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Fellowships with Approaching Deadlines

Graduate Student Fellowships with Approaching Deadlines

In response to the ongoing public health emergency related to novel coronavirus (COVID-19), many sponsors have published updated guidance for applicants and grant recipients. Please visit the sponsor website for the latest information. You can also send questions to the external fellowships team at externalfellowships@ucdavis.edu.


May 21 – Guru Gobind Singh Fellowship

LIMITED SUBMISSION: UC Davis may nominate one candidate for the 2020-21 Guru Gobind Singh Fellowship.  Graduates of an Indian or Pakistani university within a designated area are invited to apply for this limited submission opportunity.  Applicants must be committed to returning to their country of origin after receiving their degree. Fellowship provides $30,000.  Please see the full call for proposals for more information.

May 30 – Special Call for Binational Collaborative Projects Addressing COVID-19

Any active members of the UC or UNAM communities (faculty, students, staff, visiting scholars, fellows, etc.) may submit a proposal in support of a UNAM-UC collaborative innovation, product development and applied research project that aims to mitigate the health, social and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Projects are reviewed on a rolling basis. First stage applicants may apply for up to $ 10,000 USD. The maximum project period is six months. Visit the Alianza UCMX webpage for more information.

May 31 – 2020-2021 Women in Medicine Legacy Foundation Research Fellowship

Fellowships are offered for research related to the history of women to be conducted at the Center for the History of Medicine at the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine. The fellowships provides $5,000 grant to support travel, lodging, and incidental expenses. Visit the Center for the History of Medicine website to learn more.


Jun. 1 – American Physical Society M. Hildred Blewett Fellowship

The fellowship supports women returning to physics research careers after having had to interrupt those careers by providing one year of support of up to $45,000. Allowed expenses include dependent care, salary, travel, equipment, and tuition and fees. Applicants must be U.S. or Canadian citizens or legal residents, or resident aliens eligible to work in the U.S. or Canada. Visit the APS website for more information.

Jun. 1 – Stanford Molecular Imaging Scholars (SMIS) Program

The program is an integrated, three-year cross-disciplinary postdoctoral training program at Stanford University. Molecular imaging, the non-invasive monitoring of specific molecular and biochemical processes in living organisms, continues to expand its applications in the detection and management of cancer. Potential SMIS trainees will have already obtained their Ph.D. and/or M.D. Applicants must be either a U.S. citizen or permanent resident to apply. Funding is available for postdoctoral stipend, supplies, and travel. Visit the SMIS progarm website for more information.

Jun. 3 – Women's Congressional Policy Institute

The fellowships are designed to train potential leaders in public policy formation to examine issues from the perspective, experiences, and needs of women. Fellows work 40 hours each week in a congressional office as a legislative assistant on a variety of policy issues. Fellows will receive a stipend for seven months in 2021. Additional funding is provided for health insurance. Students who are currently enrolled in a graduate program, or who have completed such a program within two years of the fellowship start date (January 2021), are eligible. Visit the Women's Congressional Policy Institute for more information.

Jun. 4 –2021 UC-National Laboratory In-Residence Graduate Fellowship (LOI due date; full proposals due Sept. 3)

The UC-National Lab In-Residence Graduate Fellowships provide up to three years of support for Ph.D. candidates to conduct in-residence thesis research at Los Alamos or Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories. The fellowship provides $62,000 per year for up to three years and a $5,200 travel allowance. The proposal must include a research plan approved by the UC faculty advisor, and identify a research supervisor at one of the two eligible UC-affiliated national laboratories who will provide mentorship, guidance, and oversight during the Fellowship period in collaboration with the student’s UC academic advisor. Fellows must be advanced to candidacy at the beginning of the award, must devote at least 80% time to the proposed research, and must be in-residence at least 6 months at the national lab during each year of the Fellowship term. Visit the University of California Research Initiatives website for more information.

  • A program information session is scheduled for Apr. 17 and an applicant teleconference is scheduled for Apr. 29, both at noon. Register for both events here
Jun. 15 – NSF Political Science Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants

The program supports scientific research that advances knowledge and understanding of citizenship, government, and politics. Substantive areas include, but are not limited to, American government and politics, comparative government and politics, international relations, political behavior, political economy, and political institutions. The grant provides up to $15,000 in direct costs plus indirect costs. The maximum award period is two years. Visit the NSF website for more information.

June 15 – The Helen Hay Whitney Foundation Research Fellowship

The fellowship supports early postdoctoral research training in all basic biomedical sciences. The fellowship provides a stipend and research allowance for three years. Candidates who hold, or are in the final stages of obtaining a Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent degree and are seeking beginning postdoctoral training in basic biomedical research are eligible to apply for a fellowship. Fellowships may be awarded to US citizens planning to work in laboratories either in the US, Canada, or abroad and also to foreign citizens for research in laboratories in the US only. Visit the Helen Hay Whitney Foundation for more information.


