The below fellowships are examples of competitive dollars that are available to University of Rochester graduate students and represent just a small sampling of the fellowships that are available to all students in Arts, Sciences and Engineering programs at Rochester:

For a complete list of external fellowships that applicants are encouraged to apply for in support of their graduate education, please visit the University’s fellowships database.

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Andrew W. Mellon Digital Humanities Fellowship

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded the University of Rochester a $1 million grant to support an innovative graduate program that will unite the study of humanities with the latest technology. The award is one of a series of grants the Mellon Foundation has made in recent years that equip faculty and students at colleges and universities with new tools and protocols of the digital humanities.

The grant will provide select PhD students in the humanities with two years of support to study and learn to use the new technology. Developed by University of Rochester faculty, the new program will train humanities students to integrate digital technologies into innovative research programs.

The Mellon Fellowship consists of a scholarship to cover full tuition and an annual, twelve-month stipend. This fellowship will be renewed for a second year provided that the student continues to make satisfactory progress toward their PhD degree.

During their first year, students serve as a teaching or research assistant on a large-scale humanities project directed by a faculty principal investigator, where students mentor and supervise undergraduates; and/or serve as a teaching assistant in a faculty member’s project-based humanities class. The intent is that the student has the opportunity to participate in one of those activities each semester.

During the second year as a Mellon Fellow, students serve as a teaching assistant in DMS (Digital Media Studies) 372 and/or 373, the senior capstone course for undergraduate students in the major; and/or will teach or co-teach one of the DMS core courses: Introduction to Media, Introduction to Multi-media Programming, or Human–Computer Interaction.

See the Mellon Graduate Program in the Digital Humanities site for more information.

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The Andrew P. Barowsky Fellowship

The Andrew P. Barowsky Fellowship provides a renewable (up to five years) award to a graduate of Dominican University of California enrolled in a master’s or doctoral degree program in any school or college at the University of Rochester.

Andy Barowsky ’72 established this fellowship to encourage undergraduates from Dominican University of California to pursue graduate/professional training at the University of Rochester. See the Barowsky Newscenter article to learn more.


To be eligible for this fellowship, students must be graduates of Dominican University of California who have applied and been admitted to a graduate program at the University of Rochester. This fellowship award is based on merit, financial need, and its potential to assist students in reaching their academic and professional goals.


In addition to any funds supplied by the graduate program at the University of Rochester, recipients of the Barowsky Fellowship will receive an annual award of $10,000 (renewable for up to five years). For those students admitted to a graduate program that provides a full tuition scholarship, the fellowship is used to enhance the student’s stipend and providing assistance for other expenses, such as living expenses and medical insurance coverage.


Students interested in applying for the Barowsky Fellowship should complete the University of Rochester’s graduate program online application for their program of interest. Once this is complete, students should complete the Andrew P. Barowsky Fellowship online application.


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Donald M. and Janet C. Barnard Fellowship

The Donald M. and Janet C. Barnard Fellowship was created for PhD students in one of the University of Rochester’s engineering or natural science disciplines. The goal of this fellowship is to recognize outstanding achievement for one of our graduate students in these fields, as evidenced through their coursework and dissertation research work.

The fellowship provides a $3,000 stipend top-off of the student’s existing stipend, as well as a tuition award, and is for a one-year duration.

Nominations for this fellowship are solicited from programs in engineering and the natural sciences, including:

  • Biology
  • Biomedical engineering
  • Brain and cognitive sciences
  • Chemical engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Computer science
  • Earth and environmental sciences
  • Electrical and computer engineering
  • Materials science
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Optics
  • Physics

Each program is allowed to nominate one PhD student currently in their second or third year of graduate study. Nomination applications should include:

  • The student's CV
  • Two letters of recommendation

All nominations are evaluated and the awardees selected by the dean of graduate studies. Evaluation is based on documented record of outstanding academic and research achievement as well as evidence of leadership; mentoring and teaching accomplishments; engagement with the field; and any outreach to the community.

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Roy E. VanDelinder Jr Fellowship

The Roy E. VanDelinder Jr. Fellowship Fund was established to provide support to a PhD student pursuing a degree in history with a focus on European history. Students are nominated for this fellowship by the history department. Recipients can be incoming students or current students in the program.

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Provost Fellowship

The goal of the Provost Fellowship is to broaden and increase the diversity of our graduate students in doctoral programs by attracting the most promising students from backgrounds that have been historically underrepresented in a particular discipline.

Nominees for the fellowships must be US citizens or permanent residents. Specific criteria for determining diversity and selecting nominees will depend on each program, but may include ethnicity, race, gender, or disabilities.

Nominations from departments are accepted and reviewed on an annual basis.

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Robert L. and Mary L. Sproull University Fellowship

The Robert L. and Mary L. Sproull Fellowship is the most prestigious fellowship awarded by the University of Rochester.

Robert L. Sproull is a distinguished physicist and was the University's seventh president. While in office, he oversaw significant growth of degree programs, faculty size, laboratories, hospital facilities, and other campus structures. The fellowship program named in his honor reflects his commitment to intellectual excellence.

See the Sproull Fellowship page for more information.

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Robert Jyr Chen Fellowship

Dr. Theresa Chen ’74 completed her PhD in pharmacology from the School of Medicine and Dentistry and Dr. Robert Jyr Chen ’73 (PhD) completed his studies at the University of Rochester’s engineering school in materials sciences. Dr. Chen has established this legacy fund in memory of her husband. The goal of this fellowship is to benefit graduate students in engineering who have financial need. In particular, this annually awarded scholarship aims to help students from foreign countries to pursue their goal of a master’s or PhD degree in materials science at the University of Rochester.

Students interested in applying for the Chen Fellowship should complete the University of Rochester’s graduate program online application for their program of interest.

Preference will be given to students that previously completed a degree at National Taiwan University and who are studying at the University of Rochester for an advanced degree in materials science.

See the information sheet (PDF) for more information.

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NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) helps ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States and reinforces its diversity. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions.

Fellows share in the prestige and opportunities that become available when they are selected. Fellows benefit from a three-year annual stipend of $34,000 along with a $12,000 cost of education allowance for tuition and fees (paid to the institution), opportunities for international research and professional development, and the freedom to conduct their own research at any accredited U.S. institution of graduate education they choose.

The annual application deadline is determined by the NSF and historically is in October. See the current Program Solicitation for eligibility guidelines. Those already enrolled in graduate school may apply one time only and many University of Rochester graduate students choose to apply in their second year of graduate school.

See the most recent list of AS&E graduate students awarded a full fellowship or honorable mention.

The AS&E GEPA office hosted a virtual NSF GRFP information session and panel discussion on September 18, 2020 with discussion from AS&E staff, current NSF GRFP fellows, and faculty who have served as reviewers on GRPF applications. View the program recording below.

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