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These awards are fellowships awarded by national organizations to an individual student. Contact Dr Kelly Moore (713.500.9874) for additional information.

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Next Submission: August 8, 2019

The overall goal of the NIH Ruth L Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) program is to help ensure that a diverse pool of highly trained scientists is available in appropriate scientific disciplines to address the Nation's biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research needs. These fellowships usually provide 2-3 years of support (partial stipend, tuition & fees, health insurance, some supply funds). The applicant must be a US citizen or permanent resident, and he/she must be in good academic standing. Submission deadlines occur in April, August, and December. Full list of award descriptions: 

F31 Individual Predoctoral Fellowship - PA-19-195
Funding available only during PhD training. 
Submission Dates: April 8, August 8, December 8

F31-Diversity Individual Predoctoral Fellowship to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research - PA-19-196
Funding available only during PhD training. 
Special criteria: applicant must be part of an underrepresented minority, from a disadvantaged background, or have a disability.
Contact Dr. Kelly Moore for certification letter.
Submission Dates: April 8, August 8, December 8

F30 Fellowship for Students at Institutions With NIH-Funded Institutional Predoctoral Dual-Degree Training Programs - PA-19-191
Funding available for MD and PhD training phases. 
Special criteria: applicant must be in first 48 months of formal dual-degree program. 
Submission Dates: April 8, August 8, December 8


The overall goal of the NIH Dissertation Research Awards (R36) is to support the completion of doctoral research to ensure a strong future workforce.  These awards are offered by specific Institutes/Centers, and requirements vary.

Aging Research Dissertation Awards to Increase Diversity

PAR-17-025 National Institute on Aging (NIA)

The purpose of this program is to provide dissertation awards in all areas of research within NIA’s strategic priorities to increase diversity of the scientific research workforce engaged in research on aging and aging-related health conditions.
Special Note: Consultation with the listed NIA staff person (see Section VII, Scientific/Research Contact) prior to submission is strongly encouraged
Citizenship: Applicant must be a US citizen or permanent resident.

Support: Standard NRSA-level stipend ($24,324) and up to $20,000 for additional expenses (excluding tuition), for up to 2 years
Submission Dates: February 16, June 16, October 16

Drug Abuse Dissertation Research

PA-16-443 National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
The goal of this program is to enhance the diversity of the drug abuse research workforce by providing dissertation awards on topics related to the study of basic and clinical neuroscience, development, epidemiology, prevention, treatment, services, or women and sex/gender differences as they relate to drug abuse.
Citizenship: Applicant must be a US citizen or permanent resident.
Up to $50,000 per year, for up to 2 years
Submission Dates: February 16, June 16, October 16

AHRQ Grants for Health Services Research Dissertation Program

PA-18-765 Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
*Students with active T32 or F31 support may apply.
The purpose of this program is to ensure a diverse pool of highly-trained health services researchers is available to address the research mission and priorities of AHRQ
Citizenship: Applicant must be a US citizen or permanent resident.
Support: Up to $40,000, for 9-17 months
Submission Dates: February 1, May 1, August 1, November 1

Mental Health Research Dissertation Grant to Enhance Workforce Diversity

PA-18-894 Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (NIMH)
The purpose of this program is to enhance the diversity of the mental health research workforce by providing dissertation awards in all research areas within the strategic priorities of the NIMH to individuals from groups underrepresented in biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social sciences research. This award supports the completion of the doctoral research project.
Citizenship: Applicant must be a US citizen or permanent resident.
Support: Standard NRSA-level stipend ($24,816) and up to $15,000 for additional expenses (excluding tuition), for up to 2 years
Submission Dates: December 06, 2018, April 09, 2019, August 06, 2019


The NSF does not support research with disease-related goals.

Graduate Research Fellowship Program

Official Solicitation: NSF-18-573
The purpose of the NSF GRFP is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who have demonstrated their potential for significant achievements in science and engineering research and are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees in fields within NSF's mission. MD/PhD students are not eligible. Helpful Information & tips:
Special Criteria: The applicant must be a US citizen or permanent resident, and must have completed fewer than 12 months of graduate training (inclusive of post-baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral training) as of August 1, 2019.
Support: 3 years; $34,000 stipend; $12,000 education allowance

Submission Dates:

  • October 21, 2019: Life Sciences, Geosciences
  • October 22, 2019: Computer and Information Science and Engineering, Engineering, Materials Research
  • October 24, 2019: Psychology, Social Sciences, STEM Education and Learning
  • October 25, 2019: Chemistry, Mathematical Sciences, Physics and Astronomy
  • November 1, 2019: Reference Letter Deadline


The Department of Defense (DoD) is committed to increasing the number and quality of our nation's scientists and engineers.

Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program (PRCRP): Horizon Award

The goal of the PRCRP is to improve mission readiness and quality of life by decreasing the burden of cancer on Service members, their families, and the American public. To be considered for funding, applications for the  Horizon Award must address at least one of the Topic Areas as directed by Congress (Adrenal cancer, Melanoma and other skin cancers, Bladder cancer,Mesothelioma, Blood cancers, Myeloma, Brain cancer, Neuroblastoma, Colorectal cancer, Pancreatic cancer, Immunotherapy, Pediatric brain tumors,  Listeria-based regimens for cancer,  Stomach cancer, Liver cancer, Cancer in children, adolescents, and young adults, Lymphoma)

In addition to addressing at least one of the required Topic Areas, applications for the Horizon Award must also address at least one of the Military Relevance Focus Areas. 1) Militarily relevant risk factors associated with cancer (e.g., ionizing radiation, chemicals, infectious agents, environmental carcinogens, and stress). 2)Gaps in cancer prevention, early detection/diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, and/or survivorship that may impact mission readiness and the health and well-being of military members, Veterans, their beneficiaries, and the general public.

Eligibility: A predoctoral candidate within 2 years of completing required graduate coursework, having completed all laboratory rotations, successfully passed qualifying examinations (excluding time in residency or on family medical leave), and is working in his/her Mentor’s laboratory by the time of the application submission deadline. There is no citizenship requirement for this award.

Support: up to $150,000 over 2 years
Application Deadline: September 2019

The National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship Program (NDSEG)

This is a highly competitive (6% of applications are funded), fellowship sponsored by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), the Army Research Office (ARO), and the Office of Naval Research (ONR), under the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (OSF) for Research and Engineering. Applicants must be US citizens or nationals (permanent residents are not eligible) who intend to pursue a doctoral degree in one of 15 supported disciplines. And, applicants must have completed fewer than 2 years of graduate study in the discipline in which they are applying. More information: 
Support: 3 years of stipend, tuition & fees, and partial medical insurance
Application Deadline: December 2019

Science, Mathematics & Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program

This program aims to increase the number of civilian scientists and engineers working at Department of Defense (DoD) Laboratories. Applicants must be a citizen of the United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, or United Kingdom at time of application (permanent residents are not eligible) pursuing a degree in one of the supported disciplines. Applicants must be able to complete summer internships at a DoD Lab, and they must agree to post-graduation DoD civilian employment equal to the length of the Scholarship. More information:
Support: 1-5 years of stipend, tuition & fees, partial medical insurance
Application Deadline: December 2019


NASA Fellowship Activity 2020

Official Solicitation: NNH19ZHA001N
The purpose of the NASA Fellowship Activity supports the vitality and diversity of the STEM workforce of NASA and the United States by training and funding graduate students during their STEM academic endeavors and providing access to NASA, its content, unique facilities, and STEM experts. The NASA Fellowship Activity expands the reach of NASA budget by leveraging funding sources and collaborating with other Federal Agencies to support graduate student research and the educational development of selected individuals. The NASA Fellowship Activity provides financial support to graduate students pursuing a Master’s or Doctoral degree in STEM while partaking in graduate unique research projects under the guidance of an institutional Principal Investigator in collaboration with NASA Technical Advisers. 

Citizenship: Applicant must be a US citizen or permanent resident.
Next Submission:
October 18, 2019
1 year of stipend, tuition & fees, training-related, and health insurance allowances;

NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship (NSTRF)

Official Solicitation: NSTRF19 
The purpose of the NSTRF is to sponsor graduate student researchers who show significant potential to contribute to NASA’s goal of creating innovative new space technologies for our Nation’s science, exploration, and economic future. The ideal candidate has a commitment to space technology and is conducting research specifically aimed at space technology that aligns with one of 14 Space Technology Roadmaps (listed here). Selected candidates will perform research at their respective campuses and complete a 10-week “visiting technologist experience” (i.e., perform research at NASA Centers and/or at nonprofit US Research & Development laboratories). Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents in good academic standing, and have completed fewer than 3 years of graduate training as of October 1, 2018. 

Citizenship: Applicant must be a US citizen or permanent resident.
Next Submission:
To Be Announced 2019
Support: 1 year of stipend, tuition & fees, training-related, and health insurance allowances; renewable for 3 years.


