Graduate Fellowships


Fellowships are an essential source of funding designed to help graduate students meet their educational and research expenses. The Graduate School awards the Dissertation Fellowship, Huel D. Perkins Doctoral Diversity Fellowship, the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) Fellowship , and the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Emerging Voices Fellowship. Other fellowships are awarded institutionally by academic college and department committees, while external agencies award others. Learn more about fellowships awarded by the Grad School and external fellowships below. 

In addition to the possibility of getting funded, the fellowship application process itself can be an important experience in your academic and professional development. It will help you learn to articulate "your case" in a convincing way, including presenting your credentials, goals for study and research, and letters of recommendation. Fellowship applications can also serve as a personal progress check for your graduate career, helping you identify areas that should be enhanced or developed.


Info Ready Portal

The InfoReady System allows for access and submission of:

  • petitions for a student to hold a Graduate Assistantship while on probation
  • submission of applications for graduate student awards
  • fellowships and additional compensation requests
  • submission of requests for non-Graduate Faculty members to serve on a student's committee
  • nominations to the Graduate Faculty as an Affiliate (Research and/or Professional)
  • other Graduate School resources and forms

Fellowship opportunities

LaSPACE and LSG are excited to announce the launch of the GIRAF Program which provides financial support for up to two graduate students working with faculty mentors on research projects aligned with both NASA/Space Grant’s and NOAA/Sea Grant’s missions.

LA-SPACE giraf application guidelines

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) helps ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the Unites States and reinforces its diversity. The program recognizes and supports individuals who have demonstrated the potential to be high achieving scientists and engineers early in their careers, who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees in STEM fields at accredited, non-profit United States institutions of higher education. 


The SEC Provosts established the SEC Emerging Scholars Program to aid in preparing future faculty members. The program is designed to provide professional development and networking opportunities for current doctoral students and a limited number of postdoctoral researchers who are considering careers in higher education. 


All nominations must be submitted by the department using our online system.Nominating department’s internal deadline for nominations will be earlier. It is to the applicant’s advantage to submit materials for this fellowship as early as possible. Departments must evaluate and select the top nominations for submission to the Graduate School.

Students who wish to apply for the Dissertation Fellowship should submit the following to the nominating department:

  • A statement written by the student briefly outlining the significance of their study, their role in the development of the topic, and their timeline for completion of the dissertation within one year if funded.

    • Indicate whether the dissertation proposal has been submitted, and if the writing has begun, include a current word count. Limit to two pages, 10 pt. font.

  • A list of honors, awards, publications, and presentations during their graduate student career. Publications and presentations should name all co-authors in order of contribution level. Limit to one page, 10 pt. font. 

  • Student’s statement

  • List of publications, presentations, honors, and awards

  • Three letters of recommendation.

    • One-page letters of support from the major professor and two other dissertation committee members outlining the candidate’s qualities, and the contribution the dissertation makes to the area of study.

    • The major professor should also assess the likelihood of completion of the dissertation within the fellowship year.

The LSU Pinkie Gordon Lane Graduate School Future Scholars Initiative aims to remove barriers to graduate education while providing holistic support and resources essential for the successful completion of doctoral and professional programs. This premier initiative seeks to produce the next generation of highly-trained professionals, scientists, engineers, and scholars from economically disadvantaged and historically underserved backgrounds, who will become leaders within academia, industry, non-profit, and governmental sectors. 

Huel D. Perkins Diversity Fellowships are intended to support LSU’s goal of increasing the number of students from historically under-represented groups who earn PhD/Doctoral degrees. The historically under-represented groups are African Americans (Black), Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Native Hawaiians, US. Pacific Islanders, and first-generation college students from low income families. The Fellowship provides four years of funding at $25,000 per year and carries a tuition and non-resident fee waiver.

SREB Fellowships are intended to support the LSU and national goal of increasing the number of PhD candidates from historically under-represented groups who seek careers as faculty on college campuses. These under-represented groups include but are not limited to:

  • African American/Black

  • Hispanic American

  • Native American

  • Alaskan Native

  • Native Hawaiian

  • Other US. Pacific Islanders

Note: First-generation students are NOT eligible for the SREB Fellowship.

ORED has several databases where students can learn about funding opportunities, including the SPIN Grants database.

The AMA Residency & Fellowship Database offers information on more than 10,000 fellowship opportunities, which are all accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grants Database typically focuses on grants, but this database does offer information on some fellowships. 

The Profellow Fellowships Database offers information on more than 1,000 fellowships.

The Public Service Job Directory allows users to search for research and academic fellowships, organizational fellowships and project-based fellowships, all having to do with public service legal opportunities.

Select the Explore Advise tab to learn how to use the site to search for fellowship opportunities. 

The GEM Fellowship is to promote the benefits of a masters degree within industry. GEM Fellows are provided practical engineering summer work experiences through an employer sponsor and a portable academic year fellowship of tuition, fees, and a stipend.

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