External Graduate Fellowships

External Graduate Fellowships & Scholarships

Deadline Date

 (tentative dates based on previous year’s deadline)  

Program Name and Website Link

Award InformationEligibility  Notes
January 2018 (tentative)American Association of University Women Honolulu Branch (Scholarship)Starting from $1000, but variable. Average award is approximately $2500 per student.Open to women pursuing college degrees (undergraduate, graduate and doctoral). Must be a resident of Hawaii, have financial need, with a GPA minimum of 3.0.Apply through the Hawaii Community Foundation: https://www.hawaiicommunityfoundation.org/students
January 2018 (tentative) Harriet Evelyn Wallace ScholarshipAwarded $5,000 for one year.  Can renew for a second year.Open to women pursuing an advanced degree in geosciences. Must be a US citizen or permanent resident. Must be a member of at least one of AGI’s member societies. Must have an undergraduate GPA of 3.25 or higher and a graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher. 
April 2018 (tentative)Harold T. Stearns Fellowship $1500 or possibly more if need is justified. Research must be related to specific research interest areas (see details on website).Requires letter of support from an advisor or faculty member and completion of the Stearns-Coulbourn Fellowships Common Application Form.
Early 2018 (tentative)Nā Ho‘okama a Pauahi ScholarshipFunding duration variable depending on student status. Undisclosed amount. Undergraduate or graduate program. Hawai‘i resident, minimum GPA of 3.0. Must be anticipating Bachelor’s degree by the following Spring. Full time-student, with financial need who is a classified degree-seeking student. 
January 2018 (tentative)ʻImi Naʻauao ScholarshipFunding for up to two years. Undisclosed amount.Funding for graduate studies. Hawai‘i resident, minimum GPA of 3.0. Must have or be anticipating Bachelor’s degree by the following Spring. Full time-student, who is a classified degree-seeking student. For application questions, please contact HCF by phone at 566-5570 or by e-mail at scholarships@hcf-hawaii.org.
January 2018 (tentative) Hau’oli Mau Loa Graduate AssistantshipTwo-year stipend, with 2nd year contingent on satisfactory performance in 1st year.  Includes Graduate Assistantship stipend ($28,026/year plus fringe benefits), a full tuition remission, and $5,000 in professional development funds (books, fees, travel to local and national conferences, supplies, etc.).Must have graduated from a Hawaiʻi high school.  Must be pursuing an M.S. degree in Marine Biology, Oceanography, or Geology & Geophysics, and be committed to pursuing and attaining a long-term career in natural resource management in Hawaiʻi. Track record of supporting Hawai‘i’s environment.  GPA of at least 3.0.  
January 2018 (tentative) Graduate Women in Science National Fellowship ProgramMaximum of $10,000 per award for research-related expendable supplies, small equipment, publication fees, or travel. Amount awarded varies from year to year (in 2016, $48,000 was awarded to roughly 10 recipients). Open to women GWIS members (free) and non-members ($50 application fee).Fellowship funds may be used for such things as: expendable supplies, small equipment to be used by the recipient (not for general use), publication of research findings, travel and subsistence while performing field studies, and travel to another laboratory for collaborative research.
November 2017 (tentative)Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service (sponsored by the Department of Defense) Full tuition and educational-related fees covered. Additional stipend between $25,000 to $38,000 per year. Health insurance (up to $1200 per year), and $1000 per year for additional educational-related supplies. Also: summer internships, mentoring, and employment placement after graduation. Must be a citizen of the U.S. or a commonwealth country, be 18 years or older, be a student in good standing at a U.S. college or university (minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0), be pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in a relevant major (see webpage for list), be able to participate in summer internships at DoD laboratories and be willing to accept post-graduate employment with the DoD.  
March 2018 (tentative)UH Sea Grant Marine Fellowship (4 different opportunities) Includes (1) NOAA Sea Grant 2017 Aquaculture Initiative, (2) Peter J. Rappa Sustainable Coastal Development Fellowship, (3) Knauss Fellowship, (4) Population and Ecosystem Dynamics Fellowship, (5) Marine Resource Economics Fellowship, and (6) Coastal Management Fellowship Varies ~$46,000- $56,500/year (some fellowships for multiple years). Short description of proposal due in March. Final proposals due in April. Must be a US Citizen. Must be enrolled as a PhD student at a US university, pursuing research/career in marine resources.Interested students with questions for 1 should contact Dr. Darren Okimoto (okimotod@hawaii.edu), or for 2 through 6 should discuss this fellowship with Maya Walton at 808-956-6992 or waltonm@hawaii.edu.
February 2018 (tentative) UH Student ScholarshipsWebsite lists various scholarships. Login to see the scholarships for which you may be eligible.Must be a UH student. 
March 2018 (tentative) Kua’ana Tuition WaiverTuition waiver for undergraduate and classified graduate students at the University of Hawa‘i at Mānoa.Must be of Hawaiian ancestry and enrolled on the UH Mānoa campus. Must be a full-time undergraduate student with a GPA of at least 2.5 or a full-time graduate student with a GPA of at least 3.0.Must complete a FAFSA application.
October 2018 (tentative; varies by discipline) NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)Each Fellowship consists of three years of support. Currently, NSF provides a stipend of $34,000/year paid to student and a $12,000/year cost-of-education allowance to the graduate degree-granting institution. Fellowship also provides opportunities for international research and professional development.Must be a US citizen, US national or US permanent resident. Open to undergraduate seniors, post-baccalaureates, and 1st or 2nd year graduate students. Must be US citizen or permanent resident. Graduate students limited to one application to the GRFP.This application is long (e.g, requires personal & research statements), so plan to start months in advance.

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 December 14, 2017


Ford Foundation Fellowship ProgramTwo types of programs: (1) Three-year stipend ($24,000/year) for PhD research; or (2) One-year stipend ($25,000) for final year of writing PhD dissertation. Both programs will pay expenses to attend a Ford Fellow conference.Must be a US citizen, US national, US permanent resident or have been granted deferred action status under DACA. Must have evidence of superior academic achievements and career interests in teaching or research.This application is also long, so start early! For three-year stipend, must take first full year immediately.  Can defer last two years (but all years must be used within five years of award date).  For one-year stipend, tenure of dissertation fellowship can be no less than nine months and no more than 12 months.
Deadline for 2018 application will be announced in late October 2017Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship ProgramProvides up to $42,000 per student (a 12-month stipend of $30,000 in addition to a tuition allowance of up to $12,000,) and up to $10,000 of support for a 4-6 week program collaboration at a NOAA facility.Must be a US citizen or permanent resident. Must be pursuing an advanced degree in oceanography, marine biology, maritime archaeology or all other science, engineering, social science and resource management disciplines involving ocean and coastal areas. Must have a cumulative 3.3 GPA. Women and minorities, who, due to financial constraints, may otherwise not be able to pursue an advanced degree are particularly encouraged to apply. 

Spring 2018


NSF Graduate Research PreparednessProvides funding for graduate students to collaborate with federal agencies, such as USGS and NOAA. Must be a PhD student at a US university working on a NSF-funded project.For more info, contact Dr. Eleanor Snow at esnow@usgs.gov or visit the USGS Graduate Intern Website