The Graduate School is dedicated to helping students secure funding during their time spent at MSU. Graduate students finance their education through a variety assistantships, fellowships and other funding opportunities. This page provides a listing of valuable resources to help ease the financial burden of graduate school and allow you to focus on your research and course work.

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Internal Fellowship and Funding Opportunities
External Fellowship & Funding Opportunities
Graduate Assistantships

Internal Fellowship and Funding Opportunities Include:

Opportunity Description, Deadline & Contact Information


Bridge Tuition Waiver Request

Students may not apply for this award. Faculty must apply and specify the specific student. 

The Graduate School will consider bridge tuition waiver requests when an investigator’s funded project has not been renewed and temporary support is needed to support an existing graduate student who was to be supported by the unfunded grant. Faculty who can submit a request for bridge tuition waivers must be productive researchers who are in-between grants. Bridge tuition waiver requests are not intended to support new projects, new graduate students, or to be used as match.

The Graduate School will evaluate the request as quickly as possible and notify the requesting faculty of the decision.

Student Travel Grants


The Graduate School is pleased to announce another round of student travel grants for academic year 2017-2018. The funds will be used to support travel opportunities for existing MSU Bozeman graduate students (in good academic standing), from any department, to present (oral) their research findings at a professional conference.

The amount will be dependent on the travel budget available to the Dean of The Graduate School and will be disbursed until depleted. NOTE: These funds are limited to domestic travel only. Requests should be submitted 3 months prior to the requested travel date.

Contact Melis Edwards, MSU Graduate School Office of Admissions, for general information:; 406.994.6329.


Meritorious Award

Students may not apply for this award. They must be nominated by their department.

The Graduate School requests nominations for the Meritorious Award each year. We are accepting nominations for prospective graduate students in Fall 2017-Spring 2018. The Meritorious Award will be restricted to Ph.D. students with the majority of the awards (due to funding source restrictions) in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) disciplines. 

The award is for new graduate students.

The deadline to submit was March 31, 2017.  Information on future opportunities will be posted if and when the funds become available. 

Please click on the link to the left or contact Melis Edwards, MSU Graduate School Office of Admissions, for general information.

Mildred Livingston Presidential Award

Students may not apply for this award. They must be nominated by their department

The Graduate School requests nominations for the Mildred Livingston Presidential Award each year. We are accepting nominations for prospective graduate students in Fall 2017-Spring 2018. The Mildred Livingston Presidential Award is open to all graduate students in all disciplines.

The award is for new graduate students.

The deadline to submit was March 31, 2017.  Information on future opportunities will be posted if and when the funds become available. 

Please click on the link to the left or contact Melis Edwards, MSU Graduate School Office of Admissions, for general information.

Ph.D. Enhancement Funds for GTA Lines

Students may not apply for this award. They must be nominated by their department.


The Graduate School requests nominations for Ph.D. Enhancement Funds each year. This award funds existing Ph.D. students in all disciplines and each recipient will be required to to teach 19 hours per week.

The deadline to submit was March 2, 2017.  Information on future opportunities will be posted if and when the funds become available. 

Please click on the link to the left or contact Melis Edwards, MSU Graduate School Office of Admissions, for general information.



PhD Dissertation Completion Award

PhD Dissertation Completion Application


The Graduate School is pleased to announce a third round of PhD Dissertation Completion Award funding. The award is for PhD students who have completed no more than four (4) years of their studies. More importantly the student WILL complete their dissertation  (writing, defense, and acceptance by the GS ETD’s format advisor) at the end of their fifth year. The application is submitted by the student, however the student’s committee chair must nominate the student for this award.

The deadline to submit is August 24, 2017.

It is strongly recommended that you check with The Graduate School to find out if your program/department is eligible to apply before preparing the application. Contact Melis Edwards at or 406.994.6329.

Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnership

Students may not apply for this award. They will be invited to apply

Indigenous (Native American, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian – U.S. Citizenship) graduate students pursuing degrees in STEM at MSU are eligible to apply for the scholarship program established by the A.P. Sloan Foundation. 

Please click on the link to the left or Dr. Barbara Komlos,, 406-994-4206, for general information.


External Fellowship & Funding Opportunities Include:

Fellowship Description, Deadline & Contact Information

The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation Dissertation Fellowships

The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation offers fellowships to graduate students who will complete the writing of a dissertation within the award year. These fellowships of $20,000 each are designed to contribute to the support of the doctoral candidate to enable him or her to complete the thesis in a timely manner and are only appropriate for students approaching the final year of their Ph.D. work.

Applications for dissertation fellowships must be received by February 1, for a decision in June. Applications are reviewed during the spring and final decisions are made by the Board of Directors at its meeting in June. Applicants will be informed promptly by e-mail as well as letter of the Board's decision. Awards ordinarily commence on September 1, but other starting dates (after July 1) may be requested if the nature of the project makes this appropriate.

Click here for the detailed application guidelines.

