Category: Funding Opportunities

Opportunities for funding graduate education.

DOD NDSEG Doctoral Fellowship


National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowships are awarded to applicants who will pursue a doctoral degree in, or closely related to, an area of DoD interest within one of the fifteen following disciplines:

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The Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program has been established by the Department of Defense (DoD) to support undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The program aims to increase the number of civilian scientists and engineers working at DoD laboratories.

Deadlines TBA: December 14, 2012

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NSF Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability Fellows

NSF Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability Fellows (Postdoctoral fellowship)
NSF SEES Fellows NSF 11-575

Through SEES Fellows, NSF seeks to enable the discoveries needed to inform actions that lead to environmental, energy and societal sustainability while creating the necessary workforce to address these challenges. The program’s emphasis is to facilitate investigations that cross traditional disciplinary boundaries and address issues of sustainability through a systems approach, building bridges between academic inquiry, economic growth, and societal needs.  The Fellow’s proposed investigation should be interdisciplinary and allow him/her to obtain research experience beyond his/her current core disciplinary expertise.  Additionally, Fellows are required to develop a research partnership that would broaden the impact and/or scope of the proposed research activities.  Such activities might include, but are not limited to, a connection with a NSF Research Coordination Network (RCN), center or facility; industry; a national laboratory; or a state, regional, or local resource management agency.  Fellows are required to have two mentors, one for the proposed research at the host institution (the institution that will administer the award) and the other for the research partnership.  The mentors can be from the same institution, but should not be from the same discipline.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be United States citizens or nationals, or permanent residents of the United States (by the application deadline).
  • Have received his or her doctorate within four years of the application deadline of the competition. Exceptions to this time-related restriction can be made for extenuating personal circumstances, such as a career interruption due to family responsibilities, but must be approved by a cognizant program officer prior to submission of the proposal. PIs who have not yet received their Ph.D. are eligible to apply, but must have received their Ph.D. by the start date of the award.
  • Propose research that is in the broadly defined area of sustainability sciences, beyond the applicant’s current area of core expertise.

An applicant may submit a proposal as an individual or through an institution but, before the grant is awarded, must affiliate with a US university, college, or non-profit, non-academic organization, which will administer the award.

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National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program

NSF National Science Foundation
Graduate Research Fellowship Program
The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) helps ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States and reinforces its diversity. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions.

Fellows share in the prestige and opportunities that become available when they are selected.  Fellows benefit from a three-year annual stipend of $30,000 along with a $10,500 cost of education allowance for tuition and fees, opportunities for international research and professional development, and the freedom to conduct their own research at any accredited U.S. institution of graduate education they choose.

To be eligible for the NSF GRFP, you must:

  • be a US citizen, US national, or permanent resident
  • be in a research-focused Master’s or Ph.D. program in an NSF-supported field
  • be enrolled in an eligible program at an accredited United States graduate institution by Fall 2012
  • have completed no more than twelve months of full-time graduate study (or the equivalent)
  • meet all other eligibility requirements as set forth in the current Program Solicitation

The “no more than twelve months” limit applies to your entire post-baccalaureate career, not just your current program. If you have completed less than twelve months of your Ph.D. but have previously completed a Master’s degree, you would not be eligible for the GRFP.

More information available:

Contact Jodi Lehman at if eligible and interest in applying.

NSF SBE Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants

Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences (BCS)
Archaeology, Cultural Anthropology, Geography and Spatial Sciences
Linguistics, Physical Anthropology, Science of Science and Innovation Policy
Division of Social and Economic Sciences (SES)
Decision, Risk & Management Science
Law & Social Science
Methodology, Measurement, and Statistics
Political Science
Science of Science and Innovation Policy
Science, Technology, and Society
Division of Science Resources Statistics (SRS)
Research on Science and Technology Surveys and Statistics Program Science of Science and Innovation Policy

Solicitation and deadlines:

Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards in Studying Complex Systems

James S. McDonnell Foundation
Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards in Studying Complex Systems

Note: The program provides selected pre-doctoral students with “letters of intent to fund” which students in the final phase of graduate school can use in negotiations with potential postdoctoral training institutions.
The Complex Systems program supports scholarship and research directed toward the development of theoretical and mathematical tools that can be applied to the study of complex, adaptive, nonlinear systems. It is anticipated that research funded in this program will address issues in fields such as biology, biodiversity, climate, demography, epidemiology, technological change, economic development, governance, or computation.
-Applicants should not currently have a Ph.D. and should not receive a Ph.D. on or before June 15, 2012.
-Ph.D. student applicants should have theoretical and/or experimental training in Complex Systems Science.
-Applicants should expect to complete coursework and dissertation sometime in 2013.
-Ph.D. students that have already identified a postdoctoral position and postdoctoral research mentor should not apply. Support for such positions is readily available through traditional funding mechanisms
Deadline: June 15, 2012

Ford Foundation Ford Foundation

For those who have demonstrated superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers, and are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.
Pre-doctoral Fellowship
The predoctoral fellowships provide three years of support for individuals engaged in graduate study leading to a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) degree.
Dissertation Fellowships
The dissertation fellowships provide one year of support for individuals working to complete a dissertation leading to a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) degree.
Deadline: Nov. TBA