Diverse Populations

American Association of University Women

One of the world’s largest sources of funding for graduate women, AAUW provides funding for almost 300  fellowships and grants to outstanding women and nonprofit organizations each year. Fellowship and grant recipients perform research in a wide range of disciplines and work to improve their schools and communities. Their intellect, dedication, imagination, and effort promise to forge new paths in scholarship, improve the quality of life for all, and tackle the educational and social barriers facing women worldwide.

Asian-American and Pacific-Islander Scholarship Directory

Excellent resource for Asian-American and Pacific-Islander student scholarship opportunities.

Ford Foundation Fellowships

The Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties. Diverse individuals with evidence of superior academic achievement and a commitment to teaching or researching at college or university level are encouraged to apply. The Ford Foundation awards 60 predoctoral fellowships providing three years of support to individuals engaged in graduate study leading to a Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree. The Ford Foundation also awards dissertation and postdoctoral fellowships.

Fund for Education Abroad

Fund for Education Abroad awards are intended to support students planning to participate in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs in the academic year or summer. One of its named scholarships is specifically targeted for LGBTQ students. Funding is up to $10,000 for a semester abroad.

Gates Millennium Scholars

Gates Millennium Scholar, funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was established in 1999 in part to provide outstanding African American, American Indian/Alaska Natives, Asian/Pacific Islander Americans, and Hispanic American students with an opportunity to complete graduate studies in mathematics, science, engineering, education, public health, or library science.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

See a number of scholarship possibilities for Hispanic students from the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, the nation's largest not-for-profit organization supporting Hispanic higher education.

Point Foundation

The Point Foundation empowers promising LGBTQ students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential – despite the obstacles often put before them – to make a significant impact on society.

Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation (PSI)

PSI seeks to introduce a diverse group of students to issues and challenges affecting philanthropy, social enterprise, nonprofit organizations, and other actors in the social sector. The fellowship is open to both undergraduate and graduate students of color. 

Soroptimist

Soroptimist is an international women's organization for business and professional women who work to improve the lives of women and girls. Soroptimist’s major project is the Women’s Opportunity Awards, which help women who provide the primary source of financial support for their families by giving them the resources they need to improve their education, skills, and employment prospects. Soroptimist International of Flagstaff participates in programs on the local level, depending on the specific needs of our community.

The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

The purpose of The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans is to provide opportunities for continuing generations of able and accomplished New Americans to achieve leadership in their chosen fields. To apply you must be a naturalized citizen or hold a green card, if born abroad. If born in the US, be the child of two immigrant parents, one or both of whom are naturalized citizens. Have a bachelor’s degree or be on track to earn one by June in the year you wish to start. If in a graduate program, you should be in your 1st or 2nd year in the year for which you're applying. Maximum age: 30 years old.

Udall Scholarship

NAU Representative: Melissa Hatfield Riggs, Scholarship Coordinator

The Udall Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship for outstanding college students who intend to pursue careers related to the environment, or Native American or Alaska Native students who intend to pursue careers in Native American health care or tribal public policy. The Foundation seeks future leaders across a wide spectrum of environmental fields such as policy, engineering, science, education, urban planning and renewal, business, health, justice, and economics. The Foundation also seeks future Native American and Alaska Native leaders in public and community health care, tribal government, and public policy affecting Native American communities, including land and resource management, economic development, and education.

UNCF/Merck Science Initiative

Awards scholarships and fellowships for African American science students at three levels: tuition support and opportunities for research experience for undergraduate science and engineering students in a state-of-the-art research facility, graduate student dissertation support in biomedically relevant life or physical sciences and engineering, and postdoctoral support in biomedical research.

Women’s Research and Education Institute (WREI)

WREI awards annual fellowships to a select number of graduate students with proven commitment to equity for women.

Woodrow Wilson Doctoral Dissertation in Women's Studies

The Women’s Studies Fellowships are provided to Ph.D. candidates at institutions in the United States who will complete their dissertations during the fellowship year. The most competitive applications include not only a clear, thorough, and compelling description of the candidate’s work, but also evidence of an enduring interest in and commitment to women’s issues and scholarship on women.

The Women’s Studies competition is for projects in the humanities and social sciences; projects in fields such as management, the clinical and biological sciences, and law are not eligible unless they have a demonstrable academic grounding in the humanities and social sciences. Applicants working on health-related issues in the social sciences should consider carefully whether their work demonstrably centers on the topic’s social, cultural, and individual aspects.

 Woodrow Wilson National Fellowships Foundation 

The goal of the Woodrow Wilson-Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellowships for Aspiring Teachers of Color is to help recruit, support, and retain individuals of color as K-12 public school teachers in the United States. Current trends indicate that by the year 2020, the percentage of teachers of color will fall to an all-time low of five percent of the total teacher force, while the percentage of students of color in the K-12 system will likely be near 50%. This fellowship offers an important opportunity to ensure that greater numbers of highly qualified teachers of color enter public school classrooms around the country.