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

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
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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November 16, 2018

Post Date: October 9, 2018 at 1:45 pm

Office of Graduate and Professional Education
“Grand Challenges” Interdisciplinary Grants


The University of Delaware Office of Graduate and Professional Education (OGPE) invites proposals for grants focused on:

  • Interdisciplinary program development / seminars
  • Public Communications Training Boot Camps
  • Train-the-Trainer style programming

The program’s overall goal is to enhance UD’s profile as a graduate institution, by supporting interdisciplinary curriculum innovation. Addressing the world’s grand challenges will require professionals who can conceptualize and carry out collaborative research, and communicate in ways that transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries and reach expanded audiences. Toward these ends:

  1. Up to $40,000 will be awarded for Working Groups on interdisciplinary graduate program/curriculum development related to contemporary, high impact research challenges. Funding may be used to cover costs of an individual or semester-long series of planning meetings, or bringing external experts to campus to assist with curriculum development. Each working group proposal must include a plan for engaging current graduate students from at least two departments in the curriculum development project. Engagement of recent graduate alumni in the planning process is especially welcome as well.
  2. Up to $40,000 will be awarded for Public Communications training of doctoral students, ensuring that they learn to communicate effectively with people outside their area of research specialization, including the general public, policy makers, media, students, potential employers, funders, and collaborators in other disciplines. Funding may be used to cover honoraria and travel expenses for invited off-campus speakers as well as room rental, AV charges and food costs. Departmental and/or external grant cost-sharing is encouraged, when possible. Each proposal must include a plan for providing graduate students with appropriate but substantial leadership roles and/or professional development opportunities in the design/execution of the programming.
  3. Up to $40,000 will be awarded for Train-the-Trainer workshops designed to offer instruction, to those responsible for training/teaching or instruction of others. This may include basic pedagogical concepts, learning theories, teaching strategies, and/or discipline and audience specific training for instructors, preceptors, mentors, coaches or tutors etc.

Awards will be announced by Dec. 7, 2018, and must be used by June 2019. aInterested parties may address questions to Doug Doren, Interim Vice Provost for Graduate and Professional Education or Buz Swanik, Faculty Fellow in OGPE.

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Status: Open
September 30, 2018
Recurring: No

Post Date: March 14, 2018 at 10:33 am

The Decorative Arts Trust
Curatorial Internship Grant


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