MASTERS FUNDING - Diversity Focused

The lists in the right sidebar are of external scholarship and fellowship programs available to graduate students. The lists are organized according to the programs available at CGU, but students should check all lists and 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. These are not exhaustive lists. Please check with your respective school for funding opportunities that may be available within the department.


American Association of University Women (AAUW), International Fellowships(November Deadline)

International fellowships, in the amount of $18,000, are awarded for full-time study in the United States to women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Both graduate and postgraduate studies at accredited U.S. institutions are supported. Originally designed to provide Latin American women opportunities for graduate and postgraduate study in the U.S., the International Fellowships program awarded its first fellowship in 1917. The program now includes women from around the world, and International Fellowships have been awarded to more than 3,600 women from more than 150 nations. For more information:

American Indian Graduate Center, AIGC Named Graduate Scholarships (Various Deadline)

AIGC manages a number of private funds and awards and provides these as supplemental scholarships ($500 - $5,000 each) based on field of study and other criteria defined by donor. For more information:

American Indian Graduate Center, Science Post Graduate Scholarship Fund (June Deadline)

AIGC administers a Bureau of Indian Education contract to provide financial assistance in the form of scholarships to eligible American Indian and Alaska Natives seeking undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees in STEM. The maximum amount of a graduate award is up to $30,000 in an academic year. For more information:

American Indian Graduate Center, Special Higher Education Program (June Deadline)

The Special Higher Education Program provides approximately $1,200,000 in fellowships to over 400 American Indian and Alaska NAtive graduate and professional students each year. Graduate fellowships are monetary awards made to American Indian and Alaska Native graduate or professional full-time, degree-seeking students, who meet all eligibility criteria. The fellowship amount is typically between $1,000 and $5,000 per academic year. For more information:

American Indian Graduate Center, Wells Fargo American Indian Scholarship Program (May Deadline)

This scholarship is funded by Wells Fargo and administered by AIGC and is intended for students who are pursuing a degree in fields related to management and administration, including accounting, finance, information technology and human resources. For more information:

American Indian Education Fund, The AIEF Graduate Scholarship Program (April Deadline)

The AIEF program now offers competitive graduate scholarships to eligible American Indian/Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian students pursuing a Masters or Doctoral degree. The scholarship is accessible to both part-time and full-time graduate students. The level of scholarship funding is dependent on the number of hours enrolled in graduate studies. Online courses and ABD are not applicable for the graduate scholarship. All American Indian/Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian who are enrolled in their tribe, or have a parent who is an enrolled member are eligible. For more information:

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Fellowships for Minority Doctoral Students (May Deadline)

The AICPA Fellowship for Minority Doctoral students ensures that CPAS of diverse backgrounds are visible in college and university classrooms. The foundation awards annual fellowships of $12,000 to full-time minority accounting scholars who demonstrate significant potential to become accounting educators. Eligible applicants must have earned a Master's Degree, pursuing a PhD, or are current doctoral student. For more information:

American Political Science Association (APSA), Minority Fellows Program

The program is designed primarily for minority (or underrepresented) students applying to enter a doctoral program in political science.  For more information:

Armed Forces Communications & Electronics Association (AFCEA), Diversity Graduate Scholarships (April Deadline)

Scholarships of $3,000 will be awarded to full-time students (women and minority students), enrolled in their second semester and at least two semester-equivalent courses) currently pursuing a graduate degree at any accredited academic institution in the United States and also living in the United States in an eligible major that supports the mission of AFCEA Educational Foundation. 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:

Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS)

The fellowship program offers full-time legislative and public policy fellowships in Washington, D.C, providing exceptional graduates and young professionals with an opportunity to work on policy issues as staff members of a congressional office. For more information:

Asian Pacific Fund (Varying Deadlines)

The Asian Pacific Fund administers 12 scholarship programs to help undergraduate and graduate students achieve their education goals. For more information:

Association on American Indian Affairs (July Deadline)

AAIA scholarships are open to enrolled members of US tribes or Alaska Natives, seeking an Associate's Degree or higher at an accredited institution. For more information:

CANFIT Scholarships (March Deadlines)

