Graduate students may find additional sources of funding via external sources, such as the opportunities listed below.
American Nuclear Society
The American Nuclear Society (ANS) is offering a maximum of 29 graduate scholarships for full-time graduate students in a program leading to an advanced degree in nuclear science, nuclear engineering, or a nuclear-related field. The ANS also offers a variety of individual graduate scholarships. View the web site for the list of scholarships and application procedures.
ASEE Science and Engineering Scholarships and Fellowships Blog
The ASEE Science and Engineering Scholarships and Fellowships Blog, edited by the American Society for Engineering Education, lists a variety of opportunities for science and engineering scholarships and fellowships with links to the programs and application information.
ASCO Numatics Industrial Automation Engineering Scholarships
ASCO Numatics, a division of Emerson, is the world's leading manufacturer of comprehensive fluid automation solutions, flow control, and pneumatics is offering its engineering college scholarship program aimed at rewarding exceptional undergraduate and graduate students pursuing careers in manufacturing and processing engineering. ASCO Numatics will award two, $5,000 scholarships to U.S. engineering students who are pursuing careers in industrial automation-related disciplines. Additionally, ASCO Numatics will make $1,000 grants to the engineering departments of the colleges in which the winners are enrolled. The scholarships are merit-based and will be awarded on the candidates' potential for leadership and for making a significant contribution to the engineering, instrumentation, systems, and automation professions, particularly as they relate to the application of fluid control and fluid power technologies. Scholarship recipients may be eligible for an ASCO Numatics internship.
Dan David Prize Scholarships
The Dan David Prive will award 10 scholarships to outstanding doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers. Each scholarship awarded will be for $15,000. Advanced doctoral and postdoctoral students of excellent achievement and promise studying history and memory; combating memory loss; or artificial intelligence are invited to apply for the Dan David Prize Scholarships.
For details regarding scholarships, please go to www.dandavidprize.org.
Department of Energy Office of Science Graduate Fellowship Program
The Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science (SC) has established the DOE Office of Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE SCGF) program to provide support for outstanding students to pursue graduate degrees and research in areas of physics, biology, chemistry, mathematics, engineering, computational sciences and environmental sciences relevant to the Office of Science, and to encourage the development of the next generation scientific and technical talent in the U.S.
Fellows will receive a $35,000 yearly stipend for living expenses, $10,500 per year for tuition and fees and a $5,000 research stipend supplement for research materials and travel expenses. Fellows will be required to attend the annual DOE SCGF Research Conference to be held each summer at a DOE national laboratory. Travel expenses and accommodations to the Conference will be provided by the DOE SCGF program.
For more information about the program, eligibility, benefits and application visit http://scgf.orau.gov/.
The Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE NNSA SSGF)
The DOE NNSA SSGF program provides outstanding benefits and opportunities to students pursuing a PhD in areas of interest to stewardship science, such as properties of materials under extreme conditions and hydrodynamics, nuclear science, or high energy density physics. The fellowship includes a 12-week research experience at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory or Sandia National Laboratories.
The benefits include a $36,000 yearly stipend; payment of full tuition and required fees; $1,000 yearly academic allowance; annual program review; 12-week research practicum; and is renewable for up to 4 years. The DOE NNSA SSGF program is open to senior undergraduates or students in their first or second year of graduate study.
Online applications are due in January of each year. Interested students should apply online. Additional information can be found there as well.
The Philip and Marsha Dowd Engineering Seed Fund was established in 2001 through a generous gift to the College of Engineering (CIT) from Philip and Marsha Dowd. The fund is intended to provide support for CIT doctoral graduate students proposing work on cutting edge research projects that currently do not have other sources of funding. The objective of the fund is to help enable future external research funding and possible future entrepreneurial activity by generating initial research results through the seed project. Students receiving fellowships are referred to as Dowd-ICES Fellows and are required to present a seminar to the Carnegie Mellon community in the fall semester on the results of their work. Normally, funding for research projects is limited to one year, covering the student’s stipend and tuition. Faculty advisors of Dowd-ICES Fellows are required to provide follow-on information semi-annually, which is used to track outcomes stemming from the Fellowships.
