150 Scholarships for Graduate Students

Last updated: March 19, 2018

With over 53 billion dollars in funding available for graduate students to support the careers of their dreams, it can be a challenge to find the perfect scholarship match. Opportunities are growing in the world of higher education and beyond, as the choice to enroll in graduate school is often the catalyst for better employment opportunities and a higher salary. But many students find themselves asking, “at what cost?”

With so many unique and substantial funding options available, earning a graduate degree is a privilege that everyone deserves if you have the drive and are ready to put in the time commitment.

To help fund your graduate degree, follow our guide and use the interactive tool to sort through over 150 scholarship opportunities for graduate students based on your field of study and award amount.

 

How to Pay for College

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Scholarships

There are hundreds of scholarships for graduate students, which are awarded by local organizations, private companies, societies and more.

 
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Grants

Grants don’t need to be paid back and are based on your financial circumstances. They are usually funded by the federal government, your state or college.

 
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Fellowships

While scholarships usually fund tuition, fellowships typically cover graduate study, research projects and abroad experiences without needing to be paid back.

 
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Student Loans

You can borrow money from the government or a bank, but it needs to be paid back with interest. The federal government offers many loan options—fill out the free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to see if you qualify for financial aid. If you need help, use our interactive guide to learn how to answer every question.

 
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Federal Work-Study Program

Provides part-time jobs for undergraduate and graduate students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to pay education expenses.

 
 

If you’re just beginning the process of finding suitable scholarships, make sure you’re prepared for the application process by starting a folder with the assets below.

Scholarship Application Preparation

Start early and do your research. The application process for graduate school can be lengthy. A great way to start is with broad research, networking and visits to help narrow down the search. Once you determine your top 5-10 schools, you can better organize the specific application deadlines throughout the process.
Not all scholarships are based off of your GPA, but most need to verify your education credentials to qualify. Try to get certified copies of your undergraduate transcript early, so you have plenty of time to meet the deadline.
Many graduate programs require applicants to send test scores with your application. The most common standardized test is the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test, but depending on your field of study, other standardized tests such as the LSAT, MCAT, or GMAT may be required.
Letters of recommendation are a true judgement of your character—something that can’t be revealed through your test scores or transcript. Reach out to former teachers, counselors or managers, so that they can speak to your qualifications. Determine the specific guidelines for each letter of recommendation and provide these specifications, to make this as easy as possible for your letter writers.
This is typically a short statement of intention, in which you explain your academic background, your goals and how the graduate program will help you reach those goals. Admissions committees like to see developed research as it pertains to your area of interest, so try to be as clear and concise as possible.
This is your opportunity to get creative and show your personality as more than just an application candidate. Find ways to express your background, your challenges, goals, motivations and passions.
 

Scholarship Opportunities for Graduate Students

Instructions: Click through the dropdowns below to sort by your intended major, award amount or if you’re looking for need-based aid. Click the box for a larger view.

Pride Foundation

Amount: Varies

Deadline: January 11, 2019

Pride foundation is offering mutliple scholarships to promote leadership and diversity in the LGBTQ community. Scholarships are organized in four distinct categories: academic pursuits, community leadership, cultural identities, and geography. There is only one application for 50 Scholarships. Applicants must be a resident of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, or Washington but may study elsewhere and must be pursuing post-secondary education.

Walter Byers Graduate Scholarship

Amount: $24,000

Deadline: January 11, 2019

The scholarship is a means of recognizing academic performance by student-athletes who have competed in intercollegiate athletics as a member of a varsity team at an NCAA member institution. Every year one male and one female student-athlete are awarded a the scholarship. The applicant must have undergraduate cumulative grade-point average of 3.500 or better. Be a graduating senior or be enrolled in graduate study at an NCAA member institution.

Lewis B. Barber Memorial Scholarship

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: February 24, 2019

This merit-based scholarship aims to provide financial aid to students who graduate from public or private high school in Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry or Lee counties in Florida. Applicant must pursue certification to teach deaf/blind or attend seminary/pre-seminary school to study church, Christian music or Christian education.

John & Ruth Childe Scholarship

Amount: $1,950

Deadline: February 24, 2019

The scholarship awards students from Lee County in Florida with a physical disability to pursue higher education in a college, university or technical school. Applicant must be able to describe give proof of disability.

Paul B. & Aline Flynn Scholarship

Amount: $3,000

Deadline: February 24, 2019

The scholarship awards students who graduate from a public or private high school in Charlotte, Collier, Lee, Hendry or Glades counties. and pursuing a degree in Communication or Journalism. All High School Seniors, Undergraduates, and Graduates are eligible to apply.

