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External Scholarships and Awards

If you have questions concerning Scholarships, Fellowships, or Awards, please contact Karen Popp, Student Services Coordinator/Scholarship Administrator in the Office of Graduate Studies at:, 503-725-8402.

IBERDROLA Scholarships for Master's Studies in Energy and Environment

The International Scholarship Program and Research Grants have among its objectives to help train a new generation of professionals capable of driving the transformation towards a sustainable energy model. Visit for more information.


Disability Determination Process (DDP) Small Grant Program

This program provides $10,000 grants to graduate-level students to conduct supervised independent research on improving the efficiency and reducing the complexity of the Social Security Administration's disability determination processes. See for more information.


Whitaker International Fellows and Scholars Program / Whitaker International Summer Program

The Whitaker International Program provides funding for biomedical engineers/bioengineers to conduct a field-relevant activity abroad. Fellows and Scholars program deadline is January 21,  and the Summer Program deadline is February 4.
Full details including the type of awards, level of funding and the online application can be found at:


Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program

The Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program is open to graduate students, postgraduates, and predoctoral students, as well as conservators, postdoctoral and senior investigators. All fellows at the Smithsonian work with a Smithsonian advisor to conduct independent study or research relating to Smithsonian collections, facilities, or staff expertise. Application deadline is January 15.
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Educational Testing Service (ETS) Fellowship and Internship Programs in Research

ETS Research offers several programs for scholars who either hold a doctoral degree or are enrolled in a doctoral program in the field of educational research, measurement and related fields and who are interested in research opportunities. Areas of emphasis include educational measurement and psychometrics, validity, natural language processing and speech technologies, cognitive psychology, learning theory, linguistics and computational linguistics, teaching and classroom research, statistics, and international large-scale assessments.

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Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship

The Pickering Fellowships help talented students who want to pursue a Foreign Service Career in the U.S. Department of State. The programs provide funding for academic expenses, as well as summer internships, professional development, and ongoing mentoring. The goal of the programs is to attract outstanding students from all ethnic and social backgrounds who are dedicated to representing America's interests abroad. To learn more about the Pickering Fellowships, visit the website: 


Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship

The Payne Program is designed to attract outstanding young people to careers in international development as USAID Foreign Service Officers.  The Payne Fellowship Program provides benefits valued at up to $90,000 over two years toward a two-year master's degree, arranges internships in Washington D.C. and at USAID missions overseas, and provides professional development and support activities.  Fellows who successfully complete the program become USAID Foreign Service Officers.  Fellows may use the fellowship to attend a two-year master's program in a U.S. institution to study an area of relevance to the USAID Foreign Service, including international development, international relations, public policy, business administration, foreign languages, economics, agriculture, environmental sciences, health, or urban planning at a graduate or professional school approved by the Payne Program.  At the end of the two-year fellowship, Fellows enter the USAID Foreign Service.  Applicants must be college seniors or graduates looking to start graduate school in the fall of the year they apply, have GPAs of at least 3.2 and be U.S. citizens.  The program welcomes applications from those with any undergraduate major and encourages applications from members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the USAID Foreign Service and those with financial need.  Information and application materials for the program are available at  The application deadline is January.  The Program is funded by USAID and managed by Howard University. 

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Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship

The Fellowship welcomes applications from young people interested in careers of international service. For those who want to become Foreign Service Officers in the U.S. Department of State, the Rangel Graduate Fellowship Program provides benefits of up to $90,000 over two years toward a two-year master's degree, arranges internships on Capitol Hill and at U.S. embassies, and provides mentorship and professional development support. Fellows can use the fellowship to attend two-year master's programs in U.S. institutions to study any area of relevance to the Foreign Service, including international relations, public policy, public administration, languages, or business administration. Upon successful completion of the two-year fellowship, Fellows join the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State, embarking on a uniquely rewarding career of international service. Applicants must be college seniors or graduates looking to start two-year graduate programs in fall, and you must have GPAs of at least 3.2, and must be U.S. citizens. The program welcomes any undergraduate major and encourages applications from members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service and those with financial need. The application deadline is January. The Program is funded by the U.S. Department of State and managed by Howard University.

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SMART Scholarship Service Program

The application for the SMART Scholarship for Service Program is now open at 

The application will close in December.

