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Fellowship Information

The University of Maryland Graduate School (GS) is committed to the success of graduate students and invests university financial resources to provide students the time and support needed to complete their studies and research.  Graduate School fellowships support students by providing a stipend, and in some cases a tuition award, giving the student time to conduct research or write.  Graduate School Fellowship and Award Guidelines can be found on the Student Fellowships and Awards web page.

Programs and departments also offer funding packages, which are often in the form of graduate assistantships that provide a stipend and tuition remission in exchange for service. Please visit individual program websites or visit the Graduate School's Graduate Assistantships web page for more information.

Programs are encouraged to offer support to a diverse range of students consistent with campus principles of equal opportunity with the expectation that the cohort of Graduate School fellows and awardees will reflect this commitment to diversity.

Searching for External Fellowships and Internships

University of Maryland students have been highly successful in competing for external fellowships (those awarded by outside agencies such as the National Science Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the Ford Foundation, etc...).  Even if you have a funding guarantee from your department, there are compelling reasons to apply for a competitive external fellowship.

  • A competitive external fellowship is an honor that will stay with you throughout your career.
  • Distinguish your CV when you enter the job market.
  • Clarify your thinking about your research and expose you to valuable feedback.
  • Increase your flexibility in selecting advisors, choosing research projects, and conducting fieldwork. 
  • Help faculty support more students by bringing your own funding to a field.

Graduate students are encouraged to work with their Director of Graduate Studies and/or special committee chair to develop effective application materials.  Other resources on campus include:

The Graduate School Writing Center
Graduate School Funding Workshops
Proposal Development and Management Services

Some past presentations are below:

Grantsmantship Training Seminar by Hanover Research (2020)
Grant Geography Workshop by the Graduate School (2021)

Please see the Graduate School Calendar for upcoming opportunities.


Students interested in being nominated for limited submission fellowships (Apple Scholars, Google PhD fellowship, etc...) should contact Robyn Kotzker in the Office of Funding Opportunities (


Graduate School External Fellowships Database 
SPINPlus Search System
UMD National Scholarships Office
UMD Postdoctoral Scholars Website

Agencies want the best possible proposals, so you are encouraged to contact them to ask appropriate, substantive questions during the application process. Speaking with the funding agency and faculty who have interacted with the funding agency will give you special insights.