previous opportunities

In addition to the following opportunities, here are a few helpful fellowship and financial aid guides for doctoral students:

Financial Aid for Doctoral Students: 

The Doctoral Student's Guide to Fellowships: 

Conference Participation Award

Applications for the Conference Participation Award (formerly the Doctoral Travel Fellowship) will be accepted through June 30. Detailed information, including eligibility criteria and the application form, can be found on our website and application information will be appearing in SoapBox posts for grads throughout June.  

As a reminder, the Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship is transitioning to a summer fellowship where applications for funding in Summer 2022 will be accepted in February 2022. As part of this transition, a limited submission cycle will occur in July-August 2021 for applicants who will graduate by May 2022. Details will appear in SoapBox as we get closer to July but I wanted to highlight that here, as well.

If you have any questions about these fellowships, please reach out to Abbey Campbell ( or Abbey recently joined The Graduate School following Barbara Parziale’s retirement and will be administering these awards going forward.

Conference Participation Award

The Graduate School is committed to helping graduate students achieve their academic, professional, and personal goals during their time at the University of Connecticut. In support of this goal, The Graduate School offers a Conference Participation Award (previously known as the Doctoral Student Travel Award) to support students’ ability to present their research at national or international meetings and conferences, including both in-person and virtual events. This conference participation fellowship in the amount of $750 will be awarded for the semester following the application submission and paid through the student’s fee bill. Please review the eligibility criteria for the fellowship carefully before applying.

Deadline: Applications will be accepted between June 1st, 2021 and June 30th, 2021


  1. The applicant must be a doctoral or MFA student.
  2. The applicant must be enrolled in the semester for which the fellowship is awarded, e.g., fall semester for applications due in June.
  3. The applicant must have successfully completed at least 30 credits toward their degree program prior to applying for this fellowship.
  4. The applicant is not eligible if they have previously received a Doctoral Student Travel Award or Conference Participation Award.
  5. The funds are intended to be used for participation in a conference at which the student is presenting their research.
  6. Students at UConn Health and UConn Law are not eligible for this award.


Women’s International Network of Utility Professionals (WiNUP) Fellowships

The Women’s International Network of Utility Professionals (WiNUP) believes in doing all it can to help those within the industry with their educational pursuits. WiNUP currently has three fellowships available annually to females pursuing advanced degrees (beyond a bachelor’s degree), which will lead to careers in the utility industry or allied fields. Relevant fields must relate to a career in a utility related profession such as engineering, business administration, accounting, environmental sciences, communication, information technologies, and so on. Three fellowships are offered annually: the Julia Kiene Fellowship ($2,000 award), the Lyle Mamer Fellowship ($1,000 award), and the Louisan Mamer Fellowship ($500 award).

Deadline: May 1

Citizenship: Unspecified


U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program

The goal of the Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is to prepare graduate students for science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) careers critically important to the DOE Office of Science mission, by providing graduate thesis research opportunities at DOE laboratories.  The SCGSR program provides supplemental awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students (US citizens or lawful permanent residents) to pursue part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE laboratory/facility in areas that address scientific challenges central to the Office of Science mission. The research opportunity is expected to advance the graduate students’ overall doctoral thesis while providing access to the expertise, resources, and capabilities available at the DOE laboratories/facilities. The SCGSR program provides supplemental funds for graduate awardees to conduct part of their thesis research at a host DOE laboratory/facility in collaboration with a DOE laboratory scientist within a defined award period. Collaborating DOE Laboratory Scientists may be from any of the participating DOE national laboratories/facilities. The award period for the proposed research project at DOE laboratories/facilities may range from 3 to 12 consecutive months.

Deadline: May 5, 2021

Citizenship: U.S. citizens or permanent residents


Raptor Research Foundation (RRF) Amadon Grant

The grant is designed to assist those working in the area of distribution and systematics (taxonomy) of raptors. Systematics covers a wide array of interests from molecular work to differential migration of populations from various geographic regions, for example. Distribution also covers a wide array of interests but should have something to do with where raptors live or why they are there. Up to $2,000 will be awarded to one applicant. The awardee will also receive waived page charges.

Deadline: June 30

Citizenship: Unspecified


National Health Service Corps Scholarship Program (NHSC SP) (graduate and postdoctoral)

The NHSC SP is administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The NHSC SP is a competitive federal program that awards scholarships to students pursuing eligible primary care health professions training leading to: A degree in medicine (allopathic or osteopathic); A degree in dentistry; or A postgraduate degree or postgraduate certificate from a school or program in nurse-midwifery education, physician assistant (PA) education, or nurse practitioner (NP) education specializing in adult medicine, family medicine, geriatrics, pediatrics, psychiatric-mental health, or women’s health. In return for scholarship awards, scholars commit to providing primary care health services to underserved communities. The program provides support to students who seek financial assistance to complete primary care health professions education. The NHSC SP pays for tuition and various other reasonable education-related costs and also provides a monthly stipend to assist with living expenses in exchange for a minimum of two (2) years of fulltime service.

Deadline: May 11, 2021

Citizenship: U.S. citizens and nationals


American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation (ASHFoundation) – Graduate Student Scholarship

Supports CSD graduate students who demonstrate academic achievement and promise.

Award: Up to 15 scholarships of $5,000 each

Eligibility: Students (who are undergraduate seniors accepted to a master’s program or students currently pursuing master’s or doctoral (research or clinical) degrees)

Deadline: May 19, 2021

When applying for the Graduate Student Scholarship, you will be able to indicate if you would also like to be considered for the following scholarship categories. You are able to apply for any that you are eligible for, but you will receive a maximum of one award.

    International Student ScholarshipFor international students studying in the United States. (Only non-U.S. citizens are eligible.)
    Minority Student ScholarshipFor students who are members of a racial or ethnic minority group and are U.S. citizens.
    NSSLHA ScholarshipFor undergraduate senior students with active National NSSLHA memberships and who will begin graduate study in the fall.
    Student With a Disability ScholarshipFor students with a disability.


American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation (ASHFoundation) – Student Research Grant in Early Childhood Language Development

Supports student research studies in early childhood language development.

Award: Up to three grants of $2,000 each

Elegibility: Students (enrolled full time in master’s or doctoral (research or clinical) degree programs in speech-language pathology or speech-language science in the U.S.)

Deadline: April 19, 2021


American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation (ASHFoundation) – Student Research Grant in Audiology

Supports student research studies in clinical and/or rehabilitative audiology.

Award: Up to three grants of $2,000 each

Eligibility: Students (enrolled full time in doctoral (research or clinical) degree programs in audiology or hearing science in the U.S.)

Deadline: April 19, 2021


American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation (ASHFoundation) – New Investigators Research Grant

Supports new investigators by funding preliminary studies that could launch larger-scale research investigations.

Award: Up to 10 grants of $10,000 each

Eligibility: Researchers (with a PhD or equivalent research doctorate earned within past five years)

Deadline: April 19, 2021


American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation (ASHFoundation) – New Century Scholars Research Grant

Supports innovative studies that foster new research ideas and directions for investigators, and that will advance knowledge, tools, and techniques in communication sciences and disorders.

Award: Up to four grants of $25,000 each

Eligibility: Researchers (with a PhD or equivalent research doctorate in CSD)

Deadline: April 19, 2021


American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation (ASHFoundation) – Clinical Research Grant

Advances knowledge of treatment efficacy and assessment practices. When applying for a Clinical Research Grant, applicants will be able to choose one of the three support options listed below, depending on the type of research study.

    Independent Research StudiesFor investigators early in their careers who are developing an independent research record or for experienced researchers who are pursuing a new effort.
    Collaborative Research StudiesFor mid-career investigators, who may have an extensive research history, who will collaborate with other investigators.

