Category: Funding Opportunities

Opportunities for funding graduate education.

2013-2014 IAF Fellowship Competition Announcement

Fellowships are available to currently registered students who have advanced to candidacy (by the time research begins) for the Ph.D. in the social sciences, physical sciences, technical fields and the professions as related to grassroots development issues. Applications for clinical research in the health field will NOT be considered.

Awards are based on both development and scholarly criteria. Proposals should offer a practical orientation to field-based information. In exceptional cases the IAF will support research reflecting a primary interest in macro questions of politics and economics but only as they relate to the environment of the poor. The Fellowship Program complements IAF’s support for grassroots development in Latin America and the Caribbean, and preference for those applicants whose careers or research projects are related to topics of greatest interest to the IAF. These include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Organizations promoting grassroots development among poor and disadvantaged peoples;
  • The financial sustainability and independence of development organizations;
  • Trends affecting historically excluded groups, such as African descendants, indigenous peoples, women, people with disabilities and young people;
  • Transnational development;
  • The role of corporate social responsibility in grassroots development;
  • The impact of globalization on grassroots development;
  • The impact on the quality of life of the poor of grassroots development activities in such areas as sustainable agriculture and natural resource management, housing, health care, education, urban development, technology transfer, jobs creation, and marketing and small-enterprise development.

Funding is for between four and 12 months. Research during the 2013-2014 cycle must be initiated between June 1, 2013 and May 31, 2014.

IAF’s Fellowships provide support for Ph.D. candidates to conduct dissertation research in Latin America and the Caribbean on topics related to grassroots development. The Inter-American Foundation expects to award up to 15 Doctoral Field Research Fellowships in 2012.

Complete proposals include:

  • A complete research prospectus – an application statement, a field research prospectus, a Curriculum Vitae (custom), and a Personal Statement;
  • A letter of University Certification;
  • A letter of affiliation from at least one host organization;
  • Statement of IRB Status or proof of submission or approval;
  • Graduate transcripts;
  • Three academic letters of reference, one which must be from the chair of the applicant’s dissertation committee;
  • A Language Proficiency Report.

Selected candidates must present proof of candidacy and IRB exemption or approval prior to receiving funding or entering the field.  Complete application information and instructions are available at

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program Workshop Series

Debra Charlesworth, assistant to the dean of the Graduate School for professional development and previous NSF GRFP panelist and fellow, will present “An Insider’s Perspective on the Review Process” from noon to 12:50 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 3, in the Pat Nelson Graduate Conference Center on the fourth floor of the Administration Building.

Topics will include:

  • Understand the review process
  • High impact tips to make your reviewer happy

Attracting Underrepresented Graduate Students: GEM GRAD Lab This Saturday

Rod Carter credits his graduate education at Michigan Tech for the strong problem-solving skills it takes to succeed at his job: high-level materials research for Boeing. A research and technology engineer, Carter was the first African American to earn a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Michigan Tech, in 2008.

During an all-day seminar at Michigan Tech on Saturday, Sept. 15, Carter will talk about the doors that graduate education opened for him. Called the GEM GRAD Lab, the meeting addresses a critical shortfall in US engineering and scientific talent, focusing specifically on recruiting more underrepresented students into graduate programs. GRAD stands for Getting Ready for Advanced Degrees.

“Students will leave the GRAD event with a definite plan on how to apply and gain funding, and hear about real-life research and internship experiences,” says Marcus Huggans, senior director of external relations for the National Consortium for Graduate degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science, Inc., sponsor of the program. “GEM appreciates Michigan Tech’s Graduate School leadership to bring this workshop to students in the Upper Peninsula.”

Jacque Smith, Michigan Tech Graduate School director of marketing, explains: “It’s all part of an even larger goal of creating a pipeline for this talent to move on to corporations and organizations after receiving their graduate degrees.”

A major component of GEM is fellowships for Master of Science in engineering students or PhD students in engineering or science. The GEM fellowships include full tuition, summer internships and stipends.

His GEM fellowship has made all the difference to Sterling Prince, a doctoral candidate in electrical engineering. “The GEM Fellowship has been a blessing to my life,” says Prince. “It has strengthened my decision and given me confidence to achieve a doctorate in electrical engineering. It has provided the financial support I needed for my graduate program, allowing me to dedicate my time to my studies rather than working. The program has also provided me with the opportunity to work at a national laboratory, an experience that allowed me to see that I enjoy the area of scientific research and want to pursue it in my future.”

