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External Funding

Extra-Departmental UF Funding

The department encourages our students to find funding in other departments at UF where possible. Our students have held assistantships in a variety of other departments, including:

Additional possibilities:

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships

O. Ruth McQuown Scholarship

William and Arlene F. Ruegamer Scholarship

  • Available to students of high scholastic standing in anthropology or biochemistry.
  • The deadline for this scholarship is April 15, 2016. For more information, download the application.

Tropical Conservation and Development (TCD) Program Fellowships

  • Available to graduate students interested in biological conservation and rural development issues in Latin America and elsewhere in the tropics.
  • Visit the TCD website for more information.

Financial Aid and Funding Bulletin Boards

UF Financial Aid Office

To learn about external funding, including federal loans, visit the University of Florida’s Office of Student Financial Affairs. You will need to fill out a FAFSA to receive any federal loans through UF. The Financial Aid Office also uses the information from your FAFSA to assess graduate students’ eligibility for small need-based grants ($2,000-8,000 per year). These grant funds are limited and thus awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. To be considered for these grant funds, you should submit your FAFSA form as soon as possible after January 1 for the following academic year.
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General Social Sciences Funding

Funding opportunities for the social sciences are offered by many other organizations. Funding may be specific to a geographic region of interest, country of origin or topic of study.

