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American Political Science Association Minority Fellowships

Description: The APSA Minority Fellows Program was established in 1969 as an effort to increase the number of minority scholars in the discipline. This year, the Association has refocused and increased its efforts to assist minority students in completing their doctorates by concentrating not only on the recruitment of minorities, but also on the retention of these groups within the profession. Beginning in 2006, the Minority Fellows Program will designate twelve stipend minority fellows each year. Additional applicants who do not receive funds from the Association may also be recognized and recommended for admission and financial support to graduate political science programs. Fellows with stipends receive a $4,000 fellowship that is disbursed in two $2,000 payments - one at the end of their first graduate year and one at the end of their second - provided that they remain in good academic standing. APSA can disclose some of the funds at the start of the academic year by request of the student. Awards are based on students' undergraduate course work, GPA, extracurricular activities, GRE scores, and recommendations from faculty.

Eligibility: The Minority Fellows program is designed primarily for minority students applying to enter a doctoral program in political science for the first time; Applicants must be members of one of the following racial/ethnic minority groups: African Americans, Asian Pacific Americans, Latinos/as, and Native Americans (federal and state recognized tribes); Applicants must demonstrate an interest in teaching and potential for research in political science; Applicant must be a US Citizen at time of award; Applicants must demonstrate financial need.
ONCA Deadline: October 15




American Psychological Association Minority Fellowships

Description: The objective of the American Psychological Association Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) is to increase the knowledge of issues related to ethnic minority mental health and to improve the quality of mental health treatment delivered to ethnic minority populations. This is achieved by providing financial support and professional guidance to individuals pursuing doctoral degrees in psychology and neuroscience. The MFP has created several programs to support the training of researchers and practitioners in the areas of mental health, substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, and drug abuse.

Eligibility: Varies according to program; see website for details
Information: (Look for the application link in October) 
ONCA Deadline: December 15




American Sociological Association Minority Fellowship Program

Description: The American Sociological Association Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) fellowship is a predoctoral training program intended for underrepresented minorities primarily interested in mental health issues and research. Through its Minority Fellowship Program (MFP), the American Sociological Association (ASA) supports the development and training of sociologists of color in mental health and drug abuse research. Funded by a training grant sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and co-funded by the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), MFP seeks to attract talented doctoral students to ensure a diverse and highly trained workforce is available to assume leadership roles in research related to the nation's mental health and drug abuse research agendas. An annual stipend of $15,060 is provided for the ASA/NIMH fellowships; the general ASA fellowships are a minimum of $11,496. Also, arrangements for the payment of tuition will be made with universities or departments. Approximately 10-12 new awards are made each year. The MFP Fellowship Program provides a package of additional training and mentoring in addition to the stipend.

Eligibility: MFP Fellows are selected on the basis of their commitment to research, the focus of their research experience, academic achievement, scholarship, writing ability, research potential, financial need, and racial/ethnic minority background. Fellows must be citizens or non-citizen nationals of the United States, or have been lawfully admitted to the Unites States for permanent residence and have in their possession an Alien Registration Card, and must be accepted and/or enrolled in a full-time Sociology doctoral program in the United States. In addition, applicants must be members of a racial and ethnic group, including Black/African American, Latino (e.g., Chicano, Cuban, Puerto Rican), American Indian or Alaskan Native, and Asian (e.g., Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Southeast Asian) or Pacific Islander (e.g., Hawaiian, Guamanian, Samoan, Filipino).
Application Information:
ONCA Deadline:
January 15




Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholars Program

Description: The Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholars Program brings talented college seniors and recent graduates to Washington, D.C., where they are placed in congressional offices and learn about health policy issues, with a focus on issues affecting racial and ethnic minority and underserved communities. Through the nine-week program (May-July), Scholars gain knowledge about federal legislative procedure and health policy issues, while further developing their critical thinking and leadership skills. In addition to gaining experience in a congressional office, Scholars participate in seminars and site visits to augment their knowledge of health care issues, and write and present a health policy research memo that addresses a problem of concern to disadvantaged populations.

