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50 Best Scholarships for Ph.D. Students in 2020

“First, you get your bachelor’s degree, and you think you know everything.
Then, you get your master’s degree, and you realize you don’t know anything.
Then you get your doctorate, and you find out that nobody knows anything.”

While we can’t find information on who said these words, we can’t help but laugh! You, a student pursuing your doctoral degree, may even laugh at it because there’s a grain of truth to it. Your doctoral dissertation, after all, will likely be about creating new knowledge or building on old knowledge because “nobody knows anything,” in a manner of speaking. 

But why are you pursuing a doctoral degree when your master’s degree will suffice for most jobs? There are even people who believe that it’s a waste of time and money for many reasons. Some people push for it because of the numerous benefits that it brings.

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So which one’s a better perspective? A doctoral degree is about contributing to the existing body of knowledge through original research. It is considered an introduction to independent research in your chosen field with your doctoral dissertation as the first of many intellectual masterpieces.

Let’s first take a look at the unfavorable view because there’s also some merit to it. For one thing, there’s the cost of doctoral education that, in U.S. universities, can range from $28,000 to $40,000 per year in tuition and fees. In Ivy League universities, the cost can be higher – at Harvard University, for example, the full tuition needed for the first two years of study is $49,448 exclusive of health insurance, housing, books and supplies, and food expenses. 

Yes, indeed, it isn’t cheap to get a doctoral degree in the United States, not even in one of the lesser-known universities!

In addition, there’s a sense of dissatisfaction among doctoral students. You may feel, at one point, that you’re doing slave labor, no thanks to the 10-hour workdays, and low pay during your research.

Your employment prospects may also seem uncertain considering the competition due to the oversupply of Ph.D. holders. The number of Ph.D. holders exceeds the number of employment opportunities for them, too! Such a disconnection partly stems from the high degree of specialization required in getting a doctoral degree, not to mention that Ph.D. holders have high employment expectations.

Still, the number of doctoral degree holders in the U.S. has more than doubled within 2000 and 2018! In 2000, there were 2 million Ph.D. holders, and, by 2018, there were already 4.5 million. Why do people pursue doctoral degrees despite the myriad of challenges that come with it?

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Here’s why.

  • You have a clear edge in getting higher positions and, thus, higher pay. Studies have shown that a Ph.D. is a contributing factor toward earning over 20% more than people with master’s degrees.  The Chronicle of Higher Education revealed instructors of Legal Professions and Studies without a doctorate earned $64,785, while those with doctorate degrees earned $91,828 per year (2011). In a PayScale comparison, Ph.D. holders earned $98,300 per year, on average.
  • Your specialized knowledge and skills are highly marketable. You will likely enjoy a flexible career path, whether you choose a career in public service or the private sector. Your career will also be characterized by the highest lifetime earning potential and the lowest unemployment rate! Your Ph.D. training will also strengthen your critical thinking and complex problem-solving skills, which are highly sought after by employers. 
  • You will be a recognized knowledge creator, a rare skill sought after by society and employers, too. You have gained both the discipline and ability to search for, introduce, and defend new knowledge, even under the most stringent scrutiny. Your competencies will lead to a leadership position as you gain respect and prestige.

Are you still worried about the financial expenses of getting a Ph.D. in your field? We completely understand since $50,000-plus per year plus the difficulties of juggling work, studies, and family responsibilities will break a lesser person. But you can achieve your doctoral degree through scholarships and grants!

This isn’t a new concept either as millions of Ph.D. holders have also achieved such a lofty goal. Many of them have been scholars and fellows for most, if not all, of their studies – and it’s a path you can take, too, with plenty of planning and networking.

You have dozens, if not hundreds, of scholarship and fellowship opportunities in your field of study, not to mention the ones offered without restrictions as to the field of study. The trick here is in diligently looking for these opportunities, applying to as many as you are qualified for, and complying with the requirements.

You may have to apply every semester or academic year for a new scholarship or fellowship, but it’s worth the time and effort. You could be lucky and be one whose studies were financed through scholarships and grants from year one; although, luck has little to do with it because you spent time looking and qualifying for the scholarships you deserve!

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Here, we present you with 50 of the Best Scholarships and Fellowships for Doctoral Students in 2020 that we think are worthy of your consideration.

