Graduate School Funding includes graduate assistantships (research and/or teaching), fellowships, grants, scholarships, and loans. First and foremost, plan to complete a FAFSA to be considered for Federal Financial Aid at your prospective school. In addition to completing the FAFSA, it is advisable to research all funding sources available at your prospective school either by visiting the department of your prospective program and/or the financial aid office. Often times, there may be additional deadlines and/or applications for certain types of aid.
In addition to the internal funding sources at your prospective schools, there are numerous external funding sources. The Office of National Fellowships at UNH provides information, counseling, and editorial support to highly motivated students applying for competitive national and international fellowships (see attached listing of opportunities).
Here is a partial listing of web sites that will also help you target and attain the financial aid as you pursue a graduate education. Finding the right funding for graduate school takes a lot of research - we can help, but it's up to you to follow up on applications and information.
Federal Student Financial Aid
- FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid): https://fafsa.ed.gov/
- Federal Student Aid, US Department of Education: http://studentaid.ed.gov/
- Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC): http://www.cic.net/students/gateway-to-graduate-education
- Biological, Chemical, or Engineering Fields: http://umsi.uncf.org/
- Business: http://www.phdproject.org
- Early Childhood Education: https://discoverearlychildhoodedu.org/resources/scholarships/
- Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program: http://smart.asee.org
- Science, Engineering, and Medicine; The National Academies: http://www.nationalacademies.org/
- National Science Foundation (NSF): http://www.nsf.gov
- National Institutes of Health (NIH): http://www.nih.gov
Hispanic Scholarship Fund: http://hsf.net/en/scholarships/programs/
The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans: http://www.pdsoros.org/
United Negro College Fund (UNCF): https://scholarships.uncf.org/
UNH Office of National Fellowships: Established in 2005, the Office of National Fellowships provides information, counsel, and editorial support to high achieving students applying for national and international fellowships and scholarships. The services of the Fellowships Office are available to undergraduates, graduate students, and alumni of the University. The Office also assists faculty members who serve as mentors/references, and coordinates campus interviews and nominations. The Office has worked with numerous successful students, including multiple Fulbright Scholarship recipients, Udall Scholars, Truman Scholars, and Barry Goldwater scholarship winners.
- Rhodes: http://www.rhodesscholar.org/
- Fulbright: http://www.iie.org/fulbright
- Marshall: http://www.marshallscholarship.org/
- Rotary: https://www.rotary.org/en
- Watson: http://www.watsonfellowship.org/site/index.html
- Graduate Admissions Essays, 4th Ed., Donald Asher
- The Best Scholarships for the Best Students by Asher, Morris, and Fazio-Veigel
- The Scholarship Book by Dan Cassidy
- Grants for Graduate and Post-Doctoral Study by Peterson’s
- Getting what you came for (paying for graduate school by assistantships and fellowships) by Robert L. Peters