Doris W. Frey Memorial Scholarship

Amount: $2,750

Deadline: February 24, 2019

The scholarship awards students studying Christian ministry/youth ministry, teaching, Christian counseling, nursing or medicine. Students must graduate from a public or private high school in Charlotte, Collier, Hendry, Glades or Lee County. All High School Seniors, Undergraduates, and Graduates are eligible to apply.

American Baptist Financial Aid Program

Amount: $3,000

Deadline: April 30, 2019

Student must be a member of an American baptist church for a minimum of one year to be eligible. Must be preparing to enter an accredited university or graduate program in the United States or Puerto Rico as a full-time student with a GPA of 2.75 for consideration.

Bradford-Sullivan Forest Landowners' Association Scholarship

Amount: $1,500

Deadline: April 30, 2019

The scholarship is for a student majoring in forest management, forest products, or a closely related field. Students should be current students at a two or four year college or university. In order to apply a student needs to have graduated from a high school or lived in one of the following counties in Pennsylvania: Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Wyoming, Pike, Wayne, Lackawanna, and Luzerne.

Harold Bettinger Scholarship

Amount: $4,000

Deadline: May 1, 2019

This scholarship is intended for horticultural students majoring in business and/or marketing with the intent to apply their education to a horticulture-related career or business for consideration.

Lance Stafford Larson Student Award

Amount: $500

Deadline: October 31, 2018

Award is given to the applicant who submits the best paper on a computer-related topic. There will be one award for undergraduates and a second for graduate students.

The Doc Cohen Franchising Scholarship

Amount: $1,500

Deadline: October 31, 2018

This scholarship will support a student majoring in business, finance, marketing, food service, hospitality or entrepreneurship. Must be a US citizen attending an accredited university. Must submit a 10-page business plan on a franchise concept.

SimpliSafe STEM Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: November 30, 2018

SimpliSafe scholarship is for students in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. The program provides financial assistance to Bachelors, Masters, or PhD students enrolled in STEM degree programs. Applicant must be a US Citizen or legal permanent resident.

Car Covers Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: December 15, 2018

Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited graduate program. Students will be given a creative writing prompt to determine the winner of the scholarship.

Burger King Scholars Program

Amount: $1,000-$50,000

Deadline: December 15, 2018

Applicants must have strong academic performance with a minimum GPA of 2.5. Must be passionate about serving the community, and be an employee/spouse/partner of an employee for graduate consideration.

$500 Graduate Student Scholarship

Amount: $500

Deadline: December 31, 2018

Current graduate students, adults, and college students planning to enroll in graduate school and/or any college offering a post-secondary degree are eligible. Must be currently enrolled in an accredited university to be considered.

Unigo Scholarship

Amount: $10,000

Deadline: December 31, 2018

Applicants must be currently enrolled in accredited university and be a US citizen. Applicants are asked to create 140-character tweet for a chance to win.

Technology Addiction Awareness

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: January 30, 2019

Scholarship is open to students of any age and field of study. Applicants will complete an essay on technology addiction, and the top 10 finalists will be chosen based on creativity and content of the essay.

ASA Minority Fellowship Program

Amount: $18,000

Deadline: January 31, 2019

Applicants can be new or continuing graduate students, but preference will be given to students entering doctoral programs or students enrolled in strong mental health programs. Fellows will be selected on their commitment to research in mental health.

Vincint and Catherine Sansalone Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Deadline: February 1, 2019

Students must be enrolled in a math or science program at an accredited U.S. university. Must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher for consideration. Preference for students of Italian descent.

Kalamazoo County Scholarships

Amount: Varies

Deadline: March 1, 2019

The scholarship focuses on the sources of aid available in Kalamazoo County, including scholarships offered by the Kalamazoo Community Foundation. There are many scholarships available for both undergraduate and graduate students. See the description of individual scholarship for details.

Grand Rapids Community Foundation Scholarships

Amount: Varies

Deadline: April 1, 2019

Grand Rapids Community Foundation is offering multiple scholarships that benefit students of many ages, academic abilities and areas of interes The general scholarship online application enables a person to qualify for 50 scholarship funds.

Dr. Harold Kerzner Scholarships

Amount: Varies

Deadline: May 1, 2019

The scholarship is open to all students who are pursuing graduate or undergraduate degrees in Project Management or related fields of study from accredited, degree-granting colleges and universities. Undergraduate, Graduate and Doctoral students are eligible to apply. There are four academic scholarships valued at up to the US $7,500 each which are offered to students who fulfil the criterion.

Dwaraka R. Iyengar PMI Dallas Chapter Area Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Deadline: May 1, 2019

The scholarship is open for applicants who are enrolled in or applying to a project management related degree program or a field benefiting from project management.The eligible students must be attending or planning to attend an accredited degree program that lives and goes to school in the PMI Dallas Chapter area.

