Fellowship opportunities

December 6th, 2009

The Department encourages all graduate students to look for outside fellowship opportunities, as well as external research support. It never hurts to have a fellowship or research grant on your CV, it makes the Department’s own funding go further, and some fellowships include benefits that the Department can’t provide, such as summer or research support.

The best opportunities are available to beginning and dissertation-year graduate students, but there are opportunities for students at every stage of graduate study. Check the fellowship descriptions for specific eligibility requirements. Unfortunately, many of the Stanford-external opportunities are only open to US citizens and permanent residents. You should check out these sites regularly to identify new and future opportunities, so you can be ready to apply when the time comes.

Keep in mind that many fellowship programs have application closing dates in the fall and almost all of them have deadlines by mid-January.

The list below includes programs and sites that might be particularly useful to graduate students in linguistics. If you discover any particularly useful web sites as you browse, do let the Department know, so we can improve this list.

Organization of this page

Fellowship opportunities

For beginning graduate students and students applying to graduate school

Beinecke Scholarship Program (available to undergraduate juniors at about 100 selected universities, including Stanford, who plan on graduate study).

The Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fund provides a stipend and tuition towards a year of graduate study. Applications are due mid-January and must be submitted via the student’s current institution, which must be on a list of eligible institutions.

Golden Key Graduate Scholar Scholarship Award for students who are members of Golden Key and are within five years of receiving their undergraduate degree. Award is based on academic achievement, Golden Key involvement, and extracurricular activities.

The Jacob K. Javits Fellowships provide up to four years of support, including summers, for doctoral study, in the form of a stipend and an institutional payment towards tuition and fees. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents who are in their senior year of undergraduate study or first year of graduate study. Note: As of 2012 the Javits fellowship program has been cancelled due to Congressional budget cuts.

National Academies Ford Diversity Predoctoral Fellowship provides 3 years of support to doctoral students in all fields, with particular consideration of applicants belonging to the following groups: Alaska Natives (Eskimo or Aleut); Black/African Americans; Mexican Americans/Chicanas/Chicanos; Native American Indians; Native Pacific Islanders (Polynesian/Micronesian); Puerto Ricans. Applications due November 15.

The NSF Graduate Fellowships provide three years of support, including summers, for doctoral study, in the form of a stipend and an institutional payment towards tuition and fees. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents who are in their senior year of undergraduate study or early stages of graduate study. Applications are due in early November.

The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans provide up to two years of support for doctoral study in the form of a stipend and up to half the required tuition. Applicants must be naturalized US citizens, permanent residents, or children of two parents who are naturalized US citizens; they must be in their senior year of undergraduate study or first two years of graduate study. Applications are due in early November.

Stanford Graduate Fellowships (students must be nominated by the Department for these fellowships).

For graduate students at all stages of graduate study

The American Indian Graduate Center provides fellowships of $1000-$5000 per academic year to those who are enrolled members of a federally recognized American Indian or Alaska Native group, or provide documentation of descendency. Applications are due in early June.

The Blakemore Foundation offers fellowships to support one year of advanced study of an Asian language in Asia for American citizens and permanent residents of the United States who have a college degree and who plan to use an Asian language in their careers. Applications are due in late December.

The Endangered Languages Documentation Programme (ELDP) offers Individual Graduate Scholarships (IGS) for up to three years. IGS projects last for 12 to 36 months; field trips are normally involved. If you already hold an existing ELDP IGS you may apply for a supplement for up to 12 months of further support. See website for application deadlines. Apply here.

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund College Scholarship Program provides fellowships of $1000-$5000 to students of Hispanic heritage. Applications are due in December.

Microsoft Graduate Fellowships (for 2nd and 3rd year students at Stanford and selected universities; these involve a Stanford-internal competition and have a very early fall closing date).

The National Italian American Foundation awards scholarships to cover tuition or university-provided room and board for use during the following academic year. The awards are made on the basis of academic merit to US citizens who have at least one ancestor who immigrated from Italy in any area of study or to students from any ethnic background majoring or minoring in Italian language, Italian studies, Italian American studies or a related field. Scholarship applicants and recipients are encouraged to reapply in subsequent years. Applications are due in early March.

