Interested in applying for fellowships and awards but don’t quite know where to begin? Check out the Office of Graduate Fellowships and Awards Let’s Meet webpage for more information on how to jumpstart your fellowships and awards journey.

FSU Graduate Students secured more than $5.2 million in external funding for the 2021-2022 academic year. 2022-2023 is on track to be another record year. During the month of April, The Graduate School will host the Annual Celebration of Graduate Student Excellence event to celebrate the recipients of awards managed by The Graduate School and external fellowships and awards! If you were awarded an external fellowship to support your graduate education for the current academic year, 2022-2023, we want to celebrate you! Submit your award information here.

At some point, many graduate students have faced the challenge of Imposture Syndrome, the psychological experience of believing that you are not as competent as your peers and colleagues or that you are a fraud who does not belong. Imposture Syndrome is tough and scary, but it is not uncommon, and you are not alone!

In our first ever video Pro-Tip, OGFA Graduate Assistant Honorine Rouiller interviews Dr. Michelle Bumatay, Assistant Professor of French in the Department of Modern Language and Linguistics, and Steven Williams, doctoral student in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies to discuss their experiences with imposture syndrome and share tips and advice for navigating this common challenge. The panelists discuss how the graduate journey often time involves internalized pressures to achieve idealized standards of excellence. The panelists talk about how finding community and building support networks can help students cultivate a sense of belonging and support during difficult periods, and they consider how developing organizational and time-management skills can make it easier to set and attain realistic goals.

If you have ever faced feelings of imposture syndrome, know that you are not alone! You belong here, and there are people and resources to support you on your graduate journey!

Courtney Whitcher finds passion in study of fluorescent frogs

Courtney Whitcher, doctoral candidate in ecology and evolutionary biology, recently traveled to South America on a monthslong excursion in search of biofluorescence. Read more.

Chemistry doctoral student receives Department of Energy research award

Michael Deck has worked since 2018 to build safer and better batteries that demonstrate potential in electric vehicles, global satellites and reliable energy storage. Read more.

Education doctoral student earns top honors at FSU’s Three Minute Thesis competition

Dionne Wilson, a doctoral student in the College of Education’s Science Education program, won the competition and took home a $1,000 prize.  Read more.

‘Coffee and Conversations’ perks up global interest in FSU

In two years, more than 100 Coffee and Conversation video interviews have been uploaded to The Graduate School YouTube channel, and while restrictions from the pandemic have been lifted, the series has been too valuable to discontinue. Read more.

If you are a current FSU student, please register with your FSU email.

Funding Your Graduate Education: Database Search
OGFA staff will facilitate small group meetings to assist graduate students with navigating award databases to identify fellowships and awards that are a good "fit" to support their graduate education.

  • January 25 | 11 AM | Register here
  • February 21 | 2 PM | Register here
  • March 21 with a focus on international students | 10:30 AM | Register here
  • April 19 | 11 AM | Register here

Fulbright U.S. Student Program Info Sessions

  • General Info Session | January 23 | 11 AM | Register here
  • Academic Grants | January 24 | 10 AM| Register here
  • Arts and Creative Projects | January 25 | 11 AM | Register here
  • English Teaching Assistantships | January 26 | 1:30 PM | Register here

Building Cohesion in Application Writing
January 31 | 12 PM | Register here
Facilitated by the Center for Intensive English Studies, this workshop is intended to support English as a Second Language students who are interested in developing their fellowship and award application writing skills. “Cohesion,” or flow and connection across an application, is essential for writing high-quality application essays. This workshop will provide guidance and instruction on achieving cohesion.

CV/Resume Workshop with The Career Center
March 22 | 10:30 AM | Register here
CVs and Resumes are an important part of your scholarly and professional profile, and they play vital roles in the fellowships and awards application process. Join OGFA and the Career Center for a workshop on preparing high-impact CVs and Resumes! Time-allowing, we will also provide feedback on your CV/Resume!

Proposal Planning and Writing with the Office of Research Development
March 30 | 2 PM | Register here
This workshop will focus on breaking down fellowship application guidelines to identify what is required in a competitive application. Evangeline Coker from the Office of Research Development will discuss how to strategize and plan an application and provide tips for writing high-impact proposals.

Communicating the Significance of your Research
April 13 | 1 PM | Register here
Explaining your research to a broad audience of fellowship reviewers can be challenging. In this interactive workshop, we will practice pitching the significance of your research to your target audience and refining the answer to the elusive “so-what” question.


Master's in Four Competition

Are you a Master's student interested in developing your academic, presentation, and research communication skills? Then, present your research at the Master's in Four competition! Prizes range from $250 to $1000.

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Three-Part Grants Workshop 

OGFA, OPDA and the Office of Research will host three interconnected workshops to assist postdocs and grad students in preparing external grant applications. Attend all workshops and submit an external award application to receive a $1000 scholarship!

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HSF Excellence in the Visual Art Award

Are you an artistic graduate student? Then, apply to participate in the HSF Excellence in the Visual Arts Exhibition Awards! You can win up to $500 and have your work exhibited in the HSF House. Click here to see the 2022 winners.

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Kick off the Spring 2023 semester by making connections with graduate students across campus! On February 15, 2023, the Office of Graduate Fellowships and Awards will host a Networking Event aimed at creating interdisciplinary collaborations and peer support networks. Get out of your disciplinary silos! Come grab a bite to eat, learn about fellowships and awards, and meet other FSU graduate students! The Spring Networking Event will take place in the HSF House Great Hall from 4 to 6 PM. Space is limited. Register here.

All award titles below are hyperlinked to the award webpage.

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Short Term Fellowships

The Short-Term Fellowship Program allows selected candidates to come to the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute at any time of the year to receive support and be introduced to tropical research. Fellowships are open to graduate students at any level and provide a stipend to cover living expenses while at STRI (currently $1,000/month, a total amount of $3,000 for stipend), a research allowance, and a round-trip coach airfare.

Deadline: February/April/July/October 15

Institute for Humane Studies Conference and Research GrantS

IHS offers a Conference Accelerator Grant for master's and doctoral students who have not advanced to candidate. These $2,000 grants are intended to provide funding needed to develop a conference paper. IHS also offers Graduate Sabbatical Grants for advanced doctoral students, providing up to $15,000 to buyout teaching or research responsibilities so a student can devote full attention to dissertation work.

Deadline: Applications accepted on a rolling basis

Golden Key Graduate Scholar Award

Golden Key International Honour Society is the world's largest collegiate honor society for graduate and undergraduate students. Master's and Doctoral students can receive up to $2,500 for the Graduate Scholar Award. Eligibility is restricted to members of Golden Key, but awards are open for both U.S. Citizens and International Students.

Deadline: April

URA Fermilab Visiting Scholars Program

The program allows awardees to conduct work at Fermilab for up to one year. Visits can range from attendance at Fermilab conferences and summer schools to year-long stays at the Lab. Proposals may be submitted twice a year, in February and August.

Deadline: February 27, 2023


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The work and research in action of graduate students at Florida State University broadly impacts the campus community and the world around us. OGFA initiated the Grad Impact: Digital Narratives Project to capture and amplify the lived graduate student experience at FSU. Check out some of our grad student highlights below.

Nelson Jean Francois

Social Work
"Graduate degree = competency = efficient leadership = better world"
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Bertha Crombet

Creative Writing
"A chance to explore your passions"
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Benjamen Goff

"The past can be a weapon"
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Virginia Machado

Spanish Literature and Linguistics
"Personal and Professional Growth, Building Networks"
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Zida Wang

Art Education
"You will need a bigger boat"
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Hanim Astuti

"Gain expertise, a brighter future career in education"
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Click here to see more #Gradimpact student profiles.

Coffee and Conversation video series was created to build community amongst graduate students during pandemic when all things teaching and learning shifted to a remote space. The virtual video chats are informal and allow graduate students to engage in discussion about their research, a typical day in the life as a graduate student, and other topics. During these interviews, graduate students serve as an inspiration to others by sharing their lived graduate student experiences. To date, 97 video interviews have been published on The Graduate School YouTube page.

Interested in an interview? Reach out to Honorine Rouiller (, Digital Narratives Program Manager! To share your story or nominate a Rockstar graduate student for us to highlight, submit information here.

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