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Fellowships with Approaching Deadlines

Graduate Student Fellowships with Approaching Deadlines

Jan. 15 – NSF Cultural Anthropology Program 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. CA provides support to enhance and improve the conduct of doctoral dissertation projects designed and carried out by doctoral students enrolled in U.S. universities who are conducting scientific research that enhances basic scientific knowledge. Grants will provide up to $20,000 for direct costs for a period of up to 24 months.  View the program solicitation for more information.

Jan. 15 – NSF Linguistics Program Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants

The Linguistics 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. Research areas include syntax, linguistic semantics and pragmatics, morphology, phonetics, and phonology. The program encourages projects that are interdisciplinary in methodological or theoretical perspective, and that address questions that cross disciplinary boundaries. Grants will provide up to $12,000 for direct costs for a period of up to 24 months. View the program solicitation for more information. 

  • Full proposals for the Dynamic Language Infrastructure DDRIG, which replaces the Documenting Endangered Languages DDRIG, are accepted anytime. Click here for more information. 
Jan. 15 – DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship

The fellowship provides to students pursuing doctoral degrees in fields that use high-performance computing to solve complex science and engineering problems. Funding is provided for up to four years and includes a stipend of $37,000, full tuition and fees, and $1,000 research allowance. Fellows are required to complete a 12-week practicum at a DOE facility. Visit the program website for more information. 

Jan. 15 – National Institute of Justice Research Assistantship Program

The program is a research focused professional development opportunity for doctoral students. This unique assistantship is an opportunity to learn and contribute to the breadth and depth of science research in which NIJ engages. NIJ provides funds to participating universities to pay salaries and tuition. Research assistants work primarily at the NIJ office, 810 Seventh St. N.W., Washington, D.C. Appointments are 9 or 12 months long and must be enrolled in doctoral degree program throughout the appointment. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or a permanent U.S. resident. Visit the NIJ website for more information. 

Jan. 20 – NSF Biological Anthropology Program Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants

The Biological Anthropology Program supports multifaceted research to advance scientific knowledge of human biology and ecology, including understanding of our evolutionary history and mechanisms that have shaped human and nonhuman primate biological diversity. Supported research focuses on living and fossil forms of both human and nonhuman primates, addressing time scales ranging from the short-term to evolutionary, encompassing multiple levels of analysis. Grants will provide up to $20,000 for direct costs for a period of up to 24 months. View the program solicitation for more information.

Jan. 27 – Point Foundation Scholarships

Point Foundation seeks to empowers promising lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential through scholarship funding, mentoring, leadership development, and community service training. Up to 23 scholarships will be awarded. The scholarship application process is open to all students regardless of citizenship. Point Scholarships are awarded on a “last provider” basis, meaning that Point fills in the gaps and provides funds not provided by other scholarships, grants, loans, work/study programs, etc. Visit the Point Foundation website for more information.

Jan. 27 – NOAA Marine Debris Program - California Sea Grant Extension Fellowship

Part of the NOAA Office of Response and Restoration, the Marine Debris Program (MDP) mission is to investigate and prevent the adverse impacts of marine debris. The Marine Debris Extension Fellow will support the MDP’s work in California and assist the MDP and the California Ocean Protection Council (OPC) with the implementation of the OLS. Applications may be submitted by a graduate student close to completing their degree (Masters, Ph.D., or J.D) in a field related to marine biology, marine ecology, and/or marine resource management. Graduate students who recently completed their degree with graduation date [i.e. the date the degree was awarded by the university] after May 1, 2018 are also eligible to apply. The fellow will receive $100,800 in stipend for the twenty four-month assignment ($4,200/month). Additional funds will be available for health insurance and to cover fellowship related travel. Visit the California Sea Grant website for more information.

