Student Research Grants

Research Fellowships and Professional Opportunities for Graduate Students

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program

Fellowships supported by the National Science Foundation are awarded for graduate study leading to research-based master’s or doctoral degrees in the fields of science, mathematics, and engineering. More than 900 students are awarded 12-month stipends and cost-of-education allowances.  

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Ruth L. Kirchstein NRSA for Individual Predoctoral Fellowships to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (NIH)

This National Research Service Award (NRSA) program seeks to improve the diversity of the health-related research workforce by supporting the training of doctoral students from groups that have been underrepresented. Such candidates include individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. Through the program, promising predoctoral students will obtain individualized, mentored research training from outstanding faculty sponsors while conducting well-defined research projects in scientific health-related fields relevant to the missions of the participating NIH Institutes and Centers. The proposed mentored research training is expected to clearly enhance the individual’s potential to develop into a productive, independent research scientist.

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Mental Health Research Dissertation Grant to Increase Workforce Diversity (NIH) 

This program serves to enhance the diversity of the mental health research workforce by providing dissertation awards in all research areas within the strategic priorities of the National Institute of Mental Health to individuals from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical, behavioral, clinical, and social sciences research. This two-year award supports the completion of the doctoral research project. Individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from socially, culturally, economically, or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds that have inhibited their ability to pursue a career in health-related research are particularly encouraged to apply.

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Individual NRSA for Diversity PhD Students (NIH)

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke provides National Research Service Award (NRSA) training fellowships to outstanding doctoral candidates from groups that have been shown to be underrepresented, including underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. The intent of this program is to increase the number of scientists from underrepresented populations in biomedical research. Award recipients, who must be within their first six years of graduate school, will receive up to five years of research training leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent research degree, a combined M.D.-Ph.D. degree, or another formally combined professional and research doctorate degree in biomedical, behavioral, health services, or clinical sciences.

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The HACU Scholarship Program

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities is pleased to offer scholarship opportunities to assist in defraying some of your college expenditures. Please review each scholarship’s criteria carefully to see if you qualify.

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Predoctoral Fellowship in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (APA)

Funded by a grant from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, this American Psychological Association fellowship program supports the training of practitioners in behavioral health services and prevention. The fellowship is designed for students pursuing doctoral degrees in clinical, counseling, and school psychology or other behavioral health services areas. Applicants must have a strong commitment to a career in ethnic minority behavioral health services or policy.

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Psychology Summer Institute (APA)
The Minority Fellowship Program Psychology Summer Institute (PSI) provides educational, professional development, and mentoring experiences to advanced doctoral students of psychology and psychologists who are in the early stage of their careers. Participants are guided toward developing a grant proposal, postdoctoral fellowship, dissertation, treatment program, publication, or program evaluation project. All projects must focus on issues affecting ethnic minority communities.

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Spencer Dissertation Fellowship Program

This National Academy of Education program seeks to encourage a new generation of scholars from a wide range of disciplines and professional fields to undertake research relevant to the improvement of education. The $25,000 fellowships support individuals whose dissertations show potential for bringing fresh and constructive perspectives to the history, theory, or practice of formal or informal education anywhere in the world.

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Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship Program

This program aims to increase the presence of underrepresented minorities on the nation's college and university faculties, to enhance diversity on campuses, and to address the persisting effects of past discrimination. The dissertation fellowships provide one year of support for individuals working to complete a dissertation leading to a Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree. Dissertation fellowships will be awarded in a national competition based on demonstrated superior academic achievement, commitment to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers, and preparation to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. Open to citizens or nationals of the United States who are Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree candidates studying in an eligible research-based discipline at a U.S. educational institution.

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Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, the Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers opportunities for master’s and doctoral candidates to conduct independent study and research abroad.

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Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Foundation

Established in 2003, the Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Foundation aims to carry on some of Congresswoman Mink’s most ardent commitments: educational access, support, and opportunity for low-income women, especially mothers, and educational enrichment for children. The foundation offers five Education Support Awards (up to $5,000 each in 2015) for low-income women with minor children who are pursuing higher education or training.

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Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

These fellowships provide opportunities for continuing generations of able and accomplished New Americans to achieve leadership in their chosen fields. Candidates must be the holder of a green card, a naturalized citizen, or a U.S. citizen by birth of parents who were not U.S. citizens when the candidate was born. Graduate students from any field may apply.

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Pathways to Science: Graduate Portal

This initiative of the Institute for Broadening Participation provides links to fellowship opportunities for master’s students or doctoral candidates as well as funding sources for short-term opportunities such as summer institutes or travel.

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Elizabeth Munsterberg Koppitz Child Psychology Graduate Fellowships (APA)

This program sponsored by the American Psychological Foundation promotes the advancement of knowledge and nurtures young scholars in the field of child psychology by supporting graduate research projects and scholarships.

Several awards of up to $25,000 each are given in the form of tuition waivers/coverage from the home institution. Support is for one year, with only one application accepted from an institution in any given year.

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Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students

This program from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides funds to schools. In turn, the schools provide scholarships to full-time, financially needy students from disadvantaged backgrounds, enrolled in health professions and nursing programs. 

Eligible schools include graduate programs in behavioral and mental health practice. Participating schools are responsible for selecting scholarship recipients, making reasonable determinations of need, and providing scholarships that do not exceed the cost of attendance (tuition, reasonable educational expenses, and reasonable living expenses).

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Drug Abuse Dissertation Research (NIH)

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) provides NIH Dissertation Award grants to support drug abuse doctoral dissertation research in NIDA areas of priority Areas of focus include research on basic and clinical neuroscience and behavior, developmental trajectories, epidemiology, prevention, treatment, services, and/or women and sex/gender differences. It is hoped that this program will ultimately facilitate the entry of promising new investigators into the field of drug abuse research and promote transdisciplinary collaborations. Individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from socially, culturally, economically, or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds that have inhibited their ability to pursue a career in health-related research are particularly encouraged to apply.

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The American Psychological Foundation

Scholarships and Fellowships: Graduate students encounter a number of financial needs in the course of their training, and the American Psychological Foundation (APF) is committed to trying to meet those needs so that the most capable students can thrive in the field. APF gives scholarships, dissertation funding, research support, travel grants, and fellowships to launch careers for graduate students dedicated to the discipline. Student support ranges from $300 for travel support to $25,000 for fellowships.

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The NIH Diversity in Extramural Programs website: 6 Resources for biomedical scholars and rising investigators

The new NIH Diversity in Extramural Programs website features excellent resources for scholars and rising investigators across each career stage of research. Learn how diversity supports the mission of the National Institutes of Health, find opportunities to participate in diversity programs, meet researchers, and more. Whether you are a science student, trainee, faculty member, or someone who is interested in diversity programs, you can find what you are looking for.

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