  • AAA Minority Dissertation Fellowship. The American Anthropological Association invites minority doctoral candidates in anthropology to apply for a dissertation writing fellowship.
  • Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Provides opportunities for foreign scholars to conduct research and relative activities in Germany, Offers fellowships and grants.
  • American Academy in Rome. Rome Prize fellowships are designed for emerging artists and for scholars in the early or middle stages of their careers. Preference will be given to applicants for whom research time in Italy, and especially in the city of Rome, is essential, and who have not had extensive prior experience there.
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science. For over three decades the AAAS Science and Technology Fellowships have provided scientists and engineers with unique opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills to national and international issues in the federal policy realm while learning first-hand about establishing and implementing policy.
  • American Association of University Women (AAUW). One of the world’s largest sources of funding exclusively for graduate women, the AAUW Educational Foundation supports aspiring scholars around the globe, teachers and activists in local communities, women at critical stages of their careers and those pursuing professions where women are underrepresented. The American Association of University Women (AAUW) offers a number of different fellowships, grants and scholarships to promote education and equity for females, especially female college students who are minorities or majoring in professions where females are underrepresented.
  • American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS). ACLS offers fellowships and grants in more than a dozen programs for research in the humanities and related social sciences at the doctoral and postdoctoral levels.
  • American Institute of Indian Studies. A cooperative, non-profit organization of 59 American colleges and universities that supports the advancement of knowledge and understanding of India, its people and culture.
  • American Institute of Pakistan Studies. Its mission is to encourage and support research on issues relevant to Pakistan and the promotion of scholarly exchange between the United States and Pakistan.
  • American-Scandinavian Foundation. The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) promotes international understanding through educational and cultural exchange between the United States and Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.
  • Andrew W. Mellon/ACLS Early Career Fellowship (1). The fellowship assists graduate students in the humanities and related social sciences in the last year of Ph.D. dissertation writing. This program aims to encourage timely completion of the Ph.D. Applicants must be prepared to complete their dissertations within the period of their fellowship tenure or shortly thereafter.
  • Andrew W. Mellon/ACLS Early Career Fellowships (2). This is the second stage of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation/ACLS Early Career Fellowship Program, which provides support for young scholars.
  • Archaeological Institute of America. The AIA offers six fellowships for travel and study to deserving scholars. Fellowships are open to members of the Archaeological Institute of America.
  • The Association for Asian Studies. Information on various Asian studies grants and fellowships.
  • Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. The Center’s Residential Fellows program awards academic year residential fellowships for about 45 scholars who form a cohesive and diverse intellectual community. Fellows enjoy time and freedom to pursue their priority research and more importantly, to expand their horizons in active engagement with their Center colleagues.
  • Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship. The Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships are designed to encourage an original and significant study of ethical or religious values in all fields of the humanities and social sciences and, particularly, to help Ph.D. candidates in these fields complete their dissertation work in a timely manner. In addition to topics in religious studies or in ethics (philosophical or religious), dissertations appropriate to the Newcombe Fellowship competition might explore the ethical implications of foreign policy, the values influencing political decisions, the moral codes of other cultures and religious or ethical issues reflected in history or literature. The Dissertation Fellowships offer $18,500 12-month awards to support full-time dissertation writing for Doctor of Philosophy or Doctor of Theology students in humanities and social science programs at US graduate schools.
  • Chateaubriand Fellowships. Sponsored by the Embassy of France in the United States, Chateaubriand Fellowships offer up to 12 months of monthly stipends, round-trip travel to France, health insurance coverage and 30 days per diem for travel in France to doctoral students at US universities whose research in the humanities or sciences would benefit from visiting France.
  • Council of American Overseas Research Centers fosters international scholarly exchange, primarily through sponsorship of fellowship programs which allow pre-doctoral and senior scholars to pursue independent research important to the increase of knowledge and to our understanding of foreign cultures.
  • Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship Program. The International Affairs Fellowship Program is designed to advance the professional development of outstanding young Americans between the ages of 27 and 35. Each year, approximately 10 men and women receive the opportunity to broaden their experience in the field of international affairs through this unique program.
  • Crane-Rogers Foundation – Institute of Current World Affairs Target of Opportunity Fellowships (for study outside the USA). The primary purpose of the institute is to provide talented individuals an opportunity to develop a deep understanding of an issue, country or region outside the United States and to share that understanding with interested segments of the English-speaking public. Areas of particular interest to the Institute include Burma, India, Iran, North Africa, Russia, Venezuela and Southeast Asia, but candidates may seek fellowships in any country.
  • Dumbarton Oaks offers residential fellowships in three areas of study: Byzantine Studies (including related aspects of late Roman, early Christian, Western medieval, Slavic and Near Eastern studies), Pre-Columbian Studies (of Mexico, Central America and Andean South America), and Garden and Landscape Studies.
  • Fletcher Fellowships offer $50,000 awards to scholars, writers and artists contributing to the improvement of race relations in American society and the furtherance of the US Supreme Court’s Brown vs. Board of Education decision of 1954.
  • Florida Sea Grant Fellowships and Scholarships offer a number of different fellowships and scholarships for graduate students in majors related to aquatic, coastal and marine sciences, economics, engineering, management and conservation.
