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Fellowships at the University

Deadline is Tuesday, February 14, 2012 to submit applications to Ed Nowak, the Director of our graduate program.  Please submit the following documents:

  • Completed Cover Sheet or Application form;
  • An evaluation by a faculty member of the nominee's academic performance and potential professional contribution;
  • A resume of the nominee which includes the listing of publications authored or co-authored;
  • No more than a two-page essay written by the nominee (please see the link below for requirements necessary for each specific Fellowship).

University Graduate Fellows

University Graduate Scholars

University Dissertation Fellows

2012 Lilly Conference

  • Description: The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) and the Office of Graduate and Professional Education are pleased to announce a special Teaching Conference Travel Fellowship for Doctoral Candidates.  The conference will be held in Washington D.C. from May 31- June 3, 2012
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  • Deadline: Proposals are due by Monday, April 23, 2012

Fellowships from external sources

The National Research Council of the National Academies

  • Eligibility: Graduate, postdoctoral and senior researchers at federal laboratories and affiliated instituitions. Research opportunities are open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and for some of the laboratories, foreign nationals.
  • Description: Stipends ranging from $42,000-$75,000 per year for recent Ph.D. recipients and higher for additional experience. Graduate entry level stipends begin at $30,000.
  • Deadlines: Four review cycles annually; Upcoming deadlines are: August 1, 2012; November 1, 2012; February 1, 2012; May 1, 2012
  • See for more information

Department of Defense

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship (NDSEG)

  • Description: Competitive fellowship awarded to students in many disciplines including Physics. 
  • Eligibility: For applicants at or near the beginning of their doctoral studies in science or engineering.  Applicants must be U.S. citizens.
  • Link:
  • Deadline: Application must be submitted by December 17, 2010

Science Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program

  • Description: For students pursuing undergraduate or graduate degree in many areas including Physics.  Participants receive full tuition and expenses; stipend of $25,000 to $41,800 depending on prior educational experience; paid summer internships; health insurance; $1,000 book allowance; mentoring; and employment placement after graduation.
  • Eligibility: Summer Internships at Labs are required.  Students are required work as a civilian employee at a Service (Army, Navy, Air Force) or DoD Agency (NSA, DIA, DARPA, etc.) laboratory, or other research and development activity for a period equal to the time the program paid for their school.  Students must be U.S. Citizens, able to obtain a DoD Security Clearance, and be willing to work as a civilian in the DoD upon graduation.
  • Link:
  • Deadline: December 1, 2011 for the 2012 school year.

Department of Education

Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN)

  • Description: Provides fellowships, through academic departments and programs of institutions of higher education to assist excellent graduate students with financial need to pursue PhD in physics.
  • Eligibility: Academic departments and programs of institutions of higher education that provide graduate program degrees.   Must be a citizen, national or, permanent resident of the U.S. 
  • Link:
  • Deadline:  The most recent applicaiton deadline was December 18, 2009.  Upcoming due date to be announced.

Department of Energy

Graduate Fellowship Program

  • Description: For outstanding student prusuing reseach in physics. 
  • Eligibility: Applicants must be a first-year or second-year full-time graduate student in a Ph.D. program in physics.
  • Link:
  • Deadline: To be announced soon.

Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (CSGF) Program

  • Description: Provides fellowships for student pursuing a Ph.D. in science.  Fellowship provides full tuition and required fees and a yearly stipend of $32,400.
  • Eligibility: Applicants must be first or second year graduate students.
  • Link:
  • Deadline: Online application for the 2011 year will open late October 2010. 

Scholars Program: Internships at DOE Labs

  • Description: Scholarship offers paid internships, research opportunities and individual development for physics students.
  • Eligibility: Graduate students must be enrolled at a U.S. university to apply.
  • Link:
  • Deadline: To be announced.

