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National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program

2,000 fellowships were awarded with value of $41,500 in 2010.

Includes full tuition and all required fees for three years, as well as a stipend of $30,000 a year, a $10,500 cost of education allowance, and a one time International Research Travel Allowance of $1,000. Awarded annually.

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Science, Mathematics, And Research for Transformation Defense Scholarship for Research Program (SMART)

300 scholarships with full tuition and related fees, health insurance, book allowance, an annual cash award rate between $25,000 and $41,000 (depending on prior educational experience), and post-graduation employment

Includes all university tuition and required fees as well as stipends depending on educational experience. Stipends start at $25,000 and go up to $41,000.  It also offers paid summer internships, a medical insurance reimbursement allowance up to $1,200 per calendar year, and a $1,000 book allowance.

SMART Scholarship for Service Program is an opportunity for students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Graduate Student Researchers Program (GSRP)

300 awards with value of $30,000 awarded annually

$30,000 per year, renewable up to three years, divided as follows: $21,000 student stipend, $6,000 student allowance, and $3,000 university allowance. Approximately 300 graduate students are supported annually.

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship

200 fellowships with a minimum value of $30,500 awarded annually

Includes full tuition and all required fees for three years as well as a stipend, as follows: $30,500 for first year, $31,000 for second year, and $31,500 for third year; also includes up to $1,000 for health insurance. Approximately 200 fellowships are awarded each year.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Fellowship

Approximately 120 awards – $37,000 per year per fellowship

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.

Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship

Approximately 78 awards with stipends between $20,000 and $ 40,000 annual

Ford Foundation Fellowship awards are offered at the Predoctoral, Dissertation and Postdoctoral levels.

  1. Predoctoral Fellowship:

Ford Fellowship program will award approximately 40 predoctoral fellowships. The predoctoral fellowships provide three years of support  for individuals engaged in graduate study leading to a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) degree.

  • Annual stipend: $20,000
  • Award to the institution in lieu of tuition and fees: $2,000
  • Expenses paid to attend at least one Conference of Ford Fellows
  1. Dissertation Fellowship:

The program will award approximately 20 dissertation fellowships. The dissertation fellowships provide one year of support for individuals working to complete a dissertation leading to a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) degree.

  • One-year stipend: $21,000
  • Expenses paid to attend one Conference of Ford Fellows
  1. Postdoctoral Fellowship:

The program will award approximately 18 postdoctoral fellowships. The postdoctoral fellowships provide one year of support for individuals engaged in postdoctoral study after the attainment of the Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree.

  • One-year Stipend: $40,000
  • The stipend may be supplemented by sabbatical leave pay or other sources of support that do not carry with them teaching or other responsibilities.. No dependency allowance is available.
  • Employing Institution Allowance: $1,500
  • Expenses paid to attend one Conference of Ford Fellows

US Department of Energy – Computational Science Graduate Fellowship

Approximately 80 graduate fellowships with a yearly stipend of $36,000, plus paid tuition and required fees. In addition, there is a $5,000 academic allowance in the first fellowship year, and a $1,000 academic allowance each renewed year. The fellowship is renewable up to four years.

This program is to support outstanding students to pursue graduate training in basic research areas including physics, biology, chemistry, mathematics, engineering, computational sciences, and environmental sciences.

Goldwater Science Scholarships

Approximately 300 scholarships with a maximum value of $7,500 awarded annually

Each scholarship covers eligible expenses for undergraduate tuition, fees, books, and room and board, up to a maximum of $7,500 annually.

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Program was created to encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering and to foster excellence in those fields.

Jacob K. Javits Fellowship US Department of Education

Approximately 27 fellowships with an average value of $43,755 awarded annually

A fellow receives the Javits fellowship annually for up to the lesser of 48 months or the completion of their degree. For fiscal year 2010, the maximum stipend will be $30,000, and the institutional payment is estimated to be $13,755.

Eligibility is limited to individuals who at the time of application (1) will be entering a doctoral program in academic year 2010-2011 and/or who, at the time of application, have not yet completed their first full year of study in the doctoral program for which they are seeking support; (2) will be entering a Master of Fine Arts program in academic year 2010-2011 where the master’s is the terminal highest degree awarded in the selected field of study.

