Graduate Student Opportunities

Check out the following list of graduate student opportunities in funding, employment, professional development, and more! Updated weekly during the academic year and monthly over summer.

  • Lewis and Clark Fund for Exploration and Field Research
    Lewis and Clark Fund for Exploration and Field Research

    The Lewis and Clark Fund encourages exploratory field studies for the collection of specimens and data and to provide the imaginative stimulus that accompanies direct observation.

    Applications are invited from disciplines with a large dependence on field studies, such as archaeology, anthropology, biology, ecology, geography, geology, linguistics, paleontology, and population genetics, but grants will not be restricted to these fields.

    Deadlines:      November 15, 2023, for applications; letters of support due November 10, 2023
    Notification:   April 2024, for work to begin in May and later

    Graduate students and postdoctoral and junior scientists wishing to pursue projects in astrobiological field studies should consult the program description and application forms for the Lewis and Clark Fund in Exploration and Field Research in Astrobiology.

  • UC President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

    Call for applications for UC President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program


    August 22, 2023

    The University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program was established in 1984 to encourage outstanding women and minority Ph.D. recipients to pursue academic careers at the University of California. The current program offers postdoctoral research fellowships and faculty mentoring to outstanding scholars in all fields whose research, teaching, and service will contribute to the diversity and equal opportunity at the University of California. The contributions to diversity may include public service towards increasing equitable access in fields where women and minorities are underrepresented. In some fields, the contributions may include research focusing on underserved populations or understanding inequalities related to race, gender, disability or LGBTQ. The program is seeking applicants with the potential to bring to their academic and research careers the critical perspective that comes from their non-traditional educational background or understanding of the experiences of members of groups historically underrepresented in higher education in the United States.

    Find out more here.

    AWARDS AND APPOINTMENTS. Fellowships are awarded for research conducted at any one of the University of California’s ten campuses.
    The award includes a salary starting at approximately $64,480 depending on field and experience, benefits including health insurance and paid vacation/sick leave, and up to $5,000 for research-related and program travel expenses. Each award is for a minimum of 12-months and may be renewable for an additional term upon demonstration of academic/research

    ELIGIBILITY. Applicants must receive a Ph.D. or terminal degree from an accredited university before the start of their fellowship. Successful applicants must present documents demonstrating that they are legally authorized to work in the United States. Individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program
    are encouraged to apply.

    APPLICATION. Apply online at:

    DEADLINE: November 1, 2023

  • Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans
    Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

    We are looking for the 30 most promising New Americans who will go on to make a significant contribution to US society, culture, or their academic field. 

    Every year, we support 30 New Americans—immigrants and children of immigrants—who are pursuing graduate school in the United States.

    You must be planning to be enrolled full-time in a graduate program in the 2024-2025 academic year to apply in the fall of 2023. You can apply to the Fellowship at the same time that you apply for graduate school or in your first two years of the program you're seeking funding for in 2024. 

    The application for the 2024 Fellowship is open



    Selection and Eligibility

    Selection criteria focuses on accomplishments that show creativity, originality, and initiative in light of the challenges and opportunities that have been part of the applicant's immigration experience. The application is open to college seniors, students in the early stages of their graduate career, and those in the workforce who are seeking graduate training. The Fellowship is open to all types of professional and graduate degrees, including JDs, MBAs, MPPs, MPAs, PhDs, MMs, MArchs, MDs, MSs, and the list goes on. 

    Eligible applicants must be 30 or younger and planning on being enrolled in a full-time graduate program in the 2024-2025 academic year. Please find the full eligibility requirements here.

    Two important things to keep in mind about the October 26, 2023 deadline:

    1. We do not review applications on a rolling basis, so there is no advantage to submitting your application early. That being said, don't wait until the last minute; give yourself time to review. The application system runs slowly on the final due date because of all of the activity.
    2. All eligiblity requirements apply to the applicant's status on October 26, 2023.

  • Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program

    2024 Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program

    Deadline: November 1, 2023

    Fellowships are offered to graduate students, predoctoral students, and postdoctoral and senior investigators to conduct independent research utilizing the Smithsonian collections, facilities, and/or staff expertise. Members of the Smithsonian professional research staff serve as advisors and hosts to fellows.