  • Ford Foundation Predoctoral Diversity Fellowships offer a $19,000 annual stipend, a $3,000 tuition-and-fees award, and expenses-paid Conference of Ford Fellows participation, for minority US citizens or native residents of US possessions working toward their first Doctor of Philosophy or Doctor of Science degree at an accredited US educational institution in anthropology, archaeology, art history, astronomy, chemistry, communications, computer science, earth sciences, economics, engineering, ethnomusicology, geography, history, international relations, language, life sciences, linguistics, literature, mathematics, performance study, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology, religion, sociology, urban planning and related interdisciplinary fields.
  • Frances C. Allen Fellowship for Women of American Indian Heritage, The Newberry Library. This fellowship is for women of American Indian heritage working on a project appropriate to the collections of the Newberry Library. Applicants may be working in any graduate or pre-professional field. Financial support varies according to their need and may include travel expenses. Allen Fellows are expected to spend a significant part of their tenure in residence at Newberry’s D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian History
  • Fulbright Specialists Program is designed to provide short-term academic opportunities (two to six weeks) for U.S. faculty and professionals. Shorter grant lengths give specialists greater flexibility to pursue a grant that works best with their current academic or professional commitments. Applications for the Fulbright Specialists Program are accepted on a rolling basis, and peer review of applications is conducted eight times per year.
  • Traditional Fulbright Scholar Program sends 800 U.S. faculty and professionals abroad each year. Grantees lecture and conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields. It is sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Under a cooperative agreement with the Bureau, the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) assists in the administration of the Fulbright Scholar Program for faculty and professionals.
  • Fulbright Scholarships. Sponsored by the US Department of State, Fulbright Scholarships help Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy students pursue a year of study and research in another country with paid travel, tuition and a monthly stipend. Applicants must be US citizens. UF students also should contact Dr. Jeanna Mastrodicasa, a campus Honors Awards Advisor and Fulbright counselor, via e-mail for further information and help:
  • German Marshall Fund of the United States has brought Americans and Europeans together to increase understanding and to build future transatlantic networks among the political, media, business and nonprofit communities. GMF works closely with partner organizations to sponsor a range of fellowship and exchange programs designed to provide both broad cultural exposure and more targeted opportunities for learning about specialized policy areas.
  • International Research and Exchanges (IREX) sponsors a broad range of fellowship opportunities for masters, predoctoral and postdoctoral research, as well as for senior scholars, professionals and policymakers. IREX IARO Fellowships provide graduate students with financial support and research opportunities for the overseas study of contemporary political, economical, historical and cultural developments relevant to US foreign policy. (Limited funding is available for non-policy-relevant topics as well.) Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents. Countries eligible for research are Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kosova, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. Fellowships cover travel expenses and a stipend for housing and living expenses, funded by the US Department of State Title VIII Program and the IREX Scholar Support Fund.
  • The Italian Academy. The Fellowship Program at the Italian Academy focuses on issues relating to cultural identity, cultural transmission and cultural memory. It has a twofold aim: to sustain the vitality of the many aspects of culture that are endangered by globalization and to forge genuinely new links between the arts, the sciences and the social sciences. Approximately 18 Fellowships will be awarded every year.
  • Jacob K. Javits Fellowships. The US Department of Education’s Jacob K. Javits Fellowships aid graduate students pursuing a terminal highest degree (master’s degree or doctoral degree) in selected areas of the arts, humanities and social sciences with fellowships up to $40,000 (student stipend plus institutional payment) on the basis of financial need and academic promise. Applicants must be US citizens, nationals or permanent residents attending an accredited institution in the United States.
  • The Jacobs Research Funds, hosted by the Whatcom Museum of History and Art in Bellingham, Washington, provides grants for anthropological and linguistic research on Native American peoples.
  • Kellogg Institute for International Studies, University of Notre Dame. The program offers time and resources to focus on a research project and move it forward in an intellectually stimulating and comfortable environment. The fellowships are open to candidates from the US and abroad who hold a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in a social science discipline or history (exceptions made), distinguished senior candidates who do not hold a Ph.D., and advanced graduate students who will complete their Ph.D. before beginning the fellowship.
  • Leakey Foundation was formed to foster research into human origins. Recent priorities include research into the environment, archeology and human paleontology of the Miocene, Pliocene and Pleistocene; the behavior, morphology, and ecology of the great apes and other primate species; and the behavioral ecology of contemporary hunter-gatherers. Other areas of study have been funded occasionally.
  • Marshall Scholarships fund a number of scholarships and fellowships that enable US graduate students in any major to study at an institution in the United Kingdom, with the aim of building and strengthening educational, scientific and cultural ties between the British and American peoples.
  • Mary Isabel Sibley Fellowships offers a one-year $20,000 fellowship to female graduate students majoring in French studies (awarded during even-numbered years) or Greek studies (awarded during odd-numbered years). Applicants must be unmarried women between 25 through 35 years old who have met all requirements for their doctoral degrees except the dissertation and plan to commit to full-time research during the fellowship year.
  • National Center for Human Genome Research (NCHGR) solicits grant applications that relate to its scientific priorities and research interests. NHGRI welcomes innovative research proposals and encourages investigators with novel ideas to discuss potential applications with program staff and submit these applications for competitive review. Investigator-initiated research proposals follow the NIH standard schedule ( for submission, review and award.
