There are many options for funding outside of UGA, including from governmental agencies, private foundations, and corporations. Many extramural fellowships are open to international students. Others, such as the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (GRFP) and some government-sponsored fellowships, are awarded only to U.S. citizens. These databases provide easy access to search a wide variety of funding opportunities:
- Pivot is a grant-finding database funded by UGA’s Office of Research. Pivot is divided into two sections: Funding and Profiles. Funding allows searching and setting up alerts for funding opportunities, and Profiles allows you to “claim” your personal profile and update your information. You will need to create an account to use these features
- GRAPES is a UCLA-curated database that catalogs extramural funding opportunities of interest to prospective and current students alike. It contains information on more than 600 scholarships, grants, fellowships, and postdoctoral awards.
- Pathways to Science includes not only funding opportunities, but also resources for prospective and current STEM graduate students — including short and long-term funding opportunities, webinars, and other professional development information for preparing fellowship applications.
The Following Fellowships are Some of the Most Popular at UGA:
David L. Boren Fellowships
Boren Awards provide a unique funding opportunity for U.S. students to study world regions critical to U.S. interests (including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East). The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded. The Boren Fellowship allows graduate students to add an important international and language component to their graduate studies. Additional information on preferred geographic regions, languages, and fields of study are available through the Boren Awards website. Application information is also available online. For more information please contact Elizabeth Hughes Sears in the Honors Program.
Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship
This fellowship is open to any current or potential UGA graduate students from any graduate/professional school who demonstrate superior academic achievement and have an interest in Latin American languages and area studies related topics. Academic year awardees are expected to take a course load that includes one language course (Portuguese or Quechua) and one area studies course for the semesters they receive the award. Summer fellowships are available for study at a FLAS approved program for Portuguese, Quechua, Haitian Creole, or other indigenous languages of Latin America. For more information visit lacsiuga.org/flas.
National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship
The National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) helps ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States and reinforces its diversity. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited US institutions. The NSF welcomes applications from all qualified students and strongly encourages under-represented populations, including women, under-represented racial and ethnic minorities, and persons with disabilities, to apply for this fellowship.
Ford Foundation Fellowships
Through its program of fellowships, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. Predoctoral, dissertation, and postdoctoral fellowships are awarded in a national competition administered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on behalf of the Ford Foundation.
U.S. Student Fulbright Program
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Student Fulbright program awards roughly 1,700 grants annually for graduating seniors, graduate students, and young professionals to engage in cultural immersion and exchange. The primary aim of the Fulbright program is to further mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and other countries. Grantees promote this mission by pursuing research, study, or creative projects, teaching English to non-native speakers, or gaining international professional experience in public health or policy fields. The Fulbright program typically covers all costs for the year. The types of grants are listed below. For more information about each grant type, visit the UGA Honors Program website or contact Maria deRocher in the Honors Program.
Study/Research/Creative Fulbright Grants
Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships (ETAs)
Fulbright Hayes Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad
This program provides grants to colleges and universities to fund individual doctoral students to conduct their dissertation research in other countries, in modern foreign languages and area studies for periods of six to 12 months. Contact Judy Milton in the Graduate School for more information
Southern Regional Education Board Doctoral Scholars Program Fellowship
The SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program offers two awards to students who are pursuing Ph.D.s and plan to become college and university professors.
- The Doctoral Award offers three years of direct program support and two years of institutional support from the scholar’s college, university and/or department, in the form of an annual stipend.
- The Dissertation Award offers a one-year, stipend, university-covered tuition and fees