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The Microsoft Research Women’s Fellowship

Type of Scholarship: Annual
Amount: $42,000 for two academic years (2021-2022 and 2022-2023)
Deadline of Application: August 14, 2020 (5 p.m. PDT)  

The Microsoft Research Ph.D. Fellowship is among the most prestigious and generous of its kind, and also the most competitive as applicants must be nominated by their respective university. Applicants should also be enrolled at a recognized university in the U.S., Canada or Mexico, and should be in their third year of the Ph.D. program in 2020’s fall semester/quarter. Their proposed research has to be closely related to Microsoft Research’s general research areas. 

The $42,000 stipend can be used for all living expenses, including research equipment, board and lodging, and even childcare fees. Fellows will also be invited to the 2-day Microsoft Research Ph.D. Summit. The fellowship cannot be combined with other scholarships/fellowships, and Microsoft reserves the right to allow partnerships with government and non-government organizations.

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The Rotary Foundation Global Grant Scholarships

Type of Scholarship: Annual
Amount: $30,000 to 400,000 (For international coursework and/or research up to 4 years)
Deadline of Application: Rolling (Depending on the country)

The Rotary Foundation Global Grant Scholarships program is open to full-time Ph.D. students involved in peace and conflict prevention or resolution, disease prevention and treatment, and water and sanitation. Applications can be made via a local Rotary Club chapter, and the chapter must sponsor non-Rotarians applying for the scholarship. The chapter creates the applicants’ initial application, and the latter then complete the online scholar profile.

The amount can be used for various costs, including passport/visa, travel expenses, tuition, and other fees, vaccinations, school supplies, room and board, and household supplies.

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NEF – M. Elizabeth Carnegie African American Scholarship

Type of Scholarship: Annual (Full academic year, non-renewable)
Amount: $2,000 (The number of scholarships awarded and the actual amount depending on fund availability)
Deadline of Application: December 31, 2020

The M. Elizabeth Carnegie African American Scholarship gives preference to African-American registered nurses with demonstrated academic excellence. a GPA of at least 3.6  is required for consideration. Applicants should be enrolled either part-time or full-time in a nursing or nursing-related Ph.D. program, and membership in a professional nursing association. They should also either be a U.S. citizen or have already made an official declaration of becoming one.

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Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies Faculty Fellowship

Type of Scholarship: Annual
Amount: $4,200/month (Long-term fellowship for at least four months but no more than six months); $5,000/month (Short-term fellowship for a month only)
Deadline of Application: November 1, 2020 (Long-term fellowship); December 15, 2020 (Short-term fellowship)

The American Indian Studies Faculty Fellowship is intended for scholars in the early stages of their careers who are involved in American Indian studies, specifically research in the Newberry Consortium collections. Doctoral students are welcome to apply. The monthly stipend can be used for a wide range of education-related expenses, too.

Fellows receive the NCAIS research carrel and other fellowship privileges, as well as perform responsibilities related to their research. These include research presentation, seminar participation, and consultation with other NCAIS Graduate Student Fellows.

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AIA Fellowship for Study in the U.S.

Type of Scholarship: Annual
Amount: Varies
Deadline of Application: November 1, 2020

The Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) offers post-doctoral research fellowships for archaeologists working at Deutsches Archäologisches Institut (DAI) or its project collaborators. The fellowships are for either fall 2021 or spring 2022 in selected universities, including the University of Cincinnati, the Joukowsky Institute at Brown University, or the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).

Fellows are provided with financial support for travel expenses, a stipend for living expenses, and residency at a university housing or rental housing, as well as library privileges. The residency lasts for 2-3 months only, and during which time, the Fellows are expected to give a minimum of one lecture at their respective host university. 

Applications should include a duly filled-up online application form, a curriculum vitae, and two references, among others.

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NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Type of Scholarship: Annual
Amount: $50,000 (This represents the total dollars awarded every year. The actual amount given to fellows vary depending on their program)
Deadline of Application: November 1, 2020

The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship applies to doctoral students pursuing NSF-supported STEM disciplines in accredited universities. If you wish to apply, follow the recommended application templates and formats to be considered. The application should include an essay, a recommendation letter, a personal statement, an official transcript, and a completely filled-up application form.

