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Fellowship Information

The University of Maryland Graduate School (GS) is committed to the success of graduate students and invests university financial resources to provide students the time and support needed to complete their studies and research.  Graduate School fellowships support students by providing a stipend, and in some cases a tuition award, giving the student time to conduct research or write. Please consult the guidelines for each GS fellowship and award to see complete details and specific eligibility requirements, the nomination or application process, and deadlines.  Award Guidelines can be found on the Student Fellowships and Awards web page.

Programs and departments also offer funding packages, which are often graduate assistantships that provide a stipend and tuition remission in exchange for service. Please visit individual program websites or visit the Graduate School's Graduate Assistantships web page for more information.

The University of Maryland is committed to diversity. Programs are encouraged to offer support to a diverse range of students consistent with campus principles of equal opportunity with the expectation that the cohort of Graduate School fellows and awardees will reflect this commitment to diversity.

Searching for External Fellowships and Internships

University of Maryland students have been highly successful in competing for external fellowships (those awarded by outside agencies such as the NSF or the Social Science Research Council).  To assist students in identifying external fellowships and internship opportunities, the Graduate School maintains a searchable database. Students are encouraged to work with their Director of Graduate Studies and/or special committee chair to develop effective application materials.

Even if you have a funding guarantee from your department, there are compelling reasons to apply for a competitive external fellowship.

  • A competitive external fellowship is an honor that will stay with you throughout your career.
  • Distinguish your CV when you enter the job market.
  • Clarify your thinking about your research and expose you to valuable feedback.
  • Increase your flexibility in selecting advisors, choosing research projects, and conducting field work. 
  • Help faculty support more students by bringing your own funding to a field.

To learn more about the vast array of external opportunities that may be appropriate for you, talk with your Director of Graduate Studies and other students in your field.  Also you may use the list of resources below to assist you in finding external fellowship and internship opportunities. 

Graduate School Fellowship and Internship Opportunities Database
SPINPlus Search System
UMD National Scholarships Office
UMD Postdoctoral Scholars Website
Summer Research Opportunities for STEM

Agencies want the best possible proposals, so you are encouraged to ask appropriate, substantive questions during the application process. Speaking with the funding agency and faculty who have interacted with the organization will give you special insights.