Resources for PhD students

At the start of my PhD, I went on a scholarship and funding search which led to this list of random things that sounded relevant to me. Even if you have PhD funding, some of these opportunities are interesting. For example, there are plenty of training and workshop opportunities across many fields. Don’t just look in your own field!

It can be stressful to think about PhD funding if you are self-funded, or under-funded. Try to use your strengths and find funding in creative ways!

If you have any that you should be added to this list, please email me and let me know! Hope this is helpful!

Helpful blog posts

Here are some posts I’ve written specifically about my experiences.

You can find other posts I’ve written about grad school here.

General information

PhinisheD – Online forum for PhD and graduate students

Resources and Opportunities

All amounts are in USD unless otherwise noted.

Scholarships and competitions

American Association of University Women
Funding: $5–18K
Conditions: Women pursuing full-time study in a master’s or professional degree program in which women are underrepresented, including STEM, law, business, and medicine
Deadline: January

Loreal Women in Science
Amount: Varies by award
Conditions: For women in STEM; May have country specific competition (e.g. Singapore has in the past)

Dan David Foundation Scholarship
Amount: $15K
Conditions: each year has chosen fields for past present and future dimensions, check for definitions
Purpose: Doctoral and Post-doc

Rector’s Scholarship Fund
Conditions: For students who will have to pay ‘overseas’ tuition

F31 National Institute of Health (NIH)
Description: Various research awards

World Future Foundation PhD Prize in Environmental and Sustainability Research
Amount: $10K SGD
Conditions: Singapore-based Chinese entrepreneur group

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
Description: Funding to go to Japan for research, pre or post doctoral
Deadline: June (for travel by the following March)

Description: Essay competition
Amount: $1.5K for first prize, $500 for second prize
Conditions: Different theme each year
Deadline: September

Funding for fieldwork or travel

Association for Women in Science STEM Award
Amount: $1,000 to $3,000
Conditions: For professional development, conferences, workshops (summer program?) (Apply for IMPRSD or YSSP)
Purpose: To cover registration, transportation, housing, per diem
Deadline: Dec/Jan (1 – 2.5 years to completion of PhD/dissertation)

Graduate Women in Science National Fellowship
Amount: $1-10K
Conditions: Must be enrolled
Purpose: Funding for research/fieldwork, scientific method, budget
Deadline: January

Rufford Foundation
Description: Grants for conservation work

Explorer’s Club
Amount: $500-2,500 (with few awards of up to $5K)
Purpose: Fieldwork
Deadline: November

Lewis and Clark
Amount: up to $5K

Sigma grants
Conditions: Aid research

Training programs

IIASA Young Scientists Summer Program
Description: 3 month research program at IIASA near Vienna, Austria
Deadline: January

International Advanced Studies in Demography
Description: Courses in demography to enhance PhD research in Rostock, Germany
Amount: Some funding available for students
Conditions: Must already be enrolled somewhere
Demography open online courses:

Description: Workshops and research exchanges