Fund Your Education this Fall

Swift Hall

Visit the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards at 700 Swift Hall.

You’re easing into new classes, getting to know your professors and nailing down a schedule. In the rush of it all, have you kept up with the latest funding opportunities? Just because the semester has begun doesn’t mean the scholarship and awards applications have ended. Check out the list below to line up some funding opportunities for next year, and be sure to check in with UC’s Office of Nationally Competitive Awards for more information.

American-Scandinavian Foundation

Ever wanted to live like a Scandinavian? Dream up a well-defined research, study or creative arts project to pursue in Scandinavia, and the Nordic way of life could become your reality. If you plan to stay for one to three months, apply for the grant award of up to $5,000. A year-long stay is funded by the fellowship award of up to $23,000. To be eligible for these awards, you must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States, have completed your undergraduate education by the start of the proposed project and possess at least some ability in the language of your intended host country. Join the ranks of UC PhD student Mark Mitchell, who was awarded an AmScan grant to study in Sweden for the 2016-2017 academic year. [Application deadline: Nov. 1; Decisions announced: April 15]

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program

If you are passionate about research, teaching and innovations in the science field and beyond, the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program could help you make a lasting impact in your discipline of choice. The program offers support for graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines. To be eligible, you must be in your first year of pursing a research-based master’s degree. Fellows receive a three-year annual stipend of $34,000 along with a $12,000 cost of education allowance from the NSF. The Fellow’s home institution then covers all remaining tuition costs. The program offers opportunities for international research and development, and allows you to conduct the graduate research of your choice. Selected Fellows join prestigious past recipients such as Google founder Sergey Brin and Freakonomics co-author Steven Levitt. [Application deadline: Oct. 24-28, determined by area of discipline; Decisions announced: early April]

Marshall Scholarships

Immerse yourself in British culture while studying the discipline of your choice in the United Kingdom. Marshall Scholarships finance American students to attend graduate-level UK institutions, selecting up to 40 scholars each year. Scholars receive funding for one to three years of university fees, cost of living expenses, annual book & thesis grants, research & travel grants, fares to and from the United States, and a contribution toward the support of a dependent spouse. U.S. citizens from any field of study holding an undergraduate degree with a grade point average of 3.7 or higher may apply. [Application deadline: Oct. 3]

CyberCorps: Scholarship for Service

The Scholarship for Service (SFS) program provides funding for students interested in cybersecurity research and education. Funded through National Science Foundation grants, the program seeks to foster the next generation of information technology professionals. Scholarships may cover tuition and education-related fees, while also providing master’s and doctoral students with a stipend of up to $32,000 per year. [Application deadline: Sept. 15]

Schwarzman Scholars

Shwarzman College is a newly-built, state-of-the-art learning institution in Beijing, China. The scholar program covers tuition, as well as a stipend, room & board, travel expenses and an in-country study tour. Students between the ages of 18-28 can pursue a one-year master’s degree in public policy, economics and business or international studies. As all classes are taught in English, no additional language skills are required. [Application deadline: Sept. 15; Interview invitations: mid-Oct.]

Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

Every year, 30 New Americans are selected to receive the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans to support a graduate education in the United States. This award is open to the children of non-U.S. citizens, naturalized citizens, adoptees from outside the U.S., or those in possession of a valid green card, aged 30 or younger. Fellows receive support for up to two years of graduate study in any field from their program of choice in the United States. Funding includes 50 percent of required tuition and fees, and a stipend of up to $25,000. UC alum Juan Jofre won this award in 2011 to pursue a master’s degree in architecture at MIT. [Application deadline: Nov. 1; Decisions announced: March]

Written by Dakota Wright, Graduate Assistant to the Graduate School Office