Eligibility: Eligible candidates must be U.S. citizens who will be seniors or recent graduates (less than 2 years) of an accredited U.S. college or university in the fall of the application year. Graduate students and individuals with an advanced degree are not eligible to apply. Successful applicants will show evidence of academic achievement and will demonstrate the following:  Be a member of a population that is adversely affected by racial or ethnic disparities in health; and/or have experience working in or with programs that address health issues disproportionately affecting racial and ethnic minorities or underserved communities (e.g. local health departments, community health centers, inner city/rural hospitals or organizations that conduct research on or develop policy related to health or healthcare disparities) or have done previous academic work (e.g. taken courses, written papers or participate in research projects) related to health disparities.
ONCA Deadline:  December 1




Ford Foundation Predoctoral Diversity Fellowships

Description: Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships are designed to increase the diversity of the nation's college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. Predoctoral fellowships are in the amount of $20,000 to the fellow, and an institutional allowance of $3,000 for three years. There are also dissertation and postdoctoral awards.

Eligibility: All citizens or nationals of the United States regardless of race, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation (must have become a U.S. citizen by application date); Individuals with evidence of superior academic achievement (such as grade point average, class rank, honors or other designations); Individuals committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level; Individuals enrolled in or planning to enroll in an eligible research-based program leading to a Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree at a U.S. educational institution; Individuals who have not earned a doctoral degree at any time, in any field; U.S. citizens who are Alaskan Native, African American, Mexican American, Native American, Native Pacific Islander, or Puerto Rican will be given special consideration as candidates.
ONCA Deadline: November 1




GEM Minority Fellowships

Description: The mission of The National GEM Consortium is to enhance the value of the nation's human capital by increasing the participation of underrepresented groups (African Americans, American Indians, and Hispanic Americans) at the master's and doctoral levels in engineering and science. The program supports study for the MS or PhD in engineering, or the PhD in one of the natural sciences (chemistry, physics, earth sciences, mathematics, biological sciences, and computer science). Applicants to this program are accepted as early as their junior undergraduate year, as well as candidates currently enrolled in a Master's of Engineering program and working professionals. Fellowships offered through this program are portable and may be used at any participating GEM Member University where the GEM Fellow is admitted.

Eligibility: Applicant must be a United States citizen at the time the application is submitted. Permanent residents are currently under consideration for applicant eligibility. Non-U.S. citizens are not eligible. Applicant must be an engineering, computer science, mathematics or applied science (i.e., chemistry, physics, geoscience) major/bacculaureate degree holder. The GEM Fellowship program targets the following underrepresented minority groups: American Indian, African American, and Hispanic American/Latino.
ONCA Deadline:
October 1 (early consideration) / November 15 (final deadline)




The Hispanic Scholarship Fund

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund is designed to assist students of Hispanic heritage obtain a college degree. Scholarships are available, on a competitive basis, to: high school seniors, undergraduate students (all years), community collge students transferring to four year universities, and graduate students. Awards are based on merit and emphasize STEM majors; amounts range from $500 to $5,000, based on relative need, among the Scholars selected.

Eligibility: Applicants must be of Hispanic Heritage, have a minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) for High School Students; minimum of 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) for College and Graduate Students; plan to enroll Full-Time in an accredited, not-for-profit, 4-year university, or graduate school, during the FALL of a scholarship cycle (year); be a U.S. Citizen, Permanent Legal Resident, DACA or Eligible Non-Citizen (as defined by FAFSA); and complete FAFSA or state based financial aid application (if applicable).
ONCA Deadline:
March 15




Morris K. Udall Scholarship

Description: The Morris K. Udall Foundation was established by Congress in 1992 to honor Morris King Udall's 30 years of service in the US House of Representatives. The Foundation will award approximately 75 scholarships to outstanding students, to be known as Morris K. Udall Scholars. The awards will be made on the basis of merit to two groups of students: (1) Those who are college sophomores or juniors in the current academic year, have outstanding potential, and who study the environment and related fields; (2) Native American and Alaska Native students who are college sophomores or juniors in the current academic year, have outstanding potential, and are in fields related to health care or tribal public policy. Each scholar receives up to $5,000, or the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board, whichever is less, for their junior or senior year of undergraduate study. Scholarship monies not used during one academic year are not transferable to the succeeding academic year.

