Category Archives: Award Opportunities

LEVERAGE Workshops for Engineering Early-Career Faculty, Post-Docs, and PhD Candidates

ASSIST Travel Grants provide funding to attend LEVERAGE Workshops for diverse engineering Early-Career Faculty, Post-Docs, and Ph.D. Candidates to support their success in academic careers.  Host organizations include:

  • American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES),
  • Gread Minds in STEM (GMiS),
  • MAES, Latinos in Science and Engineering (MAES),
  • National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE),
  • Society for Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS),
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), and
  • Society of Women Engineers (SWE).

Applications are now being accepted for the 2017-2018 Workshops held in conjunction with their conferences.  The locations, dates, and application deadlines for the workshops are:

Organization Location Dates Application Deadline
AISES Denver, CO September 20-23, 2017     August 23, 2017
GMiS Pasadena, CA October 19-21, 2017 September 1, 2017
SACNAS Salt Lake City, UT October 19-21, 2017 August 14, 2017
SWE Austin, TX October 26-28, 2017 August 1, 2017
SHPE Kansas City, MO November 2, 2017 September 22, 2017
NSBE Pittsburgh, PA March 21-25, 2018 December 31, 2017
ASSIST Travel Grants provide up to $2,000 to cover travel expenses including airfare or mileage, lodging, meals, and registration.  You can access the information about each conference and apply for a travel award by clicking the links in the table above.  Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible in order to allow ample time for applications to be reviewed by the Selection Committees. Review of applications will be begin by the deadline, and will continue until workshop capacity is reached.

ASSIST Travel Grants are funded by the National Science Foundation (EEC #1548322, EEC #1548214, EEC #1548200, EEC #1548197, and EEC #1548319). LEVERAGE will provide year-round virtual professional development activities for early-career faculty beginning in the fall of 2017, and is also funded by an NSF INCLUDES award (EEC #1649384).

Visiting Women and Minority Lecturer/Scholar Series grants

As you know, one of Michigan Tech’s goals is to increase the diversity of its faculty, as well as student body and staff. Accomplishing this goal requires a long-term, sustained effort. The Visiting Women and Minority Lecturer/Scholar Series provides an opportunity to develop and nurture relationships with potential faculty applicants and/or research collaborators.

I encourage you to be creative in determining how the Visiting Women and Minority Lecturer/Scholar Series grants might help you host underrepresented minorities or females on our campus as classroom lecturers, seminar presenters, special guest speakers, research mentors, summer session faculty or in other roles. Also, I highly suggest that the speakers who come to Michigan Tech interact with other King-Chavez-Parks (KCP) program participants, such as GEARUP (Liz Fujita and the Future Faculty Program (Deb Charlesworth

The Visiting Women and Minority Lecturer/Scholar Series’ funds must supplement other departmental or University support.

Please find the program information and application at

Feel free to contact me ( if you have any questions.



Susan Sullivan
Institutional Equity and Inclusion

The Visiting Women and Minority Lecturer/Scholar Series is sponsored by Institutional Equity and Inclusion with funding from the State of Michigan King-Chavez-Parks (KCP) Initiative

NextChallenge: Smart Cities is back  with another $100K opportunity

NextEnergy, in partnership with Wells Fargo, DENSO and DTE Energy, is seeking to accelerate the development of hardware and/or software solutions that will
address real-world challenges facing urban areas. With a total of $100K up for grabs
to demonstrate your smart city solution, we invite you to learn more and
apply by August 18, 2017.
Learn more about NextChallenge: SmartCities 2017 here.
(Applications now open!)
Join us for a free webinar to learn how 
to submit your smart city tech idea.
This free webinar is designed to answer questions and provide you with
helpful tips for a successful submission. Sponsors will share details about the challenges that they are seeking to address and the technologies of interest.
Thursday, July 27, 2017
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EDT

Find webinar details, instructions and registration here.
Event overview
– Meet the sponsors! (Wells Fargo, DENSO and DTE Energy)
– NextChallenge: SmartCities 2017 application and review process
– Q&A with NextEnergy and sponsors
Gina Schrader, Director, Business Model Innovation, NextEnergy

Explore Fulbright U.S. Scholar Opportunities in Occupational Therapy! 

With just over one month to go until the August 1, 2017 deadline, now is the time to focus on your Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program application! Fulbright Scholars are selected for their academic merit and leadership potential to teach, research, and exchange ideas. There are nearly 500 awards available in more than 125 countries; complete details are located in the Catalog of Awards.

Available awards that might interest you include:

Armenia:  All Disciplines– occupational therapy is a highly preferred discipline

Iceland: Health Sciences-Faculty of Occupational Therapy Studies

Oman: All Disciplinesoccupational therapy is a preferred specialization

To learn more about these opportunities, register for one of our webinars. You might be particularly interested in our upcoming webinar on June 28, Application Walk-Through and Virtual Advising (II).

Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Ready to apply? Click here to start your application!

Kind regards,

Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Team
Institute of International Education (IIE)



CORNELL UNIVERSITY PRESIDENTIAL POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS are high-profile postdoctoral research positions with significant independence and resources to attract some of the world’s best young scholars to interact deeply with faculty and students on Cornell’s Ithaca-based campuses.  Candidates from all areas of research and inquiry, who will be no more than two years past the award date of their doctoral degree at the time of the appointment, are eligible for this program. Successful candidates will have access to the full range of talent and considerable resources available at Cornell, and will be encouraged to interact broadly with the Cornell intellectual community, in addition to their postdoctoral research with a tenured faculty member (sponsor) and their research group. Cornell Presidential Postdoctoral Fellows will also receive lifetime membership in the Society of Cornell Fellows along with the participants in other named prestigious and competitively awarded Cornell postdoctoral fellowships. Six Presidential Fellowships will be awarded each year beginning in the 2017-2018 academic year. Appointments will be for up to three years, dependent on positive annual evaluations and may include a teaching component where appropriate of no more than 25% averaged over the length of the appointment.  The stipend for appointments in the 2017-2018 academic year will be $68,000 plus full Cornell University employee fringe benefits. Each Fellow also will be provided $5,000 annually for discretionary research expenses including travel. Interested individuals can contact any tenured Cornell faculty member(s), i.e. associate or full professor, who, if agreeable to serve as the lead sponsor(s), will endorse and submit the candidate’s application. A tenure track assistant professor may serve as a secondary sponsor. Applications will be judged on the qualifications of the candidate, and the quality and originality of the proposed research and its potential impact.


Interested individuals can contact any tenured Cornell faculty member(s) who, if agreeable to serve as the sponsor(s), will endorse and submit the candidate’s application.  


  1. Candidate CV, including publication list.
  2. One-two page description of proposed research that should include a clear statement of objectives and of the significance and expected impact of the proposed research if successful.
  3. Two Letters of Recommendation, including one from the candidate’s PhD thesis advisor, to be sent directly to the lead faculty sponsor that provide detailed assessments of the candidate’s qualifications and potential for innovative, ground-breaking independent research.
  4. Additional letter(s) of support from Cornell lead (and secondary if applicable) faculty sponsor(s) including a brief statement of any financial and logistical support of the proposed research that will be provided by the sponsor(s).

The lead faculty sponsor(s) should forward all materials as a single file (pdf format required) to: 

Deadline for all materials:  October 1, 2017

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage.  We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities.

If you have questions about this program, please contact:

Office of the Vice Provost for Research

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY 14853


Changes to Graduate Assistant Cost Share (GACS) – a pilot policy till end of August, 2017

In order to incentivize PIs to add graduate student support to proposals, a committee has been meeting and considering various alternatives to the current GACS criteria.  The new criteria are in the attached document.  These criteria will be introduced for a trial period, now till the end of August, 2017.  The most significant changes are:
1)  GACS will be available even if cost share is not mandatory
2)  GACS support will depend on the average annual direct costs (not including overhead) of the proposal.
3)  GACS support for proposals with average annual direct costs between $25K to $100k will be eligible for 100% of tuition support (approximately $19K, 19 credits; 9+9+1); proposals must include full-time year-round stipend support from sponsor so that students receive continuous support.
4)  GACS support for proposals with average annual direct costs between $101K to $200k will be eligible for 50% of tuition support (approximately $9.5K, 8.5 credits); proposals must include full-time year-round stipend support from sponsor.
5)  GACS support for proposals with mandatory cost-share and large proposals (>$350k annual average direct costs) will also be in the form of tuition support.  Details are included in the attachment.
I hope that your faculty will take advantage of the enhanced GACS support.  SRO is aware of these new criteria and will bring it to the attention of PIs when they prepare budgets.
The committee members include: Nina Mahmoudian (MEEM), Jason Carter (KIP), Victor Busov (SFRES), Lisa Jukkula (SRO), Tammy LaBissoniere (SRA), Pete Larsen (SRO) (Heather Suokas (Grad School) and myself.
The committee is continuing to meet and discuss how best to use GACS funds to incentivize adding graduate student support to proposals.  Please get in touch with us with your suggestions/comments.
Pushpalatha Murthy
Associate Provost and Dean of the Graduate School
Michigan Technological University
Houghton, MI-49931
Ph: 906-487-2326

