Pre-Candidacy

Full-year Fellowships

Diversifying Higher Education Faculty in Illinois

  • Statewide competition for 12-months of funding, renewable for up to four years
  • Mid-February deadline for submission to the Graduate School

Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowships

  • Three-year stipend of $20,000 per year. The awards will be made to individuals who, in the judgment of the review panels, have demonstrated superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers, and are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.
  • Expenses paid to attend at least one Conference of Ford Fellows
  • Access to Ford Fellow Liaisons, a network of former Ford Fellows who have volunteered to provide mentoring and support to current fellows.
  • Early-November application submission deadline
  • Only citizens of the United States or native residents of a possession of the United States are eligible. U.S. permanent residents who are citizens of another country will not be considered.

Partial-year Fellowships & Grants

IHR Mellon Pre-Dissertation Fellowship

  • Summer research in England
  • Mid-January application submission deadline

Northwestern Graduate Research Grant

  • One-time award, intended for short-term research
  • Maximum award of $3000
  • Three submission deadlines each year: October, January, and April

Northwestern Summer Language Grant

  • Intended to help defray the expense of out-of-state summer language study
  • Maximum award of $2000
  • Mid-Winter quarter deadline for application submission to the Graduate School

Smithsonian Graduate Student Fellowships

  • Offered to students formally enrolled in a graduate program of study, who have completed at least one semester, and not yet been advanced to candidacy
  • Applicants must submit a proposal for research in a discipline, which is pursued at the Smithsonian.
  • Mid January application submission deadline
  • The term of the award is 10 weeks, and the stipend is $6,000.