Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant Program

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					                                                           Student Funding Opportunities

Sponsor & Title       Award         Due        Synopsis
                                               The National Science Foundation awards Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants that provide partial support of doctoral
  NSF Doctoral                                 dissertation research to improve the overall quality of research. Allowed are costs for doctoral candidates to conduct
   Dissertation        $3-5k      Nov. 2007    research in specialized facilities or field settings away from the home campus, to participate in scientific meetings, and to
Improvement Grant                              provide opportunities for greater diversity in collecting and creativity in analyzing data than would otherwise be possible
                                               using only locally available resources.

   Biodiversity                                This small grant supports ecological field research on rare plants and animals and unique natural communities at
   Conservation                                Conservation preserves (and other natural areas) in Maryland. Proposals from graduate students are given
Research Fund from    $1-5k per   Jan. 2008    preference. Awards do not cover tuition, permanent equipment or university overhead. Multi-year projects encouraged, but
  Maryland/DC's         year                   annual applications for support are required. For program brochure, a list of suggested research topics, and a summary of
  Chapter of The                               Nature Conservancy preserves and project areas in Maryland, contact Doug Samson, Ph.D., at
Nature Conservancy
                                               The Maryland/DC Chapter is interested in supporting professional ecological research that helps measure and monitor
                                               ecological variabiity of natural communities, make scientifically based conservation decisions, and achieve ecological
   Maryland/DC                                 management and restoration goals. Independent projects by academic researchers at chapter preserves are welcome. There is
  chapter of The      $20-30k                  also an interest in developing research proposals jointly with academic partners for appropriate projects that would be
Nature Conservancy                             funded by external sources (e.g., NSF, USGS, NOAA). The MD/DC Chapter also has some capacity to identify non-
                                               traditional funding sources for high-priority research projects at select sites. Please contact Dr. Doug Samson at
                                     , to discuss your project idea if you feel they may overlap with, or contribute to chapter conservation
 Association for        $1k       Jan. 2008    In general, female students enrolled in a behavioral, life, physical, or social science or engineering program leading to a
Women in Science                               Ph.D. degree may apply. The award may be used for any aspect of awardee’s education.
                                  Mar. 15th/   Sigma Xi awards grants of $1,000 or less to students from all areas of the sciences and engineering. Students use the
Sigma Xi Grants-In-     $1k       Oct. 15th    funding to pay for travel expenses to and from a research site, or for purchase of non-standard laboratory equipment
  Aid of Research                 annually     necessary to complete a specific research project.
                                               Applicants must propose to conduct research in a discipline pursued at the Smithsonian and must submit a specific and
   Smithsonian                                 detailed research proposal. Projects that broaden and diversify the research conducted within these disciplines are
    Institution        Up to      Jan. 15th    encouraged. Fellowships are offered to support research at Smithsonian facilities or field stations. Fellows are expected to
    Fellowship        $20k/yr                  spend most of their tenure in residence at the Smithsonian, except when arrangements are made for periods of fieldwork or
                                               research travel.

                                               General Research Grants are awarded twice annually and constitute the majority of the Foundation's grant program. Priority
Leakey Foundation      $3-13k     July 15th/   for funding is given to the exploratory phases of promising new research projects that meet the stated purpose of the
                                  Dec.15th     Foundation. The majority of the grants awarded to doctoral student are in the $3,000-$13,000 range; however, larger grants,
                                  annually     especially to senior scientists and post-doctoral students, may be funded up to $22,000.

                                                              Student Funding Opportunities

                       Up to        May 1st/      Grants for amounts up to $25,000 for Dissertation Fieldwork and Post-PhD Grants and $40,000 for Richard Carely Hunt
                       $25/yr       Nov. 1st      Postdoctoral Fellowships are available for basic research in all branches of anthropology. Dissertation and Post-Ph.D. grants
  Wenner-Gren                       annually      are made to seed innovative approaches and ideas, to cover specific expenses or phases of a project, and/or to encourage aid
   Foundation                                     from other funding agencies. Richard Carley Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowships are given to aid the writeup of research results
                                                  for publication. The foundation particularly invites projects employing comparative perspectives or integrating two or more
                                                  subfields of anthropology. A small number of awards is available for projects designed to develop resources for
                                                  anthropological research and scholarly exchange.

                     Housing:                     The Rocky Mountain Nature Association and Friends of Rocky Mountain National Park announce a 3-4 month summer
 Rocky Mountain       $5k.                        fellowship opportunity for graduate-level researchers in Rocky Mountain National Park. Stipend and free housing available,
Nature Association                Feb. 1st 2008   with an opportunity to work with park researchers. For more information, call 970-586-0108 or e-mail
   Fellowship        Research:
                     Up to $3k.
                                                  AKA “Graduate Environmental Education Fellowship”; The U.S. EPA offers Graduate Fellowships for master's and
 EPA Science to                                   doctoral level students in environmental fields of study. The deadline for receipt of pre-applications is in October 2006.
 Achieve Results      $37k/yr      Quarterly      Subject to availability of funding, the Agency plans to award approximately 100 new fellowships by July 2007. Master's
    (STAR)                                        level students may receive support for a max of 2 yrs. Doctoral students may be supported for a max of 3 yrs, usable over a
                                                  period of 4 yrs. The fellowship program provides up to $37,000 per year of support per fellowship.