Jan. 30 – NMFS-Sea Grant Fellowship in Population and Ecosystem Dynamics 

The fellowship can provide support for up to three years for highly qualified graduate students working towards a Ph.D. in quantitative ecology, ecosystem ecology, population dynamics or related fields of study such as wildlife biology, fishery biology, natural resource management, marine biology, quantitative ecology applied mathematics, applied statistics, or simulation modeling, or study. The expected annual award per fellow will be $48,000. Candidate projects will focus on at least one of the following: 1) the population dynamics of living marine resources; 2) stock assessment methodologies; 3) marine ecosystem modeling; 4) integrated ecosystem assessments; and 5) ecosystem-based management of marine ecosystems. Visit the California Sea Grant website for more information.    

Jan. 30 – NMFS-Sea Grant Fellowship in Marine Resource Economics 

The fellowship can provide support for up to three years for highly qualified graduate students working towards a Ph.D. in marine resource economics, natural resource economics, or environmental economics who are interested in careers related to the development and implementation of quantitative methods for assessing the economics of the conservation and management of living marine resources. The expected annual award per fellow will be $48,000. Visit the California Sea Grant website for more information.

Jan. 31 – L'Oréal USA for Women in Science Fellowship

The program awards five women postdoctoral scientists annually with grants of $60,000 each for their contributions in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields and commitment to serving as role models for younger generations. The research described in the applicant’s Research Proposal must be involved in the life, physical/material sciences, engineering, technology, computer science and/or mathematics fields. The award is intended to support the applicant's research project and a community service or outreach project. Visit the AAAS website for more information.

Jan. 31 – Rotary International District 5220 Scholar Program

District 5220 of Rotary International will award one $15,000 scholarship for the 2020-2021 academic year. Master's and doctoral students are eligible to apply. Students can come from any subject discipline; however, preference will be given to those study areas which focus on affecting a large number of individuals and which fit into one of The Rotary Foundation’s Areas of Focus — 1) Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution, 2) Disease Prevention and Treatment, 3) Water and Sanitation, 4) Maternal and Child Health, 5) Basic Education and Literacy, and 6) Economic and Community Development. Visit the District 5220 website to learn more. 


Feb. 1 – Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Dissertation Program (R36)

AHRQ welcomes any area of health services research relevant to AHRQ's priority areas as a dissertation project topic. Candidates must conduct dissertation projects which focus on health care delivery in the US and are encouraged to address health services research issues critical to AHRQ priority populations. View the funding opportunity announcement for more information.

Feb. 1 – The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation Dissertation Fellowship

The foundation awards ten dissertation fellowships each year to graduate students who will complete the writing of a dissertation within the award year. The fellowships provide a stipend of $20,000. Questions that interest the foundation include violence and aggression in relation to social change, intergroup conflict, war, terrorism, crime, and family relationships. Dissertations with no relevance to understanding human violence and aggression will not be supported. Priority will also be given to areas and methodologies not receiving adequate attention and support from other funding sources. Visit the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation website for more information.

Feb. 4 – Future Investigators in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology

Fellowships are available Masters and Ph.D. students proposing projects in one of four areas: Earth Science, Heliophysics, Planetary Science, and Astrophysics. The fellowship is renewable for up to three years and provides $45,000 annually. International students may apply. Visit NSPIRES for more information.

Feb. 7 – California Department of Fish and Wildlife - California Sea Grant Statewide Kelp Management Extension Fellowship

California Sea Grant is expanding their fellowship opportunities for recent Masters and PhD students through a new Extension Fellowship program. The CDFW Marine Region will host an Extension Fellow in Eureka, California for two years, to support the creation of an Enhanced Status Report (ESR) and/or statewide management plan for bull kelp and giant kelp. Applications may be submitted by a graduate student close to completing their degree (Masters, Ph.D., or J.D) in a field related to marine biology, marine ecology, and/or marine resource management. Graduate students who recently completed their degree with graduation date [i.e. the date the degree was awarded by the university] after May 1, 2018 are also eligible to apply. The fellow will receive $100,800 in stipend for the twenty four-month assignment ($4,200/month). Additional funds will be available for health insurance and to cover fellowship related travel. Visit the California Sea Grant website for more information.