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The Abel Wolman Fellowship

Type of Scholarship: Annual (Renewable)
Amount: $30,000 for one year (If necessary, a fellow can apply and be approved for the second year of financial support)
Deadline of Application: Accepts application from August 24, 2020, to December 21, 2020

Students who are pursuing advanced training and research, including doctoral studies in water supply and treatment and its related fields, can apply for the Abel Wolfman Fellowship. The doctoral fellowship provides financial support for up to two years to an outstanding student. Applications can be sent to the American Water Works Association (AWWA), and more information can be seen on its site.

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AWWA Larson Aquatic Research Support Scholarships

Type of Scholarship: Annual
Amount: $7,000/student
Deadline of Application: Accepts application from August 24, 2020, to December 21, 2020

Made in honor of Dr. Larson, the Larson Aquatic Research Support (LARS) scholarship is available for outstanding doctoral students engaged in the fields of science and engineering. The selection committee chooses one doctoral student every year for the scholarship, with an emphasis on excellent academics and leadership potential.

Applications must include a resume, official transcripts, three recommendation letters, and GRE scores as well as a course of study. Be sure to submit your research plans, too, with your application.

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Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture Community Service Scholarship

Type of Scholarship: Annual
Amount: Varies
Deadline of Application: November 16, 2020, 5 p.m. ET

The MFJC Community Service Scholarship is available to doctoral students planning on careers related to the study of Jewish culture. These include the arts and art history, Bible and Semitics, language and literature, and history as well as the Holocaust, among others. The scholarship money can also be used in funding education related to careers in Jewish education, social work, or rabbinate, particularly at a recognized teacher training seminary, yeshiva, or university. 

But the MFJC doesn’t allow the use of the money for gap years, conferences, and study tours. Interested individuals should complete the online intake form, which will allow the foundation to determine their eligibility.

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YIVO – Joseph Kremen Memorial Fellowship

Type of Scholarship: Annual
Amount: $7,000
Deadline of Application: December 31, 2020

The Joseph Kremen Memorial Fellowship is available for post-graduate researchers studying Eastern European Jewish arts, theater, and music. Keep in mind that only one exemplary scholar will be chosen annually, so it’s highly competitive. The chosen fellow can spend the stipend on expenses related to his/her research in YIVO’s archives and library collections.

Every fellow is also required to deliver a public lecture regarding his/her research. The research period should be between 2 and 3 months only. Interested applicants should submit a written summary of their respective research on acceptable topics.

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YIVO- Dora and Meyer Tendler Fellowship

Type of Scholarship: Annual
Amount: $3,000
Deadline of Application: December 31, 2020

Yet another sought after YIVO scholarship is the Dora and Mayer Tendler Endowed Fellowship, a scholarship program for individuals in doctoral and post-doctoral research. Only one exemplary fellow is chosen every year.

The research should focus on American Jewish history with the selection committee giving preferential consideration to research proposals related to the Jewish labor movement. As with all YIVO fellowships, the selected fellow should conduct 2-3 months of research in YIVO’s archives and library, as well as make a public lecture.

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Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching

Type of Scholarship: Annual
Amount: Varies depending on location
Deadline of Application: November 4, 2020

The Institute of International Education is the establishment behind the Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching, a program wherein teachers with a master’s degree can pursue post-graduate studies in an accredited university. The scholarship amount covers the full tuition costs of advanced education as well as travel costs related to it.

Applicants are picked based on their academic record, classroom experience (i.e., minimum of five years), and leadership potential.

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MNRS/American Nurses Foundation (ANF) Research Grant

Type of Scholarship: Annual
Amount: $5,000|
Deadline of Application: September 2020 (For 2021 Grants)

The Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS)/American Nurses Foundation (ANF) Research Grant is exclusively for registered nurses who are also members of MNRS. The selection committee gives preferential treatment to applicants who have the highest potential for contributing to the progress of nursing via research and patient care enhancement. Both beginner and experienced researchers are encouraged to apply.

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NCTM Mathematics Study Grant

Type of Scholarship: Annual
Amount: $6,000
Deadline of Application: November 6, 2020

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics administers the Mathematics Study Grant for middle school teachers pursuing their doctoral studies. The applicants should ideally be pursuing advanced studies to improve their teaching methods.

