External Fellowship Grants

The following organizations provide dissertation fellowships and small support grants that may be of interest to students in rhetoric and composition. Institutions and foundations change their priorities and programs regularly. Always verify that you are looking at the current year's program:

  • Spencer Foundation:awards dissertation and pre-dissertation fellowships related to education as well as small and large research grants.
  • U.S. Department of Education: provides fellowships to students of superior academic ability—selected on the basis of demonstrated achievement, financial need, and exceptional promise—to undertake study at the doctoral and Master of Fine Arts level in selected fields of arts, humanities, and social sciences.
  • AERA: offers grants and fellowships related to education. A special minority fellowship is also available.
  • Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation: offers several dissertation fellowships that have ethical or religious values as a central concern; grants related to women's and gender issues; others.
  • American Association of University Women: provides dissertation fellowships related to women's issues.
  • Social Science Research Council: provides dissertation fellowships for students in humanities and social sciences conducting fieldwork on international topics.
  • Society for Technical Communication:awards $1,000 scholarships to support training in technical communication. The society also offers research grants and other opportunities.
  • The Council of Writing Program Administrators: awards research grants up to $2,000 for research on Writing Program Administration.
  • National Science Foundation: offers fellowships and grants of up to $12,000 for dissertation-related research on science and technology studies.
  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation: offers dissertation completion fellowships and fellowships for recent doctoral recipients
  • National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH): an independent federal agency offering grants to strengthen teaching and learning, facilitate research and original scholarship, preserve and provide access to cultural and educational resources and to strengthen the institutional base of the humanities.
  • Rockefeller Brother's Fund: advances social change that contributes to a more just, sustainable, and peaceful world.
  • American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS): private institution supporting scholars in the humanities and related social sciences at the doctoral and post doctoral levels.
  • Fulbright Program: offers fellowships for U.S. graduating college seniors, graduate students, young professionals and artists to study, conduct research, and/or teach English abroad.
  • Ford Foundation: Provides one year of support for students completing their dissertation.
  • David-Putter Scholarship Fund: Provides graduate and undergraduate student scholarships of up to 10,000. Students must demonstrate their participation in and continues commitment to expanding civil rights, economic justice and international solidarity.