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Grants, Fellowships, Research Funding

CARE – UC Innovation Fellowship

  • Graduate and Professional Students
  • $9,000
  • March (TBD)

CARE – UC Innovation Fellowship is intended to strengthen the workforce pipeline of individuals to improve human conditions in California and internationally. UC graduate students will obtain training and experience through partnering with CARE, whose humanitarian mission and global footprint provide opportunities of research and innovation in real-world settings. The Fellowship includes a summer in-country placement and provides to Fellows a meaningful and engaging professional development experience and an opportunity to advance their graduate work.

Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship 

  • Applicants seeking to enter graduate school in U.S. for a two-year program
  • Up to $42k for tuition, living expenses, plus stipend
  • Deadline: October

The Rangel Graduate Fellowship is a program that aims to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State in which they can help formulate, represent and implement U.S. foreign policy.

Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program

  • Undergraduates with at least sophomore status
  • Program tuition, travel, housing, meals, plus $3,200 stipend
  • Deadline: February

This six-week summer program at Howard University in Washington D.C. is designed to provide undergraduate students with a deeper appreciation of current issues and trends in international affairs, a greater understanding of career opportunities in international affairs, and the enhanced knowledge and skills to pursue such careers.

Churchill Scholars, Cambridge, UK

  • Graduating seniors, grad students, recent alumni
  • Tuition and fees, a living expense, and airfare
  • Deadline: October

Winners of the Churchill Scholarship receive the full cost of tuition and fees for 9-12 months of STEM research graduate study at Churchill College, University of Cambridge. Churchill Scholars also receive a living allowance, travel allowance for to/from the United Kingdom, an additional travel award, and visa fee re-imbursement. Students with a BA in Math or Engineering should consider applying for the Kanders Churchill Scholarship.

Donald M. Payne International Development Fellowship

  • Students planning to pursue a 2-year master’s degree program
  • Awards up to $48,000
  • Deadline: November

The Donald M. Payne International Development Fellowship is for applicants seeking admission to enter graduate school at a U.S. university and may be in their senior year of their undergraduate studies, graduating by June 2021, or college graduates.

Fulbright US-UK Summer Institutes

  • Undergraduate students with 2+ undergrad years remaining
  • Tuition, accommodation, airfare
  • Deadline: February

The Fulbright US-UK Summer Institutes are three-to-four week programs hosted at nine designated locations in the UK.  Recipients will receive roundtrip airfare, tuition and fees at the host institution, accommodation, and in some cases a small daily allowance for meals.

Gates Cambridge Scholars, Cambridge, UK

  • Applicants must apply and be accepted into a Master’s or Ph.D. program at the University of Cambridge, England
  • Tuition and fees, a living expense, and airfare
  • Deadline: December

Gates Cambridge winners receive full university tuition and fees, a maintenance allowance and airfare at the beginning and end of the program. Winners also receive funding to present at a conference and child support for up to three (3) years of study at University of Cambridge, England.

Global Aggies Award for LGBTQIA+ Rights

  • Undergraduate, Graduate, and Professional Students
  • Up to $2,500
  • Deadline: February

The Global Aggies Award for LGBTQIA+ Rights is a grant that supports student-driven research or creative work, internships/externships, or other projects that advance the rights and/or well being of LGBTQIA+ people globally. 

GloCal Health Fellowship

  • US doctoral students (PhD, DrPH, etc), professional students (MD, DDS, DVM, PharmD, etc.), postdoctoral fellows, foreign postdoctoral fellows from affiliated international sites in low- and middle-income countries
  • Monthly stipend and $15,000 in research funding
  • Deadline: November

The GloClal Health Fellowship is a 12-month mentored research fellowship in one of twenty international partner sites for researchers interested in diseases and conditions in developing countries. Recipients will receive education and training, mentorship, and financial support to complete a research project.

Imagining America Publicly Active Graduate Education Fellows Programs

  • Graduate Students
  • Opportunity to apply for up to $1,000 in professional development funds; Stipend to participate in remote Imagining America National Gathering and Publicly Active Graduate Education Summit
  • Deadline: July

Imagining America's Publicly Active Graduate Education Fellows Program is a year-long working group that provides support and career and professional development opportunities to help graduate students navigate unjust institutional barriers and shift culture toward justice within higher education and society.

Imagining America Joy of Giving Something Fellows Program

  • Undergraduate Students
  • $2,000 tuition scholarship; Financial support for a community project; Complimentary registration and travel awards for Imagining America National Gathering
  • Deadline: July

The Imagining America's Joy of Giving Something Fellows program is a year-long learning exchange for undergraduate students who work with photography and/or digital media that includes tuition support, project support, and opportunities for professional development.

