Graduate Scholarships/Fellowships

Bertha Morton Fellowship/Scholarships

Bertha Morton was a Helena, Montana native who worked most of her adult life for the Internal Revenue Service in Helena. She was not an alumnus of The University of Montana, nor did she actually attend any university. She worked hard and saved her money. When she died in 1977, she left a large part of her estate to the UM Foundation because she desired to encourage and help serious students obtain an education here. Bertha Morton fellowships and scholarships have subsequently become our most prestigious awards for graduate students.

The Graduate School awards up to 3 fellowship and approximately 20 scholarships annually. Only graduate students currently accepted for degree programs are eligible to apply.  Students must also be enrolling for the 2019-2020 academic year.  Program faculty nominate students for these scholarships. 

**Students must enroll in credits for the next academic year in order to be eligible for the Bertha Morton Scholarship**

Bertha Morton Call for Nominations 2019-2020 Deadline 4:30 PM Friday, February 1st 2019.

Applicant Procedures

  1. Complete the University of Montana general application available at:  You will then be able to select the Bertha Morton opportunity.
  2. Upload a personal statement describing why you would be the best candidate to receive an award. (500 word limit)
  3. Upload a statement of honors and awards, certifications, research, etc. (List these qualifications in order of significance, starting with the most significant) *A student who previously received a Bertha Morton award and seeks an additional nomination can only claim accomplishments not specified on the awarded application.
  4. Faculty in the departments and schools will review the submitted applications and choose which applicant(s) to nominate based on the number allowed by the Graduate School which is based on enrollment numbers. The department will then submit a letter of nomination to for their selected applicants by March 1st at 4:30 p.m.
  5. The Graduate Council will evaluate and rank all nominations for scholarship or fellowship awards. Nomination documentation and recommendations should be based on the student’s academic record and accomplishments in one or more of the following areas:

    a. Honors and awards
    b. Professional certifications and credentials
    c. Evidence of research and other academic achievements
    d. Evidence of professional and community achievements
    e. Additional achievements and creative activities

  6. All candidates will be notified no later than April 15th regarding the status of the application.

Besancon Scholarship

The scholarship amount is $20,000 with a tuition waiver. One scholarship is awarded for a period of one year, and is non-renewable.

The Besancon donor is specific about which disciplines are eligible for the scholarship.  The emphasis must be in the chemical sciences (e.g., sub-disciplines of chemistry; biochemistry; biophysics).  To meet the donor’s requirements, only incoming or currently enrolled graduate students in the following programs are eligible to apply. Students apply directly to their programs.  The eligible programs, listed below, will nominate the following number(s) of students to the Graduate School. Each program, that nominates a student, needs to identify a faculty member who will participate in the selection process. 

Eligible Program # Nominated
Biological Sciences (IMB Only) 4
Biochemistry/Biophysics 6
Biomedical & Pharm. Sci. 6
Chemistry/Biochemistry 8
Materials Science 2
Medicinal Chemistry 2
Neuroscience 4
Toxicology 4

Eligibility requirements:

  • Applicants must be accepted to or enrolled in a master’s or doctoral degree program at The Graduate School of The University of Montana in one of the eligible disciplines.
  • Applicants must be nominated by their program. 

 Scholarship Application Process:

  1. The students apply directly to the program.
  2. The program notifies the student that they will be nominated.
  3. The nominated students fill out the Besancon application at:

The nomination packets must contain:

Uploaded in the on-line application:

  1. One letter of nomination from the graduate program for each student.
  2. Each student’s CV.
  3. A one page statement from the students discussing their research activity.

Delivered directly to the Graduate School:

  1. An official transcript for all graduate academic work completed outside of The University of Montana and an unofficial transcript for graduate academic work completed at The University of Montana.

 All nomination packets must be submitted by Friday, April 20th, 2018.

 If you have any questions about the Besancon Scholarship, please contact Kelly Speer in the Graduate School at or by phone at x2572.

The Dennis R. Washington Horatio Alger Achievement Scholarship

This graduate scholarship, sponsored by Dennis R. Washington, is a reserved for alumni of the Horatio Alger Undergraduate Scholarship Program. Each Washington Achievement Scholar will receive funding for their graduate studies, varying in amount depending on the program and length of study, but not less than $20,000 per year.   For more information or to apply for this scholarship, contact the Horatio Alger Association by visiting or calling (703) 684-9444

Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation Native American Graduate Fellowship

All application packets must be submitted by Friday, May 18th, 2018. 

The Fellowship upholds Dennis Washington's long time vision of promoting the betterment of society and the development of a highly diverse workforce through education.

There will be one fellowship awarded which will consist of:

  • $10,000 stipend each
  • Designation as a research or teaching assistant
  • Eligibility for Montana Native American Fee Waiver

The University of Montana can choose whether or not to renew the Fellowship after the first year (maximum 2 years for a Master's program and 3 years for a Ph.D. program)

Eligibility requirements:

  • Applicants must be accepted to a Master's or Doctoral Degree program at the Graduate School of The University of Montana or Montana State University
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5 for undergraduate and 3.0 during any graduate program work
  • Graduate from a 4-year regionally accredited institution of higher learning anywhere in the United States
  • Montana resident
  • Enrolled member of a Montana Indian Tribe

Specific application information can be found at Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation Native American Graduate Fellowship 

Stella Duncan Memorial Fellowship

Recipients shall be outstanding doctoral students admitted to candidacy in biomedical science programs at the University of Montana. The award amount can be up to $27,800 and will be decided upon by the selection committee.

