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Niche Fellowship Opportunities

Fellowships are offered through private companies, public foundations, educational institutions and non-profits. Earning agraduate school fellowships or scholarships can be competitive, and the application requirements are often extensive, but the effort may be worth the rewards. In many cases qualified individuals may be paid to go to school, and many offer stipends to cover travel or research costs. If you are interested in attending graduate school, or are a current graduate student it is worth your time to do some research into graduate school fellowships programs and scholarships to determine if these programs will help you manage your finances during graduate school.

In fact, exploration of available fellowships may even open your eyes to opportunities for new experiences you hadn’t previously considered. Some fellowships sponsor study abroad opportunities, or require recipients to work for a company while attending school. Below is a small sample of somegraduate school fellowships opportunities that may be available to qualified applicants pursuing graduate degrees in a variety of fields.

  • Some of the nation’s most affordable tuition rates, from a private, nonprofit, NEASC accredited university
  • Qualified students with 2.5 GPA and up may receive up to $20K in grants & scholarships
  • Multiple term start dates throughout the year. 24/7 online classroom access

Metropolitan Museum of Art Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship

Fellowship provides curatorial training and opportunities for scholarly research at the Metropolitan Museum.


  • Candidate must hold a doctorate in art history or archaeology conferred within five years from the fellowship’s start date
  • Candidates’ work must fall under one of the following categories:
    • Research and cataloguing of fourteenth- and fifteenth-century Italian painting for integration in the online collections database
    • Research related to late-Medieval art
    • Research on European textiles from the Renaissance to the nineteenth century
    • Research on African art

Award Amount$48,454/year Salary + $6,000/year Research and Travel Expenses
Duration2-3 Years

Required Application Materials:

  • Up to date contact information
  • Cover letter addressing the applicant’s interest in the fellowship position
  • Resume or CV addressing applicant’s education, professional experience, honors, awards, and publications
  • A statement specifying the applicant’s areas of research and their relationship to the Museum’s collections and activities. Maximum length is 1,000 words.
  • Copy of a recent writing sample
  • Three letters of recommendation. None can be from current Met staff. At least one must be academic and one must be professional.

To find out more about the Metropolitan Museum of Art Andrew W. Mellon FellowshipClick HERE

New York State Senate, Student Programs Office: Richard J. Roth Journalism Fellowship


  • Candidates must be a full-time graduate student and United States Citizens enrolled in an accredited program
  • Candidates must have studied public service, communications, journalism, public relations, or finance during the previous fall and spring semesters
  • The James L. Biggane Fellowship is open to mid-career professionals as well as students

Award Amount$32,000/year
Duration1 Year
Recipients15 (12 Legislative Fellows, 1 Richard J. Roth Journalism Fellowship, 1 Richard A. Wiebe Public Service Fellowship, 1 James L. Biggane Fellowship in Finance)

Required Application Materials:

  • Application Form
  • Essay Writing Sample
  • Statement of Purpose
  • A Policy Proposal
  • A Rebuttal of a Policy Proposal
  • Proof of Citizenship

To find out more aboutgraduate school fellowships opportunities available through the New York State Senate Programs OfficeClick HERE

Amelia Earhart Fellowship for Women

Fellowship supports women engaged in graduate studies in the fields of aerospace-related sciences and engineering. This award can be used at any college or university.


  • Fellowships are open to women of any nationality pursuing a doctoral degree
  • Candidates are required to demonstrate outstanding academic performance in the field of aerospace engineering or related sciences

Award Amount$10,000/year
Duration1 Year (renewable)

Required Application Materials:

  • Completed Application
  • Evidence of participation in a well-defined research program that has a direct link to the science of aerospace engineering or related topics
  • Outline of plans for future study
  • Official Transcripts
  • List of other scholarships
  • List of awards and honors
  • Employment History
  • Personal Statement
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Verification of current enrollment in an approved program

For more information on the Amelia Earhart Fellowship ProgramClick HERE

American Architectural Foundation and Friends of Vieilles Maisons Francaises: Richard Morris Hunt Fellowship

Fellowship for an American or French architect to spend 6 months studying historic preservation techniques and practices in France or the United States. Recipients of this award are required to submit a final report upon completion of their course of study.


  • Applicants must be French or American architects, or architectural students
  • American applicants must be proficient in speaking French
  • French applicants must be proficient in speaking English
  • All applicants must specialize in historic preservation

Award Amount$25,000/year
Duration6 months

Required Application Materials:

  • A phone interview
  • Completed Application
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • 5 Letters of Recommendation
  • List of Projects and Works
  • Professional Photo

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