Graduate Degree Scholarships

There are thousands of graduate degree scholarships offered by individual colleges and universities and private not-for-profit and corporate foundations.

If you know where you want to go to school, start with the school’s financial aid office or the website of the academic department you have been or hope to be accepted into. Graduate degree scholarships are often listed right on financial aid and academic department web pages.

If you don’t know where you want to go to school, start with the online national scholarship database at Student Aid on the Web.

Here are just a few examples of graduate degree scholarships with application deadlines from October to April:

Federal Graduate Degree Scholarships

  • Bureau of Health Professions Student Assistance Scholarships (tuition, reasonable educational expenses and reasonable living expenses) for full-time, financially needy students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are enrolled in a wide range of health professions and nursing programs. Apply at your school’s financial aid office.
  • Federal Cyber Service: Scholarship for Service, National Science Foundation and Department of Homeland Security ($12,000) for students pursuing a bachelor’s, master’s or doctorate degree in a field with an emphasis in information assurance who can meet criteria for federal employment and a security clearance, if required
  • Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation for students pursuing graduate degrees in public service fields
  • EPA STAR Graduate Education Fellowships ($20,000) for master’s and doctoral students in environment-related fields of study.
  • National Health Service Corps Scholarships for students enrolled or accepted for enrollment at an accredited health professions training program in an eligible primary care discipline: medicine (MD or DO), dentistry, family nurse practitioner, certified nurse midwife, or physician assistant

Private Graduate Degree Scholarships

  • American Association of University Women (AAUW) Educational Foundation Fellowships ($20,000) for women who will complete their dissertation writing between April and June. Open to students in any field of study except engineering.
  • Ford Foundation Pre-doctoral Fellowships ($20,000) for students enrolled in or planning to enroll in an eligible research-based program leading to a Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree, in a wide range of fields, at a U.S. educational institution. Can’t have already earned a doctoral degree.
  • Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowships ($21,000) for students writing Ph.D. dissertations in a wide range of fields. Can’t have already earned a doctoral degree.
  • Fulbright Fellowships (Institute of International Education) for graduating college seniors, young professionals, artists, and graduate students planning to do graduate work outside the U.S.
  • GEM Fellowships ($10,000 and $14,000) for underrepresented ethnic minority students to obtain M.S. degrees in engineering and Ph.D. degrees in engineering and the sciences through a combination of stipend and paid summer internships.
  • Osher Foundation Scholars and Fellows Scholarship Program for California and Maine college and university students who demonstrate academic achievement and promise as well as ongoing financial need.
  • Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans ($20,000) for students under age 30 who are: a resident alien; a naturalized U.S. citizen; or the child of two parents who are both naturalized citizens. Applicant must either have a bachelor’s degree or be in her/his final year of undergraduate study.
  • Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowship Program Grants ($25,000) for graduate study in education.

Graduate degree scholarships are a serious business because scholarship and grant sponsors typically donate a large sum of money — enough to cover your grad school degree cost of attendance and maybe more. If you had a favorite professor or mentor in your bachelor degree program, talk to that teacher for tips on the best graduate degree programs and scholarships for you.