In addition to Carter, Prince and two other current Michigan Tech GEM fellows and PhD candidates–James Alexander and Tayloria Adams–will speak at Saturday’s seminar. Other speakers include Huggans; Patty Lopez, a component design engineer at Intel; and Howard G. Adams, founder and president of H. G. Adams and Associates, a consulting and training firm. Michigan Tech’s Associate Provost for Graduate Education Jackie Huntoon and Jodi Lehman, coordinator of proposal and fellowship development for sponsored program enhancement, will also speak.

More than 100 of the nation’s top universities, many Fortune 500 companies, and numerous national laboratories support GEM, which began in 1976. Since then, more than 3,000 GEM Fellows have gone on to successful careers. Michigan Tech has participated in GEM since the 1990s.

Registration for the free event starts at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the Great Lakes Research Center.

Fulbright Opportunities

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers fellowships for U.S. graduating college seniors, graduate students, young professionals and artists to study, conduct research or be an English teaching assistant abroad for one academic year. In addition, Critical Language Enhancement Awards are available to grantees for study of critical need foreign languages before or concurrently with their grant period. More than 1,500 Americans receive grants to study, research or teach abroad with either full or partial support from the Fulbright Program.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers three kinds of grants: study/research, English Teaching Assistantships (ETAs) and travel-only grants.

Applying: The application for all grants (except the Fulbright-mtvU Fellowship and the Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship) in academic year 2012-2013 is now closed.  The application cycle for 2013-2014 grants will open in spring 2012 with a due date in mid-October 2012.  All participants must have a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent by the start of their grant. Students currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at a U.S. college or university must apply through the Fulbright Program Adviser (FPA) on campus, whose deadline may be earlier. Prospective applicants who are not enrolled students may apply at-large or though their alma mater’s FPA. Visit the Fulbright U.S. Student Program website for complete application, eligibility and program details.

Study/Research Grants

These fellowships offer up to one academic year of support for study and/or research in academic fields and the creative and performing arts. Applicants propose their own research and/or graduate study project and find their own host affiliation. Grants to study at specific universities are also available for some host countries.

Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships (ETA)

The Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Program places recent college graduates and young professionals as English teaching assistants in primary and secondary schools or universities overseas, thus improving foreign students’ English language abilities and knowledge of the United States while increasing the U.S. student’s own language skills and knowledge of the host country. ETAs may also pursue individual study/research plans in addition to their teaching responsibilities.

Fulbright-Fogarty Fellowships in Public Health

Offered in partnership with the Fogarty International Center of the U.S. National Institute of Health, Fulbright-Fogarty fellowships grant medical students and graduate students interested in global health the opportunity to conduct research in public health and clinical research in resource-limited settings.  Fellows spend nine months in one of twelve countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia or South America.  Applying: The application for awards that begin in the 2012-2013 academic year is now closed; the application cycle will open again in spring 2012 for 2013-2014 academic year grants. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and may apply only to one country; applicants for Fulbright-Fogarty fellowships should apply to the general Fulbright Student program in the field of Public Health. Visit the Fulbright-Fogarty webpage for complete application, eligibility and program details.

Travel-Only Grants

Grants for international travel are available to Germany, Hungary and Italy to supplement other fellowships that do not include travel costs or to supplement a student’s own funds for study/research.

Fulbright-mtvU Fellowship

The Fulbright-mtvU Fellowship is a special opportunity for up to four U.S. students to pursue projects around an aspect of international contemporary or popular music as a cultural force for expression. Applying: The application cycle is open from December until March each year for grants in the following academic year; the application and selection are separate from those of the other Fulbright U.S. Student Program opportunities described above. Visit the Fulbright-mtvU Fellowship website for complete application, eligibility and program details.

Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship

The new Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship affords participants the opportunity to serve in professional placements in foreign government ministries or institutions and gain hands-on public sector experience while also carrying out an academic research/study project. The application for awards for the 2012-2013 academic year is now open; all application materials must be submitted by February 1, 2012.

Fulbright Canada Science, Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Award

The Fulbright Canada STEM Award offers U.S. students support for three years of doctoral study at one of six leading Canadian research universities (McGill University, Université de Montéal, University of Alberta, University of British Columbia, University of Toronto, and University of Waterloo) in both basic and applied fields of science, engineering and mathematics. Applying: The application for awards that begin in the 2012-2013 academic year is now closed; the application and selection are separate from those of the other programs described above. Visit the Fulbright Canada STEM Award website for complete application, eligibility and program details.

