Graduate Fellowships


Fellowships are an essential source of funding designed to help graduate students meet their educational and research expenses. The Graduate School awards the Dissertation Fellowship, Huel D. Perkins Doctoral Diversity Fellowship, the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) Fellowship , and the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Emerging Voices Fellowship. Other fellowships are awarded institutionally by academic college and department committees, while external agencies award others. Learn more about fellowships awarded by the Grad School and external fellowships below. 

In addition to the possibility of getting funded, the fellowship application process itself can be an important experience in your academic and professional development. It will help you learn to articulate "your case" in a convincing way, including presenting your credentials, goals for study and research, and letters of recommendation. Fellowship applications can also serve as a personal progress check for your graduate career, helping you identify areas that should be enhanced or developed.


Info Ready Portal

The InfoReady System allows for access and submission of:

  • petitions for a student to hold a Graduate Assistantship while on probation
  • submission of applications for graduate student awards
  • fellowships and additional compensation requests
  • submission of requests for non-Graduate Faculty members to serve on a student's committee
  • nominations to the Graduate Faculty as an Affiliate (Research and/or Professional)
  • other Graduate School resources and forms

Fellowship opportunities

The Kobe College Corporation (KCC) Japan Education Exchange Graduate Fellowships Program was established in 1996 to support qualified PhD graduate students for research or study in Japan. The purpose of the fellowship is to support future American educators who will teach more effectively about Japan. One fellowship of $30,000 will be awarded. Applicants may affiliate with Kobe College (Kobe Jogakuin) for award year, if selected. Learn more here.

From the Sigma Xi website:

Since 1922, the Sigma Xi Grants in Aid of Research (GIAR) program has provided undergraduate and graduate students with valuable educational experiences. By encouraging close working relationships between students and mentors, the program promotes scientific excellence and achievement through hands-on learning.

The program awards grants of up to $1,000 to students from most areas of the sciences and engineering. Designated funds from the National Academy of Sciences allow for grants of up to $5,000 for astronomy research and $2,500 for vision related research. Sigma Xi strongly encourages applications from women and underrepresented minorities, including Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinx, Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, or Native Hawaiians.

Learn more here

ExxonMobil Corporation, the largest publicly traded international energy company, has partnered with the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) to create fellowship opportunities in the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) for Hispanic college students. Through HHF’s Latinos On Fast Track (LOFT) program, ExxonMobil seeks to nurture motivated college students nationwide with a passion for Engineering and Science.

Selected students will be exposed to a top-quality company by participating in this signature mentoring program. Each student will be paired up with an ExxonMobil professional to learn how their knowledge and skills are applied in a corporate setting. 

Fellowship Components
The Fellowship consists of five 1-hour meetings with a mentor (virtual or in person), an exclusive curriculum to introduce Fellows to ExxonMobil and career opportunities, and a $1,000 educational grant. In addition, the possibility exists to interview for ExxonMobil positions (internships/full-time) upon successfully completing the Fellowship.

Fellowship Requirements
This opportunity is highly competitive and open to rising sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students attending a 4-year college or university.
Fellowship applicants with the following majors will be given priority: 

  • Civil Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Geoscience
  • Material Science and Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

Applicants with these majors will also be considered: Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mathematics, Petroleum Engineering, and Physics.

Other Requirements:       

  • Must plan to pursue a career in the fields/majors listed above
  • Have a GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • Be a U.S. citizen, a legal U.S. permanent resident or have the permanent right to work in the
    (U.S. Applicants selected are required to submit documentation for U.S. citizenship,  permanent resident or right to work.)

If you have questions, please contact Please use "ExxonMobil LOFT Fellowship" in the subject line.
The 2023 ExxonMobil LOFT Fellowship Application will close on April 30, 2023, at @11:59 p.m. EDT.

The application can be found here.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) helps ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the Unites States and reinforces its diversity. The program recognizes and supports individuals who have demonstrated the potential to be high achieving scientists and engineers early in their careers, who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees in STEM fields at accredited, non-profit United States institutions of higher education. 


The Southeastern Conference (SEC) Provosts have established an emerging scholars program designed to promote professional development and networking opportunities for graduate students and post docs at SEC institutions interested in higher education academic careers. A central aspect of the program is to achieve the diversity goals that each SEC member institution has set for itself.

Visit the SEC Emerging Scholars Program website for more details.


All nominations must be submitted by the department using our online system.Nominating department’s internal deadline for nominations will be earlier. It is to the applicant’s advantage to submit materials for this fellowship as early as possible. Departments must evaluate and select the top nominations for submission to the Graduate School.

Students who wish to apply for the Dissertation Fellowship should submit the following to the nominating department:

  • A statement written by the student briefly outlining the significance of their study, their role in the development of the topic, and their timeline for completion of the dissertation within one year if funded.

    • Indicate whether the dissertation proposal has been submitted, and if the writing has begun, include a current word count. Limit to two pages, 10 pt. font.

  • A list of honors, awards, publications, and presentations during their graduate student career. Publications and presentations should name all co-authors in order of contribution level. Limit to one page, 10 pt. font. 

  • Student’s statement

  • List of publications, presentations, honors, and awards

  • Three letters of recommendation.

    • One-page letters of support from the major professor and two other dissertation committee members outlining the candidate’s qualities, and the contribution the dissertation makes to the area of study.

    • The major professor should also assess the likelihood of completion of the dissertation within the fellowship year.

Huel D. Perkins Diversity Fellowships are intended to support LSU’s goal of increasing the number of students from historically under-represented groups who earn PhD/Doctoral degrees. The historically under-represented groups are African Americans (Black), Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Native Hawaiians, US. Pacific Islanders, and first-generation college students from low income families. The Fellowship provides four years of funding at $25,000 per year and carries a tuition and non-resident fee waiver.

SREB Fellowships are intended to support the LSU and national goal of increasing the number of PhD candidates from historically under-represented groups who seek careers as faculty on college campuses. These under-represented groups include but are not limited to:

  • African American/Black

  • Hispanic American

  • Native American

  • Alaskan Native

  • Native Hawaiian

  • Other US. Pacific Islanders

Note: First-generation students are NOT eligible for the SREB Fellowship.

ORED has several databases where students can learn about funding opportunities, including the SPIN Grants database.

The AMA Residency & Fellowship Database offers information on more than 10,000 fellowship opportunities, which are all accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grants Database typically focuses on grants, but this database does offer information on some fellowships. 

The Profellow Fellowships Database offers information on more than 1,000 fellowships.

The Public Service Job Directory allows users to search for research and academic fellowships, organizational fellowships and project-based fellowships, all having to do with public service legal opportunities.

Select the Explore Advise tab to learn how to use the site to search for fellowship opportunities. 

The GEM Fellowship is to promote the benefits of a masters degree within industry. GEM Fellows are provided practical engineering summer work experiences through an employer sponsor and a portable academic year fellowship of tuition, fees, and a stipend. 


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