Fellowships

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Presidential Fellowship

The president of Rutgers invites you to apply to Ph.D. programs for consideration as Presidential Fellows. The fellowship includes:

  • $35,000 annual fellowship stipend for 1 year
  • Full tuition remission and paid medical coverage
  • Mentorship in applying for prestigious national or international fellowships
  • Additional years of support for candidates sustaining good standing in their program.

You are expected to have demonstrated outstanding academic accomplishments and exceptional promise for success in research in your chosen discipline.

You are automatically considered for this fellowship when you apply to your graduate program of interest. There is no separate application.

The Ralph Johnson Bunche Distinguished Graduate Award

Established in 1979, this fellowship is named after Ralph Johnson Bunche, the African-American statesman, Nobel Peace laureate, and 1949 recipient of an honorary doctor of laws from Rutgers. If you are an exceptional, incoming, full-time student with a background of substantial educational or cultural disadvantage, you can be considered for this award, which provides a $15,000 stipend plus tuition remission for as many as two years.

You are automatically considered for this fellowship when you apply to your graduate program of interest. There is no separate application. A universitywide selection committee chooses the Bunche fellows.

Eagleton Fellowship Program

The Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University offers interdisciplinary fellowships that provide select Rutgers graduate students the opportunity to further their understanding of government, public affairs, and the practice of politics, and connect the fellowship experience to their chosen fields of study. Eagleton fellowships provide varying stipends; some offer tuition remission.

The fellowship application is available on the Eagleton website late January with applications due the Friday after spring break each year.

Rutgers Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) Programs

The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) program supports scientists and engineers pursuing doctorates in fields that cross academic disciplines and have broad societal impact. IGERT projects include specific activities to ensure that you obtain substantial real-world experience through internships and develop a global perspective through international field trips and research exchanges.

We currently have the following IGERT projects:

If you are interested in applying for funding through a Rutgers IGERT traineeship, apply to a relevant graduate program at Rutgers and indicate your interest in the IGERT program at the top of the text of your personal statement. There is no separate application.

Rutgers Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) Fellowships

The federal Department of Education offers GAANN fellowships to outstanding graduate students who demonstrate financial need. Fellows receive a stipend of up to $30,000 per year plus full tuition and fees and must be citizens, nationals, or permanent residents of the United States.

If you are interested in applying for a Rutgers GAAN fellowship, apply to a relevant graduate program at Rutgers and indicate your interest in the GAAN program at the top of the text of your personal statement. There is no separate application. Please check the GAAN program websites below for additional instructions: