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Graduate Fellowships Blog

May 18 Comments

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program 2018 Now OPEN

Applications are now open for the 2018 cycle of the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) program.  The Federal Register announcement can be accessed here.  Prospective applicants must read this document carefully before proceeding: The institutional deadline for transmittal of completed applications is July 2, 2018.  For GMU applicants, OSP and the Office of Graduate […]


Mar 24 Comments

United Nations Association of the National Capital Area (UNA-NCA) Graduate Fellows Program

Each spring, the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area (UNA-NCA) offers graduate students in the Consortium of Universities in the Washington Metropolitan Area (including George Mason University!) the opportunity to explore the role of the United Nations within the context of modern global affairs and other international organizations through it’s UNA-NCA Graduate Fellows […]


Feb 19 Comments

Twenty Fellowship Programs Every Mason Graduate Student Should Know About

It’s the dregs of winter, but spring is just around the corner — that time when all graduate students minds turn to thoughts of FUNDING. Or at least they should.  Spring is the ideal time to start thinking ahead about how fellowships and grants may figure into your future.  Many competitions will open their new […]


Mar 19 Comments

Fulbright U.S. Student Program 2016

The Office of Graduate Fellowships is now recruiting talented graduate students from all disciplines to apply for the 2016 Fulbright US Student Program competition. Grants are available for students to conduct research or teach English overseas for up to one year. Dr. Kay Agoston (, Director, Office of Graduate Fellowships, is the Fulbright Program Advisor for current […]


Mar 10 Comments

Professional Organizations – A Great Way to Find Funding Opportunities

One of the best ways to find graduate fellowships and related funding opportunities – and one often overlooked by students – is through professional organizations. Every field (and sub-field) of academic study and professional endeavor has at least one organization that serves as a space for professional networking and communication. One of the functions of […]


Feb 27 Comments

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad 2015 Grant Competition

The 2015 Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) grant competition opened today.  The application deadline for Mason students will be April 22, 2015. The Fulbright-Hays DDRA Fellowship Program provides grants to doctoral candidates to engage in full-time overseas dissertation research for 6-12 months on topics/projects in modern foreign languages and area studies. This program is […]


Oct 17 Comments

Dissertation Completion Grants Available for Spring 2015

The Office of the Provost is offering Dissertation Completion Grants for Mason doctoral students planning to graduate in spring or summer of 2015!  To be considered you must APPLY BY NOVEMBER 7, 2014. Here’s the Deal Dissertation Completion Grants are awarded to doctoral student in their final semester of their dissertation. The Grant enables a […]


Jun 27 Comments

Dissertation Completion Fellowships

Imagine a year in which you got paid to do nothing but focus on completing your dissertation and preparing for what comes next. If this sounds like a dream, maybe you should think about applying for dissertation completion fellowships, sometimes also referred to as “dissertation writing fellowships.” Dissertation completion fellowships are intended to support for the […]


May 14 Comments

Summer is Almost Here – How to Get Ready for Fall Application Season

Summer is almost here… and after summer comes fall, when fellowship deadlines come at you fast and furious.  Summer is a crucial time of planning and preparation for the upcoming fellowship application season, particularly if you are facing early fall deadlines (hello, Fulbright!) or if you plan on applying to multiple competitions.  Here are some […]


May 13 Comments

Supporting Women of Color in Doctoral Programs: A Conversation with Dr. Shireen Lewis, Founder and Director of SisterMentors

“This program has been invaluable in my dissertation writing and defense process,” Reston N. Bell, Ph.D. 2014. George Mason University. We often hear Mason described as “one of the most diverse campuses in the nation.” During the past year, “diversity” and “accessibility” have been underscored in the both the Mason “IDEA” and the university’s Strategic […]