Upcoming Fellowship and Award Opportunities

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the launch of many 2021-2022 fellowship applications has been delayed. As a result, some deadlines are not yet available. Please return to this page regularly for updated deadlines and application information.

Fulbright US Student Program 
Application deadline: September 14, 2020, for applicants applying internally through Columbia; October 13, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. ET, for at-large applicants. Write to Sarah Jackman at s.jackman [at] columbia.edu with any questions.
Eligibility: MA and PhD students who are US citizens. The Fulbright provides grants for master’s programs, individually designed research projects, and English teaching assistant programs for one academic year in a participating country outside the US.

Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies Scholars Program
Application deadline: October 1, 2020
Eligibility: PhD candidates in the social sciences who have completed routine training and are well along in the writing of the thesis

NAEd/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship Program
Application deadline: TBD, usually early October
Eligibility: PhD candidates who will have completed all pre-dissertation requirements by June 1, 2020, and whose dissertations cover the history, theory, analysis, or practice of formal or informal education anywhere in the world

Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowships in Women’s Studies
Application deadline: TBD, usually mid-October
Eligibility: PhD candidates in the humanities and social sciences who are writing on issues related to women, gender, women’s studies, or feminist/gender/LGBTQ theory, and expect to complete their degree by summer 2021

DAAD/German Academic Exchange Service Research Grants        
Columbia internal application deadline for one-year research projects: October 16, 2020. Write to Sarah Jackman at s.jackman [at] columbia.edu for instructions on how to apply; if applying for a short-term grant, apply directly to DAAD by November 4, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. E.T.
Eligibility: MA and PhD students who wish to study in Germany

European Institute: Cold War Archives Research Fellowship
Application deadline: TBD, usually mid-October
Eligibility: MA and PhD students, with preference given to students who already have a background in studying Cold War topics

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP)
Application deadlines fall during the last week of October, with deadlines varying by discipline. See the 2020 GRFP Deadlines for more information. Please contact Tom Tarduogno at tt22 [at] columbia.edu
with any questions.
Eligibility: All eligibility requirements as set forth in the current Program Solicitation

Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans
Application deadline: October 29, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. ET
Eligibility: MA and PhD candidates who fulfill New American status and are under age 31

Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships
Application deadline: TBD, usually late October
Eligibility: PhD candidates in the humanities and social sciences who have completed all requirements except for the dissertation by the application deadline

Hertz Foundation Fellowships
Application deadline: Exact date TBD in October 2020
Eligibility: PhD candidates in the physical, biological, and engineering sciences or mathematics

American Research Institute in Turkey Research Fellowships
Application deadline: TBD, usually early November
Eligibility: MA and PhD candidates engaged in research on ancient, medieval, or modern times in Turkey, in any field of the humanities or social sciences

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection Junior Fellowships
Application deadline: TBD, usually early November
Eligibility: PhD candidates engaged in research on Byzantine, garden and landscape, or pre-Columbian studies who at the time of application have fulfilled all preliminary requirements for the PhD and will work on the dissertation at Dumbarton Oaks under the direction of a faculty member from their own university

AAUW Dissertation Fellowships
Application deadline: November 1, 2020
Eligibility: Women PhD candidates in all fields of study

SSRC International Dissertation Research Fellowships
Application deadline: TBD, usually early November
Eligibility: PhD candidates in the humanities and social sciences

Amelia Earhart Fellowships
Application deadline: November 15, 2020
Eligibility: Women PhD candidates in a qualifying area of science or engineering closely related to advanced studies in aerospace-related science or aerospace-related engineering

Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships
Application deadline: TBD, usually mid-November
Eligibility: PhD candidates who are writing on topics where ethical or religious values are a central concern, and who expect to complete the dissertation between April 1 and August 31, 2021

Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program
Application deadline: TBD, usually mid-November
Eligibility: MA and PhD students who are US citizens

John Harvard Distinguished Science Fellow in Imaging at Harvard University
The next search for this fellowship will commence in late 2020 or early 2021
Eligibility: PhD candidates with an interest in developing innovative imaging technologies and leading biological investigations who will complete a PhD in chemistry, physics, biology, engineering or related areas by the time the fellowship appointment begins

Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy Grants
Application deadline: TBD, usually early December
Eligibility: PhD candidates working on their dissertation and who have conducted social policy research

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowships
Application deadline: December 4, 2020
Eligibility: PhD candidates in the natural sciences

Obama Foundation Scholars Program
Application deadline: TBD, usually early December
Eligibility: Scholars who have a proven commitment to service and leadership within a community, region, or country outside the United States, coupled with a demonstrated commitment to return to these communities following their completion of the program and apply their enhanced training, skills, and connections on a long-term basis for the benefit of these communities

Ford Foundation Fellowships
Application deadline: December 10, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. ET (dissertation and postdoctoral); December 17, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. ET (predoctoral)
Eligibility: PhD candidates in the natural sciences, humanities, and social sciences who are planning a career in teaching and research at the college or university level

Center for Engagement Scholarship (CES) Dissertation Fellowships
Application deadline: TBD, usually mid-December
Eligibility: PhD candidates in the social sciences who are writing their dissertations

Mellon Fellowships for Dissertation Research in Original Sources
Applications are currently not being accepted; if you want to receive notification should the application season open in 2020, please visit the site for instructions.
Eligibility: PhD candidates in the humanities and related social sciences

Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellowships
Columbia internal application deadline: TBD, usually mid-December. GSAS will send a Call for Applications by email to eligible students when the application is available in late November.
Eligibility: Continuing MA and PhD candidates who are US citizens in all fields of study

