Category: Funding Opportunities

Opportunities for funding graduate education.

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.

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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:

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

DOE Summer 2015 opportunity for STEM Students

The Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program provides students with an opportunity to gain and develop research skills with the Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy for 10 weeks over the summer. For 20 years, this program has increased awareness of DOE research opportunities to students pursuing STEM degrees (science, technology, engineering and math). The goal of the program is to improve opportunities for women and minority students in these fields, however all eligible candidates are encouraged to apply.  Stipends start at $600 per week and eligible Fellows will receive an additional travel and housing allowance.

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  • Be at least 18 years of age at time of application;
  • Be a U.S. Citizen;
  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0;
  • Be currently enrolled full-time in an accredited college or university (sophomore year or higher) or had a Ph.D. conferred on or after January 2, 2014 in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) degree

Application closes Friday, January 2, 2015
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Hult Prize: million dollar challenge

Call for applicants! Final deadline for applications is December 21, 2014.

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We are excited to invite you to apply to the 6th annual Hult Prize! Each year, the Hult Prize awards US$ one million in start-up capital to the team of students that creates the top sustainable start-up which can solve President Bill Clinton’s challenge.

This year, we are tackling early childhood education and will hold regional rounds of competition in Boston, San Francisco, London, Dubai and Shanghai.

Applying is easy, and does not require you to submit an idea! Open to every college and university student on the planet, we are calling on you to create the next big company that gives children around the world access to early education. If you advance to one of the regional final rounds, you will then pitch your start-up enterprise to a panel of esteemed judges. One winning team per region will advance to our summer accelerator program and compete in the Global Finals which is hosted by President Bill Clinton at the Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting in September.  The winner will take home one million dollars to launch their new company that will change the world!

Join the world’s largest student competition and crowdsourcing platform for social good and compete to launch the next bid idea that will change the world!

ORAU Big Data Postdoc

ORAU is seeking a Postdoctoral Associate with an interest in big data and excellent communication skills. The position requires skills in analysis of large data sets, and will involve development of white papers and other communications, both for technical audiences and general scientific audiences. The key skill set is communication, both to technical and non-technical audiences, and writing samples are requested from potential candidates. The holder of the position would develop connections with the 114 ORAU member universities as well as expert staff at ORAU. The appointment can begin as early as December 15, 2014 and the current funding extends through September 30, 2015. There is potential for mutually agreeable extension. Applicants can express interest or apply through the ORAU online Career Center at

Grant Program for Travel to Isreal

The semi-annual Prof. Rahamimoff Travel Grants Program for young Scientists is open for submissions and the current deadline for this round of funding is Dec. 3, 2014 (5pm Israel time, GMT/UTC +2; or 10 am EST).

Note that applications must be submitted through the University, and the internal deadline will be different. If you are interested in this opportunity please contact the Sponsored Programs Office.

This program is supported by the United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation for short scientific trips by young American or Israeli scientists to the other country. This opportunity is open to PhD students doing research that requires facilities or expertise not available in their home countries, and grants are for $4000.

The call for proposals, instructions, and list of eligible disciplines, can be found in the following BSF website page:

(SMART) Scholarship for Service Program

The Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program has been established by the Department of Defense (DoD) to provide support to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in a STEM related field.  Please join STAR Program Representative and Michigan Tech’s current SMART Scholarship recipient to learn more about the opportunity to receive full scholarship and employment with the DoD upon graduation!

Who: Student Training and Academic Recruitment (STAR) Program Representative, MTU’s current SMART Scholarship recipient, & YOU!
What: Department of Defense SMART Scholarship Information Session
When: Tuesday, November 11th at 5:15 PM
Where: Chemical Sciences and Engineering Building – Room 101

The SMART Scholarship offers full tuition assistance and education related fees, a paid stipend and summer internships, health insurance and book allowance, mentoring, as well as employment placement after graduation for qualified students. The application window for this opportunity is open now until scheduled close deadline of December 15, 2014 (

If you are unable to join us, please do not hesitate to contact Michigan Tech’s on-campus DoD recruiter, Kaila Pietila, for any additional information or to schedule an appointment.

Ms. Pietila can be reached at:
Kaila Pietila
Department of Defense STAR Program Representative
Career Services 220 Administration Building
(571) 302-1356

Department of Energy Summer Opportunities

The S-STEM team at the NSF was just made aware of the following internship opportunity from the Department of Energy:

The Office of Science / Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS) is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications to its 2015 Summer Term internship/fellowship programs. These programs, which offer opportunities for direct engagement in scientific research and technology featuring specialized instrumentation; large-scale, multidisciplinary efforts; and/or scientific user facilities, are available for undergraduate students enrolled at community colleges and/or four-year institutions, and for visiting faculty. Selected students or faculty participate at one of 17 DOE Laboratories/Facilities, receive stipends, and may qualify for travel and housing assistance.

Applications for these competitive programs must be completed and submitted online by 5:00 PM ET on January 9, 2015 (including all required application materials and recommendations). The 2015 Summer Term placements are for 10 weeks duration in a May to August timeframe.

The three programs accepting applications are:

  • The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program encourages undergraduate students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by providing research experiences, under the guidance of laboratory/facility staff scientists or engineers, on projects supporting the DOE mission.  More information about SULI and access to the online application is at
  • The Community College Internship (CCI) program encourages community college students to enter technical careers relevant to the DOE mission by providing technical training experiences at the DOE Labs.  Students work on technologies or instrumentation projects or major research facilities related to ongoing R&D programs. More information about CCI and access to the online application is at
  • The Visiting Faculty Program (VFP) seeks to increase the research competitiveness of faculty members and their students at institutions historically underrepresented in the research community in order to expand the workforce vital to the DOE mission areas.  In this program, selected university/college faculty members collaborate with DOE laboratory research staff on a research project of mutual interest. Faculty member participants may invite up to two students (one of which may be a graduate student) to participate in the research project. Applicants establish their collaborations with laboratory research staff in advance of applying and must submit a co-developed research proposal as part of the application. Students apply separately at the invitation of the faculty member. More information about the VFP and access to the online application is at

The SULI, CCI and VFP programs are sponsored and managed by the DOE Office of Science / Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists. The Department of Energy’s Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States, and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time.



Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship Internship Program

The Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program provides students with an opportunity to gain and develop research skills with the Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy for 10 weeks over the summer. For 20 years, this program has increased awareness of DOE research opportunities to students pursuing STEM degrees (short for science, technology, engineering and math).

The goal of the program is to improve opportunities for women and minority students in these fields, however all eligible candidates are encouraged to apply before the January 2, 2015 deadline.

Apply now for the Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship Program