    Fields of Research include: Animal behavior, ecology, and environmental science, including an emphasis on the tropics; Anthropology, including archaeology, cultural anthropology, linguistics, and physical anthropology; Astrophysics and astronomy; Earth sciences and paleobiology; Evolutionary & systematic biology; Folklife; History of science and technology; History of art, especially American, contemporary, African, and Asian art, twentieth-century American crafts, and decorative arts; Materials research; Molecular biology; Social and cultural history of the United States

    POSTDOCTORAL Fellowships are offered to scholars who have held the degree or equivalent for less than seven years. The term is 3 to 12 months. The stipend is $57,000 per year plus allowances. SENIOR Fellowships are offered to scholars who have held the degree or equivalent for seven years or more. The term is 3 to 12 months. The stipend is $57,000 per year plus allowances.

    PREDOCTORAL Fellowships are offered to doctoral candidates to conduct dissertation research. Students enrolled in a university as candidates for the Ph.D. or equivalent are eligible. By the time the appointment begins, the university must approve the undertaking of dissertation research at the Smithsonian Institution and certify that requirements for the doctorate, other than the dissertation, have been met. The term is 3 to 12 months. The stipend is $45,000 per year plus allowances. 

    GRADUATE STUDENT Fellowships are offered to students for graduate students to conduct independent research before having been advanced to candidacy if in a Ph.D. program. When they apply, students must be formally enrolled in a graduate program of study at a degree-granting institution and must have completed at least one full-time semester or its equivalent. The term is 10 weeks. The stipend is $10,000.  



  • Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Innovation Fellowship
    Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Innovation Fellowship

    Supporting early-stage doctoral students pursuing innovative approaches to dissertation research in the humanities and interpretive social sciences

    Fellowship Details

    • Award: $40,000 stipend for the fellowship year, plus up to $8,000 for project-related research, training, development, and travel costs. The award also includes a $2,000 stipend for external mentorship.
    • Tenure: one year beginning between July 1 and September 1, 2024.
    • Completed applications must be submitted through the ACLS online fellowship administration system ( no later than 9 PM Eastern Daylight Time, October 25, 2023.
    • Notifications will be sent via email by early April 2024.
    • For information on how to request reviewer feedback, see FAQ.


    ACLS invites applications for Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Innovation Fellowships, which provide a year of support for doctoral students preparing to embark on innovative dissertation research projects. This program is made possible by a grant from the Mellon Foundation.

    Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Innovation Fellowships support graduate students in the humanities and social sciences who show promise of leading their fields in important new directions. The fellowships are designed to intervene at the formative stage of dissertation development, before research and writing are advanced. The program seeks to expand the range of research methodologies, formats, and areas of inquiry traditionally considered suitable for the dissertation, with a particular focus on supporting scholars who can build a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable academy.

    ACLS believes that humanistic scholarship benefits from inclusivity of voices, narratives, and subjects that have historically been underrepresented or under-studied in academe. We especially welcome applications from PhD candidates whose perspectives and/or research projects cultivate greater openness to new sources of knowledge, innovation in scholarly communication, and, above all, responsiveness to the interests and histories of people of color and other historically marginalized communities, including (but not limited to) Black/African American, Hispanic/Latinx, and Indigenous communities from around the world; people with disabilities; queer, trans, and gender nonconforming people; and people of diverse socioeconomic backgrounds. We also believe that institutional diversity enhances the scholarly enterprise, and we encourage applications from doctoral students from all accredited institutions of higher education in the United States.

    The program supports projects that push the traditional approaches and forms of dissertation research in new directions. The strongest applications will show evidence of thoughtful plans for engaging the sources, resources, scholars, and communities – on campus and/or off – necessary to advance their projects. Fellows might design a fellowship year that includes:

    • directed interdisciplinary research and methodological training that pushes beyond the scope of their field’s norms with faculty within and/or outside their home institutions;
    • exploration of new modes of scholarly communication and dissertation design;
    • intensive digital methods training and research;
    • collaboration with community partners;
    • a short-term practicum with a non-academic organization (such as a think-tank or social justice organization) to develop experience with applied methods, site-based research involving community-engaged or collaborative approaches.

