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Larger than Life Awards for Grad Students

Larger than Life Awards for Grad Students

Who says you’re too old to get an award? Certainly, not us!

Elizabeth Hoyt

April 03, 2014

So you’re a grad student. You may know a whole lot but did you know it’s not too late to get help paying for school?

There are plenty of graduate school fellowships, grants and scholarships available to Fastweb members, many of which with amounts that will make your jaw drop.

These programs are impressive, prestigious and will give you bragging rights when it comes to your academics (not that you don’t have them already). Obtaining one (or more) basically gives you the freedom to study your passion independently.

If interested, make sure to demonstrate your passion to the best of your ability – these programs generally reward those who are truly passionate about their field.

To help better organize your scholarship search, please note that the following awards for graduate students are listed according to deadline, with the earliest deadline appearing at the top of the page. Deadlines that vary will appear at the bottom of the list.

Here are some examples highlighting awards and programs you may want to consider applying for, as a current graduate student:

Paros-Digiquartz Scholarship
Award: $2,000
Deadline: April 15, 2014
Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Student, Year 5

The Paros- Digiquartz Scholarship is available to undergraduate and graduate students who are studying a marine related field.

You must have an interest in marine instrumentation to be eligible for this award.

Graduating high school seniors may also apply.

Learn more information about the Paros-Digiquartz Scholarship.

Stella Blum Research Grant
Award: $2,000
Deadline: May 1, 2014
Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Student, Year 1

The Stella Blum Research Grant is open to undergraduate or graduate students who are members of the Costume Society of America.

The award is given to support the research and study of North American costume.

Your selection for this award will be based on: academic record, experience, references, significance of research project, project goals, methodology, proposed tangible results and feasibility of the project’s time, budget and resources.

Learn more information about the Stella Blum Research Grant.

General Lemuel C. Shepherd, Jr. Memorial Dissertation Fellowship
Award: $10,000
Deadline: May 1, 2014
Available to: Graduate Students, 3rd through 5th Year

Provided by the Marine Corps Historical Center, the General Lemuel C. Shepherd, Jr. Memorial Dissertation

Fellowship is available to graduate students working on a doctoral dissertation pertinent to Marine Corps history.

Topics in U.S. military and naval history, as well as history of the United States Marine Corps will be considered.

You must be enrolled in a recognized graduate school, have completed all requirements for the doctoral degree except the dissertation by September, and have an approved, pertinent dissertation topic to be eligible for this award.

Learn more information about the General Lemuel C. Shepherd, Jr. Memorial Dissertation Fellowship.

Lieutenant Colonel Lily H. Gridley Memorial Master’s Thesis Fellowship
Award: $3,500
Deadline: May 1, 2014
Available to: Graduate Students, 1st and 2nd Year

Provided by the Marine Corps Historical Center, the Lieutenant Colonel Lily H. Gridley Memorial Master’s Thesis

Fellowship is available to graduate students working on a topic for their thesis that is pertinent to Marine Corps history.

You must be actively enrolled in an accredited master’s degree program which requires a master’s thesis to be eligible for this award.

Thesis topics in U.S. military and naval history, and history-based studies in the social and behavioral sciences, with a direct relationship to the U.S. Marine Corps will be considered.

Preference will be given to projects covering the pre-1991 period where records are declassified or can be more readily declassified and made available to scholars.

Learn more information about the Lieutenant Colonel Lily H. Gridley Memorial Master’s Thesis Fellowship.

David Pilon Scholarship for Training in Professional Psychology
Award: $1,500
Deadline: May 7, 2014
Available to: Graduate Students, 3rd through 5th Year

The David Pilon Scholarship for Training in Professional Psychology is available to doctoral students who are members of the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (including student affiliate members of the American Psychological Association).

This award must be used to support supplemental training and education experiences in professional psychology practice.

You must submit a statement addressing your short- and long-term goals, an abbreviated curriculum vitae, a formal proposal, and two letters of recommendation to be considered for this award.

Learn more information about the David Pilon Scholarship for Training in Professional Psychology.

German Studies Research Grant
Award: $2,500
Deadline: May 15, 2014
Available to: College Junior through Graduate Student, Year 5

Provided by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the German Studies Research Grant is available to full-time juniors, seniors, master’s degree candidates and Ph.D. students who are pursuing a degree in German studies.

