The Latest & Greatest Scholarships for Grad Students

Elizabeth Hoyt

January 02, 2016

The Latest & Greatest Scholarships for Grad Students

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

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?

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.

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.

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

Create-a-Greeting Card Scholarship

Deadline: 2/26/16
Available to: High School Freshmen through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $10,000

The Create-A-Greeting Card Scholarship Contest is open to currently enrolled high school and college students in the United States.

To enter, you must design a holiday, get well, or birthday greeting card and submit your work to be judged.

Your photo, art, or graphics submitted must be your own original work and you must be at least 14 years of age to be eligible for this award.

Get more information on the Create-a-Greeting Card Scholarship.

“Frame My Future” Scholarship Contest

Deadline: 3/08/16
Available to: College Freshmen through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: 5 Awards of $1,000

The “Frame My Future” Scholarship Contest is open to full – time undergraduate and graduate students attending a U.S. college or university.

To enter, you must submit an original creative image that expresses what you hope to achieve in your personal and professional life after college.

Some example entry piece ideas are: photograph, short typed explanation, collage, drawing, graphic design piece, painting, or anything you can create within one image. Your entry must be your own work and must relate to the theme: “This is how I Frame My Future.”

Get more information on the “Frame My Future” Scholarship Contest.

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.

PIRG Fellowship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Senior through Graduate Students, Year 1
Award Amount: $24,500

Sponsored by National Association of State Public Interest Research Groups, PIRG Fellowship is available to recent college graduates who are interested in the public interest movement.

As a PIRG Fellow, you will build expertise on global warming, campaign reform, or another social problem.

You will conduct research, make the case for solutions, act as a spokesperson to the media, build diverse coalitions, write grants, and develop the kind of politically powerful support you need to win.

Get more information on the PIRG Fellowship.

D.J. Lovell Scholarship


Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen 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.

Astronaut Scholarship in Science and Technology

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Sophomores through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: 18 Awards of $10,000

The Astronaut Scholarship in Science and Technology is open to students majoring in engineering, natural science, applied science, or mathematics.

You must attend one of the participating educational institutions to be considered for this award. U.S. citizenship is also a requirement.

You must be nominated by faculty or staff in your department.

Learn more information about the Astronaut Scholarship in Science and Technology.

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 Freshmen 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.

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