Masters Funding - General & Multidisciplinary

The following is a list of external scholarship and fellowship programs available to graduate students. The list is organized according to the programs available at CGU, but students should check all sections for any applicable fellowships or grants. Please be aware that most of the funding opportunities are highly competitive, and that application deadlines vary throughout the year. Most of the listings include hyperlinks for more information; others will direct you to check the Foundation Directory Online, available by appointment to all graduate students in the Department of Development. This is not an exhaustive list.  Please check with your respective school for funding opportunities that may available within the department.


American Academy in Rome (November Deadline)

Information about the Rome Prize fellowship available to graduate students of the arts, music and humanities. For more information:

American Council of Learned Societies (Varying Deadlines)

List of ACLS fellowships. Competitions and deadlines listed. For more information:

The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF), Fellowships to Study in Scandinavia (November Deadline)

ASF offers fellowships to individuals to pursue research, study, or creative arts projects in one or more Scandinavian country for up to one year. Awards are made in all fields. For more information:

Association of American Colleges and Universities, The K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award (October Deadline)

This award recognizes graduate students who show exemplary promise as future leaders of higher education; who demonstrate a commitment to developing academic and civic responsibility in themselves and others; and whose work reflects a strong emphasis on teaching and learning. For more information:

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (Varying Deadlines)

Partnering with the SSRC, ACLS, and The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), The Mellon Foundation funds a variety of grants and fellowships available to graduate students. Open to U.S. and international students studying the humanities. For more information:

Asian Cultural Council, Graduate Scholarships

ACC gives a small number of scholarships each year to international students who have been admitted to a graduate degree program in the United States in one of the eligible disciplines. This funding may be used for travel and living expenses, but will not be sufficient to cover full tuition costs. For more information:

Boston College, African and African Diaspora Studies Dissertation Fellowship (January Deadline)

Scholars working in any discipline in the Social Sciences or Humanities, with projects focusing on any topic within African and/or African Diaspora Studies, are eligible to apply. The program seeks applicants pursuing innovative, preferably interdisciplinary, projects in dialogue with critical issues and trends within the field. The fellowship includes $30,000 stipend, plus other benefits. For more information:

Chateaubriand Fellowship Program, Humanities & Social Sciences (Applications Open in October)

Grant offered by the Embassy of France in the United States for PhD students from American universities who seek to engage in research in France. Applicants are not limited to U.S. citizens, but may not be French. For more information:

The Community Foundation, The Castro/Faulk Scholarship Fund of the Coachella Valley (April Deadline)

The Fund provides financial assistance in the form of scholarships to students who are U.S. citizens, and residents, or former residents of Coachella Valley who demonstrate motivation, perseverance and a sincere desire to gain an education. Scholarships are provided to students who demonstrate financial need, and may be used for education-related expenses. For more information:

The Community Foundation, Desert Outreach Foundation Scholarship (April Deadline)

The Fund provides financial assistance in the form of scholarships to students residing in the Coachella Valley who are seeking an undergraduate/graduate degree either within or outside of the Valley. For more information:

Coordinating Council for Women in History (CCWH), Ida B. Wells Graduate Student Award (April Deadline)

The CCWH Ida B. Wells Graduate Student Fellowship is an annual award of $1,000 given to a graduate student working on a historical dissertation that interrogates race and gender, not necessarily in a history department. The award is intended to support either a crucial stage of research or the final year of writing. For more information:

Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund (March Deadline)

The Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund aids people active in movements for social and economic justice. These need-based scholarships are awarded to students who are able to do academic work at the college or university level and who are active in the progressive movement. The maximum grant available from the Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund is $15,000 per year. For more information:

The D. Kim Foundation, Dissertation Fellowship (December Deadline)

The D. Kim Foundation provides fellowships and grants to support graduate students and young scholars who are working in the history of science and technology in modern East Asia, regardless of their nationality, origins or gender. Comparative studies of East Asia and the West as well as studies in related fields (mathematics, medicine and public health) are also welcome. Three or four fellowships (up to $25,000 each) will be awarded annually to Ph.D. candidates who are writing their dissertations. Applicants are to include two draft chapters with their application. For more information:

Equitable Growth, Dissertation Scholars Program (January Deadline)

Equitable Growth is building a pipeline of scholars doing cutting edge research on inequality and growth. Our Dissertation Scholars Program is in-resident and provides PhD candidates with financial and professional support to pursue their own research and to gain familiarity with current policy discussions and the policy process. The position is open to pre-dissertation scholars who are currently enrolled in a PhD program at a US university whose research aligns with Equitable Growth's funding priorities. Dissertation scholars are given an annualized $50,000 stipend, office space, and professional support, and are expected to support Equitable Growth's grant program. For more information:

