PhD Fellowships

While GW SMHS provides funding for PhD students, we strongly encourage students to apply for external funding. Having a fellowship during your graduate study will make you more competitive when you apply for a job after graduation. You should consider applications to PhD fellowships as well as travel awards to professional meetings. This listing below, arranged by application deadline, highlights many of the fellowships available. Please note that some fellowships are available only to U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents, while others are also available to international students. 

For international opportunities, please also see the NIH Fogarty International Center’s list of fellowships.

Use PIVOT to do your own search! See how these searches were done below, and feel free to tailor your search. Please contact Laura Radville at lradville@gwu.edu to report any errors in these listings.

December
Fellowship  Funding Amount 2017-2018 Deadlines
Autism Science Foundation
ASF funds graduate students and postdoctoral fellows pursuing careers in basic and clinical research related to autism spectrum disorders.
$25,000 December 1
American Association of University Women (AAUW) Fellowships
These are dissertation grants for women. They may be used for completing dissertations, preparing research for publication, or conducting research.
American Fellows: $6,000-$30,000
International Fellows: $18,000-$30,000
American Fellows: November 15
International Fellows: December 1
Thomson Reuters/Medical Library Association (MLA) Doctoral Fellowship
This fellowship supports doctoral research in health sciences librarianship or information sciences/biomedical informatics.
$2,000 December 1
Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Predoctoral Fellowship
This fellowship supports doctoral students who conduct research in scientific health-related fields that are relevant to the missions of the NIH.
  December 8
April 8
August 8
NIH NIDCD Research Dissertation Fellowship for Au.D. Audiologists (F32)
This fellowship supports doctoral biomedical research training and dissertation research in the biomedical, behavioral, or clinical sciences.
  December 8
April 8
August 8
Ford Foundation Predoctoral and Dissertation Diversity Fellowships
Fellowships support students from underrepresented minorities who are U.S. citizens or nationals. Eligible fields include chemistry, life sciences, mathematics, physics, and psychology.
Predoctoral Fellowship: 3 years at $24,000
Dissertation Fellowship: 1 year at $25,000
December 14
American Lung Association- Lung Health Dissertation Grant 
This grant funds laboratory, patient-centered, and social-behavioral research in lung disease and corresponding risk factors.
$21,000/year December 21
Association on American Indian Affairs (AAIA) Scholarship
Scholarships are for graduate students from federally recognized tribes.
  December 15
DoD National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship
This portable fellowship supports U.S. citizens and nationals who are within the first two years of a graduate degree.
$102,000 December 31
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Student Traineeships
This program supports training in cystic fibrosis research.
$2,000 December 31
January
Fellowship  Funding Amount 2017-2018 Deadlines
American Psychological Association- Predoctoral Fellowship in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
Fellowships support graduate students and postdocs in neuroscience studying behavioral health sciences and prevention. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or noncitizen nationals.
  January 15
Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship Program (DOE CSGF)
This fellowship supports first or second year PhD students in life sciences with emphasis in high performance computing. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
4 years at $36,000 and $8,000 additional January 17
American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Foundation- Doctoral Student Research Grant
The award supports doctoral research in sports medicine. This award is for experimental subjects, supplies, and small equipment needs. Applicants must be current members of ACSM.
$5,000 January 20
American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Foundation- Car. V. Gisolfi Memorial Fund
This grant supports research in thermoregulation, exercise, and hydration. Applicants must be current members of ACSM. 
$5,000 January 20
Josephine de Karman Fellowships
This fellowship is for graduate students in any field in the final year of their PhD.
$22,000 January 31
February
Fellowship  Funding Amount 2017-2018 Deadlines
Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America Foundation, Inc. (PhRMA Foundation)- Health Outcomes Pre Doctoral Fellowships
The Pre Doctoral Fellowships broadly support research on health-care delivery for students during late stages of doctoral research.
$25,000-$50,000 February 1
American Heart Association (AHA) Predoctoral Fellowship
This fellowship supports research related to cardiovascular function and disease and stroke, and related clinical, basic science, bioengineering, biotechnology, and public health problems.
$53,768 February 9
NIH Drug Abuse Dissertation Research (R36)
This grant supports doctoral drug abuse research in basic and clinical neuroscience, development, epidemiology, prevention, treatment, services, or women and sex/gender differences as they relate to drug abuse.
$50,000 February 16
June 16
October 16
March
Fellowship  Funding Amount 2017-2018 Deadlines
Sir Dennis Weatherstone- Autism Speaks Predoctoral Fellowship Program
Autism Speaks supports doctoral students pursuing careers in autism research.
$32,000 March 7
Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research
These grants fund up to $1,000 to students from all areas of science.
$1,000 March 15
October 1
April
Fellowship  Funding Amount 2017-2018 Deadlines
Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Predoctoral Fellowship
This fellowship supports doctoral students who conduct research in scientific health-related fields relevant to the missions of the NIH.
  December 8
April 8
August 8
NIH NIDCD Research Dissertation Fellowship for Au.D. Audiologists (F32)
This fellowship supports doctoral biomedical research training and dissertation research in the biomedical, behavioral, or clinical sciences.
  December 8
April 8
August 8
Gina M. Finzi Memorial Student Summer Fellowship Program
The fellowship supports students in basic, clinical, translational, epidemiological, or behavioral research relevant to lupus.
$4,000 April 8
Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fund Fellowship
These fellowships support research in the natural sciences. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.
$18,000 April 15 and
November 15
May
Fellowship  Funding Amount 2017-2018 Deadlines
