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. Xiaoai Chen via email or by calling her at 212-746-6585.

Disclaimer: The description and deadlines listed below may not be accurate all the time because this site is not automatically updated when funding agencies change their terms and conditions.  If you see discrepancy, always follow the instructions from the funding agencies and let Xiaoai Chen know.

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
  • 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
  • Research with disease-related goals, which are insufficiently focused on basic research questions, is not eligible
  • Students are evaluated on merit and on the broader impact of supporting the students' graduate studies
  • $46,000 per year for three years of support (stipend and tuition)
  • Deadline: ~November 1 every year (Life Sciences)

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

  • Applicant must be a US citizen or national
  • Applicant should have completed less than two full-time years of graduate study in the discipline in which they are applying.
  • Evaluation based on scholarship, leadership skills, honors and awards
  • Award will pay the fellow's full tuition and required fees, monthly stipend $3,200, and up to $1,500 a year in medical insurance, for up to 4 years
  • Deadline: ~ December 1 every year

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 $36,000 yearly stipend, full tuition and fees, and academic allowance ($5,000 in first year and $1,000 for each renewed year)
  • Recipient is required to conduct 12 week research practicum at a DOE laboratory and attend yearly conferences
  • Renewable for up to four years
  • Deadline: ~January 17 every year

The PhRMA Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship in Pharmacology/Toxicology and Informatics

  • Proposed research should be related to Pharmacology/Toxicology, Informatics or Pharmaceutics 
  • Applicant should have passed ACE
  • Only one application is allowed in Pharmacology/Toxicology per institution; only two applications are allowed in Informatics per institution.  Therefore, there will be internal competition if more than the allowed number of students intend to apply
  • $20,000/year for two years
  • Deadline: September 1

The Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowship

  • Open to the students in the fields of the applied physical, biological and engineering sciences
  • Applicants must be in the first year of graduate study
  • Applicants should be willing to morally commit to make your skills available to the United States in time of national emergency
  • Award provides stipend ($32,000) and full tuition and fees for five years
  • Deadline: ~ October 27

Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

  • Applicants must be New Americans (defined as a naturalized citizen, green card holder or DACA recipient if born abroad; a child of naturalized citizens if born in this country)
  • Applicants should not have reached their 31st birthday as of the application deadline
  • Applicants should not be beyond the second year of graduate studies in their current program
  • Award provides stipend and tuition support for two years
  • Deadline: November 1

Minority 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

Minority students should discuss with their PIs about this opportunity.

Fellowships for All Students

The NCI Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award (F99/K00)

  • Only one application per institute, so there will be internal selection
  • Open to 3rd or 4th year Ph.D. students, including F31 Fellowship applicants and current awardees
  • Open to international students
  • Up to 2 years of F99 and 4 years of K00
  • Deadline: ~February 21

Fellowship from the Stony Wold-Herbert Fund, Inc

  • The fellowship is awarded irrespective of the applicant's nationality
  • This program promotes the training of teachers, scientific investigators and clinicians in the field of lung disease
  • Up to $25,000 per year for up to two years
  • Deadline: October 15

American Heart Association (AHA) Predoctoral Fellowship

  • Proposed research has to be related to cardiovascular function and disease and stroke, or to related clinical, basic science, bioengineering or biotechnology and public health problems, including multidisciplinary efforts
  • Available to US citizens, as well as to F-1 student visa holders
  • Applicant must have a sponsor (mentor) when submitting application; also need to have passed ACE at the time of activation
  • Annual Award:  $23,844 and $1000 per year for health insurance
  • Award duration: one or two years
  • Deadline: July 11, 2018

Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship

  • Applicants must be nominated by their universities, and their nominations must be confirmed by the office of the chair of the eligible department. Direct applications from students are not accepted
  • Student must be enrolled in the Computer Science, Electrical Engineering or Mathematics department (if your department is within the scope of these areas, but is titled differently, you are eligible)
  • Students must be in their second or third year of an eligible PhD program 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
  • The fellowship recipient award will provide stipend ($28,000 per year) and cover 100% of the tuition and fees for two academic years
  • A conference and travel allowance is provided for recipients to attend professional conferences or seminars (US$4,000 for two years).
  • Deadline: ~ October 16

