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Grants and Fellowships


  • Fannie and John Hertz Fellowships in the Applied Physical Sciences. Hertz Foundation, P.O. Box 5032, Livermore, CA 94551-5032. Deadline: October
  • Ford Foundation Predoctoral and Dissertation Fellowships for Minorities. Fellowship Office, National Research Council, 2101 Constitution Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20418. Deadline: November
    Telephone: (202) 334-2872
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute Doctoral Fellowships in Biological Science. (also open to foreign nationals.) Fellowship Office, National Research Council, 2101 Constitution Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20418. Deadline: December
    Telephone: (202) 334-3419
  • Andrew W. Mellon Fellowships in the Humanistic Studies. Andrew W. Mellon Fellowships in Humanistic Studies, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, CN 5329, Princeton, NJ 08543-5329. Deadline: December
    Telephone: (609) 452-7007
  • Jacob K. Javits Fellowships for Graduate Study in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Office of Higher Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education, 600 Independence Ave, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20202. Deadline: January
    Telephone: (202) 260-3574
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowships and NSF Minority Graduate Fellowships. NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program, Oak Ridge Associated Universities, P.O. Box 3010, Oak Ridge, TN 37831-3010. Deadline: November
    Telephone: (615) 241-4300
  • Department of National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship Program. NDSEG Fellowship Program, 200 Park Drive, Suite 211, P.O. Box 13444, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709-3444. ATTN: Dr. George Outterson. Deadline: January
    Telephone: (919) 549-8505


  • Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowships for Research Related to Education: no citizenship requirement, but doctorate must be sought at a U.S. university; $17,000 over a period of one-two years; October 22; (applications must be requested by October 10).
  • AAUW Educational Foundation Dissertation Fellowships: female U.S. citizens or permanent residents; $14,500; 1 year; November 17; (applications must be requested by November 1).
  • Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships: ethical or religious values in all areas of human endeavor; $25,000; 12 months; November 15,  is the application deadline
  • Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Grants in Women’s Studies and Women’s Health: research about women in society, history, the psychology of women, and women as seen in literature and art. A separate grant promotes research on issues relating to women’s health; $1,500-2,000; 1 year; November 1; (applications must be requested by October 17).
  • Brookings Institution Research Fellowships in Economic Studies, Foreign Policy Studies, or Governmental Studies: $15,000; 1 year; nominations by a graduate department must be received by December 15 and completed applications are due by February 15.
  • Harry Frank Guggenheim Dissertation Fellowships: human dominance, aggression, and violence (applications especially encouraged from students in biological and social sciences); $10,000; 1 year for dissertation write-up; February 1.
  • National Science Foundation Grants for Improving Doctoral Dissertation Research: in the Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences and in the Directorate for Biological Sciences; Ph.D. students enrolled at U.S. institutions; up to 24 months; open, allow up to 6 months for normal processing.


  • Council of American Overseas Research Centers: The Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) offers Ph.D. candidates who are in the dissertation writing stage of their doctoral work and Post-doctoral scholars/researchers an opportunity to fund regional and trans-regional research. The fellowship is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. State Department and is in its ninth year. The fellowship is only open to U.S. citizens. Deadline: December 31, 2002.
  • Luce Scholars Program: Vanderbilt students who are not Asian specialists; eleven months in East or Southeast Asia; applications available beginning of fall semester. Contact John Robinson, International Student Services, 322-2753.
  • U.S. Student Fulbright Grants for Graduate Study Abroad(Institute for International Education): any field; and Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program (U.S. Department of Education): modern foreign languages and area studies; U.S. citizens. Contact Professor Joel Harrington, Campus Fulbright Program Advisor, Department of History, 322-2575.
  • Marshall Scholarships for Study in Great Britain: any field; Rhodes Scholarships: any field of study at Oxford University: And Churchill Scholarships: engineering, science, and mathematics at Churchill College, Cambridge University. Contact Professor Paul Elledge, Department of English, 322-2541.
  • German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD): Annual Grant for Study and Research in Germany: any field;graduate students or graduating seniors; Graduate School can nominate up to 3 candidates. Campus advisor, Professor John McCarthy, Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages, 322-2611.
  • DAAD Research Grants for Recent Ph.Ds and Ph.D Candidates in Germany: dissertation or postdoctoral research at libraries, archives, institutes, or laboratories in Germany; U.S. citizens; 2-6 months during calendar year; November 1.
  • Social Science Research Council Dissertation Fellowships for Area Research: social sciences, humanities; graduate students must be enrolled in U. S. institutions; November 1-February 1.