Graduate scholarships are available for California African American, American Indian, Alaska Native, Asian American, Pacific Islander or Latino/Hispanic students expressing financial need to study public health in the state of California. By providing scholarships, CANFIT hopes to encourage more students to consider careers that will improve adolescent health. For more information:

Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Foundation, CBC Spouses Education Scholarship (May Deadline)

THE CBC Spouses Education Scholarship is for African-American or Black students for all majors who are preparing to pursue or are currently pursuing a graduate degree full-time at a U.S. accredited college or university. Students must exhibit leadership ability and participate in community service activities. For more information:

Cobell Scholarship

The Cobell Scholarship is annual, non-renewable, and available to any full-time and degree-seeking American Indian or Alaska Native post-secondary student attending any nationally, regionally, and industry accredited non-profit, public and private, institution while pursuing a vocational certificate or diploma, associate's bachelor's, master's, doctoral, professional degree or certificate. For more information:

DAR American Indian Scholarship (February Deadline)

This scholarship is awarded to help Native American students of any age, any tribe and in any state striving to get an education at the graduate level. The awards, in the amount of $4,000, are judged based on financial need and academic achievement. Applicants must be Native Americans (proof of American Indian blood is required by letter or proof papers), be in financial need and have a GPA of 3.25 or higher. For more information:

Ford Foundation Fellowship Program (December Deadline)

Fellowship aimed at increasing faculty diversity at American institutions of higher learning. Open to graduate students who are committed to diversity and are in pursuit of a career in teaching and research at the university level. The fellowships will provide one year of support for PhD students working to complete a dissertation. For more information:

Hispanic Scholarship Fund (March Deadline)

The College Scholarship Program is available on a competitive basis to community college, four-year college, and graduate students of Hispanic heritage. Awards range from $500-$5,000. For more information:

Islamic Scholarship Fund (ISF) (March Deadline)

The Islamic Scholarship Fund (ISF) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) entity founded in 2009 whose mission is to address the under-representation of American Muslims in the fields and occupations that influence public opinion and shape public policy. ISF Scholarships range from $2,000 - $10,000. For more information:

Korean American Scholarship Foundation (June Deadline)

Provides scholarships to Korean American students. Available to students with a Korean heritage studying in the United States regardless of citizenship status (including Korean Nationals.) For more information:

Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans (November Deadline)

Fellowship supports recently naturalized U.S. citizens for up to two years of graduate study in any field and in any advanced degree-granting program in the U.S. For more information:

SHPE Foundation (June Deadline)

List of available scholarships designed to enhance and achieve the potential of Latino students pursuing degrees in engineering, math and science. 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:

Sociologists for Women in Society, Esther Ngan-ling Chow and Mareyjoyce Green Scholarship (April Deadline)

Sociologists for Women in Society established a Women of Color Scholarship at its annual meeting in February 2007. The primary purposes of the scholarship are to offer support to female scholars who are from underrepresented groups and are studying concerns that women of color fact domestically and/or internationally and to increase the participation of students of color in SWS. Applicants identify as a woman of color and must be "All But Dissertation" by the time the term of the award begins. For more information:

The United Negro College Fund, Merck Graduate Science Research Dissertation Fellowship (August Deadline)

The goal of the fellowship is to support the training and development of world-class African American biomedical scientists. To be eligible for the fellowship, students must be enrolled full-time in a Ph.D. program majoring in a life science, physical science, or engineering. For more information:

Xerox Minority Scholarships (September Deadline)

Xerox is committed to the academic success of all minority students. Scholarships are available to qualified minorities enrolled in a technical degree program at the bachelor level or above. For more information:


Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS), Fellowships and Awards (Varying Deadlines)

Multiple awards and fellowships are available through the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies. CLAGS was founded in 1991 as the first university-based research center in the United States dedicated to the study of historical, cultural, and political issues of vital concern to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer individuals and communities. CLAGS nurtures cutting edge scholarship, organizes events for examining and affirming LGBTQ lives and fosters network-building among academics, artists, activists, policy makers, and community members. For more information on the various opportunities available:

National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals (June Deadline)

These scholarships are intended for students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) programs who are LGBT or an ally of the LGBT community. For more information:

National Women's Studies Association (NWSA), Lesbian Caucus Award

The purpose of the annual NWSA Lesbian Caucus Award is to provide a research award in recognition of a Master's Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation project in areas of Lesbian, Queer, and LGBT Studies that resonates with the mission of NWSA. The field of the degree is open, but the work should focus on lesbian (defined broadly) lives, identities, or realities and make a contribution to the fields of lesbian and sexuality studies. For more information:

PFLAG, PFLAG Scholarship Programs (April Deadline)

PFLAG offers various scholarships to applicants who self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or anywhere within the LGBTQ, or as an ally. Applicants must demontrate an interest in service to the LGBTQ community and cannot be receiving full-tuition remission sources to fund their education. Award amounts range from $250 to $10,000. For more information:

The Point Foundation (January Deadline)

List of scholarships. The Foundation provides financial support, mentoring and hope to meritorious graduate and post-graduate students who are marginalized because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. For more information:

Yale University, Yale LGBT Studies Research Fellowship (April Deadline)

LGBT Studies at Yale University offers a fellowship annually, which is designed to provide access to Yale resources in LGBT Studies for scholars who live outside the greater New Haven area. This fellowship supports scholars from any field pursuing research in LGBTQ studies at Yale University, utilizing the vast faculty resources, manuscript archives and library collections available. The fellowship provides an award of $4,000 and the recipient is expected to be in residence for a minimum of 20 days. For more information:


AMVETS National Scholarships (April Deadline)

AMVETS National Scholarship awards two annual scholarships to eligible veterans (including National Guard and Reserves members) each worth $3000. This scholarship is specifically designed for veterans who are furthering their education in order to become more competitive in the job market and the money can be used toward both part-time and full-time programs. For more information:

Army Women's Foundation, Graduate Program Legacy Scholarship (January Deadline)

The U.S. Army Women's Foundation is the premier center for educational excellence, the national network for today's Army women and a dynamic advocate for telling the history of Army women. The Legacy Scholarship program offers financial support to Army women and their lineal descendants. Scholarships are based on merit, academic potential, community service, letters of recommendation, and need. For more information:

Blinded Veterans Association, Kathern F. Gruber & Thomas H. Miller Scholarships (April Deadline)

Spouses, dependent children, and grandchildren of blinded veterans are eligible for the annual Kathern F. Gruber Scholarship and Thomas H. Miller Scholarship to assist them with their higher education tuition. Scholarship amounts range from $1,000 to $2,000. For more information:

The American Legion Legacy Scholarship (April Deadline)

The American Legion Legacy Scholarship is a needs-based scholarship designed to fulfill a financial gap remaining after all federal and state educational grants/scholarships available to an eligible applicant have been utilized. The scholarship is designed to provide financial assistance to children of U.S. military members who died while on active duty on or after September 11, 2001. Each needs-based scholarship provides up to $20,000 in aid for undergraduate or post-graduate college. Recipients may reapply for additional annual awards up to six times. For more information:

Fleet Reserve Association (FRA), FRA Education Foundation (April Deadline)

The FRA's Education Foundation sponsors a generous scholarship program that helps deserving students reach their educational and professional goals by presenting awards of up to $5,000 to individuals pursuing college and graduate degrees. The Foundation presents approximately $100,000 each year to recipients based on financial need, academic standing, character and leadership qualities. You may apply for FRA Education Foundation Scholarships if you are affiliated with the USN, USMC or USCG through your own service or that of your spouse, parents, grandparent or great-grandparent. For more information:

National Military Family Association (June Deadline)

The goal of the scholarship is to help military spouses prepare for meaningful employment and to better contribute to their family's financial wellbeing. Spouse must have valid military ID in order to apply. This includes spouses of active duty, guard, reserve, and retired service members, as well as surviving spouses. Scholarships and other awards range from $500 to $2,500, depending on the type of academic program and available funding. For more information:

NBC Universal, SVA Scholarship (April Deadline)

NBC Universal is committed to increasing diversity both on air and behind the scenes. Doing so provides a secure, powerful and competitive advantage in the media and entertainment industry. As part of this commitment, Student Veterans of America and NBC Universal have parterne to distribute two $12,000 scholarships to any eligible student veteran. Applicants must have at least a 3.0 GPA and submit proof of military service. For more information:

Pat Tillman Foundation Scholars (Applications Open in February)

Founded in 2008, the Tillman Scholars program supports our nation's active-duty service members, veterans and military spouses by investing in their higher education. The scholarship covers educational expenses, including tuition and fees, books and living expenses. The program unites the best talent and leadership in the military to make a significant, positive impact on our country and our local communities. For more information:

Paralyzed Veterans of America (June Deadline)

Paralyzed Veterans of America is proud to offer assistance to Paralyzed Veterans' members and members of their immediate families, through Paralyzed Veterans Educational Scholarship Program. The program will provide a $1,000 scholarship to each qualified individual, up to approximately $10,000 in total scholarship funding. For more information:

Raytheon Patriot Scholarship (April Deadline)

Student Veterans of America and Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems have partnered to provide a scholarship to veterans pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree at an accredited four-year college or university. The Raytheon Patriot Scholarship will support U.S Army student veterans. This partnership will enable returning soldiers to pursue their education goals and position them for success in civilian professions. For more information:

Veterans United Foundation Scholarship (March Deadline)

Despite the aid of benefits like the GI Bill, the ever-increasing expense of a graduate degree is one of the greatest challenges facing so many of our nation's finest, and in an effort to address this need, Veterans United Foundation has established the Veterans United Scholarship Program. The program's primary goal is to assist military service members and their families by awarding up to twenty $2,000 scholarships to help pay for tuition and books each semester. For more information:


American Association of University Women (AAUW), Dissertation Fellowships (November Deadline)

Fellowship offsets a scholar's living expenses while she completes her final year of dissertation. Open to applicants in all fields of study. For more information:

American Association of University Women (AAUW), Career Development Grants (November Deadline)

AAUW's Career Development Grants provides assistance to women who, through additional higher education, technical training, or participation in professional development institutes, are making career changes, seeking to advance in current careers, or reentering the workforce. Primary consideration is given to women of color and women pursuing credentials in nontraditional fields. Grants provide support for coursework toward degree programs other than a doctorate or for specialized training in technical or professional fields. For more information:

American Association of University Women (AAUW), International Fellowships (November Deadline)

International fellowships, in the amount of $20,000, are awarded for full-time study in the United States to women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Both graduate and postgraduate studies at accredited U.S. institutions are supported. Originally designed to provide Latin American women opportunities for graduate and postgraduate study in the U.S., the International Fellowships program awarded its first fellowship in 1917. The program now includes women from around the world, and International Fellowships have been awarded to more than 3,600 women from more than 150 nations. For more information:

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

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:

Google's Women Techmakers Scholars Program (December Deadline)

Through the Women Techmakers Scholars Program- formally the Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship Program- Google is furthering Dr. Anita Borg's vision for creating gender equality in the fields of computer science and technology by encouraging women to excel in computing and technology and become active leaders and role models in the field. For more information:

Harvard University, Mellon-Schlesinger Summer Research Grants (November Deadline)

The Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library offers several research grants to support new scholarship on women, gender and sexuality. A major grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has allowed to Schlesinger Library to launch the Long 19th Amendment Project interrogating the centennial of American Women's suffrage. The grant will fund up to three eight-week residencies each June - July in 2019,2020 and 2021 for researchers doing advanced work on gender and suffrage, voting rights, citizenship, or other related topics. For more information:

The Henry Luce Foundation, Inc., Clare Booth Luce Program (March Deadline)

Established in 1989, the aim of the program is to encourage the participation of women in science, mathematics, and engineering, fields in which they are underrepresented. Grants are made to four-year degree-granting institutions, not directly to individuals. The program is administered in three parts: 1) undergraduate awards, 2) graduate fellowships, 3) professorships. Student recipients must be U.S. citizens; faculty recipients must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Medical and social science fields are excluded. For more information:

International Center for Research on Women, Paula Kantor Award for Excellence in Field Research, (January Deadline)

The International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) is accepting nominations for the annual Paula Kantor Award for Excellence in Field Research, which honors the legacy of a visionary leader whose contributions to the feminist and social justice movements are evident across the world. In the spirit of Paula's legacy of supporting applied research to advance the economic and social well-being of women in low-income and otherwise marginalized communities worldwide, this annual award is given to a young professional female researcher going field research related to ICRW's mission, along with a $2,500 award. For more information:

National Council of Jewish Women (2 Application Cycles; November Deadline)

List of scholarships for women, especially mid-life women, to continue their education and learn a marketable skill. For more information:

National Women's Studies Association, NWSA Graduate Scholarship (March Deadline)

NWSA will award $1,000 to a student who, in the fall of the year of the award, will be engaged in the research or writing stages of a Master's Thesis or Ph.D. Dissertation in the interdisciplinary field of women's studies. Applicants must be current NWSA members. For more information:

Society of Women Engineers (Varying Deadlines)

Various awards for women pursuing degrees in engineering or computer science. For more information:

Sociologists for Women in Society, Esther Ngan-ling Chow and Mareyjoyce Green Scholarship (April Deadline)

Sociologists for Women in Society established a Women of Color Scholarship at its annual meeting in February 2007. The primary purposes of the scholarship are to offer support to female scholars who are from underrepresented groups and are studying concerns that women of color fact domestically and/or internationally and to increase the participation of students of color in SWS. Applicants identify as a woman of color and must be "All But Dissertation" by the time the term of the award begins. For more information:

Women in Defense (WID), HORIZONS Scholarship Program

The scholarship is designed to provide financial assistance to further educational objectives of women who are U.S. citizens either employed or planning careers in defense or national security areas. For more information:

Zonta International (Varying Deadlines)

List of scholarships offered by the organization. For more information:


The American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS), Entry Point!

Entry Point! recognizes students with disabilities who have demonstrated high motivation, persistence, and achievement in STEM fields are eager to work in science and engineering research and development. Mentors work with students on future plans. Partners provide stipends, assistive technology and other reasonable accommodations. Travel funds and recommendations about accessible housing and transportation may also be provided to students who are relocating for the summer. For more information:

American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), NBCUniversal Tony Coelho Media Scholarship

The Scholarship is available to undergraduate and graduate students with disabilities pursuing communication or media-related degrees. For more information:

The AmeriGlide Achiever Scholarship

The scholarship is available to full time college students who use either a manual wheelchair, power wheelchair, or mobility scooter. For more information:

Alexander Graham Bell Scholarship Program

The program offers scholarships to full-time students who have a pre-lingual bilateral hearing loss in the moderately-severe to profound range, use listening and spoken language, and who are pursuing a masters or doctorate (not in law or public policy). For more information:

American Psychological Association, Ethel Louise Armstrong Foundation, Inc. (June Deadline)

This foundation offers scholarships to women with disabilities who are currently pursuing graduate degrees. For more information:

Boomer Esiason Foundation (Varying Deadlines)

List of scholarships for students with Cystic Fibrosis managed by the Boomer Esiason Foundation. For more information:

California Association for Postsecondary Education and Disability (CAPED) (Varying Deadlines)

List of several scholarships offered through CAPED. For more information:

The Elizabeth Nash Foundation (April Deadline)

The Scholarship program is open to individuals with Cystic Fibrosis who are in-going or current undergraduate or graduate students at an accredited US-based college or university. For more information:

The Google Lime Scholarship (Applications Open in October)

Scholarship supports students with disabilities while they pursue education and promising careers in the field of computer science. For more information:

Gallaudet University, Graduate Fellowship Fund (April Deadline)

Information about graduate fellowship opportunity available to deaf students by Gallaudet University. For more information:

Military VA Loan, Disability Awareness Scholarship

Applications are welcome and accepted from anybody who meets the application requirements. Whether or not you have a disability, the scholarship is not restricted – only meant to bring awareness. For more information:

National Federation of the Blind (NFB), NFB Scholarship Program (March Deadline)

To recognize achievement by blind scholars, the NFB annually offers blind college students in the United States and Puerto Rico the opportunity to win one of thirty national scholarships worth from $3,000 to $12,000. For more information:

Students With Heart Foundation Scholarship (October Deadline)

The mission of Students With Heart Foundation is to provide financial assistance by means of scholarships for students who suffer from all different types of heart disease and deformities, thus relieving some of the stress from the rough and rigorous stress they will face throughout their education. For more information:

UCB Family Epilepsy Scholarship (March Deadline)

Scholarship program offers educational scholarships to people living with epilepsy who demonstrate academic and personal achievement. For more information:

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