African and African Disapora Studies Department
African and African Disapora Studies Department

Graduate Funding

Ph.D. candidates are automatically considered for funding during the graduate admissions process; no separate fellowship application is required. A typical award includes a combination of university and department fellowships, and teaching and graduate research assistantships. Students with teaching or graduate research assistantships will receive, as part of their employment, a monthly stipend, up to 9 credits of tuition remission, the out-of-state tuition waiver if they are not TX residents, and health insurance premium benefits.

After the first year, and each year thereafter, students are evaluated on their academic and professional progress. Funding is contingent on the student making satisfactory academic progress toward their degree, maintaining full-time enrollment (9 credit hours), and on availability of funds. Therefore, students are also encouraged to pursue their own sources of funding.

Many UT departments also offer teaching assistantships. Students should reach out directly to those departments to inquire about these opportunities.

Teaching Assistants

Teaching assistants are graduate students who help faculty with the conduct and delivery of courses. Services provided by teaching assistants include, but are not limited to, grading, monitoring, leading lab and/or discussion sessions, offering office hour assistance to students, and performing clerical tasks associated with course instruction. Teaching assistants are supervised by the course instructor of record and are subject to established departmental policies on student academic employment.

Graduate Research Assistants

Graduate research assistants are students who, in the course of their academic training, are employed in part-time or temporary research positions, where the student's academic training is based in part on the research performed or where the research duties being performed will assist the student in fulfilling his or her degree requirements. All duties and services of graduate research assistants are carried out under the supervision and direction of faculty or administration.

Graduate School Fellowships

Graduate School Fellowships help recruit a diverse graduate student body at the University of Texas at Austin.  Students on full fellowship will receive a monthly stipend, up to 9 credits of tuition remission, and health insurance premium benefits. See, the Graduate School website for more information.

National Fellowship Opportunities

Students are encouraged to apply for fellowships or grants from national, international, industrial or foundation sources. Below we have listed some of the major national fellowships available for graduate study. 

Information about grants, a free scholarship search and other funding opportunities can be found at:
Foundation Directory
Philanthropy News Digest
The SmartStudent Guide to Financial Aid

Helpful Tools

How to Win A Graduate Fellowship
On the Art of Writing Proposals

Dissertation Fellowships

AAUW Educational Foundation Dissertation Fellowships
Female U.S. citizens or permanent residents may apply for this fellowship.

American Anthropological Association Minority Dissertation Fellowship Program
Provides dissertation funding for minority students studying anthropology.

American Council of Learned Societies
ACLS invites research applications from scholars in all disciplines of all the humanities and related social sciences.

American Educational Research Association Dissertation Grants
Grants for students writing dissertations on educational policy.

Carter G. Woodson Institute for Afro-American and African Studies Fellowship
This two-year research fellowship provides funding for dissertation work that focuses on Africa and/or the African Diaspora.

Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships
Fellowships that promote ethical or religious values in all areas of human endeavor.

Harry Frank Guggenheim Dissertation Fellowships
Funding for dissertation research in human dominance, aggression and violence. Applications especially encouraged from students in biological and social sciences.

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Scholarship Program
The Foundation's Dissertation Fellowship is for up to $25,000 for advanced doctoral students who are completing dissertations that further understanding of the educational pathways and experiences of high-achieving, low-income students. Minimum eligibility includes demonstration of superior academic ability and achievement, successful defense of the dissertation proposal, and unmet financial need.

Josephine de Karman Fellowship
Provides funding for doctoral students completing their dissertation. All fields are welcome to apply, but special consideration is given to students in the humanities.

National Science Foundation SBE Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants
Dissertation funding for students enrolled at U.S. institutions for up to 24 months. Supports research in the social, behavioral, economic and biological sciences

Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowships for Research Related to Education
Applicant is not required to be a U.S. citizen, but doctorate must be sought at a U.S. university.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (NIH), Health Services Research Dissertation Awards (R36)
Funding for dissertation work on topics such as healthcare, medicine, social or behavioral sciences, health services research, social sciences, epidemiology, biostatistics, health policy and health informatics.

Wenner-Gren Foundation Dissertation Fieldwork Grants
Supports dissertation research in anthropology.

Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Grants in Women's Studies and Women's Health
Supports research about women in society, history, the psychology of women, and women as seen in literature and art. A separate grant promotes research on issues relating to women's health.

Fellowships for Women

American Association of University Women Foundation
Administers various scholarship programs. Each program has its own eligibility criteria, open/close dates and required documents.

Association of Women in Science Education Foundation Fellowships
Provides several fellowships for women pursuing doctoral degrees in science fields such as behavioral science, life science, physical science, social science or engineering.

Scholarships and Graduate Fellowships for Women and Minorities
A listing of minority scholarships for college and graduate school students, fellowships, internships and grants. 

General/Multi-field Fellowships

The Center for Black, Brown, and Queer Studies Fellowship Program
edicated to interdisciplinary research, pedagogy, and mentorship in critical race, Indigenous and postcolonial, and queer studies.

Department of Education
Administers various scholarship programs. Each program has its own eligibility criteria, open/close dates and required documents.

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
Support for the arts, environmental conservation, prevention of child abuse, and medical research.