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

  • IFER Graduate Fellowships are open to students enrolled in Master’s and Ph.D. programs in the sciences, and human and veterinary medicine. Fellowships will also be considered for graduate students in other fields, such as education, psychology, humanities, journalism, and the law, for projects that show promise to increase public awareness or to promote changes in the legal system or public policy regarding the use of animals in research, testing, and education.
  • The fellowship will provide up to $12,500 per year in stipend support and up to $2,500 for supplies per year; The fellowship is renewable annually for up to three years.
  • Pre-Proposal application deadline: April 30
  • Full application deadline: August 15

Minority Fellowships

NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Pre-Doctoral Fellowships (F31) to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research

  • Open to minority citizens or permanent residents
  • Provides stipend, tuition and institutional allowance money
  • Up to five years of funding
  • Deadlines: December 8; April 8; August 8

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

  • Open to minority citizens or permanent residents
  • Applicants 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: February 16; June 16; October 16

Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship for Minorities

  • Citizens or nationals of U.S. from six minority groups identified as underrepresented in PhD and ScD programs (Alaskan Natives, Black/African Americans, Mexican Americans, Native Americans, Native Pacific Islanders, Puerto Ricans).
  • Awards made to individuals who demonstrate superior scholarship and show promise for future achievement as scholars, researchers and teachers in institutions of higher learning
  • Award for three years of support (stipend, tuition and conference fees)
  • Deadline: ~December 4

UNCF-Merck Graduate Science Research Dissertation Fellowships

  • A citizen or permanent resident of the US, African American (Black, Non-Hispanic)
  • Have passed ACE and within 1-3 years of completing dissertation research
  • Provides $53,500 over 2 years - $43,500 for stipend and other expenses, plus $10,000 to support the research needs for the fellow
  • Deadline: ~December 2

Fellowships for International Students

Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds PhD Fellowship

  • Open to European citizens
  • Applicants should not be older than 27 years on the respective deadline (February 1, June 1, October 1)
  • The PhD project must be experimental, in the field of basic biomedical research and aimed at elucidating basic biological phenomena of human life and acquiring new scientific knowledge
  • At the deadline, the applicant should not have been working on his/her project for more than six months
  • €24,000/year for 2 years
  • Deadline: February 1, June 1, October 1

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

  • Open to international women students
  • Award provides $20,000 stipend for one year
  • Deadline: December 1

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

  • This opportunity is only open to Canadian citizens or Permanent Resident of Canada
  • 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 CA $35,000 per year ($30,000 for stipend, $5,000 for research allowance) for students studying outside of Canada, up to 3 years.
  • Deadline: October 1
  • Note: You may submit only one application to either NSERC or to CIHR

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:

    • be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada;
    • hold a degree in science or engineering from a Canadian university whose standing is recognized by NSERC (if you have a degree in a field other than science or engineering, NSERC may accept your application at its discretion);
    • intend to pursue, in the following year, full-time graduate studies and research at the doctoral level;
    • have obtained a first-class average (a grade of "A-") in each of the last two completed years of study (full-time equivalent); and
    • have completed, as of the last day of the application year, between zero and 24 months of studies (full-time equivalent) in the doctoral program for which you are requesting funding; or if you were admitted into a doctoral program directly from your bachelor’s program (you were never registered in a master’s program), you must have completed, as of the last day of the application year, between four and 36 months of studies (full-time equivalent) in the doctoral program for which you are requesting funding.
    • The CGS-D award provides $35,000/year for two to three years; the PGS-D award provides $21,000/year for two to three years.
  • Deadline: October 15
  • Note: You may submit only one application to either NSERC or to CIHR 

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

  • Open to Canadian women
  • CA $11,000 for a year
  • Deadline: ~ December 8 (online application open ~ October 5)


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 4/12/2018

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