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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May 24, 2017

Post Date: May 5, 2017 at 9:44 pm

Office of Graduate and Professional Education
Summer 2017 Graduate Student Assistantship


The Office of Graduate and Professional Education and the Center for the Study of Diversity seek a graduate student interested in a summer 2017 position assisting with a research project documenting the experiences of graduate and undergraduate students at the University of Delaware. Students with research interests or experience in diversity, equity and inclusion in education settings would be the best fit for this position. The graduate assistant should be comfortable discussing topics related to students’ social identities (e.g. race, social class, disabilities and other social identities). Prior coursework in qualitative methodologies or experience collecting and analyzing qualitative research data is desirable. The project requires a self-directed learner with the ability to work collaboratively and manage multiple tasks. The graduate assistant will complete a variety of activities for the project over 10 weeks with a 20 hour a week commitment. The nature of activities will vary but may include some or all of the activities listed below.

  • Ongoing communication with project leaders
  • Conduct online IRB training
  • Lead meeting with student interviewers
  • Participate in workshops to learn interviewing and analysis process
  • Assist with recruitment of student storytellers
  • Communicate with storytellers to explain study, schedule interviews, follow up with participants
  • Conduct story-gathering interviews
  • Download, organize and safely store audio and transcript files of interviews
  • Assist with development of narratives from interviews and with data analysis
  • Assist with project reports and manuscripts for publication
  • Record students reading completed narratives

We are looking for the best candidates. If that is you, please submit your application by emailing BOTH Professor Rosalie Dow at and Dr. Talia Coleman at Completed applications must include:

Letter of interest

Resume/CV (similar experiences is a plus)

A list of any additional summer commitments/plans

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Status: Open
May 21, 2017

Post Date: April 26, 2017 at 3:43 pm

The National Wildlife Federation
National Wildlife Federation Graduate Student Fellowship Opportunities

Award: The EcoLeaders leadership and career development program advances a proven model of leadership for sustainability. It draws on the lessons learned over nearly three decades supporting thousands of sustainability projects at more than 2,000 colleges and universities across the U.S. and world through NWF’s Campus Ecology, Greenforce, and other programs.

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May 15, 2017

Post Date: April 20, 2017 at 7:35 am

Office of Graduate and Professional Education
Evaluation and Site Testing Assistant Position – CDF Freedom School in DE


The ideal candidate for this Summer 2017 position supporting the CDF Freedom School in DE, which will be hosted at the Delaware Historical Society’s Mitchell Center for African American Heritage in Wilmington, is a current UD graduate student who is interested in the academic and personal development of pre-college students in under-resourced communities.  The successful candidate will support collection of data to document reading achievement and attitudes about school.  The successful candidate will also support examination of a new program model that engages high school students in history research and prepares them for roles as peer interpreters in the museum setting.

Interested candidates must be available for training on Saturday May 20. Program dates are June 26-August 4.  This is a 90 hour position, with pay at $20 per hour.


To apply, write a letter of interest (1.5 pages), detailing why you are interested in the position and how the work will support you in achieving your academic and professional goals.  Make certain to provide your email and telephone contact information.


Nature and Scope

The CDF Freedom Schools program is a literacy-rich summer and after-school program developed to serve children in communities where quality academic enrichment programming is rare, cost-prohibitive or non-existent. The CDF Freedom Schools program features a model Integrated Reading Curriculum (IRC) for reading enrichment, youth leadership development, cultural enrichment, parent empowerment, civic engagement, and social action. In partnership with schools, churches, community-based organizations, and colleges and universities, through the CDF Freedom Schools, the Children’s Defense Fund boosts children’s motivation to read and generates positive attitudes towards learning, while connecting the needs of children and families to the resources of the community. A key goal of the CDF Freedom Schools program is leadership development: identifying, training, nurturing, linking, mobilizing and empowering a new generation of effective, young servant leaders on behalf of children. CDF Freedom Schools programs are staffed primarily by college-aged young adults who are committed to active lives of leadership and service to and on behalf of children.

The Wilmington DE Freedom School Enrolls approximately 100 children and teens in grades 1-11.  In summer 2017, Level 4 Freedom School students (ages 12—15) will be participating in an oral history research and museum education project being piloted with the Delaware Historical Society’s Mitchell Center for African American Heritage.

The Evaluation and Site Testing Assistant works with the Site Testing Manager (STM) to conduct the assessment of children, parents, and Servant Leader Interns at a CDF Freedom Schools program site.  Site Testing Managers administer individual reading assessments, collect surveys, and submit all required data and forms to the Children’s Defense Fund to ensure objectivity and credibility of the Freedom School national initiative.  All test and survey instruments are developed by education specialists and provided by the national office of the Children’s Defense Fund.


  • Participate in all required trainings
  • Assist the Site Testing Manager (STM) in administering individual pre- and post-program reading tests during the first and last weeks of the program.

(20-30 students are randomly selected for the pre- and post- reading assessment, using the Basic Reading Inventory –BRI).

  • Distribute and collect surveys from children during the first and last weeks of the program.
  • Distribute and collect surveys from parents and Servant Leader Interns during the last week of the program
  • Help to maintain communication between the Site Testing Manager (STM), Site Coordinator and Project Director.


  • NOT be affiliated with or employed by the CDF Freedom Schools program.
  • Affiliated with a local sponsor institution: College/University, school district, or other educational/ research institution.
  • Graduate/post-graduate student majoring in education, psychology, or sociology with a particular interest in working with underrepresented children of color and their families.
  • Models positive behavior and attitude, and appropriate professional demeanor.
  • Possesses excellent written and verbal presentation skills.
  • Demonstrates strong appreciation for and understanding of African American cultural history, and respect for contemporary African American interests and learning environments.
  • Exhibits attention to detail and data collection processes.


Send the letter of interest, along with the name and contact information for a UD professor, who is willing to serve as a reference for you, to Dr. Melva Ware,

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May 15, 2017

Post Date: April 26, 2017 at 3:17 pm

University of Delaware
Graduate Communications Assistantship


2017-2018 Academic Year

Under the general direction of the Communications Manager the Graduate Communications Assistantship will help to develop and implement digital outreach support for the Office of Graduate and Professional Education. This graduate assistantship will provide 20 hours/week of support in the areas of maintenance, development and creation of the Office of Graduate and Professional Education web site as well as social media outlets. This position will help maintain large back end, data driven areas of the web site and will need to be proficient in css, html, javascript and php coding. Develop, coordinate, and /or implement the overall concepts and content of electronic outreach efforts. Help to produce social media campaigns, enewsletters, email correspondence using such programs as Mailchimp and SLATE, presentations and event support which encompasses events such as Doctoral Hooding, New Graduate Student Orientation and Town Halls.

Familiarity with WordPress, html, javascript, and php coding PhotoShop, indesign required. Needs to be able to use an SLR Camera.

Supervision: This graduate assistant reports to David Barczak, Communications Manager

Stipend: $18,000, September 1, 2017-May 31, 2018 for 20 hours/week of service.

Application materials and deadline: send letter of interest and c.v. to David Barcak ( and Carol Steinbrecher ( by no later than May 1, 2017.

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