Graduate and Post-Doctoral Fellowship and Award Opportunities

Graduate and Post-Doctoral Fellowship and Award Opportunities

This page lists fellowship and award opportunities available for graduate students in computer science and related fields. Many fellowships/awards require nominations by the advisor, director of graduate studies, and/or the department head. If you would like to be nominated, consult your advisor first. Based on his/her feedback, contact T. M. Murali (murali AT cs DOT vt DOT edu), who will work with you, your advisor, and the department head to help prepare a nomination. Please submit a current CV (in PDF format) and a nominating letter from your advisor that states your qualifications for the award at least four weeks before the deadline. For limited submission opportunities, the department will conduct an internal selection to identify the department's nominees. The opportunities below are sorted by deadline. To get a quick overview of the important federal fellowships, you can peruse the slides from an information session held on September 23, 2010. Please email any additions, suggestions, or corrections to T. M. Murali (murali AT cs DOT vt DOT edu).

Open Fellowship and Award Opportunities

 

National Academies Research Associateship Programs

DEADLINE: 2010-11-01 Mon 2011-02-01 Tue 2011-05-01 Sun 2011-08-01 Mon

The National Research Council of the National Academies sponsors a number of awards for graduate, postdoctoral and senior researchers at federal laboratories. These awards provide generous stipends ($30,000 - $35,000 for graduate students, $42,000 - $75,000 per year for recent Ph.D. recipients and higher for additional experience), and the opportunity to do independent research in some of the best-equipped and staffed laboratories in the country. Research opportunities are open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and for some of the laboratories, foreign nationals. Applicants should begin a dialogue with prospective Advisers at the lab(s) as early as possible, before their anticipated application deadline. More information is available at http://sites.nationalacademies.org/pga/rap/. There will be four review cycles annually.

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program

DEADLINE: 2010-11-15 Mon (inter-disciplinary) 2010-11-18 Thu (CS)

The National Science Foundation aims to ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in the United States and to reinforce its diversity by offering approximately 1,654 graduate fellowships in this competition pending availability of funds. The Graduate Research Fellowship provides three years of support for graduate study leading to research-based master’s or doctoral degrees and is intended for students who are in the early stages of their graduate study. The Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) invests in graduate education for a cadre of diverse individuals who demonstrate their potential to successfully complete graduate degree programs in disciplines relevant to the mission of the National Science Foundation. Note that November 15, 2010 is the deadline for inter-disciplinary fields of study and November 18, 2010 is the deadline for computer science. Other areas have deadlines on Nov 16, 19, and 22, 2010.

National Physical Science Consortium Graduate Fellowships in the Physical Sciences

DEADLINE: 2010-11-30 Tue

If you aspire to a graduate degree and career in the physical sciences, biochemistry, computer science, and related fields of science and engineering, you may be a potential NPSC Fellow. Created by a national task force, and with a 17-year record of success, the NPSC brings today's industry leaders together with tomorrow's most promising science scholars.

Since inception in 1989, NPSC has awarded 420 graduate fellowships. Of those fellows, 176 have received a PhD and 88 have received an MS. Seventy-three students are currently enrolled. Ninety-three percent of NPSC fellows have been minority, female, or both, those historically underrepresented in science.

American Society for Engineering Education SMART Scholarship

DEADLINE: 2010-12-01 Wed

The Science, Mathematics, And Research for Transformation (SMART) scholarship-for-service Program fully funds undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wide range of technical areas, including all fields of engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Brain and Cognitive Sciences, and Mathematics. This is a highly-selective, prestigious, national program that fully supports their education, including full tuition and a very generous stipend while they are in school. Summer internships at Labs are required. In return for fully funding their education, students are required work as a civilian employee at a Service (Army, Navy, Air Force) or DoD Agency (NSA, DIA, DARPA, etc.) laboratory for a period equal to the time the program paid for their school. Students must be U.S. Citizens, able to obtain a DoD Security Clearance, and be willing to work in a defense laboratory upon graduation. There will be approximately 300 new awards this year. A list of SMART fellows from previous years is listed by University at More information is available at https://www.asee.org/smart, including a list of SMART fellows from previous years.

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship (NDSEG)

DEADLINE: 2010-12-17 Fri

As a means of increasing the number of U.S. citizens and nationals trained in science and engineering disciplines of military importance, the Department of Defense (DoD) plans to award approximately 200 new three-year graduate fellowships in April 2011, subject to the availability of funds. The DoD will offer these fellowships to individuals who have demonstrated the ability and special aptitude for advanced training in science and engineering. More information is available at http://ndseg.asee.org.

DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship

DEADLINE: 2011-01-11 Tue

The Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE CSGF) program provides outstanding benefits and opportunutues to students pursuing a PhD in scientific or engineering disciplines with an emphasis in high-performance computing. More information is available at http://www2.krellinst.org/csgf/index.shtml.

DOE Office of Science Graduate Fellowship

The Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science (SC) has established the DOE Office of Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE SCGF) program to support outstanding students to pursue graduate training in basic research in areas of physics, biology, chemistry, mathematics, engineering, computational sciences, and environmental sciences relevant to the Office of Science and to encourage the development of the next generation scientific and technical talent in the U.S. The Fellowship award provides partial tuition support, an annual stipend for living expenses, and a research stipend for full-time graduate study and thesis/dissertation research at a U.S. academic institution for three years. The call for 2011 applications has not yet been announced.