Fahs-Beck Fund for Research and Experimentation, Fahs-Beck Scholars Grant (April & November Deadlines)

Grants of up to $5,000 are available to help support dissertation expenses of doctoral students in the United States and Canada whose studies have the potential for adding significantly to knowledge about problems in the functioning or well-being of children, adults, couples, families or communities, or about interventions designed to prevent or alleviate such problems. The research for which funding is requested must focus on the United States or Canada or on a comparison between the United States or Canada and one or more other countries. For more information:

Gerda Henkel Foundation, Special Programme: Security, Society and the State (November Deadline)

This special program of the Gerda Henkel Foundation is intended to encourage junior scholars to pursue unconventional research agendas that are nonetheless crucial, while providing senior scholars with the opportunity to focus intensively on work in progress for a limited period. The program and subsequent grant, seeks to combine basic theoretical research with concepts that are applicable to present-day political issues of security policy. The research program addresses scholars of all disciplines in the humanities and social sciences and proposed research topics should be closely related to one or more of the five fields of research of the program: challenges in new technologies, public policy and human security, patterns of conflict resolution between the state and traditional actors, non-governmental actors as partners and contenders of the state, and security and communication strategies between doctrine formation and implementation. For more information:

Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Carter Manny Award (November Deadline)

Since the Carter Manny Award's establishment in 1996, over $775,000 has been awarded in recognition of outstanding doctoral students whose work represents some of the most innovative and advanced scholarship. The award assists students enrolled in graduate programs in architecture, art history, the fine arts, humanities and the social sciences working on topics related to architecture. The Graham Foundation offers two Carter Manny Awards : a research award for a student at the research stage of the doctoral dissertation and a writing award for a student at the writing stage of the doctoral dissertation. The research award is acknowledged with up to $15,000 and the writing award is acknowledged with up to $20,000. For more information:

Grasshopper, Grasshopper Entrepreneur Scholarship (August Deadline)

The Grasshopper Entrepreneur Scholarship is designed to help young entrepreneurs afford the rising cost of education and help them along the road to entrepreneurship. Grasshopper will award one $5,000 scholarship for the best submitted entry. The scholarship will be awarded in check form, made payable directly to the university that the winner is, or will be, attending for the year's school term. For more information:

Guggenheim Foundation, Dissertation Fellowships for Research on Understanding Violence, Aggression, and Dominance (February Deadline)

Ten or more dissertation fellowships are awarded each year to graduate students who would complete the writing of a dissertation within the award year. These fellowships of $20,000 each are designed to contribute to the support of the doctoral candidate to enable them to complete the thesis in a timely manner and are only appropriate for students approaching the final year of their PhD. Questions that interest the foundation concern violence and aggression in relation to social change, intergroup conflict, war, terrorism, crime and family relationships, among other subjects. Dissertations with no relevance to understanding human violence and aggression will not be supported. Priority will also be given to areas and methodologies not receiving adequate attention and support from other funding sources. For more information:

The Huntington Library, Fellowships (November Deadline)

The Huntington is an independent research center with holdings in British and American history, literature, art history and the history of science and medicine. The Huntington awards over one hundred fellowships for the academic year. These fellowships derive from a variety of funding sources and have different terms. For more information:

Institute for Humane Studies, Humane Studies Fellowship (April Deadline)

The Humane Studies Fellowship is a renewable, non-residency award of up to $15,000 per year to support current or future students in PhD programs. Intended for graduate students with an interest in developing, teaching, and applying classical liberal ideas and the principles of a free society, this program supports research and teaching in the humanities and social sciences. For more information:

International Foundation for Ethical Research (IFER), Graduate Fellowships (April Deadline)

The International Foundation for Ethical Research supports the development, validation, and implementation of innovative science methodologies that advance science and replace the use of animals in research, testing, and education. To that end, the foundation is accepting applications for the IFER Graduate Fellowship Program from graduate students whose program of study shows the potential to replace the use of animals in science. Grants of up to $15,000 will be awarded to students enrolled in master's and doctoral programs in the sciences, education, psychology, humanities, journalism and the law; and for projects that show promise to increase public awareness and/or promote changes in the legal system or public policy with respect to the use of animals in research, testing, and education. For more information:

Josephine de Karman Fellowship Trust (January Deadline)

De Karman fellowships are open to students in any discipline, including international students, who are enrolled in a university located within the United States. For more information:

MANA de San Diego Scholarship Program (February Deadline)

Since 1991, the MANA de San Diego Scholarship Program has provided awards for San Diego County Latina residents. MANA's mission is to empower LAtinas through education, leadership development, community service and advocacy. Selection is based on academic and non-academic criteria of the applicant including: grade point average, financial need, educational aspirations, leadership and community involvement. For more information:

