December 2011 GradFunding Newsletter This newsletter contains: 1. Information on major grants and fellowships (general research opportunities, dissertation support, and postdoctoral opportunities) 2. Reminders of resources 3. Grant/fellowship advice Feel free to forward this newsletter to any interested graduate or postdoctoral student. General Graduate Research Opportunities American Association of University Women (AAUW) Selected Professions Fellowships Selected Professions Fellowships are awarded to women who intend to pursue a full-time course of study at accredited U.S. institutions during the fellowship year in one of the designated degree programs where women's participation traditionally has been low (see list below). The stipends range from $5,000 to $18,000. These fellowships fund academic and living expenses for a period of 12 months while a fellow pursues full-time study. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Eligibility: Selected Professions Fellowships are awarded for the following programs: Architecture (M.Arch, M.S.Arch), Computer/Information Sciences (M.S.), Engineering (M.E., M.S.), Mathematics/Statistics (M.S.). Fellowships in the following degree programs are restricted to women of color, who have been underrepresented in these fields: Business Administration (M.B.A.), Law (J.D), Medicine (M.D., D.O.) Deadline: January 10, 2012 Link: http://www.aauw.org/learn/fellowships_grants/selected.cfm David L. Boren Graduate Fellowships (National Security Education Program) Boren Fellowships provide up to $30,000 to U.S. graduate students to add an important international and language component to their graduate education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency. Boren Fellowships support study and research in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Boren Fellowships are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), which focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. Applicants should identify how their projects, as well as their future academic and career goals, will contribute to U.S. national security, broadly defined. NSEP draws on a broad definition of national security, recognizing that the scope of national security has expanded to include not only the traditional concerns of protecting and promoting American well-being, but also the challenges of global society, including sustainable development, environmental degradation, global disease and hunger, population growth and migration, and economic competitiveness. Eligibility: U.S. citizenship; willing to enter a service agreement; must be in a graduate degree program to use the fellowship. Deadline: January 31, 2012 Link: http://www.borenawards.org/boren_fellowship American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Foundation Graduate Awards The Foundation and the Technical Committees of AIAA annually present separate graduate student awards worth $5000 and $10,000. The winners may have an opportunity to present their award- winning research at an AIAA Conference. These awards are intended for graduate-level students who indicate, by their approved department research, an interest in any of the listed areas (see website). The purpose of this program is to provide awards to qualified students actively participating in these specific research endeavors as part of their graduate studies. These endeavors include master's or doctoral thesis research and master's (non-thesis option) research projects. Deadline: January 31, 2012 Link: http://www.aiaa.org/content.cfm?pageid=227 DOE NNSA Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship The National Nuclear Security Administration Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship Program is designed for exceptional graduate students planning full-time study toward a PhD. in the areas of interest to stewardship science, including materials under extreme conditions and hydrodynamics, high energy density physics, and nuclear science. Fellows must also participate in off-campus research at Department of Energy laboratories. $36,000 yearly stipend is provided and tuition and fees are covered. Eligibility: The program is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents who are in their first year of graduate study in the areas of interest and are planning full-time, uninterrupted study toward a Ph.D. at a US university. Deadline: January 18, 2012 Link: http://www.krellinst.org/ssgf/ Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) Summer Research Team Program for Minority Serving Institutions Summer research opportunities will be awarded to qualified faculty members and students to work on collaborative research of mutual interest to the team, the DHS Center and DHS. Faculty members and students must be at an eligible institution in a discipline, major or concentration directly related to a homeland security science, technology, engineering and mathematics (HS- STEM) research area. Deadline: January 8, 2012 Link: http://www.orau.gov/dhsfaculty/ Computational Science Graduate Fellowship Program The Computational Science Graduate Fellowship Program is designed to support highly capable students pursuing graduate study at U.S. universities in scientific or engineering disciplines with emphasis in high-performance computing. Fellows must also participate in off-campus research at a national Department of Energy laboratory. Includes: a yearly stipend of $36,000; full tuition and required fees; an academic allowance; the potential to renew the fellowship for up to four years. Eligibility: U.S. citizens and permanent residents who are in their first or second year of graduate school and working toward a Ph.D. in one of the following fields (must have an emphasis in high performance computing), Chemistry, Computer Sciences, Earth Sciences, Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Life Sciences, Mathematics, Physics, Space Sciences, Statistics. Deadline: January 10, 2012 Link: http://www.krellinst.org/csgf/ George Melendez Wright Climate Change Fellowship Program The National Park Service's Climate Change Response Program is pleased to announce the launch of the 2012 George Melendez Wright Climate Change Fellowship Program. This program provides financial support for Masters and Doctoral students conducting research related to climate change in US National Parks, including transboundary issues and comparisons to Mexican and Canadian protected areas. All projects must be relevant to NPS resource management needs, and may be in the broad range of natural, cultural, and social science disciplines. Deadline: January 18, 2012 Link: http://coenv.washington.edu/students/melendez_wright/ Dissertation Funding Drugs, Security and Democracy (DSD) Fellowship Program supports research on organized crime, drug policy, issues of governance and associated topics across the social sciences and related disciplines. The fellowship seeks to develop a concentration of researchers who are interested in policy-relevant outcomes and membership in a global interdisciplinary network. Dissertation Fellowship: This competition is open to PhD candidates worldwide who have an approved dissertation prospectus by July 1, 2012, but have not completed writing for final submission. Research Fellowship applications are accepted from: - PhD recipients worldwide who have completed their PhD within 7 years of the application deadline. - Researchers in Latin America or the Caribbean without a PhD but with a master’s or the terminal degree in their field or equivalent professional experience. Applications from researchers in professions outside of academia are welcome. Deadline: Jan 20, 2012 Link: http://www.ssrc.org/fellowships/dsd-fellowship/ Miller Center Fellowship The Miller Center Fellowship program is a competitive program for individuals completing their dissertations on American politics, foreign policy and world politics, or the impact of global affairs on the United States. The program provides grants to support one year of research and writing. Along with the fellowship grant, the Miller Center assists the fellow in choosing a senior scholar from their field to serve as fellowship mentor. This mentor will suggest relevant literature to frame the project, read the fellow's work, and give general advice on research Eligibility: An applicant must be a Ph.D. candidate who is expecting to complete his or her dissertation by the conclusion of the fellowship year. This is not a post-doctoral fellowship. The fellowship is open to non-U.S. citizens. Deadline: February 1, 2012 Link: http://millercenter.org/academic/dgs/fellowship American Anthropological Association Minority Dissertation Fellowship Program The American Anthropological Association invites minority doctoral candidates in anthropology to apply for a dissertation writing fellowship of $10,000. The annual AAA Minority Dissertation Fellowship is intended to encourage members of ethnic minorities to complete doctoral degrees in anthropology, thereby increasing diversity in the discipline and/or promoting research on issues of concern among minority populations. Dissertation topics in all areas of the discipline are welcome. Doctoral students who require financial assistance to complete the write-up phase of the dissertation are urged to apply. Eligibility: outstanding academic achievement, at least one month of membership in the American Anthropological Association, approval of dissertation proposal, financial need Deadline: February 15, 2012 Link: http://www.aaanet.org/cmtes/minority/Minfellow.cfm Mary Isabel Sibley Fellowship in French Studies Award for the study of French language or literature in the amount of $20,000. Candidates must be unmarried women 25 to 35 years of age who have demonstrated their ability to carry on original research. They must hold a doctorate or have fulfilled all the requirements for a doctorate except the dissertation, and they must be planning to devote full-time work to research during the fellowship year. The award is not restricted to U.S. citizens. Deadline: January 15, 2012 Link: http://www.pbk.org/infoview/PBK_InfoView.aspx?t=&id=28 Aging Research Dissertation Awards to Increase Diversity The National Institute of Health (NIH) recognizes a unique and compelling need to promote diversity in the NIH-funded biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social sciences workforce. NIH expects efforts to diversify the workforce to lead to the recruitment of the most talented researchers from all groups; improve the quality of the educational and training environment; balance and broaden the perspective in setting research priorities; improve the ability to recruit subjects from diverse backgrounds into clinical research protocols; and to improve the nation’s capacity to address and eliminate health disparities. Dissertation awards