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

Montana Apprenticeship Program(MAP) seeks Program Coordinators & Residential Advisors.

SUMMER FUNDING OPPORTUNITY - Leaders are being sought for the Montana Apprenticeship Program (MAP), a college preparatory and STEM focused program for Native American, underrepresented minority students, and "first generation" high school students.

The event takes places at MSU from June 18-July 28, 2017.

The goal of MAP is to inspire young people to pursue college degrees and increase the number of underrepresented groups entering the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math.

Program coordinator and resident advisors positions are available. Compensation includes a stipend, housing and all meals.

Application screening begins March 13, 2017. Applicants should submit a letter which addresses each of the required and preferred qualifications, a current résumé, and three professional references.  Applicants may electronically submit or mail applications.

Contact:
Montana Apprenticeship Program
PO Box 173820
Montana State University Bozeman, MT 59717-3820

OR email PDF of application to amy.stix@montana.edu

Download information and applicaitons: Program Coordinator and Residential Advisor

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. 

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.
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.

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.
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. 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. 

melisenda.edwards@montana.edu

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, 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 conference.

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.

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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 info@hfg.org.

Department of Energy’s Office of Science, Graduate Student Research program 

The goal of the Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is to prepare graduate students for science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) careers critically important to the DOE Office of Science mission, by providing graduate dissertation/thesis research opportunities at DOE laboratories.

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.

Details about the program and online application can be found at:  http://science.energy.gov/wdts/scgsr/.

Applications are due 5:00 pm Eastern Time on Tuesday May 16, 2017

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

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: http://www.caorc.org/fellowships

For questions contact: info@caorc.org; 202.633.1599

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: rowefund@oas.org

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.

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.