Funding Opportunities

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The Graduate College 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 Graduate College 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:


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 8, 2020

Post Date: June 20, 2019 at 10:50 am

Graduate College
Graduate College Innovation Grants


The inaugural Graduate College Innovation Grant program seeks to create new opportunities in graduate education, and enhance the graduate student experience at UD. By encouraging development of new academic and co-curricular programs, as well as stronger support for students and their mentors, the Graduate College aims to increase the value we provide to graduate, professional, and post-doctoral trainees, and attract new students to our programs. Proposals are invited in two categories:

Program Development & Innovation
These grants will support development of new graduate and professional programs, or innovative graduate curricula, related to contemporary, high impact areas. Priority will be given to programs with the potential to attract new populations of students, and an interdisciplinary scope

Professional Development
These grants will support Professional Development activities designed for graduate students, post-docs, or faculty mentors. Priority will be given to programs that will reach a large number of students, or establish links to potential employers.

Proposals can be submitted by following the link below. We ask that you use the budget template provided on the application page. Budgets up to $40,000 will be considered, though smaller proposals are welcome. Departmental and/or external grant cost-sharing is encouraged. It is expected that most programs will be completed within a year, though proposals for longer duration programs are welcome.

Awards can be made as early as July 1. This call for proposals will be repeated in September for Fall/Spring awards. Interested parties may address questions to Doug Doren, Interim Vice Provost for Graduate and Professional Education and Dean of the Graduate College or Buz Swanik, Faculty Fellow in the Graduate College.

Funding for this initiative is provided by the Graduate College.

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Status: Open
February 12, 2020

Post Date: September 9, 2019 at 9:44 am

Maximizing Opportunities for Scientific and Academic Independent Careers (MOSAIC) Programs

Award: The NIH Maximizing Opportunities for Scientific and Academic Independent Careers (MOSAIC) program is designed to facilitate the transition of promising postdoctoral researchers from diverse backgrounds, such as individuals from groups underrepresented in the biomedical research workforce at the faculty level, into independent faculty careers at research-intensive institutions.

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Status: Open
December 20, 2019

Post Date: July 9, 2019 at 9:36 am

National Estuarine Research Reserve System
National Estuarine Research Reserve System

Award: It’s an exciting new fellowship program for graduate students at the national estuarine research reserves. One two-year fellowship opportunity will be available at each of the 29 coastal sites. Through a research project, fellows will address a key coastal management question to help scientists and communities understand coastal challenges that may influence future policy and management strategies.

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November 15, 2019

Post Date: September 12, 2019 at 11:16 am

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Funded PhD position in Food Security and Sustainability


The Davis lab group at the University of Delaware is seeking a PhD student interested in environmental remote sensing, food security, and sustainability to join the PhD program in the Department of Geography and Spatial Sciences in Fall 2020. The population of sub-Saharan Africa is expected to more than double by 2050, and nations in the region will need to substantially increase their domestic food production to ensure long-term food security and sustainability. Yet a dearth of agricultural data in many of these countries has prevented quantitative assessments that identify opportunities to enhance food supplies. Remote sensing offers the possibility to estimate crop production across large spatial extents and to identify the reasons for gaps in productivity. This approach can provide a cost-effective alternative for understanding food production systems in nations that have not regularly administered a comprehensive agricultural census and can serve as an important first step in informing food security policies of countries in the region.

The PhD position with a Research Assistantship (RA) provides a competitive stipend of $22,000, a tuition waiver, and subsidized health insurance. The student will work under the direct supervision of Dr. Kyle Davis and will interact and collaborate with a network of interdisciplinary and international scholars. Specific responsibilities will include (but are not limited to): (1) processing and interpreting satellite images and climate data for sub-Saharan Africa, (2) collecting and analyzing field-level data, (3) developing statistical and process-based crop models, and (4) presenting findings at scientific meetings and through scientific publication. RA will be encouraged to develop his/her own dissertation research questions to pursue within the context of the project focus.

Required Education and Experience:

  • Master’s degree in Data Science, Statistics, Agriculture, Environmental Science, Natural Resources, or a related field.
  • 2 to 4 years of relevant experience and/or research in projects related to crop production, food security, remote sensing, or a related environmental science field.
  • Excellent remote sensing, data analysis/management, and statistical skills (e.g. network analysis, linear algebra, optimization, Bayesian statistics) and ability to review and synthesize large amounts of literature and disparate data sources.
  • Advanced computer skills including fluency in GIS, Google Earth Engine, R, and Python.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively as part of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Exceptional attention to detail and strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required.

Interested applicants should send a brief letter of interest, unofficial transcript, and CV (including GPA and GRE scores) via email to Dr. Kyle Davis by November 15 before applying to UD Graduate School. Women and underrepresented minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

The University of Delaware is an equal opportunity affirmative action employer. Recognized by the Chronicle of Higher Education as one of America’s best universities to work for in 2012, the University of Delaware is located midway between Philadelphia and Baltimore, and is a Sea Grant, Space Grant, and Land Grant institution.

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Status: Open
November 14, 2019

Post Date: August 26, 2019 at 9:24 am

Department of Energy, Office of Science
Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program

Award: The SCGSR program provides doctoral dissertation/thesis research opportunities for graduate students at DOE national laboratories.

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