Graduate School, Disability, and Financial Aid


ACM/IEEE-CS High Performance Computing Ph.D. Fellowship Program

Supercomputing Fellowship: Based on a proposal from the SC conference Steering Committee, the ACM and IEEE Computer Society established a fellowship fund for worthy students who are studying topics in High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis. Funded by the surplus of SC|05, this fellowship is sufficiently endowed to fund at least $20,000 per year. Further contributions will be solicited from future conference surpluses as well as other organizations interested in fostering an educational focus on HPC. Fellowship Program supports a long-standing commitment by the Societies and the SC Conference series to workforce diversity and encourages nominations of women, minorities and all who contribute to diversity. All applications are considered in confidence. All award decisions are final.

Albert W. Dent Graduate Student Scholarship: For Minority Students Only

The Foundation of American College of Healthcare Executives funds the Albert W. Dent Graduate Student Scholarship. The $5,000 scholarship is awarded to a student in the final of year of a healthcare management graduate program. For more information on this opportunity and eligibility requirements, please go to:

American Association of Colleges of Nursing

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing has a list of scholarship resources for graduate and post-graduate nursing students. There are over 15 scholarship resources that range from $500 to $1,500 in scholarship awards. In addition, information is provided on general scholarship and financial aid resources as well as loan repayment or forgiveness programs. For more information, please go to:

American Psychological Foundation (APF)

For students interested in a graduate degree in psychology, the American Psychological Foundation awards 16 annual scholarships towards graduate research. The scholarships range from $1,000-$5,000. Students must submit a research proposal as well as how the scholarship funds will be used towards the research. To learn more about this opportunity and eligibility requirements, please go to:

Disability Mentoring Program

Individuals with disabilities are sorely underrepresented in graduate psychology programs and careers. Few enter the field, and those who do often experience frustration that may sometimes give way to higher than average drop out rates for these students. One strategy shown to increase the success of underrepresented groups in graduate school and entering professions is a mentoring program. In light of the evidence that mentoring has proven helpful to other underrepresented groups, the Disability Issues in Psychology Office is pleased to announce its Mentoring Program that will support psychology students with disabilities, disabled psychologist entering the field, and psychologists in the field who develop a disability.

Doctoral Programmes in Europe's Universities

A new report published by EUA gives an important insight into the state of doctoral education in Europe. It highlights the latest trends in this key sector of higher education, such as, the introduction of new organizational structures to manage doctoral education, the increasing focus on learning ‘transferable skills’ and the growth in new types of doctoral programs such as “professional doctorates”. Equally, it underlines the challenges that Europe faces if it is serious about attracting and retaining the best young research talent. Amongst the findings, EUA’s work underlines that stakeholders (universities and public authorities) must do more to widen participation, to improve mechanisms for supervision and assessment, and to promote the international mobility of doctoral candidates. They must also take steps to ensure professional skills development is an integral part of all doctoral training. The report also shows that national funding policies for doctoral education are too often fragmented, with a lack of coordination between government ministries, research councils and other funders. This fragmentation does not create favorable conditions for Europe to attract and retain the best doctoral candidates, who are often held back by inadequate funding and a lack of career opportunities.

Federal Student Aid: Funding Your Graduate Education

The Federal Student Aid website has a tip sheet, Funding Your Graduate Education: Sources of Information, for current and future graduate students. The tip sheet highlights the different types of federal student aid, state aid, institutional aid, as well as other financial aid information.

Foundation for Science and Disability

The Foundation for Science and Disability has established a Science Graduate Student Grant fund. The scholarships are given to undergraduates with a disability who have been accepted into a graduate program. The scholarship award is $1000 and is given to students who are pursuing graduate degrees in the following fields: Mathematics, Science, Medicine, Technology, or Engineering. To learn more about this scholarship opportunity and eligibility requirements, please go to:

Kaplan's Grad School Financial Aid Hub

Learn how to navigate the financing process, and understand your options for student loans, grants and scholarships.

Learning Disabilities in Graduate School: Closeted or Out in the Open?

This article discusses issues facing college graduates with learning disabilities.

Managing Graduate School with a Learning Disability

NEWSLETTER: Vol. 5, No. 7, April 17, 2000 A Profile of Judy Risch, UW-Madison describes how she accesses support to earn both the PhD and JD degrees. Judy has a learning disability.

National Association of Law Students with Disabilities

The NALSWD is a coalition of law students dedicated to disability advocacy and the achievement of equal access, inclusion, diversity and non-discrimination in legal education and in the legal profession. The future success of NALSWD, which aims to support the growing number of law students with disabilities by providing mentors, studying and survival tips for law school and career advice for the legal profession, depends on the active participation by disabled law students.

Peterson's Graduate Scholarships and Financial Aid

The articles included on this site will help you clarify your options and provide helpful advice for pursuing graduate school financial aid, whether it comes in the form of graduate scholarships, assistantships, loans, fellowships, or work for a professor.

The Education Index at

The Education Index at is the Internet’s premier source of updated, clear educational data about undergraduate and graduate programs in the United States. They use publicly available numbers from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), and strive to present them in a simple and easy-to-digest way. They desire to make it easy for individuals to pick the best college possible can with this index: a college that fits an individual's financial, social and educational interests and goals.

The Graduate Fellowship Fund (GFF)

The Graduate Fellowship Fund (GFF) offers financial support to individuals who are deaf who are studying for their doctoral degrees. Grants are awarded annually. Applicants must be deaf or hard of hearing and must be accepted for doctoral study at an accredited college or university. Graduate Fellowship Fund, Gallaudet University Alumni Association, 800 Florida Ave. NE, Washington, DC 20002-3695, Phone: (202) 651-5060