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Are you a College of Natural Sciences graduate student or postdoc looking for fellowship funding? This page provides links to external fellowship programs and other resources to help you search for fellowship opportunities.

The number of available fellowship opportunities can appear overwhelming. You should always consult with your advisor to select a fellowship opportunity that best suits your individual career plans.

If you've found a fellowship you'd like to apply for, but aren't sure what to do next, contact Strategic Research Initiatives at CNS_SRI@austin.utexas.edu. We can help you take the necessary steps to get your application out the door.

For assistance with NSF GRFP and NIH NRSA applications, participate in one of our Workshops.


lists of fellowship opportunities


search a funding database for fellowship opportunities

To search an even broader portfolio of funders for fellowship opportunities, use the Pivot online database. Pivot tracks both federal and private foundation funding opportunities and enables to you conduct advanced searches for funding opportunities that meet your self-determined criteria (e.g., open to international students, student- or postdoc-only opportunities, type of research and more). Those searches can be scheduled to run automatically on a daily, weekly or monthly basis, with the results emailed directly to you.


Federally Supported Graduate/Postdoc Fellowships

Several federal agencies offer graduate and postdoctoral fellowships. More information about some of these programs is provided below.


National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP)
NSF GRFP fellowships provide three years of full salary and tuition support to graduate students. College seniors and first- and second-year graduate students are eligible to apply. You must be a U.S. citizen, national or permanent resident to be eligible.


National Institutes of Health Research Training Portal
This comprehensive website provides information and links to active funding opportunities for various NIH fellowships and career development grants, including:

  • Predoctoral (graduate student) fellowships (F31) - U.S. citizens/permanent residents only
  • Postdoctoral fellowships (F32) - U.S. citizens/permanent residents only
  • Pathway to Independence (postdoc-to-faculty transition) awards (K99/R00) - open to international postdocs


Other Federal Fellowship Opportunities:


Graduate/Postdoc Fellowships Offered by Other Organizations

Below is a list of select fellowships recently awarded to College of Natural Sciences graduate students or postdocs. Many other fellowship opportunities exist - it would be impossible to list them all! You can consult the lists above (under "Where Can I Search for Fellowship Opportunities?") or search the SciVal Funding database to find even more fellowship opportunities.


international graduate student or postdoc opportunities

Below is a short list of fellowships that are open to international students and postdocs. This list is not exhaustive; to search for even more opportunities, use SciVal Funding (see above) and filter your search results to display opportunities for international applicants. 


Internal Funding Opportunities and Travel Awards