Two DOE Solar Research Opportunities and 2017 Joint Nanoscience and Neutron Scattering User Meeting

Postdoctoral Research Awards in Solar Energy – Deadline May 31, 2017

The Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Postdoctoral Research Awards support EERE’s mission in energy efficiency and renewable energy by offering recent Ph.D. recipients the opportunity to conduct applied research at universities, national laboratories, and other research facilities.  Research opportunities will be awarded to qualified applicants to work on collaborative applied research of mutual interest to the applicant, the host facility, and the EERE Program Office sponsoring the award.  Potential research topics for these awards include behavioral and data science to lower solar electricity cost, systems integration, concentrating solar power, and photovoltaic cells, modules, and materials.

Benefits include a yearly stipend of $65,000, a research allowance of $10,000, a research mentor allowance of $5,000, health insurance, and possible relocation travel up to $5,000.

Applicants must meet each of the following criteria:

  • Have a Ph.D. for no more than five years from the application deadline or be expected to complete all the doctoral degree requirements by May 30, 2017.
  • Have U.S. citizenship or Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) status by May 15, 2017.
  • Be available to start by September 1, 2017. Exceptions to this requirement may be considered for applicants with previous commitments. Contact for additional information.
  • Have received support to submit an application from a research mentor who holds a principal investigator position at a research facility (see Research Mentors for requirements and expectations for research mentors).
  • Be eligible to obtain security or visitation clearance, if one is required by the host facility.
  • Have demonstrated commitment to pursue innovative research in EERE areas of interest.
  • Have a superior academic performance record.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Citizenship: LPR or U.S. Citizen
  • Degree: Currently pursuing a Doctoral degree or have received this degree within 60 months.
  • Discipline(s): Earth and Geosciences (All); Engineering (All); Other Physical Sciences (All); Physics; Applied Physics; Physics (General); Computer Sciences (All)

Appointment Location:  Various federal research facilities located across the U.S.

Application Deadline:  May 31, 2017 Eastern Time

For full eligibility criteria, information about EERE Postdoctoral Research Awards and application instructions, please visit  For additional information please contact Cedricka Harris,




DOE-SunShot Innovators Program

The SunShot Innovators Program supports recent Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctorate graduates as well as applicants with technical or research post-degree experience in a field related to the application of solar technologies and policies.  The SunShot Innovators Program offers hands-on, practical experiences that allow participants to contribute innovative solutions to the challenges utilities, energy service providers, and public utilities commissions (PUCs) face as they adapt to a system with increasing levels of solar and other distributed energy resources (DERs). The SunShot Innovators Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE), Solar Energy Technology Office (SETO).  For more information about SETO and the SunShot Initiative, visit

Participant Benefits

Appointments are for up to two years. The initial appointment period is one year. Extension of the appointment will be subject to satisfactory progress toward completion of the project assignments, and availability of funds. Final decisions regarding the extension of the appointment for a second year will be made by SETO in consultation with the hosting institution.  Stipends will be based on appointment level and commensurate with qualifications.


  • Be a U.S. Citizen or Legal Permanent Resident (LPR) at the time of application. Evidence of U.S. citizenship must be submitted to ORISE at the time the appointment is accepted.
  • Be at least 18 years old by May 1, 2017.
  • Meet one of the following conditions:

o   Level 1: Have earned an undergraduate (Bachelor’s) degree in the past three years in science, technology, mathematics, engineering, public policy, business, law or other field relevant to the position.

o   Level 2: Have earned a graduate degree (Doctorate or Master’s) in the past three years in science, technology, mathematics, engineering, public policy, business, law or other field relevant to the position.

o   Level 3: Have earned an undergraduate or graduate degree in science, technology, mathematics, engineering, public policy, business, law or other field relevant to the position. Applicant must have at least ten years of post-degree experience in a technical or research position in a field related to energy innovation.

Application Deadline:  June 30, 2017 Eastern Time

For full eligibility criteria and application instructions, please visit  For additional information please contact Taylor Pitchford,




Registration and Abstract Solicitation for the 2017 Joint Nanoscience and Neutron Scattering User Meeting

The Spallation Neutron Source – High Flux Isotope Reactor (SNS-HFIR) User Group has announced that registration for the 2017 Joint Nanoscience and Neutron Scattering User Meeting  is open and abstract solicitation is ongoing.  The meeting will be held at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is set for week of July 31 – August 4, 2017 and will highlight research achievements by users and staff of Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences (CNMS) and of ORNL’s neutron scattering user facilities, as well as the broader neutron-scattering and nanoscience research communities.  There will be opportunities to meet with facility staff and other researchers to discuss and plan for submitting user proposals and other collaborative activities.

Additionally, the main User Meeting, on Aug. 1-2, will feature:

  • Six plenary addresses
  • Six parallel tracks of oral presentations, including 16 Invited Speakers
  • The topics of the SNS/HFIR-focused tracks are as follows:
  • Materials for energy, sustainability and the environment
  • Quantum phenomena in materials
  • Chemical and Engineering Materials
  • Data Analysis, modeling and visualization
  • Additional contributed talks and posters selected from submitted abstracts
  • Poster Session with Best Student Poster Competition
  • Facility tours
  • Opportunities for user proposal planning with facility staff
  • User group Town Hall meetings and Panel Discussions

A variety of focused Workshops and Tutorials will also be held on July 31 and August 3.  These include hands-on data analysis sessions, a workshop how to prepare your sample for your neutron scattering experiment, an introduction to polarized neutron capabilities at SNS/HFIR, focused sessions on the use of High Performance Computing (HPC) with neutron scattering as well as new tools available for modeling structure and dynamics (CAMM), and a workshop devoted to liquids reflectometry and large scale structures.



Abstract Deadline: June 7 –

Registration Deadline: July 17. There is no cost to register but Advance Registration Is Required! –

Poster Session: August 1 & Plenary and Oral Sessions: August 1-2 –

Workshops and Tutorials: July 31 and August 3-4 –

Direct link for copy/paste to a browser:

The SNS-HFIR User Group (SHUG) consists of all persons interested in using the neutron scattering facilities at Oak Ridge. Learn more:


University Partnerships Office

2017 Military Health System Research Symposium annual awards due June 9th.

Recognize your outstanding researchers!  The 2017 Military Health System Research Symposium annual awards recognize outstanding accomplishments in research over the past year.   Nominations are being accepted on-line until 9 June 2017.

Nominations are being accepted in the following categories:
– Outstanding Research Accomplishment (Individual/Military and Individual/Academia)
– Outstanding Research Accomplishment (Team/Academia and Team/Military)
– Distinguished Service Award
Click here to see the criteria for submission in each category.

1) Go to
Click on the 2017 Award Submission tab to access the nomination page
2) Click the “Add new item” link on the “2017 MHSRS Award Submissions” page.
3) When done filling out the on-line form, click SAVE to save and submit the award record. A confirmation email will be sent upon saving your submission.

Note:  You have to be registered with the MHSRS website in order to submit an award.   If you are not registered on the site, go to:

2017 MHSRS Planning Committee

Fall 2017 Finishing Fellowship Nominations Open

Applications for fall 2017 finishing fellowships being accepted and are due no later than 4pm, July 6, 2017 to Dr. Debra Charlesworth in the Graduate School (email applications to are preferred). Instructions on the application and evaluation process are found online.

Students are eligible if all of the following criteria are met:

    1. Must be a PhD student.
    2. Must expect to finish during the semester supported as a finishing fellow.
    3. Must have submitted no more than one previous application for a finishing fellowship.
    4. Must be eligible for or in Research Mode at the time of application.

Finishing Fellowships provide support to PhD candidates who are close to completing their degrees. These fellowships are available through the generosity of alumni and friends of the University. They are intended to recognize outstanding PhD candidates who are in need of financial support to finish their degrees and are also contributing to the attainment of goals outlined in The Michigan Tech Plan. The Graduate School anticipates funding up to ten fellowships with support ranging from $2000 to full support (stipend + tuition). Students who receive full support through a Finishing Fellowship may not accept any other employment. For example, students cannot be fully supported by a Finishing Fellowship and accept support as a GTA or GRA.