Fellowships and Awards

The following is a summary of the funding opportunities available to students enrolled in the School of Graduate Studies:


School of Graduate Studies Achievement and Merit Awards

Each spring, the School of Graduate Studies honors graduate students, faculty, and staff for outstanding contributions to graduate education at Rutgers University.

These schoolwide awards are presented at an awards ceremony in late April hosted by the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies.

Visit our Achievement and Merit Awards page to learn more about these award opportunities.



University and Louis Bevier Dissertation Completion Fellowships

The Graduate School will award up to thirteen University and Louis Bevier Dissertation Completion Fellowships for the 2018-2019 academic year. Doctoral students in all programs in the School of Graduate Studies (School 16) are eligible to apply.

The fellowships carry a stipend of $25,000, health insurance (if needed), and tuition remission for up to 2 research credits per semester (no more than 4 total for the academic year).

Visit the University and Louis Bevier Fellowships page to learn more about these fellowships and to download the application.



Off-Campus Dissertation Development Awards

Off-Campus Dissertation Development Awards are intended for students at the beginning of their doctoral research who would materially benefit from field-specific research opportunities. They are also designed to connect graduate students with our GradFund office, providing seed funding that will help graduate students secure additional grants and fellowships from external funders.

Visit the Off-Campus Dissertation Development Awards page to find out more about these awards.



Conference Travel Awards

The School of Graduate Studies supports students who plan to present their research at national and international conferences.

Please see the Conference Travel Awards page for more details.



Diversity Fellowships

Several fellowships intended to enhance diversity in graduate education are administered by the School of Graduate Studies. Each fellowship comes with Fellows health insurance:

  • Graduate School Excellence Fellowships: Awarded to first-year PhD students in order to promote diversity in graduate education. Includes $25K stipend, tuition remission, and Fellows health insurance. Graduate programs should supplement, if necessary, to match standard offers to other admits. Please see the Diversity Fellowships page for more information.
  • SUPER-Grad (Summer Undergraduate Pipeline to Excellence at Rutgers) Fellowships: Stipends and tuition for one or two years for entering PhD students. Candidates must be alumni of summer undergraduate research programs at Rutgers, including, but not restricted to, the RiSE at Rutgers program. SUPER-Grad stipend contribution is $25K plus Fellows health insurance, and the program should supplement, if necessary, to match standard offers to other admits. Funding comes from the NB Strategic Plan with matches from participating responsibility units.
  • MS to PhD Bridge Fellowship: One fellowship annually for a PhD applicant who would be better served by a transitional Masters to PhD track. The Fellow must be from traditional underrepresented minorities or women. Funded by the NASA NJ Space Grant Consortium.
  • Trustees Fellowship in the Humanities and Social Sciences: Stipends, tuition, and Fellows health insurance for five doctoral students and two master's students universitywide.
  • Robeson Fellowship: Stipend and Fellows health insurance for one African-American doctoral student.
  • Ralph Bunche Fellowships: $15,000 stipends and Fellows health insurance for up to 16 students. Master's and professional-degree students are eligible. Candidates are presented to the Graduate School by the relevant degree-granting units.



Other Funding Opportunities

  • Matching Tuition: The Graduate School provides tuition awards--and often health insurance as well--to match competitive, prestigious fellowships won by graduate students enrolled in any of its programs.
  • Hazel Vera Dean Fellowships: Fellowships for doctoral students who are New Jersey residents.