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

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Apply for Scholarships 
Application Opens - November 1, 2018
Priority Deadline - February 1, 2019

Cat $cholarships is the MSU online scholarship platform that will be used for collecting scholarship applications.

Only  accepted MSU students will be able to use Cat $cholarships online applications.


  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.

 Mini-grant RFP for Community Building

Deadline: Friday 5pm, 13 Sep.

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Do you have an idea for how to build community and connections between your graduate peers?

The Graduate School is pleased to announce an internal competition for community-building mini-awards. We will provide ~10 mini-awards of $500 each to graduate-student initiated projects that bring together students from either within your program or across programs. All sorts of projects will get funded, ranging from community engagement, to outdoor activities, to professional development, to celebrations of different cultures or groups of students, to local meetups for students who are taking online graduate courses.

Criteria for selection will include estimates of how many graduate students will be engaged, the opportunity for graduate students to meaningfully connect with each other (e.g. projects where students listen to a speaker will likely not be funded), and the possibility that the activity/event may seed longer-term community. Expenses must follow MSU guidelines, e.g. no alcohol.

As you are envisaging your project, certainly reach out for other sources of matching funding, e.g. from your department if the group is housed in a department. This will make the dollars we have go further.  Also if the activities are not already part of a student organization, the mini-award could help you start an official student organization which may provide sustaining funding. 

McNair MSU

Students must work with admitting department in order to apply for this award.

The Graduate School offers past McNair scholars an opportunity to apply for an application fee waiver and/or tuition waivers to be used at Montana State University.

For further information, contact: Melis Edwards, The Director of Graduate Admissions: or 406.994.6329. 

Professional Advancement Grant

Professional Advancement Grants (formerly known as Travel Awards) are available for the 2020-2021 academic year. The funds can be used to partially support travel opportunities for existing MSU Bozeman graduate students from any department, to present posters, performances, or orally on their scholarship findings at professional conferences and workshops or to conduct scholarship.

There are two levels of grants

  • Professional Advancement Grants are up to $500 and require documentation of presenting your scholarship as well as advisor approval. These will be awarded every 3 months on a first come, first served basis.
  • Fewer, and more competitive Dean's Professional Advancement Grants are up to $1000 and require a student written essay. Preference will be given to those students not supported on GRAs since GRA-supported students may have more access to travel funds from their advisor.

Graduate students must be considered in good standing.
Grants will open on 1 January, 1 April, 1 July, and 1 October and will stay open until funds are exhausted. 

For further information, contact: Anna Denham, Administrative Associate: or 406.994.4145.

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. The Meritorious Award will be restricted to Ph.D. students who have applied to degree-seeking programs.

For further information, contact: Melis Edwards, The Director of Graduate Admissions: or 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. The award is open to ALL graduate students in ALL disciplines.

There is no limit to the number of nominations per degree program, however all nominees must have applied to a graduate degree-seeking program at the time of submitting a nomination. The award is for new graduate students.

For further information, contact: Melis Edwards, The Director of Graduate Admissions: or 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, for the purpose of assisting in enrollment growth and increasing Ph.D. productivity, while enhancing the academic preparation of Ph.D. students. Each line will have an $18,000 AY stipend with expected average of 19 hours of work per week. 

For further information, contact: Melis Edwards, The Director of Graduate Admissions: or 406.994.6329.

We are currently not accepting proposals. 



We are no longer accepting nominations for Ph.D. Dissertation Completion Award. 

For further information, contact: Melis Edwards, The Director of Graduate Admissions: 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 contact Dr. Barbara Komlos,, 406-994-4206, for general information.

 Washington Fellowship

The 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 and a resident of the State of Montana. Students can be pursuing a graduate degree in ANY discipline at MSU. The award is $15,000 for the academic year. A recipient may reapply for a renewal up to 1 additional year for a master’s program and 2 additional years for a doctoral program.

Applications for Academic Year 2019-20 are due by May 1, 2019. 

Applicants will need to first register on the Cat Scholarships website to receive access to the Washington Fellowship application.

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


External Fellowship & Funding Opportunities Include:

Fellowship Description, Deadline & Contact Information

Idaho National Lab (INL) Graduate Fellowship Program

The INL Graduate Fellowship Program is designed to identify exceptional talent in research areas aligned with INL’s strategic agenda to enable the current and future mission of the Department of
Energy (DOE) and INL. INL Graduate Fellows will receive a commitment from both INL and their university with agreements to pay tuition and compensation, and to provide the student the opportunity to conduct research while earning their degree. Application deadline is February 15, 2019. Selections will be announced in May 2019. Contact Ali Josephson with questions: 208.526.0940 For more information visit  the INL website

Department of Energy's Office of Science

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science is now accepting applications for the Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program (2018 Solicitation 2). Application deadline has passed; they were due by November 15, 2018.

The SCGSR program provides doctoral dissertation/thesis research opportunities for graduate students at DOE national laboratories. Details about the program and online application can be found at

MD Anderson Cancer Center CPRIT TRIUMPH Fellowship

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is currently accepting applications for the CPRIT TRIUMPH Postdoctoral Fellowship in Translational Cancer Research. This three-year fellowship provides basic, translational, and clinical training and aims to further develop talented PhD or MD/PhDs into successful clinical/translational research scientists. Applications are reviewed quarterly with remaining 2018 due dates of September 30 and December 31. Please check this link for additional information on the MD Anderson Cancer Center CPRIT TRIUMPH Fellowship regarding eligibility, application process, and current trainees and program alumni profiles. Please contact Dr. Kari Brewer Savannah, Program Manager, with any questions at

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 dissertation 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. Please check the detailed application guidelines for the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation. 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 Ph.D. for longer than three years are ineligible. Please check this link for additional information or to apply for the Academy Scholars Program

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.

Please check this link for a listing of fellowship opportunities.  Deadlines vary by fellowship. Complete information can be found here:

For questions contact:; 202.633.1599.

Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship Service Program

Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program. The purpose is to promote the education, recruitment and retention of outstanding graduate students in science, mathematics and engineering studies; the DoD is also interested in supporting the education of future scientists and engineers in a number of interdisciplinary areas.

Scholarships include a cash award of $25,000 to $41,000 per year, full tuition, health insurance and a book allowance. 

Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs - Predoctoral, Dissertation, & Postdoctoral

Predoctoral, Dissertation, and Postdoctoral fellowships will be awarded in a national competition administered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on behalf of the Ford Foundation. Individuals committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level are encouraged to apply. The program is open to all U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals and U.S. permanent residents, as well as individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, political asylees and refugees, regardless of race, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability or sexual orientation.

Awards will be made for study in research-based Ph.D. or Sc.D. programs; practice oriented degree programs are not eligible for support. Prospective applicants should read carefully the eligibility requirements, the terms of the fellowship awards, application instructions and other information pertaining to the individual fellowship (Predoctoral, Dissertation, or Postdoctoral) for which they are applying.

Online application opens in September and typically closes in December each year.
Visit the Ford Foundation Fellowships Program website.

National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate Fellowship

The National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship awards funding to U.S. citizens and nationals who are purusing a doctoral degree in one of fifteen supported disciplines at a U.S. institution.  

Application opens in September and typically close in December each year. Please check this link for further information and to apply for the NDSEG Fellowship. 

P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship (IPS)

P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship (IPS)

The International Peace Scholarship Fund, established in 1949, is a program which provides scholarships for selected women from other countries for graduate study in the United States and Canada. Members of P.E.O. believe that education is fundamental to world peace and understanding. The scholarship is based upon demonstrated need; however, the award is not intended to cover all academic or personal expenses.

At the time of application, the applicant is required to indicate additional financial resources adequate to meet her estimated expenses. Examples of additional resources are personal and family funds, tuition waivers, work scholarships, teaching assistantships, study grants and other scholarships.The maximum amount awarded to a student is $12,500. Lesser amounts may be awarded according to individual needs.

Questions? Please contact Dr. Pat Ingraham at


STEM Oral Communication Fellows

Applications are now being accepted for the first cohort of STEM Oral Communication Fellows. This fellowship is available for STEM graduate students who are beyond their second year of graduate studies. The application process is closed for the 2018-2019 academic year, with announcements of the awarded fellows being announced after August 1.

Questions? Contact PI Dr. Shannon Willoughby at

This grant is funded by NSF Grant 1735124.

Trialect Soliciting Applications for Research Fellowship Awards

To search for funding opportunities from grants to fellowships in the medical/health areas, visit the Trialect. (Click here to learn more about Trialect.)


The fellowship program annually awards five female postdoctoral scientists with grants of $60,000 each for their contributions in STEM fields and their commitment to serving as role models for younger generations. Candidates must have completed their Ph.D. and started in their postdoctoral research position by the application deadline. Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident to apply. Visit the For Women In Science website to find out more. Award announcements are made each October.

Typical application Deadline: February 2. 

The Montana Woman Foundation Scholarships


The Montana Woman Foundation (MWF) offers scholarships for women of all ages who want to begin their education or go back to college. The Foundation also encourages women to give back to their communities by helping fellow Montana women in need. To learn more about MWF or applying for a Montana Woman Scholarship, please visit their webpage. Guidelines concerning requirements for applying, eligibility criteria, scholarship use, and the application process can be found within the Application PDF.

Applications are accepted from November 1 to February 1 of each year. Selections are then announced in late April.

For more information contact Cindy O'Boyle at (406) 755-5753 or

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. 

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:



Graduate Assistantships