Types of Awards
Graduate students may be eligible for four different types of merit-based awards depending on their programs of study (see Merit-Based Awards by Degree Program).
- Fellowships provide a stipend for the student's living expenses, and some also provide a cost-of-education allowance. Funders offering fellowships commonly support research-based degrees.
- Grants support thesis or dissertation research-related expenses, such as lab supplies, analytic services, or domestic or international travel to field sites or archives. Living expenses or tuition funds are not usually provided by grants.
- Scholarships are offered by companies or professional societies to support scholars who will pursue careers in their areas of interest.
- Internships are offered by companies or government agencies to meet temporary research or business needs and provide training to future professionals. While internships do not often advance students' standing in their degree programs, they can be excellent sources of professional experience and additional income.