External Scholarships

The Graduate and Professional studies office would like to make it as easy as possible for you to fund your educaiton while at UH.  With literally thousands of graduate and professional scholarships and fellowships available from outside sources, there are scholarship opportunites available for nearly every graduate or professional student who attends UH.  Click on your respective college or department to find out the scholarships that may pertain to you.

Scholarships by college:

Architecture UH Law Center
Business Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
Education Natural Sciences & Mathematics
Engineering Optometry
Hotel & Restaurant Management Pharmacy
Graduate College of Social Work Technology



Center for Architecture Foundation Fellowships

The Center for Architecture Foundation and the AIA New York Chapter currently offer three grants for U.S. architecture students and professionals. The Stewardson Keefe LeBrun Travel Grant provides up to $15,000 to young or mid-level practicing architects. The Arnold W. Brunner Grant offers travel research grants up to $15,000 to practicing architects who received their first professional degree no less than five years ago. The Douglas Haskell Award for Student Journals grants up to $2,000 to student-edited publications with a focus on architecture.

Deborah J. Norden Fund

The Deborah J. Norden Fund, administered by the Architectural League of New York, offers travel grants up to $5,000 to students and recent graduates of architecture, architectural history, and urban studies programs. Applicants must live in the United States, Canada, or Mexico.

Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship

The Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship is a three-year program in which young architects are paired with local organizations to work on housing and community development projects in underserved areas. Offered by Enterprise Community Partners, the fellowship has sponsored 35 architects since its inception in 2000 and comes with an annual stipend of $47,500.

Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship

The Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship sponsors a year of academic study for recent college graduates in the United States or abroad in the fine arts, including architecture and landscape history and design. The fellowship is administered through the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; stipends of $7,500 are available, in addition to tuition and living costs. Students must submit a portfolio or writing samples.

Loeb Fellowship

The Loeb Fellowship, awarded by the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, offers fellowships for mid-career design professionals, providing them the chance to conduct independent study at one of the university’s schools.

MacDowell Fellowship

MacDowell Fellowship invites approximately 250 artists from various disciplines, including architecture, to spend up to eight weeks living at the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire, the oldest artist colony in the United States. Artists from around the world may apply during one of three annual application cycles. Fellows receive free room and board, as well as access to studio space while in residence.

National Building Museum Field Fellowship

Fellowships at the National Building Museum provide scholars with opportunities to pursue independent research related to the Museum’s areas of interest in the building arts. Research projects relating to the Museum’s collections, exhibitions, or public programs are encouraged. In addition to independent research, fellowships provide opportunities for interdisciplinary learning through exposure to all aspects of the Museum’s daily operations.

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill Foundation

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) Foundation offers recent graduates of undergraduate and graduate architecture programs a chance to win a $50,000 award for research and travel. The jury-led SOM Foundation Award for Architecture, Design, and Urban Design is awarded to one student annually. The Foundation also offers a $20,000 grant to a runner-up. American citizenship is not required.


AICPA Fellowship for Minority Accounting Educators

Eligibility Criteria

  • These fellowships are available to African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, and Pacific Island students who are enrolled full-time in doctoral programs with a concentration in accounting.

National Society of Hispanic MBA's Scholarship (NSHMBA)

Eligibility Criteria

  • The National Society of Hispanic MBA’s and the Hispanic Scholarship fund have partnered to provide financial resources to assist outstanding Latinos pursuing Master’s Degrees in management/business.



Federal Student Aid

A TEACH Grant is different from other federal student grants because it requires you to take certain kinds of classes in order to get the grant and then do a certain kind of job to keep the grant from turning into a loan.

Teachering Scholarships, Fellowships and Awards

This site provides a comprehensive list of scholarships, fellowships and postdoctoral awards to students currently teaching or planning to teach.

101 Scholarships Just for Teachers

Here’s a list of 101 scholarships designed just to help teachers pay their way through college and get some help afterwards.


ASEE Helen T. Carr Fellowship Program

ASEE currently provides up to $10,000 per year to students who are pursuing a doctoral degree. Upon completion of the doctoral degree requirements, a fellow is committed to return to one the HBEC institutions.  Approximately 20 Helen T. Carr Fellows have completed their doctoral degrees under this program. Fellowships are available to students who are currently engaged in planning to enter a career in higher education at an HBEC.

