External fellowships and grants are awarded by an organization or agency outside of Georgetown University. If you are looking for information about scholarships and fellowships offered by Georgetown University, please visit Merit-Based Financial Aid.

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When to Apply

Many external fellowship competitions have deadlines six to twelve months before funds are awarded, so plan ahead and be proactive! Students should have a good grasp on their funding needs for the different stages of doctoral study, particularly as pertains to research or fieldwork support and writing grants. If you are an applicant to Georgetown University, please review our advice to applicants searching for external funding

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Sample Humanities or Social Sciences Timeline
Application TimelineType of Funding
While applying to graduate school or Year 1Pre-doctoral Funding
Year 2 or beginning of Year 3Dissertation Research Funding
Year 3 or beginning of Year 4Dissertation Writing or Completion Grants
Year 4 or beginning of Year 5Postdoctoral Fellowships
Sample Sciences Timeline
Application TimelineType of Funding
While applying to graduate school through beginning of Year 2Pre-doctoral Funding
Years 2-4Dissertation Research and Writing Grants
Year 5Postdoctoral fellowships
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Most external fellowships are open to graduate students at universities nationwide, but some funding organizations restrict eligibility to specific partner universities. Georgetown University is a participating institution for the following funding opportunities for doctoral students.

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Finding External Funding Opportunities

There is not one master database of all available external fellowships, so students should explore many avenues when searching for funding. Students should review the links below and also consult with faculty and classmates for advice about awards specific to their field of study. Each fellowship will have its own eligibility requirements and selection criteria, so students are encouraged to review the resources below to identify possible options to discuss before scheduling an appointment with the Office of Graduate Fellowships & Awards.

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Fellowship Advising

The Office of Graduate Fellowships & Awards is available to support current Georgetown University graduate students on the Main and Medical campuses. The Office is able to work with graduate students enrolled at the Law Center or School of Continuing Studies for select funding opportunities. Unfortunately, assistance is not available to individuals currently applying to Georgetown graduate programs.

We are also available to provide individual feedback on essay or proposal drafts for external fellowships.  Before submitting a draft, students should have it reviewed by their advisor or another faculty member.

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