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External Fellowships for International Students

Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)

A*STAR  Graduate Academy offers and awards scholarships and fellowships to young aspiring scientific talent at top global universities to enable them to pursue their passion in science and to prepare for a rewarding R&D career. Since 2001, A*STAR has supported and nurtured a pipeline of more than 1300 local PhD talent, ensuring a sustainable flow of capable and committed PhD students and early-career researchers at public research institutes, industry and universities, as part of Singapore’s efforts to strengthen the growing community of scientific talent in Singapore.

Air and Waste Management Association (A&WMA) Graduate Scholarships

The Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA) provides several scholarships to outstanding students who are pursuing courses of study and research leading to careers in air quality, waste management, environmental management / policy / law, and sustainability.

Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Scholarship

AG Bell offers several scholarship for full-time students who have a pre-lingual bilateral hearing loss in the moderately-severe to profound range, use listening and spoken language, and who are pursuing a bachelors, masters or doctorate (not law or public policy) degree at an accredited mainstream college or university.

Amelia Earhart Fellowship Zonta International Foundation 

Established in 1938 in honor of famed pilot and Zontian, Amelia Earhart, the Amelia Earhart Fellowship is awarded annually to women pursuing Ph.D. degrees in aerospace-related sciences or aerospace-related engineering. The Fellowship of US$10,000, awarded to 35 Fellows around the globe each year, may be used at any university or college offering accredited post-graduate courses and degrees in these fields.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) Foundation Grants

Grants are open to all geology graduate students.  Grants are based on merit, and in part, on the financial needs of the applicant. Although the focus of the program is the support of qualified candidates for Masters or equivalent degrees, qualified doctoral candidates are also encouraged to apply.

American Association of University Women (AAUW) - International Fellowships

AAUW International Fellowships are awarded for full-time study or research to women who are not U.S citizens or permanent residents. Recipients are selected for academic achievement and demonstrated commitment to women and girls. 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.  

American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) - Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship for Dissertation Completion

The Mellon/ACLS supports a year of research and writing to help advanced graduate students in the humanities and related social sciences  in the last year of PhD dissertation writing. The program encourages timely completion of the PhD. Applicants must be prepared to complete their dissertations within the period of their fellowship tenure.

American Council of the Blind Scholarship

For blind individuals who plan to attend or are attending college, graduate school or vocational training.

American Foundation for the Blind Scholarships

The AFB offers the Paul and Ellen Ruckes Scholarship of $1,000 to a full-time undergraduate or graduate student in the field of engineering or in computer, physical, or life sciences.  The Karen D. Carsel Memorial Scholarship offers one scholarship of $500 to a full-time graduate student.

American Geophysical Union (AGU) - Horton Research Grant in Hydrological Sciences

Grants are awarded each year in support of Ph.D. candidates in hydrology or water resources research.

American Heart Association (AHA) Predoctoral Fellowship

AHA's predoctoral fellowship helps students initiate careers in cardiovascular and stroke research by providing research assistance and training.  Proposals are encouraged from all basic science disiplines, bioengineering or biotechnology, public health, behavioral, epidemiological and community and clinical investigations that bear on cardiovascular and stroke problems.

American Society for Microbiology (ASM) - Robert D. Watkins Graduate Research Fellowship

The goal of the fellowship is to increase the number of underrepresented groups completing doctoral degrees in the microbiological sciences. The ASM Robert D. Watkins Graduate Research Fellowship is 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. The fellowship encourages students to continue and complete their research project in the microbiological sciences.

American Water Works Association (AWWA)

The AWWA offers scholarships for graduate students conducting research in the improvement of drinking water quality and supply.

Argonne National Laboratory - Graduate Student Programs

Argonne National Laboratory offers several opportunities for qualified graduate students who are engaged in work related to Argonne Programs.

AT&T Laboratories Fellowship Program

For women and minority students in engineering and the sciences relevant to AT&T business.

Autism Speaks - Dennis Weatherstone Predoctoral Fellowships

Autism Speaks supports global biomedical research into the diagnosis, causes, prevention and treatment of autism.  Autism Speaks invites applications from predoctoral students interested in pursuing careers in autism research. 

Candidates must be an enrolled student in a program leading to a research doctorate such as a Ph.D. or Sc.D., or a combined degree such as an M.D./Ph.D., in an academic department of an accredited university or health/medical institution.  The selected pre-doctoral fellow must spend at least 80% of his/her professional time engaged exclusively in their Autism Speaks’ autism research related activities for the duration of the award, and cannot simultaneously hold another named fellowship award during the support period. International applications are encouraged.

Chateaubriand Fellowships for Science & Technology Research in France

The Chateaubriand Fellowship in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics & Health for doctoral students aims to initiate or reinforce collaborations, partnerships or joint projects between French and American research teams. The Chateaubriand Fellowship supports PhD students registered in an American university who wish to conduct part of their doctoral research in a French laboratory.

This fellowship is offered by the Office for Science & Technology (OST) of the Embassy of France in Washington in partnership with American universities and French research organizations such as Inserm and Inria. It is a partner of the National Science Foundation’s GROW program.

Christine H. Eide Memorial Scholarship Award

For full-time graduate or undergraduate students who are legally blind and who are entering or attending an accredited college or university.

Council of Graduate Schools (CGS)/Proquest Distinguished Dissertation Award

Sponsored jointly by CGS and ProQuest Dissertations Publishing, a Division of ProQuest Information and Learning, and first presented in 1981, these awards are made annually to individuals who, in the opinion of the award committee, have completed dissertations representing original work that makes an unusually significant contribution to the discipline. 

Two awards are given annually in two different broad areas (biological sciences; social sciences; mathematics, physical sciences and engineering; and humanities and fine arts). Individuals must be nominated for these awards by a member institution.

Epilepsy Foundation of America - Research Training Fellowships

The Epilepsy Foundation supports a series of grants and fellowships to advance the understanding of epilepsy that will lead to better treatment, more effective prevention, and ultimately to a cure. Funding is available to researchers at all professional levels including students, junior investigators and established investigators.

Facebook Graduate Fellowship Program

Facebook offers fellowships to graduate students in computer science, electrical engineering, and related fields.

Fermilab Graduate Student Research Program in Theoretical Physics

The Fermilab Graduate Student Research Program in Theoretical Physics is intended for graduate students at U.S. universities who are in the research phase of graduate study in theoretical particle physics or theoretical astrophysics.  Positions in this program will last for one year (12 months), generally starting in the Fall.  Graduate students in the Graduate Student Research Program will remain matriculated at their home universities but be in residence at Fermilab.

Fulbright Program for Foreign Students

The Fulbright Program brings citizens of other countries to the United States for Master’s degree or Ph.D. study at U.S. universities or other appropriate institutions.  Foreign students apply for Fulbright Fellowships through the Fulbright Commission/Foundation or U.S. Embassy in their home countries. The Institute of International Education (IIE) arranges academic placement for most Fulbright nominees and supervises participants during their stay in the United States.  See the Fulbright website for country specific information. 

Google - Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship for Women in Computer Science

Google Anita Borg Scholarship recipients will each receive a financial award for the academic year. A group of female undergraduate and graduate students will be chosen from the applicant pool, and scholarships will be awarded based on the strength of each candidate’s academic background and demonstrated leadership. 

Google Lime Scholarship for Students with Disabilities

Google has partnered with Lime Connect, a nonprofit organization that supports students with disabilities while they pursue education and promising careers, to help university students with disabilities work toward their academic goals in the field of computer science.

Google US/Canada PhD Fellowship

The Google U.S./Canada PhD Student Fellowship recognizes outstanding graduate students doing exceptional work in computer science and related disciplines.  Applicants must be nominated by their department and forwarded to the Graduate Studies Office for review.  Two finalists will then be forwarded to Google for consideration in the national competition.

The Grass Foundation Fellowship Program

Grass Fellowships at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, USA, support investigator-designed, independent research projects by scientists early in their career. Early investigators (late stage predoctoral trainees and beyond) are eligible to apply. This includes applicants with prior experience at MBL or with the Grass Foundation (MBL course alumni are encouraged to apply). Priority is given to applicants with a demonstrated commitment to pursuing a research career. Please see FAQ page on website or contact the Program Coordinator for more information. International Fellows (i.e., not US citizens or resident aliens) must hold a valid visa (J-1, H-1B, F1 or F1-OPT) for the entire duration of the fellowship.

HENAAC Scholars Program

All science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) majors qualify for the HENAAC scholarships.  Applicants must be of Hispanic descent and/or must significantly participate in and promote organizations and activities in the Hispanic community.

HHMI International Student Research Fellowships  

This fellowship program supports outstanding international predoctoral students studying in the United States who are ineligible for fellowships or training grants through U.S. federal agencies. Participation is by invitation only. Nominated students must be in their second or third year of study to apply for the fellowship. To activate the fellowship, students must be in the third or fourth year of a PhD program at one of the designated institutions. Students in the first, second, or fifth year of their PhD programs cannot activate the fellowship. In no case will support be provided past year five of a PhD program.

