Graduate Scholarships/Fellowships

Bertha Morton Fellowship/Scholarships

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 2015-2016 academic year.  Program faculty nominate students for these scholarships. The Graduate School sends out a call for nominations to graduate students toward the end of Fall semester for awards to be given the next academic year.

**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 2015-2016 Deadline 4:30 PM Friday, February 6th 2015

Applicant Procedures - Pdf format

Bertha Morton Applicant Form


Besancon Scholarship

The Graduate School is pleased to announce its call for nominations for the 2015-2016 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. 

Biological Sciences (IMB Only) 4
Biochemistry/Biophysics 1
Biomedical & Pharm. Sci. 1
Chemistry/Biochemistry 2
Medicinal Chemistry 1
Neuroscience 1
Toxicology 1

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:

The program submits completed nomination packets to the Graduate School.

The nomination packets must contain:

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

 The nomination packets can be delivered to the Graduate School in hardcopy or sent by e-mail to

 All nomination packets must be received in the Graduate School by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 17th, 2015.

 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

Washington Native American Graduate Fellowship

***The Graduate School will not accept applications until the 2015 - 2016 academic year**

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 (no law degree or medical related field, including pharmacy)
  • 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 R. Washington Native American Fellowships


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, 2013. 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.

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

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.

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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.

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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