Category: Funding Opportunities

Opportunities for funding graduate education.

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.

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.

For more information, please visit:

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.