Costs & Financial Aid

Many outside organizations offer scholarships for graduate study. Below is a list to use as a starting reference for researching funding opportunities.

Outside Funding Opportunities Listings

Scholarship Deadline Amount Description
US Department of Education Variable Variable The Education Department offers three kinds of grants: Discretionary Grants awarded using a competitive process, Student Loans or Grants to help students attend college and Formula Grants which use formulas determined by Congress and have no application process.
American Association of University Women (AAUW) Variable Variable The AAUW offers multiple fellowship opportunities.
The Greater Good Science Center TBA $15,000 The Greater Good Science Center offers annual fellowships to UC Berkeley Graduate students whose research relates to our mission. The fellowship program aims to attract scholars from across a broad spectrum of academic disciplines, with an emphasis on the social-behavioral sciences.
Mother Jones Fellowship Program 10/1 and 4/1 $2,115 per month Mother Jones fellowships are full-time positions lasting six months. Those who are still in school or are only available part-time are not eligible to apply, nor can fellowships be used for course credit. There are five active fellowships at Mother Jones: Social Media Fellowship (SF), Editorial Fellowship (SF), Online Editorial Fellowship (SF), Editorial Fellowship (DC), Digital Media Fellowship (NYC or SF).After six months, fellows can apply to stay on for a six-month senior fellowship with an increased monthly stipend of $2,275.
The Sacramento Press Club 3/31 Variable Applicants must be undergraduate or graduate students for at least one term in the 2016/17 academic year and have a connection to the Sacramento region. You will need to submit a brief letter explaining how you will pursue a journalism career and why, your current transcript, five samples of your work, a hard copy of your work, a link to an online site where your work resides, and a letter of recommendation.
Google Journalism Fellowship TBA $8,500 stipend and $1,000 travel budget This 10 week program is aimed at undergraduate and graduate students of all disciplines interested in using technology to tell stories in new and dynamic ways. The Fellows will get the opportunity to spend the summer contributing to a variety of organizations — from those that are steeped in investigative journalism to those working for press freedom around the world and from those forging new approaches to reporting to those that are helping the industry figure out its future in the digital age.
Peter Agris Memorial Scholarships 3/1 $5,000 Criteria for candidates include: Being of Greek-American decent and a U.S. citizen, current full-time enrollment as a journalism or communications major, active participation in school, community, or church organizations, a minimum of a 3.0 GPA and a demonstrated financial need.
American Copy Editors Society 11/15 Variable College juniors or seniors, graduate students and college graduates enrolled for at least one full term during the period summer 2015 through spring 2016 are eligible to apply. Applicants should have a commitment to a career in copy editing, exemplary work and academic achievement, and references from teachers and works supervisors.
American Journalism Review Variable Variable Database to search for more scholarships.
Asian American Journalists Association Variable Variable The AAJA offers multiple scholarships, internships and grants.
Association on American Indian Affairs Scholarships Variable Variable The Association on American Indian Affairs offers multiple scholarships.
Association for Women in Sports Media TBA $1,000 Since 1990, AWSM has placed more than 140 female college students interested in sports media careers in paid summer internships working in broadcast production, broadcast reporting, print/digital reporting, magazine writing and public relations. All interns receive a $1,000 scholarship and complimentary registration and lodging at AWSM's annual convention.
Broadcast Education Association 10/13 Variable The Broadcast Education Association is the premiere international academic media organization, driving insights, excellence in media production, and career advancement for educators, students, and professionals. BEA administers scholarships annually, to honor broadcasters and the entire electronic media profession.
California Chicano News Media Association (CCNMA) 4/2 $500-$1,000 The CCNMA Scholarships are awarded annually to qualified Latino students who are planning to pursue a career in journalism. The scholarships range from $500 to $1,000 per student and are based on several criteria, including: commitment to the field of journalism, scholastic achievement, community awareness and financial need. Students must be enrolled full time for the entire academic year in which they apply. They must also be a California resident or attend an accredited college or university in California.
California Journalism Awards TBA $500 The California Journalism Awards were established by the Center to recognize, encourage and reward excellence in reporting of California state government and politics. The Center gives awards for excellence in three categories: print journalism, radio journalism, and television journalism. Two awards are given in each category — one for daily coverage and one for special feature/enterprise reporting.
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute TBA $5,000 CHCI's scholarship opportunities are afforded to Latino students in the United States who have a history of performing public service oriented activities in their communities and who demonstrate a desire to continue their civic engagement in the future. There is no GPA or academic major requirement. Sutdents with excellent leadership potential are encouraged to apply.
The Hebrew Free Loan Association 8/31 $1,800 Hebrew Free Loan is partnering with the National Council of Jewish Women, San Francisco Section, to offer two college scholarships to be awarded to students currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate school who are studying or working in the area of social justice, and who intend to pursue social justice in a career or volunteer work following graduation.