Students invited to participate in this program are eligible for a fellowship to support years three, four, and five of a PhD program. Eligible fields of study include biology, chemistry, physics, math, computer science, engineering, and plant biology—as well as interdisciplinary research. 

IBM Ph.D. Fellowship

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. These include: computer science and engineering (including cyber security, cloud, and mobile computing), electrical and mechanical engineering, physical sciences (including chemistry, material sciences, and physics),  mathematical sciences (including analytics of massive scale data with uncertainty, operations research, and optimization), public sector and business sciences (including urban policy and analytics, social technologies, learning systems and cognitive computing), and Service Science, Management, and Engineering (SSME).

Indo-US Science and Technology Research Internships in Science and Engineering (RISE)

Provides unique opportunities for science, technology, engineering and medical students from the United States to undertake internships in national laboratories, federal research centers, academic research institutes, and private R&D laboratories in India. Objective of the internships are to provide students exposure to Indian S&T milieu, gain practical skills and develop collaborative networks. Internships are envisaged as a source of mutual cultural and professional enrichment for both the interns and their host institutions.

Intel PhD Fellowship Program

The Intel PhD Fellowship Program awards fellowships to exceptional PhD candidates pursuing leading-edge innovation in fields related to Intel's business and research interests.

Josephine de Karman Fellowship Trust

The Josephine De Karman Fellowship Trust was established in 1954 by the late Dr. Theodore Von Karman, world renowned aeronautics expert and teacher and first director of the Guggenheim Aeronautical Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology, in memory of his sister, Josephine, who passed away in 1951.  The purpose of this Fellowship program is to recognize and assist students whose scholastic achievements reflect Professor Von Karman’s high standards. 

DeKarman fellowships are open to students in any discipline, including international students, who are currently enrolled in a university or college located within the United States.  Only candidates for the PhD who will defend their dissertation within two years and undergraduates entering their senior year are eligible for consideration.  Postdoctoral and masters degree students are not eligible for consideration.  Special consideration will be given to applicants in the Humanities. 

Korea Foundation for Advanced Studies (KFAS) Scholarship  

This program was established in 1974 to support talented young students in social sciences, natural sciences, computer science, and information technology-related fields. The program enables the students to pursue and successfully complete their doctorates at leading overseas research universities.

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory - Livermore Graduate Scholar Program

The Livermore Graduate Scholar Program (LGSP) and its predecessor programs have played a critical role for many years  in helping to recruit new scientific and engineering talent to Lawrence  Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). Top Ph.D. students are granted appointments of up to four years to conduct research of interest to the Laboratory while completing their thesis.

Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering and Technology Fellowship

Resident fellowships for the duration of a minimum of 1 month to a maximum of 9 months are offered in support of research projects in science, engineering, and technology; in the history of science, engineering and technology; or in interdisciplinary topics that link science or technology to the broader culture.

Recipients of fellowships are expected to work full time on their research projects while at the Library, to engage with other resident scholars, and to offer a presentation on their work to the general public. 

Link Foundation - Energy Fellowships

In an effort to foster education and innovation in the area of societal production and utilization of energy, the Link Foundation invites applications for 2-year fellowships for students working toward a Ph.D. degree.

Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) - Graduate Research Assistantship

The Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) Program is a year-round educational program that provides students with relevant research experience while they are pursuing a graduate degree. In some cases, students can arrange to conduct master's or doctoral thesis research at the Laboratory.

Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship

Microsoft Research is committed to advancing the state of computer science. Our fellowship program provides financial support for students and early-career faculty, allowing them to focus on their research. Fellowships build lasting relationships between Microsoft Research and academic institutions.  Applicants must be nominated by their department and forwarded to the Graduate Studies Office for review.  Finalists will then be forwarded to Microsoft for consideration in the national competition.

Microsoft Research - Graduate Women's Scholarship Program for Doctoral Students

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. 

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) - Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF)

NASA is seeking fellowship proposals from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of individuals pursuing Master of Science (M.Sc.) or Doctoral (Ph.D.) degrees in Earth and space sciences, or related disciplines.  The purpose of NESSF is to ensure continued training of a highly qualified workforce in disciplines needed to achieve NASA’s scientific goals.  Awards resulting from the competitive selection will be made in the form of training grants to the respective universities. 

National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA) - Soffen Grants for Travel to Conferences

The travel grants are awarded to students pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees in aerospace-related sciences or engineering fields (astrobiology, astronomy, earth and space science, engineering, etc.) to attend a meeting at which they will present their research. Students of all nationalities are welcome to apply; however, applicants must be enrolled full time in an accredited undergraduate or graduate institution of higher learning in the United States.