Award: Up to four grants of $50,000–$75,000 each

Eligibility: Researchers (with a PhD or equivalent research doctorate in communication sciences and disorders (CSD) or related discipline)

Deadline: April 19, 2021


Genentech’s Development Sciences Drug Development Training Program (DDTP)

As part of our ongoing efforts at Genentech to help develop and recruit our workforce for the future, we launched a new training program for Early-in-Career doctoral graduates last year called the Drug Development Training Program (DDTP).  The DDTP gives recent doctoral graduates the chance to gain hands-on training and mentoring in multiple areas of clinical and preclinical drug development. DDTP trainees will spend three years gaining invaluable, on-the-job experience in one of the functions of the Development Sciences organization in South San Francisco, California. 

The ultimate goal is to prepare participants with the skills and experience they need to secure a scientist-level position here or at another top-tier biomedical research organization. Come join us and apply today! 

Eligibility: Recent graduates of a doctoral program (e.g. PhD, MD/PhD, DVM) or in final year of doctorate are eligible to apply. Recent graduates are defined as being within two years since graduating from a doctoral program.

Deadline: Friday May 14, 2021 at 5:30pm (PST).


Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program (DDETFP) Graduate Fellowship

Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program (DDETFP) Graduate Fellowship
Deadline: Apr 30, 2021 at 5:00pm Eastern Time
Eligibility: Applicants of the DDETFP Graduate Fellowship must: Possess a baccalaureate degree from, or be a confirmed graduating undergraduate senior at, an accredited IHE within the United States or its Territories by the Electronic Application due date; Demonstrate confirmation of acceptance in a graduate degree program at an accredited IHE in the United States or its Territories by the Electronic Application due date; Be enrolled in an accredited IHE within the United States or its Territories; Be pursuing a graduate degree in a full-time program in a transportation-related discipline; Have at least 1 full academic year remaining in program of study; Conduct ongoing research in one or more transportation-related disciplines, and Plan to enter the transportation profession after completing their higher-level education.

AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Summer Program

Deadline: January 1, 2021
Citizenship: Applicants must be U.S. citizens or already hold visas that allow them to receive payment for work.

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program

Mark your calendars and Register to attend this exclusive (Engineering only) virtual workshop on Tuesday August 18 and Wednesday August 19 (10 – 11:30 AM)

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program awards three-year scholarships for graduate study in mathematical, physical, biological, engineering, and behavioral and social sciences, including the history of science. This fellowship carries a stipend of $32,000 per year plus a cost of education allowance to cover tuition and fees for three years. This is a significant graduate fellowship that affords students the freedom to focus on their research and lessen the time to degree completion. To qualify, applicants must be U.S. citizens, have U.S. national status or be permanent residents, and intend to pursue a research-based master’s or PhD program in an NSF-supported field.

Incoming PhD students and rising 2nd year PhD students please consider applying for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). The full solicitation is attached. This is not only a great honor if you are selected, the process of applying also has great value in helping you clearly define your agenda for graduate research.

We are providing a 2-day workshops (1.5 hour each day) ONLY for Engineering students who are planning to apply for this award. Dr. Rowena Grainger has helped many UConn students to apply and win this fellowship, will lead the workshop.

  • Day 1:
    a. General information on how to locate funding for graduate school
    b. Application Tips: Writing the Relevant background statement
  • Day 2:
    a. Student Awardee Panel
    b. Application Tips: Writing the Research Statement

You will learn about review criteria for the NSF GRFP and other awards, what the review panels are looking for and how to write a strong research proposal. Here is the link to the NSF site and deadlines:

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)

American Concrete Institute (ACI) Foundation Fellowships
Microwave Engineering Fellowship/Microwave Engineering for Medical Applications Fellowship
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships (NSF GRFP)
  • Deadline: Late October (varies according to discipline)
  • Citizenship:S. citizen, national, or permanent resident
  • Website: