Graduate Student Fellowship Opportunities


This page is in no way intended to act as a comprehensive list of fellowships. We have tried to list some of the fellowship mechanisms that would most match the needs of InCHIP’s Graduate Student Affiliates. If you have any suggestions for additions, please feel free to contact us here.

Another resource at UConn worth checking is the UConn’s Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships. They are experts in fellowship funding and can help you find and apply for fellowships.For more graduate student funding opportunities, please also see this helpful Google Sheet made by Eva Lefkowitz (UConn Professor & HDFS Department Head).

Internal Funding Opportunities

External Funding Opportunities

  • NIH National Research Service Awards/Fellowships(NRSA):The NIH Provides a number of fellowship opportunities that provide funding for both pre- and postdoctoral training and research development with the goal of research independence. See the link above to help determine which mechanism best matches your needs and current status.
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP):These fellowships are intended to recruit and support the most promising students entering graduate programs at the University of Connecticut. Recipients of these fellowships will represent the very best applicants to graduate programs at the University. In addition, to be eligible for either the HF or CF fellowship, applicants must demonstrate a commitment to enhancing diversity in higher education and/or a commitment to enhancing diversity in their field of study.
  • NSF Science, Technology, and Society (STS):
    The Science, Technology, and Society (STS) program supports research that uses historical, philosophical, and social scientific methods to investigate the intellectual, material, and social facets of the scientific, technological, engineering and mathematical (STEM) disciplines. It encompasses a broad spectrum of STS topics including interdisciplinary studies of ethics, equity, governance, and policy issues that are closely related to STEM disciplines, including medical science.
  • Society for Public Health Education: Vivian Drenckhahn Student Scholarship:This scholarship is awarded annually to three deserving full-time undergraduate or graduate students who are national SOPHE members and who have excelled academically, demonstrated a commitment to addressing the public’s health through a career in health education, and who have demonstrated financial need. Students applying for this award must currently be pursuing a health education degree (e.g., health education, community health education, public health education, school health education), and must have completed at least one-third of coursework required for their major. This award is designated for tuition support and is paid directly to the student’s academic institution.
  • Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs: The Ford Foundation provides fellowship opportunities for Pre-doctoral, Dissertation-stage, and Postdoctoral researchers working in a variety of disciplines and fields (check their list of eligible fields to ensure your eligibility). Through its Fellowship Programs, the Ford Foundation seeks 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.
  • Fulbright Fellowships:
    The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistantships. A candidate will submit a Statement of Grant Purpose defining activities to take place during one academic year in a participating country outside the U.S. During their grants, Fulbrighters will meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences. The program facilitates cultural exchange through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home, and in routine tasks, allowing the grantee to gain an appreciation of others’ viewpoints and beliefs, the way they do things, and the way they think. Through engagement in the community, the individual will interact with their hosts on a one-to-one basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity, and intellectual freedom, thereby promoting mutual understanding.
    Please note that UConn’s Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships provides extensive support to those applying for Fulbright fellowship.
  • Research Participant Programs at the CDC:The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education Research Participation Programs at the CDC are educational and training programs designed to provide college students, recent graduates, and university faculty opportunities to participate in project-specific CDC research, current public health research, and developmental activities.