External Fellowships

The following award opportunities are nationally competitive external fellowships.

To learn more about UNC graduate students who have won external fellowships in the past, please see External Award Winners.

To search for more external fellowship opportunities, please visit the Graduate Funding Information Center.

For All Disciplines

Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs
Ford Foundation Fellowship awards are offered at the Predoctoral, Dissertation and Postdoctoral levels. Through its Fellowship Programs, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nations college and university faculties.

Jacob K. Javits Fellowships Program
The Jacob K. Javits Fellowships Program is open to individuals who will be entering a doctoral program or have not yet completed their first full year of a doctoral program, or to those who will be entering a Master of Fine Arts program.

Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs
Ford Foundation Fellowship awards are offered at the Predoctoral, Dissertation and Postdoctoral levels. Through its Fellowship Programs, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nations college and university faculties.

For Specific Disciplines

Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship
The Newcombe Fellowships are provided to doctoral candidates who will complete their dissertations during the fellowship year and who plan to write on topics where ethical or religious values are a central concern.

National Science Foundation (NSF) Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants
The NSFs Division of Social and Economic Sciences and Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences award grants to doctoral students to improve the quality of dissertation research. The student must be enrolled at a U.S. institution, but need not be a U.S. citizen. Proposals from women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged.

Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellowship
This fellowship is for graduate students in the humanities, social sciences, or natural sciences. You must apply through The Graduate School.

SSRC International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) Program
This program provides doctoral candidates with support for international research. The International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) offers nine to twelve months of support to graduate students in the humanities and social sciences who are enrolled in doctoral programs in the United States and conducting dissertation research outside of the United States.

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowships
National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowships are awarded to applicants who will pursue a doctoral degree in, or closely related to, an area of DoD interest in science and engineering.

NASA Graduate Student Researchers Program
This program is for graduate study leading to masters or doctoral degrees in the fields of science, mathematics, and engineering related to NASA research and development. Underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields (STEM) are encouraged to apply.

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees at accredited US institutions. The NSF welcomes applications from all qualified students and strongly encourages diverse populations, including women, racial and ethnic minorities, and persons with disabilities, to apply for this fellowship.

National Academy of Education/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship Program
The Dissertation Fellowship Program seeks to encourage a new generation of scholars from a wide range of disciplines and professional fields to undertake research relevant to the improvement of education.

National Institute of Justice Graduate Research Fellowship Program
The goal of the NIJ Graduate Research Fellowship Program is to increase the pool of scholars engaged in research that addresses the challenges of crime and justice in the U.S., particularly at the state and local levels. There are two tracks: Social and Behavioral Sciences and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

For Diverse Students

AAUW Fellowships and Grants
One of the world's largest sources of funding for graduate women, AAUW provides more than $3.7 million in funding for more than 240 fellowships and grants to outstanding women and nonprofit organizations.

Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans
This program recognizes New Americans (green card holders, naturalized citizens, or children of naturalized citizens) who are college seniors, hold a bachelors degree, or are not beyond the second year of a graduate degree program.

For International Study and Research

DAAD Grants for Study & Research in Germany
These grants provide funding to masters and doctoral level students who wish to study or do research in Germany.

Fulbright Program Grants
Fulbright offers competitive, merit-based grants for Students and Scholars. Grants are available for U.S. citizens to go abroad and for foreign (non-U.S.) citizens to come to the U.S.

Fulbright US Student Program
This program is designed to give recent BS/BA graduates and master's and doctoral candidates opportunities for personal development and international experience. UNC students must apply through the Center for Global Initiatives.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) International Student Research Fellowship
This fellowship is for international students in the biomedical sciences. UNC students must apply through their department and The Graduate School.

Rotary World Peace Fellowships
The Rotary World Peace Fellowships are offered for master's level studies for prospective students with a strong commitment to international understanding and peace.

SSRC International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) Program

This program provides doctoral candidates with support for international research. The International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) offers nine to twelve months of support to graduate students in the humanities and social sciences who are enrolled in doctoral programs in the United States and conducting dissertation research outside of the United States.

Graduate Student Funding Sources from the UNC Global Education Center
The Global Education Center offers links to more resources for funding for international study and research.