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Non-Working Fellowships and Traineeships

Non-working Fellowship

This is an award made to assist students in the pursuit of their studies or research, with no requirement for service, performance, or pursuit of additional training. A non-working fellowship provides funds for stipends and some or all cost of education expenses, in accordance with sponsors’ published guidelines. Examples of non-working fellowships include: the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, the Soros Foundation Fellowship for New Americans, and Ford Foundation Fellowships.

Non-working traineeship

This is an award made to assist students in the pursuit of additional training that enhances or complements the traditional curricular and research training provided by degree-granting graduate programs. Non-working traineeships are typically awarded to cohorts of students participating in federally-funded institutional training grants, though individual non-working traineeships also exist.  A non-working traineeship provides funds for stipends and 60 percent of the cost of education expenses, in accordance with sponsoring agencies’ published guidelines. Examples of non-working traineeships include:  NSF NRT and NIH T32.