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

June 1, 2019

Post Date: October 9, 2018 at 1:50 pm

Office of Graduate and Professional Education
Unidel Distinguished Scholars Recruiting Grants


With generous support from the Unidel Foundation Inc., the Office of Graduate and Professional Education (OGPE) is announcing an open call for proposals (up to $5,000) to support the recruiting activities for exceptional doctoral student applicants who are likely to be successful nominees for the Unidel Distinguished Scholars Awards. The goal is intended to improve the University of Delaware’s success in attracting the highest quality of prospective doctoral education applicants. This funding mechanism will enhance the visibility of UD as a premier destination for graduate and professional education, encourage inclusive excellence & diversity, and signal UD’s commitment towards excellence in graduate education for in-state, out-of-state and international students pursuing doctoral degrees.

Funding requests may include prospective doctoral student events and/or recruiting fairs, campus visits by high quality candidates, faculty travel to recruiting events, or other innovative proposal plans related to doctoral student recruitment. Submissions will be accepted immediately and continue contingent on resource availability.

Funding is available immediately, and must be used by June 2019.

Funding for this initiative was provided by the Unidel Foundation, Inc

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January 15, 2019

Post Date: October 9, 2018 at 1:37 pm

Office of Graduate and Professional Education
Herman & Charlotte Glotzer Award for Scholarship on the Study of Ideas


Background: Award/s to support faculty and student scholarship on the interdisciplinary study of ideas. Up to $7,000 in awards will be made through an endowment established by Herman and Charlotte Glotzer, long-time supporters of the study of ideas at the University of Delaware.

Purpose: The award will be made to a student or faculty member at the University of Delaware who proposes a plan for research or teaching related to the interdisciplinary study of ideas. The donors envisioned work in areas such as:

  • the assessment of continuity and innovation in intellectual history;
  • the historical and contemporary impact of scientific ideas on the humanities and the social sciences;
  • the role of literature in expressing human possibilities that emerge from the development and application of new ideas;
  • the evaluation of ideas that intersect the culture of science and the culture of the humanities;
  • the analysis of the social, political, and economic implications of the development of science and technology

Innovative proposals on any topic in the study of ideas are welcome. Funding may be used to support research or conference travel, summer stipends, course development, or other costs of scholarly work. The size of the award will depend on the needs of the work and availability of funds, with up to $7000 in total awards this year.

Criteria: A short proposal must be submitted, describing the scholarly work to be done, the relevance or impact of the work, the budget requested, and how the funds will be used. An ad hoc faculty committee will select the best proposals and recommend funding levels, with final decisions made by the Office of Graduate and Professional Education.

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Status: Open
January 4, 2019

Post Date: November 8, 2018 at 9:35 am

The Mariners’ Museum and Park
Summer 2019 Conservation Internship at The Mariners’ Museum and Park

Award: The Mariners’ Museum and Park is offering a 10-week summer internship to conduct material analysis and conservation assessment of the Spanish fishing boat Isabel (1925) within the Institution’s Collection of 150 small craft from 42 countries. The twenty-two foot long vessel is constructed from wood and decorated with traditional folk paintings and other ornamental elements. At present the object has condition issues which include: structural damage, separation of framing components, and delamination of paint across multiple surfaces. The internship will focus on the inventorying and identification of component parts, the characterization of paint layers and fiber-based materials, and the identification of wood species of structural elements to enable the development of a conservation treatment plan. Techniques available to conduct analysis and imaging during the internship include photogrammetry, UV-Vis Fluorescence, IR, RTI, PXRF, FT-IR, and PLM and LM. Placement dates for the internship are between June 3rd and August 16th Applying candidates should have a minimum of one year of conservation graduate school training. Please email a letter of intent, Curriculum Vitae, and two letters of recommendations with one coming from a conservator familiar with the applicant’s work to: Stipend Position: $5,000.00

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Status: Open
January 1, 2019

Post Date: November 8, 2018 at 2:53 pm

State Records
The State Records Public Service Scholarship

Award: State Records is honored to present this $1000.00 college scholarship for the 2019 school year. The application START DATE is August 4th, 2018 and the END DUE DATE is January 1st, 2019. To enter the contest, interested applicants must fill out the application form to completion.

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Status: Open
December 7, 2018

Post Date: October 16, 2018 at 10:19 am

United States Department of Defense
National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship Program

Award: The NDSEG Fellowships last for a period of up to three years (based on continued funding), and covers full tuition and mandatory fees. Fellows also receive a monthly stipend of $3,200 and up to $1,200 a year in medical insurance.

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