program helps eligible doctoral students complete dissertations on housing and urban development issues.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: STAR Fellowships for Graduate Environmental Study
EPA’s STAR graduate fellowship program supports masters and doctoral candidates in environmental studies.

United Negro College Fund (UNCF)/ Merck Science Initiative
Graduate Science Research Dissertation Fellowships will help African American graduate students complete coursework, conduct research, and prepare the dissertation required for a doctoral degree in the biomedically relevant life or physical sciences and engineering. Postdoctoral Science Research Fellowships are intended to provide support to African American post-graduate students to obtain postdoctoral training and to prepare for a career in biomedical research.

The Wenner-Gren Foundation Fellowships
Offers four different programs (Dissertation Fieldwork Grants, Engaged Anthropology Grant, Wadsworth International Fellowships, Wadsworth African) to support domestic and international students in the field of anthropology.

Woodrow Wilson Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellowships for Aspiring Teachers of Color
Provides a $30,000 stipend to apply toward the cost of a master’s degree at a participating graduate program to help recruit, support, and retain individuals of color as public school teachers in the United States.

Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation: Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies
The WW Women’s Studies 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.

Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation: Religion & Ethics Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships
Provided to Ph.D. candidates at American institutions located in the United States who will complete their dissertations during the fellowship year.

Xerox Corporation: Xerox Technical Minority Scholarships
Offers awards between $1,000 and $10,000 to qualified minorities enrolled in a technical degree program at the bachelor level or above.