Jul. 1 – NASA Postdoctoral Program

The program offers research opportunities to highly talented US and non-US scientists. Projects in the areas of areas of astrophysics, earth science, aeronautics, biology and astrobiology, cosmo-chemistry, heliophysics, planetary science, and technology development are available. The program provides a minimum stipend of $60,000, a travel allowance of $10,000, and reimbursements for health insurance and relocation. Visit the NASA Postdoctoral Program website for more information.

Jul. 8 – Morris Animal Foundation Large Animal Fellowship Training Grants

The mission of Morris Animal Foundation is to bridge science and resources to advance the health of animals. Proposals on any topic that advances equine or llama/alpaca health are encouraged. These postdoctoral fellowships assist new investigators in launching a successful research career by providing salary support in a quality mentoring environment. The award provides $50,000 per year for up to two years plus $25,000 for research expenses. The maximum award is $125,000. Visit the Morris Animal Foundation for more information.

July 15 – NSF Linguistics Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Awards

The program supports basic science in the domain of human language, encompassing investigations of the grammatical properties of individual human languages, and of natural language in general. The grants provide up to $12,000 in direct costs for the entire duration of the award plus indirect costs. The maximum award period is two years. Visit the NSF website for more information.  

Jul. 15 – Leakey Foundation Research Grants

The Leakey Foundation exclusively funds research related specifically to human origins. Priority of funding is commonly given to exploratory phases of promising new research projects that meet the stated purpose of the Foundation. ABD doctoral students and postdoctoral scholars are eligible to apply. Visit the Leakey Foundation website for more information.

Jul. 20 – NSF Biological Anthropology Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants

Proposals eligible for support through the Biological Anthropology Program fall within the scope of basic research that advances scientific knowledge of human biology and ecology, including understanding of our evolutionary history and mechanisms that have shaped human and nonhuman primate biological diversity. The grant provides up to $20,000 in direct costs plus indirect costs. The maximum award period is two years. Visit the NSF website to learn more.

Jul. 27 – California Sea Grant State Fellowship

The State Fellows Program provides a unique educational opportunity for graduate students who are interested in marine, coastal, and/or watershed resources and in the decisions affecting those resources in California. Fellows acquire hands-on experience in the planning, implementation and management of marine, coastal, and/or watershed resource policies and programs in the state of California. The program matches highly motivated and qualified graduate students and recent graduates with hosts in state, federal or municipal agencies in California for a 12-month paid fellowship ($4,022 per month). Visit the California Sea Grant College Program website for more information. 

  • An informational webinar will be held on Tuesday, June 23. Learn more and register here

Aug. 1 – The Henry Frank Guggenheim Foundation Research Grants

The foundation welcomes proposals from any of the natural and social sciences and the humanities that promise to increase understanding of the causes, manifestations, and control of violence and aggression. Questions that interest the foundation concern violence and aggression in relation to social change, intergroup conflict, war, terrorism, crime, and family relationships, among other subjects. Most awards fall within the range of $15,000 to $40,000 per year for periods of one or two years. There are no formal degree requirements for the grant. The grant, however, may not be used to support research undertaken as part of the requirements for a graduate degree. Visit the foundation's website for more information. 

Aug. 8 – Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (F30, F31, F31 Diversity, F32) 

NIH NRSA awards support the training of biomedical, behavioral, and clinical researchers through individual pre- and postdoctoral fellowships. The fellowship provides a stipend and partial tuition and fee support. There are three deadlines annually: Apr. 8, Aug. 8, and Dec. 8. Visit the National Institutes of Health website to learn more. 

  • There are three AIDS and AIDS-related project deadlines annually on May 7, Sept. 7, and Jan. 7.
Aug. 13 – USDA-NIFA-AFRI Education and Workforce Development Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships

Fellowships in the food, agricultural, natural resources, and human sciences. Projects must be aligned with one of the six focus areas: plant health and production and plant products; animal health and production and animal products; food safety, nutrition and health; bioenergy, natural resources, and environment; agriculture systems and technology; and agricultural economics and rural communities. Visit the NIFA website to learn more.

Aug. 14 – American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowship

The grants support all basic, clinical, behavioral, translational and population research broadly related to cardiovascular function and disease and stroke, or to related problems for up to two years. Grants provide a stipend and research allowance. International students may apply. The fellowship provides a stipend and project expenses. Visit the AHA website for more information.

Aug. 15 – American Heart Association Postdoctoral Fellowship

The grants support the training of postdoctoral scholars who are not yet independent.  The applicant must be embedded in a research group and receive the mentorship, support, and scientific guidance of a research sponsor. Grants provide a stipend and research allowance for up to two years. International scholars may apply. The fellowship provides a stipend and project expenses. Visit the AHA website for more information.

Aug. 17 – NSF Cultural Anthropology Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants

The primary objective of the Cultural Anthropology Program is to support basic scientific research on the causes, consequences, and complexities of human social and cultural variability. The grants are intended to enhance and improve the conduct of doctoral dissertation projects designed and carried out by doctoral students enrolled in U.S. institutions of higher education. The grant provides up to $20,000 in direct costs plus indirect costs. The maximum award period is two years. Visit the NSF website to learn more.