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Fellowships and Funding for HASTS Students

The information below is intended to provide you with a basic list of fellowship and funding sources, and to give you a starting point for finding even more opportunities on your own.  By no means is it an all-inclusive document.  One of your best resources in your search will be HASTS faculty (and not just your primary advisor).  Be sure to talk to them to get the latest scoop on untapped resources and new fellowships.

If the fellowship requires a faculty member to be the Principal Investigator (PI), it must be processed by the Administrative Officer (AO) of the department at which the PI is primarily associated.  MIT’s Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) policy requires that proposals must be submitted in completion (including signatures from the department and SHASS) at least 5 business days before the fellowship deadline.  Therefore, please let the AO know about the fellowship as soon as you start considering to apply for it.

OSP may also require COUHES human subjects training and proposal approval: "; so please check before applying.

For all applications, be sure to give plenty of notice to any faculty members who will help you review the proposal or will write a letter of recommendation.  It can easily take a few months to perfect a proposal and get all the pieces in order.

Fellowships and Funding for First and Second Year Students

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

Dissertation Development & Research Fellowships

Council for European Studies Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowships in European Studies

Mellon Fellowships for Dissertation Research in Original Sources (CLIR)

NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant (DDRIG): STS or Cultural Anthropology

Society for the History of Technology (SHOT) fellowships

Tomash Fellowship Research Program at the Charles Babbage Institute, Center for the History of Information Technology

Wenner-Gren Foundation Dissertation Fieldwork Grants

Dissertation Writing and Completion Fellowships

Joseph L. Fisher Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships (fellowship support for final year of PhD on social science issues related to the environment, natural resources or energy)

Josephine de Kármán Fellowship

Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships

Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowships in European Studies

Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowships: Women's Studies and Charlotte W. Newcombe

Distinguished Fellowships

MIT students must apply through the Distinguished Fellowships section of MIT’s Global Education & Career Development Office (GECD) for the following. See the GECD website for more opportunities.

Chateaubriand for Humanities and Social Sciences (France)

Fulbright Program

Fellowships by Special Areas

By Demographic
American Association of University Women

Ford Foundation Fellowship Program Predoctoral, Dissertation and Postdoctoral Fellowships

By Location

Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC)

Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies

Social Science Research Council (SSRC) - International Dissertation Research Fellowships


By Topic
Science History Institute

Graham Foundation

The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation

Jefferson Scholars Foundation National Fellowship Program

IIASA, Young Scientists Summer Program

National Academy of Education/ Spencer Dissertation Fellowship Program

NSF Active Funding Opportunities

Consortium for History of Science, Technology and Medicine

MIT Resources

MISTI (MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives)

MIT Center for International Studies

MIT Distinguished Fellowships

MIT Graduate Student Life Grants

MIT Office of Graduate Education: Fellowship Aid Resources

ProQuest Pivot comprehensive funding opportunity search tool: click on “Sign up” in upper right corner

Travel Funding

HASTS Annual Travel Funding
Students who are presenting papers at professional conferences or who are engaged in research may request up to $400 from HASTS for travel expenses each academic year.  To request use of the funds, students should complete this Google form, including an itemized budget, prior to the proposed travel. Current students should click here for more information.

Kelly Douglas Fund

MIT Graduate Student Council Travel Fund Grant Program

Grants to visit archives

CalTech Archives

Science History Institute (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

Hagley Museum and Library Travel Grant (Wilmington, Delaware)

Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering, and Technology

Conference-Specific Travel




Fellowships for Post-Doctoral Students

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

American Academy of Arts & Sciences

Chemical Heritage Foundation

Chicago Society of Fellows

Columbia Society of Fellows in the Humanities

Harvard University Center for the Environment: The Environmental Fellows Program

Princeton University Society of Fellows

Stanford University Center for International Security and Cooperation

Wenner-Gren Foundation