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Portable Fellowships

Portable fellowships, often referred to as external fellowships, are funded by institutions or agencies outside of a student's college or university.

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Funding Flexiblity

Portable fellowships often allow recipients the flexibility to choose their home institutions and programs of study. Funding is less likely to be dependent on affiliation with a particular college or university. 

Portable Fellowships Funded by Federal Agencies

Fellowship Application Deadline Eligibility Details
National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) November
  • Ph.D only
  • U.S. Citizen
  • 3 years
  • $32,000 stipend
Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program December
  • U.S. Citizen
  • >3.0 GPA
  • Required summer internship
  • Required employment with DoD
  • Full tuition and fees
  • $25,000-38,000 depending on degree
  • Paid summer internship
  • $1200 towards health insurance
National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowships December
  • Ph.D only
  • U.S. Citizens
3 years
The Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE CSGF) January
  • Ph.D only
  • U.S. Citizens
  • Senior undergraduate or 1st year graduate student
  • Up to 4 years
  • $36,000 stipend
  • Payment of full tuition and fees
  • $5,000 academic allowance 1st year, $1,000 each year after

Portable Fellowships Funded by Independent Organizations

Fellowship Application Deadline Eligibility Details
GEM's Fellowship Programs November
  • Underrepresented groups
  • M.S. and Ph.D
  • 4 semesters to 5 years
  • Full tuition and fees
  • Minimum $16,000 stipend
FORD Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowships November Ph.D only 3 years
FORD Foundation Dissertation Fellowships November U.S. Citizen
  • 1 year
  • $21,000
American Association of University Women (AAUW) Fellowships Various Women Multiple Opportunities
Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans

July to


Several Criteria
  • 2 years
  • Up to $90,000
Graduate Fellowships for STEM Diversity in the Physical Sciences November
  • U.S. Citizen
  • Senior,1st or 2nd Year Graduate Student
  • Be in Terminal Master's program
  • Returning from workforce
  • Up to 6 years
  • $20,000/yr
Microsoft Graduate Women's Fellowship Program October
  • Ph.D seeking women for first year of graduate study
  • 1 year
  • $15,000 stipend
  • $2,000 for conference travel