Graduate Fellowship Opportunities

Cognitive Science graduate students should explore the following competitive fellowship opportunities. Some of these fellowships MUST be applied for early in your graduate career (for example, NSF, and NDSEG.) In determining whether you are eligible for a fellowship, remember that Cognitive Science is a highly interdisciplinary field; if you think you might be eligible but aren't sure, check the office administering the fellowship! Note that award amounts listed here may be outdated and double-check all deadlines as they can change, sometimes dramatically.

Please note that of the fellowships listed here, non-US citizens (or non-US permanent residents) are eligible for the AAUW, Ford Foundation International Fellowship, Fulbright, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and Rhodes Scholarship. International students should also check whether there are fellowships through their own government for which they are eligible.

This is an abbreviated list of fellowship opportunities. The Office of Graduate Studies and Research at UCSD has a more extensive list of fellowships.

  1. American Association of University Women Career Development Grants - Awards of $2,000-8,000 for women in the early stages of gradate studies preparing to re-enter the workforce, change careers, or advance their current careers. Website: Deadline: December 15.

  2. American Association of University Women Fellowship - (Doctoral/Postdoctoral Fellowships) Dissertation fellowships of $20,000 each are offered; summer fellowships of $6,000 are offered. Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States; there are no restrictions on place of study or age; open to scholars in any field of study. Dissertation fellowships are for women who are in the final year of writing their dissertation. Selection is based primarily on scholarly excellence of applicant's proposal and commitment to helping women through service in their community, profession, and/or field of research. The deadline is November 15. Website:

  3. American Psychological Association, Minority Fellowship Program in Neuroscience - Supports minority students pursuing doctoral study in neuroscience. Average predoctoral award is $20,772/year, renewable for an additional 2 years. U.S. citizens or permanent residents only. Deadline to apply is January 15. Website: Mental Health Research fellowships also available.

  4. Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies - 85 one-year, entry-level, $17,500 fellowships for Ph.D. study in traditional academic humanistic discipline (e.g history, American studies, philosophy, literature, language, women's studies, music theory); for U.S. citizens or permanent residents only. Telephone contact is (800) 899-9963. Applicants must take the GRE General Test by November 3.

  5. AT & T Laboratories Fellowship Program - For outstanding minority and women students who are U. S.Citizens or Permanent Residents and who are pursuing PhD studies in computer and communications-related fields. Annual stipend of $23,800 for 3 years. The deadline is January 31. Online application is available at Paper application can be requested by contacting AT&T Labs Fellowship Administrator Room C103. 180 Park Ave. Florham Park , NJ07932-0971 .

  6. Bell Labs Graduate Research Fellowship Program - For outstanding minorities (African American, Native American Indian, Hispanic) and women in the fields of science, math, engineering and technology. Annual stipend of $17,000 is renewable up to 4 years. More info can be found

  7. Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship - Currently supports students with payment of all tuition and fees, a yearly stipend of $31,000, an allowance of $1,000 annually for research, and up to $2,500 for a computer workstation. Support of the fellowship is limited to 4 years and must be renewed each year. Open to U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien planning PhD student at a U.S. university. Program of study must include computer science, mathematics, and scientific or engineering discipline with in each area. Fellowship will also include a practicum assignment at a DOE laboratory. Applications start in October. Fellowship information and online application available at

  8. Fannie and John Hertz Foundation Fellowship - A $28,000/year stipend, renewable to five years, for US citizens or permanent residents to pursue Ph.D. study in the physical, engineering and mathematical sciences, and applied biology. The deadline is November 1. Online application is available through the Hertz Foundation at

  9. Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships - About 60, three-year, $17,000/year awards (plus $5,000 tuition and fee) for academic Ph.D. study in any field (except the arts and professional areas) for African Americans, Hispanics, Native Pacific Islanders and Native Americans who are U.S. citizens. Applications are available online at Telephone contact is (202) 334-2872. GRE General Test scores are also required. Deadline is November 17.

  10. Fulbright Program - grants available for scholars and professionals in 50 countries. For more information contact your home country's embassy. Visit

  11. The Gates Millennium Scholars - funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to provide outstanding African American, American Indian/Alaska Natives, Asian Pacific Islander Americans, and Hispanic American students with an opportunity to complete a graduate education for those students pursuing studies in mathematics, science, engineering, education, or library science. More information can be found at Deadline is January 15.

  12. Howard Hughes Medical Institute - For medically trained researchers, interdisciplinary and grad level research training. Website:

  13. Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) - Vision and Learning in Humans and Machines: This NSF-sponsored program awards 7-8 fellowships annually. The fellowship includes a $30,000 annual stipend plus the payment of the student's tuition and fees during the academic year. Fellows also receive an equipment allowance and travel subsidy. This is a one-year fellowship with the possibility of renewal for a second year. Please visit our website for further information about the program:

  14. International Scholarships - financial aid and scholarship resource for international students wishing to study abroad. At this site, you will find the most comprehensive listing of grants, scholarships, loan programs, and other information to assist college and university students in their pursuit to study aboard. URL:

  15. Indian Education Fellowship Program - or American Indians in business, education, engineering, medicine, law, or natural resources. Contact information: US Department of Education. 400 Maryland Ave, SW. FB6, Room 3W100. Washington, DC 20202. Phone number: 202-260-3774.

