Graduate and Post-Doctoral Fellowship and Award Opportunities

This page lists some long-running fellowship and award opportunities available for graduate students in computer science and related fields. Many fellowships/awards require nominations by the advisor, director of graduate studies, and/or the department head. If you would like to be nominated, consult your advisor first. Based on his/her feedback, contact the Grad Program Director, who will work with you, your advisor, and the department head to help prepare a nomination. Please submit a current CV (in PDF format) and a nominating letter from your advisor that states your qualifications for the award at least four weeks before the deadline. For limited submission opportunities, the department will conduct an internal selection to identify the department's nominees.

National Academies Research Associateship Programs
The National Research Council of the National Academies sponsors a number of awards for graduate, postdoctoral and senior researchers at federal laboratories. These awards provide generous stipends (starting at $30,000 for graduate students, $42,000 - $80,000 per year for recent Ph.D. recipients and higher for additional experience), and the opportunity to do independent research in some of the best-equipped and staffed laboratories in the country. Research opportunities are open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and for some of the laboratories, foreign nationals. Applicants should begin a dialogue with prospective Advisers at the lab(s) as early as possible, before their anticipated application deadline. More information is available at There will be four review cycles annually.

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program
The National Science Foundation aims to ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in the United States and to reinforce its diversity by offering approximately 1,654 graduate fellowships in this competition pending availability of funds. The Graduate Research Fellowship provides three years of support for graduate study leading to research-based master’s or doctoral degrees and is intended for students who are in the early stages of their graduate study. The Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) invests in graduate education for a cadre of diverse individuals who demonstrate their potential to successfully complete graduate degree programs in disciplines relevant to the mission of the National Science Foundation. Deadlines are typically in October.

National Physical Science Consortium Graduate Fellowships in the Physical Sciences
If you aspire to a graduate degree and career in the physical sciences, biochemistry, computer science, and related fields of science and engineering, you may be a potential NPSC Fellow. The National Physical Science Consortium is a partnership between government agencies and laboratories, industry, and higher education.

Since inception in 1989, NPSC has awarded 503 graduate fellowships. Of those fellows, 82% have been minority.

American Society for Engineering Education SMART Scholarship
The Science, Mathematics, And Research for Transformation (SMART) scholarship-for-service Program fully funds undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wide range of technical areas, including all fields of engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Brain and Cognitive Sciences, and Mathematics. This is a highly-selective, prestigious, national program that fully supports their education, including full tuition and a very generous stipend while they are in school. Summer internships at Labs are required. In return for fully funding their education, students are required work as a civilian employee at a Service (Army, Navy, Air Force) or DoD Agency (NSA, DIA, DARPA, etc.) laboratory for a period equal to the time the program paid for their school. Students must be U.S. Citizens, able to obtain a DoD Security Clearance, and be willing to work in a defense laboratory upon graduation. There will be approximately 300 new awards this year. More information about this and other fellowships associated with ASEE is available at

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship (NDSEG)
The fellowship program is sponsored by the Army Research Office, Office of Naval Research, Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the DoD High Performance Computing Modernization Program This program is intended for U.S. citizens at or near the beginning of their graduate studies in science and/or engineering programs. The fellowships are for three year tenures. The stipends begin at $30,500 for first year fellows, $31,000 for second year fellows, and $31,500 for third year fellows. Full tuition and fees and a health insurance allowance are included as part of the program. The application cycle is from September to January. More information is available at

DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship
The Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE CSGF) program provides outstanding benefits and opportunutues to students pursuing a PhD in scientific or engineering disciplines with an emphasis in high-performance computing. More information is available at

DOE Office of Science Graduate Fellowship
The Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science (SC) has established the DOE Office of Science Graduate Fellowship(DOE SCGF) program to support outstanding students to pursue graduate training in basic research in areas of physics, biology, chemistry, mathematics, engineering, computational sciences, and environmental sciences relevant to the Office of Science and to encourage the development of the next generation scientific and technical talent in the U.S. The Fellowship award provides partial tuition support, an annual stipend for living expenses, and a research stipend for full-time graduate study and thesis/dissertation research at a U.S. academic institution for three years.

Virginia Space Grant Consortium Graduate STEM Research Fellowship Program
>Graduate STEM Research Fellowships are $5,000 renewable awards (up to three years) of add-on graduate support for students enrolled at a Virginia Space Grant university pursuing any field of graduate study (Masters or Doctoral level) with NASA or aerospace relevance. More information is available at

IBM Ph.D. Fellowship Program
The IBM Ph.D. Fellowship program is an intensely competitive program which honors exceptional Ph.D. students in many academic disciplines and areas of study, for example: computer science and engineering, electrical and mechanical engineering, physical sciences (including chemistry, material science, and physics), mathematical sciences (including optimization), business sciences (including financial services, communication, and learning/knowledge ), and service sciences, management, and engineering. Additionally, IBM pays special attention to an array of focus areas of interest to IBM and fundamental to innovation. For details go to

Preference will be given to students who have had an IBM internship, or have closely collaborated with technical or services people from IBM, or have co-authored papers, or have faculty research advisors who are close IBM collaborators. IBM requests that a maximum of two nominations per department be submitted, in addition to any renewal nominations.

Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship Program
Microsoft Research is on the lookout for exceptional students in computer science, electrical engineering, and mathematics, as well as interdisciplinary studies, to apply for the two-year PhD fellowship program. The Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship Program has supported 122 fellows since the program was established in 2008, many of whom have gone on to work within the Microsoft Research organization. Others have gone on to perform pioneering research elsewhere within the technology industry or accept faculty appointments at leading universities. For more information, see

L’Oréal USA Fellowships for Women in Science
The L’Oréal USA Fellowships for Women in Science program is a national awards program that annually recognizes and rewards five U.S.-based women researchers at the beginning of their scientific careers. Recipients each receive up to $60,000 that must be put towards their postdoctoral research. Launched in 2003 as the U.S. component of the L’Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science International Fellowship program, the U.S. Fellowships aim to raise awareness of the contribution of women to the sciences, and identify exceptional female researchers in the U.S. to serve as role models for younger generations. Candidates who would like to apply should visit

Department of DefenseSMART Scholarship Program
The Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program has been established by the Department of Defense (DoD) to support undergraduate and graduate students pursuing technical degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The program aims to increase the number of civilian scientists and engineers working at DoD laboratories. The SMART Scholarship Program is an opportunity for students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines to receive a full scholarship and be gainfully employed by the Department of Defense (DoD) upon degree completion. Applicants MUST be a US citizen, and MUST be pursuing a technical degree in one of their listed STEM disciplines. SMART will not fund any management or non-technical degrees. For more information, see