This award is to be used to offset living and travel costs during the active research phase. Support is not given for study abroad programs.

You must be a U.S. citizen and have completed at least two years of college German and a minimum of three courses in German studies to be eligible for this award.

You must also be nominated by your department for this award.

Learn more information about the German Studies Research Grant.

MSA Grant for Student Research in Mineralogy and Petrology
Award: $5,000
Deadline: June 1, 2014
Available to: College Junior through Graduate Student, Year 5

Provided by the Mineralogical Society of America (MSA), MSA Grant for Student Research is available to undergraduate and graduate students who plan to conduct research in the fields of mineralogy and petrology.

Learn more information about the MSA Grant for Student Research in Mineralogy and Petrology .

AIGC Fellowship
Award: $1,200
Deadline: June 1, 2014
Available to: Graduate Student, Year 1 through Year 5

Provided by the American Indian Graduate Center, the AIGC Fellowship is available to full-time graduate students who are enrolled members of a U.S. federally recognized American Indian tribe or Alaska Native group, or possess one-quarter degree federally-recognized Indian blood.

You must demonstrate financial need, and be attending an accredited graduate school in the U.S., to be eligible for this award.

Learn more information about the AIGC Fellowship.

Structural Engineering Traveling Fellowship Program
Award: $10,000
Deadline: June 30, 2014
Available to: College Senior through Graduate Student, Year 2

The Structural Engineering Traveling Fellowship Program – provided by the Skidmore, Owings and Merrill Foundation – is open to students who have received a masters or doctoral degree from a U.S. college or university in structural engineering.

You must be nominated by the faculty and endorsed by the chair of the department from which you have received the aforementioned degree.

The award also requires that you must have graduated or be graduating within July of the previous year through June of the current year.

You will need to submit a transcript, letters of recommendation and a few other documents. Final judgment will be on your proposal and interview.

Learn more information about the Structural Engineering Traveling Fellowship Program.

Trevor Leeker Scholarship
Award: $500
Deadline: June 30, 2014
Available to: Graduate Students, 1st through 5th Year

Provided by the Trevor Leeker Scholarship Fund, the Trevor Leeker Scholarship is available to graduate students in the medical field with a minimum 3.5 GPA.

You must plan to work with special needs children and submit an essay to be eligible for this award.

Learn more information about the Trevor Leeker Scholarship.

Bronx Zoo Teaching Fellowships
Award: Varies
Deadline: June 30, 2014
Available to: College Junior through Graduate Students, 5th Year

Provided by the Wildlife Conservation Society, the Bronx Zoo Teaching Fellowships are available to undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in teaching elementary aged children.

You must have a strong background in zoology, ecology, biology, or education.

Experience in teaching is desired and an interest in wildlife conversation and the ability to relate to children are essential.

Learn more information about the Bronx Zoo Teaching Fellowships.

AASA Educational Administration Scholarship
Award: $2,500
Deadline: July 30, 2014
Available to: Graduate Students, 1st through 5th Year

The AASA Educational Administration Scholarship is available to graduate students who intend to pursue school superintendency as a career.

You must be enrolled in an educational administration program and be nominated by the chair of the School of Education at your current institution to be considered for this award.

Learn more information about the AASA Educational Administration Scholarship.

T. Mark Fay Foundation Scholarship
Award: $3,000
Deadline: August 1, 2014
Available to: College Junior through Graduate Students, 5th Year

The T. Mark Fay Foundation Scholarship is available to junior and senior students who are considering a career as an insurance claims professional and to post-graduate students in insurance-specific programs.

Selection is based on your personal statement, objectives, recommendations, and current academic standing.

Learn more information about the T. Mark Fay Foundation Scholarship.

Art Alliance Tribute Fund Grant

Award: $1,000

Deadline: October 1, 2014

Available to: Graduate Students, Year 2 through Year 5

The Art Alliance Tribute Fund Graduate Grant is open to continuing graduate students in the Art Department at California State University, Fullerton.

Award requirements include that you demonstrate creative achievement by submitting of current graduate art work and a proposal that states how the grant would advance your art work.

