Graduate Fellowships in the Sciences

Hertz Foundation Fellowship

The Hertz Foundation looks to support the graduate education of America's most promising technical talent, the Ph.D.-directed effort of the young men and women who can be expected to have the greatest impact on the application of the physical sciences to human problems during the next half-century. The Graduate Fellowships of the Hertz Foundation are widely considered to be among the most prestigious offered anywhere. The Foundation's standing policy is that they will be structured to be the most attractive in their class in both material terms and duration of tenure.

National Physical Sciences Consortium Graduate Fellowships

NPSC offers a unique graduate fellowship in the physical sciences and related engineering fields. It is open to all U. S. Citizens, but with emphasis on recruitment of applications from historically underrepresented minorities and women. An NPSC Fellowship covers the first two or three years of graduate school, depending on the employer who sponsors the fellowship, with the possibility of continuation for several more years providing all the conditions of the fellowship continue to be met. The maximum duration is six years, in which case the overall value (stipend, tuition, fees, summer salary for two summers) of an NPSC fellowship typically well exceeds $200,000.

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellows Program

The National Science Foundation aims to ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in the United States and to reinforce its diversity by offering approximately 1,000 graduate fellowships in this competition. The Graduate Research Fellowship provides three years of support for graduate study leading to research-based master’s or doctoral degrees and is intended for students who are at the early stages of their graduate study. The Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) invests in graduate education for a cadre of diverse individuals who demonstrate their potential to successfully complete graduate degree programs in disciplines relevant to the mission of the National Science Foundation.

AAUW Selected Professions Fellowships

The American Association of University Women provides fellowship support for women seeking their first professional degree in the fields of Architecture (MArch, MSArch), Computer/Information Science (MS), Engineering (ME, MS) and Mathematics/Statistics (MS). Other fellowships are available to women of color seeking to begin careers in Business Administration (MBA), Law (JD) and Medicine (MD, DO). 

Department of Energy Graduate Research Environmental Fellowships (GREF)

The GREF program began in June 1999 to support graduate students in the Office of Biological and Environmental Research-funded collaborative global change research at universities and national laboratories. All qualified students are encouraged to apply, but minority and female students are particularly encouraged. The fellowship program makes three-year appointments, renewable annually, and pays an annual stipend of $19,200 and tuition and fees. Applicants must have completed their first year in graduate school.

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship

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) offers these fellowships to individuals who have demonstrated ability and special aptitude for advanced training in science and engineering. National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) 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 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; Physics. NDSEG Fellowships are intended for students at or near the beginning of their graduate studies in science or engineering.

Department of Homeland Security Graduate Fellows Program

The DHS Scholars and Fellows Program is designed to nurture the next generation of public-service oriented scientists and engineers, while encouraging their long-term commitment to homeland security issues. Graduate fellowships are awarded to students pursuing degrees in areas that include computer and information science, social sciences, engineering, mathematical sciences, life sciences, and physical sciences. DHS provides tuition and fees to scholars and fellows, in addition to access to career enhancing research opportunities with highly qualified scientific personnel within the homeland security research enterprise. include tuition and fees, as well as a $2,300 monthly stipend for the full year. Award recipients are eligible for a renewal of up to three years. Graduate fellows also participate in a summer research experience at a DHS-affiliated venue.