Fellowship Opportunities

This page lists fellowship opportunities, both UA and external resources, for graduate students.  Please direct any questions to the fellowship source.

Additional fellowship will be added as they are announced.


School of Government & Public Policy Fellowship Opportunities:

The School of Government & Public Policy has three fellowship opportunities for incoming (Keane and Valdez) and current (Tucson) students.  For additional information on each of these opportunities, please click on the links provided below.

  1. Keane Fellowship (MPA Only)
  2. Valdez Fellowship (MPA Only)
  3. Tucson Fellowship


Other Recent Fellowship Opportunities (in order by application deadline date):

Presidential Management Fellowship

The PMF Program is a flagship leadership development program at the entry level for advanced degree candidates. The PMF Program inculcates a lasting bond as well as a spirit of public service, ultimately encouraging and leading to a career in the government. Your two-year appointment will provide a fast-paced opportunity to gain experience and develop your talents. You will be challenged with opportunities to flourish into a problem solver, strategic thinker and future leader. In addition to working at a single Federal agency, you may have the option to participate in a rotational opportunity at another agency. This highly selective, rigorous leadership program recruits recent graduates and current graduate students (who will complete an advanced degree by August 31st of the following year), particularly in (but not limited to) the areas of Accounting/Finance, Computer Science, Economics, Engineering, Foreign Policy/International Affairs, Environmental Science, Health/Medical Science, IT, Public Administration/Public Policy, and Public Health.

  • Deadline: September 13, 2022 (opens) – September 27, 2022 12 pm ET (closes)
  • Citizenship: Mostly U.S. citizenship with a few exceptions (but must be eligible to work under U.S. Immigration laws)
  • Website: https://www.pmf.gov/become-a-pmf/overview/


Research Development Fellow

The University of Arizona is seeking a Research Development Fellow (RDF, undergraduate student) in the Research Development Services (RDS) unit with these primary responsibilities:
  • Supporting RDS in managing the limited submissions process
  • Supporting RDS Administration and operations
  • RDS event support, to include Zoom event assistance, In-person support, editing event recordings, materials as needed
  • Supporting Research Associates with database maintenance, materials, Zoom meetings as needed
  • Website updates

View full fellowship description via Handshake.

Application Deadline: September 15th


Arizona Commerce Authority Fellowship

The Arizona Commerce Authority, Arizona’s leading economic development organization, has created a one-year, part-time fellowship for recent college graduates or current graduate students with an interest in public policy as it relates to economic development. The fellowship is a 30-hour per week position that is anticipated to run through June 30, 2023. The fellow will work as part of the Arizona Competitiveness Team (ACT), which researches and advises other ACA teams about how Arizona’s tax policy, regulatory policy and business climate compare with that of other states and how those matters affect Arizona’s competitiveness in attracting, retaining and expanding businesses in targeted industries. The fellow will support ongoing work and work in collaboration with team members on larger projects. ACA anticipates the fellow will develop and carry certain projects to completion under minimal guidance.

View full description via Handshake.

Application Deadline: September 22nd

Please direct questions about the position to David Ramirez (DavidR@azcommerce.com), director of the ACT team.
Please direct questions about the application process or ACA more generally to Kimberly Barzar (KimB@azcommerce.com).


John F. Kennedy Library Foundation Research Fellowships and Grants

The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, the nonprofit organization that supports the federal John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, offers research fellowships and grants every year to support scholars who need to use the archival holdings of the JFK Library. Candidates can apply for only one fellowship per year, but the Fellowship Committee will assess each application with the most relevant fellowship opportunity in mind. Fellowship stipends range from $3,100 to $5,000 awards.


Smithsonian Institution (SI) National Museum of African American History and Culture Internships & Fellowships

Internships at the National Museum of African American History and Culture offer college and graduate students and recent graduates opportunities to work closely with professionals and scholars in the museum field. The museum provides a dynamic learning environment and access to supportive mentors that help interns reach their educational and professional goals. Interns can gain practical museum skills and program development experience in a variety of positions from education to collections to public relations. The National Museum of African American History and Culture will offer available internships as either virtual (online and remote) or hybrid (virtual with the opportunity for 1-2 days onsite a week as scheduled) experiences to meet current health and safety guidelines set forth by the Smithsonian Institution. Applicants must have the ability to work a minimum of twenty hours per week. Paid and unpaid internships are available.


National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships (NSF GRFP)

The National Science Foundation aims to ensure the vitality of the human resource base in biological science, technology, engineering, mathematics, physical science, earth science, and social science in the United States and to reinforce its diversity by offering approximately 1,000 graduate fellowships in this competition. The Graduate Research Fellowship provides three years of support for graduate study leading to research-based masters or doctoral degrees and is intended for students who are at the early stages of their graduate study.


The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

Every year, The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans supports thirty New Americans, immigrants or the children of immigrants, who are pursuing graduate school in the United States. Each Fellowship supports one to two years of graduate study in any field and in any advanced degree-granting program in the United States. Each award is for up to a total of $90,000. Each Fellow receives $25,000 in stipend support a year (all stipend awards are capped at $50,000 per year), as well as 50 percent of required tuition and fees, up to $20,000 per year, for one to two years. The first year of Fellowship funding cannot be deferred. Most importantly, new Fellows join a strong community of current and past Fellows who all share the New American experience.


American Association of University Women (AAUW) Fellowships (graduate and postdocs)

At AAUW, we’ve led the fight for fair pay and economic opportunity for women—and the battle continues: Women still get just 82 cents for every dollar paid to a man, and men continue to dominate the top roles and highest-paying professions. Though we are nonpartisan, we are not values-neutral: We fight to remove the barriers and biases that stand in the way of gender equity. We train women to negotiate for pay and benefits and to pursue leadership roles. And we advocate for federal, state and local laws and policies to ensure equity and end discrimination. We offer several fellowships, including: American Fellowships ($6,000-$30,000); International Fellowships ($18,000-$30,000); and Selected Professions Fellowships ($5,000-$18,000).


Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowships

Through its Fellowship Programs, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. Awards are made to individuals who, in the judgment of the review panels, have demonstrated superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers, and are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. To be eligible for a Ford Foundation Fellowship award you must be a citizen of the United States, demonstrate evidence of superior academic achievement (such as grade point average, class rank, honors or other designations), and be committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level.  Awards will be made for study in research-based Ph.D. or Sc.D. programs; practice oriented degree programs are not eligible for support. 


Tech Launch Az Student Entrepreneurial Fellow

UA Tech Launch Arizona and the Graduate College collaborate to provide U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident degree-seeking graduate students (main campus only) to gain practical startup company and technology commercialization experience. The selected Fellow will receive an hourly wage from Tech Launch and $10,000 Graduate Tuition Scholarship from the UA Graduate College that will apply to the fall and/or spring base graduate semester tuition during the Fellow’s tenure as a Student Entrepreneurial Fellow. Please note if the Fellow is concurrently appointed as a graduate assistant/associate (GA) at .50 FTE or higher, the tuition award will not apply due to the full tuition coverage provided as a benefit of the GA appointment. Applicants must be degree-seeking graduate student admitted to a main campus Master’s or doctoral program at the University of Arizona.



Page last updated 9/12/2022.