Applicants should be active NCTM members, have a 2.5 cumulative GPA at least, be enrolled in an accredited university in the U.S., and have at least three years of teaching experience. Aside from the application letter, applicants should also include a principal’s letter of support. It is a competitive grant given to one person every year only.

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MNRS Seed Grant

Type of Scholarship: Annual
Amount: Up to $10,000 (Only one recipient, either individual or group, will be given the grant)
Deadline of Application: Submissions will be accepted between September 6 and November 18, 2020

The purpose of the Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS) Seed Grant is to provide financial support to researchers based in the Midwest for their quantitative and qualitative research. The research should primarily promote nursing science and practice, as well as other relevant subjects.

Only current active MNRS members are eligible for the grant regardless of their prior funding history from MNRS and their time from the dissertation. In the case of two or more researchers listed on the proposal, the first researcher named on the proposal will be considered as the point of contact and research leader.

Emphasis must be made that Ph.D. students can only apply for the grant for their dissertation.

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AERA Minority Dissertation Fellowship

Type of Scholarship: Annual (Non-renewable)
Amount: $20,000
Deadline of Application: November 1, 2020

The American Educational Research Association Dissertation Fellowship is open for doctoral students belonging to the minorities. These include African Americans, American Indians, Alaskan Natives, Hispanics, Asians, and Pacific Islanders. Both U.S. citizens and permanent residents in the U.S. can apply for as long as they are in a doctoral program in an accredited university.

Since this is a write-up fellowship, applicants should be working full-time on their course requirements and be writing their dissertations. There are four components to the award: a $19,000 stipend, a $1,000 travel support; a presentation of research at the 2021 AERA Annual Meeting; and attendance at the AERA Minority Fellows Mentoring and Career Development Workshop.

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Carmelita K. Williams Graduate Scholarship

Type of Scholarship: Annual
Amount: $2,500
Deadline of Application: December 15, 2020

The Virginia State Reading Association (VSRA) offers the Carmelita K. Williams Graduate Scholarship to doctoral students involved in reading education studies. Eligibility requirements include VSRA membership for at least one year, teacher’s state license, and currently working in a K-12 position with emphasis on reading. Applicants should also be looking for additional reading endorsements and demonstrate professionalism and enrolled in an accredited university or college in Virginia.

A completed application form, curriculum vitae, a letter of intent, official transcripts, a letter of acceptance, and letters of recommendation are required.

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National Gem Consortium Ph.D. Science Scholarship

Type of Scholarship: Annual
Amount: $16,000 living stipend plus a paid summer internship
Deadline of Application: November 13, 2020

The National Gem Consortium’s Ph.D. Science Scholarship is exclusive for students belonging to the minority in their first year of doctoral studies. Applicants should be pursuing a natural science discipline, such as earth science, chemistry, biology, mathematics, physics, and computer science. The scholarship applies to an accredited GEM member university.

Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship or legal residency, as well as be able to maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA and get promising GRE scores.

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NAEd Spencer Dissertation Fellowships

Type of Scholarship: Annual
Amount: $27,500/fellow (Up to 35 fellowships are awarded every year)
Deadline of Application: October 8, 2020, 5 p.m. ET

The National Academy of Education (NAEd) awards its Spencer Dissertation Fellowships to exemplary doctoral students pursuing studies in the history, theory and analysis, and practice of formal education. The amount should be used in the completion of each fellow’s dissertation and should be spent within two years and under the proposed work plan.

Eligible candidates must have completed all pre-dissertation requirements and be enrolled in a graduate school in the U.S. Applicants are required to submit their respective research proposal and two reference letters, as well as demonstrate an interest in education research.

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National Gem Consortium Ph.D. Engineering Fellowship

Type of Scholarship: Annual
Amount: $16,000 living stipend for the first academic year plus a paid summer internship
Deadline of Application: November 13, 2020

The National GEM Consortium in Engineering Fellowship is open to Ph.D. students belonging to the minority, and who have been accepted into a doctoral program straight from a bachelor’s degree program or who have earned a master’s in Engineering. Fellows can be enrolled in any of the participating GEM member universities. 

The above-mentioned stipend applies to the first academic year of fellowship for a Ph.D. Engineering/Science Fellow. After that, the fellow will enjoy continued living stipend up to the fifth year of Ph.D. studies through a combination of alternative funding sources. The fellow will also have his tuition and fees paid for by the GEM university member.

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CIA Graduate Program Scholarship

Type of Scholarship: Annual
Amount: $25,000
Deadline of Application: September 15, 2020

The CIA Graduate Scholarship Program is a needs-based program accepting applications from full-time post-graduate students in accredited U.S. universities and colleges. The scholars must at the CIA during their academic break and work full-time after graduation. Take note, however, that the CIA doesn’t guarantee full-time employment.

Eligibility requirements also include U.S. citizenship, a minimum of 9 credits per semester, and a minimum of 3.0 GPA, as well as a demonstration of financial need. Applicants should be at least 18 months away from their degree conferral.

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AICPA Foundation – William (Bill) Ezzell Scholarship

Type of Scholarship: Annual (One-time award only)
Amount: $10,000 to five accounting doctoral candidates
Deadline of Application: March 1 every year usually

The William Ezzell Scholarship is available for Certified Public Accountants (CPA) pursuing their doctoral degrees. Applicants should be either a U.S. citizen or a green card holder, have at least three years of professional accounting experience, and earned an undergraduate or graduate degree in accounting. Other requirements include a 650 or higher GMAT score (no more than five years old), in good standing in a doctoral program, or have plans of teaching or researching at an AACSB accredited university.

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AICPA Fellowship for Minority Doctoral Students

Type of Scholarship: Annual
Amount: $12,000 (Amount is given directly to the fellow at the start of every semester)  
Deadline of Application: Usually March every year with a closing date in May of the same year

The AICPA Fellowship for Minority Doctoral Students is looking to award full-time doctoral students who belong to the minority and who demonstrate outstanding potential in becoming an accounting educator. The selection committee gives considerable weight to CPAs or individuals who are planning to take the licensure exam.

Other eligibility requirements include acceptance or enrollment to an accredited doctoral program, either a three-year full-time accounting experience or a master’s degree in the field, and an agreement to work-related conditions. Applicants should also be either U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

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Elon University Fellowships for Teacher-Scholars

Type of Scholarship: Annual (With the possibility of renewal for the second year)
Amount: $34,000 annual stipend along with an office, library privileges, and professional development support
Deadline of Application: Rolling

The Elon University Fellowships for Teachers-Scholars are open for pre- and post-doctoral students who are in their dissertation writing stage or who have recently earned their MFA or Ph.D. degrees. American citizens and permanent residents may apply, although there are no other requirements as to background.

Fellows can be enrolled in Elon College’s College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Communications, School of Education, and Martha and Spencer Love School of Business. Elon University School of Law students are not eligible for the fellowship.

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Michael J. Barrett Doctoral Dissertation Grant

Type of Scholarship: Annual
Amount: $10,000 (Up to two awards are granted every year)
Deadline of Application: October 15, 2020 (Winners are announced by December 15, 2020)

The Michael J. Barrett Doctoral Dissertation Grant is offered exclusively for doctoral candidates in accounting, auditing, and business programs in accredited colleges and universities. Only complete applications will be accepted with the required submissions, including the dissertation proposal, detailed cover letter, and two letters of recommendation from relevant professors.

Applicants should also demonstrate an intention to teach auditing for a minimum of two years, attending a relevant doctorate program, have either completed or within a year of completion of pre-dissertation requirements, and be in the dissertation writing stage.

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UNCF Intel Corporation

Type of Scholarship: Annual
Amount: $5,000
Deadline of Application: August 31, 2020, 11:59 p.m. EST

The UNCF and Intel Corporation scholarship program is intended to aid STEM students by providing them with direct financial support. Other forms of support include the expansion of professional networks, exposure to job opportunities, and access to mentors who will provide technical and non-technical support for dissertation-related needs. 

Eligible applicants are U.S. citizens with African American heritage; be full-time doctoral students attending the appropriate program in the fall of 2020; with a focus on computer engineering, computer science, or electrical engineering; and able to maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.20 or higher. Applicants should submit complete materials including a letter of recommendation, an essay under the rules, and most recent resume and transcript.

