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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External Funding Opportunities with December 2016 Deadlines
Internal Fellowship and Funding Opportunities
External Fellowship & Funding Opportunities
Graduate Assistantships

External Funding Opportunities with December 2016 Deadlines:

Fellowship Description Deadline/Funding Availability Application Contact
National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowships The Department of Defense plans to award approximately 180 new three-year graduate fellowships to applicants who will pursue a doctoral degree in various science and technology fields. 

Fellowships can be awarded to U.S. citizens and nationals who intend to pursue a doctoral degree in one of fifteen supported disciplines

Complete eligibility requirements can be found here.

Application deadline: December 9, 2016, 5:00 P.M. EST.

Click here to find out about the application process. For additional information contact: ndseg@asee.org, Phone: (202) 649-3831

 

Internal Fellowship and Funding Opportunities Include:

Opportunity Description, Deadline & Contact Information

Opportunities for McNair Scholars

MSU McNair undergraduate students who meet the following eligibility requirements may apply for a:

1)      McNair Graduate Application Fee Waiver from any university applying to a graduate degree program at Montana State University

2)      MSU McNair Graduate Tuition Waiver Award for students who have completed the MSU McNair Scholars Program (Deadline specific)


Please click on the link to the left or contact Melis Edwards for general information.
gradschool@montana.edu
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. 

Faculty can submit nominations through March 31, 2017 for Fall 2017 admission. The award is for new graduate students.

Please click on the link to the left or contact Melis Edwards, MSU Graduate School Office of Admissions, for general information.
melisenda.edwards@montana.edu
406.994.6329

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.

Faculty can submit nominations through March 31, 2017, for fall 2017 admission. The award is for new graduate students.

Please click on the link to the left or contact Melis Edwards, MSU Graduate School Office of Admissions, for general information.
melisenda.edwards@montana.edu
406.994.6329

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. We are accepting nominations from the departments for Fall 2016-Spring 2017. This award funds existing Ph.D. students in all disciplines and each recepient will be required to to teach 19 hours per week.

The deadline has passed. 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. 

melisenda.edwards@montana.edu

406.994.6329

Graduate Resident Scholar Program

Graduate Resident Scholars (GRS) work in a professional capacity with MSU residence hall personnel. GRSs serve as Resident Advisors, will act as mentors to undergraduate students interested in graduate school and will work on a research project tied to their graduate program. GRSs will receive room and board in an MSU residence hall, a tuition waiver, and a $250 monthly stipend.

Application Deadline was February 3, 2016. Please Jeff Bondy, Director of Residence Life, (jbondy@montana.edu), for information on future opportunities.

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, bkomlos@montana.edu, 406-994-4206, for general information.

Travel Grants

The Graduate School is pleased to announce another round of travel grants for academic year 2016-2017. The funds will be used to support two forms of travel requests.

  • 60% of the funds will be used to support recruitment of new graduate students from non-STEM departments only
  • 40% will be used to support travel opportunities for existing MSU Bozeman graduate students (in good standing), from any department, to present (oral) their research findings at domestic professional con

The amount in either case will be dependent on the travel budget available to the Dean of The Graduate School and will be disbursed until depleted. Travel, in all cases, is limited to domestic travel only. Requests should be submitted at least 3 months prior to the requested travel date.

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

Ph.D Research Scholarship in Traffic Safety Culture 

 

The Center for Health & Safety Culture (CHSC) is an interdisciplinary center within the College of Engineering at Montana State University serving communities and organizations through research, training, and support services to cultivate healthy and safe cultures.  “Safety citizenship” seeks to grow pro-social behaviors as a mechanism to reduce risk and enhance protection. While traditional safety approaches focus on an individual’s risk (e.g., wear your seat belt, use appropriate personal protective equipment), safety citizenship focuses on promoting behaviors that address the safety of the group or others.  The CHSC is seeking a Ph.D. applicant to be funded by a Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA).  This GRA will include an annual stipend of $22,000 (with an additional tuition waiver). 

 

Deadline: April 1, 2017.

Contact Info: Professor Nicholas Ward, Director – Center for Health & Safety Culture, nward@montana.edu (ph: 406-994-5942).

 

Ph.D Research Scholarship into Leadership’s Impact on Safety Culture 

 

The Center for Health & Safety Culture (CHSC) in cooperation with the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (M&IE) is seeking a PhD candidate for a funded assistant position to research safety culture and its application to improving traffic safety. The CHSC is an interdisciplinary center serving communities and organizations through research, training, and support services to cultivate healthy and safe cultures. The CHSC is dedicated to applying research to develop sustainable solutions to complex social problems. M&IE is the largest department at Montana State University with over 1500 students, faculty and staff. “Traffic safety culture” is considered to be “the values and beliefs shared among groups of road users and stakeholders that influence their decisions to behave in ways that improve traffic safety.”  The proposed study will examine the role of leadership in transforming organizational safety culture. Specifically, we are interested in the role of leadership within state agencies responsible for traffic safety. The CHSC is seeking a Ph.D. applicant for a Graduate Assistantship position to include an annual stipend of $18,000 (with an additional tuition waiver).  It is expected that the first year of the appointment will include Teaching Assistant duties before moving into a greater research focus.

 

Deadline: April 1, 2017.

Contact Info: Dr. William Schell, Assistant Professor – Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Affiliate Faculty – Center for Health & Safety Culture, wschell@montana.edu(ph: 406-994-5938).

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External Fellowship & Funding Opportunities Include:

Fellowship Description Deadline/Funding Availability Application Contact

American Association of University Women Educational Funding & Awards

American Association of University Women provides funding opportunities for domestic and international graduate students. 

Deadlines between November 15, 2016 and January 15, 2017. 

Visit the AAUW website to check out the opportunities.

For questions or technical support, please e-mail aauw@applyists.com.

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 here.

Deadlines vary by fellowship. Complete information can be found here: http://www.caorc.org/fellowships For questions contact: info@caorc.org202.633.1599

Dannon Fellowship Grant program

The Dannon Company will award two graduate or postdoctoral students a grant of $25,000. The successful candidate should have an interest in the field of the gut microbiome’s effect on human health and well-being, or in the nutritional and functional benefits of yogurt, fermented dairy products and probiotics on the body. 

Application deadline is February 15, 2017. 

Complete information can be found here: http://www.dannon.com/fellowship-application/ For any questions regarding the Fellowship, please contact Lara Flanagan via email (lflanagan@pollock-pr.com)

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 info@hfg.org.

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: rowefund@oas.org
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:
applicationinquiries@wcfia.harvard.edu
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.

Deadline has passed. Information on future fellowships will be posted if and when funds become available.

 

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For additional information contact Barbara Komlos at The Graduate School at MSU
(406) 994.4206
bkomlos@montana.edu

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  • 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.