  16. International Fellowships Program of the Ford Foundation - Provides support for up to three years of formal graduate-level study leading to a masters or doctoral degree. Fellows are selected from countries in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, and Russia (although this may change, so check even if you're not from one of these areas), where the Ford Foundation maintains active overseas programs. U.S. nationals are not eligible, although Fellows may study in the United States. Fellows may enroll in masters or doctoral programs and may pursue any academic discipline or field of study that is consistent with the interests and goals of the Ford Foundation. All applications must be submitted to the appropriate IFP International Partner (listed on the fellowship web page) in the country or region where the applicant resides. IFP International Partners determine application deadlines and selection schedules in their region or country. The level and duration of awards are determined as part of the selection process.

  17. Jacob K. Javits Fellowship Program - Subject to the availability of funds, a fellow receives the Javits fellowship annually for up to the lesser of 48 months or the completion of their degree. The fellowship consists of an institutional payment and a stipend . In Fiscal Year 2001, the institutional payment was $11,511 and the maximum stipend was $30,000. Eligibility is limited to U.S. citizens or nationals, and permanent residents. Application package is available upon request at

  18. National Consortium for Graduate Degrees For Minorities in Engineering and Science (GEM) - offer opportunities for underrepresented minority students to obtain MS degrees in engineering and Ph.D. degrees in engineering and the natural and physical sciences through a program of paid summer internships and graduate financial assistance. Deadline is November 1. Please visit for additional information.

  19. National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship (NDSEG) - Approx. 180 three-year, $27,500/year awards (plus tuition and fees) for doctoral study in the natural, physical, computer and mathematical sciences and engineering for U.S. citizens only. Deadline is early January, see website at Fellowship contact is (202) 331-3516, or Women and underrepresented minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

  20. National Hispanic Scholarship Fund - Must be of Hispanic heritage, be a U.S. Citizen or a legal Permanent , have a minimum GPA of 2.7. Awar ds generally range from $1000 to $3,000. Deadline: October 15, 2002. Application is available at It also can be requested by sending a business size envelope, stamped and addressed to yourself to: College Scholarship Program Application - Hispanic Scholarship Fund. 55 Second St., Suite 1500. San Francisco, CA 94105.

  21. National Institutes of Health Fellowships - The NIH has some fellowships available to graduate students, usually those who have advanced to candidacy; award amounts and eligibility depends on the particular grant. There are also fellowships available through divisions of the NIH: the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism fellowship and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Individual National Research Service Awards (Doctoral/Postdoctoral). For both, the deadlines are April 5, August 5, December 5. Contact: ASKNIH, Extramural Outreach and Information Resources (DEOIR), Bethesda, MD 20892-7910, (301) 435-0714.

  22. National Physical Sciences Consortium Fellowship - 2-3 year fellowships for doctoral study in the physical sciences for U.S. citizens, with emphasis for African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans and women. Stipend is $16,000. Application completion is only online at Telephone contacts: (619) 222-9606 or (800) 854-6772. Email contact: Local address is NPSC, 2924 Emerson St., Suit 310, San Diego, CA 92106. Deadline is November 5.

  23. National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship - Approximately 900, three-year, $30,000/year fellowships for Ph.D. study and research in mathematical, physical, biological, engineering, and behavioral and social science. US citizens only. Application deadline is early November. See website at Career Services also has applications. GRE scores are required.

  24. NSERC Awards 267 Canada Graduate Scholarships - Provide financial support to the most outstanding eligible scholars pursuing master's or doctoral studies. Awards are $35,000 a year for up to three years. For more information,

  25. The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans - thirty awards are given each year to green card holders, naturalized citizens of the U.S. and children of two naturalized citizens who are pursuing higher education. Application material can be found at

  26. Rhodes Scholarship - two- to three-year scholarships covering tuition and stipend to pursue graduate study in a variety of fields at Oxford University in England. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, 18-24 years old. Interested students should contact Prof. V.S. Ramachandran in the UCSD Department of Psychology, the Rhodes Scholarship Trust at (202) 434-1554, or Applications can also be downloaded from their website. Applications should be postmarked no later than October 4.

  27. The Spencer Foundation - The Foundations fellowship program support scholars engaged in educational research at different stages of their professional lives. Application info can be found at

  28. Truman Fellowships - 70-80 $30,000 merit-based grants for students pursuing careers in government or elsewhere in public service. US Citizens or Nationals only. Application materials can be found at

  29. UNCF/MERCK Graduate Science Research Dissertation Fellowships - Provides science research dissertation fellowships for African American students in life or physical sciences. Must be a US citizen or permanent resident. At least 12 awards of maximum $40,000. Please check their web site at for deadline update. Fax number: 703-205-3574. Email:

  30. Women in Science Scholarships - The San Diego Chapter of AWIS is pleased to announce that it will award $9000 in scholarships in 2005 to women pursuing studies in science-related fields in 2005. Applicants must be a US citizen or permanent resident, have a GPA of at least 3.0, and be a full-time student.

Previously, our graduates students have received:

NSF, NIH, IGERT, NRSA, NDSEG, Spencer Fellowships, and NSERC awards. In addition, private companies may sponsor graduate education. Our graduate students have received internships and support from IBM, Sony, and Mitsubishi.