Fellowships and Scholarships

Ample fellowship and scholarship opportunities exist for students in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. In addition to providing funding, they allow you to diversify your experiences, increase your professional network and graduate prepared to excel.

Throughout, when possible, we have tried to provide deadlines, but please review the individual websites for official deadlines.

General fellowships

Title Description Deadline Audience
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) The National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees in fields within NSF’s mission. The GRFP provides up to three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant achievements in science and engineering research. The GRFP supports over 100 subfields. For the 2020 competition, NSF received over 13,000 applications and made approximately 2,000 fellowships offers. Deadline: Oct. 20 Oct. 20 Undergraduate Students, Graduate Students (1st and 2nd year)
Facebook Fellowship The Fellowship Program is open to full-time PhD students (domestic and international) who are currently involved in ongoing research in topical areas represented by these fellowships. Students must be enrolled during the current academic year and studying computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering, system architecture, or a related area.  Oct. 4 Graduate Students
Siebel Scholars Program Siebel Scholars recognizes the most talented students at the world’s leading graduate schools of business, computer science, bioengineering, and energy science, forming an active, lifelong community among an ever-growing group of leaders. Each year, more than 90 exceptional students are selected as Siebel Scholars based on academic excellence and leadership potential. Each receives a $35,000 award toward their final year of graduate studies. Founded in 2000, there are over 1,400 Siebel Scholars today. Check website Undergraduate Students, Graduate Students (final year)
Microsoft Research Ph.D. Fellowship A two-year fellowship for PhD students at North American universities pursuing research aligned to the research areas carried out by Microsoft Research.  Aug. 14 Graduate Students (third year of PhD studies)
Google PhD Fellowship Nurturing and maintaining strong relations with the academic community is a top priority at Google. The Google PhD Fellowship Program was created to recognize outstanding graduate students doing exceptional and innovative research in areas relevant to computer science and related fields. Fellowships support promising PhD candidates of all backgrounds who seek to influence the future of technology. Google’s mission is to foster inclusive research communities and encourages people of diverse backgrounds to apply. We currently offer Fellowships in Africa, Australia and New Zealand, East Asia, Europe, India, the United States and Canada.  Nov. 30 Graduate Students
Ford Foundation Fellowships 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, maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. Predoctoral, Dissertation, and Postdoctoral fellowships will be awarded in a national competition administered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on behalf of the Ford Foundation.  Dec. 17 Graduate Students
GEM Graduate Fellowship GEM’s fellowship programs span the entire recruitment, retention, and professional development spectrum. GEM’s principal activity is the provision of graduate fellowships at the MS and PhD levels coupled with paid summer internships . GEM also offers fellowships without paid summer internships through our GEM University and Associate Fellowship programs. Check website Graduate Students

Fellowships that promote diversity

The programs and fellowships listed below are dedicated to providing underrepresented groups with opportunities for professional development.

Title Description Deadline Audience
ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing The goal of the Tapia Conferences is to bring together undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, researchers, and professionals in computing from all backgrounds and ethnicities to celebrate diversity, connect with others, obtain advice from a diverse set of individuals and be inspired. Check Website Undergraduate Students, Graduate Students, Faculty, Researchers and Computing Professionals
Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP) Conducted from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RIP), the Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP) support high schools and undergraduate students to participate in DOD and Army sponsored research summer research programs. Check Website High School Students, Undergraduate Students
Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing GHC is the world’s largest gathering of women in computing. Every year, women technologists and the best minds in computing convene to highlight the contributions of women to computing. AnitaB.org co-presents GHC with the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM). Check Website Undergraduate Students, Graduate Students, Faculty, Researchers and Computing Professionals
CRA-WP Grad Cohort for Women  At the Grad Cohort for Women, you will spend two days interacting with about 20 senior female computing-related researchers and professionals, who will share pertinent information on graduate school survival skills, as well as more personal information and insights about their experiences. The workshop will include a mix of formal presentations and informal discussions and social events. By attending Grad Cohort for Women you will be able to build mentoring relationships and develop peer networks that will form the basis for ongoing activities during your graduate career and beyond. Check Website Women students in their first, second or third year of graduate school in computer science and engineering or a closely related field, who are attending an institution in the U.S. or its territories, or an institution in Canada.
CRA/CRA-WP Grad Cohort for Underrepresented Minorities and Persons with Disabilities  At the Grad Cohort Workshop for URMD, you will spend two days interacting with senior computing researchers and professionals, who will share pertinent information on graduate school survival skills, as well as more personal information and insights about their experiences. The workshop will include a mix of formal presentations and informal discussions and social events. By attending the Grad Cohort for URMD you will be able to build mentoring relationships and develop peer networks that will form the basis for ongoing activities during your graduate career and beyond. Check Website Masters and PhD computer science and engineering students who are attending an institution in the U.S. or its territories, or an institution in Canada
Soros Fellowships for New Americans The purpose of the Fellowship is to provide opportunities for continuing generations of able and accomplished New Americans to achieve leadership in their chosen fields and to partake of the American dream. The program was established in recognition of the contributions New Americans have made to American life and in gratitude for the opportunities the United States afforded the founders of the Fellowship, Paul & Daisy Soros. October 29, 2020 Graduate Students
NPSC Graduate Fellowship Formerly known as the National Physical Science Consortium, Graduate Fellowships for STEM Diversity is a partnership between government agencies and laboratories, industry, and higher education. GFSD is open for application by all U.S. citizens regardless of race or gender. GFSD's goal is to increase the number of American citizens with graduate degrees in STEM fields, emphasizing recruitment of a diverse applicant pool. As shown in the chart below and on the Diversity page, the GFSD applicant pool is the most diverse of any national STEM fellowship program. And applicants are talented: the average GPA of 2019 applicants was 3.7 and 19% had a GPA of 4.0 or above. GFSD seeks additional government agencies and corporations to support fellowships for these deserving students, a vital national resource. Check Website US citizen
AAUW - International Fellowships International Fellowships are awarded for full-time study or research in the United States to women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Both graduate and postgraduate studies at accredited U.S. institutions are supported. Applicants must have earned the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree by November 15, 2019, and must have applied to their proposed institutions of study by the time of the application. Up to five International Master’s/First Professional Degree Fellowships are renewable for a second year; fellows will receive application information for this competitive program. Recipients are selected for academic achievement and demonstrated commitment to women and girls. Recipients return to their home countries to become leaders in business, government, academia, community activism, the arts or scientific fields. November 15 Graduate, postgraduate
NDSEG Fellowship The National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship is a highly competitive, portable fellowship that is awarded to U.S. citizens and nationals who intend to pursue a doctoral degree in one of fifteen supported disciplines. NDSEG confers high honors upon its recipients, and allows them to attend whichever U.S. institution they choose. NDSEG Fellowships last for three years and pay for full tuition and all mandatory fees, a monthly stipend, and up to $1,000 a year in medical insurance (this excludes dental and vision insurance).

The Department of Defense (DoD) is committed to increasing the number and quality of our nation's scientists and engineers, and towards this end, has awarded nearly 3,400 NDSEG fellowships since the program's inception in 1989. The NDSEG Fellowship is sponsored by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), the Army Research Office (ARO), and the Office of Naval Research (ONR), under the direction of the Director of Defense Research and Engineering (DDR&E).
Check Website U.S. citizenship (Graduate student at 1st and 2nd year)
Google Anita Borg Scholarship Women Techmakers is a global program that celebrates women, encouraging them to pursue and excel in technology careers.

Women at all levels are encouraged to participate in Women Techmakers – from CEOs and founders to designers and developers or beginners in any technology-related role. The team believes that no matter your background, career, organization or identity, you are welcome in the industry, and they want to help you find what you need to be successful.
Check Website Female entering senior year of undergraduate study
DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (CSGF) The Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE CSGF) provides outstanding benefits and opportunities to students pursuing doctoral degrees in fields that use high-performance computing to solve complex science and engineering problems.

The program fosters a community of energetic and committed Ph.D. students, alumni, DOE laboratory staff and other scientists who want to have an impact on the nation while advancing their research. Fellows come from diverse scientific and engineering disciplines but share a common interest in using computing in their research.
Check Website U.S. citizens or permanent residents, first year PhD students only
Society of Women Engineers SWE Scholarships support those who identify as a female/woman and are pursuing an ABET-accredited bachelor or graduate student program in preparation for careers in engineering, engineering technology and computer science in the United States. In 2019, SWE disbursed nearly 260 new and renewed scholarships valued at more than $810,000. February 14, 2020 Eligible to women only