National Security Education Program (NSEP) David L. Boren Graduate Fellowships provide one semester to two years of funding for area and language study; they have post-PhD obligations attached. Applications are due in late January of each year.

The K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Awards provide financial support up to $1500 for graduate students to attend the Association of American Colleges and Universities Annual Meeting. Applications are due in early October.

Phi Beta Kappa of Northern California Scholarships (for graduate students who are members of Phi Beta Kappa and attending Northern California universities).

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Doctoral Fellowships provide funding towards 1-4 years of graduate study (duration depends on recipient’s stage in the PhD program). Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents.

The Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowships (SIGF) Program is a university-wide program to award three-year fellowships to outstanding doctoral students engaged in interdisciplinary research. These fellowships include three summers of support and expect students to be TGR during their third year, so they are best applied for at the end of the second year. Applications are due in March.

For dissertation-year graduate students

AAUW American Dissertation Fellowships. Applications are due in mid-November of each year.

The American Council of Learned Societies Dissertation Completion Fellowships assist graduate students in the humanities and related social sciences in the last year of PhD dissertation writing.

The Council for European Studies Fellowship Program provides students with an opportunity to travel to Europe to test the feasibility of their dissertation projects.

Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships in Jewish Studies from the Foundation for Jewish Culture. Applications due in April. (On hiatus for the 2014-15 year.)

The Institute of Turkish Studies Dissertation Writing Grant supports advanced Ph.D. students who have finished the research stage of their dissertation and may not be used for research purposes.

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Dissertation Fellowship Award supports advanced doctoral students completing dissertations that further the understanding of the educational pathways and experiences of high-achieving, low-income students.

The John Hope Franklin Dissertation Fellowship supports the PhD projects of minority students and other students with a demonstrated commitment to eradicating racial disparities and enlarging minority representation in academia. Requires at least three months in residence at the APS Library in Philadelphia.

The Mabelle McLeod Lewis Memorial Fund provides grants to advanced doctoral candidates at Northern California universities for research in the humantistic disciplines. Grants include a 12 month stipend and 3 quarters of TGR tuition. Due date is in mid-January of each year. For information e-mail or call the Executive Secretary at 408-293-9952.

The Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship supports 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. Applications due mid-October.

Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowships in European Studies provides funding to facilitate the timely completion of the doctoral degree by late-stage (ABD) graduate students in the humanities working on Europe

Mellon Fellowships for Dissertation Research (research must involve use of original sources/archives).

National Academies Ford Diversity Dissertation Fellowship provides one year of support to doctoral students in all fields, with particular consideration of applicants belonging to the following groups: Alaska Natives (Eskimo or Aleut); Black/African Americans; Mexican Americans/Chicanas/Chicanos; Native American Indians; Native Pacific Islanders (Polynesian/Micronesian); Puerto Ricans. Applications due late November.

National Academy of Education/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship Program provides dissertation funding to individuals whose dissertations show potential for bringing fresh and construction perspectives to the history, theory, or practice of formal or informal education anywhere in the world. Applications due early October.

Penn Predoctoral Fellowships for Excellence Through Diversity is designed to provide mentorship and access to Penn’s resources for doctoral students in the humanities or social sciences, enrolled at universities other than Penn, as they complete their dissertations. Applications due in March.

P.E.O. Scholar Awards provide substantial merit-based awards for women of the United States and Canada for their final two years of doctoral study. Must be nominated by a local chapter in September/October of a given year for a fellowship to start the following year.

Phi Beta Kappa’s Mary Isabel Sibley Fellowship (for women studying Greek language, literature, history, or archealogy or French language or literature). Applications are due in January.

The Smithsonian Institution Predoctoral Student Fellowship allows students to conduct 3-12 months of dissertation research at the Smithsonian.

Stanford’s Center for East Asian Studies’ Fellowship for the Study of Women in Asia: a fellowship for dissertation research or write-up on women in Asia. Provides a $10,000 stipend plus TGR fees. Applications are due in January/February.

Stanford’s Clayman Institute Graduate Dissertation Fellows Program provides awards to registered Stanford students who have reached TGR and whose research focuses on issues of women and/or gender. Applicants are expected to be Graduate Affiliates of the Institute. Applications are due in early February/March.

Stanford’s Diversifying Academia Recruiting Excellence (DARE) Fellowships for advanced doctoral students who plan to pursue academic careers, and whose presence will help diversify the professoriate.

Stanford School of Humanities and Sciences Dissertation Fellowships: Applications are due in January.

  • Humanities Center Geballe Dissertation Fellowships (require being in residence at the Humanities Center)
  • G.J. Lieberman Fellowships (require evidence of leadership and teaching ability and interest in a university teaching career)
  • Mellon Foundation Dissertation Fellowships
  • Whiting Fellowships in the Humanities

Stanford VPGE Diversity Dissertation Research Opportunity (DDRO) provides research support for doctoral students from any department or program whose dissertations focus on diversity-related topics.

The William Orr Dingwall Foundation offers Neurolinguistics Dissertation Fellowships of one year (12 months); smaller fellowship stipends may be available for shorter periods. The stipend may be used to defray living expenses, to purchase health insurance, to purchase equipment, for travel or for any other purpose reasonably related to the completion of the recipient’s doctoral dissertation. Candidates must be nominated by the Department Chair or Graduate Director. Applications are due in mid-February.

For research support

The American Councils for International Education offers a variety of fellowships for language study and/or field research in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Central Asia, the South Caucasus, Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, and Serbia.

The American Institute for Sri Lankan Studies Dissertation Planning Grant enable graduate students intending to do dissertation research in Sri Lanka to make a pre-dissertation visit to investigate the feasibility of their topic, to sharpen their research design, or to make other practical arrangements for future research. Applications are due in early December.

American Institute of Indian Studies Junior Research Fellowships (for research in Indian studies in India).

The American Institute of Pakistan Studies has fellowships for 2-9 months of dissertation research on Pakistan anywhere except Pakistan and the US. Applications are due in early Feburary.

The American Philosophical Society’s Lewis and Clark Fund for Exploration and Field Research (for doctoral students who wish to participate in field studies for their dissertations or for other purposes).

The American Philosophical Society’s Phillips Fund grants for Native American Research (for one year of research in Native American linguistics or ethnohistory; covers travel, tapes, and informants’ fees).

The American Research Institute of the Southern Caucasus (ARISC) offers US graduate fellowships up to $1,500 for research support in the South Caucasus (Armenia, Georgia,and/or Azerbaijan). Projects in all fields in the social sciences and humanities are eligible. Applications are due in mid-January.

The American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT) offers fellowships for up to one year for research in Turkey. Applicants must have fulfilled all requirements for the PhD except the dissertation by June of the fellowship year. Non-US applicants must maintain an affiliation with an educational institution in the US or Canada. Applications are due in early November.

American-Scandinavian Foundation Fellowships (for short term visits or one year of study/research in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, or Sweden; for U.S. citizens or permanent residents; preference given to dissertation level students).

The Belgian American Educational Foundation has fellowships for US citizens to study in Belgium and for Belgian citizens to study in the US.

Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies for up to one year of support for research on modern and contemporary German and European affairs at the Freie Universität Berlin for graduate students who have completed all coursework requirements for the PhD and who are US and Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Applications are due in early December.

The Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange provides dissertation fellowships of up to $15,000 to support the final stages of writing dissertations in the field of Chinese Studies in the humanities and social sciences. Recipients must not be employed or receiving grants from other sources. Applications are due in mid-October.

The Hans Rausing Endangered Languages Documentation Programme (ELDP) at SOAS, University of London, provides Small Grants of up to £10,000 of research support for purposes related to the documentation of endangered languages, such as to carry out fieldwork, develop a pilot project, or complete a project already begun. See website for application deadlines.

The Endangered Language Fund provides small grants for language maintenance and linguistic field work, with a preference for projects which serve both the native community and the field of linguistics. Applications are due in late April.

