Putting together the funding for your graduate student career requires investigating many opportunities for fellowships, grants, and awards.
Fellowships & Awards
Physics fellowships & awards
Brian D. Serot Fellowship
This fellowship provides fellowship support to incoming or current Physics Ph.D. students, with preference given to students with an interest in the study of theoretical nuclear physics.
Andrzej Zieminski Fellowship
This fellowship recognizes outstanding students who have been admitted to pursue a Ph.D. degree in the Department of Physics at Indiana University. The fellowship will be given to an outstanding candidate for graduate study, with graduate students conducting research in elementary particle physics receiving first preference.
Leo M. Falicov Fellowship in Theoretical Physics
This fellowship recognizes outstanding students who have been admitted to pursue a Ph.D. degree in Theoretical Physics in the Department of Physics at Indiana University. The fellowship will be awarded to incoming doctoral students who also increase the diversity of our graduate program.
APS Bridge Program
The IU Department of Physics is a site for the American Physical Society’s Bridge Program. The mission of the program is to strengthen physics in the U.S. by increasing the number of underrepresented minority students who receive doctoral degrees in physics. The APS Bridge Program is open to prospective students who enhance the diversity of doctoral students in physics, exhibit academic promise, and plan to pursue a physics doctoral degree.
IU fellowships & awards
Ronald E. McNair Graduate Fellowship
This fellowship supports outstanding McNair Scholars entering Ph.D. or M.F.A. programs at IU Bloomington. The McNair Graduate Fellowship is designed to encourage more underrepresented students to complete a Ph.D. degree. The fellowship is offered to outstanding first-generation, low-income, or minority college graduates with the goal of increasing the pool of underrepresented students pursuing careers in post-secondary education.
Quantitative and Chemical Biology Graduate Training Fellowships
Physics graduate students in their second and third year of studies, working on a research project at the interface between physics and chemical biology are eligible for competitively awarded fellowships.
Future Faculty Teaching Fellowship
The Future Faculty Teaching Fellowship (FFTF) is open to advanced M.F.A. and IU Bloomington doctoral students to enhance their career preparation. Selected applicants experience faculty life and diversify their vitae in their one-year teaching position at one of Indiana University's branch campuses (listed below) or at Butler University. The fellowship program also aims to assist our partner campuses in gaining outstanding young teachers and scholars to teach established courses. At the discretion of the department, fellows may develop and teach brand new courses at their host institution.
External fellowships & awards
Big Ten Academic Alliance FreeApp Program
The FreeApp program is designed to expand participation of underrepresented students in graduate education. Through this program, prospective students can apply for a graduate application fee waiver or request graduate information for Ph.D. or Master of Fine Arts programs at participating academic institutions.
National Physical Science Consortium Fellowships
The National Physical Science Consortium (NPSC) offers graduate fellowships in science, mathematics, and engineering. Its annual fellowship program supports students pursuing doctoral degrees in the physical sciences and related engineering fields, with a special emphasis on supporting women and minority students who have been historically underrepresented in the research community.
National Science Foundation Fellowships
The National Science Foundation offers Graduate Research Fellowships that provide three years of support for graduate study leading to research-based master’s or doctoral degrees. These awards are intended for students in the early stages of their graduate studies.
The goal of the Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is to prepare graduate students for science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) careers critically important to the DOE Office of Science mission, by providing graduate thesis research opportunities at DOE laboratories. The SCGSR program provides supplemental awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students (US citizens or lawful permanent residents) to pursue part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE laboratory/facility in areas that address scientific challenges central to the Office of Science mission. The research opportunity is expected to advance the graduate students’ overall doctoral thesis while providing access to the expertise, resources, and capabilities available at the DOE laboratories/facilities