Learn more information about the Art Alliance Tribute Fund Grant.

DEED Student Research Grant/Internship
Award: $4,000
Deadline: October 15, 2014
Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Student, Year 5

Provided by the American Public Power Association, the DEED Student Research Grant / Internship is open to undergraduate and graduate students who are studying in energy-related disciplines.

You must be enrolled in an accredited college or university located in the United States or Canada and obtain a DEED member-sponsor for your student research grant/internship to be eligible for this award.

You are expected to provide host utilities with technical assistance and to participate in a research, development and demonstration program to conduct activities related to energy innovation, improving efficiencies and lowering the cost of providing energy services to customers of publicly owned electric utilities.

Successful applicants will conduct research on a project approved by the sponsoring facility and submit a final report on the project.

Learn more information about the DEED Student Research Grant/Internship.

Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest
Award: $10,000
Deadline: October 24, 2014
Available to: High School Senior through Graduate Students, 5th Year

Provided by the Ayn Rand Institute, the Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest is open to 12th grade, undergraduate and graduate students.

To be eligible for this contest, you must write an essay of no fewer than 800 and no more than 1,600 words in length, double-spaced, on one of three topics related to Ayn Rand’s novel, “Atlas Shrugged.”

Essays are judged on both style and content.

The winning essay must demonstrate an outstanding knowledge of the book “Atlas Shrugged.”

All information necessary to enter the contest including essay topics is available on the sponsor’s site.

Learn more information about the Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest.

Winston Churchill Foundation Scholarship
Award: Varies
Deadline: November 11, 2014
Available to: Students 19-26 Years of Age

The Winston Churchill Foundation Scholarship is open to students who would like to pursue one year of graduate studies in engineering, mathematics, or the sciences at Cambridge in Britain.

You must be currently enrolled at a participating institution, be a U.S. citizen between the ages of 19 and 26, and hold a bachelor’s degree from a college or university in the U.S. to be eligible for this award.

Learn more information about the Winston Churchill Foundation Scholarship.

Charles LeGeyt Fortescue Graduate Scholarship
Award: $24,000
Deadline: November 15, 2014
Available to: Graduate Students, Year 1

Provided by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc., the Charles LeGeyt Fortescue Graduate Scholarship is available to full-time, first-year graduate students pursuing work in electrical engineering.

You must have a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and be a U.S. resident to qualify for this award.

Learn more information about the Charles LeGeyt Fortescue Graduate Scholarship.

IEEE Life Member Graduate Study Fellowship
Award: $10,000
Deadline: November 15, 2014
Available to: Graduate Students, Year 1

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE) Life Member Graduate Study Fellowship is available to first year, full-time graduate students majoring in electrical engineering.

You must have a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering to be eligible for this renewable award.

Learn more information about the IEEE Life Member Graduate Study Fellowship.

ONS Foundation Master’s and Post-Master’s NP Certificate Scholarship
Award: Varies
Deadline: February 1, 2015
Available to: Graduate Student, Year 1 through Year 2

Provided by the Oncology Nursing Society Fondation, the ONS Foundation Master’s and Post-Master’s NP Certificate Scholarship is available to graduate students pursuing a career in oncology nursing.

Learn more information about the ONS Foundation Master’s and Post-Master’s NP Certificate Scholarship.

Turner Sports NCAA Digital Post-Graduate Internship
Award: Varies
Deadline: Varies
Available to: Graduate Student, Year 1 through Year 5

The Turner Sports NCAA Digital Post-Graduate Internship is available to college graduates and post-graduate students. This is an 11-month, paid internship focusing on digital media.

Full-time positions are available in the following areas: editorial, marketing, public relations, multimedia production, operations, and product management.

Learn more information about the Turner Sports NCAA Digital Post-Graduate Internship.

Health Professions Scholarship Program
Award: 100% of tuition
Deadline: Varies
Available to: Graduate Students, 1st Year through 5th Year

The Health Professions Scholarship Program from the U.S. Army Medical Department is open to full-time students enrolled in a graduate-level health care degree program in the U.S. or Puerto Rico.

You must be a U.S. citizen and qualify as a commissioned officer in the United States Army Reserve to be eligible for this award.