National Federation of the Blind Scholarship

For students residing in the United States who are legally blind in both eyes and who plan to pursue a full-time degree program at a U.S. college or university.

National Science Foundation (NSF) Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants in the Directorate for Biological Sciences

The National Science Foundation awards Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants in selected areas of the biological sciences. Proposals must fall within the scope of any of the clusters in the Division of Environmental Biology (DEB) or the Behavioral Systems Cluster in the Division of Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS). These grants provide partial support of doctoral dissertation research for improvement beyond the already existing project. Allowed are costs for doctoral candidates to participate in scientific meetings, to conduct research in specialized facilities or field settings, and to expand an existing body of dissertation research.

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Scholarships

The Alexander Graham  Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships-Doctoral Program (CGS D) and NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships-Doctoral Program (PGS D) provide  financial support to high calibre scholars who are engaged in a doctoral program in  the natural sciences or engineering.  NSERC encourages interested and qualified Aboriginal  students to apply.

Qualcomm Innovation Fellowships in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

The QInF program is open to teams of two students from a preselected variety of top US based and international schools. Students are encouraged to apply and submit a proposal on any innovative idea of their choice. Qualcomm Research’s top engineers carefully review submitted proposals and select the QInF finalists, who are then invited to present their proposals to a panel of executive judges. Winning students earn a one year fellowship and are mentored by our engineers to facilitate the success of the proposed research.

Schlumberger Foundation - Faculty for the Future (FFTF) Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future program supports outstanding women from developing countries in their pursuit of advanced graduate studies in engineering, science, and techology at leading universities worldwide. 

Scholarships for Undocumented Students

The Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC) maintain a list of scholarships and fellowships available for immigrant students attending graduate and professional schools. 

Society of Exploration Geophysics (SEG) Foundation Scholarships

SEG Foundation Scholarships encourage the study of geophysics and related geosciences. The SEG Foundation offers a range of different scholarship opportunities. Funds provided may be applied to tuition, books, and fees. 

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) Foundation Dissertation Scholarships

Merit-based scholarships awarded to doctoral candidates, who demonstrate both significant motivation and aptitude for a career in science, technology, engineering or mathematics and have completed All But Dissertation.

Society of Women Engineering (SWE) Scholarships

SWE Scholarships support women pursuing ABET-accredited baccalaureate or graduate programs in preparation for careers in engineering, engineering technology and computer science in the United States and Mexico.

Symantec Graduate Fellowship Program

Symantec will award Symantec Research Labs (SRL) Graduate Fellowships to outstanding Ph.D. students. Preference will be given to students with a desire to work in an industrial research lab and those working on innovative research projects in areas related to Symantec’s businesses such as security, data mining, storage, backup, machine learning, virtualization, cloud computing, big data infrastructure, etc.  

Taiwan Ministry of Education Scholarships

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Taiwan/Caltech Ministry of Education Fellowship

The Ministry of Education (MOE), Taiwan and Caltech jointly administer Taiwan-Caltech Graduate Scholarships to support new graduate students from Taiwan of outstanding talents who are pursuing a Ph.D. degree at Caltech. Scholarships are tenable in all fields of study.  Applicants should be ROC citizens preferably residing in Taiwan, although those currently studying outside Taiwan are not excluded.  Applicants must gain admission to Caltech and are subject to  Caltech’s standard procedures and requirements. Each scholarship will normally be of three (3) years’ duration and will cover stipend, tuition and mandatory fees. Applicants must apply directly to MOE between mid-December and mid-January. 

The Whitaker Foundation

The Whitaker International Program sends emerging leaders in U.S. biomedical engineering (or bioengineering) overseas to undertake a self-designed project that will enhance their careers within the field.  The goal of the program is to assist the development of professional leaders who are not only superb scientists, but who also will advance the profession through an international outlook. Along with supporting grant projects in an academic setting, the Whitaker International Program encourages grantees to engage in policy work and propose projects in an industry setting.

Woods Hold Oceanographic Institution - Geophysical Fluid Dynamics (GFD) Fellowship

Graduate students and researchers from a variety of fields who share a common interest in the nonlinear dynamics of rotating, stratified fluids share an intense ten-week research experience, and vigorous discussions of concepts that span different disciplines. Fellows pursue a research project under the supervision of the staff and present a lecture and a written report for a proceedings volume. Fellows are expected to be in residence for the full ten weeks of the program.