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Dear Graduate Students,

One of the challenges in writing the GradFunding Newsletter is trying to categorize the opportunities. For example, the National Institute of Justice is open to students in STEM. And although the name of the Mathematica Policy Research Fellowships indicates they should be in the STEM section, they are looking for fellows from a broad range of disciplines. In short, you may want to skim the entire list of fellowships to see if something pertains to you!

Shelley and Alex




General Funding Opportunities


Funding Opportunities in the Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences


Funding Opportunities in Science & Engineering


Postdoctoral Opportunities



12th Annual Bio5/BioSA Student Industry Networking Event

Looking for an exciting career? Come and meet representatives and employees from biotech, biomedical and life science companies. SINE connects undergraduate and graduate students in life sciences, medicine, engineering, computer and information sciences, and business to internships and jobs in the Arizona bio-industry. A pre-SINE workshop from 3:00-4:00PM will provide an opportunity to meet with industry and UArizona career specialists in a small group. This is a free event with refreshments served.


University of Arizona Grad Slam

Grad Slam is a campus-wide competition for the best 3-minute talk about student research and discovery. All disciplines are encouraged to participate. Presenters will be evaluated on their ability to convey in a compelling fashion the value of their research or creative work to a non-specialist audience within the 3-minute time limit. Awards from $1000 to $3000. The Graduate College offers workshops on developing and practicing your presentation, whether it be for Grad Slam, an upcoming conference, or dissertation defense.


General Funding Opportunities

Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS) Dissertation Award Program

The ACUNS Dissertation Fellowship Award recognizes emerging students of extraordinary potential who have reached the stage of writing an advanced graduate-level dissertation on a topic of direct and demonstrable relevance to the United Nations and/or the UN system. Applications not thus related to the UN and/or UN system will not be considered. An important component of the Award for its winner is the recognition of excellence that this entails throughout ACUNS’ global community of scholars and practitioners. The Award also includes a monetary component in the amount of $1,500.00 US. In addition, the winner is encouraged to attend the ACUNS Annual Meeting in that same year, where she/he will be introduced and recognized as the Award winner.


AccessLex Institute Legal Education Diversity Pipeline Grant Program

The Diversity Pipeline Research Grant Program provides funding to programs and initiatives aimed at helping college students and/or college graduates from historically underrepresented groups successfully matriculate into law school and the legal profession. The central goal of the grant is to increase the knowledge base around effective methods for increasing the enrollment and success of law students from historically underrepresented racial and socioeconomic backgrounds. Accordingly, we seek to fund collaborative programs that provide participants with meaningful content and experiences as well as holistic support. Funded programs must engage in rigorous program evaluation, systematically measuring outcomes and identifying scalable best practices.


AccessLex Institute Research and Dissertation Fellow Program

The Research and Dissertation Fellows Program is a partnership between AccessLex Institute and the Association for Institutional Research (AIR), designed to promote scholarship on issues related to access, affordability and the value of graduate and professional education. Preference is given to proposals focusing on diversity in legal education or the profession; the bar exam; or graduate and professional school finance, student aid or financial education. In addition, proposals utilizing regional, national or multi-institutional datasets are encouraged. Single institution research proposals that are designed to yield findings that are scalable and replicable are also accepted. This grant program awards $50,000 to scholars and $25,000 to doctoral students to support year-long research projects. Researchers may analyze pre-existing data or include the construction of a new dataset in their proposal.


Aga Khan Foundation for International Students

The Aga Khan Foundation provides a limited number of scholarships each year for postgraduate studies to outstanding students from select developing countries who have no other means of financing their studies, in order to develop effective scholars and leaders and to prepare them for employment, primarily within the AKDN.  Scholarships are awarded on a 50% grant: 50% loan basis through a competitive application process once a year in June or July.  The Foundation gives priority to requests for Master's level courses but is willing to consider applications for PhD programmes, only in the case of outstanding students who are highly recommended for doctoral studies by their professors and who need a PhD for the fulfilment of their career objectives (academic or research oriented).

  • Deadline: March 6-31, 2020 (see website for country-specific deadlines)
  • Citizenship: The Foundation accepts applications from nationals of the following countries: Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Syria, Egypt, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Madagascar and Mozambique.  In France, Portugal, UK, USA and Canada, applications are accepted from those who are originally from one of the above developing countries, are interested in development-related studies and who have no other means of financing their education.
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American Indian Alumni Club Scholarships

The American Indian Alumni Club is pleased to announce the three scholarships for the 2020-2021 academic year that are now open on scholarship universe. The three scholarships are (1) AIA Tribal Nations Scholarship, (2) AIA Collegiate License Plate Scholarship, and (3) AIA Tuition Scholarship. All eligible undergraduate students are encouraged to apply for all three. Graduate students are encouraged to apply for the Tribal Nations Scholarship. Please note, when you log into Scholarship Universe, we highly recommend you tailor your search! You can find the scholarships if you filter your search engines and input the following information: “Alumni Association” as the organization and “American Indian Alumni Club” for department.