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science International Fellowships

  • Postdoctoral Scholars
  • Amount of funding varies with program
  • Deadline: Varies with program

JSPS International Fellowships are designed for recent PhD graduates interested in conducting collaborative research, discussions, and opinion exchanges with researchers in Japan. The programs are intended to help advance the candidate's research activities while promoting science and internationalization in Japan.

Marshall Scholars – United Kingdom

  • Seniors planning to graduate in the current academic year, or have graduated within the previous 2 years
  • Tuition and fees, a living expense, and travel to and from the United States 
  • Deadline: September

Marshall Scholars receive the full cost of university tuition and fees, a living expense, book grant, thesis grant, research and daily travel grant, travel to and from the United States, and a contribution towards a dependent spouse (where applicable) for up to three (3) years of academic study at a university of the students choosing in the United Kingdom.

Merck Research Grants

  • PhD Students and Postdoctoral Scholars
  • $100,000 - $500,000 per year for up to 3 years
  • Deadline: August

Apply for a series of research grants to stimulate innovative research in challenging areas of future importance including drug discovery, bioreactor design for cultured meat, next generation machine learning, pandemic preparedness/fighting new emerging viral infectious disease.

Mitchel Scholars – Ireland and Northern Ireland

  • Applicants who are 18-30 and currently a senior planning to graduate in the current academic year, or a recent graduate.
  • Tuition and fees, a living expense, and travel to and from the United States 
  • Deadline: September

Mitchell Scholars receive the full cost of university tuition and fees, a living expense, travel to and from the United States for one (1) year of Graduate study at a qualifying university of the student's choosing in Ireland or Northern Ireland.

Rhodes Scholars – Oxford University, UK

  • Graduating seniors, grad students, recent alumni
  • Tuition and fees, a living expense, and travel to and from the United States 
  • Deadline: October

Rhodes Scholars complete 2-3 years of study towards a graduate degree at University of Oxford, England. Applicants should demonstrate the ability to be a leader in their field and should be most likely to make positive contributions to the world.

Schwarzman Scholars – Beijing, China

  • Applicants who are 18-28 years of age and have completed their undergraduate degree by August
  • Covered program costs
  • Deadline: September

Schwarzman Scholars complete a 1-year master's degree in Public Policy, Business and Economics, or International Relations at Tsinghua University in Beijing. The scholarship is designed to prepare young leaders to deepen the understanding between China and the rest of the world.

Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program

  • Applicants seeking to enter graduate school in U.S. for a two-year program
  • Up to $42k for tuition, living expenses, plus stipend
  • Deadline: October

The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship program provides graduate fellowships students committed to joining the Foreign Service.  The fellowship helps finance two-year graduate programs, provides two summer internships, offers mentoring from a Foreign Service Officer, and provides other professional development activities.

United Nations (UN) Millennium Fellowship

  • Undergraduate Students
  • Professional Training and Certificate
  • January 31, 2021 (priority)

The UN Millennium Fellowship is a worldwide leadership development program for undergraduate students focusing on addressing United Nations goals. Benefits include: certificate, network with global leaders, leadership training, and experience with community social change. The program will run virtually from August – November 2021. In order for UC Davis to become a Millennium Fellowship Campus Hub, there needs to be a cohort of at least 8-20 Millennium Fellows, so encourage your friends to apply!

U21 Graduate Collaborative Research Awards

  • PhD Students
  • $30,000
  • Deadline: August

U21’s Graduate Collaborative Research Awards are designed to be flexible and encourage doctoral candidates, with the support of their advisors, to think innovatively about how their research could benefit from engagement with the other members of the U21 network. Projects can be in any discipline, or cross-disciplinary, and give doctoral candidates a global view of problem-solving and group work, and facilitate cross-cultural working practices.

Worldwide Child Relief Foundation – UC Davis Fellowship

  • Undergraduate, Graduate and Professional Students
  • Stipend, lodging, and daily meals
  • Deadline: March (TBD)

WCRF – UC Davis Fellowship is a program in partnership with the Sacramento-based non-governmental organization WCRF. The fellowship is carried out in Nicaragua during the summer months, usually between 4 and 10 weeks, on site or virtually. Some available projects are: health education, small businesses, English, children with special needs, community development, literacy, self-reliance classes, clean water, and community garden. 

Yenching Scholars – Beijing, China

  • Applicants who have completed a bachelor’s degree and 25 years of age or younger
  • Tuition and fees, living expense, airfare
  • Deadline: December

One year of humanities or social science graduate studies at Peking University, Beijing. Yenching Scholars is an intensive global leadership program designed to provide outstanding young scholars with a broad interdisciplinary graduate education that reflects global perspectives. The program is designed "to cultivate leaders who will advocate for global progress and cultural understanding.