Chateaubriand Fellowship
Application deadline: January 7, 2020
Eligibility: PhD candidates in STEM, humanities, and social sciences disciplines who plan to conduct dissertation research in France for four to nine months

Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarships
Internal application deadline: January 8, 2020. Please write to Sarah Jackman at s.jackman [at] columbia.edu for instructions on how to apply.
Eligibility: PhD candidates in years one through three of a humanities or social sciences program whose work relates to one of the foundation's four themes: Human Rights and Dignity; Responsible Citizenship; Canada and the World; or People and their Natural Environment

Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship
Application deadline: January 8, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. CT
Eligibility: PhD students working in areas of interest to stewardship science, such as properties of materials under extreme conditions and hydrodynamics, nuclear science, or high-energy density physics

Graduate Women in Science Fellowships
Application deadline: January 11, 2019; 2020 deadline TBA
Eligibility: Self-identified women who are PhD or MA candidates in STEM fields

Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowships
Application deadline: January 15, 2020
Eligibility: First-year PhD candidates in the physical, computer, mathematical, or life sciences

Margaret McNamara Education Grants
Application deadline: January 15, 2020
Eligibility: PhD and MA candidates who self-identify as women, and who are nationals of a country on the eligibility list

Boren Fellowships
Application deadline: January 29, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. ET
Eligibility: MA and PhD candidates who are studying less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to US interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East

Josephine De Kármán Fellowships
Application deadline: January 31, 2020
Eligibility: PhD candidates who will defend their dissertations in or around June 2021; special consideration given to applicants in the humanities

Summer Funding Opportunities
Application deadlines: February through April 2020

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship—Summer
Application deadline: February 13 or 26, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. ET
Eligibility: MA and PhD students whose program combines modern foreign language training with international or area studies

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship—Academic Year
Application deadline: February 13 or 26, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. ET
Eligibility: MA and PhD students whose program combines modern foreign language training with international or area studies

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowship 
Columbia internal application deadline: February 14; write to Sandra Peters at scp3 [at] columbia.edu for more information
Eligibility: Post-MPhil doctoral students who are conducting research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies

GSAS International Travel Fellowships
Application deadline: February 26, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. ET 
Eligibility: PhD students who have completed all MPhil requirements and passed the prospectus defense, and for whom international travel is necessary for the competition of the dissertation

Lindt Dissertation Fellowship
Application deadline: February 26, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. ET 
Eligibility: PhD students in Anthropology, Economics, Political Science, or Sociology who will complete the dissertation by May 2021

Zuckerman Dissertation Fellowship
Application deadline: February 26, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. ET 
Eligibility: PhD students in History, Philosophy, or Sociology who will complete the dissertation by May 2021

Summer Language Fellowship for International Students
Application deadline: February 26, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. ET 
Eligibility: International PhD students in the humanities and social sciences who need to study a foreign language abroad during the summer 

Harriman Curriculum Development Grant
Application deadline: TBA
Eligibility: PhD candidates interested in developing new curricular offerings on Russia in the social sciences

Harriman Russian Studies Research Grant
Application deadline: TBA
Eligibility: PhD candidates conducting research in Russian studies

Eisenhower/Roberts Graduate Fellowship Program
Columbia internal application deadline: March 6, 2020; write to Sarah Jackman at  for more information
Eligibility: PhD candidates researching the role of government in a free society, citizen public service, public policy, and on improved understanding of America’s role in world affairs

Weatherhead East Asian Institute Fellowships (Academic Year) and Grants (Summer)
Application deadline: March 13, 2020
Eligibility: MA and PhD students whose research is focused on East or Southeast Asia

Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows Program
Application deadline: March 18, 2020 at 9:00 ET
Eligibility: Those in possession of a PhD in the humanities or humanistic social sciences conferred between September 1, 2016, and June 19, 2020

Sakıp Sabancı Center Summer Fellowships
Application deadline: March 15, 2019
Eligibility: Humanities and Social Science PhD students in years one through six who will conduct no less than one month of library, archival, or collection research in Turkey during the summer

DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program
Application deadline: May 6, 2020 at 5:00 ET
Eligibility: PhD candidates in physics, chemistry, material sciences, biology (non-medical), mathematics, engineering, or computer or computational sciences who are at work on the dissertation

Sakıp Sabancı Center for Turkish Studies Dissertation Fellowship
Application deadline: June 30, 2020
Eligibility: PhD candidates with dissertation projects in any field of Turkish Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences who are in the sixth or seventh year of their program

CPRIT TRIUMPH Postdoctoral Fellowship
Application deadline: June 30, 2020
Eligibility: PhD candidates interested in cancer research who will have completed the degree by the start of the program and who have published at least one first-author paper in a top-tier journal

Congressional Research Grants
Application deadline: Applications are accepted throughout the year
Eligibility: Students with a serious interest in studying Congress; a significant portion of the funds is awarded for PhD dissertation research

Data Science Fellowships (The Data Incubator)
Application deadline: multiple deadlines throughout year; for upcoming program deadlines, please check the Data Incubator website
Eligibility: MA and PhD candidates who are within one year of graduating

Interschool Fellowships at Columbia
Columbia internal application deadline: TBA
Eligibility: To receive these need-based awards, which range in amount from $1,000 to $5,000, students must be enrolled in an Arts and Sciences graduate program during the 2020-2021 academic year, and must meet the requirements of the relevant fellowship. The online application will include a list of all 2020-2021 fellowships and their respective requirements