Diversity-Based Funding

NOTE: See Diversity and Inclusion Fellowships with thanks to Florida State University.

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Graduate Scholarship Programs 

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation manages two innovative graduate scholarship programs focusing on increasing the number of underrepresented American minorities in mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering graduate programs. The Minority Ph.D. Program offers eligible doctoral candidates the opportunity to pursue their Ph.D. degrees with financial,mentoring, and guidance support through recognized participating faculty and departments approved by the Sloan Foundation. The Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnership(SIGP), initiated through a partnership between the University of Arizona and the Sloan Foundation, was expanded to include the participation of select faculties and departments at the University of Montana, Missoula; Montana Tech of The University of Montana, Butte; Purdue University; and the University of Alaska at Fairbanks and Anchorage.

American Association of University Women

One of the world’s largest sources of funding for graduate women, AAUW provides funding for fellowship and grant recipients performing research in a wide range of disciplines and working to improve their schools and communities. American Fellowships support women scholars who are completing dissertations, planning research leave from accredited institutions, or preparing research for publication. Career Development Grants fund women pursuing a certificate or degree to advance their careers, change careers, or re-enter the workforce and whose bachelor’s degree was received at least five years before the award period. Selected Professions Fellowships fund women pursuing full-time study in a master’s or professional degree program in which women are underrepresented, including STEM, law, business, and medicine.

American Indian Graduate Center

The American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC) is a national private nonprofit providing fellowships to American Indian and Alaska Native graduate students throughout the United States. 

Asian-American and Pacific-Islander Scholarship Directory

The Asian-American and Pacific-Islander Scholarship Directory is an excellent resource for Asian-American and Pacific-Islander student scholarship opportunities.

Congressional Fellowships on Women and Public Policy

Women's Policy, Inc. awards WREI's annual fellowships to a select number of graduate students with proven commitment to equity for women. WREI Fellows gain practical policymaking experience and graduate credit as they work from January to August as Congressional legislative aides in Washington, D.C. Fellows receive stipends for tuition and living expenses.

Ford Foundation Fellowships

The Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties. Diverse individuals with evidence of superior academic achievement and a commitment to teaching or researching at college or university level are encouraged to apply. The Ford Foundation awards 60 predoctoral fellowships providing three years of support to individuals engaged in graduate study leading to a Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree. The Ford Foundation also awards dissertation and postdoctoral fellowships.

Gates Millennium Scholars

Gates Millennium Scholars, funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was established in 1999 in part to provide outstanding African American, American Indian/Alaska Natives, Asian/Pacific Islander Americans, and Hispanic American students with an opportunity to complete graduate studies in mathematics, science, engineering, education, public health, or library science.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund is aimed at Latino students searching for scholarships, fellowships, and internships; some listings apply to students of all backgrounds.

Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation (PSI)

PSI seeks to introduce a diverse group of students to issues and challenges affecting philanthropy, social enterprise, nonprofit organizations, and other actors in the social sector. The fellowship is open to both undergraduate and graduate students of color. 

Society for Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) 

The SACNAS is aimed at Latino and Native American students applying for scholarships; many of the listings apply to students from all backgrounds.


Soroptimist is an international women's organization for business and professional women who work to improve the lives of women and girls. Soroptimist’s major project is the Women’s Opportunity Awards, which help women who provide the primary source of financial support for their families by giving them the resources they need to improve their education, skills, and employment prospects. Soroptimist International of Flagstaff participates in programs on the local level, depending on the specific needs of our community.

The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

The purpose of The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans is to provide opportunities for continuing generations of able and accomplished New Americans to achieve leadership in their chosen fields. To apply you must be a naturalized citizen or hold a green card, if born abroad. If born in the US, be the child of two immigrant parents, one or both of whom are naturalized citizens. Have a bachelor’s degree or be on track to earn one by June in the year you wish to start. If in a graduate program, you should be in your 1st or 2nd year in the year for which you're applying. Maximum age: 30 years old.

Star Fellowship

Each spring and fall, seven Running Start/Walmart Star Fellows are selected through a highly competitive application process.  Star Fellows intern for a female Member of Congress Monday through Thursday and each Friday are trained by political experts in Running Start’s office and then mentored by high level political mentors.  Star Fellows live together in a house on Capitol Hill, free of charge, and are provided with a $2,000 living stipend for the semester.

Southern Regional Education Board

The SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program's goal is to produce more minority Ph.D students who seek careers as faculty on college campuses. It provides multiple layers of support including financial assistance, academic/research funding, career counseling and job postings, scholar counseling and advocacy, a scholar directory for networking and recruiting, invitation to the annual Institute on Teaching and Mentoring, and continued early career support.

Udall Scholarship

NAU Representative: Melissa Hatfield Riggs, Scholarship Coordinator

The Udall Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship for outstanding college students who intend to pursue careers related to the environment, or Native American or Alaska Native students who intend to pursue careers in Native American health care or tribal public policy. The Foundation seeks future leaders across a wide spectrum of environmental fields such as policy, engineering, science, education, urban planning and renewal, business, health, justice, and economics. The Foundation also seeks future Native American and Alaska Native leaders in public and community health care, tribal government, and public policy affecting Native American communities, including land and resource management, economic development, and education.

UNCF/Merck Science Initiative

The UNCF/Merck Science Initiative awards scholarships and fellowships for African American science students at three levels: tuition support and opportunities for research experience for undergraduate science and engineering students in a state-of-the-art research facility, graduate student dissertation support in biomedically relevant life or physical sciences and engineering, and postdoctoral support in biomedical research.

Woodrow Wilson Doctoral Dissertation in Women's Studies

The Woodrow Wilson Doctoral Dissertation in Women's Studies offers Women’s Studies Fellowships which are provided to Ph.D. candidates at institutions in the United States who will complete their dissertations during the fellowship year. The most competitive applications include not only a clear, thorough, and compelling description of the candidate’s work, but also evidence of an enduring interest in and commitment to women’s issues and scholarship on women.

The Women’s Studies competition is for projects in the humanities and social sciences; projects in fields such as management, the clinical and biological sciences, and law are not eligible unless they have a demonstrable academic grounding in the humanities and social sciences. Applicants working on health-related issues in the social sciences should consider carefully whether their work demonstrably centers on the topic’s social, cultural, and individual aspects.

Woodrow Wilson National Fellowships Foundation 

The goal of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowships Foundation-Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellowships for Aspiring Teachers of Color is to help recruit, support, and retain individuals of color as K-12 public school teachers in the United States. Current trends indicate that by the year 2020, the percentage of teachers of color will fall to an all-time low of five percent of the total teacher force, while the percentage of students of color in the K-12 system will likely be near 50%. This fellowship offers an important opportunity to ensure that greater numbers of highly qualified teachers of color enter public school classrooms around the country.

NOTE: See separate NISF webpages with funding sources for LGBTQ Students and Students with Disabilities.