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Fellowships, Grants and Other Funding Sources

Throughout the year, there are funding opportunities that the Graduate School becomes aware of that graduate students are eligible for. This page is to assist graduate students in finding ways to fund their research, teaching and education. Please contact Sean Hendricks at shendrick@utk.edu with any funding opportunities to add to this list. For information on known assistantship opportunities, visit the Graduate Assistantships page.


UT Opportunities

The following opportunities are administered through a UT office or organization, such as the Graduate Student Senate or OIT.

Graduate Student Senate Professional Development Travel Awards

The Graduate School, in conjunction with the Graduate Student Senate (GSS), is piloting a the Graduate Student Senate Professional Development Travel Awards program to support students who need financial support for professional development opportunities. An ad hoc committee, the GSS Professional Development Travel Awards Committee, will work with the GSS President and Dean of the Graduate School to select awardees.

Graduate Student Senate Travel Awards

The Graduate Student Senate Travel Awards are announced three times a year, designed to roughly coincide with the academic term periods. These awards are based on financial need and are given to provide partial reimbursement of certain allowable expenses such as transportation, lodging and registration expenses.

GTA@OIT Program for Teaching and Learning

OIT seeks to mentor Graduate Teaching Associates teaching experience by encouraging deeper use of current technology practices. The GTA@OIT program is available to any GTA, with sole responsibility for teaching a course, who is interested in expanding their teaching practice by redesigning a course or course component for Web-based delivery with Online@UT (Canvas). Grant submissions are reviewed for both fall and spring semesters of the academic year.

Open Publishing Support Fund

The Open Publishing Support Fund is to improve access to research produced at the University of Tennessee and to raise awareness of the benefits of open-access. The fund can be used to cover article processing charges (APCs) levied by peer-reviewed open access journals. Funds are available on a first-come, first-served basis to a maximum of $2500 per request. When the annual allocation is exhausted, no additional funds will be available until the following fiscal year.

Student/Faculty Research Awards

The Student/Faculty Research Awards are awards to be used to advance the work for both faculty and graduate students. Every award requires a Student PI and a Faculty PI. Grants up to $5,000 will be awarded to student/faculty pairs who submit proposals for funds to support research or creative projects.

External Opportunities

The following opportunities are administered by organizations or institutions that are external to UT, such as government or private philanthropic organizations.

Army Research Laboratory Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Army Research Laboratory Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowships are for those who are completing a doctoral degree in the physical sciences, life sciences, computational sciences, behavioral sciences, or engineering. Recipients of these fellowships are to pursue independent research of their own choosing that supports the mission of the Army Research Laboratory. Applicants must complete each section of the online application as outlined on the website instructions. Applicants must register online and ensure all application materials are submitted by the deadline of May 31, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. ET.

Council of American Overseas Research Center (CAORC) Multi-Country Research Fellowship

The CAORC Multi-Country Research Fellowship Program supports advanced regional or trans-regional research in the humanities, social sciences, or allied natural sciences for U.S. doctoral candidates and scholars who have already earned their PhD. Preference will be given to candidates examining comparative and/or cross-regional research. Applicants are eligible to apply as individuals or in teams.

Scholars must carry out research in two or more countries outside the United States, at least one of which hosts a participating American overseas research center. Approximately eight awards of up to $11,000 each will be given. Funding is provided by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.​

Deadline to apply is January 23, 2020. To apply visit www.caorc.org/fellowships.

Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE CSGF)

The DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE CSGF) is for exceptional undergraduate seniors or first or second-year graduate students planning full-time study toward a PhD in the physical, engineering, computer, mathematical, or life sciences with an emphasis in high-performance computing. Recipients receive payments of all tuition and required fees for up to 4 years of study, $31,200 yearly stipend, matching funds for a computer workstation up to $2500, yearly academic allowance of $1000, yearly conferences, and opportunity to complete a practicum at a national DOE laboratory. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent resident aliens and must apply online. The application for 2020-2021 will be available in October 2019.

Department of Energy NNSA Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship

The DOE NNSA Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship is for exceptional graduate students planning full-time study toward a PhD. in the areas of interest to stewardship science, such as high-energy density physics. low-energy nuclear science, or properties of materials under extreme conditions. Recipients receive payments of all tuition and required fees for up to 4 years of study, $32,400 yearly stipend, yearly academic allowance of $1,000, and opportunity to complete a practicum at a national DOE laboratory. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent resident aliens. Applicants must apply online. The application for 2020-2021 will be available in October 2019.

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 support part of a graduate student’s thesis research to be conducted at a DOE laboratory. Supplemental awards are intended to cover incremental costs associated with living and travel expenses during the award period. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and have obtained Ph.D. candidacy at the time of application. Visit the SCGSR program for complete information about the programeligibility requirements and application instructions. Deadline for applications for the current cycle has passed.

Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will be administering awards on behalf of the Ford Foundation. There are three fellowships being offered that have deadlines in early December: Predoctoral FellowshipsDissertation FellowshipsPostdoctoral Fellowship Program. If you are interested in applying, notify Alan Rutenberg at arutenberg@utk.edu.

Fulbright Scholar Program

The U.S. Fulbright Scholar Program offers nearly 470 teaching, research or combination teaching/research awards in over 125 countries. Opportunities are available for college and university faculty and administrators as well as for professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, independent scholars and many others. In addition to several new program models designed to meet the changing needs of U.S. academics and professionals, Fulbright is offering more opportunities for flexible, multi-country grants. Visit the website to find a program, determine your eligibility, and learn how to apply. These programs are open to U.S. citizens and the deadline for the 2020-2021 program has passed. For more information contact scholars@iie.org.

NAGAP Graduate Education Research Grant

NAGAP Graduate Education Research Grant is designed to encourage emerging knowledge and understanding of the complexities of Graduate Enrollment Management (GEM), including all aspects of admissions and recruitment, enrollment, retention and student affairs, as well as graduation and alumni engagement. It is open to all graduate students, and professionals with doctoral degrees currently conducting research that aligns with the themes of GEM in graduate, professional, masters and doctoral education. Applications for the 2020-2021 award year are due by November 12.

ORISE—Marine and Hydrokinetics (MHK) Graduate Student Research Program

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE), Water Power Technologies Office (WPTO) conducts early-stage research and development (R&D) to strengthen the body of scientific and engineering knowledge supporting industry efforts to develop new technologies that increase U.S. hydropwer and marine and hydrokinetics (MHK) generation. Marine and hydrokinetic technologies convert the energy of waves, tides, and river and ocean currents into electricity and have the potential to provide millions of Americans with locally sources, clean, and reliable energy. The Marine and Hydrokinetics (MHK) Graduate Student Research Program is designed to provide graduate thesis research opportunities in marine and hydrokinetics at DOE laboratories and other DOE/WPTO-approved facilities. Deadline for the 2020-2021 cycle is December 9, 2019.

PEO International

PEO International is a US-based philanthropic organization established in 1869. The organization is dedicated to helping women from the US and other countries further their education. The projects which provide assistance to women pursuing graduate studies are:

For further assistance and information about applying for these awards, contact the local PEO representative, Bobbie Scull, peorasus@gmail.com.

Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program

The Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program offers opportunities for independent research or study related to Smithsonian collections, facilities, and/or research interests of the Institution and its staff. Fellowships are offered to graduate students, predoctoral students, and postdoctoral and senior investigators to conduct independent research and to utilize the resources of the Institution with members of the Smithsonian professional research staff serving as advisors and hosts.

When they apply, graduate students must be formally enrolled in a graduate program of study at a degree-granting institution. Before the appointment begins fellows must still be enrolled and must have completed at least one full-time semester or its equivalent, or have completed the graduate program within the past four months. Graduate Student Fellowships are usually intended for students who have not yet been advanced to candidacy, if in a doctoral program.

All applications must be submitted by November 1, 2019 11:59 PM EST (enter 2020 for the cycle on the application) through the Smithsonian Academic Appointment System (SOLAA).