Aspen Tech/Data Policy Summer Fellowship

At the Aspen Tech Policy Hub, we take tech experts, teach them the policy process through an in-person fellowship program in the Bay Area, and encourage them to develop outside-the-box solutions to society’s problems. We model ourselves after tech incubators like Y Combinator, but train new policy thinkers and focus the impact of their ideas. We’re building new ideas for policymaking—every fellow must complete one practical policy output during their time with us—and an alumni base of technologists who understand policy and want to engage with it.


Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) in Middle Eastern Studies  

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Academic Year and Summer fellowships are awarded annually in Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, and Turkish to undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Arizona in any program/department who are pursuing Middle Eastern language and area studies. Funding is provided by the US Department of Education and awards are made through CMES.

  • Deadline: February 17, 2020
  • Citizenship: U.S. citizen, national resident, permanent resident alien
  • Website:    
  • If you plan to apply: email (if you haven’t already done so) with the names of your two recommenders, their titles, their emails, and whether or not you waive the right to review of your recommendations


Foreign Language & Area Studies Fellowships (FLAS) in Portuguese and Indigenous Languages in Latin America

The FLAS Fellowship is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education under Title VI Grant. We seek to support graduate and undergraduate students whose academic program and/or career objectives focus on Latin America and who can demonstrate the value of language training to their studies and/or career. Candidates from all departments and professional schools are encouraged to apply.

  • Deadline: February 17, 2020 (Summer); March 2, 2020 (Academic Year)
  • Citizenship: U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident alien
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Hispanic Scholarship Fund

The HSF Scholarship is designed to assist students of Hispanic heritage obtain a college degree. Scholarships are available on a competitive basis. Awards are based on merit; amounts range from $500 to $5,000, based on relative need, among the Scholars selected.

  • Deadline: February 15, 2020
  • Citizenship: U.S. Citizen, Permanent Legal Resident, DACA or Eligible Non-Citizen (as defined by FAFSA).
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Mathematica Policy Research Summer Fellowships

The Summer Fellowship Program at Mathematica welcomes doctoral students to spend 12 weeks at one of Mathematica’s office locations. Fellows will work on their own independent research project (typically their dissertation), which will intersect with one or more of Mathematica’s focus areas: health, human services, and international research. Fellows will be mentored by senior staff, learn about Mathematica and its work, and have the opportunity to shadow Mathematica research projects and proposals. At the conclusion of the fellowship, fellows will present a seminar on their research project. Each fellow will receive a stipend of $10,000, plus $500 in project-related expenses.


National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF)

NIJ — the research, development and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice — is dedicated to improving knowledge and understanding of crime and justice issues through science. NIJ provides objective and independent knowledge and tools to inform the decision-making of the criminal justice community to reduce crime and advance justice, particularly at the state and local levels. The goal of the GRF program is to increase the pool of scholars engaged in research that addresses the challenges of crime and justice in the United States, particularly at the state and local levels. There are two tracks: (1) Social and Behavioral Sciences: GRF-SBS supported research in all social and behavioral science disciplines including, but not limited to, criminology, psychology and sociology; and (2) Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM): GRF-STEM supported research in the life sciences, physical sciences, engineering, computer and information sciences, and the mathematical sciences.


UArizona/NASA Space Grant Graduate Outreach Fellowships

The UA/NASA Space Grant Program and nominating departments provide six graduate fellowships per year to exceptional graduate students interested in promoting the understanding of space-related research to the public and who are studying space sciences/engineering, public policy, earth sciences, science education, or global change-related fields. Space Grant fellows are required to complete an educational outreach project as part of their fellowship. Fellowships include a stipend of $16,000 for up to two years, both in-state and out-of-state fee/tuition waivers, student health insurance, and $750/year for travel to professional meetings. Candidates must be a graduate student at the University of Arizona studying a NASA STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) discipline helping address NASA's mission.


Open Technology Fund Information Controls Pre- and Post-Doctoral Fellowship

The Information Controls Fellowship Program (ICFP) cultivates research, outputs, and creative collaboration on topics related to repressive internet censorship and surveillance. The ICFP supports examination into how governments in countries, regions, or areas of OTF’s core focus are restricting the free flow of information, cutting access to the open internet, and implementing censorship mechanisms, thereby threatening the ability of global citizens to exercise basic human rights and democracy; work focused on mitigation of such threats is also supported. Typically, ICFP fellows have experience in fields such as computer science, engineering, information security research, software development, social sciences, law, and data visualization, among others.


Pat Tillman Foundation

The Tillman Scholar application is open to military service members, veterans and spouses pursuing full-time undergraduate and graduate degrees at a US-based, accredited institutions. We provide academic scholarships, professional development opportunities, and a connection to a national network of service-minded leaders. Strong applicants demonstrate clear academic goals, extraordinary leadership potential and a deep desire to create positive change. They believe their best years of service to our country are still ahead of them, and they are committed to strengthening communities at home and around the world.


