Scholarships for PhD Only

Below is a compilation of awards and fellowships that faculty, staff, and graduates have found relevant to Schar School PhD students. Awards are organized by deadline.

Awards By Month


The Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program

Award:  11 Month Fellowship- $38,000-$43,000 in financial packages over the duration of the fellowship.

Purpose: The Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellowship, a project of the Congressional Hunger Center, is a unique leadership development opportunity that trains, inspires, and sustains a network of leaders committed to social justice. The Emerson program bridges community-based efforts with national public policy to develop Hunger Fellows as effective leaders in the movement to end hunger and poverty.

Eligibility:  No restrictions listed on website.

Chinese Language Fellowship Program

Award: Fellowship of up to $45,000.

Purpose: The Chinese Language Fellowship Program (CLFP) awards fellowships to American PhD students, with a focus on China and policy, for one academic year of full-time intensive Chinese language training, generally in Taiwan or China.

Eligibility:  US citizen or permanent resident; PhD student with a focus on China; demonstrate at least an intermediate Chinese language ability.


The Economic Club of Washington, D. C. Fellowships

Award: $10,000 stipend

Purpose: Stipends will support 1) independent research in areas of interest to the Economic Club, e.g. economics, finance, international trade or business or 2) doctoral‐level research dealing with issues of direct and specific relevance to the Greater Washington Metropolitan Area, including, without limitation, issues of economics, public and private finance, education, transportation, law enforcement, social welfare, housing, and regional and community development.

Eligibility: Preference for students who will conduct dissertation research. US citizenship or legal residency required.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) General Scholarship

Award: Awards range from $500-$5,000, based on relative need.

Purpose:  Applications must be accompanied by a paper proposal that represents new and unpublished research relevant to ASMEA's areas of study. Research grant proposals must be related to the qualifying research areas designated for that program. Research grants may be used to cover any costs associated with conducting research for the specified proposal. 

Eligibility: Must be full-time student. US Citizen, Permanent Legal Resident, DACA or Eligible Non-Citizen (as defined by FASFA) are eligible.

The Tobin Project: Graduate Fellowships in Inequality and Decision Making

Award: Capped at $1,000 

Purpose: The Tobin Project seeks applications from doctoral students undertaking new research that explores economic inequality’s behavioral effects, or the potential macro-level consequences of such effects.

Eligibility: Doctoral students from all disciplines are encouraged to apply


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation- Health Policy Research Scholarship for Underrepresented Doctoral Students

Award: Receive an annual stipend of up to $30,000 for up to four years.

Purpose:  Health Policy Research Scholars is a leadership development opportunity for second-year full-time doctoral students from underrepresented populations and/or disadvantaged backgrounds—students whose ethnicity, socioeconomic status, ability, and other factors allow them to bring unique and diverse perspectives to their research. They want to apply their research to advance health and equity, and their innovation helps build a Culture of Health, one that enables everyone in America to live longer, healthier lives.

Eligibility: Applicants must be: full-time doctoral students who are entering second-year of their program; from underrepresented populations and/or disadvantaged backgrounds.

Adam Smith Fellowship

Award: $10,000 award. Additionally, Smith Fellows spend three weekends during the academic year and one week during the summer in residence at George Mason University participating in workshops and seminars on the Austrian, Virginia, and Bloomington schools of political economy.

Purpose: Fellowships are awarded to graduate students attending PhD programs in a variety of fields including economics, philosophy, political science, and sociology.

Eligibility:  Must be enrolled in a PhD Program during upcoming academic year.

ASPA Minority Fellowship Program

Award: $4,000 award for incoming students; $500-$1,500 for current students.

Purpose: The Minority Fellows Program (MFP) is a fellowship competition for individuals from underrepresented backgrounds applying to or in the early stages of doctoral programs in political science.

Eligibility: Applicants must represent a racial/ethnic minority group. $4,000 award: Must be an applicant for a PhD in Political Science. $500-$1,500 award: Must be PhD student enrolled in pre-dissertation stage. 

Frédéric Bastiat Fellowship

Award: The total award of up to $5,000 includes a stipend and travel and lodging to attend colloquia hosted by the Mercatus Center.

Purpose: The aim of this fellowship is to introduce students to the Austrian, Virginia, and Bloomington schools of political economy as academic foundations for contemporary policy analysis, policy-relevant academic research, and other applied topics. 

Eligibility:  The fellowship is a one-year, competitive fellowship program awarded to graduate students attending master’s, juris doctoral, and doctoral programs in a variety of fields including economics, law, political science, and public policy.

SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program

Award: Three years of direct program support and two years of institutional support from the scholar’s university in the form of a $20,000 annual stipend. Each recipient also is awarded up to five years of university-covered tuition and fees.

Purpose: The SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program offers awards to students who are pursuing Ph.D.s and plan to become college and university professors.

Eligibility: Must be Virginia In-State Resident.

Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research Scholarship (ICPSR)

Award: Fee-waiver scholarship for the Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research four-week sessions.

Purpose:  The ICPSR Summer Program provides rigorous, hands-on training in statistical techniques, research methodologies, and data analysis. ICPSR Summer Program courses emphasize the integration of methodological strategies with the theoretical and practical concerns that arise in research on substantive issues. 

Eligibility: Scholarship supports graduate students and pre-tenure scholars.


ASMEA Research Grant

Award: Grants of up to $2,500 will be awarded.

Purpose:  Applications must be accompanied by a paper proposal that represents new and unpublished research relevant to ASMEA's areas of study. Research grant proposals must be related to the qualifying research areas designated for that program. Research grants may be used to cover any costs associated with conducting research for the specified proposal. 

Eligibility: Applicants also must be enrolled in a Ph.D. program (with M.A. complete), or; serve in a post-doc capacity, or; serve as a visiting/assistant/associate/full professor teaching two or more courses per semester at an accredited institution. 












William R. Waters Research Grant

Award: Up To $5,000

Purpose: The Association of Social Economics offers a research grant to promote research in social economics and the social economy. Possible topics include, but are not limited to: the role of social values in economic life, economic policy and social wellbeing, social capital, social norms, social networks, human capabilities, workplace policies and social justice, corporate social responsibility, socially responsible investment, microfinance, ethics and economics, poverty, inequality, and policies related to health, education, and welfare.

Eligibility: Applicants for the Waters grant must be graduate students in PhD programs who have not yet completed their dissertation.




The Institute for Humane Studies Fellowship

Award: Non-Residency Fellowship: $2,000 - $15,000 award.

Purpose: The IHS awards financial assistance to better equip students to conduct high-quality research so that they can explore the classical liberal tradition, develop the ideas of freedom, and advance their work in the academic community.

Eligibility:  Must be enrolled full-time as a PhD Student in the 2020-2021 academic year.

Rotating Deadlines

Dirksen Congressional Centers Research Grants

Deadline: The Center accepts applications for Congressional Research Grants at any time and makes awards throughout the year.

Award: Up to $3,500 grant.

Purpose: The competition is open to individuals with a serious interest in studying Congress. A grant can cover almost any aspect of a qualified research project, such as travel to conduct research, duplication of research material, purchase of data sets, and costs of clerical, secretarial, research, or transcription assistance. 

Eligibility: Applicants must be U.S. citizens who reside in the United States.