PhD Research Opportunities with DOE

Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

Partnerships for Innovation ORAU Competition

  • Description: Students are challenged to conduct a professional-quality assessment of the Snake River Plain site in Idaho using innovative exploration technologies. 
  • Eligibility:  It is open to students in science, engineering and business programs of study.
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Institute of Energy Conversion


Bill N. Baron Fellowship Award

  • Description: The Bill N. Baron Fellowship was established to assure that students would continue to benefit from Bill's concen about their education.  Two Graduate Awards of $2,000 each will be awarded.
  • Eligibility: Must be a graduate student at the University of Delaware with a cumulative index of 3.0 or above.  Must be carrying out or have recently completed an exceptional piece of supervised research in engineering, science or energy policy in the renewable energy field.
  • Requirements: A one-page summary of the nominee's research project that describes their contribution to research, development or policy in renewable energy.  Letter of recommendation from nominator.  Short resume from nominee.
  • Deadline: March 2, 2012
  • For More Information and to submit nominations, please contact Paula Newton at

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program

NASA Space Tech Research Fellowships

The NSTRF14 solicitation for Space Tech Research Fellowships has been released.  This opportunity is for graduate students pursuing advanced degrees in STEM disciplines.  The fellowship begins at the start of the Fall 2014 semester.  The application deadline is November 13, 2013.  The maximum award is $68K per year.  See the solicitation for details.



National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

NIST Measurement Science and Engineering Fellowships

  • Description: Fellowship program to support graduate studnets conducting research in existing programs at NIST's campuses at Gaithersburg, MD or Boulder, CO, or at the Hollings Marine Laboratory (HML) in Charleston, SC.
  • Eligibility: Students remain at thier home institutions but are located at the NIST laboratories.  No citizenship requirement for the fellowships.  Award includes a stipend, benefits and full tuition.
  • Link:
  • Deadline: applications accepted beginning July 15 until positions are filled for the 2010-2011 year.

Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRF)

  • Description: Program provides support for students in the early stages of their graduate degree that are leading to research-based master's or doctoral degree supported by NSF.
  • Eligibility:  Applicants must be citizens, nationals, or permanent residents of the U.S.  Applicants must not have completed more than 12 months of full-time graduate study prior to applying.
  • Link:
  • Deadline:  applications are typically due in November each year
  • Special note: UD Office of Graduate and Professional Education to host an informational meeting for students and faculty interested in the GRF on Friday October 22, 2010 at 3 pm in 104 gore hall. 

East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for U.S. Graduate Students (EAPSI)

  • Description: Fellowship introduces graduate students to East Asia and Pacific science and engineering research setting.  Institutes are located in Australia, China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore and Taiwan and occur during the summer from June and August.  Participants receive a $5,000 stipend, roundtrip airline ticket and living expenses.
  • Eligibility: Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Link:
  • Deadline: Full proposal deadline is November 10, 2010 and annually thereafter on the second Wednesday in November.
  • Special note: Link to UD Proposal Writing Workshops for Graduate Students listed on professional development page of Physics website:…

National Research Council

The National Academies Fellowship Awards

  • Description: Program sponsors a number of awards for graduate, postdoctoral, and senior researchers at federal laboratories and affiliated institutions.  The awards include generous stipends ranging from $42,000 - $75,000 per year for recent Ph.D recipients.  Graduate entry level stipends begin at $30,000.
  • Eligibility: Research opportunites are open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and for some of the laboratories, foreign nationals.
  • Link:
  • Deadline: There are four review cycles annualy starting May 1, 2012 and continuing into August 1, November 1, and February 1, 2013.

FALL 2012

  Mirzayan S&T Fellowship at the National Academies

  • Description: This Graduate Fellowship Program of the National Academies-consisting of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council-is an early career educational and training opportunity.  It is designed to engage its Fellows in the analytical process that informs U.S. science and technology policy.  Fellows develop basic skills essential to working or participating in science policy at the federal, state, or local levels.
  • Eligibility: Graduate and professional school students and those who have completed graduate studies (degree awarded) within the last five years are eligible to apply.  Areas of study may include any social/behavioral science, medical/health discipline, physical or biological science, any field of engineering, law/business/public administration, or any related field.
  • Link:
  • Deadline: References Due: April 27, 2012  Applications Due: May 1, 2012
  • Stipend: A stipend grant of $8,240 will be provided for the 12-week session to offset expenses.