    The list above is by no means exhaustive. Innovation might take a variety of forms, and with this program, ACLS seeks to support a range of innovation in doctoral research — trans- or interdisciplinary, digital, collaborative, critical, methodological, etc. — as well as innovative forms and modes of publication.

    ACLS has long supported interdisciplinary work and collaboration with partners outside of the academy through our various fellowship programs, and the program would welcome proposals from graduate students, in consultation with advisors and/or departmental directors of graduate study, that engage with scholars from other institutions, disciplines, or from sectors outside of the academy.

    These fellowships also support the expansion of an applicant’s advisory network through external mentorship. The external mentor, who might come from another division of the university, another academic institution, or from beyond the academy, should be selected for the mentor’s capacity to offer critical perspective and expertise on the fellow’s project.

    ACLS will award up to 45 fellowships in this competition for a one-year term beginning between July and September 2024 for nine to twelve months, covering the 2024-25 academic year. The fellowship may be carried out in residence at the fellow’s home institution or at any other appropriate site for the research. These fellowships may not be held concurrently with any other fellowship or grant.

    The total award includes a $40,000 stipend for the fellowship year, as well as up to $3,000 for research and travel, and up to $5,000 in professional development funds to support skills acquisition or additional research to support innovative/expansive directions. An additional $2,000 is available as a stipend for the external mentor.


    The basic eligibility criteria for applicants are outlined below. As opposed to fellowship programs that support dissertations where writing and research is well underway, advanced, or nearing completion, this program intends to intervene at the formative stages of project development. Given the variation in graduate student trajectories, and the variation of curricular requirements across departments and schools, this program’s eligibility window covers a varying and flexible period in the middle of doctoral study. Some applicants may be applying in the year immediately before achieving candidacy/ABD status, or the year they achieve candidacy, to support the first stretch of work as a PhD candidate; others may seek to expand their field/methodological horizons at a relatively earlier stage of their graduate studies. As described in the criteria below, the program requires applicants to have completed all required coursework in their doctoral curriculum by the time the fellowship commences. Individuals must be enrolled full-time and may not accept teaching or research assistantships, other major fellowships, internships, or similar internal or external awards during fellowship tenure.

    Applicants must:

    • Be a PhD student in a humanities or social science department in the United States.1
    • Be able to take up a full year (9-12 months) of sustained specialized research and training, released from normal coursework, assistantships, and teaching responsibilities.
    • Have completed at least two years and all required coursework in the PhD programs in which they are currently enrolled by the start of the fellowship term.
    • Have not advanced to PhD candidacy/ABD status prior to January 1, 2023.
    • have not previously applied for this fellowship more than once.

    (1) The Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Innovation Fellowship program does not accept applications from students receiving professional or applied PhDs, terminal degrees that are not a PhD (such as an EdD or MFA), or PhDs outside of humanities and social science departments, including the following disciplines: business, clinical or counseling psychology, creative or performing arts, education, engineering, filmmaking, law, library and information sciences, life/physical sciences, public administration, public health or medicine, public policy, social work, or social welfare. If you are unsure whether your department or interdisciplinary program qualifies you for this fellowship program, please email with a brief summary of your affiliation.

  • GradSuccess Job Opportunity - Part-Time TA Consultants


    2023-24 TADP Part-time Consultant Positions Available

    GradSuccess is excited to announce we are hiring two part-time graduate student Teaching Assistant Development Consultants for the 2023-24 academic year performing the following duties: creating and deliverying pedagogy and other teaching-related workshops, providing one-on-one consultations to graduate student TAs, assisting the TADP Manager with program-related tasks, and assisting with various GradSuccess events and projects as needed. Successful applicants will be enrolled UCR graduate students with prior teaching experience. Priority will be given to students who have completed the UTC program, but this is not a requirement. Most important is a dedication to excellence in teaching at UCR. 

    Part-time consultants will work 4 hours a week, are compensated at $23/hour, and may hold other concurrent employment with approval from their department graduate advisor.