Property and Environmental Research Center Fellowships  

PERC Graduate Fellowships offer the ideal opportunity for graduate and law students to research issues related to natural resources, innovation, property rights, and the environment. Graduate fellows spend three months at PERC over the summer in Bozeman, Montana, researching and writing a paper under the mentorship of a PERC Senior Fellow. Graduate Fellows have the opportunity to work in depth on a thesis or dissertation and fast track their research. This is a chance to receive feedback from experts in fields including economics, law, and environmental science. Graduate Fellows are expected to interact with other PERC scholars and fellows while in residence, and it is intended that the fellowship period be thought of as an opportunity to either establish or strengthen a continuing relationship with PERC. Office space is provided in a congenial, stimulating work environment in a locale of unparalleled natural beauty.


Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center Sabla Summer Arabic Language Immersion Program

The mission of the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies is to promote the study of the Intermountain West by sponsoring research, publication, teaching, and public programs in a variety of academic disciplines including history, geography, sociology, anthropology, politics, economics, literature, art, folklore, range science, forestry, biology, and popular culture. The center offers a variety of awards, fellowships, and grants. These include funding for research in women’s history, for study in special collections, and summer awards for graduate students.


Tinker Summer Field Research Grant (UA)

Tinker Foundation Research Grants provide graduate students with travel funds (international and in-country) to Spanish and Portuguese-speaking Latin American or Caribbean countries as well as limited field research expenses. These awards allow students to acquire a comprehensive knowledge of language and culture, to familiarize themselves with information sources relevant to their studies; to conduct pilot studies and preliminary investigations, and to develop contacts with scholars and institutions in their fields. They are awarded by the university institutes/centers for brief periods of research in Iberia or Latin America and should reflect primarily the Foundation's broad areas of interest. Awards are limited to graduate students conducting pre-dissertation research.


University of Arizona Graduate & Professional Student Council (GPSC) Research and Travel Grants

The GPSC awards travel grants for graduate and professional students who are attending or presenting research at academic or professional conferences or similar events. The GPSC awards research and project grants for graduate and professional students who have a project proposal and principal investigator or project advisor.



Funding Opportunities in the Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences

Arizona Commission on the Arts Voices of the Wilderness Alaskan Artist-in-Residence Program  

The Voices of the Wilderness artist residency is a unique opportunity. It is modeled after traditional residencies in the national parks... with a twist. InsteadSusan Watkins painting in Nellie Juan-College Fiord WSA 2012. of staying at a remote wilderness cabin, our participating artists are paired with a wilderness specialist and actively engaged in stewardship projects, such as research, monitoring, and education. The idea is to give artists a sense of the stewardship behind America’s public lands, fostering an artistic exploration of these natural and cultural treasures. The hoped-for result is artwork that communicates something of the meaning of these lands.


Charles Redd Center for Western Studies – various fellowships and awards

The mission of the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies is to promote the study of the Intermountain West by sponsoring research, publication, teaching, and public programs in a variety of academic disciplines including history, geography, sociology, anthropology, politics, economics, literature, art, folklore, range science, forestry, biology, and popular culture. The center offers a variety of awards, fellowships, and grants. These include funding for research in women’s history, for study in special collections, and summer awards for graduate students.


Dan David Doctoral and Postdoctoral Prize - Literature

Scholarships support interdisciplinary research that cuts across traditional boundaries and paradigms. The Prize aims to foster universal values of excellence, creativity, justice, democracy and progress and to promote the scientific, technological and humanistic achievements that advance and improve the world. The scholarship offers support for one year. The Dan David Prize laureates annually donate ten scholarships of US$15,000 each to outstanding doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers of exceptional promise in the chosen fields for the current year.


Fahs-Beck Fund for Research and Experimentation in Human Services (Dissertation and Postdoctoral)

Grants of up to $5,000 are available to help support dissertation expenses of doctoral students in the United States and Canada whose studies have the potential for adding significantly to knowledge about problems in the functioning or well-being of children, adults, couples, families, or communities, or about interventions designed to prevent or alleviate such problems. Grants of up to $20,000 are available to help support the research of faculty members or post-doctoral researchers affiliated with non-profit human service organizations in the United States and Canada. The research for which funding is requested must focus on the United States or Canada or on a comparison between the United States or Canada and one or more other countries.


Gerda Henkel Stiftung/Gerda Henkel Foundation General Research Grants: Projects

Support is primarily provided for the historical humanities, in particular to support research projects in the fields of Archaeology, Art History, Historical Islamic Studies, History, History of Law, History of Science, Prehistory and Early History. The grants for research projects involve, depending on the type of project, the assumption of costs for personnel, travel, materials and/or other costs. A fundamental prerequisite for a grant is that project staff conduct their own research, which is published under their name.


Health Policy Research Scholarship

Health Policy Research Scholars is a leadership development opportunity for second-year full-time doctoral students from underrepresented populations and/or disadvantaged backgrounds—students whose ethnicity, socioeconomic status, ability, and other factors allow them to bring unique and diverse perspectives to their research. They want to apply their research to advance health and equity, and their innovation helps build a Culture of Health, one that enables everyone in America to live longer, healthier lives.

  • Deadline: March 11, 2020
  • Citizenship: U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or individuals granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) status by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services at the time of application are eligible to apply.
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History Colorado Women’s History Fall Fellowship 

History Colorado is seeking three recipients for its Center for Colorado Women’s History Fall Fellowship. We invite scholars, activists, artists, musicians and writers who are engaged in the expansion and expression of knowledge to help inform the understanding of women in Colorado’s history, specifically through the interdisciplinary lens and methodologies of women’s studies, gender studies, and/or race and ethnic studies. Scholars, activists, artists, musicians, and/or writers will focus on the generation of knowledge and/or the expression of history within the scope of the interdisciplinary fields of women’s studies, gender studies and ethnic studies. Participants will help to inform the narrative of women’s history at the Center for Colorado Women’s History and contribute to the greater understanding of the history of women in Colorado. Successful candidates will be willing to engage in museum and community events such as exhibits, arts projects, programs, and collaborations with other History Colorado properties and sites.


Houston Center for Contemporary Craft Residency Program

Applicants must be able to fulfill a program requirement of working in their studios for two days per week during HCCC public hours. All resident artists are required to open their studios to public interaction on Saturdays and one other day of the week (TBD), as well as during exhibition openings and specific educational programs on the evenings and weekends. Applicants should consider the public-facing nature of the residencies and the fact that a major goal of the program is to provide visitors with an opportunity to explore contemporary craft through engaging with working artists.


International Literacy Association (ILA) Helen M. Robinson Grant  

This US$1,200 grant established in memory of Helen M. Robinson is given annually to support a doctoral student in the early stages of his or her dissertation research in reading and literacy. Dr. Robinson devoted much of her work to developing a better understanding of instructional interventions. This grant will be used to support eligible dissertation research in this area. Applicants must be ILA members.


Kerouac Project Residencies for Writers

The Kerouac Project provides four residencies a year to writers of any stripe or age, living anywhere in the world. In the past we have accepted writers with no formal writing education alongside those with MFA’s and impressive résumés. You will be judged on the quality of the writing sample you submit. Each residency consists of approximately a three month stay in the cottage where Jack Kerouac wrote his novel Dharma Bums. Utilities and a food stipend of $1,000 are included. As writer-in-residence, all you are required to do is live in the Kerouac House during your residency, work on your writing project, and participate in two events—a Welcome Potluck dinner for you, and a Final Reading of your work at the Kerouac House at the end of your residency. Should you desire them, the Kerouac Project can also offer opportunities for you to participate in other readings, lead workshops, and interact in other ways with the vibrant Central Florida literary community.


Kettering Foundation (Pre- and Post-doc) Graduate Resident Research Positions

As a research organization the Kettering Foundation relies upon a team of resident researchers to contribute to its programs. The research group includes positions open to doctoral candidates and recent post-docs. The position includes residency at the Dayton, Ohio campus for one academic year (usually July – July). Researchers provide focused reviews of relevant scholarly and professional literature, work on individualized projects, and participate in research sessions with people and organizations attempting to strengthen democracy around the world. Residents work individually and within a 4-6 member research group. The position is considered full-time with the expectation that the researcher will have the flexibility to complete the dissertation and maintain an active individual research agenda. We seek candidates whose interests are complementary to the foundation’s interdisciplinary research into the challenges of democratic governance.


Lemmermann Foundation Scholarship Award (for research related to Rome)

The Lemmermann Foundation offers scholarships in the classical studies and humanities to masters and doctoral students. Topic of research must be related to Rome and the Roman culture of any period, from the Pre-Roman period to the present day time. Applicants must provide evidence for their need to study and carry out research in Rome.


Library Company of Philadelphia Short-term and Dissertation Fellowships

The Library Company of Philadelphia is an independent research library concentrating on American society and culture from the 17th through the 19th centuries. Free and open to the public, the Library Company houses an extensive non-circulating collection of rare books, manuscripts, broadsides, ephemera, prints, photographs, and works of art. Our mission is to foster scholarship in and increase public understanding of American history before 1900 by preserving and interpreting the valuable materials in our care.


Linguistics Program - Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Awards (Ling-DDRI)

Through its competitive grants competitions, the Linguistics Program of the U.S. National Science Foundation seeks to advance basic understanding and methods in the study of language. The Linguistics Program expects that the research it supports will draw upon and enhance fundamental theory in linguistics, and it will encourage and support potentially transformative research that has potential larger-scale, longer-term significance for both basic understanding and for societal benefit. Doctoral dissertation research improvement (DDRI) awards provide support to enhance and improve the dissertation projects conducted by doctoral students enrolled in U.S.


MacDowell Colony Fellowship

The MacDowell Colony provides time, space, and an inspiring environment to artists of exceptional talent. A MacDowell Fellowship, or residency, consists of exclusive use of a studio, accommodations, and three prepared meals a day for up to eight weeks. There are no residency fees. About 300 artists in seven disciplines are awarded fellowships each year and the sole criterion for acceptance is artistic excellence. MacDowell encourages artists from all backgrounds and all countries in the following disciplines: architecture, film/video arts, interdisciplinary arts, literature, music composition, theatre, and visual arts.


Mellon Graduate Fellowship in “Neoliberalism at the Neopopulist Crossroads”

Applications are invited from graduate students at the ABD level in all doctoral programs at the University of Arizona for two one-year, non-renewable Graduate Fellowships associated with a Mellon-funded Sawyer Seminar on the subject of “Neoliberalism at the Neopopulist Crossroads.” This Sawyer Seminar will re-evaluate prevailing theories of neoliberalism’s intellectual histories, political imaginations and cultural practices in light of the tumultuous turn toward right-wing populisms that has occurred in many parts of the globe. We will consider to what extent the new populist movements and governments represent a forceful reaction to the changes effected by neoliberalism, especially since the economic crisis of 2008. The Graduate Fellows will serve as part of the leadership team for the grant. They will work with UA faculty and a postdoctoral fellow in planning the overall program, hosting campus visitors, coordinating with our community partners, designing and hosting the international conference, curating the online archive of the seminar, and preparing a collection of essays for publication.

Applicants should submit (1) Statement of interest and qualification of no more than 500 words, and (2) Curriculum Vitae to Jeff Schlueter. Please use the following subject heading for the email in which you submit your application: SawyerApplication Applicantlastname (e.g. Subject: SawyerApplication Trujillo). Please also have your recommender send to the same email address their faculty support letter detailing your scholarly excellence and relevance of work. Please have the recommender submit their letter in an email to Jeff Schlueter with the following subject heading: SawyerRecommendation ApplicantLastname (e.g.: Subject: SawyerRecommendation Trujillo).

  • Deadline: February 10, 2020
  • Citizenship: Unspecified
  • Website: Please submit application materials to Jeff Schlueter at: Any questions about this fellowship opportunity may be directed to Professor Leerom Medovoi, Department of English, at:

Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS) Esther Ngan-ling Chow and Mareyjoyce Green Scholarship

Sociologists for Women in Society has worked hard to build a coalition of women scholars who share concerns about the status of women both domestically and internationally. The primary purposes of the scholarship are: (1) To offer support to women of color scholars who are from underrepresented groups and are studying concerns that women of color face domestically and/or internationally; and (2) To increase the network and participation of students and professionals of color in SWS and beyond. Applicants must identify as a woman from a racial/ethnic group facing racial discrimination in the United States; dissertation must be sociologically relevant scholarship that addresses the concerns of women of color, domestically and/or internationally; student must be in the early stages of writing a dissertation; student must be “All But Dissertation” (ABD) by the time the term of the award begins; and applicant must demonstrate a financial need for the award.


Ucross Foundation Artist in Residence Program

Artists, writers and composers from around the United States and the world, in all stages of their professional careers, are invited to apply to work on individual or collaborative projects. Fellows are chosen by a panel of professionals in the arts and humanities in a highly competitive application process.  The quality of an applicant's work is given primary consideration.  Final invitations for residencies are extended at the discretion of the Ucross Foundation.


U.S. Capitol Historical Society

Inaugurated in 1986, the Capitol Fellowship Program has provided financial support to more than fifty scholars researching important topics in the art and architectural history of the United States Capitol Complex. The proposed topic must directly relate to some elements of art or architecture within the United States Capitol complex: the Capitol, the congressional office buildings, the Library of Congress buildings, the Supreme Court buildings, and the Botanic Garden. It may include studies of individual artists, architects, or other historical figures and forces. The research must involve the resources of the Architect of the Capitol, including the architectural drawings, manuscripts, and reference collections, or material on the Capitol in the Library of Congress, National Archives, or other specific collections identified in the applicant’s proposal.


W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund Howard Chapnick Grant

In 1996 the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund established the Howard Chapnick Grant, to encourage and support leadership in fields ancillary to photojournalism, such as editing, research, education and management. The annual $10,000 grant may be used to finance any of a range of qualified undertakings, which might include a program of further education, research, a special long-term sabbatical project, or an internship to work with a noteworthy group or individual. According to the Fund’s Board of Trustees, special consideration will be given to individuals, initiatives, organizations or projects that promote social change and/or serve significant concerns of photojournalism. This grant is not intended to be used for the creation or production of photographs, which will continue to be funded by the Smith Fund Grant and the Smith Fund Student Grant.


Funding Opportunities in   Science & Engineering

AFCEA Ralph W. Shrader Graduate Diversity Scholarship

For the 2019-2020 academic year scholarships of $3,000 will be awarded to full-time students (women and minority students), enrolled in their second semester and at least two semester-equivalent courses) currently pursuing a graduate degree at any accredited academic institution in the United States and living in the United States in an eligible major that supports the mission of AFCEA Educational Foundation. Expected graduation date cannot be in the year the scholarship is awarded. AFCEA's focus is on STEM/hard sciences - information technology, cybersecuirty, telecommunications electronics supporting defense, homeland security and intelligence communities.


American Geological Society (AGS) Summer/Fall Semester Internship in Public Policy

American Geological Institute seeks outstanding geoscience students with a strong interest in federal science policy for a semester-long internship in geoscience and public policy in the Government Affairs Program. Representing the geoscience community in Washington, DC, the program actively works with Congress and federal agencies to foster sound public policy in areas that affect geoscientists, including water, energy, and mineral resources; geologic hazards; environmental protection; and federal funding for geoscience research and education. Interns will gain a first-hand understanding of the legislative process and the operation of executive branch agencies.


Argonne National Laboratory Graduate Research Program  

This program provides Master’s and Ph.D. level candidates an opportunity to conduct work within an Argonne research group or on a specific project for the purpose of supporting the student’s thesis work. The university sets the academic standards and awards the degree. In practice, the participation of the faculty member varies from full partnership in the research to general supervision of the student’s thesis work. The Argonne staff member keeps the faculty member at the university informed on the student’s progress.


Dannon Yogurt, Probiotics and the Gut Microbiome Fellowship Grant

Danone North America, PBC will award $25,000 to two graduate students interested in exploring the gut microbiome, probiotics and yogurt to better understand how they help support and maintain human health and wellness. Since its inception, the Danone North America, Fellowship Grant has enabled up-and-coming scientists to make strides in the interdisciplinary fields of biology, health sciences, nutrition, microbiome, yogurt and probiotics. Applicants should excel in science and have an interest in studying the gut microbiome, probiotics and yogurt in human health and wellness (the "Field"); and are encouraged to submit a proposal for a study that explores measures of human health and wellness. The grant is not designed for the investigation of disease treatment or clinical management and should focus on health and wellness, long-term health and longevity, growth and development, or performance.


Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy Innovators Fellowship

The Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Research Participation Program is designed to provide opportunities for students, postgraduates, established scientists and faculty to participate in programs, projects, and activities that support the mission of the EERE. Participants will hold appointments at DOE-EERE Headquarters, EERE field offices, and other EERE-approved sites. Participants will receive hands-on experience that provides them with an understanding of the mission, operations, and culture of EERE. The purpose of the Solar Energy Innovators Program is to enable selected applicants to conduct practical research on innovative solutions to the challenges faced by electric utilities, energy service providers, and electric public utility commissions as the levels of solar energy, as well as other distributed energy resources, increase on the electrical grid.


Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership for Students from Developing Countries

Our scholars are exceptional master’s students from developing countries studying in sustainable energy development. Today, the need for globally-oriented practitioners and researchers is growing rapidly. Our one-of-a-kind scholarship program fosters the next generation of energy, climate, and electricity sector specialists who will be prepared to tackle the challenges of the future.

  • Deadline: March 6, 2020
  • Citizenship: Applicants must be a citizen of a developing country/territory on the List of official development aid recipients identified by the Development Co-operation Directorate of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (see website for list).
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Gulf Research Program Science Policy Fellowship (Pre or Post-Doctoral)  

The Gulf Research Program’s Science Policy Fellowship program helps scientists hone their skills by putting them to practice for the benefit of Gulf Coast communities and ecosystems. Fellows gain first-hand policymaking experience as they spend one year on the staff of federal, state, local, or non-governmental environmental, natural resource, oil and gas, and public health agencies in the Gulf of Mexico region.


Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) brings together scientists for research in astrophysics and related fields. Applicants in theory, observation, instrument development, or laboratory experiments at a university or college are strongly encouraged to apply to this program. The program is designed for graduate students wishing to carry out all or part of their thesis research at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. Therefore, applicants must have completed preliminary coursework and examinations prior to the start of the SAO Predoctoral Program.


Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Graduate Internships

Graduate internships at INL offer a great opportunity to explore research topics. Internships are primarily awarded to qualified masters and doctoral degree candidates in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. Qualified candidates in other areas, however, are also considered. INL’s internship terms are designed to match a typical university term, lasting anywhere from 10 to 16 weeks. Summer interns should come to INL expecting to work 40 hours. There is, however, flexibility within that 40-hour workweek to assist interns with scheduling conflicts, if needed. INL interns are paid a nationally competitive wage that is based on the number of credits they have earned and degree program they are enrolled in.


Institute of Food Technologists Feeding Tomorrow Scholarships

Feeding Tomorrow awards annual scholarships to students pursuing a graduate degree in a variety of disciplines within the science of food. Please see the list of available scholarships below, and remember to verify your eligibility and review the application requirements. Applicant’s school of enrollment can be any educational institution conducting fundamental investigations for the advancement of food science and food technology, unless there are stated exceptions of scholarship criteria for sponsored scholarships.



Southwest Climate Adaptation Science Center—Natural Resources Workforce Development Fellowship

The Southwest Climate Adaptation Science Center (SW CASC) Natural Resources Workforce Development (NRWD) Fellowship was developed to provide graduate students with opportunities for training and practice in developing use-inspired and actionable science to inform natural resource management decisions. Each year, the fellowship will have a different science theme. The fellowship is open to currently enrolled graduate students in research-based thesis or dissertation-granting programs at the seven SW CASC consortium institutions (see link below). Fellows will work as a team to conduct research, and are required to attend monthly cohort teleconferences and two in-person meetings, submit a news item for the SW CASC website, and submit a written report of results and findings.

  • Deadline: Applications for the 2020-2021 cycle will open in January of 2020. Check the website link below at that time for information on how to apply.
  • Citizenship: Unspecified
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Tech Launch Arizona (TLA) Student Innovation Challenge!

Through the Challenge, our goal is to engage students in the 4th Industrial Revolution, designing solutions to challenges they encounter in their daily lives. The Challenge is an idea-stage competition designed to encourage UArizona students – both undergraduate and graduate – to propose and develop solutions to real-world problems. The program offers students the opportunity to take novel ideas to the next level where they can create real-world impact. Working individually or in teams, students identify a problem and develop a range of solutions from hardware prototypes to software or mobile applications. Students will then propose both the perceived challenge and the potential solution to address the unmet needs in any variety of sectors including global health, mechanical and electrical engineering, optical sciences, water, energy, agriculture and more. TLA will award a total of up to $50,000 in funding for projects with the most promising ideas. Awards per project will be based on the funding requests and the discretion of TLA to maximize the number of ideas or projects funded.


UArizona Institute for Energy Solutions Graduate Student Summer Fellowship

The Institute for Energy Solutions Summer Fellowship Program provides graduate students with the opportunity to work in (United States) research laboratories, private industry, government agencies and NGO's on renewable energy-water related research and projects.  This is the perfect opportunity for students to work outside of their current research lab and work in a setting that will enrich their studies.  Students who are awarded fellowships are encouraged to present their experiences and the results of their summer research at the IES Fellowship Fall Symposium, annual Arizona Student Energy Conference (AzSEC), and other IES events. Up to five $5,000 fellowships will be awarded to outstanding UA graduate students who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and commitment to renewable energy science, technology, economics, business, policy or other related research that sits at the energy-water nexus.


UArizona Institute for Energy Solutions Indigenous Food, Energy, and Water Security and Sovereignty (Indige-FEWSS)

Worldwide, ~370 million indigenous people live in over 90 countries. Although, indigenous people are only approximately 5% of the world population, they represent 90% of cultural diversity and hold 20% of the land that maintains 80% of the world’s remaining biodiversity. However, indigenous people often lack access to energy, water, and food infrastructure. Indige-FEWSS’s goal is to develop a diverse workforce with intercultural awareness and FEWS expertise to address FEWS challenges in indigenous communities. Indige-FEWSS believes developing technical solutions to these challenges requires an understanding of indigenous societies, governance, and culture and the ability to work effectively in these contexts.



University of New Hampshire Sustainability Fellowships

UNH Sustainability Fellowships pair exceptional students from across the U.S. with municipal, educational, corporate, and non-profit partners in New England to work on transformative sustainability initiatives each summer.  Sustainability Fellows undertake challenging projects that are designed to create an immediate impact, offer a quality learning experience, and foster meaningful collaboration. Fellows are paid for work on-site with their mentors at partner organizations during the summer, supported by a network of Fellows, partners, alumni, and the UNH Team. Graduate students, exceptional undergraduate students, and recent graduates from any accredited college or university are eligible to apply.


World Wildlife Fund – Russell E. Train Fellowships for International Students

Russell E. Train Fellowships support individuals pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree in conservation. Each year, WWF supports committed conservationists from target countries to receive financial support for their studies and field research. Applicants can apply to attend any university around the world and must return to their home countries to work in conservation for at least two years after completing their degree.


Postdoctoral Opportunities

American Council of Learned Societies Public Fellows  

ACLS is pleased to announce the tenth annual competition of the Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows program. The program promotes the visibility and value of the humanities PhD beyond the academy by offering opportunities for PhDs to contribute to the public good while gaining career-building experience in the fields of policy, community development, conservation, arts and culture, and media. In 2020, the program is offering 21 two-year term positions at organizations in government and nonprofit sectors for recent PhDs from the humanities and humanistic social sciences. Fellows will participate in the substantive work of these organizations and will have opportunities for networking, mentoring, and career development programming, both in-person and virtually.


de Duve Institute Post-Doctoral Program in Belgium  

The Institute awards 1-year fellowships, which are renewable once, to young foreign scientists, who in principle have not obtained their PhD degree at a Belgian University, and who wish to carry out their post-doctoral research within one of our research groups. Candidates must hold a PhD or MD degree to be eligible, and be in a situation of international mobility, i.e. they should in principle not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Belgium for more than 12 months in the 3-year period before submission of their application for a de Duve Institute fellowship.


