Graduate Fellowships

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Graduate Fellowships

Ann Wood, Director
Contact us: (323) 343-6156 or email

Delaying The Real World Fellowship

The Delaying The Real World Fellowship is available to students who are ages 21-29 and are U.S. citizens. You must propose, in writing via e-mail, what you would do if you could postpone the 9-5 grind. Your idea should be a gutsy and worthwhile adventure in the spirit of Delaying the Real World and the young adventurers who fill the book to be eligible for this award.

Award Amount

Olive W. Garvey Fellowship

Award Amount
Minimum: $1000
Maximum: $2500

The Sovereign Nations Scholarship Fund Endowment Scholarship
Scholarships are available to students of any Indian Nation, enrolled in any major, undergraduate, graduate or professional school, attending both tribal colleges and mainstream universities.  Upon completion of their degree students are encouraged to work for their tribe or an Indian organization to help improve the livelihood of Native people. To apply click here.

Vine Deloria, Jr. Memorial Scholarship
American Indian history was forever changed with the passing of Vine Deloria, Jr. on November 13, 2005.  A prolific writer, social critic, theologian, activist and scholar, Deloria was arguably the most prominent and influential American Indian voice of the 20th Century. 

In partnership with the Deloria family, the American Indian College Fund is pleased to launch the Vine Deloria, Jr. Memorial Scholarship program to pay tribute to his legacy.  Each year, the Fund will award American Indian students who are pursing a graduate level degree.  To be considered for the scholarship students must be:

  • Pursuing a master's or doctoral degree as a full-time student at an accredited graduate school in the U.S.;
  • Able to demonstrate financial need; and
  • Be American Indian or Alaskan Native.

To apply for this prestigious scholarship, click here.


This program is targeted for US citizens who are members of groups currently underrepresented in education research, e.g., African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, Asian Americans, American Indians or Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islanders.  Applicants must have advanced to candidacy and successfully defended their PhD/EdD dissertation research proposal by the time the award becomes effective. Recipients must work full time on their dissertation for the duration of the award.

Stipends and Allowances

Fellows will receive a one year stipend of $12,000 and up to $1,000 in travel support to attend the AERA Annual Meeting. Fellowships may be supplemented by campus or department awards and tuition waivers. Such supplements are encouraged.

Evaluation and Selection of Fellows

Applications will be evaluated by the AERA Minority Fellowship review committee according to the following criteria: ability as evidenced by scholarly achievements and publications; letters of recommendation; quality and significance of the proposed research; and commitment of the applicant's faculty mentor to the goals of the program.

Application Procedures

Download and print the application instructions and required forms (PDF).  If you have questions, you may contact AERA's Professional Development Office at 202-223-9485, ext. 105.



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