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Fellowships and Awards

Predoctoral and postdoctoral fellowships and awards are available from several internal sources as well as from many external entities, including private foundations, nonprofit groups, state and federal agencies, and international organizations. A variety of support is offered, from one-time awards to multi-year support for living expenses, educational fees, conference travel and/or research for beginning to advanced graduate student and postdoctoral levels.  Aside from providing financial support, these awards are recognition of scholarly excellence. 

Browse our listings to help find fellowship and grant opportunities.  Additional opportunities may be identified through one of several search engines.  

The Graduate School is responsible for the review and approval of applications to external agencies, government institutions, private foundations, etc., submitted by graduate students and postdoctoral scholars who are listed as the principal applicant. In addition, the Graduate School serves as the institutional official for applications when the primary benefactor is the graduate student/postdoc. For example: NSF DDRIG, NSF DDIG. 

External Fellowship Application Policy and Procedures 

External Fellowship Application Policy and Procedures

The Graduate School must review and approve all external applications by graduate students and postdoctoral scholars for fellowships and awards. The following procedures must be followed:

  • Submit the signed External Fellowship/Award Application Transmission Form to the Graduate School (106 Putnam Hall). The complete, original proposal, plus one extra copy must accompany the Transmission Form. The agency/organization application guidelines web link must also be listed on the Application Form OR on a hard copy attached.
  • The applicant is responsible for the completion of all necessary training and compliance requirements (e.g., biosafety, conflict of interest, IACUC, IRB, research integrity, etc.)
  • If applicable, include the name, title and address information for the official signatory: "David A. Wittrock, Ph.D., Dean", and the campus financial information on grant pages requiring this information.
  • Allow a minimum of four (4) working days for processing application transmission forms. Note: Some institutional submissions require an earlier deadline as posted at the time of announcement. Examples: IIE U.S. Student Fulbright Program and the USDE Fulbright-Hayes Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program.
  • Applicants/programs are responsible for pick-up and mailing of applications (unless institutional submission is required).

Applying for Fellowships

Fellowship Writing Resources 

Resources for Writing Fellowship Applications

Letters of Recommendation

Writing a Statement of Purpose

Research Development & Grant Writing News
Research Development & Grant Writing News is a monthly electronic newsletter on how to compete successfully for research and education funding from federal agencies and foundations. Each monthly issue contains a section devoted to Funding for Grad Students and Postdocs.

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NDSU Graduate School
Phone: +1 (701) 231-7033
Campus address:  106 Putnam Hall
Physical/delivery address:  NDSU Graduate School/106 Putnam Hall/1349 12th Avenue Northwest/Fargo, ND 58102
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Last Updated: Monday, May 18, 2015 2:15:43 PM