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Fellowships with Approaching Deadlines

Graduate Student Fellowships with Approaching Deadlines

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Apr. 26 – UC Guru Gobind Singh Fellowship Competition  (limited submission)

UC Guru Gobind Singh Fellowship is seeking graduates from a specific area of India and Pakistan (see attached map) pursuing graduate studies at the University of California and committed to returning to her or his country of origin after receiving degree. Nominees must currently have a master’s degree; has reached dissertation stage; and have exhausted normal sources of financial support. See full call for proposal and map.

May 15 – Schmidt Science Fellowship Program (limited submission)

The Schmidt Science Fellowship is looking for PhD students who have conducted their graduate degree in the natural sciences (Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Earth Sciences), Engineering, Mathematics, or Computing – and all sub-disciplines therein. Candidates must have a keen interest in undertaking an interdisciplinary research pivot during a postdoctoral placement and to have completed, or be expected to complete, all the requirements for their PhD between June 1, 2021 and July 30, 2022.  See the full call for internal proposals for more information.

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. 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.