Funding Opportunities for Female Graduate Students

Financial aid guides and funding opportunities for female students enrolled in institutions of higher education

Financial aid guides for female students enrolled in institutions of higher education—General information

Funding opportunities for female graduate students in EEB

American Organization of University Women

1. Dissertation Fellowship in the amount of $20,000. open to all women who are in their final year of dissertation writing, regardless of degree area or topic. Funds can be used for for educational expenses, cost of living, childcare, and academic travel. Applications are due November 15. Visit the website for more information and to submit an application.

2. Summer/Short-Term Research Publication Grants in the amount of $6000.00. An 8-week grant for graduate scholars engaged in independent research for publication and preparing research for publication. Grant money may be used to cover living expense, research assistants, clerical and non-technical support, office supplies, and journal fees. Applications are due November 15. Visit the website for more information and to submit an application.

3. International Fellowships. Master’s($18,000) doctoral ($20,000), and postdoctoral (30,000) fellowships for women pursuing a degree in the United States who are not citizens or permanent residents, to cover education and living expenses, as well as travel to meetings and conferences. Applications are due December 1. Visit the website for more information and to submit an application.

Graduate Women in Science National Fellowship Program

Fellowships in the amount of $8000.00 are awarded to female scientists pursuing research careers that are currently completing hypothesis-driven research at an American or international institution. Applicants can use these funds for supplies, equipment, publication of research, travel and food during field studies, and travel to outside laboratories for research collaboration. Applications are due January 11, 2019. Click here to visit the website and submit an application.

International Women's Forum

Working together with Harvard Business School and INSEAD, IWF provides a year-long fellowship bringing together fellows from across the world for 20 days of developing further leadership skills and strategic management skills. Although the fellowship offers no cash, all costs associated with the program are covered. Click here to visit the website and learn more about next year's application cycle

Libbie H. Hyman Memorial Scholarship

The Libbie H. Hyman Memorial Scholarship offers awards ranging from $1500-$3000 through The Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology to women pursuing a graduate degree in various zoology disciplines. Deadline for submitting an application is February 8. Visit the website ( for more information about submitting an application.

Sigma Delta Epsilon/American Women in Science Fellowships

Sigma Delta Epsilon, also known as American Women in Science is a longstanding non-profit organization, which advocates for and promotes women studying and working in the sciences. Its National Fellowships program awards yearlong grants for research and scholarship to women who have at least a bachelor’s degree and who are working toward a master’s or PhD in the sciences. Maximum fellowships amount ~$10,000. Application due date January 15. Visit the website for additional information and instructions

Women in Defense Horizons Scholarships

The Women in Defense (WID) scholarship is designed to provide financial assistance to further the education of women who are U.S. citizens and are either employed or planning careers in defense or national security areas. A Selection Committee considers applications and makes maximum awards of $16,000 once each year. All applications that can successfully demonstrate relevance to areas of national security or defense in science, technology, education, and math will be considered. To learn more about WID visit Application due date July 15.

Funding opportunities for international female graduate students in EEB

American Association of University Women (AAUW) Fellowships

Women who are pursuing a master's, doctoral, and postdoctoral fellowships and who are not US citizen or permanent residents may apply. The fellowship covers educational and living expenses, as well as travel to meetings and conferences up to $18000 for master's students, $20000 for doctoral students, and $30,000 for postdoctoral fellows. Visit the website for additional information.

Margaret McNamara Education Grants

Margaret McNamara Educational Grants of up to $11,000 are available to women who are at least 25 years old and are from one of the countries listed on the MNEG eligibility list. Students may be enrolled in any level of academic study. Application deadline is January 15. For more information visit the website at

Philanthropic Educational Organization (PEO) Peace Scholarship

The International Peace Scholarship provides educational grants for graduate-level study in the U.S. and Canada to women from countries outside of the U.S. and Canada. Students are eligible for awards up to $15,000. Application deadline is December 15. For more information visit

Funding opportunities for US immigrants/permanent residents

Paul & Daisy Fellowship for New Americans

The PD Soros Fellowships for New Americans helps 30 immigrants and/or the children of immigrants to the US pursue graduate degrees in the U.S. Candidates must be naturalized US citizens or be granted deferred action under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The fellowship provides a $25,000 stipend and up to $20,000 for tuition. Applications are due November 1. Visit the website at for additional information.

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