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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
AAUW American Fellowships support women scholars who are completing dissertations, planning research leave from accredited institutions, or preparing research for publication.
AAUW American Fellowships support women scholars who are completing dissertations, planning research leave from accredited institutions, or preparing research for publication.
The Society makes available up to three funded dissertation-year fellowships each year. Any student registered in good standing for a doctorate at a North American university who has completed all formal degree requirements except the dissertation at the time of...
The Society makes available up to three funded dissertation-year fellowships each year. Any student registered in good standing for a doctorate at a North American university who has completed all formal degree requirements except the dissertation at the time of full application is eligible to apply.
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.
Established in 1991, the Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE CSGF) provides outstanding benefits and opportunities to students pursuing doctoral degrees in fields that use high-performance computing to solve complex science and engineering problems.
Established in 1991, the Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE CSGF) provides outstanding benefits and opportunities to students pursuing doctoral degrees in fields that use high-performance computing to solve complex science and engineering problems.
EPA provides support for research fellowships and professional development opportunities to encourage students to obtain advanced degrees in the environmental sciences and pursue STEM-related careers.
EPA provides support for research fellowships and professional development opportunities to encourage students to obtain advanced degrees in the environmental sciences and pursue STEM-related careers.
Applicants must be in the early or developmental stage of their career, work in a representational style of painting, drawing, sculpting, or printmaking, and demonstrate a commitment to making their art a lifetime career.
Applicants must be in the early or developmental stage of their career, work in a representational style of painting, drawing, sculpting, or printmaking, and demonstrate a commitment to making their art a lifetime career.
In science the focus is on the life and natural sciences. Particular emphasis is on projects in frontier areas, especially at the interface of art and science.
In science the focus is on the life and natural sciences. Particular emphasis is on projects in frontier areas, especially at the interface of art and science.
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 Graham Foundation offers two Carter Manny Awards: a research award for a student at the research stage of the doctoral dissertation and a writing award for a student at the writing stage of the doctoral dissertation. The research award...
The Graham Foundation offers two Carter Manny Awards: a research award for a student at the research stage of the doctoral dissertation and a writing award for a student at the writing stage of the doctoral dissertation. The research award is acknowledged with up to $15,000 and the writing award is acknowledged with up to $20,000.
Questions that interest the foundation concern violence and aggression in relation to social change, intergroup conflict, war, terrorism, crime, and family relationships, among other subjects.
Questions that interest the foundation concern violence and aggression in relation to social change, intergroup conflict, war, terrorism, crime, and family relationships, among other subjects.
In addition to providing the necessary funding along with the research freedom to pursue their PhD, we also provide mentorship and counsel through the lifelong community of peers to which they now belong¿the Hertz Community.
In addition to providing the necessary funding along with the research freedom to pursue their PhD, we also provide mentorship and counsel through the lifelong community of peers to which they now belong¿the Hertz Community.
The Humane Studies Fellowship is a renewable, non-residency award of up to $15,000 per year to support current or future students in PhD programs.
The Humane Studies Fellowship is a renewable, non-residency award of up to $15,000 per year to support current or future students in PhD programs.
RFF¿s primary research disciplines are economics and other social sciences. Proposals originating in these fields will have the greatest likelihood of success. Proposals from the physical or biological sciences must have an immediate and obvious link to environmental policy matters.
RFF¿s primary research disciplines are economics and other social sciences. Proposals originating in these fields will have the greatest likelihood of success. Proposals from the physical or biological sciences must have an immediate and obvious link to environmental policy matters.
The purpose of this Fellowship program is to recognize and assist students whose scholastic achievements reflect Professor Von Karman¿s high standards.
The purpose of this Fellowship program is to recognize and assist students whose scholastic achievements reflect Professor Von Karman¿s high standards.
Fellows receive office space in the Center's magnificent building on the University of Pennsylvania's campus and library, computer, and other privileges at the University. Limited travel funds for research are also available. While no teaching is required for most fellowships,...
