External Funding Opportunities

External Funding Sources for Graduate Education

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program
The Graduate Research Fellowship provides three years of support for graduate study leading to research-based master's or doctoral degrees and is intended for students who are at the early stages of their graduate study.

NASA Graduate Student Researchers Program
The NASA Graduate Student Researchers Program (GSRP) awards fellowships for graduate study leading to masters or doctoral degrees in the fields of science, mathematics, and engineering related to NASA research and development.

American Meteorological Society Graduate Fellowships
are sponsored by leading high-technology firms and government agencies and are designed to attract promising young scientists to prepare for careers in the meteorological, oceanic, and hydrologic fields.

DOD Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship Program
NDSEG Fellowships are intended for students at or near the beginning of their graduate studies in science or engineering. Fellowships are awarded to applicants who will pursue a doctoral degree in, or closely related to, an area of DoD interest within one of the following disciplines.

  • Biosciences
  • Geosciences
  • Oceanography

DOE Office of Science Graduate Fellowship ( DOE SCGF)
The program to support outstanding students to pursue graduate training in basic research in areas of physics, biology, chemistry, mathematics, engineering, computational sciences, and environmental sciences relevant to the Office of Science and to encourage the development of the next generation scientific and technical talent in the U.S.

Fannie and John Hertz Foundation
The Foundation is interested in supporting the graduate education of America's most promising technical talent, the Ph.D.-directed effort of the young men and women who can be expected to have the greatest impact on the application of the physical sciences to human problems during the next half-century

Computational Science Graduate Fellowship Program
The CSGF Program encourages study and research in computational science accompanied by practical work experience at recognized Department of Energy research facilities. Applicants must be either in their first or second year of graduate school and working toward a Ph.D. All fellowship recipients receive a monthly stipend. There is an on-line application form.

Graduate Fellowships in the Physical Sciences for Women and Minorities 
National Physical Science Consortium 

Small Research Grants Available to Graduate Students

GSA Research Grants Program for Students
The primary role of the GSA research grants program is to provide partial support of master's and doctoral thesis research in the geological sciences for graduate students at universities in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Central America. In 2006, 47% of the applicants received funding with the average award being $1963

The American Association of Petroleum Geologists Grants-in-Aid Program
The purpose of the Program is to foster research in the geosciences by providing support to graduate students in the earth sciences whose research has application to the search for and development of petroleum and energy-minerals resources, and to related environmental geology issues.