Funding Opportunities

University of Delaware's Mentors Circle

The Office of Graduate and Professional Education is committed to facilitating funding and fellowships for the graduate student body. These opportunities, available through university lines, as well as through external foundations and institutions, provide students with vital sources of support in their master’s and doctoral programs. Moreover, fellowships and awards further professional development by funding conference presentations, while expanding horizons through national and international research and travel. In recent years, our graduate students have been awarded a number of nationally and internationally prestigious fellowships. The Office of Graduate and Professional Education works to support and heighten the visibility of our graduate students’ world-class research and scholarship.


UD Assistantships,
Fellowships and Scholarships

Of full-time graduate students, nearly 80% receive merit-based financial awards. Fellowships, tuition scholarships, assistantships, and traineeships are awarded on the basis of merit from nominations by the department. Awards are granted to full-time students in good academic standing with regular status. Explore University of Delaware’s opportunities below:


University Graduate
Competitive Awards

Full-time graduate students are eligible to be nominated for the following competitive merit-based financial awards:



Current Opportunities

The list below is organized by the most current Funding Opportunity first. You may sort by the below fields or search for a specific opportunity via the search box. To learn more about a opportunity select it’s title or the term “Opportunity Details”.



Dates Opportunity

Status: Open
June 1, 2017

Post Date: October 27, 2015 at 8:56 am

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)
Higher Education Research Experiences (HERE)

Award: Higher Education Research Experiences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (HERE at ORNL) provides research opportunities and associated activities for graduate students. The program is designed to complement academic programs by utilizing the unique resources of ORNL to enhance science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, encourage careers in science and technology, and improve scientific literacy, while at the same time contributing to the Laboratory mission. This program has rolling acceptance.

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Status: Open
May 1, 2017
Recurring: Yes

Post Date: December 17, 2014 at 3:20 pm

Foundation for Community Association Research
Byron Hanke Fellowship

Award: The Byron Hanke Fellowship is available to graduate students working on topics related to community associations. Community associations govern common-interest communities of any kind—condominiums, cooperatives, townhouse developments, planned unit developments, and other developments where homeowners support an association with mandatory financial assessments, and are subject to use and aesthetic restrictions.

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April 15, 2017

Post Date: January 15, 2017 at 12:37 pm

University of Colorado and the University of Michigan
Future Of Bioscience Graduate And Postdoctoral Training Conference

Award: n 2015 a national meeting was held to discuss various models that have been proposed for the Future of Bioscience Graduate and Postdoctoral Training (FOBGAPT) and generate new ideas with broad input from the academic community. On June 8-10, 2017, the University of Colorado Denver-Anschutz Medical Campus and the University of Michigan Rackham Graduate School are co-hosting the follow-up meeting, FOBGAPT2, in Denver to work through practical aspects of implementing new models. Up to 500 stakeholders are expected to participate from academia, the private sector, foundations, and federal funding agencies, with promising practices and consensus recommendations to be summarized in a “white paper”. Participants are encouraged to submit Abstracts (due April 15) related to the Workshop topics, to be available to attendees and on this site.

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Status: Open
March 31, 2017
Recurring: Yes

Post Date: January 21, 2015 at 2:04 pm

Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
IEEE Computational Intelligence Society Summer Research Grant

Award: The IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (CIS) funds scholarships for deserving undergraduate, graduate and PhD students who need financial support to carry out their research during an academic break period. Any student with a meritorious project is invited to apply, but scholarships will be granted only to applicants who are student members of the IEEE CIS and students at the time the scholarship is awarded.

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Status: Open
March 29, 2017
Recurring: Yes

Post Date: December 16, 2014 at 2:33 pm

Ayn Rand Novels
Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest

Award: Essays will be judged on the person’s understanding of Ayn Rand’s novel and will be written on one of the three chosen topics. Awards will be given to the top essay writers.

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