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

Post Date: November 19, 2018 at 11:34 am

College of Arts and Sciences
Physics & Astronomy


Delaware Space Grant College (DESGC) Summer Research Internships
NASA Center Summer Internships
NASA/DESGC Graduate Fellowships
NASA/DESGC Undergraduate Tuition Awards

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Post Date: November 19, 2018 at 11:40 am

University of Delaware
Delaware EPSCoR – Summer Scholars Research Internships


Students from any major are welcome to apply, but their research projects should be related to the environment, to coincide with the overall theme of Delaware’s EPSCoR program. Students with an interest in climate, sea level rise, water quality, land use, soil contamination and remediation, environmental sensing and monitoring, economics, ethics, environmental justice, environmental history, or environmental policy are especially encouraged to apply

What the Program Provides

  • 10 weeks of full-time research (June-mid August)
  • Independent research project under the guidance of a faculty mentor
  • Interns participate in skill-building seminars on such topics as choosing a graduate school, research ethics, and making research presentations and posters
  • Presentation of research results at undergrad research symposium
  • Stipend
  • To learn more about this program please visit –

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Status: Open

Post Date: February 6, 2019 at 1:07 pm

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Data Science and Visual Analytics Fellowship with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Award: An opportunity is available at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Office of Public Health Strategy and Analysis (OPHSA) in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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Post Date: March 5, 2019 at 2:36 pm

College of Arts and Sciences
The White House Historical Association Fellowship in Decorative Arts


The White House Historical Association and Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library have entered into a partnership beginning with shared programming in 2019 and 2020. As part of this collaboration, the Association will host a Winterthur graduate for a fellowship concentrating on decorative arts. This fellowship will begin in 2019.

Budget/Award: $18,000. The award funding (including the issuing of checks) will be managed by the White House Historical Association. The Fellow is responsible for budgeting the award in compliance with the fellowship’s obligations, including any living or research expenses incurred while in residency at the Association.

Awarded: Annually

Timeline: Applications due by April 1. A recipient is chosen by April 30.

Applicants: Students from Winterthur’s Master of Arts Program in American Material Culture; open to students who are either finishing the program or have graduated the program in the past three years. Applicants who are current doctoral students are also eligible to apply in accordance with the funding regulations of their respective departments and graduate institutions.

Research Project

Beyond the requirements of a two-month residency and participating in the White House History Teacher Institute sessions, the most significant component of the fellowship is the Fellow’s research. As part of the application process, prospective candidates will propose an independent research project that intersects with the Association’s initiatives and mission.

The Fellow will be responsible for the research, design, and execution of their proposed project in its entirety. Any expenses incurred in regard to the research project will be funded out of the fellowship award and accounted for by the Fellow.

Applicants are encouraged to think creatively when conceptualizing their projects, as the research they produce, when and if applicable, will be used across the Association’s content streams, including social media platforms, the organization’s website, educational resources, and as a potential article in the White House History Quarterly. As a partner institution, Winterthur also encourages applicants to consider different ways to disseminate scholarship and research through its various media platforms.

Fellowship Program

The selected Fellow must be in residency at the White House Historical Association for at least two months within the calendar year in which their fellowship is awarded (i.e., the 2019 Fellow must spend at least two months working at the Association’s offices in Washington, D.C., before the end of 2019). The residency schedule is negotiable in order to accommodate the needs of the Fellow and the Association. The Fellow will report to Dr. Curtis Sandberg, Director of the David M. Rubenstein National Center for White House History, and Dr. Matthew Costello, Assistant Director of the Rubenstein Center. They, along with the Winterthur Academic Programs staff, will assist with logistics related to the fellowship.

The Fellow is expected to participate in both sessions of the 2019 White House History Teacher Institute (July 8-12, 2019 and July 22-26, 2019) at the Association’s Washington, D.C. campus. These five-day teacher workshops convene K-12 educators from across the country to learn more about the history of the Executive Mansion and how these stories can be used to enhance their social studies classrooms. The Fellow will provide a lecture for each session and work collaboratively with the Association’s education team on a pertinent topic.

The Fellow is also expected to spend at least two weeks (which can be non-consecutive) at Winterthur during the fellowship period. Winterthur will provide library and collections access, office space, and housing as needed and available during the entire duration of the fellowship. The Fellow is also expected to give a lecture on the research accomplished at a public event and reception at Winterthur sometime during their fellowship period.

All deliverables undertaken by the Fellow must be completed by February 28 following the calendar year in which the fellowship was awarded (i.e., for the 2019 Fellow, all of their work with the Association must be complete by February 28, 2020).

The Fellow is not restricted from taking other positions/fellowships during their fellowship, as long as the Association determines that acceptance will not interfere or inhibit their ongoing work.

Application Process

Applicants will submit the following materials in order to be considered for the fellowship. Please combine your materials into a single Word document or PDF, with the exception being letters of reference:

  • Cover Letter: outlining the applicant’s background, experience, interest in White House history and material culture, motivations for applying for this fellowship, and how it will advance their academic and/or career goals.
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • 3 Page Project Description: Two page outline of the project detailing its significance, repositories to visit, and work to be completed during the fellowship; and a one page outline of the anticipated outcomes of the project (journal article, dissertation chapter, programs for the WHHA Teacher Institute, exhibit, etc.)
  • Two Letters of Reference

All applications materials should be emailed to Dr. Sandberg and Dr. Costello.

Selection Process

The Selection Committee will consist of 3 members of the White House Historical Association staff and 3 members of Winterthur’s Academic Affairs or Curatorial Departments.

Following the selection of finalists, the White House Historical Association will interview these candidates either in person or by Skype. The Association will inform the Winterthur Academic Programs Department of its decision prior to the April 30 notification to the recipient.


Upon completion of the fellowship, the Fellow is required to write a report detailing their experience and assessment of the Fellowship. Suggestions are welcome on how to improve it for future Fellows. The Fellow should answer the following questions:

  • Summarize the work accomplished during the fellowship (including research done at the White House Historical Association, Winterthur, and other repositories)
  • Evaluate your experience with the White House History Teacher Institute and the Winterthur Lecture Event
  • Which staff members did you interact with during your fellowship?
  • Discuss the facilities
  • How can the fellowship program be improved upon?

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