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External Awards

Prospective applicants are urged to apply for fellowships or grants from national, international, industrial or foundation sources. Receiving early external awards, such as the National Science Foundation Fellowship or the Ford Foundation’s Minority Fellowships, not only enable a student to supplement the funding received in the department but also make that student a more attractive candidate for future funding opportunities. Some fellowships can be applied to prior to being admitted; some require you to apply in your first year of the PhD. To learn more about external funding sources, discuss opportunities with your program and review the resources below.


Office of Honor Fellowships lists some of the major non-University fellowships for which U.S. citizens or permanent residents may apply. These fellowships pay annual stipends in addition to a tuition allowance. Students who receive an award from Vanderbilt and from a non-University source may be permitted to hold both concurrently, although Vanderbilt may adjust its award accordingly.

SPIN: Vanderbilt Faculty, Students, and Staff have access to a powerful search database, SPIN, that lists thousands of funding opportunities. SPIN identifies a wide variety of funding sources according to your research interests and the search parameters you use.  This presentation provides instructions on establishing a SPIN profile and searching for funding opportunities. 

Please note that access to the previous system, Pivot, will end effective June 30, 2018.  Any saved searches you have in Pivot must be recreated in SPIN prior to this date.

Outside Awards and Fellowships

The Chateaubriand Fellowship is a grant offered by the Embassy of France in the United States.  It supports outstanding PhD students from American universities who wish to conduct research in France for a period ranging from 4 to 9 months.  Chateaubriand fellows are selected through a merit-based competition, through a collaborative process involving expert evaluators in both countries.

Interested applicants should complete either the STEM or HSS Chateaubriand Fellowship application.

Completed applications must be submitted by January 8, 2019.

STEM:  Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Health
The Chateaubriand Fellowship in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics & Biology-Health for doctoral students aims to initiate or reinforce collaborations, partnerships or joint projects between French and American research teams.  The Chateaubriand Fellowship supports PhD students registered in an American university who wish to conduct part of their doctoral research in a French laboratory.

This fellowship is offered by the Office for Science & Technology (OST) of the Embassy of France  in the United States in partnership with universities and research organizations in France and the United States.  OST is a partner of the National Science Foundation's GROW program.

HSS:  Humanities and Social Sciences
The Chateaubriand Fellowship in the Humanities and Social Sciences is offered by the Cultural Services of the Embassy of France.  The HSS program targets outstanding PhD students enrolled in American universities who seek to engage in research in France, in any discipline of the Humanities and Social Sciences.

The HSS Chateaubriand program is supported by the Campus France agency which provides a welcome package and assistance to fellows upon their arrival.  Social networking opportunities are also offered by the Fulbright program in France.


  • Candidates must be currently working on their PhD
  • Candidates do not have to be US citizens, but they must be enrolled in an American university
  • Candidates must obtain a letter of recommendation from their advisor(s) in the US, as well as a letter of invitation from a professor affiliated with a French university or research institution.  Please contact your supervisor in France as early as possible
  • For more specific eligibility criteria, please visit the Chateaubriand Fellowship website (STEM and HSS)


  • Monthly stipend
  • Health insurance for the entire duration of the fellowship
  • Round trip ticket to France

Selection Criteria

  • Academic relevance of the research project
  • Student's command of the subject
  • Benefits of a research trip to France for the future of the collaboration
  • Background of the research collaboration
  • Contribution of the project to France/US academic exchange