American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS)- I. Dean Spradling Graduate Research Grant
This grant supports graduate students in clinical and medical laboratory science research. Applicant must be a member of ASCLS and be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.
$3,000 May 1
American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) A.T. Anderson Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is for students in Mathematics, Medical Sciences, Physical Science, Technology, Science, Engineering, or Natural Resources. Applicant must be an enrolled member of a federally or state recognized American Indian Tribe, Alaskan Native Village, or be Native Hawaiian.
$2,000 May 1
American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Robert D. Watkins Graduate Research Fellowship
This fellowship supports doctoral students in the microbiological sciences who are from an underrepresented minority. Applicants must have completed all graduate coursework before the start of the fellowship.
  May 1
Society for Neuroscience (SfN)- Neuroscience Scholars Program
This program supports underrepresented and diverse neuroscience graduate students and postdoctoral researchers for two years. 
$1,500 May 24
American Indian College Fund Scholarships
This scholarship is for graduate students who are an enrolled member of a federal or state recognized tribe, or a descendant of at least one grandparent or parent who is an enrolled tribal member.
  May 31
June
Fellowship  Funding Amount 2017-2018 Deadlines
F.J. McGuigan Dissertation Award
This award supports dissertation research on mental function (e.g., cognition, affect, motivation) that utilizes behavioral and/or neuroscientific methods. Research may be in any area of contemporary behavioral or brain science. Applicants must have completed candidacy.
$2,000 June 1
NIH Drug Abuse Dissertation Research (R36)
This grant supports doctoral drug abuse research in basic and clinical neuroscience, development, epidemiology, prevention, treatment, services, or women and sex/gender differences as they relate to drug abuse.
$50,000 February 16
June 16
October 16
July
Fellowship  Funding Amount 2017-2018 Deadlines
American Medical Association (AMA) Joan F. Giambalvo Fund for the Advancement of Women
This grant is for women in a medical profession, such as public health, sociology, or psychology.
$10,000 July 31
August
Fellowship  Funding Amount 2017-2018 Deadlines
Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Predoctoral Fellowship
This fellowship supports doctoral students who conduct research in scientific health-related fields that are relevant to the missions of the NIH.
  December 8
April 8
August 8
NIH NIDCD Research Dissertation Fellowship for Au.D. Audiologists (F32)
This fellowship supports doctoral biomedical research training and dissertation research in the biomedical, behavioral, or clinical sciences.
  December 8
April 8
August 8
September
Fellowship  Funding Amount 2017-2018 Deadlines
Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America Foundation, Inc. (PhRMA Foundation)- Pre Doctoral Fellowships
This fellowship supports research that links molecular or cellular mechanisms with the effects of an agent in an intact organism. Studies may be in experimental animal or clinical studies.
$20,000-$40,000 September 1
David H. and Beverly A. Barlow Grant- American Psychological Association (APA)
The grant supports basic and clinical research on anxiety and anxiety related disorders.
$8,000 September 15
October
Fellowship  Funding Amount 2017-2018 Deadlines
Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research
These grants fund up to $1,000 to students from all areas of science.
$1,000 March 15
October 1
Fulbright U.S. Student Program
Fulbright fellowships support individually designed research abroad. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.
  October 6
NIH Drug Abuse Dissertation Research (R36)
This grant supports doctoral drug abuse research in basic and clinical neuroscience, development, epidemiology, prevention, treatment, services, or women and sex/gender differences as they relate to drug abuse.
$50,000 February 16
June 16
October 16
Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)- National Science Foundation (NSF)
Fellowships are for research in mathematical, physical, biological, and social sciences; engineering; science education; and in the history and philosophy of science. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, nationals, and permanent residents near the beginning of graduate school.
$46,000 October 23
Fannie and John Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowships
This fellowship is open to first-year graduate students who are U.S. citizens.
5 years at $32,000;
Full tuition;
$5,000/year for fellows with children
October 27
November
Fellowship  Funding Amount 2017-2018 Deadlines
The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans
This two-year fellowship supports 1st and 2nd year graduate students. Applicants must be New Americans (resident alien, naturalized U.S. citizen, the child of two parents who were born as non-US citizens, or granted DACA status).
$25,000 stipend and 50% of tuition for 1-2 years November
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)- Science and Technology Policy Fellowships 
These fellowships allow scientists to learn about policymaking and contribute their skills to the federal policymaking process.
$75,000 to
$100,000 per year
November 1
Cosmos Scholars
This program funds research supplies and travel for students in the D.C. area.
$4,000 November 1
Professional Heart Daily: Predoctoral Fellowship
This fellowship provides students with mentored research training in cardiovascular and stroke research.
$26,844-$53,688 November 1
Women in STEM Scholarship
The scholarship is available to women who describe the importance of a STEM education. Applicants must be legal residents of the U.S., or international students with valid visas.
$2,000 November 1
National Consortium for Graduate Degrees For Minorities in Engineering and Science, Inc. (GEM)
This program provides fellowships to graduate students in science, including a paid summer internship.  Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
5 years at $16,000; Paid summer internship with GEM Employer Member November 13
Continuous
Fellowship  Funding Amount 2017-2018 Deadlines
Research Participation at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
The ORISE programs at FDA provide students the opportunity to participate in FDA research projects.
  Continuous
DOE- Research Participation at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The ORISE programs at the CDC provide students the opportunity to participate in CDC research projects, current public health research, and developmental activities.
  Continuous

This list was last updated in December 2017