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GradFunding Newsletter Summer 2020


Dear Graduate Students,


Even in this uncertain time, funding opportunities exist. We have a sampling listed below. Our next GradFunding newsletter will be in August. As you are planning applications for the fall, you might want to have a look at our big list of favorite fellowships.



Congratulations to all who have graduated! For those who are finishing your graduate work and want to get off this list, please send me an email stating, “remove from GradFunding list.”


Remember, the summer is the best time to work on fellowship applications and we can help through our Summer Fellowship Application Development Program. Deadline approaching soon.


Shelley and Alex





General Funding Opportunities


Funding Opportunities in the Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences


Funding Opportunities in Science & Engineering


Postdoctoral Opportunities



Summer 2020 Fellowship Application Support Program

If you plan to work on a fellowship application for graduate or postdoctoral study over the summer, we can help. The Summer Fellowship Application Support Program provides advice, deadlines, and feedback on your drafts.

General Funding Opportunities

American Institute of Indian Studies – Dissertation Research Fellowships and Performing/Creative Arts Fellowships

For more than 50 years, the American Institute of Indian Studies has provided funding to pre- and post-doctoral scholars and artists in pursuit of knowledge about India.

Junior Research Fellowships are available to doctoral candidates at U.S. universities in all fields of study. These grants are specifically designed to enable doctoral candidates to pursue their dissertation research in India. Junior Research Fellows establish formal affiliation with Indian universities and Indian research supervisors. Awards are available for up to 11 months. Senior Performing and Creative Arts Fellowships are available to accomplished practitioners of the performing arts of India and creative artists who demonstrate that study in India would enhance their skills, develop their capabilities to teach or perform in the U.S., enhance American involvement with India’s artistic traditions or strengthen their links with peers in India.


Explorers Club Grants

The Explorers Club is proud of its history but also looks toward the future by recognizing the importance of new ideas and avenues of exploration. The Club is deeply committed to supporting the fieldwork of serious researchers and, as part of its public service commitment, offers exploration grants. This category of grant supports exploration and field research for those who are just beginning their research careers. The average award is approximately $1,500.


Fulbright U.S. Student Program

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers opportunities for students and young professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide. The program currently awards approximately 1,900 grants annually in all fields of study, to go to more than 140 countries worldwide.


National Geographic Society Grant Opportunities

The National Geographic Society currently offers three types of grant applications—Early Career, Exploration, and Requests for Proposals. All proposed projects should be bold, innovative, and potentially transformative and have a primary focus in conservation, education, research, storytelling, or technology. Projects should also align to one of our three focus areas.


National Institute for Transportation and Communities Diversity Grants

NITC has funds available to support underrepresented undergraduate and graduate students participating in transportation research. The goal of the program is to expose and encourage women and people of color to transportation research and job training opportunities. PIs can request up to $5,000 for an undergraduate student or $7,500 for a graduate student.


National Institute for Transportation and Communities Dissertation Grants

Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowships of up to $15,000 to cover expenses for the recipient while working on a dissertation consistent with NITC's theme of:

Improving the mobility of people and goods to build strong communities.


Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program

The PMF Program is a leadership training ground, whether prospective students want a career in public service or elsewhere. Based on current PMF Program regulations and policies, eligible individuals apply and participate in a rigorous application and assessment process. Those ultimately selected as Finalists seek appointments as PMFs (Fellows). PMFs perform valuable service to the American people while jump-starting their careers, and get full salary and benefits as well as challenging assignments, formal professional training, rotations to other agencies, feedback on their work, plus an opportunity to make government run more efficiently. The two-year fellowship is a full-time, paid appointment.

  • Citizenship: See website
  • Application period: Wednesday, September 30 - Wednesday, October 14, 2020
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Funding Opportunities in the Arts, Humanities, &

Social Sciences


American Psychological Association Dissertation Research Award

The Science Directorate of the American Psychological Association sponsors an annual competition for dissertation research funding. The purpose of the Dissertation Research Award program is to assist science-oriented doctoral students of psychology with research costs. The current program includes 40 grants of $1,000 each, along with several larger grants of up to $5,000 to students whose dissertation research reflects excellence in scientific psychology.


Embroiderers' Guild of America

Awarded for in-depth research in all areas of embroidery and allied textile arts, and to create a basis for dialogue between EGA and other grant and research institutions.

Grants of up to $1,000 are awarded annually.

