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External Fellowship Information

Prestigious Pre-Doctoral Fellowships for Students in the Biomedical Sciences

While our graduate school guarantees funding for all students, we strongly encourage our students to apply for external funding. Having a fellowship during your graduate study will make you more competitive when you apply for a job after graduation. As an incentive, the Graduate School issues an annual stipend bonus (10% of the total funding, up to $3,000, each year a fellowship is active) to students who receive fellowships from external funding agencies' competitive award programs. For WCGS policy and details, see here.

The Grants Administrator in the Graduate School will aid you in the selection, writing and submission of pre-doctoral fellowship applications. For more information, please contact Dr. Megan Allen via email or by phone at 212-746-6585.

Please note that funding agencies change their terms and conditions often. Always confirm the deadlines and instructions listed below with the funding agency website.

Fellowships for U.S. citizens

National Research Service Awards (NRSA) for Individual Pre-Doctoral Fellowships (F31)

  • Applicant must be a US citizen or permanent resident alien
  • Eligible students should have chosen their major sponsors
  • Award provides stipend, tuition and institutional allowance for up to five years
  • Deadlines: December 8; April 8; August 8

NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

  • Applicant must be a US citizen or permanent resident alien.
  • Basic research questions are encouraged.
  • Applicant must have completed no more than one academic year of graduate study as of the application deadline. 
  • Award provides stipend and tuition support for three years.
  • Deadlines: late October/early November

Department of Defense (DoD) National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship (NDSEG)

  • Applicant must be a US citizen or national.
  • Applicant must have completed less than two years of graduate study in the discipline in which they are applying.
  • Award provides stipend, tuition, and travel support for three years.
  • Deadline: December

Department of Defense (DoD) Horizon Award

  • Applicant must be a US citizen or national.
  • Applicant must have completed less than two years of graduate study in the discipline in which they are applying.
  • Award provides stipend, tuition, and travel support for three years.
  • Research questions are limited to several cancers.
  • Deadline: September

Department of Energy (DoE) Computational Science Graduate Fellowship

  • Applicant must be a US citizen or national.
  • Eligible applicant must use math and computers to conduct doctoral research in specific research field such as chemical engineering and life sciences.
  • Award provides stipend, tuition, and academic allowance.
  • Recipient is required to conduct a 12-week research practicum at a DOE laboratory and attend yearly conferences.
  • Deadline: January

The Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowship

  • Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • Open to the students in the fields of physical and biological sciences, mathematics, engineering and computer science.
  • Applicant must be in the first year of graduate study.
  • Award provides stipend, full tuition, and fees for up to five years
  • Deadline: October

Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

  • Applicant must be a new Americans (defined as a naturalized citizen, green card holder or DACA recipient if born abroad; a child born in this country to non-American parents who were also born abroad, adopted from abroad by American parents, refugees and asylees).
  • Applicant should not have reached his/her 30st birthday as of the application deadline
  • Applicant should not be beyond the second year of graduate studies.
  • Award provides stipend and tuition support for two years
  • Deadline: November

Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship

  • Applicant must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or permanent resident.
  • Positive selection factors include membership in one or more underrepresented groups in the American professoriate.
  • Applicant must require a minimum of 3 years of study to complete his/her degree.
  • Award provides for three years of tuition support.
  • Deadline: December

Diversity Focussed Fellowships

Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (Admin Supp Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

  • Open to PIs with eligible NIH grants to support minority students
  • Provides stipend, tuition and institutional allowance money for eligible students
  • Deadlines: vary by awarding NIH institutes

National Research Service Awards (NRSA) for Individual Pre-Doctoral Fellowships (F31) Diversity

  • Applicant must be a US citizen or permanent resident.
  • Eligible applicant should have chosen a major sponsor.
  • Underrepresented backgrounds, such as underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, persons with disabilities and those from disadvantaged backgrounds, are encouraged to apply.
  • Award provides stipend, tuition and institutional allowance for up to five years.
  • Deadlines: December 8; April 8; August 8

