Funding Opportunities

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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
Recurring: Yes

Post Date: January 23, 2015 at 2:18 pm

Office of Graduate and Professional Education
Collection-Based Research for Graduate Students

Award: This matching competitive grant program will provide funding of up to $300 to graduate students at the Doctoral and Master’s level to support short-term collection-based research travel. Funding may cover transportation and housing expenses.

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Status: Open

Post Date: October 10, 2016 at 10:06 am

American Association of University Women
Selected Professions Fellowships


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Post Date: February 20, 2017 at 9:13 am

Mount Vernon
Paid Internship Opportunity at George Washington’s Mount Vernon

Award: Leadership Programs Intern

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Post Date: August 31, 2017 at 3:02 pm

University of Delaware
Graduate Assistant for Athletics and Student Life Assessment


The Division of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation Services (DIARS) provides opportunities for participation in athletics, recreational sports, and leisure activities to promote student success and engaged Blue Hens through programs, facilities and services. These opportunities are primarily focused on the diverse student population, while also serving the University and surrounding communities.

The Division of Student Life provides innovative services and programs that promote student learning, personal development & well-being and academic success. The Division’s Assessment and Engagement area encompasses assessment activities designed to improve the programs and services offered in the Division, further student learning and development, and promote organizational effectiveness within the Division.

This position supports assessment activities within DIARS (e.g., annual student- athlete survey, BLUE Leadership Program, etc.) and Student Life (e.g., 1743 Welcome Days; SEED Project, Healthy Minds Study, etc.). Specific assessment activities include data collection and management, statistical analyses, qualitative data analysis, survey administration, and report writing. This position will provide the opportunity for the candidate to apply and expand upon research and assessment skills learned in the student’s degree program.


  • Enrollment as a graduate student at the University of Delaware for the fall 2017 and spring 2018 semesters
  • Be in good academic standing
  • Interest in educational assessment and/or research
  • Ability to work efficiently and independently
  • Ability to pay close attention to detail and ensure accuracy of work • Extensive and excellent quantitative research skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills Proficient knowledge of the Qualtrics research suite; Microsoft Office Products (Word, Power Point, and Excel); and SPSS Statistics
  • Experience preparing written reports to communicate complex information
  • Students from graduate degree programs in Education, Psychology, Sociology, Statistics, Health Sciences and related fields are strongly encouraged to apply.

Tuition & Stipend

The stipend for this position is $18,000 for master’s students and $19,000 for doctoral students to be paid over a 9 month period of time. If appointed on a graduate contract, a defined percent of a tuition scholarship will be included along with the stipend for 20 hours per week. If the position is granted only for the stipend, the stipend will be paid to the student on time and attendance based on the actual hours worked and tuition will not be included. Applications will be accepted for either option.

Application instructions

To apply, please send your cover letter, resume, current unofficial transcript, and contact information for three (3) on-campus references to Dr. Nicole Long at Screening of applications will begin immediately; the position will remain open until filled.

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Post Date: September 7, 2017 at 2:37 pm

University of Delaware
GRAND CHALLENGES: Interdisciplinary Grants Program


The issues the world is facing today will not be solved through the expertise of any single discipline. Instead, the challenges related to energy, health, education, worldwide migration, the environment, national security, and global development that have been defined by federal funding agencies and major private foundations as “grand challenges facing our planet and all of its inhabitants” will require the efforts of T-shaped professionals: professionals with deep competencies in a single discipline who are also able to conceptualize and facilitate collaborative research that transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries; professionals who, additionally, have “boundary-crossing competencies” in oral and written communication, project management, team-work, critical thinking, and global understanding.

The Office of Graduate and Professional Education invites proposals for the following kinds of collaborative multi-disciplinary projects:

  1. University Seminars on topics of broad interest and contemporary importance;
  2. Cross-college collaborations on graduate curriculum development related to big-picture, high-impact research challenges and geared to the development of T-shaped professionals;
  3. Major conferences and symposia related to arenas of signature multi-disciplinary research and graduate education at UD.

Modeled in part on both the University of Michigan’s Rackham Graduate School “Michigan Meetings” internal grants program and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s “Sawyer Seminars” grants program, this OGPE initiative seeks to enhance the University of Delaware’s profile as a graduate institution by incentivizing curriculum innovation and special events programming related to interdisciplinary, multi-disciplinary and transdisciplinary research and graduate education.

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