Grant writing and securing funding are constant elements of academic, and some non-academic, careers. Learn the process early, and you can apply for awards throughout graduate school.
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Nationally competitive fellowships that meet the eligibility requirement of the Fellowships Incentive Program (FIP) are marked with an *.
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Ten week summer program in science news/media for STEM graduate students and postdocs (within 1 year of PhD competion). Open to US citizens as well all international students with visas allowing paid work over the summer.
One year stipend for your final dissertation year; you must be ABD to qualify (all coursework and preliminary exams completed, research proposal approved) and complete your degree by the end of the funded year. Open to women doctoral students in all fields of study, but projects in STEM or gender studies are particularly encouraged. Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITY WOMEN (AAUW) AMERICAN FELLOWSHIPS - POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH LEAVE FELLOWSHIPS
One year fellowship for women scholars with a completed research degree doctorate or MFA, must be U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident.
*AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITY WOMEN (AAUW) INTERNATIONAL FELLOWSHIPS - GRADUATE AND PROFESSIONAL STUDENTS
One year fellowships for women master's students, professional students, and doctoral students who are not U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents.
2 year fellowship for doctoral students researching topics "broadly related to cardiovascular disease and stroke and pertinent clinical, basic, bioengineering and biotechnology, public health, and multidisciplinary efforts." Open to US citizens, US permanent residents, and some visa holders.
The Society supports several major grant or fellowship programs to continue in the promotion of useful knowledge. Grants are for research only. The purpose of all programs is to put scholars in contact with the objects of their research (www.amphilsoc.org/grants/).
Three year fellowship for Ph.D. students in microbiological sciences who are: (1) African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, or Pacific Islanders; (2) U.S. citizens or permanent residents; (3) student members of ASM who are mentored by ASM members; (4) done with year 1 of their Ph.D. program.
1 year fellowship for Sociology Ph.D. students who are US citizens or permanent residents and members of one of the following groups: African Americans, Latinos/as, American Indians or Alaskan Natives, Asians, Pacific Islanders.
One year fellowship for doctoral students and postdocs doing basic or clinical research in autism.
The Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation awards yearly grants to writers in three rotating disciplines: Theatre, Full-length Fiction, and Short Stories. All works submitted must present the gay and lesbian lifestyle in a positive manner and be based on, or inspired by, a historic person, culture, event, or work of art. Writing contests close on November 30th of each year. Grants are $1000 and are not limited to a single winner (www.aabbfoundation.org/).
The Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation funds a major program of graduate fellowships in the humanities and social sciences. These fellowships support students in the final stages of doctoral study whose work offers significant potential for advancing academic scholarship related to ethics and/or religion. History, literature, religion, philosophy and anthropology have been the most-represented fields of study.
Twelve week program in science policy in Washington, DC for graduate students, professional students, and postdocs (degree completed within the last 5 years) in STEM, Social Sciences, law, business, public administration, and interdisciplinary related fields. Open to US citizens, US permanent residents, and some non-US citizens (check website for eligible visas).
Founded in 2000, the Foundation offers scholarships to outstanding students with financial need, including a Gradate Scholarship Program that places special emphasis on finding and supporting such students in the arts (www.jackkentcookefoundation.org).
This $3000 grant is meant to support an undergraduate CSA student member working in the field of North American Costuming. Costume design students who are interested in the program must write for further information and application materials (www.costumesocietyamerica.com/GrantsAwards/stellablum.html).
Creative Capital is a new, national organization supporting visual artists who are pursuing innovative approaches to form and/or content in the visual, performing, and media arts (www.creative-capital.org/).
Multiple-year fellowship for Masters students (up to 2 years support) and doctoral students (up to 3 years support) doing environmental studies research (STEM fields or Social Sciences). Must be U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or green card holder.
Preeminent in the world for its Shakespeare collection, the Folger Shakespeare Library is an independent research facility with about 300,000 books and manuscripts on British and European literary, cultural, political, religious, and social history from the fifteenth through the eighteenth centuries (www.folger.edu/fellowships).
A private grant awarded annually to four graduate and post-graduate American students in the visual fine arts (painting, graphic design, print-making, sculpture, photography) and music (composition, instrumental or vocal performance) (www.harriet-hale-woolley.com/).
These awards will be made to individuals committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, who show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers, and who are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. Predoctoral Fellowships (3 years of support) and Dissertation Fellowships (support for final year) are offered.
If you are an artist and are looking for information on grants, this user aid will help you in your search. We have selected a few of the most important print and electronic resources for you to begin your search (www.grantspace.org/Tools/Knowledge-Base/Individual-Grantseekers/Artists/...).
A collection of links and descriptions of organizations which fund sculptor's training, special commissions and projects, improved communications between 3D artists, and conservation (www.sculptor.org/Jobs/GrantsScholarships.htm).
Choices include film/video projects, international projects, and visual arts projects (www.womenarts.org/funding-resources/index/).
The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation welcomes proposals from researchers into any of the natural and social sciences or humanities that promise to increase understanding of the causes, manifestations, and control of violence, aggression, and dominance. Highest priority is given to research that can increase understanding and amelioration of urgent problems of violence, aggression, and dominance in the modern world. The fellowships, which include a stipend of $20,000 and are only awarded for the final year of Ph.D. work, are designed to contribute to the support of the doctoral candidate so that they complete their thesis in a timely manner.
The Iowa Space Grant Consortium (ISGC) will award fellowships to support outstanding graduate students pursuing research opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) disciplines that support NASA’s mission.
Kluge Fellowship in Digital Studies to examine the impact of the digital revolution on society, culture and international relations using the Library's collections and resources. Open to scholars from all disciplines, US. citizens or foreign nationals, and Ph.D. or other advanced terminal degree strongly preferred (www.loc.gov/loc/kluge/fellowships/kluge-digital.html).
Research grants for PhD candidates (typically $3,000 to $15,000) and postdocs (up to $25,000) of any citizenship who are researching human origins and evolution "including paleoanthropology, genetics, primate behavior and the behavioral ecology of contemporary hunter-gatherers."
These fellowships are to assist graduate students in the humanities and related social sciences in the last year of Ph.D. dissertation writing. This program aims to encourage timely completion of the Ph.D. Applicants must be prepared to complete their dissertations within the period of their fellowship tenure or shortly thereafter. The Fellowship tenure may be carried out in residence at the Fellow's home institution, abroad, or at another appropriate site for the research. The total award of up to $33,000 includes a stipend plus additional funds for university fees and research support. These Fellowships may not be held concurrently with any other major fellowship or grant.
1 year fellowship for your final dissertation year. Open to humanities doctoral students doing research in or related to European Studies who are US citizens or permanent residents in year 5 or later of their programs.
The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) is pleased to offer fellowships generously funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for dissertation research in the humanities in original sources. The program offers about fifteen competitively awarded fellowships a year. Each provides a stipend of $2,000 per month for periods ranging from 9-12 months. Each fellow will receive an additional $1,000 upon participating in a symposium on research in original sources and submitting a report acceptable to CLIR on the research experience. Thus the maximum award will be $25,000. For more information visit the CLIR's web page.
The Dissertation Fellowship Program seeks to encourage a new generation of scholars from a wide range of disciplines and professional fields to undertake research relevant to the improvement of education. These $25,000 fellowships support individuals whose dissertations show potential for bringing fresh and constructive perspectives to the history, theory, or practice of formal or informal education anywhere in the world. This highly competitive program aims to identify the most talented researchers conducting dissertation research related to education.
From the NDSEG website: “The National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship is a highly competitive, portable fellowship that is awarded to U.S. citizens and nationals who intend to pursue a doctoral degree in one of fifteen supported disciplines. NDSEG confers high honors upon its recipients, and allows them to attend whichever U.S. institution they choose. NDSEG Fellowships last for three years and pay for full tuition and all mandatory fees, a monthly stipend, and up to $1,000 a year in medical insurance (this excludes dental and vision insurance).” For more information visit the NDSEG website.
