A number of foundations support graduate education and offer fellowship opportunities. Many of these groups target students working in particular areas or have other special requirements. Additional information about these opportunities can be found at the web sites for the different foundations.
American Association of University Women
The AAUW aims to advance educational and professional opportunities for women around the globe. The American Fellowship program provides one year of support for women in their final year of writing their dissertation. More information can be found on the AAUW website.
This program, also offered by the AAUW, is for women doing research in the United States who are not US Citizens or permanent residents. One year of support is awarded and may be renewed for a second year. More information is available on the AAUW website.
American Heart Association
Predoctoral Fellowship Program
The American Heart Association offers predoctoral fellowships through their affiliates. The Founders Affiliate supports students enrolled in Massachusetts and other institutions in our region. This fellowship supports research related to cardiovascular disease and function and stroke, including bioengineering or biotechnology approaches to these problems. The research can be basic or public health related. More information is available at the AHA website.
American Physiological Society
Porter Physiology Development Award
This fellowship is designed to promote diversity in the physiological sciences. Predoctoral trainees from groups underrepresented in physiological disciplines and enrolled in physiology PhD programs are eligible for the program. More information is available at the APS website.
American Society for Microbiology
Robert Watkins Graduate Fellowship for Minorities
This fellowship is designed to promote diversity in the microbiological sciences. Predoctoral trainees from groups underrepresented in microbiological sciences are eligible to apply. Trainees must be enrolled in a microbiological sciences graduate program and must have completed their first year of graduate study at the time of application. More information is available at the ASM website.
Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds
This program promotes basic research in biomedicine by providing 2-3 years of fellowship support. European citizens working in the United States are eligible to apply. More information is available on the Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds website.
Josephine de Karman Fellowship Trust
De Karman Dissertation Fellowships
This program provides one year support for preparation of the dissertation. The awards are not targeted to a particular area of scholarship and are not limited to individuals training in the biomedical sciences. More information is available at the De Karman website.
National Academy of Sciences
Ford Foundation Fellowship Program
The Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties. The program offers both three year predoctoral fellowships and one year dissertation fellowships. More information is available at the National Academies website.
Paul and Daisy Soros
Fellowship for New Americans
This graduate fellowship program is for new Americans who are pursuing graduate training in virtually any area. The program focuses on aiding new Americans with advanced education and is not focused on biomedical or other science research but does offer funding in this area. More information is available at the Soros website.
Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America
Predoctoral Fellowship Program
The PhARMA fellowship program supports research related to pharmacology, toxicology, informatics, pharmaceutics, and health outcomes. More information is available on the PhARMA website.
United Negro College Fund - Merck Science Initiative
Graduate Dissertation Fellowship
This program supports African American students as they complete coursework, conduct research, and prepare the dissertation required for the doctoral degree in the biomedically relevant life or physical sciences. Applicants must be within 1 to 3 years of completing the PhD. More information is available at the UNCF website.
Whitaker International Fellows Program
This program targets doctoral trainees in biomedical engineering programs or who are committed to biomedical engineering. Support enables the trainee to take advantage of training opportunities outside the United States. More information is available at the Whitaker website.