Hispanic Scholarship Fund 1/1 $500-$5,000 To qualify, you must: be of Hispanic heritage, minimum of 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale, plan to enroll full-time in an accredited not-for-profit 4 year university or graduate school during Fall of scholarship cycle, U.S. Citizen/Permanent Legal Resident/DACA or Eligible Non-Citizen, complete FAFSA, complete state Dream Act financial aid application (if applicable)
Bay Area Black Journalists Association (BABJA) TBA $2,500 Students must be enrolled in a Bay Area college or university. Students attending college out of state must have graduated from a Bay Area high school. Applicants must be studying one of the following journalism fields: television, radio, print or multimedia.
Dorothea Lange Fellowship for Photography 12/11 $4,000 The fellowship, in memory of one of the most outstanding documentary photographers of the 20th century, encourages the use of photography in the scholarly work of any discipline at UC Berkeley. The fellowship will be awarded to a UC Berkeley faculty member, a graduate student, or a senior who has been accepted for graduate work at Berkeley. Applicants must demonstrate outstanding work in documentary photography and a creative plan for future work.
President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program 11/1 - The University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program was established in 1984 to encourage outstanding women and minority Ph.D. recipients to pursue academic careers at the University of California. The current program offers postdoctoral research fellowships, professional development and faculty mentoring to outstanding scholars in all fields whose research, teaching, and service will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity at UC.
Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans TBA Variable To be eligible for the Fellowship, you must meet all three of the following sets of conditions: New American status, you must not have reached or passed your 31st birthday as of November 1, 2016, you must already hold a bachelor's degree or be a college senior in good academic standing.
National Association of Black Journalists Variable Variable NABJ awards scholarships annually to deserving students interested in pursuing careers in journalism. Scholarships are worth up to $2,500. All applications must be submitted online by the specified deadline.
National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) Variable Variable NAHJ offers scholarships for each school year to full-time undergraduate and graduate students pursuing careers in journalism in English or Spanish-language media, or both. The series of scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 have varying requirements and are open to students attending four-year and community colleges in the United States and Puerto Rico.
National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA) 2/1 Variable The NLGJA Excellence in Journalism Awards were established in 1993 to foster and recognize excellence in journalism on issues related to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.
Feldman Fellowship for Graduate Students in Journalism (National Press Club) 5/1 $5,000 Winners will receive a onetime stipend of $5,000 to help defray post-graduate tuition costs. Applicants must be enrolled in, or in the process of applying for, admission to an accredited graduate program in Journalism.
Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) TBA TBA NAJA awards annual scholarships to Native American students pursuing media degrees at higher education institutions. To apply for scholarships, students are required to be current NAJA members in good standing. Applications are reviewed by a committee of NAJA members and media professionals.
Overseas Press Club Foundation 12/1 Variable Graduate and undergraduate students studying at American colleges and universities or Americans studying abroad who aspire to become foreign correspondents, are invited to apply for one of 15 scholarships or fellowships to be awarded by the Overseas Press Club Foundation.
Radio-Television News Directors Association TBA Variable Fellowships are open to professional broadcast or digital journalists with fewer than 10 years of experience. Scholarships are open to college students pursuing careers in radio, television, or digital journalism. Winners must be officially enrolled, full-time sophomores, juniors or seniors in good standing. Scholarship and fellowship winners are also invited to attend the Excellence in Journalism conference.
Society of Professional Journalists TBA TBA No grants, internships, fellowships or scholarships are acecpting application at this time. But please check back soon!
South Asian Journalists Association (SAJA) TBA Variable SAJA has awarded a record $58,000 in scholarships to help graduate, undergraduate and high school students pursue their education and future careers in journalism.
Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship Variable $20,000 The Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) offers nine to twelve months of support to graduate students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who are enrolled in PhD programs in the United States and conducting dissertation research on non-U.S. topics. Eighty fellowships are awarded annually. Fellowship amount vary depending on the research plan, with a per-fellowship average of $20,000. The fellowship includes participation in an SSRC-funded interdisciplinary workshop upon the completion of IDRF-funded research.
Knight Foundation Prototype Fund 11/16 $35,000 Through the Knight Prototype Fund, Knight Foundation supports early-stage media and information projects with grants of $35,000. The goal is to help small teams quickly build, test and share ideas. Grants are limited to U.S.-based organizations with projects that explore media, journalism, civic experience, and data/information needs.
DAAD Graduate Scholarship for Study/Research in Germany 11/4 and 5/15 Variable Research Grants for Doctoral Candidates and Young Academics and Scientists are awarded to highly qualified candidates who have compelted a Master's degree or Diploma, or in exceptional cases a Bachelor's degree at the latest by the time they begin their grant-supported research, or those who have already completed a PhD, or to individuals wishing to earn a doctoral degree in Germany.
Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund TBA TBA The Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund provides grants to students actively working for peace and justice.
Gilbert Rios Memorial Award 6/1 $5,000 The Gilbert Rios Memorial Award is a $5,000 grant that is awarded to Hispanic students who intend to enroll in a full-time graudate program. This competitive grant is awarded to one male and one female student each year. Docoral students are not eligible to apply for this award.
SF Foundation Community Leadership Awards TBA TBA The San Francisco Foundation Community Leadership Awards honor visionary and dedicated leaders who are doing extraordinary work and addressing critical issues in the Bay Area.
Trudeau Foundation Fellowships 12/11 Variable Each year, the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation rewards outstanding doctoral candidates who are enrolled or about to be enrolled in a social sciences and humanities program and who are doing research in areas related to our four themes. This award, the most prestigious of its type in Canada, has continuously attracted thev ery best scholars in the social sciences and humanities, individuals with a passion for public engagement and who are likely to become leading national and international figures.
George Bennett Fellowship in Writing 11/30 $15,260 The purpose of the George Bennett Fellowship is to provide time and freedom from material considerations to a person seriously contemplating or pursuing a career as a writer. It provides for one academic year a stipend, as well as housing and meals for this person and family, at Academy expense. As Writer-in-Residence the person shall live in Exeter and, in return for stipend and housing, shall make his or her self and talents available in an informal and unofficial way to students interested in writing, and, more specifically, to students in English classes and to members of student literary organizations.
UC MEXUS Small Grant Competition Variable $1,500 University of California graduate students enrolled in a masters or doctoral level program and in good academic standing are eligible to apply. Each award is expected to advance applicant's resarch abilities or academic progress. All activities associated with the award must be overseen by a UC faculty sponsor, who also accepts responsibility for the administration of the support funds as the Principal Investigator.
Switzer Environmental Fellowship Program 1/11 $15,000 Applicants for a Switzer Fellowship must be a U.S. citizen, be enrolled in an accredited graduate institution in California or New England and have strong academic qualifications with academic and career goals focused on environmental improvement.
Gates Foundation's Grant Program Variable Variable Grand Challenges is a family of initiatives fostering innovation to solve key global health and development problems.
Dolores Zohrab Liebman Fellowships Variable Variable Fellowships are restricted to graduate students who are United States citizens attending an accredited and designated institution of higher education within the United States. The program of study need not be limited to Armenian studies, and candidates can be of any national descent. Applications must be submitted through the dean of the university where the student is pursuing graduate studies. Please contact your school's financial aid or fellowship office for more information and to obtain an application.
Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholar Awards 8/3 Variable Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholar Awards are open to U.S. scholars who have recently completed their doctoral degree — typically within the five previous years. Postdoctoral awards are available in STEM fields, the arts, humanities and social sciences. These grants present an excellent opportunity for recently minted scholars to deepen their expertise, to acquire new skills, to work with additional resources and to make connections with others in their fields.
Clark Foundation "Investment in Community" Graduate Fellowship 1/31 $10,000 The Clark Foundation $10,000 "Investment in Community" Graduate Fellowship is awarded each year to a deserving graduate student who was born, raised or lived on the Monterey Peninsula and who intends to return to the area and be of service to the local community after completing his/her graduate degree. The award can be used to cover the ordinary costs of graduate school including tuition, books, room and board.
Mentored Research Award 3/6 $16,000 The UC Office of the President will again fund the campus' Mentored Research Award program. The purpose of this program is to assist doctoral students in acquiring sophisticated research skills by working under faculty mentorship on their own pre-dissertation research. Each mentor is expected to discuss academic issues, network on behalf of the fellow, write letters of recommendation, advise on the fellow's dissertation plans, and help the fellow avoid academic obstacles. Fellows receive a $16,000 stipend plus payment of in-state fees.
Dr. and Mrs. James C.Y. Soong Fellowships 4/16 Variable The Dr. and Mrs. James C.Y. Soong Fellowship is open to graduate students from Taiwan who are enrolled full time at UC Berkeley in any field of study.
Carlos M. Castaneda Journalism Scholarship 4/15 $7,000 The FECMC grants a $7,000 scholarship to a Spanish-speaking individual for graduate studies in Journalism at an accredited university in the United States, approved by the FECMC.
Bitch Media Fellowships for Writers revolving $1,500 This fellowship was created in order to cultivate and amplify new voices.
Morro Bay Tourism Photo Contest 4/30 $1,000 Morro Bay Tourism is holding a photo contest for students registered in college for the 2017 or 2018 school years. The winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship!
AndroidRooting Scholarship 7/31 $1,000 The application for the AndroidRooting scholarship is open, eligible applicants being all students who are currently pursuing a graduate or undergraduate program in Marketing, Communication, Electronics and Technology. The winner will be chosen on the basis of his/her written skills, creativity, and ability to express him/herself in a clear and concise manner. The winning candidates will get up to $1,000 through the AndroidRooting.Org website.
Spotlight Investigative Journalism Fellowship 3/31 $100,000 Open Road Films and Participant Media, with support from First Look Media, are sponsoring a fellowship of up to $100,000 to be awarded by The Boston Globe for one or more individuals or teams of journalists to work on in-depth research and reporting projects. The chosen journalist(s) will collaborate with established investigative reporters and editors from The Boston Globe's Pulitzer Prize-winning Spotlight Team.
Pete Wilson Journalism Scholarship 5/31 $2,000 The Pete Wilson Journalism Scholarship was established in 2007 to honor the late Pete Wilson, a San Francisco television and radio journalist. The scholarship is granted to an undergraduate or graduate journalism student from the San Francisco Bay area or attending a college or university in the Bay Area who shares Wilson's commitment to ethical, responsible journalism.
SAIS-CARI Fellowship TBA Variable SAIS-CARI Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis or by invitation to researchers, policy-makers, or journalists who wish to spend a concentrated period of time (1 to 2 months) writing or doing field research on an under-explored policy issue related to China’s African engagement.
National Endowment for Democracy Grant 4/7 Variable Each year the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) makes direct grants to hundreds of nongovernmental organizations worldwide working to advance democratic goals and strengthen democratic institutions. NED is interested in proposals from organizations for nonpartisan programs that seek to: promote and defend human rights and the rule of law, support freedom of information and independent media, and promote accountability and transparency. Grant amounts vary depending on the size and scope of the projects, but the average grant lasts 12 months and is around US$50,000.
Society of Environmental Journalists Awards 4/1 $500 The Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ) is accepting submissions for its annual recognition of excellence in environmental reporting. The awards honor journalists in seven different categories, including outstanding feature story, outstanding in-depth reporting, outstanding photography and best environmental book.The winners in each category will receive US$500 in September at SEJ’s Annual Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Data Journalism Awards 4/7 $1,801 Media companies, nonprofit organizations, freelancers and staff journalists can enter a competition. The fifth annual Data Journalism Awards (DJAs), run by the Global Editors Network (GEN) and sponsored by the Knight Foundation and Google, will be awarding a US$1,801 prize to each of its 10 category winners.
Leica Oskar Barnack Award 4/10 Variable The Leica Oskar Barnack Award seeks entries depicting the relationship between humans and the environment in a sequence of 10 to 12 images. Prizes include a Leica M camera and a lens worth EUR10,000 (US$10,857) in addition to a cash prize of EUR25,000 (US$27,144). The contest also features two more categories: the Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award to any (prospective) professional photographer age 25 or under and the Leica Oskar Barnack Public Award.
The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship revolving Variable Non-U.S. journalism and communication professionals can spend a year pursuing nondegree graduate-level study, leadership development and professional collaboration in the U.S. as a Hubert H. Humphrey fellow. In addition, fellows are encouraged to immerse themselves in American culture away from their host campus.
Foreign Press Association Scholarship Fund Awards 4/26 $2,500-$10,000 The FPASF is now accepting applications for the 2017 Scholarship Awards from foreign students currently enrolled in a graduate journalism program in the United States of America. Scholarship awards will be presented in two categories: print and multi-media.
Institute of International Studies Dissertation Fellowships 4/14 Up to $15,000 The Institute administers funding opportunities for Ph.D candidates. The Simpson, Sharlin, and Bendix fellowships are a vital source of funding for graduate student dissseration research. All UC Berkeley graduate students in good standing who will formally advance to candidacy by Fall of 2017 are eligible.
Larry Whiteside Scholarship 3/1 $5,000 The scholarship has been increased to $5,000 this year and also includes a free trip to the NABJ Convention & Career Fair in New Orleans. The recipient will be introduced representatives from major media outlets across the country and have the opportunity to meet mentors and develop contacts throughout the industry.
George W. Hunt, S.J., Prize for Excellence in Journalism, Arts & Letters 3/31 $25,000 Writers of novels, novellas, short stories, flash fiction, plays, and screenplays, whose work engages with one or more of the following broad topical areas are welcome to apply: religion (which includes spirituality and ultimate questions of human existence) the arts, politics, economics, sports, and/or public affairs on the national or international level.
Islamic Scholarship Fund 4/9 Variable The Islamic Scholarship Fund is currently accepting scholarship applications. Minimum requirements to apply include 1) Being an active member of the Muslim community, 2) enrollment at an accredited U.S. university by Aug. 2017, 3) majoring in an ISF supported major, and 4) having a minimum GPA of 3.0
Armenian Women - Not Just a Pretty Face 11/30 $500 To promote awareness of the achievements of Armenian Women, we are offering a scholarship of $500 to eligible students after writing a 1,000+ word thesis for application.