Requests for further information should be directed to (646) 428-0971 or

Harvard Academy for International & Area Studies-Academy Scholars Program

The Academy Scholars Program identifies and supports outstanding scholars at the start of their careers whose work combines disciplinary excellence in the social sciences (including history and law) with a command of the language, history, or culture of non-Western countries or regions. Academy Scholars are appointed for two years by the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies and are provided time, guidance, and access to Harvard University facilities. They receive substantial financial and research assistance to undertake sustained projects of research and/or acquire accessory training in their chosen fields and areas.

Competition for these awards is open only to recent Ph.D. (or comparable professional school degree) recipients and doctoral candidates. Those still pursuing a Ph.D. should have completed their routine training and be well along in the writing of their dissertation. Those in possession of a P.hD. for longer than three years are ineligible.

Applications for the Academy Scholars program are due October 1 each year. There is no application form. Click here to view a list of required materials.

For additional information contact:

Council of American Overseas Research Centers - website includes a listing of fellowships for those doing research abroad

The Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) fosters international scholarship, education, and cultural dialogue. This private nonprofit federation of independent overseas research centers promotes advanced research, particularly in the humanities and social sciences, with a focus on the conservation and recording of cultural heritage and the understanding and interpretation of modern societies. CAORC offers research fellowships throughout the year to doctoral candidates, postdoctoral scholars, and independent scholars.

A listing of fellowship opportunities can be found hereDeadlines vary by fellowship. Complete information can be found here:

For questions contact:; 202.633.1599

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

 The SCGSR program provides supplemental awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students to pursue part of their research at a DOE laboratory/facility. Graduate students currently pursuing Ph.D. degrees in areas of physics, chemistry, material sciences, biology (non-medical), mathematics, engineering, computer or computational sciences, or specific areas of environmental sciences that are aligned with the mission of the Office of Science are eligible to apply for the supplemental research awards provided by the SCGSR program.

Applications are due 5:00pm Eastern Time, Thursday, November 16, 2017.

Click here to apply: For more information, visit the website:

Institute for Humane Studies

The Institute for Humane Studies offers Conference & Research Grants of up to $750 to cover travel costs and fees for career-related expenses. 

Funds are awarded on a rolling basis to current graduate students advancing the principles of freedom through their career. Click here to find out more and to access the on-line application form. 

Leo S. Rowe Pan American Fund -Funding Opportunity for Latin American and Caribbean Students Studying in the U.S.

The Rowe Fund is an educational loan program of the Organization of American States (OAS) that helps citizens from Latin America and Caribbean OAS Member States finance their studies or research in accredited universities across the United States by awarding interest-free loans of up to $15,000 dollars.

Applications are accepted and reviewed year-round. To find out more about the required documents and forms, review this list.

For additional information contact:

Janelia Graduate Research Fellowship

The Janelia Graduate Research Fellowship is a fully-funded, collaborative PhD program for independent, committed graduate students enrolled in a doctoral program in the United States or abroad. Required course work at the student’s home university must be completed before joining Janelia. Degrees are granted by the home university. Students will conduct research at Janelia for a minimum of one year and a maximum of 3 years. The application process can be perused at:  HHMI Genetics Fellowship

Application deadline in July 18, 2017. 

U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Research Assistantship Program for Native American Students

Short-term assistantships are available for Native American students interested in wildlife and forest resources and excited to learn and work with an interdisciplinary team of researchers. Applicants must be a member of an American Indian or Alaska Native tribe, First Nations, or a Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, or have some other indigenous identification, and be currently enrolled in an  graduate program from an accredited academic institution. A bachelor’s or master’s degree in wildlife biology, ecology, forestry or other closely related natural resource discipline is preferred.  

The deadline for applications is October 18, 2017.

Download the application form by clicking here. For additional information, visit the website:

Washington Fellowship

Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation Native American Graduate Fellowship will be awarded to an MSU graduate student who is an enrolled member of a Montana Native American Tribe.

Applications for Academic Year 2017-18 are due by July 31, 2017.

For additional information contact Barbara Komlos at The Graduate School at MSU, (406) 994.4206,

Intel Growing the Legacy Scholarship Program

The Intel Growing the Legacy Scholarship Program includes financial support, mentorship, paid internship opportunities, and, upon successful graduation, employment opportunities with Intel. Computer Science, Computer Engineering, and Electrical Engineering. Chemical Engineering and Material Science will also be considered.

Students must:

  • Be a full-time graduate student at an accredited college/university for the 2017-2018 academic year
  • Be an enrolled tribal member/citizen or a descendant of an enrolled member/citizen
  • Have a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Be a current AISES members at the time of application.  All applicants will be required to enter a valid AISES membership number

Application deadline is August 25, 2017.

To apply, go to and set up an account.

For additional information, please visit the website:



  • The Pre-Award Services Office within MSU's Office of Sponsored Programs can assist graduate students in identifying possible sources of funding. These may be in the form of research grants, collaborative activities, travel, curriculum development, conference support, fellowships, post-doc positions, equipment acquisition, operating or capital expenses, and more. Click here for a listing of funding opportunities including  fellowships. Information on the SPIN funding alert service can be found here

Graduate Assistantships

  • Many academic departments offer opportunities for graduate teaching and research assistantships.  Prospective graduate students should contact their admitting department for information on assistantship availability.

  • The Graduate School's policies and procedures regarding assistantships can be found here.