External Funding Opportunities

Extramural fellowships are those awarded by governmental agencies, private foundations, and corporations. Many extramural fellowships are open to international students. Others, such as the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and some government-sponsored fellowships, are awarded only to U.S. citizens. The following databases provide hundreds of opportunities for graduate students: the  Cornell University Graduate School Fellowship Database and UCLA’s GRAPES database.

The GRAPES database catalogs extramural funding opportunities of interest to prospective and current graduate students, students working on a master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation, and postdoctoral scholars. It contains information on over 500 private and publicly funded awards, fellowships, and internships. Advanced search options allow users to refine their search by field, academic level, award type, award amount, and other criteria. GRAPES is maintained by the Fellowships and Financial Services Office.

Upcoming Opportunities:


U.S. Borlaug Summer Institute on Global Food Security

Application Deadline: Monday, February 1, 2016

Restrictions: Applicants must have completed at least one semester of graduate study and be enrolled in a U.S. institution at the time of application

The U.S. Borlaug Fellows in Global Food Security Program will hold its fifth annual Summer Institute on Global Food Security Sunday, June 5- Saturday, June 18, 2016 on the campus of Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. This two-week learning program is for graduate students who are interested in developing a holistic understanding of the conceptual challenges around global food security with a focus on cross-disciplinary problem solving of real-world development challenges. U.S. citizenship is not required.

Applications are available at the program website.


Graduate fellowship opportunities in 2016 NRC Research Associateship Programs

Application Deadline: Feb. 1, 2016; May 1, 2016; Aug. 1, 2016; and Nov. 1, 2016

Restrictions: Varies based on laboratory

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine announce graduate fellowship opportunities in the 2016 NRC Research Associateship Programs. NRC Research Associateships will be awarded on a competitive basis in 2016 for research in the fields of chemistry; earth, atmospheric, and ocean sciences; engineering, applied sciences, computer sciences and mathematics; life and biomedical sciences; and physics. Application deadlines are Feb. 1, May 1, Aug. 1, and Nov. 1  for reviews conducted in mid-march, mid-June, Mid-September, and mid-Dec., respectively. Many of the sponsoring laboratories are open to both U.S. citizens and foreign nationals.

Detailed program and application information is available on  www.nationalacademies.org/rap.