Category: Funding Opportunities

Opportunities for funding graduate education.

New Graduate Fellowships Lure Returning Peace Corps Volunteers

A new partnership between Michigan Tech and the US Peace Corps will enable returning Peace Corps volunteers to attend graduate school at Michigan Tech while putting their Peace Corps skills to work. Michigan Tech is one of the universities recently selected by the Peace Corps to offer new or expanded Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program graduate degrees, which include scholarships and degree-related internships in underserved American communities.

The new fellowships will support graduate degrees in biological sciences, forestry, applied ecology, forest ecology and management, forest molecular genetics and biotechnology, environmental policy and industrial archaeology. All returned Peace Corps volunteers will be eligible to apply for the Coverdell program. Currently, 12 alumni who received bachelor’s degrees at Michigan Tech are serving in the Peace Corps. They also will be eligible for the new program when they finish their service.

“Michigan Tech is extremely pleased to be selected to participate in the Coverdell Fellows Program,” said Graduate School Dean Jacqueline Huntoon. “With this program, we will continue to strengthen our collaboration with the Peace Corps, building on our existing programs for returned Peace Corps volunteers and students in our Peace Corps Master’s International programs.

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Published in Tech Today by Jenn Donovan, public relations director

DoD STAR Internship Information Session

The Department of Defense will be accepting applications for the Student Training and Academic Recruitment (STAR) internship starting Friday February 1 and ending Monday February 4. The STAR internship program is a paid, on-campus position that allows students to complete their hours while working around their classes.

To learn more about the duties, benefits, and qualifications as well as how to apply for this amazing internship opportunity, contact the current STAR representative for more information:

Rhea-Ann Moses
Michigan Technological University STAR Program Representative
220 Administration Building

Kalamazoo Community Foundation Scholarship Opportunities

Benjamin and Cherie Gubin Scholarship

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Kalamazoo County resident during senior year in high school or graduate of a Kalamazoo County high school
  • Enrolling or enrolled full time in an accredited master’s, PhD or professional degree program such as law or medicine
  • Must demonstrate academic achievement and potential for success at the graduate level with a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Must demonstrate financial need.

Additional Gubin Scholarship information is available at:

Contact Information:

Kalamazoo Community Foundation
151 S. Rose Street, Suite 332
Kalamazoo, MI 49007


AEG student scholarships for 2013

AEG announces student scholarships for 2013

To apply for the AEG student scholarships:

The scholarship applications are due on Feb 1st, 2013.

Student membership of AEG is required to qualify for the scholarship. But the good news is that the AEG student membership is free.

For more details on the membership:

For more details about the AEG Michigan Tech students chapter:

ORNL – Clifford G. Shull Fellowship Program

The Neutron Sciences Directorate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), invites applications for the Clifford G. Shull Fellowship Program.

A PhD. in condensed matter physics, chemistry, materials science and engineering, biology, or related field is required.  Each applicant must be no more than three years beyond receiving his/her doctorate degree.  Applicants should not have previously held more than one postdoctoral appointment.  Current ORNL postdoctoral appointees and staff members are not eligible.  Previous experience in neutron or X-ray scattering is highly desired; however, outstanding candidates possessing related expertise are also encouraged to apply.  Strong written and oral communication skills as evidenced by a significant publication record, and the desire to work in a team environment on scientifically challenging problems are required.

Applicants should have a PhD degree conferred on or after January 2010.

For more information regarding the program, and application instructions please visit:

Application deadline is January 31, 2013

In addition to your CV, please include a short research statement and names of at least three professional/academic references.  This position will remain open until a candidate is identified and/or hired. We accept Word(.doc, .docx), Excel(.xls, .xlsx), PowerPoint(.ppt, .pptx), Adobe(.pdf), Rich Text Format(.rtf), HTML(.htm, html) and text files(.txt) up to 2MB in size. Resumes from third party vendors will not be accepted; these resumes will be deleted and the candidates submitted will not be considered for employment.

If you have trouble applying for a position, please email  Al Ekkenbus, Ph. D

NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF) Program

NASA announces a call for graduate fellowship proposals to the NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF) program for the 2013-2014 academic year.  This call for fellowship proposals solicits applications from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of individuals pursuing Master of Science (M.Sc.) or Doctoral (Ph.D.) degrees in Earth and space sciences, or related disciplines.

