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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
- 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
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
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
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
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
Mexican Studies Visiting Fellows Program at UC San Diego Center for U.S.-Mexican
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.
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
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
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.
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
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:
College of Education: http://www.coe.arizona.edu/scholarships
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology:
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.