Pre/Beginning Graduate Students
This page contains fellowship opportunities for students who intend to attend graduate school or who are in the first year of a graduate program.
Beinecke Scholarship Program (available to undergraduate juniors at about 100 selected universities, including Stanford, who plan on graduate study). Applications must be submitted via the student's current institutions; nominations are solicited through a university-internal process.
Nominations due the second Wednesday in February.
The Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fund provides a stipend and tuition towards a year of graduate study. Applications must be submitted via the student’s current institution, which must be on a list of eligible institutions.
Applications due in mid-January.
Golden Key Graduate Scholar Scholarship Award for students who are members of Golden Key and are currently enrolled or planning to enroll in a post-baccalaureate program. Award is based on academic achievement, Golden Key involvement, and extracurricular activities.
Applications due in December.
Harvard's web page of Fellowships for the Early Years.
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 in mid-December.
The NSF Graduate Fellowships provide three years of support for doctoral study over a five-year period, 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 due in late October.
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. An applicant’s birth parents must have both been born outside of the US as non-US citizens, and both parents must not have been eligible for US citizenship at the time of their births. In addition, one of the following must be true of the applicant: born in the US; is a naturalized citizen; possesses a green card; is adopted; has DACA status; they must be in their senior year of undergraduate study or first two years of graduate study.
Applications due in late October or early November.
Stanford Graduate Fellowships provide up to three years of support for doctoral study to incoming PhD students. Students must be nominated by the Department for these fellowships.