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.

McNair MSU

The Graduate School offers an application fee waiver for McNair students from any university applying to a graduate degree program at Montana State University. In addition, MSU McNair undergraduate students who meet the eligibility requirements, may apply for the MSU McNair Graduate Tuition Waiver Award. See home page link for full details.

McNair Application Fee Waiver

MSU McNair Tuition Waiver Guidelines

MSU McNair Tuition Waiver Cover Sheet

MSU McNair Nomination Form


Student Travel Grants 

The Student Travel Grant funds have been exhausted for the 2017-2018 year. 

The Graduate School will announce another round when funding becomes available. When this happens, the link to the left will be live for MSU Bozeman graduate students (in good standing) to apply for funding to support their travel to present (oral) their research findings at a professional conference or to perform research.

The amount each year 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. 

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 2018. The Meritorious Award will be restricted to Ph.D. students who have applied to degree-seeking programs. The award is for new graduate students.

The deadline to submit was March 30, 2018. Information on future opportunities will be posted if and when the funds become available. 

Questions? Contact Melis Edwards, MSU Director of Graduate Admissions:  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 2018-Spring 2019. The Mildred Livingston Presidential Award is open to all graduate students in all disciplines. All nominees must have applied to a graduate degree-seekign program at the time of submitting a nomination. The award is for new graduate students.

The deadline to submit was March 30, 2018. Information on future opportunities will be posted if and when the funds become available. 

Questions? Contact Melis Edwards, MSU Director of Graduate Admissions:  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 current and continuing Ph.D. students in all disciplines and each recipient will be required to to teach 19 hours per week.

The deadline to submit was January 19, 2018. Information on future opportunities will be posted if and when the funds become available. 
Please click the link to the left or contact Melis Edwards, MSU Graduate School Office of Admissions, for general information.  406.994.6329


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 application is restricted to graduate students who will be graduating in Spring 2018, on or before the end of their 5th year, in their degree program (including time for a master’s degree obtained en route to the PhD).    More importantly the student WILL complete their dissertation (writing, defense, and acceptance by the GS ETD’s format advisor) by 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 was November 1, 2017. Information on future opportunities will be posted if and when the funds become available. 

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 contact Dr. Barbara Komlos,, 406-994-4206, for general information.


External Fellowship & Funding Opportunities Include:

Fellowship Description, Deadline & Contact Information

Department of Energy's Office of Science

The Department of Energy’s Office of Science is now accepting applications for the Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program (2018 Solicitation 1). Applications are due 5:00pm Eastern Time on Tuesday, May 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

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

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

All applicants are required to submit applications online by December 1, 2017 at 5:00 PM EST. All supporting materials must be received by December 1, 2017 at 5:00 PM EST. 

Click here for application instructions. 

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.

Deadlines: December 7, 2017, 5 pm EST (dissertation and postdoctoral fellowships) and December 14, 2017, 5 pm EST (predoctoral fellowships).

Visit for additional information and to apply.

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 deadline: December 31, 2017 at 8 pm Eastern Standard Time. Information on future opportunities will be posted if and when the funds become available. 
Click here for further information and to apply. 
 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, and will run during the 2018-2019 academic year.  Apply here:

Feel free to email PI Dr. Shannon Willoughby with any questions at

This grant is funded by NSF Grant 1735124.

Trialect Soliciting Applications for Research Fellowship Awards

HHMI Medical Research Fellows Award: Encourages the development of future medical-scientists by providing a year of full-time, mentored laboratory research training to medical, dental, and veterinary students who have demonstrated an interest in and commitment to biomedical research, but who are not enrolled in an MD/PhD (or equivalent) program. (January 11, 2018 deadline)

BWF Post Doctoral Enrichment Program: Provides a total of $60,000 over three years to support the career development activities for underrepresented minority postdoctoral fellows in a degree-granting institution in the United States. (January 16, 2018 deadline)

Visit the Trialect website to view additional funding opportunities


The fellowship program annually awards five women 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.

Application Deadline: February 2, 2018. Information on future opportunities will be posted if and when the funds become available. 

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:

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 2018-19 are due by July 31, 2018. 

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



  • 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.