The purpose of NESSF is to ensure continued training of a highly qualified workforce in disciplines needed to achieve NASA’s scientific goals.  Awards resulting from the competitive selection will be made in the form of training grants to the respective universities.

The deadline for NEW applications is February 1, 2013, and the deadline for RENEWAL applications is March 15, 2013.

The NESSF call for proposals and submission instructions are located at the NESSF 13 solicitation index page.

Also refer to “Proposal Submission Instructions” and “Frequently Asked Questions” listed under “Other Documents” on the NESSF 13 solicitation index page.

All proposals must be submitted in electronic format only through the NASA NSPIRES system.  The advisor has an active role in the submission of the fellowship proposal.  To use the NSPIRES system, the advisor, the student, and the university must all Register.

More information and how you can register,

For further information contact:  Claire Macaulay, Program Administrator for NESSF Earth Science Research, Telephone: (202) 358-0151, E-mail: or Dolores Holland, Program Administrator for NESSF Heliophysics Research, Planetary Science Research, and Astrophysics Research, Telephone: (202) 358-0734, E-mail:

KCF – George L. Disborough Trout Unlimited Research Grant

Kalamazoo Community Foundation announces the George L. Disborough Trout Unlimited Research Grant

Purpose and Sponsor: This research grant fund was established at the Kalamazoo Community Foundation by the Kalamazoo Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited (KVCTU) for the purpose of recognizing and supporting studies of trout habitat or other projects consistent with the goals and objectives of Trout Unlimited. KVCTU’s goals are to preserve wild rivers, clean up polluted waters, maintain early warning Water Quality Surveillance programs, educate the public through workshops and seminars, and speak for the concerns of all anglers and conservationists.

Eligibility Criteria: The grant will be awarded based on the merit of the proposed project and not on the financial need of the applicant. The project must be consistent with the mission of Trout Unlimited, take place in North America, and the recipient must be a citizen of the United States or a Permanent Resident Alien (Green card holder) and a graduate student at an accredited college or university.

Selection Criteria: The grant will be awarded based on the project location, subject, distinctiveness, and method of implementation. Preference will be given to studies related to resident populations of coldwater salmonids rather than those related to anadromous species. The written proposal, talents required to perform the project, the candidate’s grade point average, and place of residence will also be considered.

Application Deadline is February 15, 2013

Access the George L. Disborough Trout Unlimited Research Grant Application at:

Contact Information: Kalamazoo Community Foundation, 151 S. Rose Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Additional Grant information is available at:

Inter-American Foundation (IAF) Fellowship for PhD candidates

The Inter-American Foundation Grassroots Development Fellowship Program

The Inter-American Foundation (IAF) was created in 1969 by the United States Congress to fund the self-help initiatives of the organized poor in Latin America and the Caribbean and the groups that directly support them.

IAF’s Fellowships are intended to increase awareness of grassroots development efforts while building a community of professionals and scholars knowledgeable in the subject. Fellows examine the efforts of the rural and urban poor to improve their lives, their methods of organization and production, and the policies and programs designed to alleviate their poverty.

All inquiries should be directed to The Institute of International Education at

The deadline for the 2013-2014 fellowship cycle is January 22, 2013

Eligibility – The applicant must be a Ph.D. student, must be currently enrolled in a U.S. university, and must have completed all course requirements and qualifying or comprehensive examinations for the doctoral degree before initiating IAF-funded field research.  For more on eligibility or to Apply.

EERE Postdoctoral Research Awards

The EERE Postdoctoral Research Awards support innovative research in energy efficiency and renewable energy by offering recent PhD recipients* the opportunity to conduct applied research at universities, national laboratories, and other research facilities.

*Applicants without a Ph.D. may be considered for the Water Power topic area.

Research Topics:

  • Fuel Cells Technologies
  • Solar
  • Water Power

Application deadline is February 28, 2013

More information and application materials can be found at:

Student Technology Prize for Primary Healthcare

Objective: Annual national competition designed to encourage students to apply their creative skills to the development of technological innovations with great potential to support the improved delivery of care at the frontlines of medicine.

Eligibility: Open to graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in accredited engineering programs in the United States.

Status: Entries invited for 2013 competition, with online submission site opening on December 3, 2012 and pre-proposals due by January 21, 2013.

See their website for additional details.