The GRFP provides three years of financial support for beginning graduate study leading to a research-based degree in the STEM disciplines. The fellowship includes a $32,000-per-year stipend for three years. Additionally, each fellow's graduate institution receives a $12,000 annual cost-of-education allowance that covers tuition and fees during the fellowship period. After one year of graduate study, Fellows become eligible to apply for international research funding support through Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide (GROW). Eligible disciplines are: Chemistry, Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering, Engineering, Life Sciences, Materials Research, Mathematical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy, Psychology, Social Sciences, and STEM Education & Learning Research.
Summer research at host institution in Australia, China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore, or Taiwan. Open to U.S. citizens or permanents residents enrolled in a research-oriented Master's or Ph.D. program in NSF-funded areas of research (biological sciences, engineering, physical sciences, social sciences, science education).
The fellowship covers approved projects of up to twelve months in duration. Topics include history, art, literature, anthropology, and sport, with research projects ranging from the architecture of horse stables, history of horsemanship, equestrian fashion, and poetry, to falconry, veterinary science, environmental conservation and fly fishing (www.nationalsporting.org/nslm/fellowship).
Fellowships at the Newberry Library are of two types: short-term fellowships with terms of one week to two months and long-term fellowships of six to eleven months (www.newberry.org/research/felshp/fellowshome.html).
The Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (usually referred to as NRSA) are a family of grants provided by the United States National Institutes of Health for training researchers in the behavioral sciences and health sciences. US citizenship or permanent residency is required.
NRSA awards for PhD students include the F31 and F31 Diversity fellowships, which provide 1-5 years of support for stipend, tuition, and institutional allowances (supplies, conference travel, etc.); the F30 fellowship for MD/PhD students provides a maximum of 6 years of support. There are also R36 grants for graduate students researching health services, drug abuse, aging, and mental health that provide up to 2 years of funding for research expenses.
The National Science Foundation awards Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants in Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology, Geography and Spatial Sciences, Linguistics, Political Science, Sociology, Science of Science and Innovation Policy, and selected areas of the Biological Sciences. These grants provide partial support of doctoral dissertation research to improve the overall quality of research. Allowed are costs for doctoral candidates to participate in scientific meetings, to conduct research in specialized facilities or field settings, and to expand an existing body of dissertation research http://nsf.gov/funding/azindex.jsp?start=D ("Dissertation"section).
2 year fellowship for graduate students in any field who (1) are new immigrants to the US or have parents who were both born abroad as non-US citizens, (2) have not yet started year 3 of your graduate program, (3) will not have turned 31 by the application deadline.
Scholarship for LGBTQ graduate students of any citizenship to fill funding gaps not provided by other financial aid sources.
These one-year fellowships are offered through the Smithsonian's Office of Fellowships and Internships in partnership with the Committee on Institutional Cooperation in order to support research in residence at Smithsonian Institution facilities. Fellowships carry a stipend of $32,700. All fields of study that are actively pursued by the museums and research organizations of the Smithsonian Institution are eligible.
$5000 for summer research away from home institution and dissertation development workshop sessions for early-stage PhD students (any citizenship) in social sciences or humanities.
The Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) offers nine to twelve months of support to graduate students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who are enrolled in PhD programs in the United States and conducting dissertation research on non-US topics. Eighty fellowships are awarded annually. Fellowship amounts vary depending on the research plan, with a per-fellowship average of $20,000. The fellowship includes participation in an SSRC-funded interdisciplinary workshop upon the completion of IDRF-funded research. The program is open to graduate students in the humanities and social sciences -- regardless of citizenship -- enrolled in PhD programs in the United States.
Funding for 3-12 months of research at a DOE host laboratory. Applicants must be Ph.D. candidates in a STEM field and U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
$20,000 grants for anthropology research, open to doctoral students of any nationality.
Courtesy of the Educators For Fair Consideration (E4FC) whose mission in empowering undocumented young people in their pursuit of college, career and citizenship (www.e4fc.org/images/TradGrad_List2016_Final.pdf).
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