The SMART Scholarship is an opportunity for students pursuing a degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines to receive a full scholarship and be employed upon degree completion at a Department of Defense facility.  Scholarships awarded include a stipend of $25,000 to $38,000 a year, full tuition, health insurance contribution, and book allowance. Open to undergraduate and graduate students. Please visit for more information.

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Innovation in Graduate Education Challenge

The Division of Graduate Education at the National Science Foundation challenges STEM graduate students to submit innovative ideas with the potential to improve graduate education and professional development. Contest winners will be awarded cash prizes from $1000 to $3000. Deadline to submit ideas is 11:59PM Pacific Time on April 15. For more information, please visit the website: 


Oregon University System: SYLFF Graduate Fellowship for International Research (formerly known as the International Trade and Development Graduate Fellowship Program)

The goal of the OUS-Sylff Graduate Fellowship Program is to nurture future leaders who will transcend geopolitical, religious, ethnic, and cultural boundaries in the world community for the peace and well-being of humankind. Fellowship stipends are awarded to full-time degree seeking graduate students for one academic year of graduate work involving research and scholarly endeavors in programs and projects with an international dimension. Completed department/graduate program nomination files must be received in April, date TBA.
For details:  OUS Sylff Graduate Fellowships for International Research  (


California Science and Technology Policy Fellowships

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Ford Diversity Fellowships Program for Achieving Excellence in College and University Teaching

The Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation's college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. Fellowship awards are offered at the Predoctoral, Dissertation and Postdoctoral levels. For information and how to apply, please visit the website:


Anchor QEA Scholarships for Graduate Students

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Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE CSGF)

For more information regarding the fellowship and to access the online application, visit the website:


IAF Grassroots Development Ph.D. Fellowship Program

Fellowships are available to currently registered students who have advanced to candidacy (by the time research begins) for the Ph.D. in the social sciences, physical sciences, technical fields and the professions as related to grassroots development issues. Please visit the website for information and how to apply:


Presidential Management Fellows Program

The PMF program is a flagship leadership development program at the entry level for advanced degree candidates. Please visit the website for information on this program:


Chateaubriand Scholarships

The Chateaubriand scholarship program, organized by the Office of Science and Technology of the Embassy of France in Washington, is intended to finance the stay in France of American PhD students for a period ranging from 4 to 9 months, as part of a cooperation, and possibly a joint supervision ("cotutelle") leading to a dual PhD diploma. Please visit the website for more information:


USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Fellowship

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Erasmus Mundus Programme - Master in Research and Innovation in Higher Education (MARIHE)

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Educational Testing Service (ETS) 2017-18 Fellowship & Internship Programs in Research & Development

Thoa goal of the ETS R&D Fellowship and Internship programs is to promote quality and distinction in educational measurement and related fields through support of significant research by early-career scientists and graduate students and exposure to methodologies within the ETS environment.  These programs provide opportunities for talented scholars and students from diverse backgrounds--especially traditionally underrepresented groups such as African Americans, Hispanic/Latino Americans, and American Indians--to pursue scientific research under the guidance of ETS researchers and psychometricians.  These programs encourage research in areas such as Educational Measurement, Psychometrics, Validity, Natural Language Processing and Computational Linguistics, Cognitive Psychology, Learning Theory, Linguistics, Speech Recognition and Processing, Teaching and Classroom Research, Statistics, International Large-Scale Assessments, and Assessment Design and Development.  For more information, including how to apply, please read the PDF and visit the website:


Boren Scholarships and Fellowships

The applications for the David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships are available at  Boren Awards provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study in Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East, where they can add important international and language components to their educations.

Boren Scholars and Fellows represent a variety of academic backgrounds, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili. As part of the African Languages Initiative, Boren Award Applicants have the opportunity to further their study of Akan/Twi, Hausa, Portuguese, Swahili, Wolof, Yoruba, or Zulu.  For a complete list of languages, visit our website.

Graduate students can receive up to $30,000 for language study and international research.  In exchange for funding, recipients commit to working in the federal government for a minimum of one year.

For more information about the Boren Awards, to register for one of our upcoming webinars, and to access the on-line application, please visit You can also contact the Boren Awards staff at or 1-800-618-NSEP with questions.