Learn more information about the Health Professions Scholarship Program.

D.J. Lovell Scholarship
Award: $11,000
Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshman though Graduate Student, 5th Year

The D.J. Lovell Scholarship is open to full-time undergraduate and graduate students who are studying optical science and engineering.

Fields of study may include optics, photonics, imaging, optoelectronics and other related disciplines.

You must also be a student member of SPIE (International Society for Optical Engineering) to be eligible for this award.

Learn more information about the D.J. Lovell Scholarship.

William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fellowship for Minority Students
Award: $4,000
Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Sophomore through Graduate Students, 5th Year

Provided by the Aspen Institute, the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fellowship for Minority Students is available to minority undergraduate and graduate students.

You must have a background in the social sciences or humanities and have excellent writing and communication skills to be eligible for this award.

Winners of this award will participate in an internship for 12 to 15 weeks during the summer at a Washington, DC, office of the Aspen Institute.

Learn more information about the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fellowship for Minority Students.

LexisNexis/John R. Johnson Memorial Scholarship
Award: Varies
Deadline: Varies
Available to: Graduate Students, 1st Year through 5th Year

Provided by the American Association of Law Libraries, the LexisNexis/ John R. Johnson Memorial Scholarship is open to individuals with meaningful law library experience who plan to pursue graduate-level studies related to their professional interests in law librarianship.

Learn more information about the LexisNexis/John R. Johnson Memorial Scholarship.

Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program
Award: Varies
Deadline: Varies
Ages: Graduate Students, 1st Year through 5th Year

Provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program is available to graduate-level students, particularly females and minorities who are interested in independent research in oceanography, marine biology or maritime archaeology.

You must be a U.S. citizen currently pursuing or intending to pursue a masters or doctoral level degree in oceanography, marine biology, or maritime archaeology and must also have a minimum 3.0 GPA to be eligible for this award.

Priority will be given to applicants who are interested in studying fisheries and coastal ecosystems; coastal navigation, hazard response and management; and geological dynamics and biogeochemical cycles.

Applications are found strictly online through Grants.gov, searching for grant announcement NOAA-EPP-MIS-2007-200802.

Learn more information about the Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program.

LaFontaine Aquatic Entomology Award
Award: Varies
Deadline: Varies
Available to: Graduate Students, 1st Year through 5th Year

Provided by the Federdation of Fly Fishers, the LaFontaine Aquatic Entomology Award is available to graduate students doing a research project in aquatic entomology.

You must submit your resume, a short synopsis of your project, and a letter of recommendation from your faculty advisor to be considered for this award.

Learn more information about the LaFontaine Aquatic Entomology Award.

Communicative Disorders Scholarship
Award: Varies
Deadline: Varies
Ages: Graduate Students, 1st Year through 5th Year

The Communicative Disorders Scholarship is available to graduate students who are studying speech language pathology and/or audiology.

You must be studying at a college or university in the United States, be a U.S. citizen, and have a minimum 3.2 GPA to be eligible for this award.

Learn more information about the Communicative Disorders Scholarship.

Pedro Zamora Public Policy Fellowship
Award: Varies
Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Students, 5th Year

Provided by Aids Actions, the Pedro Zamora Public Policy Fellowship is open to young professionals, undergraduate and graduate students who seek experience in HIV-related public policy and government affairs.

You must have strong research, writing and organizational skills and a willingness to work in a professional office. Ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment is critical.

Familiarity with HIV-related issues and the legislative process is preferred. People of color, women, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals, and HIV positive individuals are encouraged to apply.

Learn more information about the Pedro Zamora Public Policy Fellowship.

National Gallery of Art Conservation Fellowship
Award: Varies
Deadline: Varies
Available to: Graduate School, Year 1 through Year 5

The National Gallery of Art Conservation Fellowship is open to art conservation graduate students with no more than five years of work experience.

You must be interested in the examination and treatment of works of art. Fellows will focus on two aspects: treatment of the collection and research that culminates in a published paper.

This is a three-year fellowship.

Learn more information about the National Gallery of Art Conservation Fellowship.



To see more scholarships, grants and fellowships available to graduate students, check out Fastweb’s scholarship directory, which is updated regularly with new and exciting opportunities.


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