Diversity Fellowship Opportunities
Diversity Fellowship Opportunities
Caltech is committed to encouraging diverse cultural, ethnic, social, geographic, and economic perspectives to thrive through its education, administration, and services. By advocating and supporting diversity opportunities for underrepresented minorities, women, and first-generation college students, it is the goal of the FASA office to further extend this mission. FASA offers resources and advising for these diversity fellowship opportunities as well as access to the following databases for those seeking fellowships in support of underrepresented groups:
- Cientifico Latino Fellowship Database
- LGBTQ Scholarships and Fellowships Database
- University of Chicago Grad Fellowship Database
- University of Delaware Black Graduate Student Association
- Immigrants Rising 2021 Graduate Fellowships (Fellowships that do not require proof of U.S. citizenship or legal permanent residency)
The American Association for the Advancement of Science also provides ideas on how to search for funding.
AISES A. T. Anderson Memorial Scholarship
Open to students pursuing degrees in Mathematics, Medical Sciences, Physical Science, Technology, Science, Engineering or Natural Resources.
AISES Chevron Corporation Scholarship
Must be pursuing a degree that is beneficial to Chevron business and have an interest in the energy industry. This may include STEM degrees, as well as business related studies.
AISES Intel Growing the Legacy Scholarship Program
Open to students pursuing degrees in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, and Electrical Engineering. Chemical Engineering and Materials Science will also be considered.
Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Scholarship
AG Bell offers several scholarship for full-time students who have a pre-lingual bilateral hearing loss in the moderately-severe to profound range, use listening and spoken language, and who are pursuing a bachelors, masters or doctorate (not law or public policy) degree at an accredited mainstream college or university.
Amelia Earhart Fellowship Zonta International Foundation
Established in 1938 in honor of famed pilot and Zontian, Amelia Earhart, the Amelia Earhart Fellowship is awarded annually to women pursuing Ph.D. degrees in aerospace-related sciences or aerospace-related engineering. The Fellowship of US$10,000, awarded to 35 Fellows around the globe each year, may be used at any university or college offering accredited post-graduate courses and degrees in these fields.
American Council of the Blind Scholarship
For blind individuals who plan to attend or are attending college, graduate school or vocational training.
American Foundation for the Blind Scholarships
The AFB offers the Paul and Ellen Ruckes Scholarship of $1,000 to a full-time undergraduate or graduate student in the field of engineering or in computer, physical, or life sciences. The Karen D. Carsel Memorial Scholarship offers one scholarship of $500 to a full-time graduate student.
American Indian Graduate Center Fellowship
The AIGC Fellowship program provides fellowships to over 400 American Indian and Alaska Native graduate and professional students each year.
American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) Scholarships
AISES offers several fellowships to students in STEM fields.
American Political Science Association Graduate Fellowships for Minority Students
For doctoral students in political science.
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) - Graduate Teaching Fellowships
The Graduate Teaching Fellowship Program is a collaboration between ASME and mechanical engineering departments to encourage outstanding doctoral candidates in mechanical engineering education (and related engineering fields), particularly women and minorities. These fellowships are made possible with support from the ASME Foundation.
For full-time graduate or undergraduate students who are legally blind and who are entering or attending an accredited college or university.
ExxonMobil Geosciences (Field Work) Scholarship Program
Scholarships are intended to directly support geology mapping / geological field based analysis, or geophysical fieldwork.
Ford Foundation Fellowship awards are offered at the Predoctoral, Dissertation and Postdoctoral levels. Fellowships are awarded in a national competition. Awards are made to individuals who, in the judgment of the review panels, have demonstrated superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers, and are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.
To be eligible to receive a Ford Foundation Fellowship award, you must be a citizen, national, and permanent residents (holder of a Permanent Resident Card) of the United States, or individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program. Receipt of the fellowship award is conditioned upon each awardee providing satisfactory documentation that he or she meets the eligibility requirements.
Gamma Mu Foundation Scholarship
The Gamma Mu Scholarships Program provides support to gay men who want to further their education at a college, university, or vocational or professional training program. The program supports a wide range of educational options, including vocational and technical training, associate, bachelors and graduate degrees.
Gates Millennium Scholars Program
The GMS Scholarship Award provides support for the cost of education by covering unmet need and self-help aid, renewable awards for Gates Millennium Scholars maintaining satisfactory academic progress, and graduate school funding for continuing Gates Millennium Scholars in the areas of computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health or science.
GEM's fellowship programs span the entire recruitment, retention, and professional development spectrum. GEM's principal activity is the provision of graduate fellowships at the MS and Ph.D. levels coupled with paid summer internships.The goal of these programs are to increase the number of minority students who pursue advanced degrees in engineering and the natural science disciplines.
GEM provides three Fellowship Programs: MS Engineering Fellowship; Ph.D. Engineering Fellowship; and Ph.D. Science Fellowship.
Generation Google Scholarship for Underrepresented Students in Computer Science
The Generation Google Scholarship awards $10,000 USD or $5,000 CAD, and encourages students that identify with groups historically excluded from the technology industry, including Women, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latinx, American Indian, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, to apply. Applicants must intend to be enrolled in as a full-time student in a Bachelor's, Masters, or PhD program at an accredited university or college in the US or Canada.
Google Lime Scholarship for Students with Disabilities
Google has partnered with Lime Connect, a nonprofit organization that supports students with disabilities while they pursue education and promising careers, to help university students with disabilities work toward their academic goals in the field of computer science.
Google SVA Scholarship for Veterans
The scholarship provides assistance to student veterans who are pursuing university degrees in the field of computer science in the U.S.
Graduate Fellowships for STEM Diversity (GFSD) (Formerly the NPSC)
Graduate Fellowships for STEM Diversity is a partnership between government agencies and laboratories, industry, and higher education. GFSD is open for application by all U.S. citizens regardless of race or gender. GFSD's goal is to increase the number of American citizens with graduate degrees in STEM fields, emphasizing recruitment of a diverse applicant pool. List of participating universities can be found here: https://stemfellowships.org/fellows/
Graduate Women In Science National Fellowship Program
The program's overall goal is to increase knowledge in the sciences and to encourage research careers in the sciences by women. GWIS strives to empower a community representative of all women in STEM and the Social Sciences. The program will award up to $10,000 in research funding to select fellows and recognize additional applicants with Honorable Mentions. Awards will be made to women who hold a degree from a recognized institution of higher learning, who demonstrate outstanding ability and promise in research, and who are performing hypothesis-driven research at any institution in the U.S. or abroad.
Harriet Evelyn Wallace Scholarship for Women in the Geosciences
The Harriet Evelyn Wallace Scholarship is available for female students pursuing a Master's or Doctoral degree at an accredited institution of higher education in a recognized geoscience program.
HHMI - Gilliam Fellowships for Advanced Study
The fellowships honor the legacy of the late James H. Gilliam, Jr., an HHMI trustee who devoted his life to fostering excellence and diversity in education and science.
The competition is open to:
- Alumni of HHMI's Exceptional Research Opportunities Program (EXROP), regardless of country of origin or nationally, or
- Students nominated by T32 predoctoral training grant principal investigators (PIs) supported by the National Institute for General Medical Sciences (NIGMS); each nominated student must be training grant eligible but does not need to have been a T32 trainee.
Each fellowship will support students for up to three years of their dissertation research, typically in years three, four and five of their PhD studies. Applicants must be in their second or third year of a PhD program in the life sciences or related sciences and have identified a thesis adviser. They must have advanced to candidacy before appointment. Students who are enrolled in an MD/PhD (i.e. Medical Scientist Training Program) program are not eligible.
Microsoft Research Dissertation Grant
The Microsoft Research Dissertation Grant aims to increase the pipeline of diverse talent receiving advanced degrees in computing-related fields by providing a research funding opportunity for American, Black, Hispanic, Latinx, American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, LGBTQI+, and/or person with a disability. Recipients will receive funding up to $25,000 for the academic year.
Morris K. Udall and John S. McCain III Native American Graduate Fellowship in Tribal Policy
The Morris K. Udall and John S. McCain III Native American Graduate Fellowship in Tribal Policy (Native American Graduate Fellowship) recognizes outstanding Native American and Alaska Native graduate students who are currently pursuing advanced degrees in health care fields—including, but not limited to, health administration, health education, public health, medical practice, policy, research, or related-degrees—and who have demonstrated a commitment to Native health care. Native American Graduate Fellows will receive a monetary award of $25,000.
National Federation of the Blind Scholarship
For students residing in the United States who are legally blind in both eyes and who plan to pursue a full-time degree program at a U.S. college or university.
National Hispanic Scholarship Fund
Grants for Hispanic graduate students.
National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals Out to Innovate scholarship
NOGLSTP is a professional society that educates and advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer students and professionals in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. These scholarships are intended for undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering,or mathematics (STEM) programs who are either lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or an active ally of the LGBTQ+ community. The scholarships are designed to promote academic excellence and increased visibility of talented LGBTQ+ students in STEM careers.
NextEra Energy - Ford Dry Lake Scholarship
Open to students in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science.
Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans
The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans supports thirty awards per year for up to two years of graduate study in any subject anywhere in the United States. The fellowship provides a maintenance allowance of $25,000 and a tuition grant of one-half the tuition cost of the US graduate program attended by the Fellow (up to a maximum of $20,000 per academic year). The Fellowship Program pays the tuition grant directly to the institution. The size of the tuition grant depends on the cost of tuition at the institution the Fellow attends. Fees are not included in calculating tuition.
P.E.O. Scholar Awards (PSA) are one-time, competitive, merit-based awards for women of the United States and Canada who are pursuing a doctoral level degree at an accredited college or university, and within two years of completing the PhD.
Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Predoctoral Fellowship to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research
The purpose of this program is to enhance the diversity of the health-related research workforce by supporting the research training of predoctoral students from population groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in the biomedical, behavioral, or clinical research workforce. The proposed mentored research training is expected to clearly enhance the individual's potential to develop into a productive, independent research scientist.
Scholarships for Undocumented Students
The Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC) maintain a list of scholarships and fellowships available for immigrant students attending graduate and professional schools.
Semiconductor Research Corporation Graduate Fellowship Program
SRC offers doctoral fellowships and master's scholarships through the Global Research Collaboration (GRC) and one doctoral fellowship through the Nanoelectronics Research Initiative (NRI), the SRC NRI/Hans J. Coufal Fellowship. The GRC Graduate Fellowship Program (GFP) is funded through GRC and the SRC Education Alliance and supports about 35 Fellowships each year. The GRC Master's Scholarship Program (MSP), targeting underrepresented minorities and women, is also funded through GRC and the SRC Education Alliance and supports about 12 Scholarships each year.
Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) Foundation Dissertation Scholarships
Merit-based scholarships awarded to doctoral candidates, who demonstrate both significant motivation and aptitude for a career in science, technology, engineering or mathematics and have completed All But Dissertation.
Society of Women Engineers Scholarships
SWE Scholarships support women pursuing ABET-accredited bachelor or graduate student programs in preparation for careers in engineering, engineering technology and computer science in the United States.
Space Coast Chapter Scholarship for Women in Defense
In addition to the Horizon Scholarship (National-Level Scholarship), the Space Coast Women In Defense offers STEM scholarships to women of merit to help them pursue their educational goals, whether just beginning a post secondary education or working on a doctorate degree.
Truman D. Picard Scholarship: For Native American/Alaskan Natural Resource Students
The Truman D. Picard Scholarship Program is dedicated to the support of Native American students pursuing higher education in natural resources.
UNCF/MERCK Graduate Science Research Dissertation Fellowships
The UNCF●Merck Graduate Science Research Dissertation Fellowships are intended to support African American graduate students as they complete coursework, conduct research, and prepare the dissertation required for the doctoral degree in the biomedical relevant life or physical sciences.
For more information or questions regarding fellowships and funding in support of diversity, please feel free to contact us.
Women Techmakers Scholars Program
Women Techmakers Scholars are a group of female undergraduate and graduate students chosen from the applicant pool, and scholarships are awarded based on the strength of each candidate's academic background and demonstrated leadership and impact on community. All scholarship recipients will be invited to attend the annual Google Scholars' Retreat to connect with fellow scholars, network with Googlers and participate in a number of development workshops. Professional development and community outreach opportunities will continue to be offered after the retreat. As a Women Techmakers Scholar, you will join a global community of Scholars Program participants designed to provide a forum to share resources, support other women in tech and collaborate on projects to make continued impact.