The Boren Awards are initiatives of the National Security Education Program (NSEP) and are administered by the Institute of International Education.


SBE Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants (SBE DDRIG)

The National Science Foundation's Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences (BCS), Division of Social and Economic Sciences (SES, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES), and the SBE Office of Multidisciplinary Activities (SMA) award grants to doctoral students to improve the quality of dissertation research.


Critical Language Scholarship Institutes in Turkish Language.  

The program provides support for intensive study of Turkish language at all levels, including air fare, tuition, and stipend.  Courses are held in several locations in Turkey.  The competition is administered by the Council of American Overseas Research Centers.  For more information, please see the program website at

Nancy Leinwand
American Research Institute in Turkey - University of Pennsylvania Museum
tel 215 898 3474  |  fax 215 898 0657
3260 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6324


University Club Foundation, Inc. Fellowship Award Program


Nominations must be submitted to the student's Dean's Office early enough for the Dean to make internal decisions. Each Dean's Office may select the School/College's best candidates for this program and must submit those nominations to the PSU Office of Graduate Studies (184, Extended Studies Building).  Date to be announced.

The University Club Foundation annually awards merit-based fellowships to qualifying graduate students from the participating Oregon universities. Candidates are considered from Portland State University, Oregon Health Sciences University, Oregon State University, University of Oregon, and University of Portland. This year's cash award is $5,000 per recipient.

In addition to the monetary reward, this year's recipients will each receive a three-year complimentary membership in the University Club, which includes complimentary admission to three major Club events and an opportunity for graduate students to build a professional network.


CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award

Sponsored jointly by CGS and ProQuest Dissertations Publishing, a Division of ProQuest Information and Learning, and first presented in 1981, these awards are made annually to individuals who, in the opinion of the award committee, have completed dissertations representing original work that makes an unusually significant contribution to the discipline.

Two awards are given annually in two different broad areas (biological sciences; social sciences; mathematics, physical sciences and engineering; and humanities and fine arts). Individuals must be nominated for these awards by a member institution.

The fields of competition are:

Past Award Winners

Nominations are due no later than July


Zenefits Advancing Women in STEM Scholarship

To be eligible for this scholarship, you must be a woman who:

  • Is currently enrolled as a full-time college student in the United States
  • Has completed at least one full academic year of college with a GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Is pursuing a degree related to science, technology, mathematics, or engineering; and
  • Has clearly expressed financial need to support educational goals

The scholarship application period is now open. Applications will be accepted until December 31. The name of the winner will be posted around January 15.


Anthony Ihedoha Anaebere, Sr. Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship will be awarded annually to one Nigerian-born or first generation Nigerian-American student pursuing undergraduate or graduate engineering studies from an accredited college/university in the United States. To be eligible applicants must have a cumulative grade point average (gpa) of 3.0 to apply.

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American Psychological Association

APA and its affiliate organizations provide a wide range of grants, scholarships and awards with the aim of advancing the science and practice of psychology as a means of understanding behavior and promoting health, education, and human welfare.

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Diplomacy and Diversity Fellowship

Humanity in Action invites applications from students enrolled in graduate or advanced professional programs, including programs for masters, doctorates, MDs, JDs, MBAs and other graduate degrees. Applicants should seek to build careers in foreign policy, diplomacy and government service, international development, trade and business, NGOs and other international fields. Veterans and candidates of minority backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

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Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship

Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships are granted to all immigrants and children of immigrants pursuing graduate school in the Untied States.

  • It honors and supports the graduate educations of 30 New Americans permanent residents or naturalized citizens if born abroad; otherwise children of naturalized citizen parents -- each year.
  • At the time of their selection, Fellows must be college seniors or early in the graduate programs for which they request support.
  • Each Fellow receives tuition and living expenses that can total as much as $90,000 over two academic years.
  • Fellows can study in any degree-granting program in any field at any university in the United States.
  • Fellows are selected on the basis of merit the specific criteria emphasize creativity, originality, initiative and sustained accomplishment -- in annual national competitions. Candidates apply directly. The program does not depend on recommendations from universities or regional screening. Neither financial need nor distributive considerations are taken into account in the selection process.
  • Each Fellows attends two weekend conferences of Fellows. The great majority continue to be involved with the program through regional dinners, service in the selection process for later classes, etc.  

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