Fellowship Opportunities

PhD Fellowships Calendar

This page lists fellowships for the current academic year. Please see the PhD Fellowships Calendar for upcoming deadline announcements.
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship 2015-10-272015-10-27

Oct 27, 2015

[Oct 27, 2015]

Tuesday, October 27, 2015 for computer engineering applicants.  Online applications available at www.nsfgrfp.org.


Eligibility criteria is as follows: Open to U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents.  Open to graduate students at the beginning of graduate studies (in the first two years of study).


The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship program provides three (3) years of financial support, including $34,000 annual stipend and $12,000 annual cost-of-education allowance to university.  This fellowships provide awardees with the chance to participate in other NSF supported opportunities such as the Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide and access to cyber infrastructure resources through XSEDE.

DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program2015-12-152015-12-15

Dec 15, 2015

[Dec 15, 2015]

Applications are due 5:00pm ET on Tuesday December 15, 2015.


The SCGSR program is open to current Ph.D. students in qualified graduate programs at accredited U.S. academic institutions, who are conducting their graduate thesis research in targeted areas of importance to the DOE Office of Science. 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.


The SCGSR program supports supplemental awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students to conduct part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE national laboratory in collaboration with a DOE laboratory scientist for a period of 3 to 12 consecutive months—with the goal of preparing graduate students for scientific and technical careers critically important to the DOE Office of Science mission.  The supplemental award provides for additional, incremental costs for living and travel expenses directly associated with conducting the SCGSR research project at the DOE host laboratory during the award period.

Hertz Graduate Fellowship2015-10-302015-10-30

Oct 30, 2015

[Oct 30, 2015]

Application deadline is October 30, 2015.


Successful candidates are: 1.) Innovators who see challenges in new ways; 2.) In their first year of a Ph.D. program or applying to a Ph.D. program, 3.) U.S. citizen or permanent resident.


Fellowship provides: 1.) A stipend of $32,000 per academic year (possibly $38,000 for 2 years if coordinated with other 3 year fellowship); 2.) Tuition support for up to 5 years, 3. ) $5,000 annually for dependent childcare, 4.) Renewable for up to 5 years upon satisfactory progress towards Ph.D. degree.

Announcement #1

IBM PhD Fellowship2015-10-122015-10-12

Oct 12, 2015

[Oct 12, 2015]

ECE faculty should submit nomination packages to Debbie Scappatura (debbie@ece.cmu.edu) by Monday, October 12, 2015 with ‘IBM Ph.D. Fellowship Application’ as the email subject.

Number of ECE Nominees:
Nomination Process:

ECE faculty should submit nomination packages to Debbie Scappatura (debbie@ece.cmu.edu) by Monday, October 12, 2015 with ‘IBM Ph.D. Fellowship Application’ as the email subject. The packet must include the following items in PDF format: 1.) Advisor nomination letter; 2.) Student CV;. 3.) Student research statement (5 pages max) describing the student's intended thesis research.  Nominees will be notified the following week regarding whether they have been selected to move forward as final candidates. Faculty will be responsible for uploading nomination packages of final candidates directly to the IBM website by Tuesday, October 27, 2015.


Per the fellowship website:

Students must be nominated by a doctoral faculty member and enrolled full-time in a college or university Ph.D. program. The faculty member is encouraged to contact an IBM colleague prior to submitting the nomination to assure mutual interest. Students from Europe and Russia may be nominated in their first year of study in their doctoral program. Outside of Europe and Russia, students must have completed at least one year of study in their doctoral program at the time of their nomination. Students from U.S. embargoed countries are not eligible for the program. Award Recipients will be selected based on their overall potential for research excellence, the degree to which their technical interests align with those of IBM, and their academic progress to-date, as evidenced by publications and endorsements from their faculty advisor and department head. While students may accept other supplemental fellowships, to be eligible for the IBM Ph.D. Fellowship Award they may not accept a major award in addition to the IBM Ph.D. Fellowship.

This prestigious fellowship is for one year, renewable to three years total, and includes an annual stipend.
Announcement #1

DOE Scholars Program2015-12-15

[Dec 15, 2015]

Applications are due by December 15, 2015.

Nomination Process:
Interested students should apply directly via the program website.
Applicants must be US Citizens and undergraduates, graduates or post-graduates of an accredited college or university.
DOE Scholars internships are typically during the summer months and are approximately 10-weeks in length. Extensions may be granted based on the needs of the facility and the intern's availability. The DOE Scholars program provides stipends to graduate and post-graduate student fellows -- a minimum of $650 per week.  Inbound and outbound travel may be provided according to ORAU Travel Policies and the policies of the sponsoring federal agency.

Prof. Rahamimoff Travel Grants Program 2015-12-03

[Dec 3, 2015]

Nomination Process:
Applicants should apply through grant website directly.
Applicants must be U.S. or Israeli citizens.  Applicants must be 35 years old or younger.  Students in their last year of PhD studies are not eligible to submit applications to the program.  Israeli and American students doing research in the other country are not eligible to apply.  A student who was previously awarded a grant in this program is not allowed to submit again.
The Prof. Rahamimoff Travel Grants Program is open to PhD students doing research that requires facilities or expertise not available in their home countries.  In 2015 the program will have two CALLS, and each will support 10 trips. Grants are for $4,000 each.  The trips will be only to a higher education or a research facility in the U.S.A. (for Israelis) or Israel (for Americans). The program will not support participation in conferences or trips by late-stage PhD students.  Each trip will be for a maximum length of 2 months.

For further information, contact

Nathan Snizaski