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DeKarman Fellowship

Provides support for students pursuing or planning to pursue a doctoral degree in any discipline.


The Josephine de Karman Fellowship Trust was established in 1954 by the late Dr. Theodore von Karman, world renowned aeronautics expert and teacher and first director of the Guggenheim Aeronautical Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology, in memory of his sister, Josephine, who died in 1951.  The purpose of this fellowship program is to recognize and assist students whose scholastic achievements reflect professor von Karman’s high standards.  Students in any discipline entering their senior undergraduate year or a candidate for a PhD who will defend his/her dissertation by June are eligible for consideration.  Postdoctoral and masters degree students are not eligible for consideration.

Selection Criteria

Applicants should have manifested exceptional ability and serious purpose.  Special consideration will be given to applicants in the Humanities.


Applicants must:

  • Plan to use their fellowship at a U.S. institution of higher education;

  • Be studying for a Ph.D. in any subject;

  • Be a U.S. citizen or an international student currently enrolled at a university located within the United States.


A minimum of ten fellowships, $22,000 for graduate students and $14,000 for undergraduate students, will be awarded for the regular academic year (fall and spring semesters or the equivalent where the quarterly system prevails).


The fellowship is for one academic year and may not be renewed or postponed.

For more information:

DeKarman Fellowship



Internal Selection Deadline (LSU)