Research & Fellowship Opportunities for Graduate Students

Fellowship Opportunities List on This Page:

> UVA RESOURCES & FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
> NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
> NATIONAL GEM CONSORTIUM
> DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
> ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY  
> NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION 
> FOUNDATIONS
> OTHER FELLOWSHIP RESOURCES

UVA RESOURCES & OPPORTUNITIES

UVA Internal Funding Opportunities
Many institutional funding opportunities are listed on this site, hosted by the UVA Office of Graduate Student Diversity Programs.
http://www.virginia.edu/vpr/gradstudies/diversity_fundingopps_6.html

Additional UVA Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Programs Resources
Part of the UVA Office of the Vice President for Research
http://www.virginia.edu/vpr/gradstudies/index.html

Double-Hooresearch grant (internal to UVA)
http://www.virginia.edu/cue/research_opportunities.php?go=6

Getting Started: Grants & Fellowships
>Click to View PDF: A quick overview for UVA graduate students, with helpful tips.
Created by Professor Patrick Hopkins.

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION OPPORTUNITIES

SBE Minority Postdoctoral Research Fellowships and Follow-up Research Starter Grants (MPRF)
>http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504810

Educational Opportunity: This program provides educational opportunities for Postdoctoral Fellows . This program provides indirect funding for students at this level or focuses on educational developments for this group such as curricula development, training or retention.

Application Deadline: Full Proposal Deadline Date:  October 15, 2012, Third Monday in October, Annually Thereafter

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program.
>www.nsfgrfp.org

Educational Opportunity: GRFP Fellows receive three years of support with a $30,000 annual stipend ($10,500 cost-of-education allowance to the institution (anticipated to increase to $12,000 for 2012)), International research and professional development opportunities, and TeraGrid Supercomputer access. 

Application Deadlines (submitted by 7:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time)

November 14, 2011- Engineering
November 15, 2011 - Mathematical Sciences; Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering; Chemistry; Physics and Astronomy; Materials Research
November 16, 2011 - Social Sciences; Psychology; Geosciences; STEM Education and Learning Research
November 18, 2011 - Life Sciences

U. Missouri Step by Step Guide to Applying for the NSF Fellowship Program
>http://grfpessayinsights.missouri.edu/

Anyone interested in applying for the NSF Fellowships is strongly encouraged to check out this page. The Graudate School of U. Missouri has created clear guideline document for each portion of the NSF Fellowship application, including a self-scoring rubric for the personal essay.

National Science Foundation: International Research Opportunities
Individual postdoctoral and graduate student researchers may apply directly for a number of programs through the Office of International Science & Engineering (OISE).
>NSF OISE Graduate Student Information Page

NATIONAL GEM CONSORTIUM OPPORTUNITIES

National GEM Consortium Fellowship
>http://www.gemfellowship.org/

GEM's fellowship programs span the entire recruitment, retention, and professional development spectrum. GEM's principal activity is the provision of graduate fellowships at the MS and Ph.D. levels coupled with paid summer internships. GEM also offers programming on the importance of graduate school and tools for access and successful matriculation. Additionally, GEM produces publications for graduate and undergraduate students, university and industry administrators to assist in the education process of how to obtain a graduate STEM education. GEM is devoted to increasing access and success in engineering and science graduate education and practice.

GEM's program activities go beyond financial support by engendering student success in academic and professional environments. GEM has a solid success record in implementing effective programs to increase the recruitment, retention, and graduation of minority students.

GEM provides three Fellowship Programs. The application cycle for these three programs are July 1 - November 15 annually.

DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY OPPORTUNITIES

Office of Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE SCGF)
>http://scgf.orau.gov/overview.html

Research Stipend: Fellows will receive a research stipend of $5,000 per year, which may be used for the following purposes: Travel, lodging, meals, and registration/participation fees for approved research activities and/or professional development experiences;lab supplies, books, computers and other materials for academic use. Annual DOE SCGF Research Conference: the fellow’s travel and accommodations for the annual DOE SCGF Research Conference will be provided by the DOE SCGF program.

