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Prestigious Fellowships

Each spring and fall, the Graduate School provides workshops to assist students in applying for these prestigious fellowships. If you missed the spring 2017 workshop, check out this WEBSITE to view the video and PowerPoint presentation.

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program


Due Date: The due date for the 2017 fellowship is past. Applications for the 2018 GRFP are due October-November, depending upon discipline. For more details, visit HERE.

Amount: $34,000, plus tuition and healthcare for three years

Ratio (awards/applicants): 1/8

Eligibility:Applicants must have completed less than three semesters of graduate school.

Description: The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) provides Fellowships to individuals selected early in their graduate careers based on their demonstrated potential for significant achievements in science and engineering. Three years of support is provided by the program for graduate study that leads to a research-based master’s or doctoral degree in science or engineering (see Fields of Study in Appendix for examples).

The program goals are 1) to select, recognize, and financially support individuals early in their careers with the demonstrated potential to be high achieving scientists and engineers, and 2) to broaden participation in science and engineering of underrepresented groups, including women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and veterans. GRFP is a critical program in NSF’s overall strategy to develop the globally-engaged workforce necessary to ensure the Nation’s leadership in advancing science and engineering research and innovation. The ranks of NSF Fellows include numerous individuals who have made transformative breakthrough discoveries in science and engineering, become leaders in their chosen careers, and been honored as Nobel laureates.

Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship


Due Date: Application deadlines are November, 2017 for 2018 awards. View the website for details.

Amount: $24,000, expenses paid to at least on Conference of Ford Fellows, Access to Ford Fellow Liaisons

Ratio (awards/applications): 1/15

Eligibility: Applicants must be enrolled in doctoral programs and have at least 3 years of study remaining until graduation.

Description: In 2015, the Ford Fellowship program will award approximately 60 predoctoral fellowships. The predoctoral 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 Research Council (NRC) 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.

National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate Fellowship


Due Date: Applications for the NDSEG close in December

Amount: first year: $30,500, second year: $31,00, third year: $31,500,

Ratio (awards/applicants): 1/10

Eligibility: Applicants must have completed less than two full years of graduate study.

Description: As a means of increasing the number of U.S citizens and nationals trained in science and engineering disciplines of military importance, the Department of Defense (DoD) plans to award approximately 200 new three-year graduate fellowships per year. The DoD will offer these fellowships to individuals who have demonstrated the ability and special aptitude for advances training in science and engineering.

The National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate 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 following disciplines: aeronautical and astronautical engineering, biosciences, chemical engineering, chemistry, civil engineering, cognitive, neural and behavioral sciences, computer and computational sciences, electrical engineering, geosciences, materials science and engineering, mathematics, mechanical engineering, naval architecture and ocean engineering, oceanography, and physics.

The Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowship


Due Date: Applications for the 2017-18 Fellowship will open Summer 2017

Amount: $6,000 – $38,000/year, for up to 5 years

Ratio (awards/applicants): 1/30

Eligibility: Must be a senior undergraduate student or first year graduate student in pursuit of their doctoral degree.

Description: The Graduate Fellowship Award is based on merit (not need) and consists of a cost-of-education allowance and a personal-support stipend. The cost-of-education allowance is accepted by all of the participating schools in lieu of all fees and tuition. Hertz Fellows therefore have no liability for any ordinary educational costs, regardless of their choice among participating schools.

Eligible applicants for Hertz Fellowships must be students of the applied physical, biological, and engineering sciences who are citizens of permanent residents of the United States of America, and who are willing to morally commit to make their skills available to the United States in time of national emergency.

National Physical Science Consortium Graduate Fellowships in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering


Due Date: Applications close in December each year.

Amount: $20,000 expense allowance;  tuition; allows a fellow also to hold a research or teaching assistantship; includes one or two paid summer internships with a government agency. Renewable for up to 6 years.

Ratio (awards/applicants):

Eligibility: Applicant must have at least two years remaining of graduate school.

Description: 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. Eligible topics of interest include: astronomy, chemistry, computer science, geology, materials science, mathematics, and physics.

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans


Due Date: Applications for the 2018 Fellowships will open mid-April, 2017 and are due on November 1, 2017

Amount: $25,000 stipend and up to 50% of applicant’s tuition and fees for up to two years

Ratio (awards/applicants):

Eligibility: Students must not be in their third year of graduate study or later.

Description: The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans program honors the contributions of immigrants to the United States. Every year, we invest in the graduate education of 30 New Americans- immigrants and the children of immigrants- who are poised to make significant contributions to US society, culture or their academic fields. Each new Fellow receives up to $90,000 in financial support over two years, and they join a lifelong community of New American Fellows. Each fellowship supports up to two years of graduate study- in any field and in any advanced degree-granting program – in the United States.

Graduate Research Fellowship Program in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics


Due Date: Applications for this grant close in November each year. Visit the website for when applications for 2018 open.

Amount: Stipend of $35,000 usable toward the student’s salary and related costs, and up to $15,000 to cover the student’s tuition and fees, research expenses, and related costs.

Ratio (awards/applicants): 20 awards available

Eligibility: Only if the doctoral student’s degree program is a Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) discipline; and the student’s proposed dissertation research has demonstrable implications for addressing the challenges of crime and/or the fair and impartial administration of criminal justice in the United States.

Description: The Graduate Research Fellowship in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (GRF-STEM) provides awards to accredited academic institutions to support graduate research leading to doctoral degrees in topic areas that are relevant to ensuring public safety, preventing and controlling crime, and ensuring the fair and impartial administration of criminal justice in the United States. Applicant academic institutions sponsoring doctoral students are eligible to apply only if the doctoral student’s degree program is a Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) discipline; and the student’s proposed dissertation research has demonstrable implications for addressing the challenges of crime and/or the fair and impartial administration of criminal justice in the United States.Awards are anticipated to be made to successful applicant institutions in the form of grants to cover fellowships for the sponsored doctoral students. Although the initial award is only for 1 year of funding, each fellowship potentially provides up to 3 years of support usable over a 5-year period, pending NIJ review of continued enrollment and adequate progress. For each year of support, NIJ provides the degree-granting institution a stipend of $35,000 usable toward the student’s salary and related costs, and up to $15,000 to cover the student’s tuition and fees, research expenses, and related costs.

USDA Grant

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative – Food, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences Education and Literacy Initiative


Due Date: Predoctoral Fellowships: The 2017 date for this fellowship is past. Check the website for the June 2018 deadline.

Amount:  Estimated $18,000,000 (pre and post doctoral). Applications must not exceed $95,000 total (including institutional allowance) for project periods of up to 2 years.

Eligibility: As per the FY 2017 AFRI ELI RFA, the individual (i.e., student) seeking support via the application (whether as the applicant or through the mentor institution) must be a citizen, national, or permanent resident of the United States. WSU is an 1862 Land Grant Institution and its graduate students are eligible to apply if they meet the previous criteria. For the 2017 program (application date passed) The individual must have advanced to candidacy, as per institutional requirements, by June 21, 2017(as per CFR 3430.303), and provide documentation from the graduate advisor or the institution by the application deadline.

Description: Focus is on the professional development of secondary school teachers and educational professionals as well as the training of undergraduate students, and predoctoral and postdoctoral fellows. The goal of the AFRI ELI Program is to develop the next generation of research, education, and extension professionals in the food and agricultural sciences. The focus of the program is to  develop technical and functional competencies of predoctoral students, and the research independence and teaching credentials of postdoctoral students.

Applicants must propose one of the project types (Research, Education, Extension, Integrated) specified within the relevant program area description beginning in Part II, C of the RFA. Only project types specifically solicited under each program area or program area priority described in Part II, C of the RFA will be considered for review. A detailed description of the project types available across AFRI is located at

The general components of the application include  research, education, and/or extension objectives that are aligned with one of the six AFRI Farm Bill priorities; Well-developed academic experiences and global competencies; Productive and interactive mentoring; and Appropriate and applicable training activities. The six Farm Bill priority areas include: Plant health and production and plant products; Animal health and production and animal products; Food safety, nutrition, and health; Bioenergy, natural resources, and environment; Agriculture systems and technology; and Agriculture economics and rural communities.