Funding Opportunities

Two categories of financial support are available to help defray the cost of graduate education. One type is based on student financial need, the other is based on academic merit. More than one type of aid may be given concomitantly to a particular student.

  1. Financially-Based Awards: The following types of aid require that the applicant complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The application deadline for continuing graduate students is March 1 each year; newly admitted students must apply by May 1 or by the date of their admission. Forms of aid provided under this category include:
    • Federal Work Study
    • Federal Direct Stafford Loans
    • Federal Direct PLUS Loans
    • UConn Tuition Remission Grants

    Information may be obtained on the Office of Student Financial Aid Services website.
    Anyone who believes he or she qualifies should apply. Aid of the types listed above can only be awarded to students who have gone through the qualifying process.

  2. Academically-Based Awards: The following sources of aid do not require proof of financial need, but do require that the student meet the requirements as stipulated in Section VI and in the Graduate Catalog. Additional information may be obtained on the Graduate School website.
    • Graduate Assistantships (Teaching or Research)
    • Pre-Doctoral Fellowships
    • Summer Fellowships
    • Dissertation Fellowships
    • Multicultural Fellowships
    • Special graduate fellowships
    • Graduate School Travel Funding
    • Traineeships
    • Department Travel Funding
    • Department Workshop Funding

    Students admitted as candidates for a terminal M.A. degree are not eligible for departmental financial support.
    Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships are awarded by the Graduate School on a semi-annual basis. (Application deadlines are typically late-November and mid-May) Graduate School application requirements include: documentation of successful completion of the General Examination; submission of a Dissertation Proposal (ready for full approval by the Graduate School and including full and current IRB or IACUC approval for the use of  any human and/or animal subjects involved in the research or SCRO approval for the use of any human stem cell); and total personal income below a specified threshold. Full information and requirements can be found on the following Graduate School webpage.
    In addition to the Graduate School requirements, there are specific departmental processing requirements for Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship applications. Psychology Department applicants must submit the following documents directly to the department Graduate Program Coordinator (BOUS Room 101C) two weeks prior to the Graduate School deadline: A completed Graduate School application form (available from the Graduate School website indicated above), a statement from their Major Advisor evaluating their performance in general and the adequacy of their proposal in particular, and a copy of the student’s C.V. The application form will then be signed by the Coordinator of Graduate Studies and submitted to the Graduate School on the student’s behalf. (Students should not submit the application form directly to the Graduate School)
    Summer Fellowship holders are normally required to remain on campus while they hold the Fellowship and they must be making progress toward their degree. However, they may be allowed to be elsewhere if the Major Advisor attests that they can make better progress by being elsewhere.

A graduate student is permitted to work more than 20 hours per week only with the approval of the student’s Advisory Committee and the permission of the Dean of the Graduate School.

Incoming Graduate Student Scholarships

Outstanding Scholars Program

Giolas-Harriott Fellowship (GHF) and the Crandall-Cordero Fellowship (CCF)

For further information, visit The UConn Graduate School’s Financial Resources page.

Travel Funding Information


Current Opportunities

Diversity Post-Doctoral Fellowships at Oklahoma State University

Fellowship Description

The College of Arts and Sciences of Oklahoma State University seeks scholars who are committed to supporting the learning needs of students from diverse backgrounds and to engaging communities underrepresented in higher education. These fellowships will support the early development of scholars who show promise for successful academic careers in the Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics, Sciences, or Social Sciences. The two-year fellowships (one in Fine Arts or Humanities, one in Social Sciences, and two in Mathematics or Sciences) with competitive salaries will begin in August 2018 and may be renewed for a third year. There is the possibility of a tenure-track appointment at the completion of the post-doctoral fellowship.

Post-docs will carry a teaching load of one course per semester and will receive institutional support for their research/creative activities and their professional development in instruction. They will be closely mentored by faculty and housed in one or more of the following departments:

  • Art, Graphic Design, and Art History
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • English
  • Foreign Languages and Literatures
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • History
  • Integrative Biology
  • Mathematics
  • Media and Strategic Communications
  • Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Plant Biology, Ecology, and Evolution
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Statistics
  • Theatre

Preferred Qualifications:

Candidates who have completed their terminal degree within the discipline (PhD, MFA, or DMA) no more than three years before the August 2018 start date and who have not yet had a tenure-track faculty position are preferred.

To apply, please submit by 1 October 2017 the following in a single PDF file:

  • Letter of application – please indicate department(s) with which you would seek affiliation if selected for a post-doctoral fellowship.
  • CV
  • Statement outlining commitment to integrating multicultural experiences into instructional methods and engaging students underrepresented in the academy.
  • Statement outlining two-year plan for research/creative activity.
  • Names of three professional references.

Applications should be submitted to one of the following email address:

Fine Arts or Humanities:

Social Sciences:

Mathematics or Sciences:

Additional questions should be directed to:

Dr. Bruce Crauder, Associate Dean

College of Arts and Sciences

201 LSE

Stillwater, OK 74078


OPRE Grant Announcement

The Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) in the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has recently published a discretionary research funding announcements titled “Family Strengthening Scholars.” If you have questions regarding this grant announcement, please email the OPRE grant review team at or call 1-877-350-5913.

Family Strengthening Scholars 

The full announcement for “Family Strengthening Scholars” is available online at:

OPRE intends to award up to three grants to support dissertation research on healthy marriage policy issues.  These grants are meant to build capacity in the research field to focus on questions that have direct implications for the healthy marriage field, and to foster mentoring relationships between faculty members and high-quality doctoral students. These grants are intended to address issues of significance to inform policy decisions and solutions, particularly for underserved/understudied populations (e.g., low-income families, minority populations), use rigorous research methodology (both primary data collection and secondary data analysis), and help inform the development of future intervention research.

Applicants may apply for project periods up to 24 months with two 12-month budget periods.  Up to $25,000 may be awarded for each budget period.  Letters of intent are due by June 26, 2017 and applications are due by July 14, 2017.


Fulbright Grants for Postdoctoral and Early Career Candidates

For the purposes of the Fulbright Scholar Program, an applicant is eligible for postdoctoral awards if they will finish all of the requirements for their Ph.D. program by February 1, 2018, or have received their Ph.D. in the last five years (unless otherwise stipulated by an award description). Below is a list of awards open only to early career/postdoctoral candidates, meaning that applicants will be evaluated alongside fellow recent graduates. This list is by no means complete. A list of additional opportunities is available in our Catalog of Awards.

· Australia: Australia offers three Postdoctoral awards, one hosted at Deakin university and one hosted at the University of Newcastle.

· Chile – Fulbright Astronomy and Antarctic Studies Award: This award will fund postdoctoral/early career astronomers and data scientists to research or teach and conduct research at universities or the Chilean Antarctic Institute.
· China Studies Postdoctoral Scholar Award: Early career applicants from any discipline may apply – particularly welcome are experts on global climate change, sustainability, and the environment – with the opportunity to conduct research and collaborate with colleagues.

· France – Fulbright-EHESS Post-Doctoral Award (Junior Research): Located in Paris, this prestigious institution offers an opportunity to conduct research in several disciplines.

· Italy – Fulbright – Schuman Postdoctoral Award at the European University Institute: The grantee will focus on developing professional skills such as teaching, academic writing and publishing and job market presentation within the field of EU studies.

· Israel – Postdoctoral Fellowship: These unique and prestigious grants are open to researchers in all academic disciplines and support programs of work for up to 20 months (two academic years).

· Mexico – Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholar Award: Applicants are welcome in all disciplines for this three to 10-month grant; STEM applicants are especially encouraged to consider applying.
· Taiwan – Arts, Education, Humanities, Professional Fields and Social Sciences (Postdoctoral Scholar Award): This award is open to any research subject from Cross-Strait studies to marine sciences. Selected candidates will present lectures, seminars, and workshops.

For eligibility factors, detailed application guidelines and review criteria, please visit our website. Applicants may also wish to join My Fulbright, a resource center for applicants interested in the program. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and the current competition will close on August 1, 2017. Start an application today!

Our staff are happy to answer any questions regarding any of the opportunities listed above or the Fulbright Scholar Program in general. Please contact us with any questions.

OEDB Graduate Scholarships

35 new scholarships for graduate students in the 2017-2018 academic year! Click here  to view the scholarships and if you are eligible to apply.