Graduate School Grants

Posted on January 26, 2017 in Scholarships

Graduate Grants

Once you've completed undergraduate studies and received you bachelor's degree, you may want to pursue a master's or doctorate.

A grant is based on financial need, and may not require the applicant show a high grade point average, exemplary test scores or research ability. Scholarships are more likely to be based, on financial need plus high academic achievement, community service or another qualifier. Thus, scholarships are much more competitive than grants and require a more complex and detailed application.

Grants are open to more applicants, and they may be hard to get due to a high volume of students applying. If you have average or slightly above average grades, you may have a better chance of being accepted for a grant instead of a scholarship.

Scholarships are a type of grant. As you search online for grants, you’ll notice the term “scholarship” used a lot more often than grant, in reference to college financial aid. Many times the terms are used interchangeably, so it’s important to read the requirements all the way through before applying. Both grants and scholarships don’t need to be paid back, like a student loan. For graduate students, who still have a year or more of schooling to go before they can even think about earning a living, applying for a grant or scholarship can help you alleviate money issues and concentrate on your education.

Fellowships are a type of financial aid, similar to a scholarship, for graduate students. A student applying for a fellowship must usually demonstrate academic excellence as well as financial need.

Subject Specific Grants and Fellowships for Graduate Students

Subject specific graduate grants may be offered to all students majoring in that subject, or only to particular groups of students, like minorities or women.

The Monsanto Graduate Student Scholarship ( is open to minority students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher enrolled in a Master of Science Degree program dedicated to STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering or math. The award is $25,000 maximum and can be used for books, tuition, and fees.

The AIST Smith Graduate Scholarship (AIME), ( provided by the AIST (Association for Iron and Steel Technology) Foundation, is open to graduate students in metallurgy, materials science, chemical, mechanical, electrical, environmental, computer science, and industrial engineering. The scholarship has a low applicant rate, and awards $3,000 to $6, for grad students with an interest in working in the steel industry.

Grants for Students Attending a Specific College

The school you’re currently attending may offer some graduate grants to currently enrolled graduate students, or those waiting to be accepted into a graduate program. Ask your counselor or check the school website for details.

The King-Chavez-Parks Future Faculty Fellowship Program is funded by the State of Michigan’s KCP Initiative. It is intended to increase the number of minority candidates pursuing post-secondary teaching careers. You must be admitted to a masters or doctoral program at the University of Michigan ( ) to receive this fellowship. The maximum award of $20,000 for master degree students or $35,000 for doctoral degree students can be used as a stipend or to pay tuition.

Cornell University’s School of Law ( offers the Heidelberg Fellowship, which was established by the German government. It allows a current Cornell Law student or recent graduate to spend one or two semesters at the University of Heidelberg. Applicants must be proficient in German.

Graduate students at Oregon State University ( can apply for fellowships at the College of Public Health and Human Sciences, including the Josephine Zimmerman Gerontology Fellowship and the Helen Charley Fellowship in Foods and Nutrition, which require proof of financial need as well as academic transcripts.

State Specific Grants

The Durwood McAlister Scholarship, sponsored by the Georgia Press Foundation, is awarded to an outstanding print journalism student attending a Georgia ( college or university.

The Colorado Graduate Grant, offered by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education ( is pen to legal residents of Colorado studying at a Colorado college or university. This need-based grant ranges from $250 to $5,000 and has no academic prerequisites. 1,831 grants were awarded to Colorado students for the 2015 school year.

Grants and Scholarships for Minority Graduate Students

The American Institute of CPAs ( (AICPA) offers several grants for accounting students. They include the AICPA Scholarship for Minority Accounting Students, which may be used by graduate or undergraduate accounting students. Recipients get up to $5,000 a year. The AICPA Fellowship for Minority Doctoral Students is open to black, Hispanic or Native American accounting students who are waiting to be accepted into a doctoral program, or already accepted and doing doctoral coursework.

The Archie Motley Memorial Scholarship for Minority Students, sponsored by the Midwest Archives Conference, ( provides a $750 scholarship to American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian/Pacific Islander, Black or Hispanic students doing graduate work in Historic Preservation and Conservation or Museum Studies. Two scholarships are awarded annually.

Graduate Grants for Women

The Sarah Bradley Tyson Memorial Fellowship, sponsored by the Woman's National Farm and Garden Association ,( provides $1,000 to $3,000 for female graduate students studying Horticulture/Floriculture, Animal/Veterinary Sciences or Agriculture. There is no formal application for this fellowship. Applicants must send their academic transcript, two letters of recommendation, and a statement of their objectives and interests.

The Winifred Goldring Award, presented by the Association for Women Geoscientists, ( is a $2,000 cash prize offered to female graduate students in Paleontology, Physical Sciences, Archaeology, Earth Science, Museum Studies, or Natural Sciences. Students apply by sending their transcripts, a curriculum vitae, and a personal statement.

Graduate grants and scholarships are more varied than most undergraduate grants, as grad students are now branching out into specialties and becoming more interested in research and independent projects. Professional organizations, museums, and corporations have a special interest in awarding graduate grants, as they are looking for new employees and managers from the ranks of top-tier graduates.

If you are a graduate student or well on your way to becoming one, consider finding a grant suited to your interests. If you're a film major concerned with the environment, look for filmmaking or media grant provided by the National Park Service. The more targeted the grant, the better it will be for your education and future career.

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