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The fellowships are examples of competitive dollars that are available to University of Rochester graduate students and represent just a small sampling of the fellowships that are available to all students in Arts, Sciences and Engineering programs at Rochester:

For a complete list of external fellowships that applicants are encouraged to apply for in support of their graduate education, please visit the University’s fellowships database.

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Avangrid Foundation announces new scholarships for the fall 2017–2018 academic year for postgraduate studies in US universities in the following areas of knowledge:

  • Renewable energy
  • Sustainable energy system
  • Environment and biodiversity
  • Clean combustion technologies, emissions management
  • Energy efficiency
  • Energy storage
  • Electric vehicle
  • Smart distribution networks
  • Information and communication technology (ICT)
  • Cyber security and data science
  • Wind power technology
  • Meteorology

Avangrid Foundation also offers a call of scholarships for master of science studies in energy and the environment in the USA, Spain, and the United Kingdom, in order to contribute to excellence in training in the energy field, with special emphasis on renewable energy, the protection of the environment, as well as the efficiency of the energy system.

For more information, see the Avangrid Scholarship application website or Avanfrid Scholarship PDF.


Students applying to the Avangrid Foundation should have:

  • Been born in the US
  • Completed a bachelor or master's degree from a recognized university on submission of the application (or should successfully complete the program with the same or better average grades at the time of the call for applications)
  • A 3.5 GPA or better
  • Applied for enrollment at the University of Rochester

Applicants cannot receive any compensation or wages or be in receipt of any scholarship, financial aid, or other award of a similar nature from institutions and public or private foundations during the period that the scholarship is awarded for. Candidates who have been awarded Fundación IBERDROLA Scholarships in previous announcements are excluded from assessment.


The grants cover full tuition, fees, and health insurance, and provide a $25,200 annual stipend for other expenses. This amount will be paid out in $2,100 monthly installments.


The announcement period opens on the day of its publication and ends at 8 a.m. (Eastern Standard Time) on February 17, 2017.

Andrew W. Mellon Digital Humanities Fellowship

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded the University of Rochester a $1 million grant to support an innovative graduate program that will unite the study of humanities with the latest technology. The award is one of a series of grants the Mellon Foundation has made in recent years that equip faculty and students at colleges and universities with new tools and protocols of the digital humanities.

The grant will provide select PhD students in the humanities with two years of support to study and learn to use the new technology. Developed by University of Rochester faculty, the new program will train humanities students to integrate digital technologies into innovative research programs.

The Mellon Fellowship consists of a scholarship to cover full tuition and an annual, twelve-month stipend of $24,000. This fellowship will be renewed for a second year provided that the student continues to make satisfactory progress toward their PhD degree.

During their first year, students serve as a teaching or research assistant on a large-scale humanities project directed by a faculty principal investigator, where students mentor and supervise undergraduates; and/or serve as a teaching assistant in a faculty member’s project-based humanities class. The intent is that the student has the opportunity to participate in one of those activities each semester.

During the second year as a Mellon Fellow, students serve as a teaching assistant in DMS (Digital Media Studies) 372 and/or 373, the senior capstone course for undergraduate students in the major; and/or will teach or co-teach one of the DMS core courses: Introduction to Media, Introduction to Multi-media Programming, or Human–Computer Interaction.

See the Mellon Graduate Program in the Digital Humanities site for more information.

The Andrew P. Barowsky Fellowship

The Andrew P. Barowsky Fellowship provides a renewable (up to five years) award to a graduate of Dominican University of California enrolled in a master’s or doctoral degree program in any school or college at the University of Rochester.

Andy Barowsky ’72 established this fellowship to encourage undergraduates from Dominican University of California to pursue graduate/professional training at the University of Rochester. See the Barowsky Newscenter article to learn more. 


To be eligible for this fellowship, students must be graduates of Dominican University of California who have applied and been admitted to a graduate program at the University of Rochester. This fellowship award is based on merit, financial need, and its potential to assist students in reaching their academic and professional goals.


In addition to any funds supplied by the graduate program at the University of Rochester, recipients of the Barowsky Fellowship will receive an annual award of $10,000 (renewable for up to five years). For those students admitted to a graduate program that provides a full tuition scholarship, the fellowship is used to enhance the student’s stipend and providing assistance for other expenses, such as living expenses and medical insurance coverage.  


Students interested in applying for the Barowsky Fellowship should complete the University of Rochester’s graduate program online application for their program of interest. Once this is complete, students should complete the Andrew P. Barowsky Fellowship online application.


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Donald M. and Janet C. Bernard Fellowship

The Donald M. and Janet C. Bernard Fellowship was created for PhD students in one of the University of Rochester’s engineering or natural science disciplines. The goal of this fellowship is to recognize outstanding achievement for one of our graduate students in these fields, as evidenced through their coursework and dissertation research work. 

The fellowship provides a $3,000 stipend top-off of the student’s existing stipend, as well as a tuition award, and is for a one-year duration.

Nominations for this fellowship are solicited from programs in engineering and the natural sciences, including:

  • Biology
  • Biomedical engineering
  • Brain and cognitive sciences
  • Chemical engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Computer science
  • Earth and environmental sciences
  • Electrical and computer engineering
  • Materials science
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Optics
  • Physics 

Each program is allowed to nominate one PhD student currently in their second or third year of graduate study. Nomination applications should include:

  • The student's CV
  • Two letters of recommendation

All nominations are evaluated and the awardee selected by the dean of graduate studies. Evaluation is based on documented record of outstanding academic and research achievement as well as evidence of leadership; mentoring and teaching accomplishments; engagement with the field; and any outreach to the community.

Roy E. VanDelinder Jr Fellowship

The Roy E. VanDelinder Jr. Fellowship Fund was established to provide support to a PhD student pursuing a degree in history with a focus on European history. Students are nominated for this fellowship by the history department. Recipients can be incoming students or current students in the program.

Provost Fellowship

The goal of the Provost Fellowship is to broaden and increase the diversity of our graduate students in doctoral programs by attracting the most promising students from backgrounds that have been historically underrepresented in a particular discipline.

Nominees for the fellowships must be US citizens or permanent residents. Specific criteria for determining diversity and selecting nominees will depend on each program, but may include ethnicity, race, gender, or disabilities.

Nominations from departments are accepted and reviewed on an annual basis.

Robert L. and Mary L. Sproull University Fellowship

The Robert L. and Mary L. Sproull Fellowship is the most prestigious fellowship awarded by the University of Rochester.

Robert L. Sproull is a distinguished physicist and was the University's seventh president. While in office, he oversaw significant growth of degree programs, faculty size, laboratories, hospital facilities, and other campus structures. The fellowship program named in his honor reflects his commitment to intellectual excellence.

See the Sproull Fellowship page for more information.

Robert Jyr Chen

Dr. Theresa Chen ’74 completed her PhD in pharmacology from the School of Medicine and Dentistry and Dr. Robert Jyr Chen ’73 (PhD) completed his studies at the University of Rochester’s engineering school in materials sciences. Dr. Chen has established this legacy fund in memory of her husband. The goal of this fellowship is to benefit graduate students in engineering who have financial need. In particular, this scholarship aims to help students from foreign countries to pursue their goal of a degree in materials science at the University of Rochester.

Students interested in applying for the Chen Fellowship should complete the University of Rochester’s graduate program online application for their program of interest. Once this is complete, students should complete the Robert Jyr Chen Fellowship online application.

Preference will be given to students that previously completed a degree at National Taiwan University and who are studying at the University of Rochester for an advanced degree in materials science.

See the information sheet (PDF) for more information.