ASME Bruce J. Heim Foundation Scholarship

This award will be given for graduate study to a student whose career goal is to further the exploration of space. It is funded by the Bruce J. Heim Foundation, which is dedicated to providing assistance to an individual who has demonstrated a potential for excellence in this field. One award at $1,500

The Buckminster Fuller Challenge

Each year, the Buckminster Fuller Institute awards $100,000 to support the development and implementation of a solution that has significant potential to solve one of humanity’s most pressing problems. This prize program is a call to the world's artists, scientists, designers, architects, engineers, students, and entrepreneurs committed to playing a transformative role in addressing the biggest issues we face today, attracting an international, interdisciplinary pool of participants tackling a vast array of pressing problems in hundreds of countries around the world.

SMART Scholarship

The Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program has been established by the Department of Defense (DoD) to support undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The program aims to increase the number of civilian scientists and engineers working at DoD laboratories.


The Rama Scholarship for the American Dream 

Minimum eligibility criteria for nominees are:

  • Enrolled at least 9 credit hours for upcoming fall and spring semesters, or just the fall semester if graduating in December
  • Undergraduate or graduate hospitality management major
  • Have a minimum 2.5 GPA
  • A U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident

AH&LEF Graduate Scholarship 


  • If the applicant has an undergraduate degree in hospitality or four years employment in the lodging industry after graduation then he/she can be enrolled in any graduate program related to his/her career within the industry (i.e. hospitality, business, accounting, human resources, etc.)
  • If the applicant does not have an undergraduate degree in hospitality management or the four years post graduate lodging work experience, then he/she must be enrolled in a graduate hospitality management program.
  • Enrollment can be full or part-time. 
  • Have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0. 
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident.

Tourism Cares Academic Scholarship Program


  •  Citizen or permanent resident of the United States or Canada (exception: graduate research scholarships are international)
  •  Full or part time student enrolled in a travel, tourism or hospitality related program of study
  •  Enrolled in the fall semester of a two or four year university in the United States or Canada.
  •  Cumulative or overall minimum 3.0 grade point average.
  •  Upperclassemen: sophomores, juniors or seniors, graduate level students (with the exception of the 2 High School Scholarships)



American Bar Association - Minority Scholarships

This site provides a comprehensive list of scholarships for minorities pursing a law degree.

American Association for Justice

This site provides a list of scholarships for law students.





SMART Scholarship

The Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program has been established by the Department of Defense (DoD) to support undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The program aims to increase the number of civilian scientists and engineers working at DoD laboratories.

National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate Fellowship

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowships are awarded to applicants who will pursue a doctoral degree in, or closely related to, an area of DoD interest within one of the fifteen disciplines


Ezell Fellowships

The Ezell Fellowships have become the flagship program of the AOF. Fellowships are for one year and the current amount of the award is $8,000. Each student also receives travel grants to the annual meetings of the American Academy of Optometry and the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, which are $750 each.



APhA Foundation Student Scholarship Program

The APhA Foundation Student Scholarship Program recognizes students who choose to invest their time in their school’s APhA-ASP chapter to help shape the future of the profession while managing the demands of a full-time pharmacy curriculum



SMART Scholarship

The Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program has been established by the Department of Defense (DoD) to support undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The program aims to increase the number of civilian scientists and engineers working at DoD laboratories.


College Scholarships.Org

The following examples of field-specific scholarships will give students an idea of what can be found when they search for programs devoted to their chosen areas of interest.

The College Grants Database - Social Work

This site provides a comprehensive list of state and national scholarships for students pursing a degree in Social Work



Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)

HACU provides scholarships to students attending to HACU member college or university. 

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund, the nation’s largest provider of college financial aid for Latino students

National Science Foundation

The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce in the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees in fields within NSF's mission.

Smithsonian Institute Fellowship

Graduate Student Fellowships are offered to students formally enrolled in a graduate program, who have completed at least one semester and not yet been advanced to candidacy if in a Ph.D. Program. Applicants must submit a proposal for research in a discipline which is pursued at the Smithsonian. The term is 10 weeks; the stipend is $6,500.

These fellowships support research in residence at all Smithsonian facilities except the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (see separate listing in Fellowships and Internships section). Applications are available at end of September/beginning of October, and the deadline for submission is January 15th. Stipends are prorated for periods of less than twelve months.