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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

February 03, 2015

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:

Kress Interpretive Fellowship

Deadline: 4/01/15
Available to: Graduate Students, Year 1 through Year 5
Award Amount: $30,000

The Kress Interpretive Fellowship is available to graduate students pursuing an advanced degree in art history, studio art, and museum studies.

Fellows are offered training in interpretation in European art as a museum educator or curator at an American art museum.

Those who have completed an M.A. degree in one of the aforementioned fields are also eligible to apply.

Learn more information about the Kress Interpretive Fellowship.

AICPA Fellowship for Minority Doctoral Students

Deadline: 4/01/15
Available to: Graduate Students, Year 3 through Year 5
Award Amount: $12,000

Provided by the American Institute for Certified Public Accountants, the AICPA Fellowship for Minority Doctoral Students is available to minority students who have applied to or have been accepted to or currently enrolled in a full-time doctoral program.

To be eligible, you must be a CPA or plan to pursue the CPA credential, and have earned a master’s degree in accounting and / or have completed a minimum of three years full-time experience in the practice of accounting.

Recipients must agree not to work full-time in a paid position, accept responsibility for teaching more than one course per semester as a teaching assistant, or dedicate more than one quarter of your time as a research assistant.

Learn more information about the AICPA Fellowship for Minority Doctoral Students.

AICPA/Accountemps Student Scholarship

Deadline: 4/01/15
Available to: College Sophomore through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $2,500

Provided by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, AICPA/Accountemps Student Scholarship is available to full-time students pursing a degree in accounting. have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and have completed at least 30 semester hours to be eligible for this award.

Selection is based on academic achievement, leadership, and future career interests in accounting.

Get more information on the AICPA/Accountemps Student Scholarship.

John L. Carey Scholarship

Deadline: 4/01/15
Available to: Graduate Students, Year 1
Award Amount: $5,000

Provided by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the John L. Carey Scholarship is available to graduate students pursuing a degree in accounting.

You must have an undergraduate degree in liberal arts or a non-business related field to be eligible for this award.

Get more information on the John L. Carey Scholarship.

General Lemuel C. Shepherd, Jr. Memorial Dissertation Fellowship

Deadline: 5/01/15
Available to: Graduate Students, Year 3 through Year 5
Award Amount: $10,000

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.

”From Failure to Promise” Essay Contest

Deadline: 7/31/15
Available to: High School Senior through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $10,000

The “From Failure to Promise” Essay Contest is open to high school seniors, undergraduate, and graduate students who hold at least a 2.5 GPA.

To be considered, you must submit an essay of at least 1500 words that addresses the following three topics: Which tracks of the book “From Failure to Promise – 360 degrees” presented or reiterated the most important life lessons for you and why, which factor was the most vital to the author’s evolution in going from “flunk-out” to "professor and how does the “Seven Spheres of Influence and Integration Model” affect your worldview as related to civic responsibility.

Get more information on the ”From Failure to Promise” Essay Contest.

Imagine Cup Games Competition

Deadline: 7/31/15
Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $50,000

The Imagine Cup Games Competition is available to students with an interest in video game design.

To enter the contest you, or your team, must submit a desktop or tablet game using Windows, or a mobile game using Windows Phone, or a browser game using Windows Azure.

Games can support multiple languages as long as English is represented and be no bigger than 500MB to be eligible entries.

Get more information on the Imagine Cup Games Competition.

CollegeSTEPS Sweepstakes

Deadline: 8/13/15
Available to: High School Freshman through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $1,000

The CollegeSTEPS Sweepstakes is open to high school and college students.

To enter, you must enroll in the Wells Fargo CollegeSTEPS educational resource program.

Get more information on the CollegeSTEPS Sweepstakes.

Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest

Deadline: 10/23/15
Available to: High School Senior through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $20,000

Provided by the Ayn Rand Institute, the Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest is open to high school seniors, college undergraduates and graduate students.

You must submit an essay of between 800 and 1,600 words on a topic related to Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged.

The three topic choices are listed on the sponsor’s website and essays will be judged on style and content.

Learn more about the Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest.

International Fellowship – American Association of University Women

Deadline: 12/01/15
Available to: Graduate Students, Year 1 through Year 5
Award Amount: $30,000

The International Fellowship is available to female international students pursuing graduate or postgraduate study. You must have already applied to your proposed graduate institution by the deadline date.

Your selection for this award will be based on academic record, professional potential and the potential to improve the lives of women and girls in your home country.

Preference will be given to women residing in their home countries at the time of application.

Get more information on the International Fellowship – American Association of University Women .

Health Professions Scholarship Program

Deadline: Varies
Available to: Graduate Students, 1st Year through 5th Year
Award Amount: 100% of tuition

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


Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshman though Graduate Student, 5th Year
Award Amount: $11,000

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

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Sophomore through Graduate Students, 5th Year
Award Amount: $4,000

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

Deadline: Varies
Available to: Graduate Students, 1st Year through 5th Year
Award Amount: Varies

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

Deadline: Varies
Available to: Graduate Students, 1st Year through 5th Year
Award Amount: Varies

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

Deadline: Varies
Available to: Graduate Students, 1st Year through 5th Year
Award Amount: Varies

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

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Students, 5th Year
Award: Varies

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

Deadline: Varies
Available to: Graduate School, Year 1 through Year 5
Award Amount: Varies

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.

Intel PhD Fellowship Program

Deadline: Varies
Available to: Graduate Student, Year 3 through Year 5
Award Amount: Varies

The Intel PhD Fellowship Program is open to PhD candidates at select U.S. universities who are working in fields related to Intel’s business and research interests.

The one-year fellowship includes a cash award, equipment with Intel architecture, an Intel mentor, and the opportunity to conduct research or an internship at Intel.

Get more information on the Intel PhD Fellowship Program.



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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