Experimental Psychology Society (EPS) Grants for Study Visits

This scheme aims to help finance postgraduate and postdoctoral research in experimental psychology. Awards will pay for travel to and accommodation at another institution outside an individual’s academic base. The purpose of the visit is to develop the applicant’s research skills, and may involve learning at first hand about experimental procedures employed in the host laboratory, or designing and running studies that cannot already be carried out in the applicant’s home department. It is a further condition of the award that either the researcher’s home institution or the institution to be visited, or both, must be in the UK.


Gettysburg College - The Postdoctoral Fellowship  

The Consortium for Faculty Diversity at Liberal Arts Colleges invites applications in all disciplines for Scholar-in-Residence appointments at more than 50 nationally ranked institutions. The postdoctoral fellowship is intended for scholars who have been awarded the Ph.D. or M.F.A. no later than the beginning of the fellowship year and no earlier than five years before the beginning of the fellowship year. Postdoctoral fellows will receive compensation commensurate with the salary of a full-time, one-year faculty member with comparable qualifications. Modest funds could be made available to finance proposed research, mentoring of teaching, and scholarship. The funds allocated for these activities will be subject to the usual institutional procedures. Postdoctoral fellowship recipients will be expected to teach up to 60% of a full-time faculty's course load at a host institution, participate in departmental seminars, and interact regularly with students.


National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) Postdoctoral Fellowship

Fellowships offer postdoctoral research opportunities in earth science, heliophysics, planetary science, astrophysics, space bioscience, aeronautics and engineering, human exploration and space operations, and astrobiology. Fellows participate in NASA mission-related activities as guests at NASA Centers, Headquarters, and other NASA-approved sites. Each Fellowship is tied to a specific research opportunity located at a NASA Center. The fellow must relocate to the Center for the duration of the fellowship. In the case of virtual Centers such as the NASA Astrobiology Institute, the fellow must relocate to the university location of the advisor listed on the research opportunity. The fellowships are for 1-3 years.

  • Deadline: March 1, 2020
  • Citizenship: U.S. citizenship, Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) status, or the Exchange Visitor J-1 Visa (research scholar only) before beginning the fellowship.
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Ruth L Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship  

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) offers up to 3 years of fellowship support for postdoctoral scholars interested in biomedical and behavioral research. The purpose of the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Postdoctoral Fellowship is to enhance the research training of promising postdoctoral candidates who have the potential to become productive, independent investigators in scientific health-related research fields relevant to the missions of the participating NIH Institutes and Centers. Awards are made to individual applicants for specific training proposals. The scholarship is named after Dr. Ruth L. Kirschstein. Aside from Dr. Kirschstein's scientific accomplishments in polio vaccine development, and becoming the first woman director of an NIH Institute, she was a champion of research training and a strong advocate for the inclusion of underrepresented individuals in the scientific workforce.


Specialized Training Program in the Demography and Economics of Aging at the University of Chicago’s Center for Health and Social Sciences (CHeSS)  

The Specialized Training Program in the Demography and Economics of Aging at the University of Chicago, funded by the National Institute of Aging (T32 AG000243), trains doctoral recipients interested in the fields of demography and economics of aging through the development of basic and applied research and policy-making and analysis. This training program is administered by the University of Chicago’s Center for Health and Social Sciences (CHeSS) and is affiliated with the Aging Action Research Network (AARN) at NORC at the University of Chicago. The training program offers two postdoctoral fellowships. The goal of these postdoctoral fellowships is to train recent doctoral recipients interested in the demographic and economic analysis of aging through the development of basic methodological tools, applied research, policy-making and analysis, and professional development.


United Nations University Institute of Advanced Study of Sustainability and Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)

Jointly organized by the United Nations University and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), the JSPS–UNU Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme is designed to provide promising, highly qualified, young researchers with the opportunity to conduct advanced research in sustainability in co-operation with host researchers at Japanese universities and research institutions. Under this programme fellows conduct research relevant to one or more of the main thematic focus areas of UNU-IAS: sustainable societies, natural capital & biodiversity, and global change & resilience. Research proposals for JSPS–UNU Postdoctoral Fellowships should relate clearly to one of the specific research areas of UNU-IAS listed below. The proposed research must be policy-relevant and incorporate gender issues within the research agenda: Governance for Sustainable Development; Water for Sustainable Development; Education for Sustainable Development; International Satoyama Initiative.


Wenner-Gren Foundation Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowship  

Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowships support the writing-up of already completed research. The fellowship is awarded to scholars in the earlier stages of their careers, when they frequently lack the time and resources to develop their research for publication. By providing funds for scholars to devote themselves full-time to writing, the Foundation aims to enable a new generation of scholars to publish significant works that will impact the development of anthropology. The program contributes to the Foundation's overall mission to support basic research in anthropology and to ensure that the discipline continues to be a source of vibrant and significant work that furthers our understanding of humanity's cultural and biological origins, development, and variation. The Foundation supports research that demonstrates a clear link to anthropological theory and debates, and promises to make a solid contribution to advancing these ideas. There is no preference for any methodology, research location, or subfield. The Foundation particularly welcomes proposals that employ a comparative perspective, can generate innovative approaches or ideas, and/or integrate two or more subfields.




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Last updated 6 Feb 2020