Category Archives: External Funding

Postdoc Nanotech Fellowship

A fellowship opportunity is currently available with the Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA) at the Arkansas Regional Laboratory of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The selected participant will be located at the Nanotechnology Core Facility, which was developed to support the technical needs of scientists involved in determining the toxicity, safety, and characterization of nanomaterials.

Who: PhD in chemistry, materials science, microbiology, or physics with an emphasis in nanotechnology (awarded within the last five years).
What: 1 year, full-time research position
Where: near Jefferson, Arkansas

Under the guidance of a mentor, the selected participant will collaborate with multi-disciplinary research efforts within the National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR)/ORA Nanotechnology Core Facility.

Additional information may be found here.

National School on Neutron and X-Ray Scattering

The 17th Annual National School on Neutron and X-ray Scattering will be held at Argonne and Oak Ridge National Labs from June 13-27, 2015.

Who: grad students in physics, chemistry, materials science, or related fields.
What: travel, meal, and lodging costs
Deadline: complete an application by February 23, 2015.
Part of the application process includes submission of evaluation letters from among the student’s advisor, department chair and other professors.

Purpose: to help introduce graduate students to the capabilities available at the neutron and x-ray user facilities in the United States. The school includes:

  • basic tutorials on the principles of neutron and x-ray scattering theory
  • the characteristics of neutron and synchrotron X-ray sources
  • seminars on the application of scattering methods to a variety of scientific subjects
  • opportunity to conduct a series of short experiments to provide some hands-on experience using instruments at neutron and synchrotron sources, at Argonne’s Advanced Photon Source, and Oak Ridge’s Spallation Neutron Source and High Flux Isotope Reactor facilities

Lecture notes and videos of the 2014 NXS School are available at:

All questions pertaining to the application process or other aspects of the school should be directed to  or (630) 252-4114

DOE’s SCGSR program is now accepting applications!

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science is pleased to announce that the Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is now accepting applications for the 2015 solicitation.  Applications are due 5:00pm ET on Tuesday April 14, 2015.

The SCGSR program is open to U.S. citizens who are current Ph.D. candidates in qualified graduate programs at accredited U.S. academic institutions, who are conducting their graduate thesis research in targeted areas of importance to the DOE Office of Science.

Detailed information about the program, including eligibility requirements and access to the online application system, can be found at:

The SCGSR program supports supplemental awards (stipend + transportation costs to/from host laboratory) to outstanding U.S. graduate students to conduct part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE national laboratory in collaboration with a DOE laboratory scientist for a period of 3 to 12 consecutive months—with the goal of preparing graduate students for scientific and technical careers critically important to the DOE Office of Science mission.

The Office of Science expects to make approximately 100 awards in 2015, for project periods beginning anytime between October 2015 and September 2016.



George L. Disborough Trout Unlimited Research Grant

The Kalamazoo Community Foundation is accepting applications for the George L. Disborough Trout Unlimited Research Grant.

Deadline: Feb 15, 2015
For: U.S. Citizen or a Permanent Resident Alien
Level: Graduate Student
Duration: 1 year
Basic description: “project must be consistent with the mission of Trout Unlimited and take place in North America

see here for more information and how to apply:

Kalamazoo Community Foundation Scholarships

The Kalamazoo Community Foundation has a scholarship search page with the option to search at both the Graduate and Undergraduate levels.

While many of these opportunities are for residents, or former residents, of the Kalamazoo region, some are open to students in other locations. In all cases, “The recipient must be a U.S. Citizen or a Permanent Resident Alien“.

see here for instructions on how to search and apply:

Communicating Science (ComSciCon) Workshop for graduate students in June 2015

Applications are now open for the Communicating Science 2015 workshop. See official website for information on how to apply.

Where: Cambridge, MA
When: June 18-20th, 2015.
Who: Graduate students at US institutions in all fields of science and engineering
Deadline March 1st.

Acceptance to the workshop is competitive; attendance of the workshop is free and travel support will be provided to accepted applicants.

