Financial Opportunities for Graduate Students


Capital Fellows Program

The Capital Fellows Program consist of four individual fellowships:

These nationally recognized fellowships, sponsored by the Center for California Studies at California State University, Sacramento, are an outstanding opportunity for college graduates to engage in public service and prepare for a future career. Fellows work 10-11 months as full-time staff members in the California State Assembly, Senate, Executive Branch or within the California Court System. They gain first-hand experience in governing the most diverse state in the nation and a sense of personal involvement in the leadership of California society.

The only prerequisite for the programs is a four-year college or university degree and a demonstrated interest in state government and public service. Fellows come from all economic, cultural, political, career and educational backgrounds, and no previous legislative or political experience is required.

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Application Deadline: February 10, 2014.

Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program

These fellowships, offered through the National Academy of Sciences, are designed to engage graduate science, engineering, medical, veterinary, business, public policy, and law students in the analytical process that informs the creation of national policy-making with a science/technology element. Eligibility is open to graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and those who have completed graduate studies or postdoctoral research within the last five years. Fellows spend 12 weeks at the National Academies working under a senior National Academies staff member mentor on substantive projects on science and technology policy analysis. The stipend amount is $8,000.

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Application Deadline: This year's deadline has passed.  Info on next year's program will be available in Summer 2014, with an expected deadline of September 2014.

Coastal Management Fellowship Program

Agency: U.S. Department of Commerce

Any student completing a master's, doctoral or professional degree program in natural resource management or environmental-related studies at a US university is eligible. Students from a broad range of environmental programs are encouraged to apply. Program matches students with state coastal zone programs to work on projects proposed by the state & selected by the fellowship sponsor.

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Application Deadline: January 24, 2014.

Dissertation Year Fellowships & Scholar's Awards

These fellowships and awards, offered through the Truman (Harry S.) Library, provide varying amounts to graduate students and postdoctoral scholars conducting research on Truman's life or foreign policy from the Truman years.

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Application Deadlines:

  • Research Grants - April 1, 2014.
  • Dissertation Year Fellowships - February 1, 2014.

ETS Fellowships

Educational Testing Services offers several programs for Graduate Students:

  • Summer Internship Program
  • Gulliksen Fellowship

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Application Deadlines:

  • Summer Internship Program - February 1, 2014.
  • Gulliksen Fellowship - This year's deadline has passed.  Next deadline expected December 2014.

Graduate Equity Fellowship Program ($1,500)

A $1,500 award for students who have experienced economic and educational disadvantages. Students must meet financial and academic requirements and be classified or conditionally classified in a graduate program at Sacramento State.

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Application Deadline: April 11, 2014.

Graduate Fellowships in the Physical Sciences

This program, offered through the National Physical Science Consortium, supports graduate work at any NPSC member institution in any field of the physical sciences. It supports the first two or three years of graduate school, depending on the employer who is sponsoring the fellowship, with the possibility of continuation for several more years, for a maximum of six years and over $200,000 total (including stipend, tuition, fees, and salary for two summers). Special emphasis is on underrepresented minorities and women, but all qualified students are welcome to apply.

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Application Deadline: Deadlines vary. Please visit web site for more info.

Minority Fellowship Program in Sociology of Mental Health

This program, offered through the American Sociological Association, supports students who have strong interests in the sociology of mental health. The program seeks to attract talented minority students who are interested in mental health issues and to facilitate their placement, work and success in graduate programs. The program funds up to 10 one-year fellowships with an annual stipend of up to $20, 772.

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Application Deadline: January 31, 2014.

National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate Fellowship

This program, offered through the U.S. Department of Defense, awards 36-month portable fellowships to new graduate students to support full-time study and research, leading to doctoral degrees in math, engineering, science, or other disciplines of DOD interest. Fellows can attend any U.S. College and do not incur military or any other service obligation.

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Application Deadline: This year's deadline has passed. Next deadline expected December 2014.

National Estuarine Research Reserve Graduate Fellowships

Offered through the U.S. Department of Commerce, this program includes four sub-programs: The Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve (New York), The Tibor T. Polgar Fellowship Program (New York), The Padilla Bay Reserve Project (Washington), and The Tijuana River Reserve Project (California).

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Application Deadline: November 1, 2014.

National Science Foundation - Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)

The National Science Foundation aims to ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in the United States and to reinforce its diversity by offering approximately 1,100 graduate fellowships in this competition. The Graduate Research Fellowship provides three years of support for graduate study leading to research-based masters or doctoral degrees and is intended for students who are in the early stages of their graduate study. The Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) invests in graduate education for a cadre of diverse individuals who demonstrate their potential to successfully complete graduate degree programs in disciplines relevant to the mission of the National Science Foundation.

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Application Deadline: This year's deadline has passed. Next deadline expected November 2014.

National Nuclear Security Administration Graduate Program

Offered through the National Nuclear Security Administration, this program supports graduate students interested in exploring a career in international security and nonproliferation. This program is new for 2013 and combines the previous Nonproliferation Graduate Fellowship Program and Future Leaders Program. 

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Application Deadline: This year's deadline has passed. Next deadline expected October 2014.

Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans (up to $36,000)

This program is to provide opportunities for continuing generations of able and accomplished New Americans to achieve leadership in their chosen fields. The Program is established in recognition of the contributions New Americans have made to American life and in gratitude for the opportunities the United States has afforded the donors and their family.

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Application Deadline: This year's deadline has passed. Next deadline expected November 2014.

Professional Development Fellowships

These fellowships, offered through the College Art Association, aim to bridge the gap between graduate work and professional careers as artists or art historians, by supporting promising MFA students. Five awardees will receive a one-time award of $5,000 each. Honorable mentions will receive a free one-year CAA membership and complimentary registration to the CAA Annual Conference. U.S. citizens or permanent residents may apply. Publication, exhibition, and travel grants also available.

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Application Deadline: This year's deadline has passed. Next deadline expected October 2014.

Smithsonian Fellowship Program

Graduate-level, Pre-Doc, Post-Doc and Senior fellowships support research at the Smithsonian in the following areas: anthropology, archaeology, astrophysics & astronomy, earth sciences, ecology, behavioral and environmental sciences, evolutionary & systematic biology, history of science & technology, art history, and social & cultural history of the U.S. The stipend and length of fellowship vary. Other graduate-level/undergraduate-level internships are also available.

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Application Deadline: Deadlines vary by program. Visit web site for details.

STAR Fellowships for Graduate Environmental Study

Offered through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, these fellowships support master's and doctoral level students in environmentally related fields of study, including engineering, public health and ecological sciences. Master's level students can be supported for up to two years; doctoral students up to 3 years. Provides up to $42,000/year for stipend, tuition and expenses.

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Application Deadline: Not currently accepting applications.  Check web site for updates.