    Applications are being accepted through September 29, 2023. You can find the application form here: Additionally, you can find the recommendation form here: 

    Applications require the upload of a cover letter and a CV. One letter of recommendation is also required; please fill in the recommender information and the GradSuccess staff will send the request to them directly. 

    Please reach out to us if you have questions at

    Thank you!

  • GradSuccess Programming Survey - Closes 10/15

  • OneHE at UCR - FREE Access for UCR Grad Students!

    OneHE at UCR

    Check out OneHe, XCITE’s newest professional development tool. OneHE is an online faculty development platform and community giving you short learning teaching tools you can use right away. OneHE works with experts in teaching and learning to develop course enhancements that will help you engage your students.

    Learn more about OneHE at UCR by clicking the following link: OneHE | XCITE 

    In the UCR|OneHE platform you can access a library of 20-minute videos packed with applicable tips and tools for supplementing your teaching. Also included in your account is 24/7 support, a UCR community chat, and opportunities to earn professional development badging credentials. The professional development credentials have been aligned with UCR strategic goals. You can achieve digital badges on the following topics:

    • Engaging Large Classrooms
    • Integrating Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
    • Advancing Student Success
    • Facilitating Healthy Pedagogy

    On a first come first served basis we will be rewarding the participants who complete at least one digital badge on any of the above topics with $25 worth of dining dollars credit. You are free to complete more than one digital badge. Each digital badge completion will receive the $25 reward. 

    Note: There are a limited number of rewards available. Take the lead and become an early adopter now!

    You can join OneHe by clicking on the link below. Kindly use your UCR email address to create this account. 

    Create Your UCR|OneHE Account


  • GloCal Health Fellowship 2024-25 Call for Applications

    The University of California Global Health Institute (UCGHI) is excited to announce the GloCal Health Fellowship 2024-2025 Call for Applications. 

     The GloCal Health Fellowship is a 12-month, mentored research fellowship that provides aspiring global health researchers with outstanding interdisciplinary education and training in innovative research designed to improve health for populations around the world. Sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Fogarty International Center (FIC) and UCGHI, the GloCal Health Fellowship supports awarded fellows from all 10 UC campuses as well as 21 affiliated sites across 17 countries. 

    The fellowship is designed for: US doctoral students, professional students and postdoctoral fellows, as well as foreign postdoctoral fellows from affiliated sitesin low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

     A 12-month mentored research fellowship, GloCal Health Fellowship has five principal components:

    · Research project at 1 of 21 LMIC partner sites

    · Mentorship – a strong, interdisciplinary mentored research experience

    · Global health education – online or onsite courses

    · Career development – to attain short-term goals and transition to the next stage

    · 1- to 3-month U.S.-based training and mentoring for LMIC fellows


    Fellowships begin in July 2024 and provide:

    · 12 consecutive months stipend support

    · Health insurance (for U.S. trainees)

    · Modest research funding ($15,000)

    · Travel costs to and from LMIC research site (U.S. trainees)

    · Travel and living costs for U.S.-based time (LMIC trainees)

    · Support for online courses


    Questions? Please contact GloCal Health Fellowship Deputy Director: Kimberly Bale (

  • The Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program

    The Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program

    The application for the 2024 Mirzayan Fellowship is now open!
    Visit our How to Apply page to learn more.

    Launched in 1997, the Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program is a full-time, hands-on training and educational program that provides early career individuals with the opportunity to spend 12 weeks at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in Washington, DC learning about science and technology policy and the role that scientists and engineers play in advising the nation.

    Each year, applicants from around the world join a National Academies unit where they are assigned to a mentor and learn about the world of science and technology policy. An immersive experience, the goals of the Mirzayan Fellowship are to help Fellows:

    • Deepen their understanding of science and technology policy;
    • Discover new career paths that engage both science and policy communities;
    • Understand the role that scientists and engineers play in advising the nation by working closely with a mentor within the National Academies;
    • Expand their perception of how the science and technology ecosystem operates in Washington, DC by attending meetings and policy-related activities outside of the National Academies;
    • Obtain essential skills and knowledge needed to work in science policy at the federal, state, or local levels; and
    • Build a network of Fellows and program alumni who will stay connected with each other and with the Academies.


    If you have any questions, please contact us at


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