Ford Foundation Dissertation and Predoctoral Fellowships

Humane Studies Fellowships 
Fellowships are awarded to graduate students pursuing careers or research in liberty-advancing fields, including economics, philosophy, law, political science, history and sociology.

Intercollegiate Studies Institute Graduate Fellowships Program
Offers several fellowships in fields related to education, Western civilization and history.

Mellon Fellowships
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation supports a wide range of initiatives to strengthen the humanities, arts, higher education, and cultural heritage. In addition to its defined grantmaking areas, the program provides funding for competitive fellowships and institutional awards.

National Endowment for the Humanities
NEH offers a variety of grant programs to individuals and organizations that do the highest quality work to promote the humanities.

Smithsonian Opportunities for Research and Study 
Several fellowship opportunities for students to conduct research at Smithsonian institutes.

Social Science Research Council
Fellowship and grant programs engage themes ranging from global issues facing the U.S. and Japan, to security, drugs and democracy in Latin America, to approaches to the study of contentious politics. Our largest fellowship program, the International Dissertation Research Fellowship supports the next generation of scholars in the humanities and social sciences pursuing research that advances knowledge about non-U.S. cultures and societies.

Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
Fellowships that support the development of future leaders at a variety of career stages in several critical fields.

Under - Represented Minorities

American Indian College Fund (AICF)
Disburses approximately 6,000 scholarships annually for American Indian students seeking to better their lives through higher education.

American Psychological Association Minority Fellowship Program (MFP)
Provides financial support, professional development activities and guidance to promising doctoral students and postdoctoral trainees with the goal of moving them toward high achievement in areas related to ethnic minority behavioral health research or services.

Gates Millennium Scholars
The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) program supports African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American and Hispanic American students with high academic and leadership promise who have significant financial need, in order to increase the representation of these target groups in the disciplines of computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health and the sciences.

Hispanic College Fund

Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF)
Administers various scholarship programs. Each program has its own eligibility criteria, open/close dates and required documents.

McNair Scholars Program
Provides funding for low-income and first-generation college students, and students from historically underrepresented ethnic groups.

Minorities in Government Finance Scholarship
Scholarship for minority students in one of the following fields: public administration, accounting, finance, political science, economics or business administration.

Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans
Provides fellowships for graduate students in all fields of study who are permanent residents, naturalized citizens or children of naturalized citizen parents.

Scholarships and Graduate Fellowships for Women and Minorities
A listing of minority scholarships for college and graduate school students, fellowships, internships and grants. 

Southern Regional Educational Board
Program for Southern states’ students to pay in-state when studying out-of-state

United Negro College Fund (UNCF)
Administers various scholarship programs. Each program has its own eligibility criteria, open/close dates and required documents.

Visual and Performing Arts Fellowships

Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts
Offers financial support for graduate research in the history, theory, and criticism of art, architecture, urbanism and photographic media.

Samuel H. Kress Foundation Fellowships 
Competitive fellowships supported by the Kress Foundation are awarded to art historians and art conservators in the final stages of their preparation for professional careers, as well as to art museum curators and educators.

International Fellowships/Opportunities

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation's German Chancellor Fellowship for Prospective Leaders
The German Chancellor Fellowship offers you an opportunity to take the next career step in Germany – irrespective of your field of work.

American Institute of Indian Studies Fellowship
Fellowships for graduate students conducting research for their doctoral dissertations in India.

Boren Graduate Fellowships
These fellowships provide up to $30,000 to U.S. graduate students to add an important international and language component to their graduate education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency. Boren Fellowships support study and research in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests, including Africa, Asia, Central Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and the Middle East. Contact:

Cambridge Commonwealth Trust/Cambridge Overseas Trust
The Cambridge Commonwealth Trust and Cambridge Overseas Trust support international students (non-UK citizens) on degree courses at the University of Cambridge.

Chateaubriand Fellowship - for PhD's in Humanities & Social Sciences 
The Chateaubriand Fellowship is a grant offered by the Embassy of France in the United States. It supports outstanding Ph.D. students from American universities who wish to conduct research in France for a period ranging from 4 to 9 months.

Council of American Overseas Research Centers
The Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) offers PhD candidates who are in the dissertation writing stage of their doctoral work and Post-doctoral scholars/researchers an opportunity to fund regional and trans-regional research. The fellowship is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. State Department. The fellowship is only open to U.S. citizens.

DAAD Research Grants for Recent PhDs and PhD Candidates in Germany
Funding for dissertation or postdoctoral research at libraries, archives, institutes, or laboratories in Germany; U.S. citizens; 2-6 months during calendar year.

Fulbright Grants for Graduate Study Abroad
Sponsored by the Institute for International Education. Students in any field may apply but must be U.S. citizens.

International Education Financial Aid
IEFA is a resource for financial aid, college scholarship and grant information for US and international students wishing to study abroad. 

Luce Scholars Program
Provides stipends, language training, and individualized professional placement in Asia for students who have limited exposure to Asia.

Rotary Foundation
Promotes international understanding and friendly relations among people of different parts of the world.

Social Science Research Council Dissertation Fellowships for Area Research
Funding in the social sciences, humanities; graduate students must be enrolled in U.S. institutions.