Funding Opportunities for Graduate Students and Postdocs

Flowchart: Pursuing Funding Opportunities for NMSU Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Scholars

Applicants interested in these opportunities should contact Ms. Chong-Hwey Fee, Office of Research Administration Services.


Title Pre-proposal Proposal Special Restrictions
Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (AGS-PRF) NSF 19-574 Proposals accepted anytime Geospace Track: Science that aligns with the Aeronomy, Magnetospheric Physics or Solar Terrestrial Physics program; * Atmospheric Track: Science that aligns with the Atmospheric Chemistry, Physical and Dynamic Meteorology, Climate and Large-Scale Dynamics or Paleoclimate program.
National Academies of Science, Engineering & Medicine Deadlines vary depending on program Visit  National Academies website to see all current opportunities: NRC Research Associateship Programs (RAP);
Air Force Science & Technology Fellowship Program ;
ARL Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowships Program; Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs; Ford Foundation Senior Fellowship; Jefferson Science Fellows Program; NETL Methane Hydrates Fellowship Program; The Optical Society, Foundation Fellowships.
National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, & Medicine Deadlines vary Visit NAS website to see all current opportunities
Postdoctoral Research Opportunity in High Performance Computing & Prediction of Geospatial Dynamics (USDA-ARS-2020-0007) Rolling This opportunity is available to U.S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR), and foreign nationals. Non-U.S. citizen applicants should refer to the Guidelines for Non-U.S. Citizens Details page of the program website for information about the valid immigration status. Click HERE to see Guidelines for Non-U.S. Citizens Details:Click HERE to see all current at Agricultural Research Services
New Mexico Geological Society Grants-in-Aid Grants-in-Aid deadline is typically the 3rd Friday in February Multiple scholarships and awards. Undergraduate students are eligible for some scholarships and awards. Visit NMGS website for details. Click HERE to go to Application Portal.
Google PhD Fellowships 9/30/20 Eligibility: full-time graduate students pursuing a PhD; Completed graduate coursework by the fall of the award year when the fellowship begins; must remain enrolled full-time in the PHD program for the duration of the fellowship.
Facebook Fellowships 9/16/20 The Facebook Fellowship is a global program designed to encourage and support promising doctoral students who are engaged in innovative and relevant research in areas related to computer science and engineering at an accredited university. The program is open to students in any year of their PhD study.
NSF Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellowships (AAPF) NSF 18-574 August 15-October 15, Annually The applicant has earned the doctoral degree in an appropriate scientific field within five (5) years prior to the proposal submission deadline or will complete the doctoral degree by 1 October following the proposal deadline. Click HERE to go to Application Portal
NSF Earth Sciences Postdoctoral Fellowships (EAR-PF) NSF 18-565 9/9/2020 (Second Wednesday in September, annually thereafter) The Division of Earth Sciences (EAR) offers two-year postdoctoral fellowships to provide opportunities for scientists early in their careers to obtain training beyond their graduate education. …… Projects may employ any combination of field, laboratory, and computational studies with observational, theoretical, or experimental approaches.
Sigma Xi Grants in Aide Research (GAR) 10/1/20 Sigma XI, the Scientific Research Honor Society, is the international honor society of science and engineering.
Sigma Xi offers chapters many opportunities to achieve the Sigma Xi mission through the awarding of chapter grants and/or teacher stipend.
• Science, Math and Engineering Education (SMEE) Grant 
• Diversity Grant 
• Distinguished Lecturer Subsidy
• Multi-Chapter Grant Program 
• Teacher Recognition Subsidy
Membership is not required for application. US Citizenship and residence not required. International applications are welcome. Visit for details
GRFP 10/19/20 Accepts a broad range of disciplines
Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (MSPRF) NSF 16-558 10/21/2020 (Third Wednesday in Oct annually) May not have held the doctoral degree more than 2 years as of January 1 of the year of the award; Must propose research in an area of mathematics or statistics; May not have previously been a principal investigator or co-principal investigator of an NSF award (other than a graduate research fellowship or an award in support of a conference or workshop); May not submit a research plan duplicated in another NSF proposal; Must not have previously been offered an award by the MSPRF program; and Must have a doctoral degree conferred before the postdoctoral appointment start date. Click HERE to go to Application Portal
Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) NSF 19-590 10/19 -10/23/20, depending on the program The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing full-time research-based master's and doctoral degrees in STEM or in STEM education. The GRFP provides three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant research achievements in STEM or STEM education. NSF especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, veterans, and undergraduate seniors to apply.