Application Advice

Fulbright U.S. Student Alumni Ambassador Program

Fulbright U.S. Student Alumni Ambassadors represent the program’s rich diversity and play a key role in increasing knowledge about Fulbright opportunities to prospective applicants. They provide testimonials about their Fulbright experiences at conferences and campus presentations and offer application tips in written articles, video and podcast interviews, Webinars, and at special events throughout the United States.

Meet the Fulbright U.S. Student Alumni Ambassadors

Fulbright U.S. Student Program Blog

U.S. Student Program applicants can read testimonials and application tips from current grantees and alumni on the Fulbright U.S. Student Program Blog.

Michigan Space Grant Consortium

Michigan Tech is a long standing member of the Michigan Space Grant Consortium.  Many or our students, faculty and staff have received grants from MSGC over the past 15 years.  The annual conference and the RFP for future funding opportunities are described below:

The MSGC funding opportunities for Fellowship, Pre-College Education, Public Outreach, Teacher Training, and Research Seed Grant.
Deadline for proposals packages is no later than Friday, November 16, 2012.
Please visit the MSGC website,

Note – MSGC Fellowship Program:  Only US Citizens may apply for an MSGC Fellowship.

The MSGC Annual Fall Conference is scheduled for Saturday, October, 6, 2012

Please visit the MSGC website ( and click on the Annual Conference tab.
Registration is due no later than September 24th.

International Climate Change Policy and Technology Fellowship Program

Now Accepting Applications for MS/MA or PhD Graduates and recent Alumni in Engineering, Physical Sciences, or Public Policy

Application closes midnight EDT, Sunday, June 17, 2012 – visit to get started NOW!

Opportunity in Washington, D.C. to contribute to a multilateral initiative to promote industrial efficiency in major economies through the Clean Energy Ministerial ( The Fellowship position would involve frequent interactions with international counterparts and some international travel.

Prior industrial efficiency experience and demonstrated project management skills are both required.  Preferred qualifications include international experience and prior work in energy and/or climate change policy.  Familiarity with energy management is also desirable.

Stipends range from $50,000 to $100,000 depending on academic level, skills and experience.

Additional allowances for medical insurance or transportation may be provided.


E-mail Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) at .

Entomological Foundation and Society of America

Student Awards & Scholarships:

BioQuip Undergraduate Scholarship
(sponsored by BioQuip Products)

International Congress on Insect Neurochemistry and Neurophysiology (ICINN) Student Recognition Award in Insect Physiology, Biochemistry, Toxicology, & Molecular Biology
(sponsored by ICINN)

Jeffery P. LaFage Graduate Student Research Award

Joseph H. Camin Fellowship

Larry Larson Graduate Student Award for Leadership in Applied Entomology
(sponsored by Dow AgroSciences)

Lillian & Alex Feir Graduate Student Travel Award in Insect Physiology, Biochemistry, or Molecular Biology

Kenneth & Barbara Starks Plant Resistance to Insects Graduate Student Research Award

Pioneer Hi-Bred International Graduate Student Fellowship
(sponsored by Pioneer Hi-Bred International)

Shripat Kamble Urban Entomology Graduate Student Award for Innovative Research

Snodgrass Memorial Research Award

Stan Beck Fellowship

Fulbright Non-US Students

A mainstay of America’s public-diplomacy efforts, the Fulbright Foreign Student Program brings citizens of other countries to the United States for Master’s degree or Ph.D. study at U.S. universities or other appropriate institutions. The program has brought some of the world’s finest minds to U.S. campuses and offers program participants insight into U.S. society and values.

Many foreign Fulbright grantees are early-career professionals who will return to take leadership positions in their home countries, often working at universities or in government service.

More than 1,800 new Foreign Fulbright Fellows enter U.S. academic programs each year. Foreign students apply for Fulbright Fellowships through the Fulbright Commission/Foundation or U.S. Embassy in their home countries. The Institute of International Education (IIE) arranges academic placement for most Fulbright nominees and supervises participants during their stay in the United States.

Click here for application information for each participating country.

Click here to see the Foreign Student Program Playlist on the Fulbright Youtube Channel.

Fulbright US Student Programs

For more information about the grant opportunities below visit


Academic research/study grants are available in approximately 140 countries.  Applicants for these grants design their own projects and will typically work with advisers at foreign universities or other institutes of higher education.  Program requirements vary by country, so the applicant’s first step is to familiarize themselves with the program summary for the host country.


Projects in the Creative and Performing Arts and Creative Writing are research/study grants where the primary purpose of the grant is to learn an art form and/or create artistic work.  The Creative and Performing Arts application will require the submission of supplementary materials which are detailed in the Applicant section of the website.

English Teaching Assistantship

An English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) places a Fulbrighter in a classroom abroad to provide assistance to teachers of English to non-native English-speakers.  The age and academic level of the students varies by country.  ETA grants are available to almost 70 countries.

Travel Grants

Travel grants are only available to Italy, Germany, and Hungary and are designed to supplement an award from any source that does not provide for international travel.  Candidates for a Travel grant must submit the official Fulbright U.S. Student online application by the deadline in October and will only be offered aTravel grant if the application is deemed qualified by the participating review committees.

Travel grants include:

  • Round-trip international travel to the host country
  • Limited Health Benefits
  • Mid-term enrichment activities, if available in the host country
  • Language or orientation programs, if available in the host country

Fulbright-mtvU Awards

Fulbright mtvU Awards are available for all countries where there is an active Fulbright U.S. Student Program.  Projects should center around research on an aspect of international musical culture, and should focus on contemporary or popular music as a cultural force for expression. Preference will be given to recent graduates.  In addition to the Fulbright application, an mtvU Documentation and Outreach Plan is required.

Critical Language Enhancement Award

The Critical Language Enhancement Award provides a supplement in the Fulbright U.S. Student Program  for grantees to receive between three and six months of intensive language study in addition to their research or study grants.  This opportunity is available for select languages and in limited host countries.

Fulbright Business Grants

Australia: One Fulbright-ANU College of Business and Economics Postgraduate Scholarship for study in Business or Economics.

Mexico: Nine Binational Business Grants to enhance knowledge, expertise, and understanding of post-NAFTA Mexico are available for students interested in combining coursework in international business or law with an internship at a Mexico-based company conducting international or legal business.

Netherlands: NAF/Fulbright Duisenberg School of Finance Grants give students access to a premier private finance school located in the heart of Europe with world-class faculty and direct links to industry leaders in the world of finance. Duisenberg School of Finance offers MSc programs in Finance and Law, Asset Management, Risk Management, Corporate Finance and Banking, as well as an LLM in Finance and Law and a Ph.D. in Finance.

Spain: Fulbright/Instituto de Empresa Grants: One International MBA Grant for full-time study in a one-year international MBA program; One grant for a Master’s in International Management.

Fulbright Journalism Grants

Germany: 5 Professional Journalism Awards for beginning professional journalists or recent graduates in journalism or related fields to conduct independent research and serve as interns or guest journalists at newspapers, publishers or television and radio stations in Germany.

Spain: Fulbright/Instituto de Empresa Grants:One grant for a Master’s in Journalism.

UK: 1 Alistair Cooke Award in Journalism for a candidate to pursue the first year of a graduate-level program in Journalism in the UK. There is a possibility of an internship with the BBC for the successful candidate. The award is open to candidates at all degree levels.

Opportunities in the Sciences and Public Health

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program welcomes applicants in the sciences to all eligible countries. Please note the specific grants below:

Australia: The Fulbright CSIRO Postgraduate Scholarship provides the opportunity for Fulbrighters to undertake postgraduate research with Australia’s leading and largest science research organization, CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization). Candidates currently enrolled in Ph.D. programs are eligible to apply.

Chile: The Chile Science Initiative provides three grants for Master’s level or Ph.D. students conducting study/research at specified Chilean universities. Some programs may not require a high level of Spanish proficiency since much of the work at the Institutes is conducted in English.

Indonesia: The Fulbright Indonesia Research, Science & Technology (FIRST) Awards provide scholarships for Americans to study, teach, and conduct research in priority science and technology fields.

Netherlands: The NAF/Fulbright Research Fellowships provides grants for Ph.D. level candidates in the fields of Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mathematics or Physics; NAF/Fulbright Fellowship for Childhood Cancer Research provides a grant for a post M.D. or Ph.D. in oncology.

Fulbright-Fogarty Fellowships in Public Health: Fulbright-Fogarty Fellowships offered in partnership between the Fulbright Program and the Fogarty International Center of the U.S. National Institute of Health have been established to promote the expansion of research in public health and clinical research in resource-limited settings.