Category: Funding Opportunities

Opportunities for funding graduate education.

NASA Aeronautics Scholarship Program

The Aeronautics Scholarship Program (ASP) offers our nation’s research leaders of tomorrow exceptional funding:

Undergraduate Students

  • $15,000 awarded for each school year, to be used for educational related expenses
  • $10,000 Summer internship at a NASA Research Center
  • 2 years of support

Graduate Students

  • $35,000 stipend
  • $11,000 awarded each year, to be used for educational related expenses
  • $10,000 Summer internship at a NASA Research Center
  • 2 years of support, with an option for a 3rd year

The NASA ASP online application is now open. Click here to apply. 

Application Instructions

EPA Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Graduate Fellowship Deadline Approaching

Deadline is November 8th, 2011

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is offering Graduate Fellowships for master’s and doctoral level students in environmental fields of study. The deadline is November 8, 2011 at 4:00 PM ET for receipt of paper applications, and November 8, 2011 at 11:59:59 PM ET for submittal of electronic applications via Subject to availability of funding and other applicable considerations, the Agency plans to award approximately 80 new fellowships by July 31, 2012. Master’s level students may receive support for a maximum of two years. Doctoral students may be supported for a maximum of three years, usable over a period of five years. The fellowship program provides up to $42,000 per year of support per fellowship.

Eligibility Information:

  1. Students must attend a fully accredited U.S. college or university (located in the U.S. or its territories) for their graduate studies.
  2. Applicants must also be citizens of the U.S. or its territories or possessions, or be lawfully admitted to the U.S. for permanent residence. Resident aliens must include their green card number in their application (you must have your green card at the time of application to be eligible for this Fellowship opportunity). EPA may verify this number with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service of the Department of Homeland Security.

Application Materials:
The following application materials must be submitted:

    • Education & Relevant Experiences
      Publications & Presentations
      Course Work
  • Item 1. Application for Federal Assistance, Standard Form (SF) 424 (for electronic submissions via or Standard Form (SF) 424 I-Individual (for paper submissions)

    Item 2. EPA Key Contacts Form (5700-54)

    Item 3. Front Page

    Item 4. Personal Statement

    Item 5. Proposal Description

    Item 6. Background Information:

    Item 7. Letters of Recommendation (sent by referees)

National Physical Science Consortium

The National Physical Science Consortium is a partnership between government agencies and laboratories, industry, and higher education. NPSC’s goal is to increase the number of American citizens with graduate degrees in the physical sciences and related engineering fields, emphasizing recruitment of a diverse applicant pool including women and minorities.

The NPSC Graduate Fellowship is unique in being: open to all American citizens; lasting for up to six years; providing a $20,000 annual stipend; covering tuition; including one or two paid summer internships with a government agency; providing a mentor and the opportunity for a lasting relationship with the sponsor.

The application is easy to complete, requiring the same information as other national fellowships. The online application typically opens August 25 and closes November 30.

If you have interned, have been employed or are employed by a government agency or laboratory, ask your mentor/research supervisor to nominate you directly for an NPSC fellowship. Contact NPSC for details.

NPSC offers two programs, each using the same online application (opens August 25):

The Traditional NPSC Fellowship provides support for up to six years, depending on degree sought and employer funding. Students may apply during their senior year in college, or in the first year or two of graduate school, as long as they are not eligible for the program below.

The Dissertation Support Fellowship provides support while a graduate student conducts dissertation research. Students should apply in the year of graduate school prior to the beginning of their dissertation research program, but not before they can describe their intended research in general terms.

DOD NDSEG – No Service Requirement

NDSEG Information

The National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship is a highly competitive, portable fellowship that is awarded to U.S. citizens and nationals who intend to pursue a doctoral degree in one of fifteen supported disciplines.

There are four eligibility requirements: citizenship, discipline, academic status, and the ability to accept the full benefit. You must meet all four requirements in order to be eligible.

The DoD will pay the fellow’s full tuition and required fees (not to include room and board). In addition, fellows receive a stipend for 12-month tenures.

Apply online now by clicking here or below.

DOD SMART Scholarship

Application closes December 1, 2011

Participants in the SMART Scholarship for Service Program receive;

  • Full tuition and education related fees (does not include items such as meal plans, housing, or parking)
  • Cash award paid at a rate of $25,000 – $41,000 depending on prior educational experience (may be prorated depending on award length)
  • Paid summer internships
  • Health Insurance reimbursement allowance up to $1,200 per calendar year
  • Book allowance of $1,000 per academic year
  • Mentoring
  • Employment placement after graduation

All awardees must be;

  • a U.S. citizen at time of application,
  • 18 years of age or older as of August 1, 2012,
  • able to participate in summer internships at DoD laboratories,
  • willing to accept post-graduate employment with the DoD,
  • a student in good standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (as calculated by the SMART application) and,
  • pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in one of the disciplines listed on the About SMART page.

In addition;

*Undergraduate applicants must be currently enrolled in a regionally accredited U.S. college or university and have a high school diploma/GED. Current high school students are not eligible to apply.

**Graduate applicants can be either currently enrolled in a regionally accredited U.S. college or university or awaiting notification of admission to such. If awaiting admission, you must be accepted for entrance in the fall 2012 term.

