National Fellowships & Scholarships for Graduate Students

Visit the individual pages linked below for full details, deadlines, and application guidance. This list of nationally-competitive awards includes some opportunities that require a nomination or endorsement from BU–an initial campus review with earlier deadlines–while others ask candidates to apply directly. In both cases, we look forward to working with you as you explore these opportunities.

BOREN FELLOWSHIP
Supports study abroad programs in all regions/countries except Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Focused on geographical areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. Open to graduate students. December deadline. Requires university endorsement. 

CRITICAL LANGUAGE SCHOLARSHIP (CLS)
Funding for intensive language study and cultural enrichment abroad. Open to undergraduate and graduate students. November deadline.

DAAD (GERMAN ACADEMIC EXCHANGE SERVICE) GRANTS FOR STUDY AND RESEARCH IN GERMANY
DAAD provides graduating seniors and current graduate students the opportunity to apply for full graduate degree study or independent research scholarships in Germany. October deadline. Requires university nomination.

FORD FOUNDATION PREDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP
PhD or ScD studies in the US, for students engaged with underrepresented communities committed to a teaching and research career at the college or university level. For seniors, grad students, and recent alumni. January deadline.

FULBRIGHT U.S. STUDENT PROGRAM (English Teaching Assistantship, Research Grant, Study Grant, Creative and Performing Arts Grant, and more)
One year of independent research, study, or English teaching abroad. Open to rising seniors, graduate students, and recent alumni. August deadline. Requires university evaluation.

GILLIAM FELLOWSHIPS FOR ADVANCED STUDY
HHMI’s Gilliam Fellowships for Advanced Study support exceptional graduate students who are committed to increasing diversity among scientific leaders. The Fellowships support students for up to three years of their dissertation research, typically in years 3-5 of PhD studies in biomedical and life science disciplines including plant biology, evolutionary biology, biophysics, chemical biology, biomedical engineering, and computational biology. November/February deadline. Nomination required.

KNIGHT-HENNESSY SCHOLARSHIP
Funds any graduate/professional degree at Stanford University, including dual/joint-degree programs. August deadline.

LUCE SCHOLARS PROGRAM
Year-long internship, cultural immersion, and language training program in Asia.  Seniors, graduate students, and recent alumni.  September deadline. Requires university nomination.

NSF GRFP
The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships Program funds graduate study for research-oriented graduate degrees in STEM fields. For seniors, recent alumni, and grad students early in their studies. October deadline(s).

SOROS FELLOWSHIP FOR NEW AMERICANS
Graduate school funding for immigrants and children of immigrants in the United States. Open to graduating seniors, recent alums, and graduate students early in their studies. Apply directly in November.