Category: Funding Opportunities

Opportunities for funding graduate education.

Research Data Alliance/US Call for Fellows

The Research Data Alliance (RDA) invites applications for its newly redesigned fellowship program. The program’s goal is to engage early career researchers in the US in RDA, a dynamic and young global organization that seeks to eliminate the technical and social barriers to research data sharing.
WHAT: The successful Fellow will engage in the RDA through a 12-18 month project under the guidance of a mentor from the RDA community. Fellows receive a stipend ($5000 each summer) and travel support and must be currently employed or appointed at a US institution.
WHO: Fellows are sought from a variety of backgrounds: communications, social, natural and physical sciences, business, informatics, and computer science. The RDA Data Share program will look for a T-shaped skill set, where early signs of cross discipline competency are combined with evidence of teamwork and communication skills, and a deep competency in one discipline.
Eligibility: Graduate students and postdoctoral researchers at institutions of higher education in the United States, and early career researchers at U.S.-based research institutions who graduated with a relevant master’s or PhD and are no more than three years beyond receipt of their degree.  Applications from traditionally underserved populations are strongly encouraged to apply.
Application Deadline: April 16, 2015
For more details and information on how to apply, see:


ASCO Numatics Scholarship

Deadline: April 3, 2015

Award Amount: $5,000

ASCO Numatics, the world’s leading manufacturer of comprehensive fluid automation, flow control, and pneumatics solutions, is proud to open the 2015-2016 application period for its engineering scholarship program.  Students must junior, senior, or graduate-level students, enrolled full-time in an engineering, instrumentation, systems, electrical, mechanical, or automation discipline at an accredited U.S. educational institution.  Applicants must have a 3.2 GPA on a 4.0 scale and be a U.S. citizens or legal U.S. resident.

see here for more information: ASCO Numatics Scholarship

Federal Postdoc Award Opportunity for Solar Energy Researchers

In order to spur innovation in solar energy, the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is now accepting applications for postdoctoral researchers in solar energy to participate in the EERE Postdoctoral Research Awards.
This research will contribute to the SunShot Initiative goal to make solar energy technologies cost-competitive with traditional energy sources by 2020. Reducing the total installed cost for utility‐scale solar electricity by approximately 75%, from the 2010 baseline, to roughly $0.06 per kWh without subsidies will enable rapid, large‐scale adoption of solar electricity across the United States.

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.

Who: Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, complete all requirements for their Ph.D. by May 31, 2015, and have a Ph.D. for no more than five years.
What: The awards will provide a highly competitive two-year stipend with health insurance as well as allowance for travel, relocation, and research expenses.
When: The application period for the EERE Postdoctoral Research Awards closes on May 7, 2015. The awards will be announced in July 2015 for the projects to start in September 2015. Apply today and learn more about former awardees.

Women in Science fellowship

Applications for the 2015 L’Oréal USA For Women in Science fellowship program are now open.

The L’Oréal For Women in Science program recognizes and rewards the contributions women make in STEM fields and identifies exceptional women researchers committed to serving as role models for younger generations.  More than 2,000 women scientists in over 100 countries have been recognized since the program began in 1998.

Who: women post-doctoral scientists who are US citizens or permanent residents. Applicants are welcome from a variety of fields, including the life and physical/material sciences, technology (including computer science), engineering, and mathematics.

See here for full eligibility requirements and application materials:

What: The L’Oréal USA For Women In Science fellowship program will award five post‐doctoral women scientists in the United States this year with grants of up to $60,000 each.

When: Applications are due on Friday, March 20, 2015

AGI Workforce Internships Available!

The American Geosciences Institute has two summer, 2015 Workforce Internships available!

  1. Diversity Internship: AGI’s Workforce Program is seeking an Bachelor’s or Master’s student to help increase participation of underrepresented geoscientists conducting research as part of the Deep Carbon Observatory.  This program is funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.  For more detailed information about this opportunity, please see the Diversity Internship 2015 Flyer.
  2. Course Development Internship: AGI’s Workforce Program is teaming up with the American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG) to develop short, online courses teaching specific geoscience skills and competencies.  This work is funded by ConocoPhillips.  We are seeking a Master’s student in Geology/Geoscience, or an upperclassman Bachelor’s student with strong quantitative skills to help develop short courses through the Geoscience Online Learning Initiative (GOLI).  For more detailed information, please see the Course Development Internship 2015 Flyer.

For more opportunities from AGI see here.

Two Oak Ridge National Laboratory Opportunities

1. Higher Education Research Experiences (HERE) Program

When: Apply by February 28 for best chance at selections; applications are accepted year-round

  • Undergraduates, Recent-AAS/BS, MS, and PhD  – Science, Engineering, Technology and Mathematics (STEM) majors or related disciplines for technical support opportunities
  • Stipend based on academic status
  • Travel/Housing assistance (if eligible)
  • Full-time and part-time appointments
  • Professional development activities
  • Minimum GPA  – 2.5/4.0
  • U.S. Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR)


2. Nuclear Engineering Science Laboratory Synthesis Programs (NESLS) Program

When: Must Apply by February 28!

  • Current AAS, BS, MS, and PhD students – Majors related to Engineering, Earth and Geosciences, Environmental and Marine Sciences, Life Health and Medical Sciences, Mathematics and Statistics, Nanotechnology, Chemistry, Physics, International Relations, Political Science, Government, Policy, Risk Analysis, and Computer Science
  • Stipend based on academic status
  • Travel/Housing assistance (if eligible)
  • Full-time and part-time appointments
  • Professional development activities
  • Minimum GPA  – 3.0/4.0
  • Open to U.S. and Eligible International Citizenship


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: