Category: Funding Opportunities

Opportunities for funding graduate education.

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 (MS) or Doctoral (PhD) 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 at – click on “Solicitations” then click on “Open Solicitations” then select the “NESSF 13” announcement. 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. Extended instructions on how to submit an electronic proposal package are posted on the NESSF 13 solicitation index page listed above. You can register in NSPIRES at

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:

ASA 2013 Graduate Student Research Award

Are you working on remarkable research on issues pertaining to aging? If so, submit your research paper to the American Society on Aging to be considered for the graduate student research award!  The winner will gain the recognition of peers and thousands of professionals in the field.

The graduate student research award is given to spur academic and clinical interest in the field of aging, and rewards the best unpublished graduate research paper on a completed project relevant to aging and applicable to practice. Membership in ASA is not a requirement, but is a consideration.

Applicants must be enrolled in a graduate-degree program or have completed their studies less than one year before submission, and be sponsored by a faculty member. The winner will receive a $500 honorarium, an opportunity to present their paper at the 2013 Aging in America conference (March 12-16 in Chicago), complimentary one-year student ASA membership and registration for the Aging in America conference.

The deadline to submit research papers has been extended to November 30. Call 415-974-9600 if you have any questions, or click here for more information.

DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship

We are pleased to inform you that the application is now open for the Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE CSGF) at This is an exciting opportunity for doctoral students to earn up to four years of financial support along with outstanding benefits and opportunities while pursuing degrees in fields of study that utilize high performance computing technology to solve complex problems in science and engineering.

Benefits of the Fellowship:

  • $36,000 yearly stipend
  • Payment of all tuition and fees
  • $5,000 academic allowance in first year
  • $1,000 academic allowance each renewed year
  • 12-week research practicum at a DOE Laboratory
  • Yearly conferences
  • Career, professional and leadership development
  • Renewable up to four years

Applications for the next class of fellows are due on January 8, 2013. See the poster for additional information:

The DOE CSGF is open to U.S. citizens or permanent resident aliens who are planning full-time, uninterrupted study toward a PhD at an accredited US university. Senior undergraduate and first-year doctoral students (at the time of application) in engineering and in the physical, computer, mathematical or life sciences are eligible to apply.

For more information regarding the fellowship and to access the online application, visit

ERM Foundation Sustainability Fellowship

ERM Group Foundation is pleased to announce its annual Sustainability Fellowship program, which will award a Fellowship in an amount up to $15,000 to fund a Sustainability Initiative project.  The ERM Foundation Sustainability Fellowship supports entrepreneurial graduate students
who want to implement their visions for a more sustainable world.

In addition to the selected Sustainability Fellowship recipient, the top five candidates identified through the Fellowship selection and award process will be provided with the opportunity to interview for a paid internship in the growing, global Sustainability Practice of ERM (

We invite all graduate students with a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.2 or higher enrolled in U.S.-based tax-exempt educational institutions to apply.

Please contact Debra Charlesworth or Jodi Lehman for an application form.  Applications are being accepted through 11/30/2012.

Further information on the foundation and ERM can be found at:

Jack Kent Cook Foundation Graduate Scholarships

The Foundation’s Graduate Arts Award is for up to $50,000 per year for up to three years to college seniors and recent graduates with financial need who will pursue a graduate or professional degree in the visual arts, performing arts, or creative writing. To be eligible, candidates must be nominated by the faculty representative at their undergraduate institution.

The Foundation’s Dissertation Fellowship is for up to $25,000 for advanced doctoral students who are completing dissertations that inform the Foundation’s mission: advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need. To be eligible, candidates must demonstrate superior academic achievement, have successfully defended their dissertation proposals, and be enrolled full-time in a US graduate degree program.

The Foundation’s Graduate Scholarships are offered to students who receive undergraduate scholarships from the Foundation.

University of Michigan Dow Sustainability Fellows Program – Postdoctoral Fellowships

Applications due: December 15, 2012

The Dow Sustainability Fellows Program is designed to create a new generation of sustainability scholars who understand the necessity of collaborating across disciplines and sectors to address and solve complex sustainability challenges. The program seeks accomplished, connected, and motivated postdoctoral fellowship candidates working on sustainability issues at the interface of the social sciences/humanities and the natural/physical/engineering sciences.

Both the Request for Proposals and the program application can be found online at

Questions may be submitted to

Graduate Fellowships from Hertz

The Hertz Foundation gives Graduate Fellowships and are looking for proposals emphasizing near-term application of applied sciences or engineering, including Earth Sciences.  If students have a new way of looking at an applied environmental or geo problem or hazard, the foundation may be interested.  The due date is next Friday,  Nov. 2, which is probably too late to write a proposal from scratch, but is possible if a student already has a proposal partially written.  Both two year and five year fellowships exist.

Web address is:

Northeastern University STEM Future Faculty Fellowship Program

Flye for Northeastern University STEM Future Faculty Fellowship Program

Northeastern University invites nominations and applications from candidates in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields for the Northeastern University STEM Future Faculty Fellowship Program.

Northeastern University’s mission emphasizes translational research that addresses global challenges and enhances social well being.  Northeastern University strives to create a vibrant and diverse community, characterized by collaboration, creativity, and unwavering commitment to excellence and an equally unwavering commitment to exhibiting respect for one another.  Northeastern celebrates diversity in all its forms and fosters a culture of respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds community.

Consistent with Northeastern’s mission, vision and core values, the objectives of the STEM Future Faculty fellowship program are:

  1. to encourage and promote excellence and diversity in the pool of future faculty candidates in the STEM fields at Northeastern;
  2. to introduce to Northeastern’s academic community qualified postdoctoral researchers in the STEM fields who are considering faculty careers;
  3. to enhance opportunities for academic careers in the STEM fields for persons from diverse backgrounds who have demonstrated a commitment to an inclusive faculty and an inclusive academic experience for all students;
  4. to prepare Future Faculty Fellows for possible tenure-track appointments at Northeastern;
  5. to enhance the academic environment of Northeastern’s STEM fields by providing opportunities for students and faculty to gain experience in multi-cultural, broadly diverse and inclusive work settings and research collaborations that improve the capacity of all their members.

Information about eligibility, fellowship terms, and application information can be found online at: The deadline to apply is January 15, 2013.

Research Opportunities at National Laboratories

Opportunities for Undergraduates, Post-Baccalaureates, Graduate Students, and Faculty

Please contact Cheryl Brown at or Cheryl Terry at for additional information on the Higher Education Research Experiences (HERE) or Nuclear Engineering Science Laboratory Synthesis Programs (NESLS)

  • Want to complete a hands-on research project?
  • Want to gain a competitive advantage?
  • Want to be mentored by top nationally acclaimed scientists?
  • Want to use state-of-the-art equipment and facilities
  • Want to interact with a national community of peers?

General Information

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has a long history and interest in providing hands-on research experiences to students at all academic levels. Over the years, these research experience programs have enhanced students’ academic curricula and at the same time have helped the Laboratory (1) develop its own workforce and (2) contribute to the national vision for excellence in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology. ORNL is a multi-program science and technology laboratory managed for the U.S. Department (DOE) by UT-Battelle, LLC. Scientists and engineers at ORNL conduct basic and applied research and development to create scientific knowledge and technological solutions that strengthen the nation’s leadership in key areas of sciences, engineering, mathematics, and technology. ORNL scientists are also fully supportive of their responsibility to help mentor the next generation of scientists.


You must meet the qualifications of all programs if you would like to complete an application. You can find the eligibility requirements on the program postings.


Applicants are selected based on academic achievements, scientific interests, and career goals.


Participants will receive a stipend based on academic level. Plus some programs provide a housing allowance, and one round trip to and from the lab from your university or home. Certain eligibility requirements will need to be met in order to be eligible for the housing and travel. See information provided on web site.


Please visit and click on your academic level to learn more about educational programs at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Complete your profile in the Talent and Opportunity System (TOppS) system and then apply to one or all of the program postings. Applications must be submitted visa the TOppS system. See the programs web sites for deadline dates.

NSF GRFP Workshop Series

Assistant Professor Caryn Heldt (ChE), NSF GRFP reviewer, will present “Broader Impacts…huh?” from noon to 12:50 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 11, in the Pat Nelson Graduate Conference Center on the fourth floor of the Administration Building.

Topics will include:

  • How to address broader impacts
  • What activities and projects reflect clear interdisciplinary initiatives or implications, benefits to society, engagement with diverse groups, strong collaborations and partnerships, current and consistent outreach, ability to publish and present and future plans to do so.

Bruce Seely, dean of the College of Science and Arts and NSF panel reviewer, will present “How to Write Exceptional NSF GRFP Letters of Recommendation” from noon to 12:50 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 18, in the Pat Nelson Graduate Conference Center on the fourth floor of the Administration Building.

He will discuss tips for writing exceptional letters that result in funding for graduate students.