Fellows receive office space in the Center's magnificent building on the University of Pennsylvania's campus and library, computer, and other privileges at the University. Limited travel funds for research are also available. While no teaching is required for most fellowships, all McNeil Center fellows are expected to be in residence in Philadelphia during the academic year and to participate regularly in the Center's program of seminars and other activities.
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 Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts announces its annual program of support for advanced graduate research in the history, theory, and criticism of art, architecture, urbanism, and photographic media.
The Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts announces its annual program of support for advanced graduate research in the history, theory, and criticism of art, architecture, urbanism, and photographic media.
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.
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 United States institutions.
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 United States institutions.
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.
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.
Every year, The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans supports thirty New Americans, immigrants or the children of immigrants, who are pursuing graduate school in the United States.
Every year, The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans supports thirty New Americans, immigrants or the children of immigrants, who are pursuing graduate school in the United States.
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 PhD candidates by...
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 PhD candidates by the time the award is activated.
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.
Smithsonian fellowships offer an incredible range of research opportunities. Because experts in the Smithsonian¿s various units (Natural History Museum, Smithsonian Libraries, American Art Museum, etc) understand their respective subject areas, collections, and opportunities for research best, the selection process for...
Smithsonian fellowships offer an incredible range of research opportunities. Because experts in the Smithsonian¿s various units (Natural History Museum, Smithsonian Libraries, American Art Museum, etc) understand their respective subject areas, collections, and opportunities for research best, the selection process for different fellowships varies.
The Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) Multi-Country Fellowship Program supports advanced regional or trans-regional research in the humanities, social sciences, or allied natural sciences for U.S. doctoral candidates and scholars who have already earned their Ph.D.
The Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) Multi-Country Fellowship Program supports advanced regional or trans-regional research in the humanities, social sciences, or allied natural sciences for U.S. doctoral candidates and scholars who have already earned their Ph.D.
The Academy Scholars Program identifies and supports outstanding scholars at the start of their careers whose work combines disciplinary excellence in the social sciences or law with a command of the language and history or culture of non-Western countries or...
The Academy Scholars Program identifies and supports outstanding scholars at the start of their careers whose work combines disciplinary excellence in the social sciences or law with a command of the language and history or culture of non-Western countries or regions.
The Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) offers nine to twelve months of support to graduate students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who are enrolled in PhD programs in the United States and conducting dissertation research on non-US...
The Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) offers nine to twelve months of support to graduate students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who are enrolled in PhD programs in the United States and conducting dissertation research on non-US topics.
This program provides grants to colleges and universities to fund individual doctoral students who conduct research in other countries, in modern foreign languages and area studies for periods of six to 12 months.
This program provides grants to colleges and universities to fund individual doctoral students who conduct research in other countries, in modern foreign languages and area studies for periods of six to 12 months.
The program contributes to the Foundation's overall mission to support basic research in anthropology and to ensure that the discipline continues to be a source of vibrant and significant work that furthers our understanding of humanity's cultural and biological origins,...
The program contributes to the Foundation's overall mission to support basic research in anthropology and to ensure that the discipline continues to be a source of vibrant and significant work that furthers our understanding of humanity's cultural and biological origins, development, and variation.
The Whitaker International Program sends emerging leaders in U.S. biomedical engineering (or bioengineering) overseas to undertake a self-designed project that will enhance their careers within the field.
The Whitaker International Program sends emerging leaders in U.S. biomedical engineering (or bioengineering) overseas to undertake a self-designed project that will enhance their careers within the field.
Women of any nationality pursuing a Ph.D./doctoral degree, who demonstrate a superior academic record in the field of aerospace-related sciences or aerospace-related engineering, are eligible and encouraged to apply.
Women of any nationality pursuing a Ph.D./doctoral degree, who demonstrate a superior academic record in the field of aerospace-related sciences or aerospace-related engineering, are eligible and encouraged to apply.
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.