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Clare Boothe Luce Graduate Fellowship Program

Women in Science and Engineering 

The Clare Boothe Luce (CBL) Program strives to increase the participation of women in the sciences and engineering at every level of higher education and serve as a catalyst for colleges and universities to be proactive in their own efforts toward this goal. The CBL Program is the single largest private source of funding for women in science and engineering. In its first 25 years, the CBL program has awarded grants totaling over $150 million.  

Under this program, Fordham is able to provide a two-year scholarship (contingent on acceptable performance in the first year) to one or more outstanding graduate students to facilitate her graduate education and enable her to achieve a career in teaching and research

Eligibility Requirements

Applications are open to highly qualified, full-time female graduate students who are U.S. citizens or U.S. Permanent Residents, and who are enrolled in one of the following graduate programs: 

  • Biological Sciences (but not bio-medical fields)
  • Computer Science 
  • Cybersecurity
  • Data Analytics


Graduate Fellowships are 12-month awards, generally made at the end of the first or second year of graduate study, to begin the following fall. They include:

  • $34,000 stipend
  • full tuition scholarship, including fees, for full-time study;
  • if applied for, up to $5,000 for a professional development fund for equipment, travel, research, childcare, etc. This fund is handled by reimbursement of expenses and requires previous approval by the Program Coordinator and proof of payment. Any equipment purchases must be made through Fordham. Funds are not permitted to be used for local travel or travel outside the United States;
  • pending continued outstanding achievement, the award is renewable for up to an additional 12 months

In accepting the award, the student agrees to:

  • write a progress report by January 20, 2020;
  • submit a final report at the conclusion of the award year in April on outcomes of her research and encouragement of women in the sciences during the year; and
  • after leaving Fordham, provide the Program Coordinator with a 5-year follow-up report on career and educational achievements.

In addition to basic personal information, the application includes a brief explanation of your plans after you receive your degree from Fordham, letters of recommendation from two Fordham faculty members, a personal essay, a CV or resume, and an unofficial transcript. For more complete information, review the Fellowship Application Guidelines.

The application submission deadline (including all required material, attachments, and recommendations) is Friday, March 15, 2019, at 11:59 pm EST.

If you have any questions, please contact Maura Gallagher, Program Coordinator, at


Maura Gallagher
Program Coordinator