James Rankin Memorial Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Deadline: May 1, 2019

The scholarship is open for applicants who are enrolled in or applying to a project management related degree program or a field benefiting from project management. The eligible students must be from Dallas/Fort Worth or attending or planning to attend an accredited degree program in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Students in Texas, USA attending or planning to attend an accredited degree program at any college or university in the USA are also eligible to apply.

Wayne K Latham Project Management Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Deadline: May 1, 2019

The scholarship is open for applicants who are enrolled in or applying to a project management related degree program or a field benefiting from project management. The eligible students must be from Dallas/Fort Worth or attending or planning to attend an accredited degree program in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Students in Texas, USA attending or planning to attend an accredited degree program at any college or university in the USA are also eligible to apply.

Goldman Sachs MBA Fellowship

Amount: $25,000

Deadline: January 1, 2019

The MBA Fellowship is designed to increase interest in financial services among black, hispanic and native american business school students.

Pedro Zamoro Public Policy Fellowship

Amount: Varies

Deadline:

Candidates should have strong research, writing and organizational skills and willingness to work in a professional office. Fellows must commit to working a minimum of 30-hours per week for 16 weeks. Proof of eligibility to work in the U.S. required for acceptance.

NACME Scholars Program

Amount: Varies

Deadline: January 1, 2019

To be eligible for the NACME Scholars Program, students must be currently enrolled in an engineering program at a partner university and maintain a 2.5 GPA or higher. Transfers must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.7 to be eligible.

NASA Harriett G. Jenkins Predoctoral Fellowship Project

Amount: $18,000

Deadline: January 1, 2019

Applicants must be a U.S. citizen and be classified as a member of an underrepresented group. Students must be within the first three years of graduate study and maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 for consideration.

Thomas J. Watson Fellowship

Amount: $30,000

Deadline: January 1, 2019

The fellowship is a one-year grant for independent exploration outside the United States, awarded to graduating seniors which are nominated by campus advisors of one of 40 participating partner colleges. All majors and fields of inquiry are eligible. Please ask the respective campus advisor about internal deadlines. The national selection process begins in November. Awards are announced in mid-March.

Cap Lathrop Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Deadline: June 1, 2019

The Cap Lathrop Scholarship is offered to Alaska Natives with preference given to descendants of Cook Inlet Region, Inc. (CIRI) who are majoring in broadcast, telecommunications, business, engineering, journalism, and other media-related fields. The applicant must be pursuing a 2-year, 4-year, or graduate degree program with a major in broadcast, telecommunications, business, engineering, journalism, and other media-related fields.

HubShout Internet Marketing Scholarship

Amount: $100

Deadline: November 1, 2018

The scholarship is to support the next generation of professionals or students with a demonstrated passion for Internet Marketing. There are two application Deadlines first is March 1st and next is November 1st of each year. The scholarship is open to students with at least one year of college.

WomenIn Scholarship

Amount: $2,500

Deadline: January 1, 2019

Both undergraduate and graduate women pursuing a career in video game development or the business of video games are eligible. Various majors qualify such as game design, law, business, programming and marketing.

Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans

Amount: 50% of tuition

Deadline: November 1, 2018

Available to full-time graduate students 30 years and younger. Applicants must be a resident alien, and naturalized as a U.S. citizen or the child of a U.S. citizen. Eligibility is based on applicant's demonstration of the relevance of graduate education to long-term career goals.

Charlotte W. Newcombe Dissertation Fellowship

Amount: $25,000

Deadline: November 15, 2018

All applicants must be candidates for Ph.D. or Th.D. degrees in an American doctoral program at a graduate school in the U.S. Must have all pre-dissertation requirements fulfilled by the application deadline, and be in the writing stages of the dissertation upon applying. Must also expect to complete dissertation between April 1-August 31 2019. Must be enrolled in humanities or social science departments, writing on topics where ethics and religious values are of central concern. Must be a new applicant to the program for consideration.

Center for Alcohol Policy National Essay Contest

Amount: up to $5,000

Deadline: December 7, 2018

The contest is open to all. Students, academics, policymakers and inspired individuals are encouraged to submit their essays on temperance as it would apply in today's alcohol marketplace.

Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program

Amount: up to $42,000

Deadline: December 10, 2018

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration provides yearly support for students pursuing their masters and doctoral studies in oceanography, marine biology, and all other science, engineering, and related social sciences. Must be a US citizen with a GPA of 3.3 or higher for consideration, while maintaining full-time student status.

Stacey Scholarship Fund

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: February 1, 2019

This award is intended for students with focus on conservative art such as painting and drawing. Open to all U.S. citizens pursuing graduate degree in the arts.