Graduate students at the University of Rhode Island have successfully attained competitive regional, national, and international fellowships.

External fellowships are opportunities offered by various public and private entities, including government agencies, nonprofit foundations, and corporate sponsors. The criteria for funding often differs depending on the applicant’s discipline and prior experience, as well as the rigor of their application materials.

Applying for fellowships requires close attention to detail and extensive research to determine whether the program is a good fit and whether the timeline and other constraints might bolster or detract from one’s candidacy.

To assist you in this process, the Office of Professional Development has organized the following links and resources. We encourage you to contact us with any further questions.

University Policy on External Awards

Please see the Graduate School Manual section 12 for more information pertaining to your specific fellowship or award.

Understanding the Terms of External Fellowships

Students are responsible for understanding and complying with the terms required by particular fellowships or awards. For example, you might consider the following:

  • Award Duration: The timeline of external awards varies between support for one year, several years, or less than one year.
  • Award Amounts and Terms: The amount awarded by a particular fellowship as well as the expectation for students’ work, graduation timeline, and location of residence differs depending on the type of fellowship.
  • Payment: Funds allocated for the purpose of an external fellowship are either distributed directly to the student or the University to be administered on behalf of the student. The manner in which funds are distributed can vary, and thus require discretion when you apply.

Explore External Funding

Fellowship Databases and ListsDescriptionURL Link
URI Office of National Fellowships and Academic OpportunitiesDirect Application Scholarships (Multidisciplinary)Click Here
URI Endorsed ScholarshipsFulbright Fellowship (URI Endorsed Scholarship)Click Here
American Association for the Advancement of ScienceVaried Fellowships in Sciences and Engineering; Fellowships for Underrepresented Scholars in Science Fields Click Here
NASA RI Space Grant Consortium (RISG)The NASA RI Space Grant Consortium (RISG) goals are: (1) to encourage undergraduate and graduate university students (especially women and minorities) to explore NASA-related science research and engineering as careers; (2) to use space-related science as a vehicle for enhancing scientific literacy among educators and their students in Rhode Island; and (3) to provide seed grants for NASA-relevant research.Click Here
American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) Grants and AwardsASCB recognizes accomplished scientists at various levels with prestigious awards presented at an annual meetingClick Here
GRAPES Database UCLADatabase of Graduate and Post-Doctoral Support Administered by UCLAClick Here
Illinois Graduate CollegeDatabase of Grants and Fellowships for Graduate Students
(Multi-Disciplinary; Masters and Ph.D. Opportunities)
Click Here
National Endowment for the Humanities GrantsNEH Fellowships are competitive awards granted to individual scholars pursuing projects that embody exceptional research, rigorous analysis, and clear writing. Applications must clearly articulate a project’s value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both.Click Here
National Science Foundation (NSF)Database for NSF Grants, Fellowships, and Supplemental AwardsClick Here
NIH Fogarty International CenterNon-NIH Funding Opportunities for Predoctoral and Graduate ResearchersClick Here
Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) (Various locations including NOAA; Oak Ridge National Lab; CDC; US Army Environmental Center) Offering a diverse collection of research opportunities for graduate students in STEM disciplinesClick Here
Pathways to Science – Fellowships and AwardsFellowships, awards, and application resources for scholars interested in pursuing graduate work in the sciences offered by professional organizations, national laboratories, universities, and other institutionsClick Here
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fellowships and Awards (NOAA)Wide-ranging database of fellowships, internships, and other work opportunities for graduate students whose scholarship engages the following fields: international ocean studies, fisheries, climate research, atmospheric studies, and weather policyClick
ProFellow HumanitiesThere are many fields of study within the humanities, and just as many fellowships to help you pursue academic work in those fields. Learn more about these unique humanities grants and research fellowships, spanning from summer workshops to funding for a humanities degree or scholarly research. Click Here
ProFellow Short-Term FellowshipsLooking for a unique opportunity to pursue your research interests outside of the classroom? These short-term fellowships for graduate students take place all over the world and offer hands-on experience in your field without requiring a break in your graduate work. This list includes opportunities to conduct independent research in Mongolia, Germany, Japan, Norway, and Jordan and covers a myriad of disciplines. If one of these sounds exciting to you, make sure to bookmark it to your ProFellow account!Click Here
Smithsonian Institution Fellowship OpportunitiesThe Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program offers opportunities for independent research or study related to Smithsonian collections, facilities, and/or research interests of the Institution and its staff. Fellowships are offered to graduate students, predoctoral students, and postdoctoral and senior researchers to conduct independent research and to utilize the resources of the Institution with members of the Smithsonian professional research staff serving as advisors and hosts. These fellowships are offered through the Smithsonian’s Office of Academic Appointments and Internships, and are administered under the charter of the Institution, 20 U.S. Code section 41 et seq.Click Here
ReedsyDatabase of wide-ranging scholarships and awards for creative writersClick Here
Rhode Island Sea GrantNational fellowship opportunities for graduate students interested in coastal and ocean science and policy, including NOAA’s Coastal Management Fellowship, the NMFS-Sea Grant Fellowship in population and ecosystem dynamics and marine resource economics, and the Knauss Marine Policy FellowshipClick Here