Closed Fellowship and Award Opportunities

 

Virginia Space Grant Consortium Graduate STEM Research Fellowship Program

DEADLINE: 2010-02-08 Mon

Graduate STEM Research Fellowships are $5,000 renewable awards (up to three years) of add-on graduate support for students enrolled at a Virginia Space Grant university pursuing any field of graduate study (Masters or Doctoral level) with NASA or aerospace relevance. More information is available at http://www.vsgc.odu.edu

DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship

DEADLINE: 2010-01-14 Thu

The Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE CSGF) program provides outstanding benefits and opportunutues to students pursuing a PhD in scientific or engineering disciplines with an emphasis in high-performance computing. More information is available at http://www2.krellinst.org/csgf/index.shtml.

American Society for Engineering Education SMART Scholarship

DEADLINE: 2009-12-15 Tue

The Science, Mathematics, And Research for Transformation (SMART) scholarship-for-service Program fully funds undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wide range of technical areas, including all fields of engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Brain and Cognitive Sciences, and Mathematics. This is a highly-selective, prestigious, national program that fully supports their education, including full tuition and a very generous stipend while they are in school. Summer internships at Labs are required. In return for fully funding their education, students are required work as a civilian employee at a Service (Army, Navy, Air Force) or DoD Agency (NSA, DIA, DARPA, etc.) laboratory for a period equal to the time the program paid for their school. Students must be U.S. Citizens, able to obtain a DoD Security Clearance, and be willing to work in a defense laboratory upon graduation. There will be approximately 300 new awards this year. A list of SMART fellows from previous years is listed by University at More information is available at https://www.asee.org/smart, including a list of SMART fellows from previous years.

National Physical Science Consortium Graduate Fellowships in the Physical Sciences

DEADLINE: 2009-11-05 Thu

If you aspire to a graduate degree and career in the physical sciences, biochemistry, computer science, and related fields of science and engineering, you may be a potential NPSC Fellow. Created by a national task force, and with a 17-year record of success, the NPSC brings today's industry leaders together with tomorrow's most promising science scholars.

Since inception in 1989, NPSC has awarded 374 graduate fellowships. Of those fellows, 148 have received a PhD, 79 have received a Master’s Degree, and 78 are currently enrolled. Ninety-two percent of NPSC fellows have been female or members of underrepresented minority groups or both. Between 2000 and 2007, current employers selected the following number of fellows: LANL (6), LLNL (8), NSA (48), Sandia-California (14), Sandia-NM (33). Graduate students can study the NPSC Graduate Student Handbook for details.

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program

DEADLINE: 2009-11-02 Mon

The National Science Foundation aims to ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in the United States and to reinforce its diversity by offering approximately 1,654 graduate fellowships in this competition pending availability of funds. The Graduate Research Fellowship provides three years of support for graduate study leading to research-based master’s or doctoral degrees and is intended for students who are in the early stages of their graduate study. The Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) invests in graduate education for a cadre of diverse individuals who demonstrate their potential to successfully complete graduate degree programs in disciplines relevant to the mission of the National Science Foundation. Note that November 2, 2009 is the deadline for inter-disciplinary fields of study. Other areas have deadlines on Nov 4,5 6, 10, and 12, 2009.

2010-2011 IBM Ph.D. Fellowship Program

DEADLINE: 2009-10-29 Thu

The IBM Ph.D. Fellowship program is an intensely competitive program which honors exceptional Ph.D. students in many academic disciplines and areas of study, for example: computer science and engineering, electrical and mechanical engineering, physical sciences (including chemistry, material science, and physics), mathematical sciences (including optimization), business sciences (including financial services, communication, and learning/knowledge ), and service sciences, management, and engineering. Additionally, IBM pays special attention to an array of focus areas of interest to IBM and fundamental to innovation. Please note there are changes to the program scope, for details go to http://www.ibm.com/university/phdfellowship.

Preference will be given to students who have had an IBM internship, or have closely collaborated with technical or services people from IBM, or have co-authored papers, or have faculty research advisors who are close IBM collaborators. IBM requests that a maximum of two nominations per department be submitted, in addition to any renewal nominations.

The IBM Ph.D. Fellowship program also supports our long-standing commitment to workforce diversity. IBM values diversity http://www.ibm.com/employment/us/diverse/index.shtml in the workplace and encourages nominations of women, minorities and all who contribute to that diversity.

In 2008, the department nominated two students for the IBM Ph.D. fellowship:

  1. Margaret Dickey-Kurdziolek (advised by Deborah Tatar)
  2. Guanying Wang (advised by Ali Butt)

EPA Science To Achieve Results (STAR) Fellowships For Graduate Environmental Study

DEADLINE: 2009-10-22 Thu

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is offering Graduate Fellowships for master’s and doctoral level students in environmental fields of study. Subject to availability of funding, the Agency plans to award approximately 120 new fellowships by June 30, 2010. Master's level students may receive support for a maximum of two years. Doctoral students may be supported for a maximum of three years, usable over a period of four years. The fellowship program provides up to $37,000 per year of support per fellowship. Note that one of the fields of study is "Emerging Environmental Approaches: Informatics".