Nathan Cummings Foundation Fellowship (December Deadline)

The Nathan Cummings Foundation is accepting applications for the foundation's fellowship, which provides three individuals with up to $150,000 to turn an inspired idea in the field of social justice into a world-changing reality.The 18-month fellowship offers hands-on training, resources and leadership development to help Fellows scale the impact of their work. NCF looks for fellows whose work reflects the identity and DNA of the Foundation, and our focus on climate change and inequality. Fellowship projects should align with at least one of the Foundation's four focus areas, which together form an integrated framework for our work to advance a healthy planet and democracy: inclusive clean economy, racial and economic justice, corporate and political accountability and voice, creativity and culture. For more information:

National Endowment for the Humanities (Varying Deadlines)

The NEH has a number of fellowship and award programs dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities. For more information:

National Security Agency (NSA) (October Deadline)

The NSA offers a 12-week internship for graduate students enrolled in an M.A., M.S., or PhD. program in a variety of academic fields. The program is designed to match the needs of the intelligence community with the skills acquired at the graduate level. For more information:

Ruth Landes Memorial Research Fund, Landes Grants (Rolling Applications)

Grants are available to scholars and other professionally qualified individuals of recognized merit for work toward a doctoral dissertation, for postdoctoral work, or for independent scholarship. Awards may be used for research, including field studies, and related expenses, including travel (where appropriate) and living costs over the period covered by the Landes Grant. Applicant must explain how his/her project relates to the interests of Ruth Landes (published work on gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, immigrant and minority populations, culture and education, language and identity, and religion). For more information:

Smithsonian Institution (Varying Deadlines)

List of fellowships offered through the Smithsonian Institute for students of a variety of disciplines. For more information:

Social Science Research Council, International Dissertation Research Fellowship (November Deadline)

The Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowships offers 9 to 12 months of support to graduate students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who are enrolled in PhD programs in the United States and conducting dissertation research on non-U.S. topics. 70 fellowships are awarded annually. Fellowship amounts vary depending on the research plan, with a per-fellowship average of $22,000. For more information:

Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis (SBCA), SBCA Outstanding Dissertation Award (October Deadline)

The Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis (SBCA) has established an annual award for the best Ph.D. thesis dealing with the theory and/or practice of benefit-cost analysis. The award is intended to recognize outstanding work by promising new researchers in the field. The range of topics for candidate dissertations cover those of interest to the SBCA, including both theory and application of economic evaluation methods. Relevant methods include, but are not limited to benefit-cost analysis, cost-effective analysis, cost analysis, applied welfare economic analysis, and damage assessments. For applied research, illustrative substantive areas include civil and criminal justice, education and training, energy, natural resources and environment, financial and financial markets, safety and security and social welfare programs. The dissertation may be primarily focused on the theory and/or application of benefit-cost analysis, or it may be contained in a portion of the work (e.g., a subset of the chapters of the dissertation or one paper of a multi-paper dissertation). For more information:

Taco Bell Foundation, Live Mas Scholarship (February Deadline)

In 2019, the Taco Bell Foundation will award $4 million in Live Mas Scholarships. The Live Mas Scholarship is not based on your grades or how well you play sports. The Foundation is looking for the next generation of innovators, creators and dreamers who want to make a difference in the world. Applicants must not be more than 24 years of age. The award is also eligible for renewal. For more information:

Tel Aviv University, Dan David Prize (March Deadline)

The Dan David Prize awards scholarships to doctoral and post-doctoral researchers, carrying out research in one of the selected fields for the current year. Registered doctoral and post-doctoral researchers who study at recognized universities throughout the world are eligible to apply. The Dan David Prize laureates annually donate twenty scholarships of $15,000 each to outstanding doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers of exceptional promise. For more information:

The San Diego Foundation, Community Scholarship Program (February Deadline)

The San Diego Foundation Community Scholarship Program provides scholarship opportunities for local students to help pursue their educational goals and achieve their higher education dreams. The San Diego Foundation Common Scholarship Application gives San Diego students access to more than 100 scholarships that comprise the Community Scholarship Program by filling out just one application. For more information:

Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, The Charlotte W. Newcombe Dissertation Fellowship (Novemeber Deadline)

The Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships are designed to encourage original and significant study of ethical or religious values in all fields of the humanities and social sciences, and particularly to help Ph.D. candidates in these fields complete their dissertation work in a timely manner. In addition to topics in religious studies or in ethics (philosophical or religious), dissertations appropriate to the Newcombe Fellowship competition might explore the ethical implications of foreign policy, the values influencing political decisions, the moral codes of other cultures, and religious or ethical issues reflected in history or literature. At least 20 non-renewable Fellowships of $25,000 will be awarded for 12 months of full-time dissertation writing. For more information:


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