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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.  The Graduate School also provides resources to assist students in identifying and applying for external fellowship opportunities.  We hope students take advantage of the workshops, webinars, training sessions offered throughout the year. Please see the Graduate School Calendar for upcoming opportunities.

Students who have plans to apply for an external award should contact Robyn Kotzker in the Office of Funding Opportunities at or 301-405-0281.  


Graduate School External Fellowships Database 
SPINPlus Search System
UMD National Scholarships Office
UMD Postdoctoral Scholars Website
Summer Research Opportunities (STEM)

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