The Europe Center Graduate Student Grant is awarded to Ph.D. candidates whose research or work focuses on Europe, to prepare for dissertation research and to conduct research on approved dissertation projects

Foundation for Endangered Languages

The France-Stanford Center for Interdisciplinary Studies Visiting Student Researcher Fellowship is awarded to Stanford students interested in undertaking research or pursuing an internship at a French institution.

Fulbright Grants

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad provides grants to fund doctoral students to conduct research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies for 6-12 months. Proposals focusing on Western Europe are not eligible.

The George J. Mitchell Scholarship, sponsored by the US-Ireland Alliance, provides one year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Applications are due in early October.

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers various types of grants for study and research in Germany for citizens of other countries. Of particular interest are Research Grants for Doctoral Candidates and Young Academics and Scientists.

The Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies offers a predissertation summer travel grant to provide funding for graduate students to explore venues and make preliminary research arrangements, and to gain advice from potential collaborators regarding subsequent research in China.

The Humanities and Social Sciences Chateaubriand Fellowship is a grant offered by the Education Office of the Embassy of France in the United States which allows PhD students at a US university to conduct research at a French university for 9 months. Fellowships are not available to French citizens. Applications are due in mid-December.

Institut Francais de Washington: Gilbert Chinard Fellowships and Edouard Morot-Sir Fellowship in Literature provide small grants for visits of at least two months to France to work on doctoral dissertation research. Applications due on January 15 of each year.

The Institute of Turkish Studies Summer Language Study Grants in Turkey are for summer travel to Turkey for language study in preparation for graduate research.

The International Dissertation Research Fellowship provides approximately $20,000 for 9-12 months of on-site field research outside the US; need not be a US citizen, but must be enrolled in a US graduate program. Applications due in early November.

The International Federation of University Women (IFUW) offers a limited number of fellowships and grants to women who are members of IFUW’s national federations and associations and to IFUW Independent Members. Fellowships are offered for the second and subsequent years of a doctoral program; grants are offered for any postgraduate program. The awards may be used in any country other than the one in which the applicant was educated or habitually resides. The application deadline varies by country, but normally falls between September and mid-October; the next competition will open in 2012 and offer fellowships and grants for research, study and training in 2013/2014.

IREX Individual Advanced Research Opportunities (pays for travel and living expenses for 2 to 9 months of research in countries in Eastern Europe, Turkey, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan; see web site for precise list).

The Jacobs Research Fund is a grant program supporting anthropological research on the indigenous peoples of Canada, Mexico, mainland United States, including Alaska, with a focus on the Pacific Northwest. Applications are due February 15th of each year.

Korea Foundation Fellowship for Field Research allows for research stays of 3 to 12 months in Korea. Applications due in late July.

The Leifur Eiriksson Foundation funds graduate students from U.S. universities for research or study at universities in Iceland. Provides up to $25,000 in project costs, including travel. Applications due in early December.

Library of Congress Kislak Fellows Program allows up to four months of research at the Library of Congress in Washington DC.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) provide funding that supports fieldwork and other activities relevant to the digital recording, documenting, and archiving of endangered languages. Funding will be available in the form of one- to three-year project grants as well as fellowships for up to twelve months and doctoral dissertation research improvement grants for up to 24 months. Applications are due in September. NSF East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes provide US graduate students in science and engineering first-hand research experience in Australia, China, Japan, Korea, or Taiwan in the context of a research laboratory; an introduction to the science and science policy infrastructure of the respective location; and orientation to the culture and language.

Pantech Student Research Fellowships (to help Stanford graduate students finance a short research trip to Korea related to a project on Korea.)

Pantech Student Conference Fellowships (to reimburse Stanford students for travel expenses related to presenting Korea-related papers at a professional conference or seminar.)

The Scientific Chateaubriand Fellowship is a grant offered by the Office for Science and Technology of the Embassy of France in the United States which allows graduate students at a US University to conduct research in a French public or private laboratory for 6-10 months. Applications are due in late December.

The SDE/GWIS National Fellowships Program provides the annual income that supports scientific research done by SDE/GWIS award winners.

SSILA (Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of America); small grants (for graduates), dissertation awards.