Eligibility: Sophomore or junior standing, B average and upper fourth of class, U.S. citizen or a permanent resident alien. Four-year institutions are eligible to nominate a total of six students from either or both categories, although it is recommended that the total be equally divided between them. To be considered, a student must be nominated by his or her college or university using the official nomination materials provided to each institution. Scholars selected during their sophomore year only may be renominated during the next year's competition. Junior nominees may not be renominated. Freshmen are not eligible.
ONCA Deadline:
February 15




National Physical Science Consortium (NPSC) Graduate Fellowships

Description: NPSC offers a unique graduate fellowship in the physical sciences and related engineering fields. It is open to all U. S. Citizens, but with emphasis on recruitment of applications from historically underrepresented minorities and women. An NPSC Fellowship covers the first two or three years of graduate school, depending on the employer who sponsors the fellowship, with the possibility of continuation for several more years providing all the conditions of the fellowship continue to be met. The maximum duration is six years, in which case the overall value (stipend, tuition, fees, summer salary for two summers) of an NPSC fellowship typically well exceeds $200,000.

Eligibility: NPSC welcomes applications from any qualified U.S. citizen who has the ability to pursue graduate work at an NPSC member institution. NPSC attempts to recruit a broad pool of applicants with special emphasis on underrepresented minorities and women. Applicants should be in one of the following categories: Be in your senior year with at least a 3.0/4.0 GPA; Be in your first year of a graduate program; Be in a terminal master's program (your university offers no Ph.D. in your discipline); Be returning from the workforce with no more than a master's degree
Application Information:
ONCA Deadline: October 15 (accepting applications beginning Aug. 25)




National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships

Description: The purpose of the National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program is to ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States and to reinforce its diversity. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in the relevant science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees, including women in engineering and computer and information science. NSF Fellows are expected to become knowledge experts who can contribute significantly to research, teaching, and innovations in science and engineering. So that the nation can build fully upon the strength and creativity of a diverse society, the Foundation welcomes applications from all qualified individuals and strongly encourages women, minorities, and persons with disabilities to compete fully in this program. The National Science Foundation awards 1000 three-year graduate fellowships for study and research in the sciences, mathematics, physics, biology, social sciences, engineering, and the history and philosophy of science.

Eligibility: Must be U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents; college seniors, first-year graduate students.
ONCA Deadline: October 15




Newhouse Foundation Graduate Newspaper Fellowship for Minorities

Description:The Newhouse Graduate Fellowship and Apprenticeship in Newspaper Journalism for Minorities seeks students with outstanding qualifications and the potential to make significant contributions to the field of newspaper journalism. It also seeks to increase the number of minority journalists in the country. A highly competitive program, it provides two generous awards each year to minority students who have majored in subjects other than journalism as undergraduates. Students commit to 18 months of graduate study followed by 12 months of professional reporting as apprentices with The Syracuse Post-Standard or another Newhouse newspaper. The fellowship includes tuition, a $1400 monthly stipend, and up to $1500 in relocation expenses.

Eligibility: MA program applicants to Syracuse University's Newhouse school of public communications.  Applicants must not have majored in journalism at the undergraduate level.
Information: For program information, see
ONCA Deadline: January 15




The New York Times Student Journalism Institute

Description: During the program, students are working journalists supervised by New York Times reporters and editors. Students cover events in New York City, and opportunities include copy editing, reporting, photography, video and newspaper page design. There is no cost to attend the program. Students are provided with room and board, and costs, including transportation to and from New York City.

