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Are you a College of Natural Sciences graduate student or postdoc looking for fellowship funding? This page provides links to external fellowship programs and other resources to help you search for fellowship opportunities.

The number of available fellowship opportunities can appear overwhelming. You should always consult with your advisor to select a fellowship opportunity that best suits your individual career plans.

If you've found a fellowship you'd like to apply for, but aren't sure what to do next, contact Strategic Research Initiatives at CNS_SRI@austin.utexas.edu. We can help you take the necessary steps to get your application out the door.


Where can I search for fellowship opportunities?

Strategic Research Initiatives posts fellowships, travel awards and other opportunities that are of broad interest to graduate students and postdocs in the College on our List of Funding Opportunities website. To search the list, follow these steps: 

  1. Visit our List of Funding Opportunities page
  2. Click on the “Type of Opportunity” column heading to sort the funding opportunities according to award type.
  3. Browse the opportunities marked “Student/Postdoc Fellowships and Awards.”
  4. Pay close attention to the deadlines! Most programs have annual submission deadlines.

 

more lists of fellowship opportunities

 

search a funding database for fellowship opportunities

To search an even broader portfolio of funders for fellowship opportunities, use the SciVal Funding online database. SciVal Funding tracks both federal and private foundation funding opportunities. SciVal Funding enables to you conduct advanced searches for funding opportunities that meet your self-determined criteria (e.g., open to international students, student- or postdoc-only opportunities, type of research and more), and then have those searches run automatically on a daily, weekly or monthly basis, with the results emailed directly to you.

Learn how to schedule automatic funding searches with our SciVal Funding tutorial (includes screenshots)

Access SciVal Funding now (on campus)

Access SciVal Funding remotely (requires UT EID and password)

 

 

Federally Supported Graduate/Postdoc Fellowships

Several federal agencies offer graduate and postdoctoral fellowships. More information about some of these programs is provided below.

 

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP)
NSF GRFP fellowships provide three years of full salary and tuition support to graduate students. College seniors and first- and second-year graduate students are eligible to apply. You must be a U.S. citizen, national or permanent resident to be eligible.

 

National Institutes of Health Research Training Portal
This comprehensive website provides information and links to active funding opportunities for various NIH fellowships and career development grants, including:

  • Predoctoral (graduate student) fellowships (F31) - U.S. citizens/permanent residents only
  • Postdoctoral fellowships (F32) - U.S. citizens/permanent residents only
  • Pathway to Independence (postdoc-to-faculty transition) awards (K99/R00) - open to international postdocs

 

Other Federal Fellowship Opportunities

 

 

Graduate/Postdoc Fellowships Offered by Other Organizations

Below is a list of select fellowships recently awarded to College of Natural Sciences graduate students or postdocs. Many other fellowship opportunities exist - it would be impossible to list them all! You can consult the lists above (under "Where Can I Search for Fellowship Opportunities?") or search the SciVal Funding database to find even more fellowship opportunities.

 

 

I'm an international graduate student or postdoc. What can I apply for?

Below is a short list of fellowships that are open to international students and postdocs. This list is not exhaustive; to search for even more opportunities, use SciVal Funding (see above) and filter your search results to display opportunities for international applicants. 

 

 

Internal Funding Opportunities (Including Travel Awards)