Students must be currently in their second or third year of their doctoral studies (students would be fellows during their third or fourth year). Doctoral students holding their masters degree and currently in their first year of their doctoral studies are also eligible (these students would be fellows during their second year). Please note: only one student proposal is allowed to be submitted per adviser. Students must therefore coordinate with their advisor prior to submission.
Elsevier Foundation New Scholars Program
The Elsevier Foundation New Scholars Program will give priority to the efforts of the academic and research community to address the fundamental challenge of balancing childcare and family responsibilities with the demanding academic careers in science, health, and technology. The program is focused on doctoral candidates and scholars in the first five years of their post-doctoral careers.
The Elsevier Foundation provides one, two and three year grants to non-profit academic and research institutions, learned societies, professional associations, and governmental and nongovernmental organizations. Grant proposals are welcome for:
- Programs that enable scientists to attend conferences, meetings, workshops and symposia that are critical to the development of a career in science by helping them with childcare and other family responsibilities when attending scientific gatherings.
- Programs that, as part of an institutional commitment to advancing women in science, provide support to promising new scientists to attend scientific gatherings.
- Programs to encourage networking and mentorship within the institutions and disciplines in ways that support the challenges of faculty and staff with family responsibilities.
- Research, advocacy, and policy development to advance knowledge, awareness and application of programs to retain, recruit and develop women in science.
Proposals are welcome for single-year grants in amounts between US$5,000 to US$50,000. Proposals will be accepted for multi-year programs (up to three years) for grant amounts of US$5,000 to US$50,000 per year. Grant proposals should be submitted in full no later than June 17, 2014. Awards will be announced in December.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) STAR Graduate Fellowship Program
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) STAR Graduate Fellowship Program supports master's and doctoral candidates in environmental studies. Each year, students in the United States compete for STAR fellowships through a rigorous review process. Students can pursue degrees in traditionally recognized environmental disciplines as well as other fields such as social anthropology, urban and regional planning, and decision sciences. STAR fellowships are intended to help defray the ever-increasing costs associated with studies leading to advanced degrees in environmental sciences. The actual amount awarded per year will vary depending on the amount of tuition and fees and the number of months the stipend is needed. Benefits of an EPA STAR Fellowship include: up to $37,000 per year of support, including $12,000 per year for tuition and fees; $20,000 per year in a monthly stipend; and an annual expense allowance of $5,000. Master's level students can receive support for a maximum of two years. Doctoral students can be supported for a maximum of three years with funding available, under certain circumstances, over a period of four years.
The Fellowship Program is open to full-time PhD students (domestic and international) enrolled during the current academic year and studying computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering, system architecture, or a related area. Students can apply directly, with no internal CMU process. The fellowship covers full tuition and provides a stipend. We hear throught the grapevine that Facebook is eager for CMU students to apply. Recent winners: Julian Shun and Justin Cranshaw (2013), Hyeontaek Lim (2012), Michelle Mazurek (2012). Learn more about this fellowship.
Each unit in SCS will nominate 1 student (see below). Google will award two-year fellowships consisting of tuition and fees, a $33,000 yearly stipend (paid over 9 months of the academic year), a Google Research Mentor, and possible third year extension at Google's discretion. Recent winners: Bhavana Dalvi (2013), Chris Harrison (2012), Abe Othman (2011). Get more details.
The Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowships
The Fannie and John Hertz Foundation 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 tenable schools in lieu of all fees and tuition. Hertz Fellows therefore have no liability for any ordinary educational costs, regardless of their choice among tenable schools.
The application for the 2015-2016 academic year will be available August 15, 2014. Deadline for submission is October 31, 2014.
IBM Ph.D. Fellowship Program
The IBM Ph.D. Fellowship Awards is an intensely competitive program that honors exceptional Ph.D. students in many academic disciplines and areas of study, for example: computer science and engineering, electrical and mechanical engineering, physical sciences (including chemistry, material sciences, and physics), mathematical sciences (including optimization), business sciences (including financial services, communication, and learning/knowledge), and service sciences, management, and engineering. Additionally, IBM pays special attention to an array of focus areas of interest to IBM and fundamental to innovation, including but not limited to:
Technology that creates new business value:
Optimization, risk and compliance, business intelligence, information-based medicine, services and software to improve business performance, social networking, information-based medicine and health care management, modeling and data analysis, workforce- based supply chains, Service Science, Management and Engineering (SSME), tools for globalization
HCI, new expressive ways of manipulating computers, programming models and tools, language understanding, ontologies, real-time system, real-world-aware systems, intelligent imbedded systems, event-driven computing, Web 2.0, 3D Internet
New types of computers:
Use of massive parallelism for non-scientific/engineering applications (including those applications), cell/multi-core, power management, 3D systems and integration, nanotechnology and post-CMOS devices for digital logic, memory, and communications
Water and energy modeling and management, management of computer centers virtualization, autonomic computing, hybrid systems, cloud computing, Internet data centers, green systems/data centers, green computing
The National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship Program (NDSEG)
The National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship Program (NDSEG) is sponsored by the Army Research Office, Office of Naval Research, Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the DoD High Performance Computing Modernization Program. This program is intended for U.S. citizens at or near the beginning of their doctoral studies in science or engineering programs. The fellowships are for three year tenures and include full tuition and fees, a competitive stipend, and a health insurance allowance. The NDSEG Fellowship application will open in September 2014 for the 2015 award cycle.
National Research Council of the National Academies
The National Research Council of the National Academies sponsors a number of awards for graduate, postdoctoral and senior researchers at federal laboratories and affiliated institutions. These awards provide generous stipends ($42,000 - $75,000 per year for recent Ph.D. recipients and higher for additional experience; master's level stipends are $38,000 per annum), and the opportunity to do independent research in some of the best-equipped and staffed laboratories in the U.S. Research opportunities are open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and for some of the laboratories, foreign nationals. Detailed program information, instructions on how to apply, and a list of participating laboratories is available on the NRC Research Associateship Programs web site. Direct questions to the NRC at 202.334.2760 or email@example.com. There are four review cycles annually. Deadline dates are: Feb. 1, May 1, Aug. 1, and Nov. 1. Applicants should begin a dialogue with prospective advisers at the lab as early as possible, before their anticipated application deadline.
National Science Foundation Fellowships
The National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF-GRFP) provide three years of support for graduate study leading to research-based master’s or doctoral degrees and is intended for students who are in 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.
The National Science Foundation East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes (NSF-EAPSI) Program provides U.S. graduate students in science and engineering first-hand research experience in Australia, China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore, or Taiwan. Students receive a $5,000 stipend and international roundtrip airfare. The primary goals of EAPSI are to introduce students to East Asia and Pacific science and engineering in the context of a research setting, and to help students initiate scientific relationships that will better enable future collaboration with foreign counterparts. The application is due by November 13, 2014.
National Water Research Institute
The National Water Research Institute (NWRI)'s Fellowship program is underwritten by the Joan Irvine Smith & Athalie R. Clarke Foundation, NWRI Corporate Associates, and community partners. Under the Fellowship program, NWRI awards fellowships to graduate students in the U.S. in the areas of water resources and treatment. Students must be currently enrolled in a graduate program at a U.S. university to receive the NWRI Fellowship. Students who have not yet been accepted into a graduate program at a U.S. university are not eligible to receive fellowship funding. Women and members of minority groups underrepresented in academia are strongly encouraged to apply. The application is due by June 1, 2014. Award winners will be announced in July 2014.
Northrop Grumman Fellowship
The Northrop Grumman Fellowship was established through an endowment gift given to ICES (then the Engineering Design Research Center) in 1988 by Litton Industries, now part of the Northrop Grumman Corporation. The Northrop Grumman Fellowship provides merit-based awards to doctoral students in the College of Engineering (CIT) who are conducting multidisciplinary research that is associated with strategic directions within ICES. The award must be used to cover tuition; this year, there are sufficient funds to award two fellowships in the amount of $6,000 each.
Any College of Engineering doctoral student who is currently working on ICES-related research is eligible. Doctoral students are NOT eligible if they have received a Dean's Fellowship or a Dowd Fellowship for the same year of the award, or if they will have their tuition for the year covered completely by other fellowship funding.
Learn more about elligibility and how to apply. The deadline for 2014 is June 6.
Nuclear Energy Institute
The Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) website offers links to a variety of opportunities. Nuclear energy scholarships and fellowships are available through an educational assistance program, a professional organization, and the federal government. Leading nuclear energy companies offer summer and year-round internships at their facilities. Check the NEI's website for details.
Office of Naval Research
The Office of Naval Research offers the following graduate and postdoctoral opportunities:
Naval Research Enterprise Intern Program (NREIP):
This ten-week intern program is designed to provide opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to participate in research, under the guidance of an appropriate research mentor, at a participating Navy laboratory.
DoD National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship Program:
The NDSEG Fellowship Program is a joint program of the United States Army, Navy and Air Force within the University Research Initiative (URI), designed to increase the number of U.S. citizens trained in disciplines of science and engineering important to defense goals. Submissions are due January of each year.
Summer Faculty Research Program:
The Summer Faculty Research Program provides science and engineering faculty members from institutions of higher education the opportunity to participate in research at Navy laboratories for a ten week period during the summer. Participants work with professional peers in the Navy laboratories on research tasks of mutual interest. Information about the research interests of the participating laboratories is available via the ASEE website. The research for the summer is defined in advance through correspondence and an optional pre-program visit to the research site, for which funds are provided.
This program offers college and university faculty members an experience that can benefit them professionally. Participants have an opportunity to establish continuing research relations with the R & D personnel of the host laboratories which may result in sponsorship of the participant's research at their home institutions. Professional contacts are expanded. Laboratory, computational, and specialized library facilities on a scale not available at some universities and colleges can be used to conduct research which might otherwise be impossible. Faculty from Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority Institutions (HBCU/MI) are especially encouraged to apply.
The Pittsburgh Foundation Mulach Scholarship
The Joseph F. Mulach, Jr. and Louisa A. Mulach Scholarship Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation was created to provide scholarships to female students in the field of engineering, biological sciences, chemistry, mathematics or physics. Students must attend Carlow College, Carnegie Mellon University, Chatham College, Seton Hill College or the University of Pittsburgh. Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible if they plan on continuing their studies in Pittsburgh for the 2009-2010 academic year. Student must also be able to demonstrate financial need. Non-US citizens are eligible.
Presidential Management Fellows Program
The Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program attracts to federal service outstanding men and women from a variety of academic disciplines and career paths who have a clear interest in, and commitment to, excellence in the leadership and management of public policies and programs. The PMF Program, administered by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), is the Federal Government's cornerstone succession planning program to help agencies meet their critical need for leadership continuity. Students can use this two-year fellowship as a stepping stone to highly visible and respected leadership positions in the federal government. Students who will complete a graduate degree (master's or doctoral-level degree) during the current academic year are eligible to apply to the program. More information about the PMF program is available at: https://www.pmf.gov.
CIT Nomination Process
Applications can only be made to the program through a nomination from the university. The CIT Dean's Office will receive and evaluate any request for nomination from a CIT student. All students at Carnegie Mellon, including CIT students, are made aware of the program through a university-wide posting on the website of the university Fellowship and Scholarships Office and the CIT external graduate fellowships website. The CIT Dean and Associate Dean for Graduate and Faculty Affairs will convene to review the requests for nomination and select up to five students to nominate from CIT. Selection will be based on student demonstration of breadth and quality of accomplishments, capacity for leadership, and commitment to a career in the analysis and management of public policies and Presidentprograms. Requests for nomination should be submitted to the Associate Dean for Graduate and Faculty Affairs by September 20 of each year, as the application period for nominees is October 1-15.
Sandia National Labs Masters Fellowship Program
The Masters Fellowship Program (MFP) is a limited external, hiring program; not for on-roll employees. The MFP Program is designed to help Sandia meet its affirmative action goals while at the same time building Sandia's capabilities with exceptional employees who have earned advanced degrees in Science, Engineering and Technology. Hiring into MFP will be based on a pre-determined maximum number of hires as budget permits each fiscal year. Candidates will apply to one job posting for consideration. A combination of a matrix system and line organization interest will determine which "top" candidates are invited to attend an on-site, strategic recruiting event to interview with all interested organizations. Each candidate's research interest and preference in position will determine organizational placement of the candidate. Download details for the following:
Sandia National Laboratories' President Harry S. Truman Fellowship in National Security Science and Engineering
The Harry S. Truman Fellowship provides the opportunity for new Ph.D. scientists and engineers to pursue independent research of their own choosing that supports Sandia's national security mission. Sandia's research focus areas are: bioscience, computing and information science, engineering science, materials science, nanodevices and microsystems, radiation effects and high energy physics, and geosciences.