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CVS Pharmacy, Inc: Pharmacy Scholarship

Type of Scholarship: Annual
Amount: $5,000 (Several scholarships will be awarded for the year)
Deadline of Application: August 31, 2020, 11:59 p.m. EST

The UNCF also partnered with CVS Pharmacy in providing doctoral students specializing in pharmacy studies with financial assistance. Eligibility requirements include current enrolment in an AACP-accredited pharmacy-related program in the fall 2020 semester; demonstration of financial need as validated by the university or college; and a minimum 3.0 GPA. Applicants should submit an updated resume, letter of recommendation, essay, and unofficial or official transcript, as the case may be, for their submissions to be considered.

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Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) Doctoral Award

Type of Scholarship: Annual
Amount: $20,000 annual stipend and a maximum of five years of full tuition and fees coverage (Except when the university/college disallows fee waivers)
Deadline of Application: Varies, so check the website

The SREB Doctoral Award is a package consisting of two components. First, the scholar will get three years of direct support. Second, he/she will also get two years of institutional support from his/her college/university – a $20,000 annual stipend. During these five years, he/she will also enjoy full coverage of tuition and fees, with some exceptions as needed.

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Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) Dissertation Award

Type of Scholarship: Annual
Amount: $20,000 annual stipend, maximum of five years of full tuition and fees coverage (Except when the university/college disallows fee waivers) and $500 research allowance
Deadline of Application: Varies, so check the website

The SERB Dissertation Award is a short-term program (only one year), but it’s among the most generous programs we’ve come across. The scholar will be provided with direct financial support, as mentioned above, as well as professional development support and an invitation to the Compact for Faculty Diversity Institute on Teaching and Mentoring.

Eligible applicants should have completed all their required coursework and exams, as well as either will defend or have successfully defended their respective dissertation prospectus before the start of the academic year. Enrollment in a participating college/university in a participating state is a must.

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(ISC)² Graduate Cybersecurity Scholarship

Type of Scholarship: Annual (Renewable but applicant must go through the process again)
Amount: $1,000 – $5,000 (Up to 20 awards will be given for this cycle)
Deadline of Application: Opens on November 16, 2020, and ends on March 8, 2021

The (ISC)² Graduate Scholarship program is offered to individuals planning to pursue or pursuing doctoral degrees in cybersecurity or information assurance. Eligibility requirements include a minimum of 3.5 GPA or equivalent, may be enrolled in face-to-face or online classes, maybe a part-time or full-time student, and maybe attending a school in the U.S. or abroad. Non-U.S. citizens may also apply. 

Submissions should include either the most recent or current unofficial transcripts, a letter of recommendation, an updated curriculum vitae, and an essay. Take note that funds will only be disbursed upon proof of enrollment and receipt of official transcripts.

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Alan Lucas Educational Scholarships

Type of Scholarship: Annual (Renewable)
Amount: $1,500
Deadline of Application: April 1 each year  

Doctoral students seeking approval for the Alan Lucas Educational Scholarships must submit a statement of purpose detailing the specific project work, a description of the work in progress; transcripts from the school; and at least three letters of recommendation. Scholars are required to report their accomplishments to the distribution committee after the completion of the academic year. 

Take note that applicants should be planning to enroll or enrolled in an accredited institution in Northern California, including Fresno and San Luis Obispo only. Their study areas should be in electrical engineering, architecture, lighting application, and design, interior design, and theatre.

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ASA Minority Fellowship Program

Type of Scholarship: Annual
Amount: $18,000 stipend for a full academic year (August 1 – July 31)
Deadline of Application: January 31, 2021

The American Sociological Association (ASA) established its Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) to provide financial support for sociologists of color, particularly in the pursuit of advanced studies or specialization. Candidates can be U.S. citizens or permanent residents or eligible under DACA rules, and they should either be attending or have completed a full academic year in a sociology doctorate program.

Aside from the annual stipend, ASA also makes arrangements for tuition payments to the concerned departments or universities. Funds for travel to the ASA annual meetings are also available, albeit limited.

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Chickasaw Nation Higher Education Grant

Type of Scholarship: Annual
Amount: Varies
Deadline of Application: September 15, 2020

Eligible candidates are doctoral students whose cumulative GPA is 2.0 or higher every semester. Take note the grant itself has several components, including a general scholarship, a fee assistance grant, and a textbook grant. Each component has specific terms and conditions, such as the number of credit hours attended per semester.

