NOTE: See Diversity and Inclusion Fellowships with thanks to Florida State University.
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Graduate Scholarship Programs
The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation manages two innovative graduate scholarship programs focusing on increasing the number of underrepresented American minorities in mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering graduate programs. The Minority Ph.D. Program offers eligible doctoral candidates the opportunity to pursue their Ph.D. degrees with financial,mentoring, and guidance support through recognized participating faculty and departments approved by the Sloan Foundation. The Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnership(SIGP), initiated through a partnership between the University of Arizona and the Sloan Foundation, was expanded to include the participation of other select faculties and departments.
American Association of University Women
One of the world’s largest sources of funding for graduate women, AAUW provides funding for fellowship and grant recipients performing research in a wide range of disciplines and working to improve their schools and communities. American Fellowships support women scholars who are completing dissertations, planning research leave from accredited institutions, or preparing research for publication. Career Development Grants fund women pursuing a certificate or degree to advance their careers, change careers, or re-enter the workforce and whose bachelor’s degree was received at least five years before the award period. Selected Professions Fellowships fund women pursuing full-time study in a master’s or professional degree program in which women are underrepresented, including STEM, law, business, and medicine.
American Indian Graduate Center
The American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC) is a national private nonprofit providing fellowships to American Indian and Alaska Native graduate students throughout the United States.
Asian-American and Pacific-Islander Scholarships
The Asian-American and Pacific-Islander Scholarship Directory is now dated, but still potentially a good resource for scholarship opportunities. Also see the Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund, the Asian-Pacific Community Fund, and the Asian Pacific Fund for students in the Bay Area.
Congressional Fellowships on Women and Public Policy
Women’s Policy, Inc. awards WREI’s annual fellowships to a select number of graduate students with proven commitment to equity for women. WREI Fellows gain practical policymaking experience and graduate credit as they work from January to August as Congressional legislative aides in Washington, D.C. Fellows receive stipends for tuition and living expenses.
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.
Gates Millennium Scholars
Gates Millennium Scholars, 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
The Hispanic Scholarship Fund is aimed at Latino students searching for scholarships, fellowships, and internships; some listings apply to students of all backgrounds.
Humanity in Action
Since 1999, Humanity in Action has awarded more than 1,300 competitive fellowships to outstanding college students, recent graduates, and young professionals from universities in the United States and Europe. Recipients participate in an orientation hosted by the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, DC and a month-long human rights fellowship program in one of five European cities: Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Paris and Warsaw. Applications for the HIA Fellowship open in September and the application deadline is in January.
There is also a new program for graduate students: The Diplomacy and Diversity Fellowship is an educational program for 24 American and European graduate students about the changing international dynamics of diplomacy and diversity. In Washington, DC and Paris, the Fellows explore how American and European governments and societies are responding to a wide range of international and national diversity issues. The program’s guiding mission is to increase awareness of the importance of diversity in diplomacy and other international fields and to encourage and sustain the careers of professionals from minority backgrounds in foreign affairs. Applications open in September and the application deadline is in January.
Japanese American Citizens League
TheJapanese American Citizens League has been helping students achieve their educational dreams with the National Scholarship and Awards Program since 1946. The program offers over 30 awards, with an annual total of over $60,000 in scholarships to qualified students nationwide. Must be JACL member (but not necessarily of Japanese ancestry).
Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF)
MALDEF has scholarship resources for diverse ethnic populations, including many that do not inquire about immigration status.
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.
Society for Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)
The SACNAS is aimed at Latino and Native American students applying for scholarships; many of the listings apply to students from all backgrounds.
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.
Each spring and fall, seven Running Start/Walmart Star Fellows are selected through a highly competitive application process. Star Fellows intern for a female Member of Congress Monday through Thursday and each Friday are trained by political experts in Running Start’s office and then mentored by high level political mentors. Star Fellows live together in a house on Capitol Hill, free of charge, and are provided with a $2,000 living stipend for the semester.
Southern Regional Education Board
The SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program’s goal is to produce more minority Ph.D students who seek careers as faculty on college campuses. It provides multiple layers of support including financial assistance, academic/research funding, career counseling and job postings, scholar counseling and advocacy, a scholar directory for networking and recruiting, invitation to the annual Institute on Teaching and Mentoring, and continued early career support.
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 Initiatives
The UNCF/Merck Science Initiatives award scholarships and fellowships for African American science students, including graduate student dissertation support in biomedically relevant life or physical sciences and engineering, and postdoctoral support in biomedical research.
United Negro College Fund
UNCF is the nation’s largest private scholarship provider to minority group members, and also manages additional scholarship programs.
Woodrow Wilson Doctoral Dissertation in Women’s Studies
The Woodrow Wilson Doctoral Dissertation in Women’s Studies offers Women’s Studies Fellowships which 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.