There are numerous merit-based Graduate School and departmental fellowships that are awarded to graduate students, including fellowships designed to enhance diversity on campus. Nominations and/or selection of most fellowship awards for incoming students are made by the particular graduate program(s) to which students are applying. To inquire about eligibility and application procedures, you must contact your graduate program.
The Dickie Fellowship competition is administered by the Graduate School and supports graduate students who were residents of Sauk County at the time of matriculation at UW-Madison and are enrolled in science, math, or engineering graduate programs. This fellowship also gives preference to returning adult students. This is either a 9-month or 12- month fellowship. Students can apply directly for this fellowship by going to the Wisconsin Scholarship Hub.
The 2019 competition will open in February.
The Straka Fellowship competition is administered by the Graduate School and supports dissertators pursuing a course of study in one of the fields of engineering, physical or biological sciences, mathematics or economics (concentrating on the advantages of the free-enterprise profit system). Applicants will also need to be able to demonstrate how they qualify as “gifted” and how they are representative of a middle-class, middle-income group. This is a 12-month fellowship. Students can apply directly for this fellowship by going to the Wisconsin Scholarship Hub.
The 2019 competition will open in February.
The Kemper Knapp Nomination Process 2018-19 (PDF) is administered by the Graduate School and provides one-year fellowships to incoming PhD, DMA-, or MFA-bound underrepresented students, such as students of color and low-income first-generation students, and students in underfunded areas such as the arts and humanities. Academic programs may nominate incoming PhD, DMA-, or MFA-bound students who will begin enrollment in a graduate program in Fall 2018.
The nomination window for academic programs to nominate prospective candidates for the 2019 award will open in January.
For the 2018-19 academic year the Mellon-Wisconsin fellowship competition will be run as a year-round competition for dissertators in the College of Letters and Science conducting research in the humanities or humanistic social sciences. Fellowships will be available for the fall or spring semesters, or the summer term. Students will continue to apply directly to the Graduate School for these fellowships.
The application for the Mellon-Wisconsin spring fellowship competition will be available September 17–October 10 and award announcements will be made before November 21. Click here for more information about the Mellon-Wisconsin application process.
The GEM consortium is a national network of universities and employers committed to achieving greater diversity in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields by advancing the careers of talented graduate students from underrepresented groups. UW–Madison is part of a cohort of competitive research institutions – including Stanford, MIT, and University of Michigan –…
The National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) provides three years of financial support for graduate study. It aims to keep the nation a global leader in advancing science and engineering research and innovation. Recipients receive a $34,000 annual stipend and $12,000 education allowance from NSF, plus the UW-Madison Graduate School contributes toward…
Graduate Research Scholar (GRS) communities are organized by the various schools and colleges within UW–Madison to support underrepresented students. These GRS Fellowships, with funding from the State of Wisconsin Advanced Opportunity Program and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, bring students together in GRS communities throughout their graduate school career for a range of social, academic, professional…
External Funding Opportunities
You are encouraged to identify and apply for fellowships from federal agencies, professional organizations, and private foundations. Please be aware that each particular fellowship will have its own unique set of benefits and responsibilities. You should make sure you understand the terms and conditions of any fellowship/scholarship for which you are applying: award/stipend amount, tuition coverage (if any), other supplemental funds (e.g., travel funds, research funds, conference presentation funds). Follow these links for more information.
Selected federal and private fellowships are supported by the Graduate School through the provision of tuition support and health insurance. Students apply directly to the agency or foundation for these fellowships and, if an award is made, should contact the Office of Fellowships and Funding Resources.
The External Agency Fellowship Supplementation policy provides information for academic programs wishing to request supplementation from the Graduate School for external fellowships its students receive that are not on the approved supplementation list.
Grants Information Collection
The UW–Madison Grants Information Collection maintains a website with information and links to help you explore funding opportunities across a wide range of disciplines. Current UW–Madison students have additional access to on-line database subscriptions.
- Searchable Funding Databases
The International Fellowships Office provides information about funding opportunities for students interested in studying abroad or specific languages.
A sampling of external fellowships can be found in the Wisconsin Scholarship Hub.
Upcoming Fellowships and Grants Competitions Deadlines
- October 22NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)Application Deadline (by discipline)12:00 AM
- October 24Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion FellowshipsApplication deadline: October 24, 2018 9 pm Eastern Daylight Time12:00 AM
- October 24Hertz Foundation FellowshipApplication deadline: October 24, 2018 11:59 pm Pacific Time12:00 AM
- November 1Big Ten Academic Alliance Smithsonian Fellowship (formerly CIC)Application deadline: November 1, 201812:00 AM
- November 14The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Dissertation Fellowships in Buddhist StudiesApplication deadline: November 14, 2018 9 pm Eastern Standard Time12:00 AM