support individuals whose advancement in research will help ensure that a diverse pool of highly trained scientists is available in appropriate scientific disciplines to address NIA’s mission. That mission includes research on the basic biology of aging, on chronic, disabling, and degenerative diseases of aging, with a particular focus on Alzheimer’s Disease, on multiple morbidities, on individual behavioral and social changes with aging, on caregiving, on longevity, and on the consequences for society of an aging population. Eligibility: Individuals from under-represented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds Deadlines: February 16, June 16, and October 16 Link: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/submissionschedule.htm Postdoctoral Funding Mexican Studies Visiting Fellows Program at UC San Diego Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies The program invites applicants from the social sciences, history, and related fields to apply for the largest residential fellowship program in the United States for research on Mexico. Applicants may apply for stays of between 4 and 9 months. The majority of Research Fellows and Guest Scholars are expected to be at the postdoctoral level. PhD candidates who are ABD and have completed a substantial portion of their dissertations will also be considered. Senior scholars are encouraged to apply. Researchers of any nationality are eligible. Deadline: TBA Link: http://usmex.ucsd.edu/programs/visiting-fellows-program.htm Mellon Post-Doctoral Program at Haverford College Haverford's program for Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellows is organized to provide five key instruments of professional advancement: meaningful teaching (Fellows teach one course per term, with the expectation that they will supplement the curriculum with innovative course designs); collaborative intellectual exploration (through participation during the first year in year-long faculty seminar); interaction with the broader world of scholarship and public life (focused in the Fellowship's second year through the staging of a symposium connected to the Fellow's teaching and research interests); mentoring (through association with host departments and programs, as well as the Faculty Seminar); and the time and resources for scholarly endeavor (a reduced teaching load, support for research, and funds for travel to professional conferences). In the first year the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow will play a central role in a seminar entitled “The Affective Turn” led by Gustavus Stadler in English. Eligibility: Candidates who have received the Ph.D. in 2007 at the earliest, or who have completed the requirements for the Ph.D. by the application deadline of January 31, 2012 are eligible. Deadline: January 31, 2012 Link: http://www.haverford.edu/HHC/mellon_post-doctoral_program/index.php Humboldt Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers Humboldt Research Fellowship for postdoctoral researchers supports long-term research projects (6-24 months) developed in cooperation with an academic host at a research institution in Germany. Eligibility: researchers with above average qualifications, at the beginning of your academic career and only completed a doctorate in the last four years. Deadline: open Link: http://www.humboldt-foundation.de/web/humboldt-fellowship-postdoc.html Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund for Medical Research Three year fellowships of $50,000 annually for postdoctoral research into the causes, origins, and treatment of cancer. Applications are invited from Life Sciences, Health Sciences, Medicine, and related fields. No citizenship requirement Deadline: February 1, 2012 Link: http://www.jccfund.org/ Reminder of Campus Resources Look on the website of your department and your college for funding opportunities. Many of these websites are quite comprehensive and include opportunities that are specific to the discipline. Some excellent resources include the following: College of Agriculture and Life Sciences: http://cals.arizona.edu/academicprograms/scholarship_information College of Education: http://www.coe.arizona.edu/scholarships Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology: http://eebweb.arizona.edu/faculty/mbsulli/join.htm Department of Geosciences: http://www.geo.arizona.edu/academics/scholarships.php Grant and Fellowship Advice Develop Your Bibliography Almost every application or proposal requires a bibliography. As a researcher, you have written bibliographies for papers, conference presentations, and exams. However, there is a difference between the bibliography you write for a fellowship and the bibliography you write for other situations; fellowship applications are frequently read by a more general audience than other documents you write. Keep the following tips in mind as you develop your bibliography. Be aware of all important works within your area of focus. Major gaps in your bibliography could exclude you from the fellowship. Focus. Include works that support your hypothesis and your methods but do not include any extraneous (although probably interesting) material. If not much is written within your specific research area, then find similar problems or issues in other areas and in your proposal explain the connection to your own work.
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