Hertz Foundation 10/23/20 The fellowship includes up to five years of funding, valued at up to $250,000, and the freedom to pursue innovative projects wherever they may lead. In addition, fellows take part in ongoing mentoring, symposia, and workshops with our vibrant community of more than 1200 fellows, a set of peers who span disciplines, generations, and geography.
The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships 10/29/20 The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans program honors the contributions of immigrants and children of immigrants to the United States. The Fellowship is open to all fields of study and fully accredited full-time graduate degree programs. Selection criteria emphasize creativity, originality, initiative, and sustained accomplishment and we value a commitment to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The program does not have any quotas for types of degrees, universities or programs, countries of origin, or gender, etc.
Truman Fellowship  11/1/2020 3-year appointment by Sandia National Labs. Students who are expecting to complete PhD requirements by commencement of appointment are encourage to apply.
SBE Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (SPRF) 11/1/2020 (annually thereafter) Areas of Research: The Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) supports research in a broad range of disciplines and in interdisciplinary areas through its Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences (BCS) Division, Social and Economic Sciences (SES) Division, and SBE Office of Multidisciplinary Activities (SMA). Track 1: Fundamental Research in the SBE Sciences (SPRF-FR). Track 2: Broadening Participation in the SBE Sciences (SPRF-BP).
Sandia National Laboratories Truman Fellowship - 11/1/20 The Truman Fellowship is a 3-year appointment established by Sandia National Laboratories to provide the opportunity for new Ph.D. scientists and engineers to pursue independent research of their own choosing that supports Sandia’s national security mission. Research focus areas are: bioscience, computing and information science, engineering science, materials science, nanodevices and microsystems, radiation effects and high energy density physics, and geosciences. Requirements: *PhD conferred within the past three years at the time of application or completion of PhD requirements by commencement of appointment. *No previous postdoc appointments a national lab - pre-postdoc internships excluded. *US citizen and able to maintain a DOE security clearance and more....
Sandia National Laboratories Jill Hruby Fellowship 11/1/20 The Hruby Fellowship is one of Sandia National Laboratories’ most prestigious postdoctoral fellowships which aims to develop women in the engineering and science fields who are interested in technical leadership careers in national security. Fellows may work at either of Sandia’s principal locations in New Mexico and California. Requirement: *PhD conferred within the past three years at the time of application or completion of PhD requirements by commencement of appointment. *Evidence of strong academic achievement, excellent technical accomplishment, leadership and ability to team effectively. *No previous postdoc appointments a national lab (internships excluded). *US citizen and able to maintain a DOE security clearance and more...
National GEM Consortium Fellowships 11/13/20 GEM offers MS and Ph.D. level students an outstanding opportunity and access to dozens of the top Engineering and Science firms and Universities in the nation. The GEM Fellowship was designed to focus on promoting opportunities for individuals to enter industry at the graduate level in areas such as research and development, product development, and other high level technical careers. GEM also offers exposure opportunities to a number of opportunities in academe.
Link Foundation Energy Fellowship 12/1/20 Preference will be given to candidates who have a well-defined thesis direction but who still have enough time remaining working toward their Ph.D. that receipt of a Link Foundation Fellowship could make a difference. The award consists of a two-year fellowship of $30,000 per year for two years (total of $60,000 to be used for the Fellow’s academic year and summer stipend.
Ford Foundation postdoctoral & dissertation Fellowship (1) (2) 12/10/20 Through its Fellowship Programs, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties. Administered by the Academies since 1979, these programs provide fellowship support at the predoctoral, dissertation and postdoctoral levels. Eligibility is limited to U.S. citizens, permanent residents and individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program who can demonstrate superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers, and are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. The Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs offer approximately 70 predoctoral awards, 36 awards for dissertation research and 20 postdoctoral awards each year.
Ford Foundation predoctoral Fellowship 12/17/20 These fellowships provide three years of support for individuals engaged in graduate study leading to a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) degree.
Link Foundation Simulation and Training Fellowships 1/15/21 For PhD students in areas of Modeling, Simulation, and Training. Objectives:* To foster advanced level research in modeling, simulation, and training.*To enable Ph.D. students the freedom to work on their research full time.*To disseminate the results of that research through conferences, journals, and other publications.  There are also fellowships in the area of Ocean Engineering. Please visit LINK Foundation website for details.