Graduate Funding

As a graduate student at FIU, you have access to a number of tools and resources that enable you to pursue both internal and external options for funding your graduate studies. The list of resources included below while not exhaustive, provides you with a snapshot of our fellowship programs. We encourage you to review these options and to avail yourself of additional funding resources, such as financial aid and graduate assistantships, which are listed below.

Additional Funding Resources

The Center for Retirement Research at Boston College Dissertation Fellowship Program

Deadline: January 31, 2018

The Center for Retirement Research at Boston College sponsors the annual Dissertation Fellowship Program in the field of retirement income research.  The program is funded by the U.S. Social Security Administration and provides funding opportunities for doctoral candidates to pursue cutting-edge research on retirement issues. Priority areas include:

• Social Security

• Macroeconomic analyses of Social Security

• Wealth and retirement income

• Program interactions

• International research

• Demographic research

Fellowship Awards

Up to three $28,000 fellowships are awarded to doctoral candidates enrolled in an accredited program at a U.S. university. Grant recipients may be required to present their work to the Social Security Administration in Washington, DC or Baltimore, MD.


The 2018 Dissertation Fellowship Program deadline is January 31, 2018. Download the proposal guidelines and the dissertation committee chair form to start preparing your application and check back this fall for the application forms. Review sample proposals that received awards: Sample 1Sample 2.


Please contact Marina Tsiknis with any questions about the Dissertation Fellowship Program at 617-552-1092 or

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Leadership Development Programs

Deadline: Multiple – See Below

Applications are now open for four of RWJF’s leadership development programs. These programs are helping build the leaders of tomorrow—leaders who share a commitment to ensuring everyone has the opportunity to live the healthiest life possible.

RWJF’s leadership development programs are designed to help you advance your leadership skills, and connect you with other innovators to advance big ideas and solutions.

  • Culture of Health Leaders: for people from all sectors—from leaders in technology and business to architects and urban planners. Application Deadline: February 21, 2018
  • Clinical Scholars: for clinicians from all disciplines, from occupational therapists and pharmacists to dentists and nurses. Applicant Webinar: January 22, 2018. Application Deadline: March 14, 2018
  • Health Policy Research Scholars: for second-year doctoral students from all fields of study—from economics and political science to epidemiology and behavioral science. Applicant Webinar: February 1, 2018. Application Deadline: March 14, 2018
  • Interdisciplinary Research Leaders: for researchers and community partners (e.g., organizers, advocates, leaders), particularly those working in rural health. Applicant Webinar: February 8, 2018. Application Deadline: March 14, 2018

Participants in the programs will:

  • Receive high-caliber curriculum and coaching from national leaders.
  • Collaborate with other cutting-edge thinkers to create greater impact.
  • Accelerate their ability to build healthy communities, inform public opinion and policy, and contribute significantly to building a Culture of Health.
  • Receive funding to support their participation.

Participants work and learn from their home communities and would not need to relocate. Plus,the program is designed for people working or pursuing research full-time.

Are you ready to take a bold step forward and join us in building a Culture of Health? Start your application today!

If you’re not sure which program is right for you, explore the Program Finder and/or register to attend the applicant webinar on January 23, 2018, to learn more about all four programs.

2018-2019 Diversity Predoctoral Fellowships

Deadline: February 15, 2018

The School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology invites applications for the 2018-2019 Diversity Predoctoral Fellowships.

The purpose of the Diversity Predoctoral Fellowships program is to enhance diversity in the School and to provide the Fellow with additional professional support and mentoring as they enter the field.

The fellowships are intended to support scholars from a wide range of backgrounds, who can contribute to the diversity of SHASS and the higher education community. Applicants from members of racial and ethnic groups that have historically been underrepresented in the humanities and social sciences and from disadvantaged backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

These Fellowships support graduate scholars for a 9-month appointment at MIT that generally runs from September through May. They offer an opportunity for scholars who plan a career in higher education and have completed all other PhD requirements to finish their dissertations with access to libraries and faculty of the School. Fellows may be pursuing the PhD degree in any discipline or area taught in the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.  Current fields of study can be viewed on the MIT SHASS website. Each Fellow will be affiliated with a department or program in the School. Fellows will not be required to teach while at MIT.

This year up to ten Fellowships will be awarded. Each Fellowship provides a stipend of $37,500, office area, and library privileges.

In order to qualify for this Fellowship candidates must be:

  • Authorized to work in the United States.
  • Enrolled in a PhD program in the humanities or social sciences at an accredited institution other than MIT
    • have passed their PhD qualifying examinations
    • have an approved dissertation proposal.
  • Be a student of exceptional academic merit who belongs to a group underrepresented in higher education or who comes from a disadvantaged background.

Applications consist of:

  • A personal statement of no more than 1,000 words, which mentions:
    • The academic unit (or units) within SHASS that the student wishes to be affiliated with.
    • A description of the student’s dissertation, which addresses the dissertation’s aim, methodologies (how the student will conduct the research), originality, and contribution to its field.
    • Any additional information that the student would like to present to the selection committee.
  • Current curriculum vita
  • Transcript
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • One chapter of the dissertation

All applications and attached materials are due no later than Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST. Late Applications will not be considered.

These materials should be submitted online.

Questions can be addressed to the SHASS Dean’s office at

Analyzing Relationships between Disability, Rehabilitation and Work (ARDRAW) Small Grant Program

Deadline: March 1, 2018

For more information and to apply:

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is granting graduate students $10,000 stipends to research work, rehabilitation and disability issues through the Analyzing Relationships between Disability, Rehabilitation and Work (ARDRAW) Small Grant Program. The objective of ARDRAW is to foster new analysis of work, rehabilitation, and disability issues, which may develop innovative and fresh perspectives on disability by providing research stipends to a broad spectrum of graduate students. ARDRAW replaces the 5-year grant called the Disability Determination Process Small Grant Program, with a new focus on research relevant to SSA’s work incentives and employment support – specifically rehabilitation, work and the disability program.

Applicants must be masters, doctoral, or post-doctoral-level part-time or full-time graduate students pursuing studies in accredited programs at the time of the award (Fall semester of 2018). Selected students will receive a stipend of $10,000 for the one-year program.

Informational Calls

ARDRAW will be holding two informational conference calls on January 31, 2018 at 3:30 p.m. (ET) and February 8, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. (ET). Interested students and faculty mentors are invited to attend. They will provide a brief introduction to the program, review the elements of a successful application and answer any questions.

Register here:

January 31st:

February 8th:

View the Request for Applications (RFA):

Contact ARDRAW at with any questions.

Belfer-Aptman Scholars Award for Dissertation Research

Deadline for submission by mail: April 1, 2018

The Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention and Treatment is a non-profit organization providing education, training, and consultative services established to honor the memory of Melissa Aptman, a Miami native who was murdered in May 1995. The Melissa Institute is offering up to three (3) scholarship awards at $3,500 each to support violence prevention dissertation research. The awards are available to doctoral students from any discipline which addresses issues of violence prevention and/or treatment. The award must be used to support expenses that are directly related to the dissertation research (e.g., subject fees, computer time, equipment). It may not be used for tuition, personal travel, or personal expenses.

Click here for more information on how to apply.

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Students interested in applying for loans or externally funded need-based awards should visit the Office of Financial Aid website and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is available January 1 each year.

Office of Scholarships and Fellowships

The FIU Office of Scholarships and Fellowships is also a great resource for graduate students who are seeking funding opportunities through the University-wide Scholarship program and other internal and external resources.

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