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Fellowships & Scholarships

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Looking for ways to fund your graduate education? If you can demonstrate academic excellence, leadership, and/or community involvement, you may qualify for a fellowship or scholarship at the University of Houston. More than 1,400 graduate fellowships are offered each year to qualified students in all fields of study.

Scholarships and fellowships may be awarded based on merit, financial need, diversity, or other circumstantial and academic major considerations.

Here’s a look at some of the University-wide options. Many colleges and departments also offer their own fellowships, and you can also explore scholarships from outside sources.

Questions? Contact the Financial Aid Office.

Fellowship Opportunities

The following two-year fellowships are available to students who enter graduate or professional programs at the University of Houston. Students of exceptional caliber who represent extraordinary academic credentials receive these fellowships. Award amounts vary according to the academic goals and background of the recipient.

Helen Fellowship
Amount: Fellows will receive an annual salary of $70,000 plus generous benefits. Funding also is available for research, travel and equipment expenses.
Qualifications: The fellowship is intended for recent college graduates with a conferred bachelor’s or master’s degree in computer science, natural sciences, applied mathematics, computational science or other relevant majors prior to the fellowship start date in September. This fellowship is a one-year residency for postbaccalaureate women to devote time immersed in computational scientific research and educational outreach at the American Museum of Natural History. This fellowship is an initiative at the American Museum of Natural History dedicated to increasing the diversity of the talent pipeline by providing underrepresented students access to the skills and tools required for the 21st Century.

Paul & Daisy Soros Foundation Fellowship
The fellowship includes a grant of $20,000 per year for two years and a tuition grant of one-half the tuition cost of the US graduate program attended by the Fellow (up to a maximum of $16,000 per academic year).
Qualifications: This Fellowship is awarded to eligible prospective graduate students who meet one of the "New Americans" criteria, plans to remain in the United States, is younger than 30 years of age, and shows evidence of the attributes quoted in the Soros application materials.

Current Scholarship Opportunities

University of Houston Alumni Association
The Houston Alumni Organization offers and lists a variety of scholarship opportunities for students of all levels. Scroll through their list to see what interests you, remember to check back as the HAO list is updated often.

Desk & Derrick Club of Dallas Scholarships
July 1
The Desk and Derrick Club of Dallas is offering scholarships to outstanding college students planning a career in Petroleum, Energy and Allied Industries. Funds are available to both undergraduate and graduate students. The awards depend on the qualifications and needs of each student. Eligible students are those who are natives of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, show financial need, and have an overall GPA of at least 3.0 out of 4.0. An official transcript, the Desk and Derrick application, current college tuition invoice and book receipts, and a letter to the committee chairman outlining the student’s qualifications and goals are required.