College of Letters & Science

Financial Aid

Advanced Opportunity Fellowships (A.O.F.)

A one-year to three-year award waiving tuition and providing a stipend for an incoming student based on financial need. Targeted ethnic minority groups include African Americans, American Indians, Alaskan Natives, Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans, or Southeast Asians from Vietnam, Laos, or Cambodia. Economically disadvantaged individuals not belonging to one of these minority groups may apply also. Applicants must be citizens or Permanent Residents of the United States.


Nominated University Fellowships: (Students DO NOT apply directly; departments nominate).

The Graduate School provides a number of fellowship awards. Students submit applications to the Department Administrator, who passes them on to the Committee. The Committee evaluates the applications and then sends a ranked list of candidates to the appropriate fellowships committees in either the College of Letters and Science or the Graduate School. The Graduate School makes the final decisions on University awards.


Affiliated Fellowships at the American Academy in Rome

  • ACLS/Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowships for Recently Tenured Scholars
  • Burnham Prize of the Chicago Architectural Club
  • Dinkeloo Fellowship of the Van Alen Institute
  • Italian Fulbright Awards
  • Samuel H. Kress Traveling Fellowship
  • Berthe M. Marti Fellowship in Latin
  • Mellon East-Central European Research Fellowships
  • Cynthia Hazen Polsky/Metropolitan Visiting Curator Award
  • The Michael I. Sovern/Columbia University Affiliated Fellowship
  • Oscar Broneer Traveling Fellowship
  • Raiziss/de Palchi Traveling Fellowship of The Academy of American Poets
  • Regional Research Program of the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC)
  • Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa & The American Academy in Rome 

Albright Institute of Archaeological Research Jerusalem

Fellowships are open to students and scholars in Near Eastern studies from prehistory through the early Islamic period, including the fields of archaeology, anthropology, art history, Bible, epigraphy, historical geography, history, language, literature, philology and religion and related disciplines. The research period should be continuous, without frequent trips outside the country. Residence at the Albright is required.

American Antiquarian Society

Sponsors doctoral candidates and post-docs working on American history and culture before 1876. AAS offers short-term visiting academic research fellowships tenable for one to three months each year, as well as long-term fellowships intended for scholars beyond the doctorate.

American Association for Netherlandic Research Scholarship

Offers a grant in support of research (such as dissertation or archival research) in the Netherlands or Belgium on any subject within Netherlandic Studies. Under exceptional circumstances, an additional scholarship may be awarded. The field is broadly defined and may include research on, for example, aspects of Dutch/Netherlandish culture as they relate to Indonesia or South Africa, or research on the Afrikaans language. The grant is intended for citizens or residents of the United States who study or teach at an American university. Preference is given to those scholars who do not receive research support from their home institution.

American Association of University Women Dissertation Fellowship

Available to women who will complete their dissertation writing between July 1 and June 30 of the following year. To qualify, applicants must have completed all course work, passed all required preliminary examinations, and received approval for their research proposal or plan. Open to applicants in all fields of study except engineering. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

American Institute of Indian Studies Fellowship

Available to doctoral candidates at U.S. colleges and universities in all fields of study. Junior Research Fellowships are specifically designed to enable doctoral candidates to pursue dissertation research in India. Junior Research Fellows establish formal affiliation with Indian universities and Indian research supervisors.

Athenæum of Philadelphia

Internships for periods of up to four months are awarded to graduate students enrolled full time in an architecture or historic preservation program. Interns are expected to reside in Philadelphia and devote half their time to service in the department of architecture at the Athenæum to develop practical skills in the management of architectural records. An equivalent amount of time is to be spent on the intern's own research in American architecture or building technology prior to 1860. Internships may be used in any months of the year.