Funding Resources

Provided that they make satisfactory progress towards their PhD, all students are guaranteed a competitive stipend and tuition remission for the duration of their graduate studies, but applying for outside funding opportunities is always encouraged. In addition to the funding opportunities listed below, we encourage you to also check for department-specific training grants or fellowships, and ask your faculty advisor for suggestions based on the type of research you are doing.


Fellowship Opportunities
Graduate School Fellowships Office General Information Page

ISS Funding & Scholarships
Resources compiled by the International Student Services (ISS) Office at UW-Madison

Graduate Student Funding Support
A list of upcoming funding workshops

External Fellowships List
List of external fellowships for biological sciences created by the Graduate School

Research Resources and Funding Opportunities
UW-Madison Research & Sponsored Programs links to fellowship and grant sources

Teaching Assistant (TA) /Project Assistant (PA) Opportunities on UW Students Job Center Site
Departments who hire graduate students outside of their department are expected to post TA/PA & Grader/Reader jobs at the UW Student Job Center site. Otherwise notices are posted on departmental bulletin boards. This site also lists other job opportunities.

Budget Templates for Grant Preparation
Provided by the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs

Federal Grants
Find and apply for competitive grant opportunities from all Federal grant-making agencies on

Grants Net
One-stop resource to find funds for training in the sciences and undergraduate science education; includes national and international, supported by HHMI and AAAS

Non-Federal Funding Sources
CALS website that provides links to non-federal funding sources

Minority Scholarships and Financial Aid Resources
Financial aid opportunities for minority students compiled by Learn How to Become


AAAS Mass Media & Engineering Fellowship
AAAS fellowship from the Center for Public Engagement with Science & Technology
Eligibility: US citizens who are enrolled students in the life, physical, health, engineering, computer, or social sciences or mathematics and related fields

American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowship
To initiate careers in cardiovascular and stroke research
Eligibility: US citizen/permanent resident/under certain visas

EPA Research Fellowship Opportunities
Science To Achieve Results (STAR) Graduate Fellowships
Eligibility: US citizen/permanent resident/resident aliens with green cards

Ford Fellowship Information
Fellowship programs for minority graduate students
Eligibility: US citizens, US nationals, and US permanent residents who are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level

Graduate Women in Science (GWIS) National Fellowship Program
Sigma Delta Epsilon (SDE), Eloise Gerry, Ethel K. Allen, Vessa Notchev, Jean Langenheim, Monique Braude and Nell I. Mondy Fellowships
Eligibility: Women holding a degree from a recognized institution of higher learning, of outstanding ability and promise in research, who are performing hypothesis-driven research at any institution in the U.S. or abroad

Hertz Foundation Fellowship
Eligibility: Students of the applied physical and biological sciences, mathematics and engineering who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States of America, and who are willing to morally commit to make their skills available to the United States in time of national emergency

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship
Eligibility: US citizens and nationals who intend to pursue a doctoral degree in one of fifteen supported disciplines

NIH Fellowship Information for Predocs and Postdocs
Eligibility: Fellowships for both US citizen/permanent resident and international students

NSF Fellowship Information for Graduate Students & Postdocs
NSF listing of available fellowship opportunities for Graduate Students & Postdocs; applications are submitted on-line on the Fastlane system.

SMART Scholarship Program
Offers students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, (or STEM) disciplines the chance to receive full scholarships and serve the Defense Department after they complete their degree.
Eligibility: Citizen of the United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, or United Kingdom pursuing a technical undergraduate or graduate degree in one of the disciplines listed.


Biotechnology Training Program
An opportunity for doctoral students to obtain training in biotechnology
Eligibility: Students who are applying to BTP’s participating graduate programs and are interested in the research group of a BTP mentor

Chemistry-Biology Interface Training Program 
Provides students with interdisciplinary training

Computation and Informatics in Biology and Medicine (CIBM) Training Program
Eligibility: U.S. citizen/permanent resident

Genomic Science Training Program
Eligibility: US citizen/permanent resident

McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research Training Grants
Includes: Cancer Biology Training Grant (Predoctoral), Postdoctoral Training in Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms of Tumor Development, and Virology Training Program (Predoctoral and Postdoctoral)

Microbes in Health & Disease Training Grant
Eligibility: US citizen/permanent resident

Science and Medicine Graduate Research Scholars (SciMed GRS)
Eligibility: Domestic students who are targeted minorities, economically disadvantaged, or former McNair students. Eligible students are nominated by the graduate program or department upon receiving admission to the program — no separate application from the student is required.

Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine Center (SCRMC) Graduate and Postdoctoral Training Award
Eligibility: Applicant’s mentor must be a SCRMC member. Open to applicants of all citizenships.

UW Vilas Travel Awards
The annual Vilas travel awards are coordinated by the UW-Madison Graduate Student Collaborative.
Eligibility: All graduate students are eligible to apply.

Virology Training Grant
Eligibility: Must be a US citizen, noncitizen national, or permanent resident of the US. Must be carrying out virology-related research.

Vision Research Training Program
Provides research training in basic science disciplines relevant to vision research and is designed for pre- and postdoctoral students.

Wisconsin Distinguished Graduate Fellowships (CALS)
Open to students in a CALS graduate program or any graduate degree program in which CALS faculty participate