Chemistry and Biochemistry

Scholarship and Fellowship Opportunities

AFRL Scholars Program National Academies Research SMART Scholarship
BYU/MIT Graduate Fellowship NDSEG Fellowship Thermo Scientific Pierce Scholarship Program
Eli Lilly Travel Award NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Proctor and Gamble FIRST Conference
Ford Foundation Fellowship SCGSR Program American Fellowships Dissertation 
OEDb Graduate Scholarships Fullbright-EHESS Post-Doctoral Award (Junior Research) to France
Chevron Scholarship (bottom of page) ACS National Meeting -- travel awards



AAUW Fellowships and Grants

All woman graduate students and scholars are encouraged to apply for an American Association of University Women (AAUW) fellowship or grant. Deadlines for 2017-18 awards are fast approaching. 

AAUW’s American Fellowships program has been in existence since 1888, making it the oldest noninstitutional source of graduate funding for women in the United States. The program provides fellowships for women pursuing full-time study to complete dissertations, conducting postdoctoral research full time, or preparing research for publication for eight consecutive weeks.

The purpose of the Dissertation Fellowship is to offset a scholar’s living expenses while she completes her dissertation.

Students interested in the AAUW Fellowship and Grants Program can find more information and application details on the program's webpage.


AFRL Scholars Program

The AFRL (Air Force Research Laboratory) accepts applications from students with top academic credentials and an interest in science, engineering, and mathematics. Both graduate and undergraduate students are eligible for the program, and graduate students  have the opportunity to continue their thesis research, provided it coincides with the AFRL topic.  Scholars intern within the Space Vehicles or Directed Energy directorates. They will have the opportunity to participate in research that contributes to the Nation's defense.

The application for the summer program generally opens in November. For a full list of eligibility requirements, visit the AFRL website

BYU/MIT Lincoln Laboratory Graduate Fellowship Program

Lincoln Laboratory offers a limited number of graduate fellowships to science and engineering students pursuing MS or PhD degrees at partner universities. The fellowship program awards funds to support a Fellow’s stipend, supplement a graduate assistantship, or subsidize other direct research expenses during the final phases of students’ thesis research. The Laboratory began this program in 2002 in collaboration with five schools. Today, the Laboratory offers fellowships at eleven schools: The Ohio State University, Brigham Young University, Washington University–St. Louis, Clemson University, University of Michigan, North Carolina State University, University of Washington, New Mexico State University, University of Illinois, University of Colorado, and MIT.

Students interested in the BYU/MIT Lincoln Laboratory Graduate Fellowship Program can find more information and application details on the program's webpage.

Eli Lilly Travel Award

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Ford Foundation Fellowship

Ford Foundation Fellowships are designed to increase the diversity of the nation's college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. Awards will be announced in April.

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National Academies Research

The National Research Council of the National Academies is a private, nonprofit institution that provides expert scientific advice on some of the most pressing challenges to the United States and the world. Its mission is to improve government decision making and public policy, increase public understanding, and promote the acquisition and dissemination of knowledge in matters involving science, engineering, technology, and health.

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NDSEG (National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate) Fellowship Award

Fellowships are sponsored by the Army Research Office, the Office of Naval Research, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and the DOD High Performance Computing Modernization Program under the guidance of the DOD Stem Development Office, Office of the Director, Defense Research and Engineering. NDSEG Fellowships are intended for students at or near the beginning of their graduate studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. Fellowships are awarded to applicants who intend to pursue a doctoral degree. Notifications of awards will be e-mailed by mid-April.

Eligibility requirements

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NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program

The National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) helps ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States and reinforces its diversity. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees at accredited US institutions. The NSF welcomes applications from all qualified students and strongly encourages under-represented populations, including women, under-represented racial and ethnic minorities, and persons with disabilities, to apply for this fellowship. The Division of Graduate Education generally notifies applicants within six months after the deadline of the outcome of their applications. The NSF publishes lists of Fellowship and Honorable Mention recipients on the GRFP website in April.

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SCGSR Program

The U.S. Department of Energy accepts applications for the Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program. This program provides graduate dissertation/thesis research opportunities at DOE national laboratories. 

The Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is now accepting applications for the 2017 Solicitation 1.  Applications are due 5:00pm ET on Tuesday May 16, 2017.

Starting from 2015 Solicitation 2, the SCGSR program is open to graduate students with Permanent Resident status, in addition to U.S. Citizens, who meet all other eligibility requirements. Detailed information about the program, including eligibility requirements and access to the online application system, can be found at:  

The SCGSR program supports supplemental awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students to conduct part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE national laboratory in collaboration with a DOE laboratory scientist for a period of 3 to 12 consecutive months—with the goal of preparing graduate students for scientific and technical careers critically important to the DOE Office of Science mission.

