I'm looking for fellowships that an international grad student can apply for, to support him/her while working towards a Ph.D. (additional to whatever funding that may be available as TA). So far, I've been able to identify the following:

The main criteria for selecting award winners are: l) excellent academic records, 2) genuine financial need, 3) admission to a reputable institution of higher learning and 4) thoughtful and coherent educational and career plans. Candidates are also evaluated on their extra-curricular interests and achievements, potential to achieve their goals and likelihood to succeed in a foreign academic environment. Applicants are expected to have some years of work experience in their field of interest.

It would be great if I could get to know of similar fellowships that an incoming student can apply to, before starting grad school.

  • This is a list type question. It has been frowned upon in other SEs. Is this within scope?
    – user107
    Feb 19, 2012 at 12:04
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    According to area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/16617/academia/17096#17096, questions about student loans/grants are not off-topic, as long as its specific - which I believe this question is...
    – TCSGrad
    Feb 19, 2012 at 12:26
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    Where can I find information is somewhat different from Can you list all information. Eitherways, I am no one to decide. I too hope it is within scope.
    – user107
    Feb 19, 2012 at 12:28
  • I'm asking for "where can I find more information" than the one's I've listed... which I hope is within the scope of this SE!
    – TCSGrad
    Feb 19, 2012 at 12:38
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    I would recommend reformulating the question to remove the discipline-specificity from your question. Otherwise you could have a separate such question in every academic field, which we probably want to avoid.
    – aeismail
    Feb 19, 2012 at 14:20

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The Smithsonian offers fellowships for international grad students, specifically a ten-week summer internship for pre-dissertation grad students and 3-12 months of funding for post-dissertation grad students. Also, you get to work at the Smithsonian.

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