*Freshman/First Year Associate’s Program applicants must report an ACT or SAT Reasoning Test Score. Subject tests are not required. In addition, individuals who apply during their Freshman/First Year must obtain a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale during the fall academic term of their Freshman/First Year. Freshman/First Year Associate’s Program applicants will be required to submit an official transcript reflecting their fall academic term grades to establish compliance with this requirement.

**Graduate applicants must have taken the GRE and test scores must be reportable by ETS. Subject tests are not required.

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program Deadlines Approaching

Fellowship applications must be submitted electronically using NSF FastLane Graduate Research Fellowship Program Application Module at:

Applicants must first register as a FastLane user at that web site. Registration for the GRFP is only available when the application module is open, from August to November.

To create an account:

  1. Access the GRFP application by going to
  2. Click on the Graduate Research Fellowship Program tab at the top of the page. This will take you to the GRFP application within FastLane. (You can also access the page directly at
  3. Once on the GRFP site, click the Register Here link (on the right hand side of the page) to begin the Fellowship Application.
  4. You are required to read and accept the rules of behavior before continuing through the Registration Process. Click the “I have read and accept the Rules of Behavior,” and click the Accept button.
  5. The Applicant Information page will be displayed. This page will be used to create your user profile. All required information (indicated by an asterisk) must be completed in order to save the data and submit the registration form.

NOTE: Emails are the primary source of communication used by the GRFP administrators. It is important for you to use an active email address and to update the email address if it changes.
The complete set of GRFP eligibility guidelines is published in the program solicitation.

2012 GRFP Application Deadlines – submitted by 7:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time

  • November 14, 2011- Engineering
  • November 15, 2011 – Mathematical Sciences; Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering; Chemistry; Physics and Astronomy; Materials Research
  • November 16, 2011 – Social Sciences; Psychology; Geosciences; STEM Education and Learning Research
  • November 18, 2011 – Life Sciences

Interdisciplinary applications must be submitted by the deadline for the field of study with the highest effort. If the effort is split equally among different fields, it should be submitted on the deadline for the field listed first in the Proposed Graduate Program section of the application.

2012-2013 IAF Fellowship Deadline Announcement

2012-2013 APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 17 th , 2012

IAF Fellowships support dissertation research in Latin America and the Caribbean undertaken by students who have advanced to PhD candidacy in a university in the United States. Fellows must be US citizens or citizens of the independent Latin American countries. Proficiency in the language(s) appropriate to the research proposal is required.

Awards are based on both development and scholarly criteria. Proposals should offer a practical orientation to field-based information on the following topics:

  • Organizations promoting grassroots development among the poor;
  • the financial sustainability and independence of such organizations;
  • trends affecting historically excluded groups such as African descendants, indigenous peoples, women and others;
  • transnational development;
  • the role of corporate social responsibility in grassroots development;
  • the impact of globalization on grassroots development;
  • the impact of grassroots development activities on the quality of life of the poor.

The Fellowship includes:

  • round-trip international transportation to the research site;
  • a research allowance of up to $3,000;
  • a monthly stipend of $1,500 for up to 12 months;
  • emergency health insurance;
  • expenses related to required attendance at a mid-year conference.

For more information on this exceptional grant opportunity, including application instructions and additional information on the deadline, visit . For more information on the IAF, visit .

Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship nominations open

The Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship (DOW NNSA SSGF) program is currently soliciting for applications.  It is open to students pursuing a PhD in areas of stewardship science, such as properties of materials under extreme conditions and hydrodynamics, nuclear science, or high energy density physics.  The fellowship includes a 12-week research experience at either Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory or Sandia National Laboratories.


  • $36,000 yearly stipend
  • Payment of all tuition and fees
  • $1,000 yearly academic allowance
  • Yearly conferences
  • 12-week research practicum
  • Renewable up to four years

Apply online at – applications are due January 18, 2012.

Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) program

The civilian sector of the Department of Defense (DoD) is now accepting applications from master’s level graduate students for the Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) program

The PMF is a two year internship program open to graduate students in their final year of study that will allow them great experience and the opportunity to become a full-time employee of the federal government upon completion of the fellowship. The application is open only to those graduate students in their final year of study and the fellowship begins after graduating.

The deadline for applications is September 25th and for nominations is September 30th!

More information about the application process, including: eligibility, timeline and the selection process is available on their official website,  If you have any questions regarding the application process please contact Rhea-Ann Moses at

Contact Information:

Rhea-Ann L Moses
Michigan Technological University STAR Representative
Recruitment Assistance Division
Defense Civilian Personnel Advisory Service
Phone: (703) 501 – 9673

Prestigious Scholarships Workshops/Informational Meetings Announced

A series of workshops and informational sessions for prestigious scholarships are free and open to students and faculty. Here are the details:

  • Who am I? Writing about yourself on essays.
    5 to 6 p.m., today, Sept. 20, Fisher 125
    Bring your resume.
  • The Fulbright Scholarship
    3 to 4 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 22, Fisher 132
    US citizens and permanent residents only.
  • Writing the Essays
    7 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 29, Fisher 101
    Either bring one you’re working on or sample questions will be provided. Bring paper and pencil/pen.
  • Reference Letters
    Noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Oct 12, ME-EM 405

For more information, contact Associate Professor Mary Durfee (SS) at 487-2112, or at .

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