Application Deadline:  November 30, 2011.

Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship (SSGF)
>http://krlsm.org/ssgf/

Synopsis of the Program: The Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE NNSA SSGF) program provides excellent financial benefits and professional development opportunities to students pursuing a Ph.D. in fields of study that solve complex science and engineering problems critical to stewardship science.Funded by the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration, the DOE NNSA SSGF program trains scientists to meet U.S. workforce needs in advanced science and engineering.

Financial Benefits: A yearly stipend of $36,000, full tuition and required fees paid during the appointment period (at any accredited U.S. university), annual $1,000 academic allowance to be used for research or professional development expenses, payment of travel costs related to the annual fellowship conference, laboratory visits and other conferences, augmentation of the stipend during the 12-week research practicum at a DOE laboratory, and potential to renew the fellowship for up to four years.

Application Deadline:  January 4, 2012

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Research and Development National Center for Environmental Research Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Program
>http://epa.gov/ncer/fellow/

Synopsis of Program: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is offering Graduate Fellowships for master’s and doctoral level students in environmental fields of study. The deadline is November 8, 2011 at 4:00 PM ET for receipt of paper applications, and November 8, 2011 at 11:59:59 PM ET for submittal of electronic applications via Grants.gov. Subject to availability of funding and other applicable considerations, the Agency plans to award approximately 80 new fellowships by July 31, 2012. Master's level students may receive support for a maximum of two years. Doctoral students may be supported for a maximum of three years, usable over a period of five years. The fellowship program provides up to $42,000 per year of support per fellowship.

Award Information:
$42,000 per year per fellowship. Master's level students may receive support for a maximum of two years for a total of up to $84,000. Doctoral students may be supported for a maximum of three years for a total of up to $126,000, usable over a period of five years. Cost sharing is not required.  Eligible applicants as defined in Section III below, including those attending institutions with significant minority enrollment, are particularly encouraged to apply.

NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION OPPORTUNITIES

Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC)
>http://www.vsgc.odu.edu

Synopsis of the Program: Virginia Space Grant Consortium awards over $325,000 in scholarships and fellowships to students attending Virginia Space Grant member institutions (College of William and Mary, Hampton University, Old Dominion University, University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Virginia Community Colleges) and majoring in a science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) fields. Research proposals from students majoring in any STEM field and working on a project that supports NASA’s mission are welcomed.  VSGC can assist students and faculty in identifying research projects and connecting to NASA.The Graduate STEM Research Fellowship Program provides $5,000 in support to graduate students actively engaged in a research project with a faculty mentor. The Graduate Fellowship is add-on support for students and is renewable for one year.

Application Deadline:  February 10, 2012

FOUNDATION OPPORTUNITIES

Ford Foundation: Diversity Fellowships
>http://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/FordFellowships/index.htm

Eligibility to apply for a Ford fellowship is limited to: All citizens or nationals of the United States regardless of race, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation; individuals with evidence of superior academic achievement (such as grade point average, class rank, honors or other designations); and individuals committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level. For information regarding level-specific eligibility requirements, stipends, and other program information for each of the three levels of the Fellowship program, please access the fact sheet for the program level of your interest, pre-doctoral, dissertation or postdoctoral.

Application Deadlines:  

* 2012 Pre-doctoral Fellowship application submission deadline is November 14, 2011 
* 2012 Dissertation and Postdoctoral Fellowship application submission deadline is November 17, 2011
* 2012 Supporting Document receipt deadline (all fellowship levels) is January 6, 2012

William Randolph Hearst Fellowship/Internship for Minority Students
>http://www.aspeninstitute.org/policy-work/nonprofit-philanthropy/leadership-initiatives/hearst

Fellowship Grant Amount: Approximately $2,000 will be awarded to the Fall and Spring fellows and approximately $4,000 will be awarded to the Summer fellow. This is not a scholarship. The student must be able to work as an intern for 12-15 weeks in the Washington, DC, office of the Aspen Institute during the academic semester in which the fellowship is awarded.

Eligibility:
The Aspen Institute Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation (PSI) in Washington, D.C., offers the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fellowship three times annually.  The fellowship, which is based on academic excellence and need, is open to both undergraduate and graduate students of color. The Hearst Fellow serves as an intern with PSI. 

Deadlines, Application & More Information:
Please visit their website.

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Minority PhD Program
>http://www.nacme.org/sloan/Sloan.aspx?pageid=31

Synopsis of the Program: The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation's Minority Ph.D. Program has two components. The Ph.D. component offers substantial scholarship support to underrepresented minority students who are beginning their doctoral work in engineering, natural science and mathematics. The smaller Feeder component offers underrepresented minority B.S. or M.S. students access to select faculty and departments that have demonstrated success in sending their students on to doctoral programs.

Sloan and the student’s home department work together to guarantee you financial support as long as you are making satisfactory progress toward your degree. Beyond the monetary assistance, you receive the mentoring and guidance that often spells the difference between beginning and completing a degree. To become a Sloan Scholar, you must apply to and be accepted in a recognized program supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Scholars are selected based on their application, faculty recommendation, appropriate field of study, and financial need. Awards are made on a rolling basis.

The United Negro College Fund and the Merck Company Foundation
>http://umsi.uncf.org/applyonline/graduateinstructions

Synopsis of the Program: The UNCF/Merck Graduate Science Research Dissertation Fellowships are intended to support African American graduate students as they complete coursework, conduct research, and prepare the dissertation required for the doctoral degree in the life or physical sciences, biomedical research and engineering. The UNCF/Merck Postdoctoral Science Research Fellowships are intended to provide support to African American post-graduates to obtain postdoctoral training or continue to conduct postdoctoral, pre-professional research projects.

Dissertation Fellowships: Awards up to $53,500. At least 12 Graduate Science Research Dissertation Fellowship awards will be made in 2011. Each award is up to a maximum of $53,500 and consists of a Fellowship Stipend of up to $43,500 for the award recipient and a Research Grant of up to $10,000. For administrative purposes, the awards will be made to the institution with which each award recipient is affiliated. Only institutions in the United States are eligible. As the awards are intended to be used to support graduate student stipends and research, no part of the awards may be used for indirect costs. Awards begin no earlier than September 1, 2011.

Postdoctoral Science Research Fellowships:, Awards up to $92,000. At least 10 UNCF/Merck Postdoctoral Science Research Fellowship awards will be made in 2012. Each award is up to a maximum of $92,000 and consists of a Fellowship Stipend of up to $77,000 for the award recipient and a Research Grant of up to $15,000. For administrative purposes, the awards will be made to the institutions with which the award recipients are affiliated. Only institutions in the United States are eligible. As the awards are intended to be used to support the stipends and research of postdoctoral fellows, no part of the awards may be used for indirect costs. Awards will begin no earlier than September 1, 2012.

OTHER FELLOWSHIP RESOURCES

The U.Va. Medical Informatics/Systems Engineering Training (MINDSET) Program
Fellowship Grant Amount: Approximately $5295 for 3 month programs
Eligibility: The MINDSET program is designed to train researchers who are well-grounded in Systems Engineering methodologies as applied to healthcare and biological systems. Applicants must be American citizens or permanent residents.
Please visit the website http://www.sys.virginia.edu/healthcare/ for more details
William Randolph Hearst Fellowship/Internship for Minority Students
Fellowship Grant Amount: Approximately $2,000 will be awarded to the Fall and Spring fellows and approximately $4,000 will be awarded to the Summer fellow.
Eligibility:The Aspen Institute Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation (PSI) in Washington, D.C., offers the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fellowship three times annually.  The fellowship, which is based on academic excellence and need, is open to both undergraduate and graduate students of color. The Hearst Fellow serves as an intern with PSI. 
Deadlines, Application & More Information: Please visit their website.


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