Category Archives: External Funding

Spring 2015 Finishing Fellowship Nominations Open

Applications for spring 2015 finishing fellowships are now being accepted, and are due no later than 4pm, October 21, 2014 to Dr. Debra Charlesworth in the Graduate School. 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 Only 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.

Applications are open for the ASNT Robert B. Oliver Scholarship

The ASNT Robert B. Oliver Scholarship is a $2,500 scholarship given to provide an incentive to students currently enrolled in course work related to nondestructive testing (NDT) in a program of study learning to an undergraduate degree, an associate degree, or a post-secondary certificate.  The scholarship memorializes ASNT’s Past President, Honorary Member, and Fellow Robert B. Oliver.

The scholarships are awarded to students submitting the best original manuscripts on nondestructive testing.  The manuscript should develop a concept in NDT and may be based on practical experience, laboratory work, or library research. (See link below for manuscript criteria.)  Papers may be classroom assignments for work outside NDT, such as an English class.  A maximum of three (3) scholarships are presented each year.

Applications must be submitted online and received no later than 15 February 2015.
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Biostatistics Prospective Student Day Fall 2014

DEPARTMENT OF BIOSTATISTICS PROSPECTIVE GRADUATE STUDENT INFORMATION DAY

The event will be held on Saturday, October 11, 2014 in Ann Arbor MI, and provides an opportunity for students who may be interested in graduate study in Biostatistics to learn about our program and the University and meet our faculty.  There will be presentations by students and faculty providing examples of ongoing work in the department, summarizing job opportunities and career prospects, and providing guidance on admission policies and financial support.

This includes both undergraduate and Masters students who have identified Biostatistics and related fields as an area of interest, but also students who are completing undergraduate degrees in Math, Statistics, Biology, Computer Science and related disciplines that are beginning to explore their future options. With the current great need for students who can bridge the fields of mathematics, statistics, biology, medicine and computer science, prospects for our graduates have never been brighter. 

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Apply for Sigma Xi’s Grants-in-Aid of Research program

Undergraduate and graduate students may apply for research funding through Sigma Xi’s Grants-in-Aid of Research program.

The deadline is October 15, 2014.

The program awards grants of up to $1,000 to students from all areas of the sciences and engineering. Designated funds from the National Academy of Sciences allow for grants of up to $5,000 for astronomy research and $2,500 for vision related research. 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.

Apply at www.sigmaxi.org/programs/grants-in-aid.

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APAM 2014 Scholarship Applications Available – deadline Oct 6

APAM Scholarship Program ensures the future of the asphalt industry and that of asphalt as America’s leading choice in paving materials.

Purpose

  • An incentive for students to be interested in the asphalt paving industry
  • A workforce with training in asphalt technology
  • An incentive for colleges/universities to offer training in asphalt technology

Eligibility

  • The scholarship program currently provides funding for undergraduate or graduate students who are U.S. citizens and enrolled full-time at an accredited four-year college or university or two-year technical institution in Michigan and are interested in pursuing a career in the HMA Paving Industry.
  • Financial need will not be considered and scholarship awards are renewable up to two years or graduation, whichever occurs first, on the basis of satisfactory academic performance and continued eligibility for the program.

Application deadline: October 6, 2014

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Nominations open for KCP Future Faculty Fellowships

The purpose of the King-Chávez-Parks Future Faculty Fellowship Program is to increase the pool of traditionally underrepresented candidates pursuing careers in postsecondary education. Nominations may be at the master’s or doctoral level.  Please see our web site for more details on the program, eligibility requirements, and the application procedure.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, however, for the best consideration for funding beginning in spring 2015, please submit a nomination no later than 4pm, September 30, 2014.

The Graduate School will work with qualified applicants and their programs to develop a funding plan that includes funds from the KCP program, department or school, and Graduate School.

2015 PTI Student Scholarship Opportunities- Applications due Dec 1

The Post-Tensioning Institute (PTI) is pleased to announce the continuation of its scholarship program in 2015.  PTI is offering scholarships to full-time engineering and architectural students in the U.S. or Canada. The program is open to senior- or graduate-level students whose area of study includes concrete structures, with an emphasis on structural design, materials, construction, or any combination thereof.

