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Funding Information

Nationwide organizations, like the National Institutes of Health and the American Association of Dental Student Research, award funding for a variety of research projects. Funding opportunities from foundations and bio-tech companies are available projectively and periodically. Travel awards, fellowships and research grants are awarded to graduate students and post-graduate residents from a number of other sources. In addition, the Office of Institutional Advancement at the school of dentistry provides information about scholarships and awards for student researchers. Aside from the opportunities listed here, national meetings often offer travel awards to students wishing to present research. Funding opportunities are periodically updated as new information becomes available.


National Institutes of Health Funding
  • The Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Predoctoral Fellows (F31) are available for Ph.D. students. Click here for more information. 
  • The Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Predoctoral Fellows (F30) are available for D.D.S./Ph.D. students. Click here for more information.
Short-term training for D.D.S. or D.D.S./Ph.D. students
  • The Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Scholars Program requires one year away from dental school curriculum. Click here for more information.
  • The American Association of Dental Research Student Research Fellowship is available for D.D.S. or D.D.S./Ph.D. students; deadline is January. Click here for more information. 
  • The Clinical Research Training Program offers a one-year research fellowship at the National Institutes of Health, with an optional second year. Click here for more information.
University of Maryland School of Dentistry graduate awards
  • The Dr. Arthur Schwartz Award for Academic Achievement is a $500 award presented to a student each fall, spring and summer semester. Students are only eligible after defending a thesis or dissertation. Click here for more information.
  • The Graduate Student Research Association Research Grant provides $1,000 toward research expenses, based on financial need and merit. Click here for more information.
Summer research training programs
  • University of Maryland School of Dentistry Summer Research Training Program. Click here for more information. 
  • The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research Summer Dental Student Award. Click here for more information. 
Underrepresented minorities and need-based awards
  • UNCF/Merck Graduate Science Research Dissertation Fellowships are given to a dozen African American science graduate students. The awards include a stipend of up to $42,000 and a research grant of up to $10,000. Research projects must be one to three years in length; deadline is December. Click here for more information. 
  • NAACP-Hubertus WV Willems Scholarship for Male Students is a $3,000 award for male graduates studying engineering, chemistry, physics or mathematical sciences. Eligible students must have a GPA of at least 2.5 and demonstrate financial need. Click here for more information.
Travel Awards
  • The Graduate Student Association gives $250 travel awards. Click here for more information.
  • The Society of Neuroscience gives awards for travel to its annual meeting; deadline is June. Click here for more information. 
  • The American Association for Dental Research gives travel grants to students presenting at the International Association of Dental Research meeting; deadline is October. Click here for more information.
  • The Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology gives several travel awards. Click here for more information. 
  • Students in the Summer Research Training Program are awarded travel grants to the American Dental Association Annual Session and the Hinman Student Research Symposium.
Office of Institutional Advancement
  • The Office of Institutional Advancement can provide information on a number of different scholarships and awards. Click here for more information.