De Kármán Fellowships

The Josephine de Kármán Fellowship Trust awards $22,000 for a graduate student’s final year in school and $14,000 for an undergraduate’s final year. The Trust was established in 1954 by Dr. Theodore von Karman, aeronautics expert and teacher, in memory of his sister, Josephine. The purpose of the fellowship program is to recognize and assist students whose scholastic achievements reflect von Karman’s high standards. These fellowships are available to students entering their senior undergraduate year and graduate students entering the final year of a PhD program.

The fellowship is for one academic year; a minimum of ten are awarded annually. Study must be carried out in the United States. All disciplines are eligible, but special consideration is given to applications in the humanities.


  • Applicants must be enrolled in a degree program in the US.
  • Graduate candidates must be entering the final year of a PhD program upon the beginning of the fellowship. Undergraduates must be entering their senior undergraduate year upon the beginning of the fellowship.


Applications should be mailed to the Josephine de Karman Fellowship Trust and include:

  • Application form
  • Statement of intellectual interest (250-300 words)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts
  • Resume or c.v. (optional)

To be competitive, graduate applicants should have outstanding letters of recommendation, significant publications, and have completed several chapters of their dissertation at the time of application. Undergraduate applicants should have exceptional recommendations and grades plus a compelling record of original research or scholarship.


Applications are due in January 2019 on a TBD date. Successful applicants will be notified in mid-April. Funds are paid through the fellowship office of the university in which the recipient is enrolled for study in the United States.


Arthur D. Casciato, Ph.D.
Director, Office of Distinguished Fellowships
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey