University of Wisconsin–Madison

Funding for Specific Groups of Applicants

  • American Association of University Women—American Dissertation Fellowships (women in any field)

    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. Dissertation Fellowships are available to women who will complete their dissertation writing between April 1st and June 30st. To qualify, applicants must have completed all course work, passed all required preliminary examinations, and received approval for their research proposal or plan by November 15. Students holding any fellowship for writing a dissertation in the year prior to the AAUW Educational Foundation fellowship year are not eligible. Open to applicants in all fields of study. Scholars engaged in science, technology, engineering and math and also researching gender issues are especially encouraged to apply. The award is $20,000. The deadline is usually November. Visit the American Association of University Women—American Dissertation Fellowships webpage for more information, including the application.

  • Association of American Indian Affairs Scholarships for Graduate Students (enrolled members of federally recognized tribes)

    Sequoyah Graduate Scholarship

    • One-year Scholarship
    • Graduate students
    • All fields of study

    ​Elizabeth & Sherman Asche Scholarship

    • One-year Scholarship
    • Undergraduate and Graduate students
    • Health and Science fields/majors

    Florence Young Memorial Scholarship

    • One-year Scholarship
    • Graduate students
    • Art, Law, and Public Health Fields

    ​Allogan Slagle Memorial Scholarship

    • One-year Scholarship
    • Undergraduate and Graduate students
    • All fields of study
    • Students must be from non-federally recognized tribes (Students from state recognized tribes may apply)

    Association of American Indian Affairs Scholarships for Graduate Students

  • The Ford Foundation—Pre-Doctoral and Dissertation Fellowships

    The Mary Isabel Sibley Fellowship is available for women intending to pursue postgraduate research in humanities and is awarded alternately in the fields of Greek and French. The award may be used for the study of Greek language, literature, history or archaeology, or for the study of French language or literature. The Fellowship is awarded annually and has a stipend of $20,000. Candidates must be unmarried women between the 25 and 35 years of age (inclusive) who have demonstrated their ability to carry on original research. They must hold the doctorate or have fulfilled all the requirements for the doctorate except the dissertation, and they must be planning to devote full-time work to research during the Fellowship year. Applications will be available in the Fall and are usually due January 15th. Go to the Ford Foundation – Pre-Doctoral and Dissertation Fellowships webpage for more information.

  • The Kosciuszko Foundation’s Tuition Scholarship Program (American students of Polish descent)

    Kosciuszko Foundation Tuition Scholarships support American students of Polish descent for graduate studies at colleges and universities in the United States.  Scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $7,000 are awarded on a competitive basis for one academic year. Funding is for full-time studies. The Kosciuszko Foundation’s Tuition Scholarship Program

  • Mary Isabel Sibley Fellowship (female candidates in the fields of Greek or French)

    The Mary Isabel Sibley Fellowship is awarded annually, alternating in the fields of Greek and French. The award may be used for the study of Greek language, literature, history, or archaeology, or the study of French language or literature. Established in 1934 by Isabelle Stone (ΦΒΚ, Wellesley College) in honor of her mother, Mary Isabel Sibley, the fellowship was designed to reward the women in these two fields of study with the experience of studying and living abroad, which Miss Stone did in Greece during her studies. The fellowship carries a stipend of $20,000. Mary Isabel Sibley Fellowship

  • OAH Huggins-Quarles Award (graduate students of color)

    Named for Benjamin Quarles and Nathan Huggins, two outstanding historians of the African American past, the Huggins-Quarles Award is given annually to one or two graduate students of color at the dissertation research stage of their Ph.D. program. To apply for a $1,000 award ($2,000 if only one is awarded), the student should submit a five-page dissertation proposal (which should include a definition of the project, an explanation of the project’s significance and contribution to the field, and a description of the most important primary sources), along with a one-page itemized budget explaining travel and research plans. Each application must be accompanied by a letter from the dissertation adviser attesting to the student’s status and the ways in which the Huggins-Quarles Award will facilitate the completion of the dissertation project. Please also include email addresses for both the applicant and the adviser, if available. One complete copy of each application (including cover letter, abstract, budget, and reference letter), clearly labeled “2009 Huggins-Quarles Award Entry,” must be mailed to each member of the Committee on the Status of African American, Latino/a, Asian American, and Native American Historians (ALANA) and ALANA Histories listed below and received by December 1st. The committee will evaluate the applications and announce the award at the annual meeting of the OAH. Visit the OAH Huggins-Quarles Award webpage for more information.

  • The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans (immigrants or children of immigrants)

    The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans program honors the contributions of immigrants and children of immigrants to the United States. Each year, we invest in the graduate education of 30 New Americans—immigrants and children of immigrants—who are poised to make significant contributions to US society, culture or their academic field. Each Fellow receives up to $90,000 in financial support over two years, and they join a lifelong community of New American Fellows. The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

  • School for Advanced Research Resident Scholars (Native Americans or underrepresented scholars)

    Resident scholar fellowships are awarded annually by the School for Advanced Research (SAR) to up to six scholars who have completed their research and who need time to prepare manuscripts or dissertations on topics important to the understanding of humankind. Resident scholars may approach their research from the perspective of anthropology or from related fields such as history and sociology. Scholars from the humanities and social sciences are encouraged to apply.

    The resident scholar selection process is guided by the School’s longstanding commitment to support research that advances knowledge about human culture, evolution, history, and creative expression. SAR views its mission, its scholars, and its attractive campus environment as the connective tissue that supports the kinds of research that underlie its national reputation.

    School for Advanced Research Resident Scholars

  • Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations Myrna F. Bernath Fellowship (women scholars)

    The Myrna Bernath Fellowship of $5,000 is intended to defray the costs of scholarly research by women. It is awarded biannually (in odd years) and announced at the SHAFR luncheon held during the annual meeting of the Organization of American Historians. Applications are welcomed from women at U.S. universities as well as women abroad who wish to do research in the United States. Preference will be given to graduate students within five years of completion of their Ph.D.s. Within eight months of receiving the award, each successful applicant must file with the SHAFR Business Office a brief report on how the funds were spent. Such reports will be considered for publication in Passport. The deadline for applications is usually December 1st. Visit the SHAFR’s Myrna F. Bernath Fellowship webpage for more information.