Caltech Graduate Studies Office
Financial support for graduate students comes in the form of fellowships, research assistantships, teaching assistantships, or some combination of fellowship and assistantship support.
Future Investigators in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology (FINESST)
- Citizenship: Foreign students who are enrolled full time at accredited U.S. institutions may apply to the FINESST program. However, there are restrictions on citizens of some countries that do not apply to U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents. See Announcement Document for details.
- Due Date: Beginning of February
Through this Future Investigators in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology (FINESST) solicitation, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Science Mission Directorate (SMD) solicits proposals from accredited U.S. universities for research grants that identify an individual pursuing a graduate degree in Earth and space sciences related disciplines, as the participating Future Investigator (FI). The purpose of the FINESST is to provide relevant research and/or technology development project training in disciplines needed to achieve the goals of NASA SMD. FINESST grants are for student-designed research projects that contribute to SMD's science, technology and exploration goals. FINESST succeeds the NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF).
National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program
- Citizenship: Applicants must be United States citizens, nationals, or permanent residents of the United States by the application deadline.
- Due Date: Mid-October
Provides living stipend plus fees/tuition for students in engineering or the natural or social sciences.
The Coordinating Official (CO) for the Caltech NSF GRFP program is Professor Douglas C. Rees, who can be contacted through the Graduate Office. Please see the NSF GFRP Administrative Guide or the NSF Frequently Asked Questions resource before contacting the CO as many of your questions can be answered by reading the guide. Fellows are responsible for administering their own fellowship status, submitting reports, etc. through the NSF Fastlane Website. Fellows should include the following acknowledgement on all publications derived from work done while they were fellowship recipients: "This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship under Grant No. DGE‐1144469."
National Research Council (NRC) Research Associateship Program
- Citizenship: Research opportunities at NETL/MHFP are open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and for some of the laboratories, foreign nationals.
- Due Date: Four annual review cycles - February 1, May 1, June 1, November 1
The National Research Council of the National Academies sponsors a number of awards for graduate, postdoctoral and senior researchers at participating federal laboratories and affiliated institutions. These awards include generous stipends ranging from $45,000 - $80,000 per year for recent Ph.D. recipients, and higher for additional experience. Graduate entry level stipends begin at $30,000. These awards provide the opportunity for recipients to do independent research in some of the best-equipped and staffed laboratories in the U.S. Research opportunities are open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and for some of the laboratories, foreign nationals.
National Defense Science & Engineering Fellowship Program (NDSEG)
- Citizenship: The NDSEG Fellowship Program is open only to applicants who are citizens or nationals of the United States.
- Due Date: Early December
Three-year awards for students in science and engineering disciplines with military importance.
Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship
- Citizenship: DOE CSGF is open to U.S. citizens or permanent resident aliens.
- Due Date: Early January
The Hertz Foundation
- Citizenship: Citizens or permanent residents of the United States of America.
- Due Date: Mid-October
Eligible applicants for Hertz Fellowships must be students of the applied physical, biological and engineering sciences who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States of America, and who are willing to morally commit to make their skills available to the United States in time of national emergency.