Graduate Fellowships and Awards

We are excited that you are interested in applying for nationally and internationally competitive fellowships and awards. Our office provides services for enrolled students to support them through every aspect of the fellowship application process—from selecting fellowships aligned with student goals to final submission. Learn more about our office below:

Overview of the Office of Graduate Fellowships and Awards Resources

  • Individual advising appointments
  • Group advising for specific fellowships (including NSF-GRFP and Fulbright)
  • Fellowships writing support
  • Boot Camps and Intensives
  • Asynchronous Canvas course
  • Management of internal fellowships process for nationally and internationally competitive awards (Fulbright, Boren, and limited submission for graduate student awards)

headshot of Director of Graduate Fellowships and Awards

Book an Appointment

Dr. Rachel Ball-Phillips, Director of Graduate Fellowships and Awards, wants to talk with you about fellowship opportunities. Enrolled graduate students are invited to make an appointment at the link below. She may also be reached by email at

Book an Appointment

Other SMU Funding Resources

Students who are looking for financial aid should reach out to the Graduate Financial Office. Additionally, the document below provides an overview of the types of funding support that may be available for graduate study at SMU and whom to contact.

Who can help me find funding for my graduate program?



External Fellowships Databases

These databases are resources that graduate students will find helpful as they search for external funding.

The University of Illinois is a great tool for graduate students looking for awards. This database includes options to filter based on citizenship, degree type, and general field. Start broadly with search terms, and then use the keyword text search to narrow down the results.

Access Illinois Fellowship Finder

All SMU students have access to the SPIN database. This database provides a broad array of funding opportunities, so it is necessary for students to identify applicant type under preferences. There are many helpful tutorials for the SPIN database under the “Help” tab.

Access SPIN Database

The UCLA database is a great tool for graduate students looking for both graduate and post-doctoral awards. Students have options to filter by award type, citizenship, degree program, and academic level. Start broadly, and use the search bar at the top to narrow your results.

Access Database