  • National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is an independent grant-making agency of the United States government dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation and public programs in the humanities.
  • National Humanities Center is the only major independent American institute for advanced study in all fields of the humanities. Privately incorporated and governed by a distinguished board of trustees from academic, professional and public life, the Center was planned under the auspices of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and began operation in 1978. Outstanding scholars from across the United States and more than thirty other nations have been awarded fellowships for advanced study at the National Humanities Center.
  • National Institute on Aging supports basic social and behavioral research and research training on the aging processes and the place of older people in society.
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress “to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense…” With an annual budget of about $6.06 billion, they are the funding source for approximately 20 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America’s colleges and universities. National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowships provide three years of $30,000 annual stipends and $10,500 cost-of-education allowances for use within a five-year period. Applicants must be US citizens, nationals or permanent residents who have completed no more than 12 months of research-based graduate study in astronomy, chemistry, computer and information science and engineering, engineering, geosciences, life sciences, mathematical sciences, physics, psychology or social sciences.
  • Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans aid new Americans in pursuing educational opportunities and fulfilling their potential in their new homeland. They include a $20,000 maintenance grant (paid in two installments) and half the cost of tuition at the recipient’s graduate program at a US institution (up to $16,000 an academic year). Applicants must be a naturalized US citizen, a child of two naturalized US citizens or a US resident alien with a Green Card.
  • The Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society’s Walter J. Jensen Fellowship for French Language, Literature and Culture – provides a stipend and round-trip airfare for at least six months of study in France for students whose careers will involve active use of the French language.
  • Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University. The fellowships are designed to support scholars, scientists, artists, and writers of exceptional promise and demonstrated accomplishments who wish to pursue work in academic and professional fields and in the creative arts.
  • School for Advanced Research provides a dynamic environment for the advanced study and communication of knowledge about human culture, evolution, history and creative expression.
  • Smithsonian Office of Fellowships and Internships offers fellowships for doctoral students in American social and cultural history, animal behavior, anthropology, archeology, art history, astronomy, astrophysics, biology, earth sciences, ecology, environmental science, folklife, history of science and technology, linguistics, materials research, molecular biology and paleobiology.
  • Social Science Research Council. SSRC fellowship and grant programs provide support and professional recognition to innovators within fields, and especially to younger researchers whose work and ideas will have a longer-term impact on society and scholarship. These programs often target the spaces between disciplines, where new perspectives emerge and struggle for acceptance, thus ensuring the production of knowledge and expertise on key topics, regions and social challenges.
  • Society for American Archaeology. The Native American Scholarships Fund is an endowment established to foster a sense of shared purpose and positive interaction between archaeologists and Native Americans.
  • Spencer Foundation believes that cultivating knowledge and new ideas about education will ultimately improve students’ lives and enrich society. The Foundation pursues its mission by awarding research grants and fellowships and by strengthening the connections among education research, policy and practice through the Spencer Forum.
  • The Newberry “Susan Kelly Power and Helen Hornbeck Tanner Fellowship”This fellowship for Ph.D. candidates and postdoctoral scholars of American Indian heritage supports up to two months of residential research in any field in the humanities, using the collections of the Newberry Library, and provides a stipend of $1,600 per month.
  • U.S. Institute of Peace Jennings Randolph Senior Fellowship. The Jennings Randolph (JR) Program for International Peace awards approximately twelve residential Senior Fellowships each year for outstanding scholars, practitioners, policymakers, journalists, and other professionals to conduct research on peace, conflict and international security in Washington D.C.
  • U.S. Presidential Management Fellows Program. The two-year paid US Presidential Management Fellows Program recruits outstanding individuals in various majors and career paths who are interested in public service in the US federal government. It includes formal classroom training and multiple assignments. Fellows are hired by federal government agencies in criminal justice, finance, health, public administration, science, technology and many other areas. Nominees must be completing a master’s degree, doctoral degree or law degree during the current academic year. If you think you should be nominated for this fellowship, contact your graduate coordinator for details. If he/she deems you are qualified for nomination, he/she will help you with the application process and forward your paperwork to UF’s nominating official, Dr. Karen Bradley (UF Graduate School associate director), for you.
  • USAID Fellowship programs are intended to: develop a pool of experts devoted to international development assistance; provide individuals with practical work experience in the areas of humanitarian assistance and economic and social development; and benefit the agency by providing research, technical advice and intellectual stimulus.
  • Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research supports significant and innovative anthropological research into humanity’s biological and cultural origins, development and variation and to foster the creation of an international community of research scholars in anthropology. The Foundation provides a variety of grants to support individual research, collaborative projects, conferences and training fellowships.
  • Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowships in Women’s Studies offer a $3,000 award for dissertation writing expenses to doctoral students in any major at US graduate schools whose research addresses women in any number of disciplinary, regional or cultural ways.[/expand]

If you learn of any funding source that is not on this list, please inform the Graduate Program Assistant.

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