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Below is a number of funding opportunities and resources for graduate students. Programs are divided into University and non-University programs/resources and are organized by application or submission deadline. Programs with rolling application/submission deadlines are listed first.

For external programs, please verify submission deadlines as they may change from year to year. Programs with deadlines that have passed will remain posted so individuals may plan for the upcoming academic year. Please submit additions to

University Programs & Resources

Requests for Cross-disciplinary, Collaborative Proposals in Big Data: The Jefferson Trust “Developing Students for Leadership in Data-intensive Research and Innovation” Award: The Jefferson Trust recently awarded the University of Virginia funding for student-based collaborations intended to promote new interdisciplinary interactions as a part of President Sullivan’s Big Data Initiative.  Cross-disciplinary, collaborative experience will expose the students to the diversity of the big data landscape that characterizes UVa, promote new interactions among faculty members, and allow the students to inform curricular needs in Big Data.  The Office of the Vice President for Research will administer this program as part of this emerging university-wide Presidential Initiative in Big Data. Closed [more info]

2013 Google U.S./Canada PhD Fellowship: We are pleased to once again announce the Google U.S./Canada PhD Fellowship Program for 2013. This highly competitive program will award approximately 12 unique fellowships this year from among the selected fields of study. Only invited schools may submit students for consideration, and each school is limited to two nominations. Closed for 2013. [more info]

Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellowship: The Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fund provides financial support for advanced education and graduate study grants.  The Delores Zohrab Liebmann Fellowships are designed to attract and support graduate students with outstanding character and ability who hold promise for achievement and distinction in their chosen fields of study.  Fellowships provide an $18,000 stipend, plus tuition costs, for one year (with the possibility of renewal for a maximum of three years).  Closed for 2013. [more info]

ARCS Endowment Fellowship: The Metropolitan Washington Chapter of the ARCS Foundation will award one ARCS Endowment Fellowship for the Academic Year 2012‐2013 in the amount of $15,000 in the field of Energy Research. Selection of the recipient will be made from among the participating universities on the basis of the qualifications and research achievements of the candidate. Closed for 2013. [more info]

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowships: The NDSEG Fellowship program is sponsored by the Department of Defense with the goal of providing the United States with talented, doctorally trained American men and women who will lead state of the art research projects in disciplines having the greatest payoff to national defense requirements. The 2013 NDSEG Fellowship competition will award approximately 200 new three-year graduate fellowships in April 2013. NDSEG Fellowships last for three years and pay for full tuition and all mandatory fees, a monthly stipend, and up to $1,000 a year in medical insurance. Closed for 2013. [more info]

Explorers Club Washington Group Exploration and Filed Research Grants Program: The Explorers Club Washington Group’s Exploration and Field Research Grants Program was established to encourage young men and women to add to the body of knowledge of the earth, its people and the universe through exploration and field research. Examples of disciplines appropriate for support are anthropology, archaeology, ecology, entomology, botany, linguistics, ornithology, geography, ichthyology, geology, oceanography, glaciology, and similar disciplines. Closed for 2013. [more info]

The Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia Battestin Fellowships for Graduate Student Summer Research: The Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia is pleased to announce its inaugural round of Battestin Fellowships, a program of summer fellowships in bibliographical and textual studies, named in honor of Martin and Ruthe Battestin. The fellowships are intended to support research in the collections of the UVA Library by UVA graduate students, with an emphasis on physical or textual bibliography. The Society is prepared to award up to three fellowships of $3500 each for the summer of 2013. Closed for 2013 [more info]

Virginia Sea Grant Research Fellowships: VASG is pleased to announce the availability of graduate research fellowships for the 2013–2014 academic years. These fellowships are open to Ph.D. students at any Virginia academic institution who are engaged in coastal and marine research relevant to Virginia and the VASG strategic plan. In addition to supporting the student’s academic expenses, the fellowship will provide additional professional development opportunities throughout its duration, focusing on science com­munication, science-to-management process, adoption of innovation, and other Sea Grant activities and mission priorities. Closed for 2013. [more info]

Virginia Space Grant Consortium's 2013-14 Scholarship/Fellowship Programs: The VSGC annually awards over $325,000 to students pursuing higher education at Virginia Space Grant institutions (College of William and Mary, Hampton University, Old Dominion University, University of Virginia, and Virginia Tech) and Virginia Community Colleges.

Four competitive scholarship/fellowship programs are now accepting applications for awards for the 2012-13 academic year. [more info]

Tomorrow's Professor Today: A program for aspiring professors offered by the Teaching Resource Center (TRC), and funded in part by the Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies (VPR). Research News story Consideration of new applications takes place yearly in May or June. [more info]

The Leifur Eiriksson Foundation: The Leifur Eiríksson Foundation funds scholars from U.S. universities for graduate research or study at universities in Iceland, and scholars from universities in Iceland to conduct research or study at universities in the United States. Five to six scholarships are given every year. One scholarship per year (the Robert Kellogg Memorial Scholarship) is designated for a graduate student from Iceland to study at the University of Virginia, or a University of Virginia student to study in Iceland. Recipients are chosen by the Foundation’s Board of Trustees. Up to $25,000 in project costs, including travel to and from the research or study site will be paid on the scholar’s behalf. Closed for 2013. [more info]  

Dumas Malone Graduate Research Fellowship: Sponsored by the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation, these fellowships are awarded to graduate students in architecture, history, politics, and/or international affairs. [more info]

Albert Gallatin Graduate Research Fellowship: Sponsored by the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation, these fellowships are awarded to graduate students in architecture, history, politics, and/or international affairs. [more info]

Seven Society Graduate Fellowship for Superb Teaching: The Seven Society Fellowship for Superb Teaching is an award for TAs who demonstrate exceptional commitment to their students' learning, knowledge of and passion for their subject, and creativity in their teaching. The recipient is awarded a $7,000 fellowship to further his/her graduate studies. The nomination period typically is from mid-December to the first week of February. [more info]

Graduate Student Survey: This survey of graduate students, conducted in fall 2004, covered such issues as research fees, health insurance, housing, child care, and dining. Co-sponsored by the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Council (GSASC) and the Office of the the Vice President for Research (VPR), a total of 1,969 graduate students were surveyed, with 1,523 responding for a response rate of 77 percent. [more info]

External Programs & Resources

The Virginia Council of Graduate Schools (VCGS) maintains a listing of many graduate and postdoctoral fellowships. Please visit the VCGS Web site to browse fellowship opportunities.

Cornell Univerisity maintains a fellowship database. Fellowships may be searched using the following fields: (1) biological sciences, (2) humanities & arts, (3) physical sciences and engineering, (4) social sciences, (5) women, (6) minorities, (7) international students, (8) summer, (9) study abroad, and (10) post-docs.

Duke University maintains a research funding database. Among the search options are funding opportunities for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

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