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FTE Fellowships for Doctoral Students of African Descent

Type of Scholarship: Annual
Amount: Varies based on financial need
Deadline of Application: February 01, 2021

These FTE Fellowships are offered to doctoral students of African descent. They have complied with the required coursework for their Ph.D. in theological studies, religion, or biblical studies at the start of the fellowship year (September 1, 2020). Applicants should be enrolled full-time in their respective programs and should be at their writing dissertation stage.  

Eligible applicants are those who are either residents of the U.S. or Canada or a permanent resident. Pre-dissertation doctoral students can also apply provided they have yet to reach candidacy level but have already finished their coursework. Applicants should be studying in an accredited institution either in the U.S. or Canada.

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The Phi Kappa Tau Foundation Scholarship

Type of Scholarship: Annual
Amount: $4,500 (Up to 10 scholarships will be awarded)  
Deadline of Application: March 1, 2021, 11:59 p.m. ET

The Phi Kappa Tau Foundation Scholarship is a competitive grant wherein recipients are selected based on their excellent academic record, service to their campus, community and fraternity, and commitment to the values of the fraternity.  Application forms should include a letter of recommendation, an updated resume with details on volunteer and campus activities, and an essay describing the impact of the scholarship on your development as a Man of Distinction.

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Point Foundation Scholarships

Type of Scholarship: Annual
Amount: $13,600
Deadline of Application: January 28, 2021

The Point Foundation Scholarships is unique in the sense that recipients must demonstrate their ability and passion toward the advancement of the LGBTQ community. As such, applicants should identify as a member of the community or has been “out.” Other important eligibility requirements are full-time enrolment in an accredited institution in the U.S. in the fall of 2020, strong academic record, proven leadership capacity and community involvement, and financial need.

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YIVO – Fellowship in East European Jewish Studies

Type of Scholarship: Annual
Amount: $20,000 stipend
Deadline of Application: Not stated (Write to [email protected] for information)  

The combined Professor Bernard Choseed Memorial Fellowship and the Natalie and Mendel Racolin Memorial Fellowship come with many benefits. Aside from the financial stipend, its recipient has three months of free access to the YIVO Library and Archives for his/her research. He/she, on the other hand, will be required to deliver at least two public lectures on Jewish studies. 

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YIVO – Fellowship in Baltic Jewish Studies

Type of Scholarship: Annual
Amount: $6,000 stipend
Deadline of Application: Not stated (Write to [email protected] for information) 

This is a combination of scholarships with a $6,000 combined stipend. The scholarship supports original doctoral research in Baltic Jewish studies for 2-3 months. The research should be conducted at the YIVO Library, and Archive and the recipient are required to give a public lecture.

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YIVO – Fellowship in Polish Jewish Studies

Type of Scholarship: Annual
Amount: $8,000 stipend
Deadline of Application: Not stated (Write to [email protected] for information)   

The Fellowship in Polish Jewish Studies is also a combined scholarship with a cumulative $8,000 stipend for 2-3 months. The recipient should spend the scholarship duration on research at the YIVO Library and Archives, and the dissertation should touch on Polish-Jewish history, relations, and cultural exchanges. He/she will also be required to give a public lecture on the topic.

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YIVO – Fellowship in East European Jewish Literature

Type of Scholarship: Annual
Amount: $5,000 stipend
Deadline of Application: Not stated (Write to [email protected] for information)    

The Fellowship in East European Jewish Literature is also a combined scholarship with a specific focus on Eastern European Jewish literature. The recipient can focus his/her research on the Jewish diaspora regardless of location. As with the other YIVO scholarships, it comes with a stipulation for 2-3 months of research at YIVO’s library and archives, as well as a public lecture.

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YIVO – The Dina Abramowicz Emerging Scholar Fellowship

Type of Scholarship: Annual
Amount: $5,000 stipend
Deadline of Application: Not stated (Write to [email protected] for information)   

This is a fellowship for post-doctoral research on Eastern European Jewish studies. The research should result in a notable scholarly publication on the topic, although the fellowship can also be applied to doctoral dissertation revision. The fellowship, which has the same 2- to 3-month research at the YIVO library and a public lecture, can be awarded as is or combined with other YIVO fellowships.

