Graduate Student Scholarships & Fellowships

Funding resources are available for IU graduate students to support their studies, research, and professional development internationally.

IU’s Office of the Vice President for International Affairs (OVPIA) not only administers an array of university-supported exchange programs, grants, and fellowships, but also maintains lists of useful resources specifically for IU graduate students.

IU Awards & Resources

  • International enhancement grants support students pursuing academic training which adds or enhances an international component of their graduate degree program.
  • Summer pre-dissertation travel grants support research-related summer travel abroad prior to conducting dissertation research abroad.
  • Latin American fellowship, jointly funded by the General Federation of Women’s Clubs of Indiana and OVPIA, support graduate research and study in Latin America.
  • Won-Joon Yoon Memorial Scholarship, created in honor of a Korean student tragically killed in 1999 in a random act of extremist violence, awards funds to IU graduate students that can be applied to tuition expenses or toward other pursuits such as travel or project support.
  • The University Graduate School maintains a list of available of internal and external fellowships and awards for graduate students.
  • IU GradGrants Center in Herman B Wells Library on the Bloomington campus can provide individual consultations on finding awards and writing grant applications.
  • PIVOT database, to which the IU GradGrants Center subscribes, is an extensive resource that IU students (with a valid IU username and registration) can use to conduct searches. Before using the database, students are advised to read the Office of Research Administration’s introduction to PIVOT.
  • Career information resources are available through IU Libraries. These include resources on financial aid and overseas study.

External Awards for Post-Baccalaureate/Graduate Students

The scholarships, fellowships, and other awards listed below are funded by external agencies and involve study or research outside the United States. Some awards for post baccalaureate study—including the competitive Churchill, Marshall, Rhodes, and Mitchell scholarships—require applicants to apply during the senior year, and applicants must complete their undergraduate degree before beginning study or research abroad. Other awards require applicants to be in graduate school while participating in the award program.

  • American Councils Title VIII Research and Language Training (Eastern Europe and Eurasia)

    Funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Title VIII Program for Research and Training on Eastern Europe and Eurasia, the American Councils Research Scholar Program provides full support for graduate students, faculty, and independent scholars seeking to conduct in-country, independent research for three consecutive months to nine consecutive months in Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Ukraine.

  • American Scandanavian Foundation (Scandanavian countries)

    The American Scandanavian Foundation is the leading cultural and educational link between the U.S. and Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. An American nonprofit organization, the ASF works to build international understanding with an extensive program of fellowships, grants, intern/trainee sponsorship, publishing and membership offerings.

    Deadline: Fall 2013

  • English Language Fellow Program (all world regions)

    The English Language Fellow Program sends highly qualified U.S. educators in the field of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) to participate in 10-month long fellowships at academic institutions throughout the world.

  • Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship (all world regions)

    FLAS fellowships promote the graduate training of students who intend to make their careers in college or university teaching, government service, or other employment where knowledge of foreign cultures is a prerequisite for success.

    Awards: Estimated fixed stipend of $15,000 (summer stipends are estimated at $2,500)

    Deadline: February. See specific area studies centers for details.

  • International Research and Exchanges Board (outside Western Europe)

    IREX is an international nonprofit organization providing leadership and innovative programs to improve the quality of education, strengthen independent media, and foster pluralistic civil society development. The Individual Advanced Research Opportunities Program provides graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and professionals with funding to conduct field research in up to three of the Title VIII sponsored countries for up to nine months.

    Deadline: Fall 2013

  • TaLK (Teach and Learn in Korea) Program

    The TaLK Program funds 300 TaLK Scholars each semester to teach conversational English in rural Korean elementary schools. The program provides a one-month orientation for the TaLK Scholars in addition to round-trip airfare, a settling-in allowance, a monthly living stipend of approximately $1,300, health insurance and organized trips to historical locations in Korea.

    Deadline: June (to begin in August) and December (to begin in February)

  • Whitaker Fellows and Scholars (all world regions)

    The Whitaker International Program is a competitive grant that sends emerging leaders in biomedical engineering (or bioengineering) overseas to increase international collaboration in the field. Whitaker International Program grants are awarded based on an activity/project proposal that is relevant to biomedical engineering and about 50 grants are available.

    Deadline: January 22, 2014 for fellows and scholars; February 4, 2014 for summer

                                    External Awards for Doctoral Students

                                    The following awards are funded by external agencies to assist doctoral students with research.

                                    Fulbright Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA): Provides grants to colleges and universities to fund individual doctoral students who conduct research in other countries, in modern foreign languages and area studies for periods of six to 12 months.

                                    Inter-American Foundation Grassroots Development Fellowship: Supports dissertation research in Latin America and the Caribbean undertaken by students who have advanced to Ph.D. candidacy in a university in the U.S. Fellows must be U.S. citizens or citizens of the independent Latin American countries. Proficiency in the language(s) appropriate to the research proposal is required.

                                    Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion: Assist graduate students in the humanities and related social sciences in the last year of Ph.D. dissertation writing. The fellowship tenure may be carried out in residence at the Fellow’s home institution, abroad, or at another appropriate site for the research. Application deadline: Fall 2013

                                    National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement (DDRIG): Provides grants to doctoral students to improve the quality of dissertation research in a range of disciplines including the social sciences. These allow doctoral students to undertake significant data-gathering projects and conduct field research in settings away from their campus that would not otherwise be possible. Apply through IU’s Office of Research Administration (ORA). Some application parts are due to ORA before the NSF program deadline. See the IU GradGrants Center for more details. Application deadlines: Multiple/many in fall

                                    Social Science Research Council Fellowships: Provides funding for a number of fellowships and grants throughout the world. Application deadline: Fall 2013

                                    Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowship Program: Seeks to encourage a new generation of scholars from a wide range of disciplines and professional fields to undertake research relevant to the improvement of education. These $25,000 fellowships support individuals whose dissertations show potential for bringing fresh and constructive perspectives to the history, theory, or practice of formal or informal education anywhere in the world.

                                    Other Informational Resources

                                    IU graduate students may also wish to consult other resources to identify potential funding opportunities. Selected resources include:

                                    Funding for Musicians: Free help for music students to find music scholarships, grants, competitions, awards, and financial aid providers.

                                    College Board: Free online financial aid source for scholarships, grants, and loans for all college-bound students, including permanent residents and international students wishing to study in the United States.

                                    Funding Study in the U.S.: An online database of scholarships, fellowships, and grants organized and maintained by the Institute of International Education (IIE). Funding for U.S. Study includes all types of funding programs, for all levels of post-secondary study, across the full range of academic areas.

                                    International Financial Aid and College Scholarship Search: A comprehensive college scholarship search and grant listing plus international student loan programs and other information to promote study abroad.

                                    International Scholarships: A searchable database of scholarships, fellowships, and grants for undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral stdies for US and international students both in the U.S. and abroad.