National Institute on Aging (NIA) Aging Research Dissertation Awards to Increase Diversity (R36)

  • Applicant must be a US citizen or permanent resident. Individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups as well as individuals with disabilities are always encouraged to apply.
  • Applicant must have passed the ACE and the doctoral committee should have approved your dissertation proposal
  • Award provides full NRSA stipend and $20,000 for additional expenses for up to two years
  • Deadlines: March 16; July 16; November 16

Fellowships for All Students

Individual Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition award (F99/K00)

  • Applicant may be a citizen or a noncitizen national of the United States.
  • A limit on the number of applications submitted from a University may apply.
  • Applicant should be in his/her 3rd or 4th year.
  • Award provides up to 2 years of predoctoral support and up to 4 years of postdoctoral support.
  • Deadline: Varies between institute

American Heart Association (AHA) Predoctoral Fellowship

  • Applicant may be a US citizen or student visa holder.
  • Applicant must have a joined a thesis lab and passed ACE at the time of award activation.
  • Award provides up to 2 years support for tuition, health insurance, and materials.
  • Deadline: August

Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship

  • Applicant must be in his/her third year of PhD studies and nominated by the department chair’s office in their field of study.
  • Research must align to the research areas carried out by Microsoft Research.
  • Applicant must in his/her third year of study at the time of application
  • A maximum of three applicants per eligible department, per eligible university, will be accepted. A total of nine applications per university will be allowed
  • Award provides stipend, tuition, and conference travel support for up to 2 years.
  • Deadline: September

The International Foundation For Ethical Research (IFER) Graduate Fellowship Program

  • Applicant must be enrolled in a PhD program in the sciences (preferred), other disciplines may apply.
  • Proposals should have the potential to reduce, refine or replace the use of animals in research, testing, and/or education
  • The award provides stipend and supply support for up to 3 years.
  • Deadline: April

Fellowships for International Students

Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds PhD Fellowship

  • Applicant must be a European citizen working abroad or in Europe.
  • Proposal should be focused in the field of basic biomedical research.
  • At the deadline, the applicant should not have been working on his/her project for more than six months.
  • Award provides for stipend and travel support for up to 2 years.
  • Deadline: February 1, June 1, and October 1

American Association of University Women (AAUW) International Pre-Doctoral Fellowship

  • Open to international women students.
  • Award provides stipend support for one year.
  • Deadline: November

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)/ Doctoral Foreign Study Award (DFSA)

  • This opportunity is only open to Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents of Canada studying abroad.
  • You can apply in your 2nd year if you have completed 12 months or more in a Master's degree program prior to transferring to a PhD program; you can apply in your 2nd and 3rd year if you have completed less than 12 months in a Master's degree program prior to transferring to a PhD program, or you have transferred directly from a Bachelor's degree to a PhD program.
  • The award provides stipend and research allowance support for up to 3 years.
  • Deadline: October

Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships-Doctoral Program (CGS-D) and NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships-Doctoral Program (PGS-D)

To be considered eligible for support, as of the application deadline date, you must:

  • Applicant must be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada.
  • Applicant must be enrolled in full-time graduate studies and research at the doctoral level.
  • Proposal should be focused on the natural sciences or engineering.
  • Award provides stipend support for up to 3 years.
  • Deadline: October

Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) Margaret McWilliams Pre-Doctoral Fellowship

  • Open to Canadian women.
  • Applicant must have completed at least one year of doctoral study.
  • Provides stipend support.
  • Deadline: December

Resources for Other Fellowship and Funding Opportunities

Cornell University Graduate School Fellowship website
A database of fellowships maintained by the Cornell University Graduate School in Ithaca, NY.

Grants and Funding
A guide to funding opportunities in biomedical research and science education.

 

Last updated on March 2020

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