Fellowships may be offered by UNC Greensboro or may be nationally competitive grants, scholarships, and similar funding opportunities for students. Typically, fellowships fund study, research, or teaching in the United States or abroad.
- Federal Student Aid provides information on sources of government funding opportunities for graduate students.
- InfoEd SPIN provides a database of funding opportunities sponsored by the government, private foundations, nonprofit organizations and professional societies.
- Before using SPIN, students need to setup a profile. Follow the login prompt in the right-hand corner of the screen and then “need to create a new profile.” Students must use their UNCG credentials (email address, email@example.com) to use the resource.
- Provides education and career training opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM). Summer support or travel support opportunities may also be found.
- Information on Scholarship, Research, and Study Opportunities
- Information on support available from the Federal Government
- National Institutes of Health (NIH)
- Extensive information about NIH grants, as well as a place to search NIH funding programs. The NIH Web site is free and does not require a subscription.
- National Science Foundation’s (NSF)
- This link takes you to the NSF Special Programs for Graduate Students web page.
- Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)
- This national fellowship provides three years of financial support for beginning graduate study leading to a research-based degree in:
- The $34,000-per-year fellowships are intended for seniors who will begin graduate study the following fall and early stage graduate students. Awarded fellows also receive a 3-year tuition waiver! About 2,000 fellowships are offered. Must be a U.S. citizen, national or permanent resident alien. Read eligibility details in the official GRFP Solicitation in the left column on the Fastlane GRFP page.
- The NSFGRFP.org site provides detailed information for applicants.
- Check the site for answers to applicants’ and fellows’ frequently asked questions.
- For GRFP Awardees Planning to Attend UNC Greensboro
- As soon as you accept a fellowship, contact the Dean of the Graduate School.
- You must establish a stipend account to receive your fellowship payments. Do this as soon as possible (preferably in June–or sooner if you plan to start your program in the summer) to allow time for internal paperwork.
Incentive Awards are intended to encourage enrolled graduate students to search for substantial external funding and provide a stipend for the time it takes to complete an application.
Enrolled graduate students who apply for a substantial external funding source will receive $500 of support from the Graduate School in recognition of the time commitment necessary for putting together an application. Students may receive a maximum of two such awards in a given year. The award will be applied to your student account when the Graduate School receives proof of your submitted external funding.
The external source must approach your current level of funding to be eligible for a Bridge Fellowship.
The Graduate School sponsors a Bridge Fellowship for any student who wins a substantial external award, but the amount is less than their current funding level. The Graduate School will make up the difference.
The Graduate School and the Office of Research and Engagement will help students prepare applications for nationally competitive fellowships, grants, and scholarships.
- Advice on programs and activities to strengthen your educational experience;
- Information on fellowships and other opportunities to help you achieve your goals;
- Support and assistance throughout the fellowship application process;
- Help with strengthening essays and interview skills;
- Guidance for gathering strong letters of recommendation
The Graduate School provides summer support to doctoral and MFA students through the summer research fellowship program. The purpose of this program is to advance the breadth and depth of UNCG’s research, scholarship, and community engaged strategic goals. Providing these opportunities not only enhances practical competency, a critical outcome for all graduate students, but provides much needed support to advance the scholarly efforts of faculty, to increase the external funding and commercialization income for the university in order to meet UNC system metrics, and to support the health and vitality of our region.
These awards are intended to support students who do not have funding over the summer. Program faculty nominate eligible students for these $2,000 awards.
Eligible Students Are:
- Full-time, degree-seeking doctoral or MFA students in a Greensboro campus program.
- Enrolled full-time for the current spring semester and the following fall semester.
- Have no other funding for the summer (including TA or RA)
- Not enrolled in summer classes unless the required courses are only available during the summer. This requirement is in place in order for students to focus on their summer research project.
Students awarded a summer research fellowship must present a synopsis of accomplishments to their faculty advisor. Failure to do so comprises a violation of the academic integrity policy.
Departments should prioritize nominations to those students who have received minimal funding during the academic year and those on Teaching or Research assistantships not directly related to their own research or creative activity.
How to apply:
- Please check with your department for internal deadlines and processes.
- Awardees will be notified in April; payment will be at the end of June.
UNCG Graduate School Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis in recognition of a student’s demonstrated scholarship, scholastic and creative promise, and/or financial need. These fellowships are administered by the Graduate School and are awarded to full-time graduate students. These are non-service appointments and may be awarded to students in addition to the program award. Although most of these awards are designed to attract exceptional new students to our graduate programs, the Inclusiveness, Lyon, and UNC Campus awards are available to outstanding students who are currently enrolled.
Some of these awards require demonstrated financial need. Graduate students are highly encouraged to fill out the FAFSA early.
Faculty must nominate students for consideration; students are not allowed to apply for these awards.
Graduate Program Directors and Department Heads should review the Graduate School Fellowship Guidelines for details on available fellowships and specific criteria for each award.