Smithsonian Graduate Fellowships (allows 10 weeks of research at the Smithsonian for graduate students who have not been advanced to candidacy).

Social Science Research Council Eurasia Program Predissertation Training Fellowships to support the development of research skills and/or language training for graduate students in early stages of their doctoral programs whose research is on or related to the New States of Eurasia, the Soviet Union, and/or the Russian Empire. (Note: Will not offer fellowships for 2014-15.)

The Stanford Center for African Studies African Language Fellowship funds intensive language study in the U.S. or abroad.

The Stanford Center for African Studies Graduate Student Research Fellowship offers fellowships to graduate students to cover the cost of summer research in Africa. Applications are due in early March.

Stanford Center for East Asian Studies has several awards for graduate students, including summer grants for academically related work for students of Chinese, Japanese, or Korean, as well as travel grants for presenting papers at major academic conferences. Applications are due in February.

Stanford Diversity Dissertation Research Opportunity Fund provides funding on a competitive basis to support dissertation research expenses on diversity-related topics. Deadlines in mid-November and mid-April.

Stanford Graduate Research Opportunity (GRO) Program

Stanford Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies:

  • O’Bie Shultz Fellowships in International Studies
  • Dissertation Grants in Japanese Studies
  • Dissertation Grants in Chinese Studies

Stanford Latin American Studies Graduate Student Grants

The Stanford Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research Graduate Dissertation Fellows Program provides $7000 towards research-related expenses for students whose dissertation research focuses on women and/or gender.

The United States-Indonesia Society Travel Grant supports research-related travel to Indonesia.

Volkswagen Foundation (big grants must be in a partnership with a German researcher)

Wenner-Gren Dissertation Fieldwork Grants

General web sites devoted to graduate fellowship opportunities and other forms of research support

These sites are maintained by other universities and for this reason they duplicate each other to some extent. It’s worth browsing through at least one of them to see if there is something that suits you.

Berkeley’s Townsend Center for the Humanities list of fellowship opportunities for dissertation-stage graduate students, recent PhD recipients, and faculty in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

Columbia Fellowship Web Site which provides information on applying for fellowships as well as a searchable database of fellowship opportunities.

Cornell Fellowship Database provides by far the longest list of opportunities, including lists of summer and postdoctoral opportunities; searchable as a database, contains detailed descriptions of programs, as well as links to their web sites.

Duke University lists fellowship opportunities for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

Graduate Student Grant/Fellowship Blog provides a very lengthy list of all kinds of fellowships for graduate and postdoctoral study.

The Linguist List grants page The Linguistic Society of America (LSA) provides a grants calendar and list of grant agency addresses to LSA members from the “Guides to Grants, Fellowships and Awards” link on the LSA resources page. (This list includes graduate opportunities, but is not limited to them.)

Stanford University’s List of Fellowships (a web site designed for advanced undergraduates, which includes links to the major fellowship programs; most of these opportunities are subsumed under other fellowship listing sites.)

Stanford’s Center for East Asian Studies provides lists of funding opportunities for research on China, Japan, Korea, and Asia, in general.

NSF’s Division of Graduate Education’s list of fellowship opportunities includes links to the web sites, which include sites with general information on financial aid.

A list of fellowship opportunities of interest to students with interests in cognitive science maintained by University of California, Irvine.

UCLA Graduate & Postdoctoral Extramural Support (GRAPES) Database provides an extensive searchable database of funding opportunities for students at all stages of graduate study, as well as opportunities for postdoctoral fellowships.

Exchange Programs

Exchange Scholar Program. Allows Stanford graduate students to spend up to an academic year at universities such as: University of California at Berkeley, Brown University, University of Chicago, Columbia University, Cornell University, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Princeton University, University of Pennsylvania and Yale University. (Students at these schools can also use this program to spend up to an academic year at Stanford.)

Fulbright Scholarships (for research and language study in selected countries outside the US; includes maintenance allowance, as well as travel, research, and language study support. See the IIE website for more details.)

Stanford/Free University of Berlin Graduate Exchange

DAAD: German Academic Exchange Service Award

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