Eligibility: Participants must be students (or recent graduates) who are members of National Association of Hispanic Journalists or National Association of Black Journalists, or students at a historically black college or university.
ONCA Deadline: October 15



NIH Predoctoral Fellowship Awards for Minority Students

Description: This program encourages students from underrepresented minority groups to seek graduate degrees in the biomedical and behavioral sciences to help increase the number of well-trained minority scientists. The fellowship provides up to 5 years of support for research training leading to the Ph.D. or equivalent research degree, the combined M.D./Ph.D. degree, or other combined degrees in the biomedical or behavioral sciences or health services research.

Eligibility: Must be a U.S. citizen or national from an underrepresented racial or ethnic group, and currently enrolled in a Ph.D. or other equivalent research degree; combined M.D./Ph.D.; or other combined professional degree and research doctoral degree program. Requires sponsorship of a research mentor in one's graduate program.
ONCA Deadlines:
Rolling: December 1, April 1, August 1



NIH Undergraduate Scholarship Program

Description: The NIH Undergraduate Scholarship Program (UGSP) offers competitive scholarships to exceptional students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to biomedical, behavioral, and social science research careers at the NIH. Awards offered are up to $20,000 per academic year for up to 4 years.

Eligibility: Must have GPA of 3.5 or be within top 5% of class, be from disadvantaged background, be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as full-time student at undergraduate institution, and be U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or U.S. national.
ONCA Deadline:
February 15




Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowship Program (PPIA)

Description: The Public Policy and International Affairs Program (PPIA) is a national program that prepares young adults for an advanced degree and ultimately for careers and influential roles serving the public good. PPIA has an outreach focus on students from groups who are underrepresented in leadership positions in government, nonprofits, international organizations and other institutional settings. The PPIA Fellowship Program is designed to prepare college juniors or rising seniors from diverse backgrounds for graduate studies in public and/or international affairs and groom them for professional roles in public service. Full tuition to attend PPIA Junior Summer Institute, plus a minimum $1,000 stipend. Minimum of $5,000 toward graduate school tuition. PPIA Fellows often receive financial offers above and beyond this minimum. Eligibility for paid internships and other professional development opportunities.

Eligibility: U.S. Citizen; completion of junior year; at least one semester of undergraduate study remaining. Must be committed to completing a Master's Degree in public and/or international affairs at one of the PPIA Consortium graduate schools. Must demonstrate an interest in pursuing a professional career associated with public service such as government, nonprofits, humanitarian and international organizations and other related programs. Must contribute to the diversity of perspectives. Economic need is given consideration.
Application Information:
ONCA Deadline:
October 15




Sunbelt Rentals Scholarship

Description: In the fall of 2008, Sunbelt Rentals, in partnership with the Big South Conference, established the Sunbelt Rentals Scholarship as a means of recognizing the work done in the classroom, campus, and the community by students within the Big South Conference.  Two (2) scholarships will be awarded in January at a value between $2,000 and $4,000 each.  A committee made up of Big South Conference administrators, Sunbelt Rental executives, and institutional representatives from the Big South Conference institutions will be responsible for determining the award.

Eligibility: Applicants must be one or more of the following: (a) female, (b) member of a minority group (African-American, Asian, Hispanic, Native American, Native Alaskan or other Ethnic or Immigrant Groups), (c) currently or formerly active in the U.S. Military, and/or (d) disabled as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Beyond this, the applicant must also have an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher, and be a student entering his/her final semester in Spring of the application year and enrolled full time in a Bachelor's degree program (ideally the student is interested in construction or sales). The applicant must not be an employee of Sunbelt Rentals or the Big South Conference or the child of employees of these organizations, and he or she must be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident. Finally, the applicant must have evidenced good character and superior leadership.
ONCA Deadline:
December 1

Last Updated: 2/13/20