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Popular Fellowships

The go-to-list of fellowships—such as NSF, Ford, Jacob K. Javits—are great, however, there are hundreds of other sources. 

It is well worth the effort to seek and apply to the go-to-list of fellowships, but they are the most competitive.  But by all means, do not allow the competitiveness to deter your interest to apply. There are perks to receiving one of the elite fellowships.  One, the money, two, the prestige, and three, money follows money.  That is, when you are selected for one of the elite fellowships, other funders view you as worthy and a great candidate for their funding.  So without a doubt, apply; but, don’t ignore the other sources of funding. Click the fellowship databases link to the left for several open and subscription fellowship databases search engines. 

In the interim, has published an article with a great explanation of internal and external/portable fellowships.  This article also provides a summary of all the fellowships listed below.   Be sure to read the article first before clicking all the links below; work smart. Graduate Fellowships - Types of Fellowship Programs

Federally Funded Portable Fellowships

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Ferguson Fellowship Program

U.S. Department of Energy Computational Sciences Graduate Fellowships

U.S. Department of Defense National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship

U.S. Department of Education Jacob K. Javits Fellowships

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Graduate Fellowship Program

U.S. NASA Harriett G. Jenkins Predoctoral  Graduate Fellowships

U.S. National Institutes of Health Predoctoral Fellowship Awards for Minority Students

U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) Minority Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

Portable Fellowships from Independent Organizations

American Academy in Rome Fellowships (AAR)

American Association of University Women

The American Educational Research Association (AERA)

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Minority Doctoral Fellowships

American Psychological Association Minority Fellowship Program (MFP)

American Sociological Association Minority Fellowship Program

Consortium for Graduate Study in Management Graduate Fellowships for Talented Minorities

Ford Foundation:
Predoctoral Fellowships
Dissertation Fellowships

Greenlining Institute Academy Fellowship Program

Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowship

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Predoctoral Fellowships in Biological Sciences

Knowles Science Teaching Foundation

Microsoft Research Student Fellowship

National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science

National Physical Science Consortium Graduate Fellowships in the Physical Sciences

Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

United Negro College Fund and Merck Foundation Science Initiative Graduate ScienceResearch Dissertation Fellowships

The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation