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External Funding for U.S. Citizens

The following is a list of possible sources of external funding resources for graduate students and researchers. The Heller School does not award any of these scholarships or grants. This list is presented for informational purposes—it is the responsibility of each applicant to investigate and apply to each funding agency.

Abe Fellowship

Eligibility: U.S. and Japanese citizens; candidates must have a PhD or terminal degree in their field
Focus: International multidisciplinary research on topics of pressing global concern; themes include security, development, cultural trends and governance
Award: Fellowships vary widely based on needs of researcher
Dates: September deadline annually

American Association of University Women (AAUW)

One of the world's largest sources of funding, offering a variety of fellowships to both international and American female graduate students.

AAUW American Fellowships

Eligibility: Women scholars who are completing dissertations, planning research leave, or preparing research for publication
Award: $6,000-$30,000
Dates: Application open from August 1-November 15

AAUW Career Development Grants

Eligibility: Women who hold a bachelor’s degree and are preparing to advance or change careers or reenter the workforce. Primary consideration is given to women of color and women pursuing their first advanced degree or credentials in nontraditional fields.
Award: $2,000-$12,000
Dates: Application open from August 1-December 15

American College of Healthcare Executives

Albert W. Dent Graduate Student Scholarship

Eligibility: Minority students in healthcare management graduate program: MHA, MPH, MBA in Healthcare Administration or similar
Award: $5,000
Dates: Applications are accepted between January and March

Foster G. McGaw Graduate Student Scholarship

Eligibility: Students in healthcare management graduate program: MHA, MPH, MBA in Healthcare Administration or similar
Award: $5,000
Dates: Applications are accepted between January and March

Boren Fellowship — National Security Education Program

Eligibility: Current graduate students interested in overseas study
Focus: Geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security.
Award: Up to $24,000 for overseas study
Dates: January application deadline

Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation Doctoral Fellowships

This foundation supports the international scholarly exchange to enhance the understanding of Chinese culture and society overseas. The foundation awards doctoral fellowships of up to $15,000. Applicants must have ABD status. Awardees cannot be employed or receive grants from other sources.

Civil Society Leadership Awards

Fully funded scholarships for the MA in Sustainable International Development, MS in Global Health Policy and Management, MA in Conflict Resolution and Coexistence, and dual MA in Sustainable International Development and Conflict Resolution and Coexistence. Eligible applicants must apply directly to the CSLA scholarship competition and indicate their Heller graduate degree program of choice. Review the scholarship announcement for details and deadline information.

Congressional Fellowships on Women and Public Policy

The Women's Congressional Policy Institute awards annual fellowships to a select number of graduate students with a proven commitment to equity for women. Students who currently are enrolled in a graduate program, or who have completed such a program within two years of the fellowship start date (January 2022), are eligible. June application deadline.

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, Inc.

Several scholarship and fellowship opportunities.

Council For European Studies

The CES Fellowship Program serves as the leading source for pre-dissertation fellowships that fund students' first major research projects in Europe. The fellowship sponsors three components: 1) A two-month stay abroad, during which time fellows pursue original archival and field research; 2) Fellows’ participation at the CES International Conference, where they present their findings and receive feedback from senior scholars; 3) Publication of fellows’ research reports in the CES journal, the European Studies Forum (as well as electronically). In order to be eligible for the award, applicants must fulfill four criteria: 1) The CES Fellowship is intended to fund students’ first major research project in Europe. Students who have already engaged in extensive field work and study in Europe, related to their dissertation, are not eligible. 2) Applicants must be in the exploratory, early stage of their research. 3) Applicants are expected to have finished all or a majority of their doctoral coursework. 4) The applicant’s home university must be a member of the Council’s academic consortium (Brandeis is a member). The application deadline is in January.

DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Autausch Dienst)

This program, sponsored by the German government, provides a fellowship for research in the Federal Republic of Germany. By special arrangement, Brandeis has a priority claim to one fellowship; this means that, all things being equal, an applicant nominated by Brandeis will receive preferential treatment. Because Brandeis is a partner institution, all applicants must turn in four complete sets of hard copies of their application (1 original, 3 photocopies) to Brooke Ball at GSAS.

Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund

The Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund provides grants to students actively working for peace and justice. These need-based scholarships are awarded to those able to do academic work at the university level and who are part of the progressive movement on the campus and in the community. Applications are due no later then April 1st.

Frederick Douglass Institute Fellowship

The fellowship provides dissertation funds for African and African-American research. An annual stipend of $26,000 is awarded. Applicants must be ABD by the end of the current academic year and have completed the first chapter of dissertation. Applications are being accepted anytime between September and December 31.

Education for Sustainable Energy Development Scholarship

The purpose of the ESED scholarship is to support outstanding students pursuing advanced studies in sustainable energy development and to encourage meaningful contributions to the collective body of knowledge about this subject. The Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership considers an outstanding student to be one who graduates with excellent grades in the top 20% of her/his class, is determined to advance her/his knowledge and understanding, has a history of community involvement, is committed to sustainable energy and is committed to return and contribute to her/his home country. Scholarships of US$ 23,000 per year for up to two years are offered for Master's level students. The deadline for this scholarship is in early march.

Ford Foundation Pre-doctoral Fellowships

Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowships are three-year awards in the fields of behavioral and social sciences, literature and languages, history, philosophy and religion, life sciences, chemistry, earth sciences, physics and astronomy, engineering, mathematics and computer science with an annual stipend, and institutional award in lieu of tuition and fees and expenses paid to attend three Conferences of Ford Fellows. There are around 40 of these awards, which are open to U.S. citizens or nationals. The awards are intended for students who plan to work toward the PhD degree for the first time, and who are at or near the beginning of their graduate study. Individuals must demonstrate they can use three years of fellowship support. Application deadline is mid-November. 

Note: For a later stage, there is also the Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship.

The Foundation Center (now

The center's website provides links to private foundations, corporate grantmakers and public charities.

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

The Fulbright is awarded for study or research abroad, and is administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE) on behalf of the U.S. Information Agency. Approximately 630 awards for 93 countries are offered each year. All applicants must be U.S. citizens. Awards are open to current graduate students and alums. There are numerous postdoctoral research opportunities.

Getty Pre- and Postdoctoral Fellowships

Getty Pre- and Postdoctoral Fellowships are intended for emerging scholars to complete work on projects related to the Getty Research Institute's annual theme. Recipients are in residence at the Getty Research Institute, where they pursue research to complete their dissertations or to expand them for publication. Pre-doctoral Fellowship applicants must have advanced to candidacy by the time of the fellowship start date and should expect to complete their dissertations during the fellowship period. Getty Pre-doctoral Fellows are in residence for nine months from mid-September to mid-June and receive a stipend of $25,000. Getty Postdoctoral Fellows are in residence for nine months from mid-September to mid-June and receive a stipend of $30,000. Both fellowships also provide a workspace at the Getty Research Institute or the Getty Villa, an apartment in the Getty scholar housing complex, and airfare to and from Los Angeles. All applicants must be U.S. citizens. The application deadline is early November.

Government Finance Officers Association Scholarships

Daniel B. Goldberg Scholarship

The Daniel B. Goldberg Scholarship of $10,000 is available for award to a graduate student who is enrolled in full-time master's study preparing for a career in state and local government finance. This scholarship is funded by the Girard Miller Foundation. The winner of the scholarship is invited, as our guest, to attend the Government Finance Officers Association's annual conference, where the award is presented.

Frank L. Greathouse Government Accounting Scholarship

The Government Finance Officers Association's Frank L. Greathouse Government Accounting Scholarship of $3,500 is available for award to one or more undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in full-time study preparing for a career in state and local government finance. The winner of the Government Accounting Scholarship is invited to attend the Government Finance Officers Association's annual conference, where the award will be presented.

Minorities in Government Finance Scholarship

The GFOA's Minorities in Government Finance Scholarship of $5,000 is available for award to an upper-division undergraduate or graduate student of public administration, (governmental) accounting, finance, political science, economics, or business administration (with a specific focus on government or nonprofit management). The purpose of the Minorities in Government Finance Scholarship is to recognize outstanding performance by minority students preparing for careers in state and local government finance.

George A. Nielsen Public Investor Scholarship

The Public Investor Scholarship of $5,000 (may be two awards of $2,500 each) is available for award to an employee of a local government or other public entity who is enrolled or plans to enroll in an undergraduate or graduate program in public administration, finance, business administration, or related field. The purpose of the Public Investor Scholarship is to support the studies of full- or part-time undergraduate or graduate students with career interests in the efficient and productive investment of public fund

Public Employee Retirement Research and Administration Scholarship

The Public Employee Retirement Research and Administration Scholarship of $4,000 is available for award to a graduate student in public administration, finance, business administration, or social sciences. This GFOA scholarship is funded by the ICMA Retirement Corporation. The purpose of the Public Employee Retirement Research and Administration Scholarship is to support the studies of a full- or part-time graduate student preparing for a career in the field of public-sector retirement benefits.


Humboldt Research Fellowship Program

The Humbolt Research Fellowship Program offers many fellowship opportunities in support of research in Germany in any discipline. Requirements vary by program, but many of these opportunities are postdoctoral in nature. Typical requirements include requisite language skills and PhD (received within past 12 years). The program accepts applications at any time. 

The Inter-American Foundation Grassroots Development Fellowships

IAF Fellowships support dissertation research in Latin America and the Caribbean undertaken by students who have advanced to PhD candidacy in a university in the United States. Fellows must be U.S. citizens or citizens of the independent Latin American countries. Proficiency in the language(s) appropriate to the research proposal is required. The Fellowship includes: round-trip international transportation to the research site; a research allowance of up to $3,000; a monthly stipend of $1,500 (4-12 months); emergency health insurance;expenses related to required attendance at a mid-year conference. The application deadline is in January.

Jennings Randolph Program for International Peace Dissertation Fellowships

The Jennings Randolph Program awards $20,000 for dissertation research and/or writing on international conflict and peace.  The application deadline is in January.

Lady Davis Graduate Fellowships

The Lady Davis Fellowship Trust was established to provide the opportunity for leading scientists and scholars, post-doctoral researchers and doctoral students from abroad, regardless of nationality, gender or field of scholarship to teach, study and participate in research in Israel at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and at the Technion Institute of Technology in Haifa. The application deadlines vary according to programs.

Mellon Fellowships for Dissertation Research in Original Sources

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation fellowships are for students who are enrolled in a doctoral program in a graduate school in the U.S. and will complete all doctoral requirements except the dissertation and be ready to start research as early as June 1 and no later than September 1 with approval of the dissertation proposal six months before the starting date. Applicants should be planning to do dissertation research primarily in original source material in the holdings of archives, libraries, historical societies, museums, related repositories, or a combination. Applicants must also be writing their dissertation and receiving their PhD in a field of the humanities or in a related element of the social sciences. Mellon awards ten fellowships carrying stipends of up to $2,000 per month to support dissertation research for periods of nine to 12 months. The application deadline is late November.

Mellon Foundation/American Council of Learned Societies Dissertation Completion Fellowship

This program assists graduate students in the humanities or related social sciences in the last year of PhD dissertation writing. Students must have completed all requirements for the PhD except the dissertation. The stipend carries a $25,000 award for one year plus funds for research costs of up to $3,000 and for university fees of up to $5,000. The application deadline is late October.

The Michigan Society of Fellows

The Michigan Society of Fellows offers awards in the Humanities and Arts, Sciences and Professions. An annual stipend of $55,000 for a three-year term. Fellows are appointed as assistant professors or research scientists in appropriate departments and as postdoctoral scholars in the Michigan Society of Fellows. They are expected to be in residence in Ann Arbor during the academic year of the fellowship, to teach for the equivalent of one academic year, participate in the informal intellectual life of the society and devote time to their independent research or artistic projects. Applicants must have received their PhD or comparable artistic or professional degree between June 1, 2011, and September 1, 2014. The application deadline is in September.

The Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program

Consisting of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council, this fellowship is designed to engage its Fellows in the analytical process that informs U.S. science and technology policy. Fellows develop basic skills essential to working or participating in science policy at the federal, state, or local levels. A stipend grant award of $8,500 will be provided for the 12-week session to offset expenses. The program takes place in Washington, D.C., from January to April and is open to all U.S. and non-U.S. citizens who meet the criteria.

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships

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.

Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships

The Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships are designed to encourage original and significant study of ethical or religious values in all fields of the humanities and social sciences, and particularly to help PhD candidates in these fields complete their dissertation work in a timely manner. In addition to topics in religious studies or in ethics (philosophical or religious), dissertations appropriate to the Newcombe Fellowship competition might explore the ethical implications of foreign policy, the values influencing political decisions, the moral codes of other cultures and religious or ethical issues reflected in history or literature. Awards are for $25,000 for 12 months of full-time dissertation writing on study of ethical or religious values in humanities or social sciences. Graduate schools will be asked to waive tuition for Newcombe Fellows. Applicants must be doctoral candidates by November and complete their dissertation by August. The application deadline is usually in November.

New England Employee Benefits Council Scholarship Program

The NEEBC Scholarship Program seeks to advance the knowledge and education of individuals in the employee benefits field or those aspiring to careers in employee benefits, which include but are not limited to careers in the actuarial sciences; ERISA and legal aspects of employee benefits; careers in pension design and planning; work and family issues; and careers in corporate employee benefits design, analysis and management. Annual awards of up to $5,000.

Open Society Foundations

Grants, scholarships and fellowships for students worldwide.

Organization of American States (OAS) Leo S. Rowe Pan American Fund

PEO International

Women helping women reach for the stars. International and domestic master’s and doctoral programs.

Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship

The Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship provides funding to participants as they are prepared academically and professionally to enter the United States Department of State Foreign Service. Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply.

The goal of the Fellowship Program is to attract outstanding students who enroll in two-year master's degree programs in public policy, international affairs, public administration, or academic fields such as business, economics, political science, sociology, or foreign languages, who represent all ethnic, racial and social backgrounds and who have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career in the U.S. Department of State. The program develops a source of trained men and women who will represent the skill needs of the Department and who are dedicated to representing America's interests abroad.

Point Foundation Scholarships

Postdoctoral Fellowships for Academic Diversity at the University of Pennsylvania

The Postdoctoral Fellowship for Academic Diversity Program seeks to attract promising scholars and educators from different backgrounds, races, ethnic groups, and other diverse groups whose life experience, research experience and employment background will contribute significantly to our academic excellence. The fellowships are available for postdoctoral training in all areas of study at the University and seek to attract graduate students from Penn and other institutions who have completed, or will complete their requirements for PhD by their start date. In addition postdoctoral scholars from other institutions who have completed their dissertation within the last three years are eligible. Candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Presidential Management Fellows Program

The Presidential Management Fellows Program offers federal government opportunities to students from a variety of disciplines who have a clear interest in public policy. Graduate students from all academic disciplines who expect to complete an advanced degree from a qualifying college or university by Aug. 31 of the academic year in which the competition is held, are eligible to become Fellows. In addition, students are eligible to be nominated by their schools if they demonstrate: exceptional academic achievement; a capacity for leadership; the potential for future professional growth; a commitment to a career in the analysis and management of public policies and programs. The application deadline is usually in November.


For Latinos pursuing Master's degrees in management/business. Scholarships will be awarded on a competitive basis to full-time and part-time graduate students. Awards range from $2,500 to $5,000 with one $10,000 scholarship.

Charles B. Rangel Fellowship Program

The Rangel Graduate Fellowship is a program that aims to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers in the Foreign Service in which they can help formulate, represent and implement U.S. foreign policy.

Recovery Village Health Care Scholarship

Eligibility: U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident
Focus: Pursuing a health-related degree program
Award: $1,000
Dates: June application deadline

Rotary Ambassadorial Sponsorship

Social Science Research Council Database

Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

The Fellowship awards grants of up to $90,000 for two years. Applicants should not have completed more than two years in a graduate program and cannot have reached or passed their 31st birthday at the time of application. Status as a New American means either holder of a Green Card, naturalized citizen or child of at least one naturalized citizen parent. The application deadline is early November.

Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowships

This fellowship awards of up to $25,000 for analysis and dissertation write up for research on education in a range of disciplines and professional fields. Applicants must be doctoral candidates; and have completed graduate requirements by June 1 of award year. The application deadline is usually in October.

Supreme Court Fellowship Program

Fellows spend one year in Washington, D.C., based at the Supreme Court, the Federal Judicial Center, the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, or the U.S. Sentencing Commission, working on projects related to the federal court system and the administration of justice. The Program seeks outstanding individuals from diverse professional and academic backgrounds, including law, the social and behavioral sciences, public and business administration, systems research and analysis, communications, and the humanities. Candidates must have one post-graduate degree; two or more years of professional experience; and multi-disciplinary training and experience, including familiarity with the judicial process. The application deadline is in November.

Switzer Fellowship

Eligibility: Graduate students in New England and California (Both Master's and PhD students)
Focus: Environmental improvement
Award$15,000 cash award for academic study, leadership training, alumni network access, and opportunities for professional development 
Dates: January application deadline

Truman Scholarship Program

The Truman Scholarship provides up to $30,000 in funding to students pursuing graduate degrees in public service fields. Students must be college juniors at the time of selection.

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