External Funding Opportunities

At Florida State University you will find awards through the Graduate School as well as Departmental specific awards. In addition, there are also many foundations, societies and governmental agencies that offer funding opportunities for graduate students. Below is a list of a few notable external fellowship opportunities. The list is not a comprehensive list, so we encourage you to search for additional funding opportunities as well. The Office of Graduate Fellowships and Awards meets with students one-on-one to offer advice on how to best conduct your search. Please contact our office at ogfa-info@fsu.edu to schedule an appointment or with any questions that you may have regarding external funding opportunities.

Masters Degree

GEM Fellowships - GEM Fellows are provided practical engineering summer work experiences through an employer sponsor and a portable academic year fellowship of tuition, fees, and a stipend which may be used at any participating GEM Member University.

Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans - For graduate students under the age of 31 who are New Americans.

American Association of University Women (AAUW) Selected Professions Fellowship - Awarded to women who intend to pursue a full-time course of study at accredited U.S. institutions during the fellowship year in one of the designated degree programs where women’s participation traditionally has been low.

JCCs of North America Graduate Scholarship Programs - Provides financial aid for students to use towards a master’s degree that will lead to or enhance professional careers in the Jewish Community Center movement.

Byron Hanke Fellowship – Available to graduate students working on topics related to community associations.  Fellows are expected to prepare a research paper on community associations.

Golden Key Graduate Scholar Award – This scholarship supports member’s post baccalaureate study at accredited universities.


Fulbright U.S. Student Program - Study/Research , English Teaching Assistantship, and Travel Grants available.

DAAD Scholarships and Grants - Graduate fellowships for travel to Germany. Research grants, study scholarships, and intensive language courses available.

International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) - 9 to 12 months of support for humanities and humanistic social sciences dissertation research conducted, in whole or in part, outside the United States, about non-US topics.

Chateaubriand Fellowship Program - Allows doctorate students to conduct research in France for up to 10 months.

Henry Luce Foundation Dissertation Fellowships in American Art - Dissertation fellowships may be carried out in residence at the fellow's home institution, abroad, or at another appropriate site for the research.


NSF Graduate Research Fellowships - The NSF GRFP helps ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States and reinforces its diversity.

Ford Foundation Fellowships - The Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity.

Department of Defense-National Defense and Science Engineering Fellowships - Aims to increase the number of U.S. citizens and nationals trained in science and engineering disciplines of military importance.

GEM Fellowships - Goal of the program is to increase the number of minority students who pursue doctoral degrees in the natural science disciplines and engineering programs.

National Physical Science Consortium - NPSC's goal is to increase the number of American citizens with graduate degrees in the physical sciences and related engineering fields, emphasizing recruitment of a diverse applicant pool.


P.E.O. Scholar Awards - Women graduate students within two years of completing her PhD, with one year of academic work remaining.

American Association of University Women (AAUW) American Fellowships - Offset a scholar’s living expenses while she completes her dissertation. The fellowship must be used for the final year of writing the dissertation.

Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships - Open to Ph.D. candidates in a humanities or social science department in the United States.

Ford Foundation Fellowships - The Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity.

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad – Provides grants to colleges and universities to fund individual doctoral students to conduct research in other countries in modern foreign languages and area studies for periods of 6 to 12 months. Fields: Modern Foreign Languages and Area Studies

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