Citizenship: Unrestricted

Deadline: June 1, 2020



John F. Kennedy Library Foundation Fellowships

The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation offers competitive research fellowships every year to scholars and students who wish to make use of the archival holdings (including audiovisual materials) of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library. Topics include, but are not limited to, foreign intelligence and the presidency; research on immigration, naturalization, or refugee policy; and research on domestic policy, political journalism, polling, or press relations.


Korea Foundation Fellowship for Field Research

For the purpose of promoting overseas research in Korean studies, the Korea Foundation offers program support for the Fellowship for Field Research to provide eminent overseas Korean studies scholars and experts in relevant fields with the opportunity to conduct onsite field research in Korea and access relevant resource materials.

Citizenship: Not Korean

Deadline: Expected September 2020



Smithsonian Internships at the National Museum of African American History and Culture

Internships at the National Museum of African American History and Culture offer college and graduate students and recent graduates opportunities to work closely with professionals and scholars in the museum field. The museum provides a dynamic learning environment and access to supportive mentors that help interns reach their educational and professional goals. Interns can gain practical museum skills and program development experience in a variety of positions from education to collections to public relations.

Citizenship: Unrestricted

Deadline: July 15 (also in October and March)



Funding Opportunities in Science & Engineering

ABC Humane Wildlife Academic Scholarship – Women In STEM

As a woman-owned corporation operating in a largely male field, we understand the remarkable impact women can have. We want to pave the way for other women pursuing their dreams in the scientific world, which is why ABC Wildlife is introducing a scholarship designed to increase the number of women studying and influencing the future of science, including technology, engineering and math.


GEM Fellowship Program

The National GEM Consortium provides three Fellowship Program. The MS Engineering Fellowship Program provides practical engineering summer work experiences through an employer sponsor and a portable academic year fellowship. The Ph.D. Engineering Fellowships offer doctoral fellowships to underrepresented minority students who have either completed, are currently enrolled in a master’s in engineering program, or received admittance into a PhD program. The Ph.D. Science Fellowship aims to increase the number of minority students who pursue doctoral degrees in the natural science disciplines — chemistry, physics, earth sciences, mathematics, biological sciences, and computer science.


National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) Methane Hydrates Fellowship Program (also a postdoc program)

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, in association with the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), administers a Research Fellowship Program designed to support the development of Methane Hydrate science and enable highly qualified graduate and postgraduate students to pursue advanced degrees and training in an area of increasing national interest.


Tylenol Future Care Scholarship

The Tylenol Scholarship Fund currently awards $250,000 in scholarships each year to students pursuing careers in healthcare around the world and in the United States. The makers of Tylenol award 10 scholarships worth $10,000 each, followed by 30 scholarships worth $5,000 each. An additional 150 scholarships worth $1,000 are reserved for students who participate in community service activities. Applicants will be judged on leadership qualities and academic performance.


U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR)

The goal of the Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is to prepare graduate students for science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) careers critically important to the DOE Office of Science mission, by providing graduate thesis research opportunities at DOE laboratories.  The SCGSR program provides supplemental awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students to pursue part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE laboratory/facility in areas that address scientific challenges central to the Office of Science mission. We strongly encourage applications in 4 new transdisciplinary research areas for encouraging graduate training activities at the convergence of multiple disciplines and communities, including Microelectronics, Data Science, Fundamental Symmetries, and Accelerator Science.



Postdoctoral Opportunities

AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships (STPF)

AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships (STPF) provide opportunities to outstanding scientists and engineers to learn first-hand about policy-making while contributing their knowledge and analytical skills to the federal policy-making process. Fellows serve yearlong assignments in the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of the federal government in Washington. Applicants must hold a doctoral level degree (Ph.D., Sc.D., M.D., DVM, EdD, etc.*), in any of the following: Medical and Health sciences; Biological, Physical or Earth sciences; Social and Behavioral sciences; Computational sciences and Mathematics; Engineering disciplines (applicants with a MS in engineering and three years of professional engineering experience also qualify).