The SCGSR program is open to current Ph.D. students in qualified graduate programs at accredited U.S. academic institutions, who are conducting their graduate thesis research in targeted areas of importance to the DOE Office of Science.* The research opportunity is expected to advance the graduate students’ overall doctoral thesis/dissertation while providing access to the expertise, resources, and capabilities available at the DOE laboratories. The supplemental award provides for additional, incremental costs for living and travel expenses directly associated with conducting the SCGSR research project at the DOE host laboratory during the award period.

The Office of Science expects to make approximately 50 awards in 2017 Solicitation 1, for project periods beginning anytime between October 30, 2017 and February 28, 2018. Since its inception in 2014, the SCGSR program has provided support to over 200 graduate awardees from about 90 different universities to conduct thesis research at DOE national laboratories across the nation.  The SCGSR program is sponsored and managed by the DOE Office of Science’s Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS), in collaboration with the six Office of Science research programs offices and the DOE national laboratories, and the Oak Ridge Institute of Science and Education (ORISE

Last year, the program solicitation resulted in awards to 65 graduate students from 50 different universities to conduct thesis research at 15 DOE national laboratories. Detailed information about the program, including eligibility requirements and access to the online application system, can be found at:  

The SCGSR program is sponsored and managed by the DOE Office of Science’s Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS), in collaboration with the six Office of Science research programs offices and the DOE national laboratories, and the Oak Ridge Institute of Science and Education (ORISE). 

For questions, contact the program manager, Dr. Ping Ge, at

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SMART (Science, Mathematics & Research for Transformation) Scholarship

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Thermo Scientific Pierce Scholarship Program

The Thermo Scientific Pierce Scholarship Program for the Spring semester includes two (2) $10,000 scholarships and four (4) $5,000 scholarships. In addition to the requirements below, students must also be legal United States residents, meaning that students possessing appropriate Visa status in order to study in the United States are also eligible.  Students may apply for the scholarship through the Thermo Scientific Pierce Scholarship Website.  Each application will be reviewed and evaluated by a scholarship committee and announced to the chosen recipients. We strongly encourage all students that meet the scholarship award criteria to apply for this great scholarship! All questions regarding the scholarship may be directed to  See the flyer here.

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Proctor and Gamble FIRST Conference

FIRST (Focusing on Industrial Recruitment of Scientific Talent) is a recruiting conferenence for outstanding African American, Hispanic, Native American and other doctoral and postdoctoral scientists.

The three-day conference will be held September in Cincinnati, OH. Invitees will have all expenses paid. 

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Open Education Database (OEDb) Graduate Scholarships

Eligibility requirements for graduate scholarships typically vary according to the source and type of scholarship. Scholarships may be awarded based on the academic merit, financial need, or cultural heritage of the student, or in a particular subject or industry. Awards may be offered by corporations, government agencies, universities, and professional and nonprofit organizations.

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Postdoctoral Fellowship to Israel
These unique and prestigious grants are open to researchers in all academic disciplines and support programs of work for up to 20 months (two academic years). Applicants may be hosted by any accredited institution of higher education or research center in Israel. To be eligible for a Fulbright fellowship beginning in 2018, candidates must have received their Ph.D. degrees no earlier than April 2015. Holders of tenure track positions are not eligible to apply. Individuals who have already begun postdoctoral research activities in Israel prior to the application date are also not eligible.

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Fulbright-EHESS Post-Doctoral Award (Junior Research) to France
The Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) is an esteemed university located in Paris, France. The first mission of the EHESS is to help young researchers acquire an international scientific background through the quality of its training, the international profiles of its professors and the quality and scope of its research. In addition to pursuing his or her own research, the grantee will participate in a seminar series conducted by the associated research center. French language proficiency sufficient to complete the research project is required, and applicants must obtain their Ph.D. by June 2018 to be eligible.

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Undergraduate and graduate students only - If you have an interest in working in the energy, petroleum, gas or oil industry and would like to also be considered for a $5,000 Chevron Scholarship, please download the document – Chevron Questions – complete the questions and upload the document as part of your application.

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ACS National Meeting -- travel awards

The Fall 2017 ACS Graduate Student Symposium Planning Committee (GSSPC) is requesting applications for a $500 travel award. The purpose of this $500 travel award is to provide financial assistance for those graduate students attending and presenting at the upcoming Fall 2017 ACS National Meeting. Students attending the meeting for the first time and presenting are encouraged to apply. Award recipients are expected to attend the full-day symposium, on Tuesday, August 22nd, as much as possible. Applications are due by 5pm on Monday, August 14th.

To apply, please submit your application to These travel awards are made possible through funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bioconjugate Chemistry, and Acta Biomaterialia.

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