                                                  The Exploration Fund of The Explorers Club provides grants in support of exploration and field research. Grants in amounts
 Explorer's Club       $1200        Jan 2008      up to $1,200 are made primarily to graduate students. Applicants do not have to be members of The Explorers Club and do
                                                  not have to reside in the United States to qualify for an award.

                                                  RFF awards fellowships for the academic year in support of doctoral dissertation research on issues related to the
 RFF Joseph L.                                    environment, natural resources, or energy. RFF’s primary research disciplines are economics and other social sciences.
Fisher Fellowship     $12k/yr      Feb. 2007      Proposals originating in these fields will have the greatest likelihood of success. Proposals from the physical or biological
                                                  sciences must have an immediate and obvious link to environmental policy matter.

The Charles A. and                                Provides grants to men and women whose individual initiative and work in a wide spectrum of disciplines furthers the
  Anne Morrow                     2nd Thurs. in   Lindberghs' vision of a balance between the advance of technology and the preservation of the natural/human environment.
    Lindbergh         $10,580         June
Foundation Grants                   annually

                                                  Provides support and professional recognition to innovators within fields, and especially to younger researchers whose work
  Social Science                                  and ideas will have longer-term impact on society and scholarship. These programs often target the spaces between
Research Council/    Up to $16k     Varies.       disciplines, where new perspectives emerge and struggle for acceptance, thus ensuring the production of knowledge and
Andrew W. Mellon                                  expertise on key topics, regions, and social challenges. They promote the diversification of knowledge production,
   Foundation                                     strengthening research by ensuring that it remains open to (and challenged by) a range of perspectives, backgrounds, and

                                                           Student Funding Opportunities

                                               The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation funds projects to conserve and restore fish, wildlife, and native plants through
                                               matching grant programs. The Foundation awards matching grants to projects that address priority actions promoting fish
 National Fish and     Varies.      Varies.    and wildlife conservation and the habitats on which they depend, work proactively to involve other conservation and
Wildlife Foundation                            community interests, leverage Foundation-provided funding, and evaluate project outcomes. Federal, state, and local
                                               governments, educational institutions, and nonprofit organizations are welcomed to apply for a general matching grant
                                               throughout the year.

                                               United Negro College Fund funded more than 300 research fellowships at the postdoctoral, pre-doctoral and undergraduate
                                               levels to increase the exposure of minorities to research fields and to help researchers identify talented professionals who
   United Negro        Varies.      Varies.    can lend their expertise to scientific and other research endeavors. UNCF also recognizes the critical importance of research
   College Fund                                to faculty development, and administers a number of programs designed to help minority professors increase their research
                                               experience. UNCF fellows make a real contribution to the collective advancement of humanity through unique discoveries.

                                               Awards grants for scientific field research and exploration through its Committee for Research and Exploration. All
                                               proposed projects must have both a geographical dimension and relevance to other scientific fields and be of broad
                                               scientific interest. Applications are limited to the following disciplines: anthropology, archaeology, astronomy, biology,
                                               botany, geography, geology, oceanography, paleontology, and zoology. In addition the committee emphasizes
National Geographic   $15-20k       Varies.    multidisciplinary projects that address environmental issues (e.g., loss of biodiversity and habitat, effects of human-
      Society                                  population pressures). Funding is not restricted to U.S. citizens. The committee will not consider applications seeking
                                               support solely for laboratory work or archival research. While grants are awarded on the basis of scientific merit and exist
                                               independent of the Society's other divisions, grant recipients are expected to provide the Society with rights of first refusal
                                               for popular publication of their findings. This grant program does not pay educational tuition, nor does it offer scholarships
                                               or fellowships of any kind.

                                               Provides small grants to meet specific research needs not covered by other supporting funds. Examples of appropriate needs
   Cosmos Club                                 are small items of equipment (ordinarily expendable), special supplies, travel to research facilities or to attend relevant
    Foundation         $1-3k      Nov. 2007    meetings, etc. Specifically excluded are general financial support, tuition, living expenses (except in connection with
                                               supported travel), and expenses that should have been foreseen and provided for in planning the degree program.

                                               Offers total in support of botanical research to be conducted by graduate students. The awards are made to stimulate and
  New England                                  encourage botanical research on the New England flora, and to make possible visits to the New England region by those
  Botanical Club      Up to $2k   March 2007   who would not otherwise be able to do so. It is anticipated that two awards will be given, although the actual number and
                                               amount of awards will depend on the proposals received.


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