Graduate Research Fellowship Program

*Visa holders may apply*

The NIJ GRFP supports innovative research on crime, violence, and other criminal justice-related topics. The student must be post-candidacy. More information:

GRFP: Social & Behavioral Sciences: The Social and Behavioral Sciences program supports research in all social and behavioral science disciplines including, but not limited to, criminology, psychology and sociology.
Universities are encouraged to sponsor doctoral students who are in the final stages of graduate study. There are three requirements for the NIJ GRF Social and Behavioral Sciences Program that ?must be completed before an award can be made:

  • The doctoral student must have completed all required course work.
  • The doctoral student must have passed qualifying comprehensive exams.
  • The doctoral student must be advanced to candidacy by the university.

Next Submission: to be announced (Fall 2019)
Support: up to $32,000, 1 year of support

GRFP: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics: The STEM program supports research in the life sciences, physical sciences, engineering, computer and information sciences, and the mathematical sciences.
Before an awarded fellow can receive GRF-STEM funds, the following must have occurred and be documented in a statement of support from the doctoral student's dissertation committee chair:

  • The doctoral student must have a formal dissertation committee chair.
  • The dissertation committee chair must have accepted the dissertation topic. If submitted at a later date, the dissertation topic must be substantively similar to the fellowship application proposal.

Next Submission: to be announced (Fall 2019)
Support: $35,000 stipend and related costs (e.g., fringe benefits or health insurance), up to $15,000 for expenses (tuition and fees, research expenses, and related costs); up to 3 years support over 5 years


Graduate Fellowship Award
 The Graduate Fellowship Award supports outstanding students pursuing a PhD in applied physical, biological, and engineering sciences, including applied mathematics, statistics, and quantitative aspects of modern biology. MD/PhD students may apply for support during PhD training years. Successful applicants will need to make a moral commitment to make his/her "skills available to the United States in times of national emergency." Because this award provides five years of support, students should apply within the first year of graduate study. More information:

$34,000 annual stipend; tuition; renewable up to 5 years
Citizenship: Applicant must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident
Application Deadline: October 2019


These fellowship programs, offered through the National Academy of Sciences, seek (1) to increase faculty diversity at US colleges and universities by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, (2) to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and (3) to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. Fellowships are made at the predoctoral, dissertation, and postdoctoral levels to students who demonstrate academic excellence, a commitment to pluralism, and a strong interest in teaching and research. While it is not a requirement for the applicant to be a member of an underrepresented minority group, such membership is encouraged. Only US citizens, nationals, or permanent residents in research-based fields are eligible. Dual-degree (e.g., MD/PhD) students are not eligible for support. More information:

Ford Predoctoral Fellowship 
Eligibility: at least 3 years of PhD training remaining as of Fall 2020
Support: 3 years of stipend ($24,000), as well as expenses paid to attend at least one Conference of Ford Fellows
Application Opens: September 2019
Application Deadline: December 2019
Support Begins: Fall 2020

Ford Dissertation Fellowship 
Eligibility: Expected degree completion during the 2020-2021 academic year
Support: 1 year of stipend ($25,000), as well as expenses paid to attend at least one Conference of Ford Fellows
Application Opens: September 2019
Application Deadline: December 2019
Support Begins:  June 1 or September 1, 2020


Sponsored by the US Department of State, this program provides US graduate students the opportunity to conduct a portion of their studies/research internationally.  Grants are awarded to support one academic year of study/research abroad.  To be eligible applicants must be US citizens with a baccalaureate degree, in good health, and proficient in the written/spoken language of the intended host country.  Website:

Deadline: October 2019


Last Updated: May 2019 







American Association of University Women: American Dissertation Fellowship

US Citizen or Permanent Resident

November 2019

Open to female students with "permission to write" at time of submission; Fellowship used for final year of PhD while writing dissertation.

Award Amount: $20,000

American Association of University Women: International Fellowship

International Only

November 2019

Provides support for women pursuing full-time graduate or postdoctoral study in the United States who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Award Amount: $18,000-$20,000

American Epilepsy Society: Predoctoral Research Fellowship

no requirement

December 2019

Open to students pursuing dissertation research with an epilepsy-relevant theme under a mentor with expertise in epilepsy research

Award Amount: up to $20,000 for 1 year

American Heart Association (AHA):Predoctoral Fellowship

US Citizen, Permanent Resident,

or Visa

(see site for details)

August 14, 2019

Proposals are encouraged from all basic, behavioral, epidemiological, and community and clinical investigations that bear on cardiovascular and stroke problems At the time of activation student must have completed all pre-candidacy coursework. Award Amount: $23,884 stipend, $1,000 towards health insurance, and $2,000 project support for up to 2 years.

American Physiological Society: Porter Physiology Development Fellowship

US Citizen or Permanent Resident

January 15, 2019

Porter Physiology Development Fellowships are open to underrepresented racial and ethnic minority applicants. The applicant must be conducting research related to physiology at the time of the application. The applicant must also be a Student Member of the APS or have an application in process.  

Award Amount: $28,300 stipend per year for up to 2 years.

Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds: PhD Fellowship

European Citizen

June 1, 2019; October 1, 2019; February 1, 2020

The PhD project must be experimental, in the field of basic biomedical research and aimed at elucidating basic biological phenomena of human life and acquiring new scientific knowledge.

Children's Tumor Foundation: Young Investigator Award

no requirement

January 4, 2019

Open to basic, clinical or translational research focused on neurofibromatosis.

Pre-Application is required

Award Amount: up to $32,000 for stipend and fringe benefits per year for 2 years

Josephine de Karman Fellowship Trust

no requirement

January 31, 2019

Open to students in any discipline, including international students, who will defend their dissertation in or about June 2019.

Award Amount: $22,000 for 1 year

Krell Institute & Department of Energy: Computational Science Graduate Fellowship

US Citizen or Permanent Resident

January 9, 2019

At time of application, student is in 1st year. Program encourages applicants in engineering and physical, computer, mathematical or life sciences.

Award Amount: $36,000 stipend, full tuition and fees, and $5,000 academic allowance for up to 4 years

Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation & Wyck Foundation: PhD Trainee Research Fellowship

no requirement

September 2019

Wyck is expanding the scientific research endeavors eligible for Ph.D. Trainee and Postdoctoral Fellowship awards to include research focused on improving treatment, care and support of the DM patient and his/her family, as well as molecular biology and basic science. The applicant must have already completed two years of a doctoral program, including formal coursework and qualifying examination requirements, and have selected a sponsor who focuses a major portion of their lab’s activities on DM.

Award Amount: $55,000 for salary, benefits, travel and research support, paid over two years

Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

New American [see website for criteria]

November 1, 2019

Open to college senior or graduate student <31 years old. If currently a graduate student, must be in 2nd year or earlier.

Award Amount: $25,000 and 50% tuition and fees for up to 2 years

PhRMA Foundation: Pharmaceutics Predoctoral Fellowship

No requirement

September 1, 2019

Provides stipend support for individuals prepared to engage in pharmaceutics research.

Stipend: $25,000

PhRMA Foundation: Health Outcomes Predoctoral Fellowship

US Citizen or Permanent Resident

February 1, 2019

To support the career development of scientists prepared to engage in health outcomes research.

Stipend: $25,000

PhRMA Foundation: Informatics Predoctoral Fellowship

US Citizen or Permanent Resident

September 1, 2019

 Informatics awards will support career development of scientists engaged in research that significantly integrates cutting-edge information technology with advanced biological, chemical, and pharmacological sciences

Stipend: $20,000

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS - apply as graduate student

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation:Microbiology of the Build Environment (MoBE) Fellowship Program

no requirement

September 2019

Apply as grad student with letter of commitment from Postdoc advisor; Fellowship to start <1 year after completing PhD; 2-year Fellowship

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS): Science & Technology Policy Fellowships

US Citizen

November 1, 2019

Must hold a doctoral level degree (PhD, ScD, MD, DVM, EdD, etc.*), in any of the following:

Medical and Health sciences

Biological, Physical or Earth sciences

Social and Behavioral sciences

Computational sciences and Mathematics

Engineering disciplines (applicants with a MS in engineering and three years of professional engineering experience also qualify).

Howard Hughes Medical Institute: Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program

no requirement

January 9, 2019

The program is open to individuals from gender, racial, ethnic, and other groups underrepresented in the life sciences. Can apply as a graduate student.  Conferral of PhD must be no later than January 21, 2020.

James S. McDonnell Foundation: Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards in Studying Complex Systems

no requirement

June 2019

For students with theoretical and/or experimental training in complex systems science. Apply as a graduate student with less than 18 months remaining; should NOT have identified a postdoctoral mentor. Awardees are given a "letter of intent to fund" to make them more competitive in the postdoc search. Up to 3-year Fellowship.

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