Whitaker Foundation Graduate Fellowships in Biomedical Engineering

Between 50 – 60 grants annually with a value up to $25,000

For the 2010–2011 competition, the Whitaker Program intends to fund approximately 50 high–quality projects. The Whitaker International Fellows and Scholars Program can support between 50 and 60 grants per year. Whitaker awards are available to biomedical engineering/bioengineering students who wish to study abroad. The term of the award will be for a maximum of one academic year (as defined by the academic calendar of the host country).

Award Benefits Include:

  • Round trip international airfare
  • A monthly living stipend
  • Health & Accident insurance
  • Fellows Only: Tuition (and bench fees) reimbursement, capped at US $35,000 (regardless of country of exchange or exchange rate)

    Individual reimbursement amounts are determined by the Whitaker Program at the time of grant award, typically no greater than US $25,000.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)- National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research Scholars Program

42 scholarships with a minimum value of $27,000 awarded annually

Forty two medical and dental students are selected annually to spend nine months engrossed in research at the National Institutes of Health. Those chosen receive $27,000 annually to cover their expenses, as well as receiving medical, life, accidental death and dismemberment insurance. The program will also pay the costs for one class per semester and gives $250 to cover textbook and journal expenses.

NASA Aeronautics Scholarship Program

Approximately 25 scholarships with a value up to $35,000 awarded annually

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) offer fellowships to students in their undergraduate and graduate careers. The Aeronautics Scholarship Program (ASP) offers our nation’s researchers exceptional funding:

Undergraduate Students – 20 two-year undergraduate scholarships awarded

  • $15,000 awarded for each school year, to be used for educational related expenses
  • $10,000 Summer internship at a NASA Research Center
  • 2 years of support

Graduate Students – 5 two-year graduate scholarships awarded

  • $35,000 stipend
  • $11,000 awarded each year, to be used for educational related expenses
  • $10,000 Summer internship at a NASA Research Center
  • 2 years of support, with an option for 3

Each fellow is also given the opportunity to enroll in a summer internship program, lasting eight to ten weeks. The internships provide a stipend up to $10,000. Eligible applicants must have their baccalaureate degree and be enrolled in a graduate program by the time the award is to be received. Applicants must also be studying aeronautical engineering or a related science or engineering field of study.

Hertz Fellowship

Up to 20 fellowships – Annual stipend of $31,000 (up to 5 years) or $36,000 (up to 2 years)

* $5,000/ year additional stipend for Fellows with dependent children.

Each October, the Hertz Foundation selects 180 excellent candidates from over 700 written applications received each year. Almost all candidates are either seniors or first year graduate students planning to do graduate study in the applications of the physical, biological and engineering sciences. Each candidate is interviewed by one of our technical interviewers. About seventy (70) candidates from this pool are selected for a second round interview. Between 15 to 20 students are awarded a Hertz Fellowship.

Successful applicants have the choice of two Fellowship options:

Option 1 – Five Year Hertz

  • $31,000/ 9-month personal stipend*
  • Full tuition equivalent
  • Renewable for up to 5 years

Option 2 – Five-Year Coordinated
Hertz Period – Two Years

  • $36,000/ 9-month personal stipend
  • Full tuition equivalent

Other Fellowship Period – Up to Three Years

  • $3,500/ year supplemental stipend* from Hertz
  • Requires Award to accept a 3-year Fellowship from another source

Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship

16 fellowships with a value up to $ 32,400

  • Full tuition and required fees will be paid during the appointment period.
  • A yearly stipend of $32,400.
  • A $1,000 academic allowance is paid annually to the fellow to be used for duplication expenses, conferences, copies of conference proceedings, travel, or other expenses incurred while doing research or activities directly related to the professional development of the fellow.
  • Upon request, matching funds of up to $2,475 will be made available to provide computer support. Specifically, these matching funds are available to help purchase a computer workstation or an upgrade to an existing workstation that will be used by the fellow during his/her tenure in graduate school. The total cost of this workstation must be $4,950 or less.

The DOE CSGF provides up to four years of support to students pursuing a doctoral degree in areas of study that focus on the use of high-performance computing technology to solve complex problems in science and engineering.

National Science Foundation Alan T. Waterman Award

1 grant with a value of $500,000 awarded annually

Each year one individual receives this award. The awardee receives a grant of $500,000 over a three year period for conducting scientific research. This award is open to individuals who are 35 years old or younger and are in scientific research or advanced study in one of the following fields: mathematical, physical, biological, engineering, social or other sciences.

Georgia Engineering Foundation Scholarship

In 200939 fellowships with a value between $1,000 and $5,000 awarded annually

Scholarships are awarded to students based on three criteria: financial need, scholastic excellence and community involvement. To be eligible, a student must be interested in a career in engineering and:

1) A U. S. Citizen;
) A resident of Georgia; and
) Enrolled in an engineering or engineering technology

Applicants include incoming college freshmen, as well as upperclassmen, and graduate level students.

The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers Graduate Scholarship

Multiple awards of up to $20,000 are made annually, seven of which are designated as follows::

#1 – The Wilbur N. Landers Scholar

#2 – The William M. Kennedy Scholar

#3 – The Tommy L. Richards Scholar

#4 – The Alan C. McClure Scholar

#5 – The Frederick H. Todd Scholarship

#6 – The David A. O’Neil Scholarship

#7 – The Arthur J. Haskell Scholarship

To be eligible for one of at least seven prizes of up to $20,000, applicants must be a Society member and a graduate student studying naval architecture, marine engineering, ocean engineering, or marine industry related fields.

Environmental Public Policy and Conflict Resolution PhD Fellowship

2 fellowships with a value of $24,000 awarded annually

The fellows are those doctoral candidates whose research concerns U.S. environmental public policy and/or environmental conflict resolution and who are entering their final year of writing the dissertation. Dissertation Fellowships are intended to cover both academic and living expenses from through .

Rhodes Scholarship

32 Rhodes Scholars annually with astipend of at least $1,456 per month

The scholarship includes all university tuition and lab fees, travel to and from Oxford, and a stipend of at least 958 pounds per month (approximately $1,456, as of March 15, 2010).

American Rhodes Scholars are selected through a decentralized process by which regional selection committees choose 32 Scholars each year representing the fifty states. Election to the Scholarship is normally for two or three years, depending upon the degree program pursued by the Scholar.

Accordingly, applications are from talented students without restriction as to their field of academic specialization or career plans although the proposed course of study must be available at Oxford, and the applicant’s undergraduate program must provide a sufficient basis for study in the proposed field. Through the years, Rhodes Scholars have pursued studies in all of the varied fields available at the University of Oxford.All educational costs, such as matriculation, tuition, laboratory and certain other fees, are paid on the Scholar’s behalf by the Rhodes Trustees.

National Physical Science Consortium (NPSC) Fellowship

Varied number of awards with a value of $21,000 awarded annually

$21,000 per year, on average for two to three years, though it can be extended up to six years; $16,000 for student stipend, $5,000 to support NPSC operations. The eligible fields of study include astronomy, chemistry, computer science, geology, materials science, mathematical sciences, physics, and related engineering fields. The number of awards given out varies yearly.

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Predoctoral Fellowships to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research

Minimum value of $20,772 awarded annually

Applicants from disadvantaged backgrounds, from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, and those with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply. To be eligible, an applicant must currently be enrolled in or accepted into a PhD or equivalent degree program in the biomedical, behavioral sciences, health services, or clinical sciences. Awards are given a stipend of approximately $20,772, have up to 60% of tuition and fees paid (not exceeding $16,000 per year or $21,000 per year for combined dual degree programs) and an institutional allowance of $4,200.

Ruth L. Kirschtein National Research Service Awards for MD/PhD Fellowships

Minimum value of $20,772 awarded annually

To be eligible applicants must have a baccalaureate degree and be enrolled in an accredited MD/PhD program at a medical school, accepted in a related PhD program and have at least one year of dissertation-style research training remaining. Awards are given a stipend of approximately $20,772 per year, have up to 60% of tuition paid up to $3,000, 100% below, and an institutional allowance of $2,750 for non-profit institutions, $1,650 for for-profit institutions or Federal laboratories.

U.S. Department of Energy Global Change Program (GREF)

Minimum value of $19,200 awarded annually

GREF awards an annual stipend of $19,200, a $600 Research Education Supplementation, and also pays for tuition and fees. Awards are given out in three year appointments which can be renewed annually. Eligible applicants will have completed one year of graduate school and must be studying one of the following fields: biological sciences, biological engineering, physics, or astronomy.

Joseph L. Fisher Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships -Resources for the Future (RFF)

2 fellowships up to  $18,000

The fellowships carry a stipend of $18,000 for the 2010-2011 academic year. Two new awardees were selected for the 2009-2010 academic year. This fellowship is intended to be the principal source of support for graduate students in the final year of their dissertation research.

Electrochemical Society Summer Fellowships

Up to 5 fellowships with an average value of $5,000 awarded annually

The award shall be known as the Summer Fellowship of The Electrochemical Society. The award will consist of a check for $5,000 for the summer months of study. The naming of each fellowship shall be as follows. If one award is given during a year, it shall be called the Edward G. Weston Fellowship of The Electrochemical Society. If two awards are given, the second one shall be designated the Colin Garfield Fink Fellowship of The Electrochemical Society. If more than two awards are given, the third award shall be called the Joseph W. Richards Fellowship of The Electrochemical Society. If more than three awards are given, the fourth shall be called the F. M. Becket Fellowship of The Electrochemical Society. If more than four awards are given, the fifth shall be called the H. H. Uhlig Fellowship of The Electrochemical Society.

Argonne National Laboratory Graduate Research Appointments

Minimum tuition reimbursement of $5,000 plus stipend awarded annually to a varied number of applicants

Graduate students who wish to carry out their thesis research at Argonne National Laboratory are eligible for this opportunity. Students must be studying in one of the following disciplines: Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering, or in a related applied research program, such as Environmental Impact and Technology. The appointment lasts for one year, during which time the student will conduct his or her thesis research under the guidance of an Argonne faculty member.

M.W. Welch International Scholarship

1 scholarship with a value of $15,000 awarded annually

Since 1968, one individual has been chosen each year to receive the $15,000 scholarship. This scholarship is intended for international students who are studying vacuum science and technology. Once winning the scholarship, awardees spend a year abroad studying in a foreign lab. Applicants who propose to work abroad in a lab where they have not studied before are preferred. All applicants must have already received at least a Bachelor’s degree.

American Society of Naval Engineers Scholarship

Fellowships with a value between $3,000 and $4,000

A combination of undergraduate scholarships ($3,000 per year) and graduate scholarships ($4,000 per year) will be awarded for the 2010-2011 academic year. The number of scholarships awarded each year is based on funding availability.

  • Undergraduate candidates—Must be applying for support in their final year of an engineering program at an accredited undergraduate college or university.
  • Graduate candidates—May apply for support during one full year of a graduate program or co-op leading to an engineering or physical science degree at an accredited university.

Vertical Flight Foundation Scholarship

Stipends from $1,000 to $4,000

Since 1980, the Foundation has awarded more than 170 scholarships – $1,000 -$2,000 scholarships. Each year, the VFF awards scholarships to students who demonstrate an interest in pursuing engineering careers in the vertical flight industry.

The scholarships are merit-based and are awarded once as an Undergraduate, once as a Master’s student and once as a Ph.D. student. Applicants must be in school through the full academic year following receipt of the scholarship. The value of the scholarships may range from $1,000 – $4,000 depending upon endowment earnings.

Robert E. Thunen Memorial Scholarship

2 scholarships with a value of $2,500 awarded annually

Two awards of $2,500 are given out annually to full time students interested in the study of illumination. Applicants may be juniors, seniors, or graduate students and must be attending a college in Northern California, Nevada, Oregon, or Washington. Eligible fields of study include all fields which are related to lighting. It is advised that interested applicants puruse the IESNA Lighting Handbook for a list of all available fields of supported study.

The Raymond Davis Scholarship

One or more awards of $1,000 are made annually

Both graduate and undergraduate students studying photographic or imaging science or engineering are eligible for this scholarship.  Applicant must be a full-time student who has completed or will complete two academic years of college before the term of the scholarship in the following areas: engineering, imaging science, photographic science.

Geological Society of America Research Grants

Approximately 302 grants

The primary role of the GSA research grants program is to provide partial support of master’s and doctoral thesis research in the geological sciences for graduate students enrolled in universities in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Central America. In 2008, 53% of the applicants received funding.

GSA strongly encourages women, minorities, and persons with disabilities to participate fully in this grants program.

Marshall Scholarships

Up to 40 scholarships awarded annually

Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. Up to forty scholars are selected each year to study at graduate level at an UK institution in any field of study.

The traditional Marshall Scholarship is tenable for two academic years (22 months), but may be extended by the Commission, though not beyond the end of a third academic year..

The fellowship award includes: university fees, living expenses, and annual book and thesis grant, grants for daily research and travel, and travel expenses to and from the United States.

US Department of Homeland Security Graduate Fellowship

The DHS Office of University Programs will not offer graduate fellowships during the 2010 competition cycle.

Advanced Fuel Cycle Initiative/Global Nuclear Energy Partnership (AFCI/GNEP) University Fellowship Program

No fellowships were awarded in 2009 or 2010.

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