National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

Deadline: October

The NSFGRP 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 United States institutions

Detailed information about applying as a Biomedical Graduate Studies student at Penn can be found here.

National Research Service Awards (F30, F31, F31-Diversity)

Deadline: April, August, December


The purpose of the NRSA predoctoral fellowship awards are to enable promisingstudents to obtain individualized, mentored research training from outstanding faculty sponsors while conducting dissertation research in scientific health-related fields relevant to the missions of the participating NIH Institutes and Centers. The proposed mentored research training must reflect the applicant’s dissertation research project and is expected to clearly enhance the individual’s potential to develop into a productive, independent research scientist.

Detailed information about applying as a Biomedical Graduate Studies student at Penn can be found here.

The goal of the fellowship is to increase the number of underrepresented groups completing doctoral degrees in the microbiological sciences. The ASM Robert D. Watkins Graduate Research Fellowship is aimed at highly competitive graduate students who are enrolled in a Ph.D. program and who have completed their graduate course work in the microbiological sciences. The fellowship encourages students to continue and complete their research project in the microbiological sciences.

Students will be:

  • Required to submit an abstract each year to ASM for presentation at the annual ASM General Meeting
  • Required to attend the ASM Kadner Institute or  the ASM Scientific Writing and Publishing Institute one time during the three-year tenure of the fellowship

Eligibility Requirements:
Eligible candidates must be from groups that have been determined by the applicant's institution to be underrepresented in the microbiological sciences. The ASM encourages institutions to identify individuals that have been historically underrepresented, and remain underrepresented today in the microbiological sciences nationally. These groups include African-Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, and Pacific Islanders.

In addition, applicants must:

  • Be formally admitted to a doctoral program in the microbiological sciences in an accredited U.S. institution
  • Have successfully completed the first year of the graduate program (first year graduate students cannot apply)
  • Have successfully completed all graduate coursework requirements for the doctoral degree by the date of activation of the fellowship
  • Be a student member of ASM
  • Be mentored by an ASM member
  • Be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident
  • Not have funding OR have funding that will expire by the start date of the fellowship
    This fellowship cannot run concurrently with other national fellowships from NIH, NSF, HHMI, etc.  

The program provides a total stipend of $63,000 ($21,000 a year) for a three year period (July 2015-June 2018). Students will receive six stipend payments. Funds cannot be used for tuition and fees.

For more information and application instructions, click here.

Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships are designed to increase the diversity of the nation's college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

Eligibility Requirements:
Eligibility to apply for a Ford fellowship is limited to:

  • All citizens, nationals, and permanent residents (holders of a Permanent Resident Card) of the United States, as well as individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, regardless of race, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation,

  • Individuals with evidence of superior academic achievement (such as grade point average, class rank, honors or other designations), and

  • Individuals committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level.

Predoctoral: $24,000 per year for three years
Dissertation: $25,000 for one year
Postdoctoral: $45,000 for one year

All awardees have expenses paid to attend one Conference of Ford Fellows.

For more information and application instructions, click here.


UNCF /Merck Graduate Science Research Dissertation Fellowships will help African American graduate students complete coursework, conduct research, and prepare the dissertation required for a doctoral degree in the biomedically relevant life or physical sciences and engineering.

Eligibility Requirements:
To be considered for a UNCF/Merck Graduate Science Research Dissertation Fellowship, you must be:

  • African American (Black)
  • Enrolled full-time in a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree program majoring in a life science, physical science or engineering. M.D./Ph.D. degree candidates are eligible
  • Engaged in and within 1-3 years of completing dissertation research, and must successfully complete all qualifying exams by September 1, 2014
  • A citizen or permanent resident of the United States

Awards up to $53,500. Each fellowship provides up to a maximum of $53,500, which includes a Stipend of up to $43,500 for the Fellow and a Research Grant of up to $10,000 to support the research needs of the Fellow. The fellowship stipend is intended to cover from 12-24 months of fellowship tenure. A maximum of $30,000 in stipend may be received in any 12 month period.

For more information and application instructions, click here.