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Funding support for graduate school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison largely takes the form of graduate assistantships, fellowships, and traineeships.  Other sources of funding for students include employment in the community and loans from the Office of Student Financial Aid.  The most important source of funding for most graduate students is their own graduate program, so contact your program¿s Graduate Coordinator for information about funding opportunities within the department.

Students are strongly encouraged to consider applying for fellowships and scholarships from federal agencies, foundations and private companies.  The Office of Fellowships and Funding Resources has lists of major external fellowships by division. The Grants Information Collection can also provide valuable assistance in finding such opportunities.

Research Travel Awards and Conference Presentation Funds are also available to assist students who need funding to travel to conduct research or to present their research at a professional conference.

The Graduate School at UW-Madison administers numerous prestigious graduate student fellowships funded by external agencies and covers any shortfall between the funds provided by the agency and the full cost of the student's fellowship on campus. Graduate student fellows are provided the agency's stipend, full tuition support during the fellowship period, as well eligibility for comprehensive health insurance at reasonable premiums. Currently, the Graduate School supports the following fellowship programs:



Scholarships for this Program

Scholarships Descriptions
Big Ten Academic Alliance Smithsonian Institution Fellows conduct independent study and research related to Smithsonian collections, experts, or facilities in cooperation with at least one Smithsonian advisor.
Big Ten Academic Alliance Smithsonian Institution Fellows conduct independent study and research related to Smithsonian collections, experts, or facilities in cooperation with at least one Smithsonian advisor.
Only students currently enrolled in one of the Big Ten Academic Alliance member universities are eligible. Students must have completed all course work for their programs, and must have been admitted into doctoral candidacy and satisfied all requirements except completion of the dissertation by the time their appointment begins in order to qualify. The program is open to US citizens and Non-US citizens. Applicants whose native language is not English are expected to have the ability to write and converse fluently in English. All application materials must be presented in English. No employee or contractor of the Smithsonian Institution may hold a Smithsonian fellowship during the time of his/her employment or contract. A Smithsonian fellowship may not be awarded to any person who has been employed by or under contract to the Institution in the previous year without the prior approval of the Office of Fellowships.
The dissertation fellowships provide one year of support for individuals working to complete a dissertation leading to a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) degree. The Ford Foundation Dissertation fellowship is intended to support the final year...
The dissertation fellowships provide one year of support for individuals working to complete a dissertation leading to a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) degree. The Ford Foundation Dissertation fellowship is intended to support the final year of writing and defense of the dissertation.
<ul> <li>All citizens, nationals, and permanent residents (holders of a Permanent Resident Card) of the United States, and individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, regardless of race, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation. </li> <li>Individuals with evidence of superior academic achievement (such as grade point average, class rank, honors or other designations)</li> <li>Individuals committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level</li> <li>Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree candidates studying in an eligible research-based discipline in a dissertation-required program at a U.S. non-proprietary educational institution who will complete the dissertation during the 2016-2017 academic year, but no later than fall 2017</li> <li>Individuals who have not earned a doctoral degree at any time, in any field</li> </ul>
These fellowships provide three years of support for individuals engaged in graduate study leading to a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) degree.
These fellowships provide three years of support for individuals engaged in graduate study leading to a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) degree.
<ul> <li>All citizens, nationals and permanent residents (holders of a Permanent Resident Card) of the U.S., as well as individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, regardless of race, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability or sexual orientation</li> <li>Individuals with evidence of superior academic achievement (such as grade point average, class rank, honors or other designations)</li> <li>Individuals committed to a career in teaching & research at the college or university level</li> <li>Individuals enrolled in or planning to enroll in an eligible research-based (dissertation-required), program leading to a Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree at a non-proprietary (not for profit) U.S. institution of higher ed.</li> <li>Individuals who as of the 2016 fall semester require a minimum of 3 years of study to complete their Ph.D./Sc.D. degree</li> <li>Individuals who haven't earned a doctoral degree at any time, in any field</li> </ul>
The Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships support a year of research and writing to help advanced graduate students in the humanities and related social sciences in the last year of PhD dissertation writing. The program encourages timely completion of the PhD.
The Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships support a year of research and writing to help advanced graduate students in the humanities and related social sciences in the last year of PhD dissertation writing. The program encourages timely completion of the PhD.
The program is open to PhD candidates in a humanities or social science department in the United States. <ol> <li>Applicants must have completed all requirements for the PhD except the dissertation (obtained ABD status) by the application deadline. The program is restricted to graduate students who, at the time of application, have progressed no further than the sixth year of the degree program. (This includes time for a master's degree obtained en route to the PhD.)</li> <li>Graduate students who currently hold or have previously held a dissertation completion fellowship are not eligible for the Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship. Unsuccessful applicants may reapply to this program only once.</li> </ol> http://www.acls.org/programs/dcf/
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. These $27,500 fellowships support individuals whose dissertations show potential for...
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. These $27,500 fellowships support individuals whose dissertations show potential for bringing fresh and constructive perspectives to the history, theory, analysis, or practice of formal or informal education anywhere in the world.
The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based...
The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and in STEM education. The GRFP provides three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant research achievements in STEM and STEM education. NSF especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, and veterans to apply. NSF also encourages undergraduate seniors to apply.
The National Physical Science Consortium is a partnership between government agencies and laboratories, industry, and higher education. See our current federal partners here. NPSC's goal is to increase the number of American citizens with graduate degrees in the...
The National Physical Science Consortium is a partnership between government agencies and laboratories, industry, and higher education. See our current federal partners here. 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.
NPSC welcomes applications from any qualified U.S. citizen who has the ability to pursue graduate work at an NPSC member institution. Applicants at any stage of their graduate program may apply, as long as they will be available to accept two summers of paid internship. Those who already possess a doctoral degree are ineligible. Employers may nominate NPSC fellows directly, obviating the selection process. These fellows may enroll for either a Master's or a PhD degree.
For doctoral students The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation doctoral scholarships in the humanities and social sciences are the only one of its scope and stature in the country. Each year, the Foundation awards up to fifteen scholarships to...
For doctoral students The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation doctoral scholarships in the humanities and social sciences are the only one of its scope and stature in the country. Each year, the Foundation awards up to fifteen scholarships to Canadian and foreign doctoral candidates pursuing research related to one of its four founding themes. Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation scholars are outstanding students who are interested in growing in a multidisciplinary learning environment and in addressing important questions for Canada and the world.
- Full-time first or second year students enrolled (or in the process of enrolling) in a doctoral program in the humanities and social sciences; and - Canadian citizens enrolled full-time in a doctoral program in Canada, or Canadian citizens enrolled full-time in a doctoral program outside of Canada. - Up to one scholar in four per given year may be a non-Canadian (permanent resident or foreign national) enrolled full-time in a doctoral program at a Canadian institution. This applies in particular to students from emerging nations. Candidates must be nominated by the Canadian or foreign institution where they wish to study or are currently studying. Universities can nominate a candidate from their institution who is pursuing doctoral studies at another university. Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation scholars are selected through a rigorous selection process that involves the following steps: 1. Evaluation of application files by a selection committee. 2. Invitation to approximatively 30 finalists to an interview at the Foundation offices in Montréal. 3. Recommendation of fifteen candidates to the Application and Nomination Review Committee, and then to the Board for approval.
Scholarships marked with FAFSA required prior to awarding decisions in the list above require a completed Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for awarding decisions. To learn more about applying for financial aid, please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid website.