Participants will build the communication skills that scientists and other technical professionals need to express complex ideas to their peers, experts in other fields, and the general public.  There will be panel discussions on the following topics:

  • Communicating with Non-Scientific Audiences
  • Science Communication in Popular Culture
  • Communicating as a Science Advocate
  • Multimedia Communication for Scientists
  • Addressing Diversity through Communication

In addition to these discussions, ample time is allotted for interacting with the experts and with attendees from throughout the country.  Workshop participants will produce an original piece of science writing and receive feedback from workshop attendees and professional science communicators.

Visit to learn more about our past workshop programs and participants.

This workshop is sponsored by Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Colorado Boulder, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Chemical Society, and Microsoft Research.

NASA Aeronautics Scholarship Program

NASA Aeronautics Scholarship Program is accepting applications from students majoring in aeronautics related fields. Undergraduates with at least two years of study remaining are eligible to receive up to $15,000/year for two years and a summer internship with a $10,000 stipend. Graduate student awards include up to $11,000 in tuition offset, $35,000 stipend/year for two years and a summer internship with a $10,000 stipend. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Applications are due March 31, 2015.

More information can be found on

Data Science for Social Good: Summer Fellowship

The Data Science for Social Good Summer Fellowship is running again in 2015 and the application deadline is coming up in two weeks (Feb 1st). The program is currently soliciting applications from strong students.

Applicants can be from a range of backgrounds, including: Computer Science, Machine Learning, Statistics, Social Sciences, and Public Policy.

Teams will spend 12 weeks over the summer working in partnership with a non-profit or government organization on projects related to education, health, sustainability, community & economic development, disaster relief, crime, social services, social justice, etc…. If you are interested, please apply!

Deadline: Feb 1, 2015
When: May-Aug 2015
Where: Chicago
Stipend: $11,000 – $16,000 (depending on experience)

see here for more information and application form:

2015 Nominations for DeVlieg Fellowships Open

Nominations are now open for the DeVlieg Foundation Fellowships.

All graduate programs may nominate one eligible PhD student per program.  There will be two recipients – each will receive a stipend for summer 2015 plus support for one credit of tuition.  Eligible students will meet all of the following criteria:

  1. Must be a graduate student in one of the fields supported by the DeVlieg Foundation:
    1. Engineering or a closely related field, OR
    2. Wildlife/biology (2015 Summer Research Award in Biology/Wildlife/Natural Resources)
  2. Must be a US citizen or permanent resident.
  3. Must be enrolled in a PhD program.
  4. Must be nominated by student’s graduate program.  Each PhD program may nominate one student.

Nominations are due no later than 4pm on January 29, 2015 to the Graduate School. Please address to the attention of Debra Charlesworth.

Please see our web page for details on the application procedure and materials needed.  Each program may determine its own internal selection procedure.

Please contact the Graduate School with any questions.

Harriet Evelyn Wallace Scholarship for Female Graduate (MS geoscience) Students

The American Geosciences Institute is proud to announce that applications are open for the 3rd annual Harriet Evelyn Wallace Scholarship. The Scholarship was established from a bequest given to AGI by Harriet Evelyn Wallace, who was one of the founding members of the Geoscience Information Society (GSIS). This scholarship is for the support of female graduate students in the United States studying the geosciences. A new scholar is named each year, and every scholar is eligible for up to two years of support. The current annual award is $5,000.

This year, we will be giving the award to one qualified Master’s student studying geoscience. PhD applications will not be reviewed this year. The application deadline is January 5th, 2015. The successful applicant will be a thesis-based, full-time student and must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. The Harriet Evelyn Wallace Scholarship is merit-based and applicants will be evaluated on their probability of successfully completing a geoscience graduate program and transitioning into the geoscience profession following graduation.

For more information or to submit an application, please visit:

If you have any questions regarding the scholarship, or while submitting your application, please contact the scholarship coordinator Heather Houlton at