Funding Opportunities

The Graduate College is committed to facilitating funding and fellowships for the graduate student body. These opportunities, available through the University of Delaware, as well as through external foundations and institutions, provide students with vital sources of support in their master’s and doctoral programs. Moreover, fellowships and awards further professional development by funding conference presentations while expanding horizons through national and international research and travel. In recent years, our graduate students have been awarded a number of nationally and internationally prestigious fellowships. The Graduate College works to support and heighten the visibility of our graduate students’ world-class research and scholarship.

The University of Delaware may provide tuition scholarships to full-time graduate students who are awarded stipends for an entire semester/academic year as a research, teaching or graduate assistant or fellow. These scholarships are generally available in graduate programs that admit students with funding, regardless of funding source. Details of commitment and duration are provided in offer letters. Graduate departments and programs select the recipients of these awards, where available, based on students’ qualifications.


Of full-time graduate students, nearly 80% receive merit-based financial awards. Fellowships, tuition scholarships, assistantships and traineeships are awarded on the basis of merit from nominations by the department. Awards are granted to full-time students in good academic standing with regular status. Explore University of Delaware’s opportunities below:

The Graduate College coordinates a variety of funding opportunities that students can receive through both faculty nomination and direct application.


Full-time graduate students are eligible to be nominated for the following competitive merit-based financial awards:


Current Students seeking additional funding support can directly apply to the following awards:

Special note for those on fellowship: While fellowships are not considered work and do not have taxes withheld from your stipend payments, they are considered taxable income and fellows need to report income received. These payments are issued under the Internal Revenue Service Code Section 117 and do not constitute wages. Therefore, no Social Security or Medicare deductions are required.

Graduate students: Educational expenses incurred can be applied to reduce the federal and state taxable income. See IRS information at

Postdoctoral fellows: Total amount of fellowships are fully taxable for both federal and state income.

You may need to file estimated taxes for next year. See IRS Publication 505: Tax Withholding and Estimated Tax.

You are responsible for maintaining records to support your decision that certain awards or amounts received are not taxable. You will also need to have appropriate receipts to support your offset of your course-related expenses such as tuition, fees, books and supplies. For additional information see IRS Publication 970: Tax Benefits for Education.

Federal and State Tax Information

Internal Revenue Service

Delaware Division of Revenue 

Tax Websites for other Common States where UD Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Researchers Live

Resources are available to assist graduate students who experience financial hardships or mental health issues. Learn more.

Other Opportunities for Graduate Students

Opportunities are brought to our attention throughout the year, so keep checking back if you are looking for additional funding opportunities.

The Council of Graduate Schools has compiled a sortable database of federally funded opportunities intended for graduate students and postdocs.

View the table here.

Watermark is offering women in STEM scholarships for the fall 2021 academic term to provide much-needed support for college students pursuing Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM)-related studies and careers.

Two students will be selected from the pool of applicants, and awardees will each receive $5,000 to help continue their education.

To participate in the Watermark Scholars program, applicants are asked to submit either a written essay, up to 500 words, or a short video on the topic of “Who has inspired you to pursue a career in science or technology, and what do you want to achieve upon graduation?” We’re looking for students who have been inspired by recent events and changes in learning and want to make a difference in their careers!

The deadline to submit entries is July 15, 2021, and awardees will be notified in August. 

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The National Wildlife Federation is currently accepting applications for three Graduate Student Research Fellowships.

Application Deadline is April 21.

2021 NWF EcoLeader Graduate Student Fellowship  (2 fellowships available)

These two Fellows will support EcoLeaders and EcoCareers through a variety of methods, such as: researching programs that center equity and justice, youth leadership, project design, and career development; conducting telephone and electronic surveys of students, faculty, and community organizations; making recommendations for program design and implementation; and writing or revising published content.

2021 NWF Zero Waste and Plastic Pollution Graduate Student Fellowship (1 fellowship available)

This fellow will research college and university zero waste and plastics use reduction best practices, develop summaries and recommendations to share online, and research and create a list of U.S. campuses to engage in the Campus Race to Zero Waste program.

Benefits of participation include:

  • Earn a $5,500 stipend
  • Play a key role in the development of NWF Higher Education Programs
  • Gain valuable career experience and professional development
Learn more and APPLY

The Laura Bassi Scholarship, which awards a total of $8,000 thrice per annum, was established by Editing Press in 2018 with the aim of providing editorial assistance to postgraduates and junior academics whose research focuses on neglected topics of study, broadly construed. The scholarships are open to every discipline and the next round of funding will be awarded in April 2021:

     Spring 2021
     Application deadline: 31 March 2021
     Results: 25 April 2021

All currently enrolled master’s and doctoral candidates are eligible to apply, as are academics in the first five years of full-time employment. Applicants are required to submit a completed application form along with their CV through the application portal by the relevant deadline. Further details, previous winners, and the application portal can be found at:

DEADLINE: January 8, 2021
AREA OF STUDY: Communications and Graphic Design, Computer Sciences, Data Science, Demography, Economics, Engineering, Physics, Mathematics and Statistics, Sociology, Survey Methodology or similar field