Candidates are expected to have solved a major scientific or engineering problem in their thesis work or have provided a new approach or insight to a major problem, as evidenced by a recognized impact in their field.
Candidates must meet the following requirements:
- The ability to obtain a DOE "Q" clearance;
- A Ph.D. (3.5 undergraduate and 3.7 graduate GPA preferred) awarded within the past three years at the time of application, or completed Ph.D. requirements by commencement of appointment;
- Must be seeking their first national laboratory appointment (no previous postdoctoral appointments at a national laboratory).
The Truman Fellowship is a three-year appointment normally beginning on October 1. The salary is $111,200 plus benefits and additional funding for the chosen proposal. The deadline for nominations is November 1st of each year.
For more information, please go to http://Sandia.gov//careers/students_postdocs/fellowships/truman_fellowship.html.
The Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program has been established by the Department of Defense (DoD) to support undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The program aims to increase the number of civilian scientists and engineers working at DoD laboratories.
UNCF Merck Science Initiative Scholarships and Fellowships
The UNCF Merck Science Initiative supports the training of world-class African American biological, chemical and engineering students toward achieving the complementary goals of national economic competitiveness and social diversity. This initiative provides scholarships and fellowships to at least 37 outstanding African American students per year – 15 at the undergraduate level, 12 at the graduate level and 10 at the postdoctoral level. In addition, the UNCF Merck Science Initiative may provide grants to the departments of the recipients' home institution.
Applications should be submitted online at www.UNCF.org/umsi. Eligibility requirements are that applicants must be African American and a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Additional eligibility requirements are:
- Undergraduate Science Research Scholarships of up to $25,000. Students must be college juniors majoring in science or engineering and maintaining a 3.3 GPA.
- Graduate Research Dissertation Fellowships of up to $53,500. Students must be PhD or equivalent degree candidates engaged in dissertation research in the biological, chemical or engineering fields.
- Postdoctoral Science Research Fellowships of up to $92,000. Applicants must be PhD or equivalent degree recipients in the biological, chemical or engineering fields.
U.S. Army Environmental Command (USAEC) Environmental Management Participation Program
The U.S. Army Environmental Command (USAEC) Environmental Management Participation Program offers opportunities to participate in environmental projects involving cultural and natural resources, restoration, compliance, conservation, pollution prevention, validation, demonstration, technology transfer, quality assurance and quality control, training, information management and reporting, and related programs. Opportunities are available across the United States and are open undergraduates, graduate students, or postgraduates who have completed their degree within the last five years, faculty members, and retired scientists. Applications are accepted year-round.
Additional Sources of Financial Aid for International Students
The following information is designed to help international students in the search for additional sources of financial aid.
Institute of International Education (IIE)
The IIE is a nonprofit organization that promotes international education. They provide information about the Fulbright Program on their website: www.iie.org. Number and amount of grants differs from country to country.
They also publish several useful guides, including Funding for US Study: A guide for Foreign Nationals, English Language Orientation Programs (a guide to ESL programs in the US), and Academic Year Abroad. Books can be ordered through email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may also write to:
Institute of International Education (IIE)
809 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017-3580
Ford Foundation International Fellowship Program (IFP)
The Foundation sponsors three minority graduate fellowship programs—predoctoral, doctoral, and postdoctoral—through the National Research Council.
For information write or call:
National Research Council
2101 Constitution Avenue
Washington, DC 20418
The IFP provides support for up to three years of formal graduate-level study. Fellows will be selected from countries in Africa and the Middle East, Asia, Latin America, and Russia where the foundation maintains active overseas programs. U.S. nationals are not eligible, although fellows may study in the United States. IFP Fellows must be nationals of eligible countries.
Please refer to the following website for more detailed information concerning the application process, eligible candidates, and IFP requirements: www.fordfound.org.
Additional Funding Resources for International Students
International students may find the information on the websites below helpful in researching funding sources: