The Graduate School provides support for prospective targeted graduate students including those who have participated in the Ronald E. McNair Scholars, Summer Research Opportunities Programs (SROP) and to students from our Graduate School Partnership Institutions. For a listing of funding opportunities for all graduate students, visit our Graduate School Funding Resources pages.
Advanced Opportunities Fellowship (AOF)
This fellowship is awarded to incoming targeted students. To be considered for AOF funding, prospective students must be new to the Graduate School and be admissible to a graduate program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Awards are based on demonstration of superior academic achievement, letters of recommendation, GRE scores, and an effective statement of purpose/reasons for graduate study.
To be considered for nomination for an Advanced Opportunity Fellowship by a Graduate Research Scholar Community GRS Community or your department, contact your department's admission coordinator.
For more information on AOF fellowships and eligibility criteria, see the Graduate School Funding Resources pages.
Application Fee Grants
The Graduate School offers a limited number of application fee grants to qualified targeted applicants in five categories. If you have participated in one or more of the following, you may be eligible for a Graduate School application fee grant and will be notified only after submission of your application:
1. McNair Scholars: Applicants who have completed a McNair Scholars Program anywhere in the USA are automatically eligible for the graduate application fee grant. On the "Additional Funding Questions" page of the online application, select the appropriate button and select the McNair Institution you attended to request the fee grant.
2. SROP UW-Madison: Applicants who have participated in the Summer Research Opportunity Program offered by the UW-Madison are automatically eligible for the graduate application fee grant. On the "Additional Funding Questions" page of the online application, select the appropriate button and select "UW-Madison" to request the fee grant.
3. SROP CIC: Undergraduates who have participated in a SROP program at a CIC (Committee on Institutional Cooperation) institution other than UW-Madison may be eligible for the graduate application fee grant. On the "Additional Funding Questions" page of the online application, select the appropriate button and select your CIC Institution to request the fee grant.
4. Graduate School Partnership Institutions: The UW-Madison Graduate School maintains strategic partnerships with several institutions around the United States. Applicants who have received their baccalaureate degree from a UW-Madison Graduate School partnership institution may be eligible for a fee grant. You will receive a notification of your eligibility upon submission of your application. For more information email OGSDR.
5. Institute for Recruitment of Teachers (IRT): Applicants who have participated in the IRT Associate Program or Intern Summer Workshop may be eligible for a fee grant. Both programs take place at the Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. On the "Additional Funding Questions" page of the online application, select the appropriate button, indicate which program you participated in and the year in which you most recently participated. You will receive a notification of your eligibility upon submission of your application.
Departmental Application Fee Grants: Your department may also offer a fee grant. Contact the department admissions coordinator for more information.
Sources for Grants
UW Memorial Library Grants Information Collection
Visit the UW Memorial Library's large collection of funding resources and search for grants and funding through online searchable databases. You can begin your search here.
Grants.gov is a portal to a major searchable source of federal grants. You can research and submit grant applications for federally-funded projects through this web site.
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