Funding Opportunities

There are many funding opportunities available to graduate students. This list is not comprehensive. See the “Search for Funding” page for additional resources to perform your own search for external funding sources. 

This list is continually updated. To submit a grant opportunity to be included, please email

Federally Supported Graduate Fellowships

The most popular fellowships for graduate students in the biomedical sciences are supported by the National Institutes of Health

  • The National Science Foundation also supports graduate fellowships through the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program. This award is intended for early-stage graduate (PhD and Master’s) students. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents.

Grants & Fellowships from Other Organizations

  • American Epilepsy Society
    • Predoctoral Fellowship for epilepsy-related research projects
    • Open to international students
    • Annual, current deadline 1/13/2021
  • American Heart Association
    • Predoctoral Fellowship for cardiovascular-related research
    • Open to international students
    • Annual, next deadline TBA
  • Autism Science Foundation
    • Predoctoral Fellowship for autism spectrum disorder-related research
    • Open to international students
    • Annual, next deadline TBA
  • Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship
    • Provides one year of funding for the writing and defense of a dissertation leading to a PhD
    • Must be a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident
    • Annual, next deadline likely December 17, 2020
  • Hanna H. Gray Fellow Program
    • For graduate and medical students transitioning to a postdoctoral position focusing on biomedical and life science basic research
    • Also open to early stage postdocs (less than 16 months of postdoctoral research)
    • Specific to individuals from underrepresented groups in life science research
    • Open to non-US citizens with a degree from a US research institution
    • Annual, current deadline TBA
  • Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation
    • Predoctoral Fellowships for myotonic dystrophy-related research
    • Open to international students
    • Annual, current deadline September 18, 2020
  • PhRMA Foundation
    • Predoctoral fellowships relating to Health Outcomes,
    • Informatics, Pharmaceutics, and Pharmacology/Toxicology
    • Open to international students
    • Check website for deadlines
  • Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program
    • Predoctoral fellowship for tobacco-related disease research.
    • See website for the program’s specific research priorities
    • Open to international students
    • Annual, current deadline TBA
Grant Center Contact
Alexandra Thomas, PhD

  Thomas, PhD
  (312) 947-2602