Category: Funding Opportunities

Opportunities for funding graduate education.

Facebook Graduate Fellowships

Since we started awarding graduate fellowships four years ago, we have worked closely with students and professors to identify and solve challenging problems in areas such as data science, machine learning, and systems.

Today, we are excited to announce the 2013-2014 Facebook Graduate Fellowship program. Our fellowships support emerging research leaders who demonstrate potential to advance our mission of making the world more open and connected. Facebook Graduate Fellows can take advantage of their connection with Facebook to guide their research while also retaining the freedom to explore their own interests. Previous recipients have pursued a variety of topics, including security, privacy, distributed storage, machine learning for big data, and mobile computing.

Fellowships cover tuition and fees and provide a $30,000 stipend in addition to conference travel and other benefits. We are seeking a diverse set of applicants to represent the global community we serve. We welcome applications from qualified students and strongly encourage underrepresented groups to apply.

Applications are due January 7, 2013.

Winners will be announced February 25, 2013.

For more details on the fellowship and to apply, please visit the application site:

Point Foundation

Point Foundation, established in 2001, was initially funded by a grant from Bruce C. Lindstrom & Carl T. Strickland. Point Foundation is what it is today—the premier national LGBTQ non-profit organization designed to nurture the LGBTQ leaders of the next generation – because of the generous support of others. Point Foundation empowers promising LGBTQ students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential – despite the obstacles often put before them – to make a significant impact on society.

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US Teaching Assistantships at Austrian Secondary Schools

Living and teaching in Austria! For decades this program has provided college and university graduates from the United States with unique opportunities to work as teaching assistants in secondary schools in communities all over Austria. US teaching assistants not only enhance the instruction of English in the classroom from a linguistic and cultural perspective; they also are valuable resources for first-hand information about the “American way of life” and representatives of the United States. In this capacity, they contribute substantially to the promotion of mutual understanding between the peoples of the United States of America and the Republic of Austria. To learn more about this exciting opportunity please consult the Program Description.

Simons Foundation in Theoretical Computer Science

The Simons Foundation Division for Mathematics and the Physical Sciences invites applications for the Simons Award for Graduate Students in Theoretical Computer Science program. These awards will be made to graduate students with an outstanding track record of research accomplishments.

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Rationale: Theoretical computer science is unique in that graduate students working independently produce some of the best results in the field. After two or three years, one can identify many of the emerging stars, and the Simons Award for Graduate Students will identify and support these students. The award will allow such students further collaborations with peers and more senior researchers.

Eligibility: To be eligible the applicant must be a graduate student who has completed two, three or four years at a U.S. or Canadian institution of higher education. A track record of outstanding results in theoretical computer science is the key criterion.

There is a limit of two applications per university. Please contact Jodi Lehman ( if you are interested in applying.

There are no citizenship requirements. For-profit organizations may not apply.

Boren Fellowships

Boren Fellowships provide up to $30,000 to U.S. graduate students to add an important international and language component to their graduate education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency. Boren Fellowships support study and research in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.  For a complete list of countries, click here.

Boren Fellows represent a variety of academic and professional disciplines, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian and Swahili. For a complete list of languages, click here.

Boren Fellowships are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), which focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. Applicants should identify how their projects, as well as their future academic and career goals, will contribute to U.S. national security, broadly defined.  NSEP draws on a broad definition of national security, recognizing that the scope of national security has expanded to include not only the traditional concerns of protecting and promoting American well-being, but also the challenges of global society, including sustainable development, environmental degradation, global disease and hunger, population growth and migration, and economic competitiveness.

To view the Program Basics of the Boren Fellowships, click here.

DHS Education Programs _ STEM Summer Internship Program

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) sponsors a 10-week summer internship program for students majoring in homeland security related science, technology, engineering and mathematics (HS-STEM) disciplines. This program is open to undergraduate students in a broad spectrum of DHS mission-relevant research areas and graduate students interested in the specific field of Nuclear and Radiological Threat Detection.

The DHS HS-STEM Summer Internship Program provides students with the opportunity to conduct research at federal research facilities located across the country. The goal of this program is to engage a diverse, educated, and skilled pool of scientists and engineers in HS-STEM issues and to promote long-term relationships between student researchers, DHS, and federal research facilities to enhance the HS-STEM workforce.

DHS has partnered with the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) to manage the application and review process, notification, and implementation of the program.

DHS reserves the right to make no awards or to cancel this program. DHS assumes no liability for canceling the HS-STEM Summer Internship Program or for anyones failure to receive actual notification of cancellation.

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Michigan Sea Grant

Michigan Sea Grant is recruiting applicants for three fellowship programs. The fellowships offer terrific career-building and networking opportunities, real-world training, a salary and benefits, and a chance to explore careers that combine science and policy. Graduate students with a wide range of backgrounds (i.e., natural or physical sciences, policy, law) and a strong interest in Great Lakes, coastal, aquatic or marine issues are encouraged to apply. Programs require a fill-time commitment, and typically fellows graduate from their degree program before embarking on the fellowship.

Krause Fellowship information can be found here:

NOAA Fellowship information can be found here:

Great Lakes Commission- Sea Grant Fellowship information can be found here:

The California Science and Technology Policy Fellowship

Offered by the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST), the California Science and Technology Policy Fellowships place professional scientists and engineers in the California State Legislature for one-year appointments. The fellowships are ideal for qualified applicants who are interested in improving the interface between science and legislative decision-making and who want to learn the public policy decision-making process.

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