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External Fellowships for Underrepresented Groups

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.

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 Indian Graduate Center Fellowship

The AIGC Fellowship program provides fellowships to over 400 American Indian and Alaska Native graduate and professional students each year. 

American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) Scholarships

AISES offers several fellowships to students in STEM fields. 

American Political Science Association Graduate Fellowships for Minority Students

For doctoral students in political science.

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 Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) - Graduate Teaching Fellowships

The Graduate Teaching Fellowship Program is a collaboration between ASME and mechanical engineering departments to encourage outstanding doctoral candidates in mechanical engineering education (and related engineering fields), particularly women and minorities. These fellowships are made possible with support from the ASME Foundation.

AT&T Laboratories Fellowship Program

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

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.

Ford Foundation Fellowships

Ford Foundation Fellowship awards are offered at the Predoctoral, Dissertation and Postdoctoral levels.  Fellowships are awarded in a national competition. Awards are 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.

To be eligible to receive a Ford Foundation Fellowship award, you must be a citizen, national, and permanent residents (holder of a Permanent Resident Card) of the United States, or individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program. Receipt of the fellowship award is conditioned upon each awardee providing satisfactory documentation that he or she meets the eligibility requirements. 

Gamma Mu Foundation Scholarship

The Gamma Mu Scholarships Program provides support to gay men who want to further their education at a college, university, or vocational or professional training program. The program supports a wide range of educational options, including vocational and technical training, associate, bachelors and graduate degrees.

Gates Millennium Scholars Program

The GMS Scholarship Award provides support for the cost of education by covering unmet need and self-help aid, renewable awards for Gates Millennium Scholars maintaining satisfactory academic progress, and graduate school funding for continuing Gates Millennium Scholars in the areas of computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health or science.  

GEM Fellowship Program

GEM's fellowship programs span the entire recruitment, retention, and professional development spectrum. GEM's principal activity is the provision of graduate fellowships at the MS and Ph.D. levels coupled with paid summer internships.The goal of these programs are to increase the number of minority students who pursue advanced degrees in engineering and the natural science disciplines.

GEM provides three Fellowship Programs: MS Engineering Fellowship; Ph.D. Engineering Fellowship; and Ph.D. Science Fellowship.

Generation Google Scholarship for Underrepresented Students in Computer Science

The Generation Google Scholarship was established to help aspiring computer scientists excel in technology and become leaders in the field.

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 SVA Scholarship for Veterans

The scholarship provides assistance to student veterans who are pursuing university degrees in the field of computer science in the U.S.

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 - Gilliam Fellowships for Advanced Study

The fellowships honor the legacy of the late James H. Gilliam, Jr., an HHMI trustee who devoted his life to fostering excellence and diversity in education and science.

The competition is open to:

  • Alumni of HHMI’s Exceptional Research Opportunities Program (EXROP), regardless of country of origin or nationally, or
  • Students nominated by T32 predoctoral training grant principal investigators (PIs) supported by the National Institute for General Medical Sciences (NIGMS); each nominated student must be training grant eligible but does not need to have been a T32 trainee.

Each fellowship will support students for up to three years of their dissertation research, typically in years three, four and five of their PhD studies.  Applicants must be in their second or third year of a PhD program in the life sciences or related sciences and have identified a thesis adviser.  They must have advanced to candidacy before appointment.  Students who are enrolled in an MD/PhD (i.e. Medical Scientist Training Program) program are not eligible.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) - Harriett Jenkins Predoctoral Fellowships

The Jenkins Pre-doctoral Fellowship Project, or JPFP, seeks to increase the number of graduate degrees awarded to underrepresented persons (women, minorities and persons with disabilities) in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, disciplines. The ultimate goal is to increase the U.S. talent pool by developing a more inclusive, multicultural and sustainable STEM workforce. 

National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science, Inc. (GEM)

GEM offers a wide variety of fellowships for minority students in science and engineering.

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 Hispanic Scholarship Fund 

Grants for Hispanic graduate students.

National Indian Education Fellowship Program

For American Indians in business, education, engineering, medicine, law, or natural resources. 

National Physical Science Consortium Graduate Fellowships for Minorities and Women (NPSC)

The National Physical Science Consortium is a partnership between government agencies and laboratories, industry, and higher education. NPSC's goal is to increase the number of American citizens with graduate degrees in the physical sciences and related engineering fields, emphasizing recruitment of a diverse applicant pool.

Sandia National Laboratories - Master's Fellowships

The Master's Fellowship Program (MFP) provides exceptional bachelor's-level minority candidates with the opportunity to receive fully funded Master's of science degrees. Successful applicants will become regular full-time Sandia employees and will join multidisciplinary R&D teams. After spending at least two months at Sandia acclimating to the national-laboratory environment and contributing to Sandia's missions, MFP recipients will enter graduate school to pursue their technical Master's degrees full-time. After receiving their Master's degrees, MFP participants are guaranteed placement in appropriate technical staff positions at Sandia.

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. 

Semiconductor Research Corporation Graduate Fellowship Program

SRC offers doctoral fellowships and master's scholarships through the Global Research Collaboration (GRC) and one doctoral fellowship through the Nanoelectronics Research Initiative (NRI), the SRC NRI/Hans J. Coufal Fellowship. The GRC Graduate Fellowship Program (GFP) is funded through GRC and the SRC Education Alliance and supports about 35 Fellowships each year. The GRC Master's Scholarship Program (MSP), targeting underrepresented minorities and women, is also funded through GRC and the SRC Education Alliance and supports about 12 Scholarships each year.

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.

UNCF/MERCK Graduate Science Research Dissertation Fellowships

The UNCF●Merck Graduate Science Research Dissertation Fellowships are intended to support African American graduate students as they complete coursework, conduct research, and prepare the dissertation required for the doctoral degree in the biomedical relevant life or physical sciences.