Fellowships are competitive, merit-based awards that provide scholars the opportunity to pursue academic or professional development. They are sponsored by associations, governments, and institutions which set the specific eligibility requirements. Fellowships are typically only available at the postgraduate level to those who have earned a college degree.

What are the types of of fellowships?

  • Graduate fellowships are for pursuing studies at the master’s or doctoral level. It may require teaching undergraduate courses.
  • Postdoctoral fellowships are for pursuing research and study beyond the doctoral level. It may also require teaching undergraduate or graduate school courses.
  • Medical fellowships are for physicians who have completed medical school and residency to pursue training in a subspecialty.

How long do fellowships last?
Opportunities can range from a few weeks to a few years.

How much funding do fellowships provide?
The monetary value can vary greatly depending on the terms of the fellowship. It may cover costs such as tuition, housing/cost-of-living, or professional development fees.

How do I apply for a fellowship?
Fellowships have strict deadlines and it is important to adhere to the eligibility and application requirements. Some may require you to receive an endorsement from your current academic institution before you can apply. Connect with a faculty member in your chosen area of study to learn of more opportunities and for assistance with the application process.

Check out the list below for fellowships in a variety of areas. Please note: this is not an exhaustive list.

American Medical Association FREIDA – Allows you to search for a residency or fellowship from more than 12,000 programs – all accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)

National Academies: Science, Engineering, and Medicine – Offers several fellowships for early and mid-to-late career scholars.

National Institutes of Health – Research training opportunities (including international) at the undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral level.

APA Minority Fellowship Program – Training program ethnic and racial minority researchers in psychology and behavioral health.

Institute for Citizens & Scholars – Multiple programs in civics, journalism, policy, and teaching.

Partnership for Public Service – Opportunities for students and recent graduates to gain experience in federal government.

Presidential Management Fellows – Leadership development program in the federal government across all academic disciplines.

Social Science Research Council – Opportunities is multiple fields including: religion, journalism, and cultural studies.

Churchill Scholarship – Supports one year of study at Cambridge University in a variety of fields.

Fulbright U.S. Student Program – Opportunities to study, research, and teach abroad.

Luce Scholars – Offers immersive experiences in Asia for students and early-career professionals.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute – Undergraduate and graduate programs for improving science education in the U.S.

IBM PhD and Masters Fellowships – Promoting research and innovation in technology.

Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship – A global opportunity for computing research.

NASA Space Grant College and Fellowship Project – Funding for students pursuing careers in science, mathematics, engineering, or technology.

National Academies: Science, Engineering, and Medicine – Offers several fellowships for early and mid-to-late career scholars.

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program – Supports masters and doctoral studies in STEM.

Kress Foundation – Awarded to students and emerging professionals in art history, art museum education and curation, and related fields.

McKnight Foundation Artist Fellowships – Support for midcareer artists in a variety of disciplines including choreographers, composers, dancers, musicians, playwrights, and media artists.

National Gallery of Arts – Offers graduate-level opportunities in fields related to visual arts, conservation, and curation.

Sundance Institute – Labs, grants, and fellowships for artists and storytellers.

Harvard CARAT – Browse hundreds of graduate fellowship opportunities. Filter for Non-Harvard applicants.

UCLA GRAPES – Search for awards from among 625 scholarships, grants, fellowships, and postdoctoral awards.

CollegeScholarships.org – Search thousands of funding opportunities without creating an account. Filter by degree level.

ProFellow – Create a free account to search the database of more than 2,400 funding awards. Also find workshops and tips for applications.