The Jacob K. Javits Program, US Department of Education
The Javits Program supports doctoral study for students in selected fields in the arts/humanities or social sciences. It is limited to US citizens and permanent residents; it is also limited to students who have earned no more than 30 graduate credit hours at the time of application. The award is made for a single year but may be renewed for up to three years. There is an annual cost-of-education allowance to cover tuition and other required fees. In addition, Fellows who demonstrate financial need will receive an annual stipend of up to $15,000. Application deadline may be as early as November for fellowship funding the following year. For the most current information, contact: Tom Nucci, Jacob K. Javits Fellowship Program; US Department of Education; 1990 K Street, NW, Suite 6000, Washington, DC, 20006-8521 or leave a voice mail message at 202-750-7542. For an application, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax a request to 202-502-7859.
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships
The NSF Graduate Research Fellowships are for students in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences, the social sciences, and the history and philosophy of science. (Fellowships in history and the social sciences are not limited to those with a "scientific approach.") The awards are open only to applicants who are citizens or nationals and permanent residents of the US. They are intended for students at or near the beginning of their graduate study. First year-graduate students may apply as long as they have not completed more than 20 semester hours of study following the baccalaureate degree at the time of application. (Each Harvard half-course equals four semester hours.) NSF Fellows receive full tuition and fee coverage via an annual cost-of-education allowance, plus a GSAS grant where necessary. NSF Fellowships may be held over a five-year period, but they must be used in the initial year of the award if Fellows are engaged in a PhD program. In addition, NSF Fellows engaged in approved scientific research receive an annual stipend. Application deadline is c. November 4. Contact: Jeffrey Johnson, Director, National Science Foundation, Graduate Research Fellowships, Oak Ridge Associated Universities, P.O. Box 3010, Oak Ridge, TN 37831-3010; tel. 423-241-4300; fax: 423-241-4513; National Science Foundation Web site.
Each year, NSF Fellows receive four forms to complete. Three of these forms are mailed in March. The first is a form which asks NSF Fellows to specify if they will utilize, reserve, or terminate their fellowship in the coming academic year. The second is the NSF Summer Postcard, which requests information about NSF Fellows' summer activities. The third form is a Certification of Academic Progress to be signed by the Fellow's advisor or chairperson. All documents are required to ensure proper distribution of the Fellowship. NSF Fellows are also requested to file an Activities Report, which is mailed in May and should be returned directly to the NSF Foundation. NSF Fellows should consult the Graduate Research Fellows Handbook (Publication NSF 01-94) sent to each Fellow upon receipt of the award.
Mellon Fellowships in the Humanities
The Mellon Fellowships in the Humanities are national graduate fellowships designed to encourage the most promising students to prepare for careers in teaching and research. Any college senior or recent graduate who is a US citizen or permanent resident and wishes to begin graduate work in a humanities field of study is eligible for consideration. The Mellon Fellowship provides tuition and a stipend. Candidates must be nominated by a faculty member. The application deadline is in early December. For more information, contact: Mellon Fellowships in the Humanities, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, CN 5329, Princeton, NJ 08543-5329; tel. 609-452-7007; fax: 609-452-0066; e-mail: email@example.com; Web site: www.woodrow.org/mellon.
Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowships For Minorities
These three Ford Fellowships are to be applied for at the application stage or no later than the first year of graduate study year. They cover tuition and fees, and offer a stipend. There are approximately 50 of these awards, which are open to US citizens and foreign nationals who are members of the following minority groups: Alaskan Natives (Eskimo or Aleut), American Indians, Black Americans, Mexican Americans/Chicanos, Native Pacific Islanders (Polynesian or Micronesian), and Puerto Ricans. They are intended for students who plan to work toward the PhD degree, and who are at or near the beginning of their graduate study. Applicants must not have completed more than two years of graduate study at the time of application. Application deadline is c. November 4. For applications, contact Ford Foundation Doctoral Fellowships, The Fellowship Office, National Research Council, 2101 Constitution Avenue, Washington, DC 20418; tel. 202-334-2872; fax: 202-334-3419; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Note: For a later stage, there is also the Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship for Minorities.
American Association of University Women (AAUW) International Fellowships
The AAUW International Fellowships currently offer awards of $16,000 for one academic year to women for study in any country but their own. Application deadline is c. Jannuary 15. Contact: American Association of University Women International Fellowships, Educational Foundation Programs Office, 2201 N. Dodge Street, Dept. 148, Iowa City, IA 52243-4030; tel. 319-337-1716, ext. 98; fax: 319-337-1204.