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Awards and Fellowships

Fellowships Eugene Cota-Robles This four-year fellowship program, funded by the University of California Office of the President, the UCLA Graduate


Eugene Cota-Robles

This four-year fellowship program, funded by the University of California Office of the President, the UCLA Graduate Division, and the home department, supports a limited number of students who are entering PhD programs and are interested in a career in college or university teaching and research. Applicants must complete both the Fellowship Application for Entering Graduate Students and the Diversity Fellowships – Supplemental Application. These forms will be reviewed as part of your fellowship application.

Dissertation Year Fellowship 

This program is intended to support students in their final year of graduate school, at the dissertation writing stage. Award recipients should complete all degree requirements within 12 months of beginning their dissertation fellowships and will be asked to submit a report of their progress at the midpoint. Awards are $20,000 stipend plus standard tuition and fees (excluding nonresident supplemental tuition and professional supplemental tuition).

Fulbright Scholar Program

The international scholarship program opens opportunities for 155 countries around the globe. The program offers opportunities for diverse foreign students to study in the US and for diverse US students to travel and study abroad. The Scholarships help increase global leadership for international cooperation.

NAEd/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship

This innovative program awards 35 fellowships of $27,500 to support dissertations that can bring fresh perspectives to formal or informal education anywhere in the world. The goal is to inspire a wide range of scholars and disciplines to undertake educational improvement research.

Gates Millennium Foundation

The Gates Scholarship will assist 300 applicants from at least one of the following ethnicities: African-American, American Indian/Alaska Native*, Asian & Pacific Islander American, and Hispanic American. The funds can fill the gap between Pell grants and all other aid to cover the entire costs of education.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

Hispanic scholarship fund awards $500 to $5,000 based on need. Eligible applicants are high school and college students of Hispanic heritage that meet academic achievement levels for GPA, enrolled in accredited institutions, and eligible resident of US.

AICPA Fellowship

The program ensures some classroom visible, diverse Ph.D. CPAs in the nation’s classrooms. The program awards $12,000 to support Minority CPAs that serve as role models for minority students in classroom and other settings that demonstrate a potential to become accounting educators.

AERA Minority Dissertation Fellowship in Education Research

The program awarded funds to students to support research and writing of a supervised doctoral thesis at an accredited school or college. The program supports representatives of historically underrepresented groups including African Americans, American Indians, Asians, Hispanics, Latinos, and Pacific Islanders.

Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowships

The Ford Foundation fellowship supports applicants that have legal US status including expressly those with protection under the DACA program. The program awards funds to Ph.D. candidates at accredited schools excluding for-profit institutions.

American Indian Graduate Center Fellowships

This program for American Indian or Alaska Native tribal members provides up to $20,000 for undergrad and $30,000 for graduate study in STEM fields. The program supports associate degrees through Ph.D. level studies.

CHCI Graduate Fellowship Program

The Congressiona Hispanic Caucus Institute offers a graduate fellowship for pre-doctoral students looking to learn about and make an impact in public policy. Recipients will receive a gross stipend of $27,500 for a 9-month fellowship in Washington, D.C.

American Association of University Women

The AAUW among the world’s most significant sources of funding for graduate women. In the 2018-19 academic year, the organization will award $3.9 million to 250 outstanding women and nonprofits.

Funding and Award Opportunities

UCLA Graduate & Postdoctoral Extramural Support (GRAPES) Database

The GRAPES database catalogs extramural funding opportunities of interest to prospective and current graduate students, students working on a master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation, and postdoctoral scholars. It contains information on over 500 private and publicly funded awards, fellowships, and internships. Advanced search options allow users to refine their search by field, academic level, award type, award amount, and other criteria. GRAPES is maintained by the Graduate Outreach, Diversity and Fellowships Office.

Pivot (formerly the Community of Science)

The COS database of funding opportunities contains information from federal and regional governments, foundations, professional societies, associations, and corporations. The COS database is updated daily.

GrantForward (the University of Illinois Researcher Information Service)

Cazoodle, Inc. and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have entered into a licensing agreement regarding the Illinois Researcher Information Service (IRIS). Cazoodle will takeover the IRIS grant search service and utilize its experience in building vertical search engines to strengthen IRISs features by increasing the coverage of grant opportunities and by improving the way researchers seek new opportunities.


Grants.gov was established as a governmental resource named the E-Grants Initiative, part of the President’s 2002 Fiscal Year Management Agenda to improve government services to the public.

NationalScience Foundation (NSF)

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 “to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense…” With an annual budget of about $6.9 billion (FY 2010), we are the funding source for approximately 20 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America’s colleges and universities. In many fields such as mathematics, computer science and the social sciences, NSF is the major source of federal backing (NSF website).

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