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YIVO – The Workmen’s Circle

Type of Scholarship: Annual
Amount: $10,000 stipend
Deadline of Application: Not stated (Write to [email protected] for information)   

The Workmen’s Circle/ Dr. Emanuel Patt Visiting Professorship in Eastern European Jewish Studies may also be combined with other fellowships, or it can be awarded separately. It’s also designed to provide financial support for up to three months of post-doctoral research by the visiting faculty member/recipient who, in turn, is required to give a public lecture.

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YIVO – Rose and Isidore Drench Memorial Fellowships

Type of Scholarship: Annual
Amount: $2,500
Deadline of Application: Usually January 1 of each year

The Rose and Isidore Drench Memorial Fellowship recipient will be chosen based on his exemplary research into American Jewish history. He/she should conduct part of his/her research at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research Library and Archives, and the fellowship lasts for 1-3 months and comes with a public lecture in return for the stipend. 

Emphasis must be made that each of these YIVO scholarship/fellowship has its eligibility requirements. In general, nonetheless, eligibility requirements include enrollment as a post-graduate student at a recognized university and either full-time or part-time student except in cases when full-time work on writing the dissertation is a requirement. Applicants must submit a cover letter emphasizing his/her choice of fellowship, a curriculum vitae, two letters of reference, and a research proposal.

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American Antiquarian Society-American Society for 18th Century Studies Fellowship

Type of Scholarship: Annual
Amount: Varies based on financial need
Deadline of Application: January 15 every year

This is a scholarship co-sponsored by the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies and the American Antiquarian Society to enable a doctoral student or a post-doctoral professional to focus on the 18th-century America-related topics.

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Beinecke Scholarship Program

Type of Scholarship: Annual
Amount: $34,000 to support five years of post-graduate studies (Up to 20 awards can be given every year although the number can vary)
Deadline of Application: February 12th of every year

The Beinecke Scholarship program is awarded by Sperry and Hutchinson Company, Inc. and available for college juniors planning to pursue a doctoral degree in the humanities, arts, or social sciences. Eligibility requirements include a GPA of 3.5 or higher, and applications must include a nomination, a personal statement, certification of eligibility form, an updated resume, a financial data sheet, an official transcript, and three recommendation letters.

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The Environmental Education Scholarship Program

Type of Scholarship: Annual
Amount: $2,000
Deadline of Application: December 31, 2020

Legacy, Inc. Partners in Environmental Education administers the Environmental Education Scholarship Program. It’s available for residents of Alabama only, and who is enrolled in a university in the state and planning to pursue or pursuing an environment-related career.

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The Renshaw Fellowship

Type of Scholarship: Annual
Amount: $12,000
Deadline of Application: Usually January 16th every year but it can also vary  

The Intercollegiate Studies Institute awards the Renshaw Fellowship to incoming and current doctoral students in education. Preferred applicants are those planning to become curriculum developers, superintendents, and influential scholars in education. Eligibility requirements include membership in the Intercollegiate Studies Institute and U.S. citizenship.

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IMA Doctoral Scholars Program

Type of Scholarship: Annual
Amount: $10,000
Deadline of Application: Rolling

The IMA Research Foundation runs the IMA Doctoral Scholars Program, which aims to support management accounting educators and researchers in their advanced studies. The recipients are expected to work toward the betterment of management accounting education, practice, and research in the global environment. The program will provide them with support at various stages of their advanced education.

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Mariam K. Chamberlain Dissertation Award

Type of Scholarship: Annual
Amount: $8,500
Deadline of Application: Varies from year to year

Every year, the ICRW accepts applications for its Mariam K. Chamberlain Dissertation Award and awards it to a first-generation college graduate working on his/her dissertation. The recipient should be pursuing his/her doctoral studies at an accredited university in the U.S. Applications must include all elements including transcripts and letters of recommendation, among others, and incomplete applications will not be considered.

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The McKnight Doctoral Fellowship

Type of Scholarship: Annual
Amount: $5,000 for tuition and $12,000 annual stipend for three academic years (The participating institution will provide extra two years of support) (Up to 50 fellowships are awarded every year)
Deadline of Application: January 15 every year

The McKnight Doctoral Fellowship program is available to under-represented African-American and Hispanic faculty members in universities and colleges in the State of Florida. The recipients receive not only financial support but also enjoy comprehensive professional development counseling and support. 

Take note that the scholarship is on an annual renewal basis. As such, its renewal will depend on the recipient’s satisfactory performance and compliance with the terms of the fellowship.

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