Feb. 10 – UC Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation Dissertation Fellowships

IGCC addresses global challenges to peace and prosperity through academically rigorous, policy-relevant research, training, and outreach on international security, economic development, and the environment. The center will award up to eleven regular dissertation fellowships and one specially designated Herb York IGCC Fellowship for the 2020-2021 academic year to support research on current global security priorities. The competition is open to all academic disciplines. Fellowships consist of a nine-month stipend of $25,000 to defray living expenses. Doctoral students enrolled in the University of California, including JD/Ph.D., MD/Ph.D. and MD with a thesis, are eligible to apply. Applicants must advance to candidacy by June 30, 2020. US citizenship is not required. Visit the IGCC website for more information.

Feb. 10 – Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (Internal deadline)

The fellowship provides support for six to twelve months of dissertation research in modern foreign languages and area studies. Research projects must focus on one or more of the following geographic areas: Africa, East Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands, South Asia, the Near East, Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia, and the Western Hemisphere (excluding the United States and its territories). Funding varies by destination but includes stipend, dependent support, research expenses, health insurance, and round-trip transportation. Visit the program website to learn more.

Feb. 11 – Western SARE Graduate Student Grants in Sustainable Agriculture

Western SARE funds projects that are relevant to producers and provide readily adaptable technologies and information that advance sustainable agriculture in the western region. Funded projects must contain distinct research and education components and have producer involvement. Visit the Western SARE website for more information.

  • Western SARE will host a proposal writing webinar on Jan. 8, 3:00-4:00 pm PST. Register here.  
Feb. 11 – NINDS Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Postdoctoral Scholars (F32)

This NINDS F32 seeks to foster early, goal-directed planning and to encourage applications for bold and/or innovative projects by the candidate that have the potential for significant impact. This F32 seeks innovative research ideas and thoughtful plans for training and mentorship that will facilitate the development of the postdoctoral fellow into an outstanding scientist. Support by this program is limited to the first three years of a candidate's activity in a specific laboratory or research environment. View the funding opportunity announcement for more information. 

Feb. 14 – Danone North America Gut Microbiome, Yogurt, and Probiotics Fellowship Grant

Two $25,000 fellowships will be awarded to graduate students interested in exploring the gut microbiome, probiotics and yogurt to better understand how they help support and maintain human health and wellness. Topics may include the role that probiotics or yogurt play on brain function, growth and development, digestive health, weight management or heart health; and factors, such as foods or nutrients, that influence the gut microbiome. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Visit the Danone North America website for more information.

Feb. 15 – Fellowships in Geophysical Fluid Dynamics @ Wood Hole Oceanographic Institution

Up to ten competitive fellowships are available for graduate students to gather with scientists for a ten-week research and study program in Woods Hole each summer to exchange ideas through lectures and seminars. Fellows receive stipends of $7,493 and an allowance for travel expenses within the United States. Fellows are expected to be in residence for the full ten weeks of the program. Visit the WHOI website to learn more.  

Feb. 20 – CARE-UC Innovation Fellowship

The CARE-University of California Innovation Fellowship Program is a UC graduate student research and training opportunity with CARE USA. The fellowship is a six-month commitment from April to September 2020, during which time the fellow will be working on a project with professional staff at CARE in one of four priority areas: migration and the U S/Mexico border; reimagining the INGO; addressing poverty and social injustice in the U.S.; or a student proposed project that aligns with CARE’s strategy. Fellows receive a $9,000 stipend plus travel and accommodation for the in-country experience. Applicants must be full-time graduate students enrolled in a master’s or doctoral program at one of the ten UC campuses. Visit the University of California Research Initiatives website for more information. 

Feb. 21 – John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship

Highly qualified graduate students are matched with hosts in the legislative or executive branch of the government in the Washington, D.C. area for a one-year paid fellowship to learn about marine policy. Any student, regardless of citizenship, who is enrolled towards a degree in a graduate program, and has an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources is eligible to submit an application. Visit the California Sea Grant website for more information.

Feb. 21 – NASA Fellowship Activity 2020

Fellowship support independently conceived research projects by highly qualified graduate students, in disciplines needed to help advance NASA’s mission, for three to four years with a stipend, tuition and fee support, and travel support for annual visits to a host NASA facility. Candidates must independently conceive of a research hypothesis or engineering design project concept in response to the NASA graduate research opportunities listed in the solicitation, then work with a faculty adviser to develop the proposal in collaboration with the NASA Technical Adviser. Master's and doctoral students may apply. Candidates must be U.S. citizens or national. Visit NSPIRES for more information. 

  • The program office will host informational webinars on Jan. 8 at 2:00 pm PST and Feb. 5 time TBD. View the login information here.  
Feb. 24 – UC MEXUS-CONACYT Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

Fellowships for UC postdoctoral scholars support training and research at a Mexican institution of higher education and/or research in the natural, physical or social sciences, humanities, engineering, or computer science. UC postdoctoral scholars conducting their postdoctoral stays in Mexico will receive a minimum of $50,760 and maximum of $61,308, depending on the scholar’s qualifications and experience, for a 12-month period. Visit the UC MEXUS website for more information. 


Mar. 1 – California Council on Science & Technology Science Fellows Program

The program recruits a corps of fifteen PhD scientists and engineers each year to spend one year in Sacramento, directly serving decision makers within the California State Legislature and Executive Branch. CCST Science Fellows work alongside decision makers to evaluate complex scientific issues, interpret data, while tackling the responsibilities of full-time staffers. Fellows receive a salary of $50,000, a benefits package, a reimbursement for relocation expenses, and funding for travel and professional development activities. Visit the CCST website to learn more.  

Mar. 2 – Evolving Earth Foundation Student Grant Program

The foundation focuses on the Tertiary paleobotany of western North America with interests in systematics, paleoecology and biogeography. Grants support graduate student and postdoc research in the earth sciences. A total of 10 grants are available each year, for amounts of up to $3,000 per grant. Visit the Evolving Earth Foundation website for more information.

Mar. 4 – DOE NNSA Laboratory Residency Graduate Fellowship

NNSA seeks candidates who demonstrate the skills and potential to form the next generation of leaders in the following fields via the DOE NNSA LRGF program: Engineering and Applied Sciences, Physics, Materials, and Mathematics and Computational Science. Funding is provided for up to four years and includes a stipend of $36,000, full tuition and fees, and $2,000 research allowance. Fellows are required to complete a 12-week practicum at LLNL, LANL, SNL, or NNSS. Visit the program website for more information. 

Mar. 15 – Sigma Xi Grants in Aid of Research

Grants of up to $1,000 to students from all areas of the sciences and engineering. Students use the funding to pay for travel expenses to and from a research site, or for purchase of non-standard laboratory equipment necessary to complete a specific research project. Visit the Sigma Xi website for more information.

Mar. 16 – UCHRI Medicine & Humanities: The Andrew Vincent White and Florence Wales White Graduate Student Scholarship, 2020–21

The scholarship will be awarded to one or more regularly-enrolled, full-time UC graduate students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences working on a medicine-focused dissertation project. The $20,000 award is intended to help students complete the writing of their dissertations by providing a monthly stipend that supports living expenses, research-related costs, and partial school fees, if necessary. Visit the UCHRI website for more information.

Mar. 21 – Islamic Scholarship Fund

The Islamic Scholarship Fund's mission is to address the underrepresentation of American Muslims in the fields and occupations that influence public opinion and make public policy. To support this mission 40-45 scholarships will be awarded annually ranging in amount from $3,000 to $10,000 each. Master's and doctoral students may apply. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. The scholarships are renewable. Visit the ISF website for more information.