External Graduate Fellowships and Scholarships

Last revised 4/17/18

Deadline Date

(tentative dates based on previous year’s deadline)

Program Name and Website Link

Award InformationEligibility Notes
January 2019 (tentative)American Association of University Women Honolulu Branch (Scholarship)Varies.Hawai‘i resident, female student with financial need. Minimum GPA: 3.0.Apply through the Hawai‘i Community Foundation: https://www.hawaiicommunityfoundation.org/students
January 2019 (tentative)Harriet Evelyn Wallace Scholarship$5,000 for one year. Renewable for a second year.US citizen or permanent resident. Minimum graduate GPA: 3.0.Open to women pursuing an advanced degree in geosciences. Must be a member of at least one of AGI’s member societies.
April 1, 2018Harold T. Stearns Fellowship$1500 or possibly more if need is justified.Research must be related to specific areas (see website).Requires letter of support from an advisor or faculty member and completion of the Stearns-Coulbourn Fellowships Common Application Form.
February 2019 (tentative)Nā Hoʻokama a Pauahi ScholarshipVaries.Hawai‘i resident, minimum GPA: 3.0. Full time-student, with financial need.
January 2019 (tentative)ʻImi Naʻauao Scholarship Varies.Hawai‘i resident, full-time student. Minimum GPA: 3.0.
January 15, 2019Hau’oli Mau Loa Graduate AssistantshipGraduate assistantship, stipends, full tuition, professional development and other educational expenses.Pursuing M.S. degree in Marine Biology, Oceanography, or Geology & Geophysics. Minimum GPA: 3.0.Hawai‘i high school graduates committed to long-term career in natural resource management in Hawaiʻi.
January 2019 (tentative)Graduate Women in Science National Fellowship ProgramVaries.Open to women GWIS members (free) and non-members ($50 application fee). Fellowship funds may be used for: expendable supplies, small equipment to be used by the recipient (not for general use), publication of research findings, field studies.
December 2018 (tentative)Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Award includes full tuition with stipend, health insurance, summer internships, mentoring, and educational supplies.US citizen with minimum GPA: 3.0. Both undergraduate and graduate students eligible. Sponsored by the Department of Defense. Able to participate in a summer internship with the Department of Defense.
March – April 2018 (tentative)UH Sea Grant Marine Fellowship (4 different opportunities)Fellowship award varies.US Citizen enrolled as a PhD student at a US university, pursuing research/career in marine resources.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

February 1, 2019 (FAFSA priority deadline)

UH Mānoa Scholarships and GrantsMaximum annual award is $4,000.Enrolled at least half-time in UHM courses and a Hawai‘i resident.Must apply for the FAFSA and qualify as having financial need. There are 4 awards: Mānoa Opportunity Grant, Pacific Islander Scholarships, Incoming Undergraduate Scholarships, UHM Merit Scholarships/UHF Scholarships.
February 15, 2019 (tentative)UH Student ScholarshipsSeveral scholarships. Log-in to seeUH system student (all campuses are eligible).Log-in through MyUH STAR GPS Registration and then select the Scholarships tab.
March 2018 (tentative)Kua’ana Tuition WaiverTuition waiver.UHM campus, full-time graduate student with minimum GPA: 3.0.Preference given to applicants of Hawaiian ancestry.
August 2018 (tentative) The Denise B. Evans Fellowship in Oceanographic ResearchProvides $28,000/year for up to two years.Must be a SOEST graduate student pursuing research in oceanography.Students interested in receiving the Denise B. Evans awards must follow a specific nomination process. The student’s faculty advisor shall nominate the student by submitting a recommendation to her/his SOEST department chair (or director in the case of CMORE, HIMB, HNEI, and HIGP).
October 22-26, 2018 (deadline varies by discipline)NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)Each Fellowship consists of three years of support. See website for details.US citizen, national or permanent resident.Open to undergraduate seniors, post-baccalaureates, and 1st or 2nd year graduate students

December 7, 2018 (postdoctorial)

December 14, 2018 (predoctorial)

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.US citizen, national, or permanent resident. Superior academic achievements and career interests in teaching or research.
December 2018 (tentative)Dr. 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.US citizen, national, or permanent resident. Minimum cumulative GPA: 3.3. 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. Women and minorities especially encouraged to apply.
Spring 2019 (tentative) 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
April 23, 2018American Water Resources Association (AWRA) Richard A Herbert Memorial Scholarship$2000 scholarship for one year.Must be a full time student enrolled in a program related to water resources and a national AWRA member.Both graduate and undergraduate students eligible.