Prestigious External Fellowships and Traineeships

Prestigious External Fellowships

These fellowships are highly competitive prestigious awards made by federal agencies and foundations meant to assist students in the pursuit of their studies or research. Fellowships vary, but most provide funds for stipends and some or all cost of education expenses. As part of the collective bargaining agreement with GEO, the University grants qualified fellowship recipients the same benefits, waivers, and many of the rights of GEO membership.

Some Example of Prestigious Fellowships include:

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
NASA Graduate Research Fellowships
National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate Fellowship Program (NDSEG)
American Association of University Women International and American Fellowships
Switzer Foundation Fellowship
National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowship
Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship
Soros Foundation Fellowship for New Americans

Domestic students who receive an external fellowship should notify the Graduate School immediately and provide a copy of their award letter using this form. You should also notify your faculty advisor and graduate program administrator/coordinator. A moodle course is available to explain and help students navigate this process smoothly.

For questions please contact: Heidi Bauer-Clapp, Associate Director, Grants and Fellowships, Graduate  School Office of Professional Development. 

International students who receive a prestigious fellowship from an international agency or government do not need to fill the Google form. Instead, please contact Naoko Ishida in the International Programs Office with your award letter.


These awards assist students in the pursuit of training that enhances or complements the traditional curricular and research training provided by degree-granting graduate programs. Traineeships are typically awarded to cohorts of students participating in Faculty-led institutional training grants, though individual non-working traineeships also exist. Examples of non-working traineeships include: NSF NRT and NIH T32.