Office of Graduate Student External Grants and Fellowships | GradFund

A number of external fellowship competitions are managed by the School of Graduate Studies through the Office of Graduate Student External Grants and Fellowships. 

These awards will have an internal deadline that is in advance of the published national deadline and will typically involve an on-campus committee review process.  The following competitions are managed by the Office of Graduate Student External Grants and Fellowships:  

Fulbright IIE

Fulbright IIE Basics:

On Campus Deadline:

September 1, 2017(Research/Study),

September 18, 2017(ETA)

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs.

Visit our Fulbright IIE Resource Page.


Fulbright Hays

Fulbright Hays Basics:

On Campus Deadline: 2018 TBA

The Fulbright Hays provides grants to fund individual doctoral students who conduct research in other countries, in modern foreign languages and area studies for periods of 6 to 12 months.

Visit our Knowledgebase page for the Fulbright Hays to learn more, notify us of your intent to apply, use our tutorial and talk about the program with our Fellowship Advising Team.


Boren Fellowship

Boren Fellowship Basics:  2018 TBA

Boren Fellowships, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.

Boren Fellows represent a vital pool of highly motivated individuals who wish to work in the federal national security arena. In exchange for funding, Boren Fellows commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation.

Read our Knowledgebase entry about Boren Fellowships.


DAAD Research and Study in Germany: October 16, 2017 (on campus deadline)

DAAD Basics:  On Campus Deadline October 16, 2017

DAAD, the German Academic Exchange Service provides a number of fellowships and grants to support graduate level work in Germany.

Application process for the  DAAD Study Scholarship or Long Term Research Grant.

Rutgers students should plan to apply for DAAD funding through GradFund as Rutgers University is Partner University with DAAD.  It is in your competitive interest to apply through the partnership mechanism.

If you plan to apply for the DAAD fellowship in the fall of 2017,  please to the following:

  1. Begin to work on your application well in advance of the on-campus deadline.
  2. Schedule at least 1 application consultation appointment (we recommend 3).  Appointments are scheduled through the GradFund website.
  3. Submit your application summary to Assistant Dean Teresa Delcorso-Ellmann by 9am on October 16th.   
  4. By 9am on October 16th, hand deliver to the office of Assistant Dean Teresa Delcorso-Ellmann, your letter of reference in a sealed and signed envelope.

Please keep in mind that when you submit your application through the DAAD on-line application portal on October 16th you are formally submitting your application to the DAAD and it is not possible to unsubmit.



PhRMA Foundation Pre Doctoral Fellowships August 21, 2017 deadline

Internal deadline:  August 21, 2017

This program provides up to two years of stipend funding to support full-time advanced students who will have completed most of their pre-thesis requirements (at least two years of study) and be engaged in thesis research as Ph.D. candidates by the time the award is activated.

Applications will be accepted for a minimum of one year and a maximum of two years of stipend support. Pre Doctoral Fellowships are designed for students who expect to complete their Ph.D. requirements in two years or less from the time the fellowship begins.

Students just starting graduate school should not apply. An applicant must be a full-time, in-residence Ph.D. candidate. The department chair or graduate officer is expected to verify the applicant’s doctoral candidacy.

Fellows are expected to devote full time (including summers) to their research. The awards may not be used to supplement funds from other fellowships, traineeships, or assistantships, unless necessary to make stipend levels compliant with institutional policy. The goal of the program is to assist in the candidate’s pre doctoral training. Pre Doctoral Fellowships should not be seen as a way to fund a research project.

An individual may not simultaneously hold or interrupt any other fellowship providing stipend support while the PhRMA Foundation fellowship is active. These funds are non-transferable.

Applicants must be nominated by the School of Graduate Studies.  The deadline to submit your application materials is determined by the program that you would like to apply to per the disciplinary focus of the fellowship:

Apply to be Nominated
PEO Scholar Award

PEO Scholar Award:  On Campus Deadline:  October 13, 2017

The P.E.O. Scholar Award provides educational awards for women who are pursuing a doctoral level degree at an accredited college or university.

P.E.O. Scholar Awards are one-time, competitive, merit-based awards for women of the United States and Canada who are pursuing a doctoral level degree at an accredited college or university. In addition to recognizing and encouraging excellence in higher education, these awards provide partial support for study and research for women who will make significant contributions in their varied fields of endeavor. Priority is given to women who are well established in their programs, study or research. The numbers of awards is determined each year in accordance with the funds available. The current maximum award is $15,000.

School of Graduate Studies women who are pursuing a doctoral degree may apply to be nominated to be invited to interview to apply for the award by completing the nomination form.


Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellowship

On Campus Deadline Deadline: 2017 TBA

The Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellowship offers graduate school fellowships in any recognized field of study in the humanities, social sciences or natural sciences (including law, medicine, engineering, architecture or other formal professional training).  Applicants must be US citizens.

Read our Knowledgebase entry about the Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellowship.

Microsoft PhD Fellowship

Microsoft PhD Fellowship Basics:  On Campus Deadline TBA

A two-year fellowship program for PhD students at participating U.S. or Canadian universities enrolled in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, or Mathematics.