External Awards

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program offers three-year graduate research fellowships in science, mathematics, and engineering to qualified applicants; applicants must be U.S. citizens or nationals, or permanent resident aliens of the United States. Fellowships are awarded for graduate study leading to research-based master’s or doctoral degrees in the mathematical, physical, biological, engineering, and behavioral and social sciences, including the history of science and the philosophy of science, and to research-based PhD degrees in science education.

Fellowships are intended for individuals in the early stages of their graduate study. In most cases, an individual has three opportunities to apply: during the senior year of college, the first year of graduate school, and the beginning of the second year of graduate school.

Application Deadline: October 22nd, 2019

Hertz Graduate Fellowship Award

The Hertz Graduate Fellowship Award is based on merit (not need) and consists of a cost-of-education allowance and a personal-support stipend.

The cost-of-education allowance is accepted by all of the participating schools in lieu of all fees and tuition. Hertz Fellows therefore have no liability for any ordinary educational costs, regardless of their choice among participating schools.

In addition to providing the necessary funding along with the research freedom to pursue their PhD, we also provide mentorship and counsel through the lifelong community of peers to which they now belong—the Hertz Community. This Community is comprised of current in-school Fellows who are pursuing their graduate degree, as well as the entire group of alumni Fellows (now totaling over 1,200). When Hertz Fellows complete graduate school, we intend that they do so armed with more than their degree, research experience, and colleagues from that university, but also with a set of collaborators across disciplines, geography, and generations, all ready to help them succeed throughout their careers.

Application Deadline: October 23rd, 2019

MSRI Summer Graduate Schools

Every summer MSRI organizes several summer graduate schools (usually two weeks each), some of which are held at MSRI and others at partner institutions around the world. Attending one of these schools can be a very motivating and exciting experience for a student; participants have often said that it was the first experience where they felt like real mathematicians, interacting with other students and mathematicians in their field.

The nomination period for 2020 Summer Graduate Schools will open on December 2, 2019.

How to apply: Graduate students must be nominated by their Director of Graduate Studies.