Texas State University Graduate Funding DatabaseThis database includes both internal and external funding opportunities for current and prospective graduate studentsClick Here
Individual FellowshipsDescriptionURL Link
URI Boren Scholarship and FellowshipNational merit-based scholarship for US students to study languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroadClick Here
URI Demers Foreign Language FellowshipAwarded to Rhode Island residents and anyone who is a student at a Rhode Island college or university who wishes to pursue foreign language studyClick Here
URI Energy Fellows ProgramIn response to a growing need for student experiential learning opportunities in energy, URI Cooperative Extension created the Energy Fellows Program in 2008 to engage and train students passionate about a career in sustainable energyClick Here
URI Enhancement of Graduate Research AwardsProvision of small grant awards to support research, creative or artistic projects. This program underscores the value URI places on graduate students’ research opportunities and broader scholarly workClick Here
American Educational Research Association Dissertation GrantsAERA invites education-related dissertation proposals using NCES, NSF, and other federal databases. Dissertation grants are available for advanced doctoral students and are intended to support the student while writing the doctoral dissertation. Applications are encouraged from a variety of disciplines, such as but not limited to, education, sociology, economics, psychology, demography, statistics, and psychometricsClick Here
American Museum of Natural HistoryPostdoctoral Research Fellowships – Biology, Fauna, Marine Research, Bioinformatics, OrnithologyClick Here
American Psychological Association Minority Fellowship ProgramA Federally funded training and support program for ethnic and racial minority researchers and service providers.  Open to Masters and Ph.D. candidatesClick Here
American Psychological Association Predoctoral Fellowship in Mental Health and Substance Abuse ServicesTo support the training of practitioners in behavioral health services and prevention. This fellowship program is designed for students in clinical, counseling, and school psychology, and other psychology doctoral students whose training prepares them for careers in behavioral health servicesClick Here
National Institutes of Health (NIH) SubstanceUse/Substance Use Disorder Dissertation Research AwardThe goal of this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) is to support doctoral candidates from a variety of academic disciplines for up to two years for the completion of the doctoral dissertation research project. Research projects should align with the NIDA Strategic Plan (2022-2026 NIDA Strategic Plan Director’s Message | National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) ( This award will facilitate the entry of promising new investigators into the field of substance use/substance use disorder (SU(D) research, enhancing the pool of highly trained SU(D) researchers. Applications are particularly encouraged from individuals from diverse backgrounds, including those from underrepresented groups as described in the Notice of NIH’s Interest in Diversity (NOT-OD-20-031).Click
Danone North AmericaFellowship Grant in biology, health sciences, nutrition, microbiome, yogurt, and probioticsClick Here
The Data Incubator: Where Data Scientists Are MadeData Science Fellowship ProgramClick Here
EDGE Fellowship ProgramFunding, training, and one-to-one support from Zoological Society of London for early-career conservation biologists to undertake applied research or conservation project on types of frog, salamander, or coral speciesClick Here
The Editing PressThe Laura Bassi Scholarship provides editorial assistance to postgraduates and junior academics whose research focuses on neglected topics of study, broadly construed, within their disciplinesClick Here
ETS ResearchInternship, Fellowship, and Visiting Scholar Programs in ResearchClick Here
Ford Foundation FellowshipFellowship aimed to increase diversity among the nation’s university faculties and to enrich education for all students. Predoctoral, Dissertation, and Postdoctoral fellowships awarded in a national competition administered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on behalf of the Ford FoundationClick Here
Foundation for Women’s WellnessFWW Research Awards provide financial support for small, short-term studies with promise for advancing women’s health. FWW also believes in investing in the future through Fellowship Awards to support emergent physician-scientists dedicated to women’s health fieldsClick Here
James A. Ferguson Emerging Infectious Diseases Fellowship ProgramCDC-funded summer program providing education and professional development opportunities for graduate students interested in infectious diseases research and health disparitiesClick Here
The Link FoundationOcean Engineering & Instrumentation Ph.D. Fellowship ProgramClick Here
The Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation FundThe Fund has been established to provide targeted grants to individual species conservation initiatives, recognize leaders in the field and elevate the importance of species in the broader conservation debateClick Here
NIH Office of Intramural Training and EducationSummer Internship Program in Biomedical ResearchClick Here
NSF Graduate Research Fellowships Program (GRFP)Recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited US  institutionsClick Here
Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) ProgramDOE Office of Science Graduate Fellowship ProgramClick Here
Sallie MaeBridging The Dream Scholarship for Graduate StudentsClick Here
Sandstone Care ScholarshipSandstone Care specializes in helping teens, young adults, and their families overcome challenges with substance use, addiction, and mental health conditions. The Sandstone Care Scholarship offers $5000 to current or upcoming undergraduate and graduate students who are dealing with or have dealt with substance use/mental health struggles. The scholarship was created to reward students for their continued commitment to recovery because Sandstone Care understands the courage and bravery it takes for young adults to seek help.Click Here
Sea Grant2020 Application Process Open for NMFS-Sea Grant Joint Fellowship ProgramClick Here
The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New AmericansFellowship program for immigrants and children of immigrants pursuing full-time graduate degrees at US institutionsClick Here
University of New HampshirePostdoctoral Diversity and Innovation ScholarsClick Here
Women’s Congressional Policy InstituteCongressional Fellowships on Women and Public PolicyClick Here