American Institute of Indian Studies – Senior Research Fellowships

Senior Research Fellowships are available to scholars with a PhD or its equivalent. These grants are designed to enable scholars who specialize in South Asia to pursue further research in India and to establish formal affiliation with an Indian institution. Short-term awards are available for up to four months. Long-term awards are available for six to nine months. A limited number of humanists will be granted fellowships paid in dollars funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service Officers

EIS officers are selected from among highly qualified applicants drawn to public health service and interested in practicing applied epidemiology. EIS officers may be assigned to work in the areas of infectious diseases, chronic diseases, injury prevention, environmental health, or occupational health, either at CDC, or at another federal agency, state, or local health department. Qualifying degree must have background in public health or one of its related disciplines (e.g., epidemiology, biostatistics, health informatics, health policy and services, behavioral health, environmental or occupational health, injury prevention, or nutritional sciences)


Fulbright Scholar Program

The Fulbright Scholar Program offers teaching, research or combination teaching/research awards in over 125 countries. Opportunities are available for college and university faculty and administrators as well as for professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, independent scholars and many others. Interested faculty and professionals are encouraged to learn more about these opportunities, and hundreds of others, by visiting the Catalog of Awards.


Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) Postdoctoral Fellowships

HFSP postdoctoral fellowships encourage early career scientists to broaden their research skills by moving into new areas for study while working in a new country. HFSP fellowships are for three years. Fellows may choose to stay for up to three years in the host country or use the last year of their fellowship to return to their home country or to move to another HFSPO member country. Long-Term Fellowships (LTF) are for applicants with a Ph.D. in a biological discipline, who will broaden their expertise by proposing a project in the life sciences which is significantly different from their previous Ph.D. or postdoctoral work. Cross-Disciplinary Fellowships (CDF) are for applicants with a Ph.D. from outside the life sciences (e.g. in physics, chemistry, mathematics, engineering or computer sciences), who have had limited exposure to biology during their previous training.


National Research Council Postdoctoral and Senior Research Awards

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine conducts the NRC Postdoctoral and Senior Awards program which offers competitive awards four times a year for postdoctoral and senior scientific research to be conducted in residence at participating US federal laboratories and affiliated institutions.  Areas of research include infectious diseases, medical parasitology, epidemiology, malaria, enteric diseases, medical entomology, vaccine development and related diseases. Award recipients design their own projects to be compatible with the research interests of the sponsoring laboratory. 


NSF Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

The purpose of the MSPRF is to support future leaders in mathematics and statistics by facilitating their participation in postdoctoral research environments that will have maximal impact on their future scientific development. There are two options for awardees: Research Fellowship and Research Instructorship. Awards will support research in areas of mathematics and statistics, including applications to other disciplines.


Nurse Corps Scholarship Program

The Nurse Corps Scholarship Program (Nurse Corps SP) provides scholarships to nursing students in exchange for a minimum two-year full-time service commitment (or part-time equivalent), at an eligible health care facility with a critical shortage of nurses.


Radcliffe Institute Fellowship Program

The Radcliffe Institute Fellowship Program is a scholarly community where individuals pursue advanced work across a wide range of academic disciplines, professions, and creative arts. Radcliffe Institute fellowships are designed to support scholars, scientists, artists, and writers of exceptional promise and demonstrated accomplishment who wish to pursue work in academic and professional fields and in the creative arts. In recognition of Radcliffe's historic contributions to the education of women and to the study of issues related to women, the Radcliffe Institute sustains a continuing commitment to the study of women, gender, and society. Applicants' projects need not focus on gender, however. Applications are accepted in the humanities, social sciences, creative arts, natural sciences, and mathematics.


Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists

The Prize is awarded annually to one young scientist for outstanding life science research for which he/she was awarded a doctoral degree in the previous two years. The topic of the entrant's thesis research must be in one of the following categories: Cell and Molecular Biology; Genomics, Proteomics and Systems Biology; Ecology andEnvironment; Molecular Medicine. Eligible entrants must have been awarded their doctoral degree in 2018 or 2019.


TRIUMPH Postdoctoral Training Program

The Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) TRIUMPH Postdoctoral Fellowship Program at MD Anderson Cancer Center is a post-doctoral program providing unique training in clinical and translational research. The immediate goal of our program is to recruit talented and productive PhDs and train them to pursue clinical and/or translational research through didactic coursework as well as clinical rotations and a unique mentorship. A long-term goal of this program is to produce scientists who can be paired with suitable physician scientists to co-PI a research laboratory.


Washington Research Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship

WRF supports STEM research at nonprofit institutions in Washington state, with a focus on life sciences and enabling technologies. WRF will support up to 10 new highly creative and dedicated postdoctoral scientists each year at research institutions in Washington state. Fellows will conduct groundbreaking work on their own original projects addressing unmet public needs. Our ultimate goal is for the Fellows' research to benefit the public through the creation of products and services.



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Last updated 7 May 2020