University of Northern Iowa

Graduate Student Funding Opportunities

Boren Scholarship Boren Fellowships provide U.S. graduate students the opportunity to add an important international and language component to their graduate education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency.

British Marshall Scholarships cover two years of study at a British university. Scholarships are awarded to seniors, graduate students, and alumni who are 26 or younger (35 if you wish to read business studies) and are citizens of the United States. A cumulative grade point average of at least 3.7 excluding your freshman year is required. Recipients receive funds to cover tuition, room, board, books, travel, and expenses. A supplemental grant is available towards the support of a dependent spouse.

DAAD – German Academic Exchange Service There are many different awards including Study Scholarships, Research Grants, Summer Grants, and Intensive Language Courses for Graduate student to apply to. Study Scholarships provide highly qualified individuals with an opportunity to do independent study in Germany or to complete a full Master's degree program at a German university. Research grants are awarded primarily to highly qualified PhD candidates who are early in their academic/professional careers or to individuals wishing to earn a doctoral degree in Germany. Funding may also be granted to recent PhDs who would like to conduct research. This grant is open to applicants in all fields.

France Fellowships for Postdoctoral Researchers Collaborations set up with public and private partners from France and abroad have enabled the FMSH to develop a program for hosting high-level postdoctoral foreign researchers in France.  The program also offers French scholars research fellowships for EU countries. The Foundation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme (FMSH, Paris) offers postdoctoral fellowships for researchers in the social and human sciences for periods of nine months within the framework of its program(International Fellowships for Experienced Researchers).

Fulbright Grants (U.S. Student Program) are for graduate study or research abroad. Grants are awarded to seniors and graduate students in all academic fields and in the creative and performing arts who are citizens of the United States. One year English teaching assistantships are also available. Fulbright full grants provide: round-trip airfare, language or orientation courses (where appropriate), tuition (in some cases), book and research allowances, maintenance for the academic year, supplemental health and accident insurance, and, in some cases, funds for spousal support.

Gates Cambridge Scholarship Gates Cambridge Scholarships are awarded to outstanding students from outside the UK to study at the University of Cambridge. The program aims to build a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others. Gates Cambridge Scholarships are awarded on the following criteria: intellectual ability, leadership capacity, a person's desire to use their knowledge to contribute to society throughout the world by providing service to their communities and applying their talents and knowledge to improve the lives of others, and a good fit between the abilities and aspirations of the applicant and what the University of Cambridge can offer in its graduate program. 

German Chancellor Scholarships are offered to university graduate U.S. citizens from any profession or field of study who show outstanding potential for future leadership.  The program, designed to strengthen U.S.-German ties, provides for a one-year stay in Germany for professional development, study or research.  Scholars gain insight into German political, economic, academic, social and cultural life during their residence in Germany.  The scholarships provide for specialized German language instruction, an orientation seminar, study tour, meeting with the Federal Chancellor of Germany, monthly stipends ranging from DM 3,500 to DM 5,000, payment of travel expenses and, upon request, the Foundation may add an allowance for support of a spouse and children. 

George J. Mitchell Scholarships allow students who are U.S. citizens, aged eighteen or over but not yet thirty, to pursue one year of graduate study in any field at universities in Ireland and Northern Ireland.  Prospective scholars must have a demonstrated record of intellectual distinction, leadership, and extra-curricular activity, as well as personal characteristics of honesty, integrity, fairness, and unselfish service to others, which indicate a potential for future leadership and contribution to society.  Scholarship recipients receive tuition, room, airfare to and from Ireland, travel expenses, and an $11,000 stipend. 

Google Policy Fellowship The Google Policy Fellowship program offers undergraduate, graduate, and law students interested in Internet and technology policy the opportunity to spend the summer contributing to the public dialogue on these issues, and exploring future academic and professional interests. Fellows will receive a stipend of $7,500 for 10 weeks during the summer (June-August)

Humane Studies Fellowship Humane Studies Fellowships are awarded to graduate students and outstanding undergraduates planning academic careers and engaged in liberty-advancing research. The fellowships support students in variety of fields, including economics, philosophy, law, political science, history, and sociology. Awards range from $2,000 to $15,000 and fellowship winners may re-apply for each year of their studies. In 2010, the Institute for Humane Studies awarded more than $650,000 to 180 students. The program is open to full-time graduate students, including law and MBA students, and undergraduate juniors and seniors with a demonstrated interest in pursuing an academic career.

IREX  The Short-Term Travel Grants Program (STG) is a flexible fellowship offering support to postdoctoral scholars and professionals to conduct research in Eastern Europe and Eurasia on issues relevant to the US Government. Because STG supports research for a maximum of eight weeks, fellows have the ability to conduct shorter research trips without significantly affecting their teaching and work schedules.