Two scholarships of $2,500 each will be awarded for the Winter/Spring 2015 school term.  
 
Details of the program and application form can be found on PTIs website at  http://post-tensioning.org/student_competitions.php
 
Applications are due December 1, 2014 with the awards to be announced on January 8, 2015.   Award recipients will be honored at an award ceremony that will be held in conjunction with the Post-Tensioning Institute’s Annual Technical Conference that will be held in Houston, Texas on April 27, 2015.

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NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Seminar Series – Request for Top/Competitive Students

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) solicitation has been published and a new website launched (http://www.nsfgrfp.org/. Michigan Tech students have historically done well with a 20% success rate (national average) of being funded through the GRFP.  With a goal of reaching 30% success rate, the Research Development Office will be sponsoring a series of workshops and seminars aimed at advising current or prospective Michigan Tech graduate students in developing competitive GRFP application packages.

NSF provides a stipend of $32,000 (potentially $34,000 for 2015) to the Fellow and a cost-of-education allowance of $12,000 to the graduate degree-granting institution for each Fellow utilizing the fellowship support in a fellowship year.

Please encourage faculty and advisors to forward me (nichopp@mtu.edu) names of your top students for our office to invite to participate in our NSF GRFP workshops/seminars.  More specifically, our office will send out a special/individual invite letting students know they have been identified by a faculty/chair/dean (name inserted) as “a competitive candidate” for the NSF GRFP.  The invite is often received as recognition in itself, as it should be.  In the past, this type of invitation has given students the confidence and motivation to put the time and effort into applying.  And of course, it is also a strategic move to maximize faculty and our office’s time in advising students most likely to succeed.  In addition, NSF has made it clear that the practice of requiring all students to apply to the NSF GRFP for the purpose of gaining proposal development experience is not a practice the agency endorses or encourages.

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EPSA Fellowship Opportunity – CLOSES SEPTEMBER 1

CLOSES SEPTEMBER 1!

U.S. Department of Energy

Office of Climate, Environment and Energy Efficiency – EPSA Fellowship Program

Now Accepting Applications for BS, MS or PhD Graduates and recent Alumni (within the last 5 years) in Physical Sciences,

Environmental Sciences, Environmental Policy, Public Policy, Economics or related degrees.

Application closes Monday, September 1, 2014, midnight EST – visit http://orise.orau.gov/epsato get started NOW! 

Opportunity in Washington, DC for a full-time, one-year or more commitment, starting in September or October 2014 to conduct climate/environmental research.

Applicant must be interested in a multi-disciplinary, fast-paced environment focused on energy and climate policy. Prefer expertise in one or more major energy sector (e.g. electricity, oil, gas) with training/experience in climate science, climate impacts or other environmental areas. Strong quantitative analytical, research and communication skills are required. Experience with modeling and managing data outputs from models preferred.

Applicants must be U.S. Citizens – no exceptions.

Annual stipends are dependent on academic level, skills and experience. Additional allowances for travel to site, medical insurance or housing may be provided.

For more information, e-mail epsa.fellowship@orau.org.

U.S. Department of Energy Office of Climate, Environment and Energy Efficiency – EPSA Fellowship Program

Now Accepting Applications for BS, MS or PhD Graduates and recent Alumni (within the last 5 years) in Physical Sciences,

Environmental Sciences, Environmental Policy, Public Policy, Economics or related degrees.

Application closes Monday, September 1, 2014, midnight EST – visit http://orise.orau.gov/epsato get started NOW! 

Opportunity in Washington, DC for a full-time, one-year or more commitment, starting in September or October 2014 to conduct climate/environmental research.

Applicant must be interested in a multi-disciplinary, fast-paced environment focused on energy and climate policy. Prefer expertise in one or more major energy sector (e.g. electricity, oil, gas) with training/experience in climate science, climate impacts or other environmental areas. Strong quantitative analytical, research and communication skills are required. Experience with modeling and managing data outputs from models preferred.

Applicants must be U.S. Citizens – no exceptions.

Annual stipends are dependent on academic level, skills and experience. Additional allowances for travel to site, medical insurance or housing may be provided.

For more information, e-mail epsa.fellowship@orau.org.