Financial assistance resources

Prospective graduate students can browse a number of web-based resources for financial support.

Although this list is not comprehensive, these sites offer guidance and information on applying for graduate, discipline-specific and other types of extramural funding.

As noted below, some sites require a login via campus subscription to access services.

Fellowship-searchable databases & other resources

UCLA’s graduate and postdoctoral funding search engine, with more than 500 private and publicly funded awards, fellowships and internships.

Federal Student Aid
All students are encouraged to fill out a FAFSA, as some financial assistance opportunities are based on financial need.

Online source for 1,000 federal grant and fellowship programs offering approximately $500 billion in annual awards.

Grant Forward
Database of funding opportunities across 39 subject areas and 2009 categories. Requires a campus subscription for access; eight UC campuses subscribe.

Database of more than 23,000 records, representing over 400,000 funding opportunities, worth more $33 billion. Requires a campus subscription for access; all UC campuses and six CSU campuses subscribe.

International Education Financial Aid
Resource for financial aid, college scholarship and grant information for domestic and international students wishing to study abroad.

Discipline-focused databases & other resources

NASA’s OSSI – Recruiting NASA Interns, Fellows and Scholars
Recruiting graduate students primarily in STEM disciplines.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Extramural Research
Funds research in areas related to human health and disease.

National Science Foundation (NSF)
Funds research and education in most fields of science and engineering.

National Physical Science Consortium
Partnership between government agencies and laboratories, industry and higher education that aims to increase the number of American citizens with graduate degrees in the physical sciences and related engineering fields, emphasizing a diverse applicant pool.

National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate Fellowship (NDSEG)
Awarded to U.S. citizens and nationals who intend to pursue a doctoral degree in one of fifteen supported STEM disciplines. NDSEG fellowships last for three years and include full tuition, all mandatory fees and a monthly stipend.

H-Net Online – Humanities and Social Sciences
Fellowships and grants from academic institutions around the world.

Switzer Environmental Fellowship Program
Offers one-year fellowships to highly talented graduate students in New England and California whose studies and career goals are directed toward environmental improvement and who clearly demonstrate leadership in their field.

Additional resources for international students

Fulbright Foreign Student Program
Brings citizens of other countries to the United States for graduate study at U.S. universities.

Institute of International Education
Scholarships, fellowships and grants organized and maintained by the Institute of International Education.

Campus graduate support

Prospective students are strongly encouraged to contact individual campuses regarding financial support, including diversity and other campus-specific fellowships.