James Madison Fellowship Provides up to $24, 000 for various master’s degree programs (MA, MAT, or MEd) focusing on American history or government. Junior Fellowships are awarded to students who are about to complete, or have recently completed, their undergraduate course of study and plan to begin graduate work on a full-time basis. Recipients are obligated to teach American history, American government, or social studies in grades 7-12 on a full-time basis. Senior Fellowships are awarded to experienced teachers who wish to undertake work for a graduate degree on a part-time basis through summer and evening classes.

Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science  Postdoctoral Fellowship for Foreign Researchers. This program was established to assist promising and highly qualified young foreign researchers wishing to conduct research in Japan. It is aimed at providing opportunities for such researchers to, under the guidance of their hosts, conduct cooperative research with leading research groups in universities and other Japanese institutions, thereby permitting them to advance their own research while stimulating Japanese academic circles, particularly young Japanese researchers, through close collaboration in scientific activities. Such collaboration is also intended to advance scientific research in the counterpart countries.

Knowles Science Teaching Foundation Fellowship: Each year, KSTF awards Teaching Fellowships to exceptional young men and women committed to teaching science and mathematics in United States high schools. We believe the commitment to teaching merits the deepest respect and support. Our Teaching Fellowship is designed explicitly to meet the needs of teachers from the time they begin working on a teaching credential through the early years of their career. The result of this approach is one of the most comprehensive fellowship programs in the United States. KSTF Teaching Fellowships combine extensive financial and professional support. The total award for each Fellow is valued at nearly $150,000 over the course of the five-year Fellowship. Fellows receive tuition assistance while participating in a teacher credentialing program, monthly stipends, and grants for professional development and teaching materials.

Marshall Sherfield Fellowship The aim is to introduce American scientists and engineers, who hold a doctorate in a science or engineering subject by the time they take up their Fellowship, to the cutting edge of UK science and engineering. It is intended that this in turn will build longer-term contacts and international links between the United Kingdom and the United States in key scientific areas.

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships (including Women in Engineering and Computer and Information Science Awards) are three-year full fellowships for graduate study leading to research-based master's or doctoral degrees in the areas of science, mathematics, and engineering.  NSF Graduate Fellowships are open only to individuals who are, at the time of application, citizens or nationals or permanent resident aliens of the United States. Eligibility is limited to those individuals who, at the time of application, have completed no more than 20 semester hours or equivalent of graduate study in the fields supported by this program.

Rhodes Scholarships cover two or three years of study at Oxford University. Scholarships are awarded to seniors, graduate students, and alumni between the ages of 18 and 25. Candidates must be citizens of one of the following countries or regions: Australia, Bermuda, Canada, Commonwealth Caribbean, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Singapore, South Africa, Uganda, United States, Zambia, or Zimbabwe. Scholarships provide: tuition, stipend, round-trip airfare, insurance, books, and travel allowance. 

Taiwan Scholarship Program - Established by the Republic of China (Taiwan) -- the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to encourage outstanding international students to undertake degree programs in Taiwan. In addition to provide study opportunities for a wide range of disciplines at Taiwan's universities and colleges.

The American-Scandinavian Foundation The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) offers fellowships (up to $23,000) and grants (normally $5,000) to individuals to pursue research or study in one or more Scandinavian country for up to one year. The number of awards varies each year according to total funds available. Over $300,000 is available for the 2011-12 competition. Awards are made in all fields. Applicants must have a well-defined research or study project that makes a stay in Scandinavia essential. Applicants must be United States citizens or permanent residents. Applicants must have completed their undergraduate education by the start of their project in Scandinavia.

The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans The purpose of The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans is to provide opportunities for continuing generations of able and accomplished New Americans to achieve leadership in their chosen fields. The Program is established in recognition of the contributions New Americans have made to American life and in gratitude for the opportunities the United States has afforded the donors and their family. Thirty Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans will be awarded in 2011 on the basis of a single national competition. Each fellowship supports up to two years of graduate study – in any field and in any advanced degree-granting program – in the United States. Each award is for up to $25,000 in maintenance grants and up to $20,000 in tuition support for each year of graduate study supported, a total of as much as $90,000.

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was established by Congress in 1986 to honor Senator Barry M. Goldwater, who served his country for 56 years as a soldier and statesman, including 30 years of service in the U.S. Senate. The purpose of the Foundation is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue careers in these fields. The description is directly quoted the official website:

The Udall Foundation is an independent federal agency that was established by Congress in 1992 to provide federally funded scholarships for college students intending to pursue careers related to the environment, as well as to Native American students pursuing tribal policy or health care careers. The Udall Foundation also offers a doctoral fellowship in environmental policy or conflict resolution and operates a Native American Congressional Internship program each summer in Washington, D.C., placing top college, graduate, and law students in Senate and House offices, the Executive Office of the President, and Cabinet agencies, where they learn firsthand how federal policies on tribal issues are developed. In 1998, the Foundation grew to include the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution, created by Congress as the federal government’s only program focused entirely on resolving federal environmental disputes.  The description is directly quoted the official website: *

The contact for the Udall Foundation and Goldwater scholarships is Dr. Bill Harwood, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, 273-2052,