Applicant Procedures

  1. Fill out the University of Monana general scholarship application at: You will then be able to select the Stella Duncan opportunity.
  2. Upload your proposed research statement. The proposed research should be innovative and basic (as opposed to clinical).
  3. Enter your advisor's name and email to submit a letter of support.

Andrew and Elizabeth Lassen Scholarship

A renewable $2,000 a year graduate student award.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Must be a single parent with dependent children residing in the home, with financial need.
  • Full time student.
  • GPA of 3.25 or above.

To apply:

Fill out the general University of Montana scholarship application

Dennis and Phyllis Washington Scholarship

An annual $2,000 award.

Eligibility requirements:

Sloan Scholars Program

American Indian graduate students pursuing degrees in the natural sciences and STEM disciplines at the University of Montana are eligible for this scholarship program established by the A.P. Sloan Foundation. Sandy Ross, Dean of the Graduate School is the principal investigator of the Sloan Scholars program for the Montana University System.

To ensure consideration for the fall semester, all applicants are encouraged to apply by April 1, 2017. Application materials submitted after this date are reviewed by the Graduate School SIGP admissions committee on a case-by-case basis depending upon program space.

Sloan Scholars On-line Application

Please send the completed application and accompanying materials to Aaron Thomas.

Udall Summer Internship

The Udall Internship national deadline is January 31, 2018. This is a great summer internship program for Native American undergraduate, law, and graduate students in DC.

Laure Pengelly Drake
Coordinator for Writing Center Programs, External Scholarships, and Advising
LA 144 and SB 142
University of Montana
Missoula, MT 59812
(406) 243-6140

American Indian College Fund-Mellon Faculty Career Enhancement Fellowship Program

Mellon Application and Information: PDF format | MS Word format

Other opportunities

Check individual graduate programs on this website for application procedures and more detailed information about scholarships that are awarded by individual programs.

Fellowships and Traineeships

Fellowship Finder Database

The Office of External Fellowships at Illinois announces the launch of a new Fellowship Finder database,   replacing the older Fellowship Opportunities database.  Fellowship Finder features over 1,100 curated listings of grants and fellowships for graduate students.  It also offers new features that allow for faster and more targeted searches as well as sharing options.

Guidebook to Studying Abroad for Graduate School:

For assistance, contact Laure Pengelly Drake, Coordinator for Writing Center Programs, External Scholarships, and Advising, LA 144,, (406) 243-6140

ETS R&D Fellowship and Internship Programs

The goals of the ETS awards programs are to provide research opportunities to scholars who either hold a doctoral degree or are enrolled in a doctoral program and to increase the number of women and under represented minority professionals in the field of educational research or related fields, such as statistics, psychometrics, cognitive science, learning sciences, psychology, teaching and classroom research, linguistics, policy research, and specific content areas such as mathematics and reading.

For more information view their announcement.

Proposed Montana Institute of the Environment at The University of Montana Graduate Fellowship Program

Overview:  The Montana Institute of the Environment at The University of Montana announces a Call for Application for Fellowships for research and scholarly activity related to any of three focal areas funded by the NSF EPSCoR program through the Institute:

  1. Microbially-mediated biogeochemical dynamics and ecosystem processes
  2. Linkages among organisms, landscape patterns and ecosystem processes
  3. Multi-scale interactions and vulnerabilities of ecosystems to climate change. 

The Graduate Education Committee of the Montana Institute of the Environment at The University of Montana is announcing a one-time MS or Doctoral Enhancement Fellowship.  This opportunity is intended to provide 10 students at The University of Montana to receive fellowship support through the Institute.  Preference will be given to students that are nearing completion of their degree program.  The primary intention of the fellowship is to enhance both graduation and submission of research to peer-reviewed international journals.  Fellowships will consist of $12,500 in stipend support plus $1,400 in fees/tuition between January 23 and June 30, 2012.

For more information please view the full call for applications.

The NSF East Asia Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI) Program

The NSF East Asia Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI) Program provides U.S. graduate students in science and engineering 1) first-hand research experience in Australia, China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand or Taiwan; 2) an introduction to the science and science policy infrastructure of the respective location; and 3) orientation to the society, culture and language. The primary goals of EAPSI are to introduce students to East Asia and Pacific science and engineering in the context of a research laboratory, and to initiate personal relationships that will better enable them to collaborate with foreign counterparts in the future. The institutes last approximately eight weeks from June to August. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) co-sponsor the Summer Institute in Japan.

View Flyer

For more information:

American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS opportunities

Eurasian Regional Language Program, Spring 2007 Semester Graduate students and advanced undergraduates are eligible for full and partial fellowships to study on the American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS Eurasian Regional Language Program. The program provides graduate students, advanced undergraduates, scholars, and professionals intensive individualized instruction in the languages of Eurasia. Participants may in enroll in semester, academic year, or summer programs. All courses are conducted by expert faculty from leading local universities and educational institutions. Students with at least two years of college-level instruction in Russian or the host-country language are eligible to apply to the program. Applications for spring semester programs are due October 15.

Application Information: or

Yamaguchi Opportunity Fund

Support from Mr. Akira Yamaguchi allows UM to offer modest annual support for Asian Studies through the Yamaguchi Opportunity fund. For more information view the guidelines.

The Fellowship upholds Dennis Washington's long time vision of promoting the betterment of society and the development of a highly diverse workforce through education.


The University of Montana Army ROTC has scholarships available and are awarded on student merit and grades.  If interested in paying for school and serving as an Officer in the United States Army, U.S. Army Reserve, or the National Guard click on the following link:
Or Contact CPT Tracy Mitchell, Recruiting Officer, at 406-243-4400 or