Category: Funding Opportunities

Opportunities for funding graduate education.

Rotary Foundation Scholarships

Rotary Foundation Scholarships

Ambassadorial Scholarships Program of The Rotary Foundation is the largest privately funded international scholarships program. The program sponsors several types of scholarships for graduate students. While abroad, scholars serve as goodwill ambassadors to the host country and give presentations about their homelands to Rotary clubs and other groups. Upon returning home, scholars share with Rotarians and others the experiences that led to a greater understanding of their host country. For additional details, you may visit the Rotary Foundation website.

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

The Soros Fellowships for New Americans support thirty (30) individuals a year for up to two years of graduate study in any subject anywhere in the United States.  Students already in graduate study are eligible, though not past their second year.  The Fellowship provides $25,000 maintenance and half tuition (up to a maximum of $20,000 per academic year) wherever the Fellow attends.  Candidates must be either holders of Green Cards, naturalized citizens, or a child of at least one naturalized citizen parent (the other parent may not be a native-born U.S. citizen).  The deadline is November 1, 2010. Recipients will be announced in March, 2011.  Please visit the website for information on applying:

Sigma Xi Research Grants

The program awards grants of up to $1,000 to students from all areas of the sciences and engineering. Designated funds from the National Academy of Sciences allow for grants of up to $5,000 for astronomy research and $2,500 for vision related research. Students use the funding to pay for travel expenses to and from a research site, or for purchase of non-standard laboratory equipment necessary to complete a specific research project.

Submission deadlines:
March 15 and October 15

Microsoft Research: Limited Submission

Microsoft Research offers two-year fellowships to outstanding graduate students from Latin American universities who are studying computer science, computer engineering, or electrical engineering.

  • The fellowship recipient award will cover 100 percent of the tuition and fees.
  • A stipend is provided to cover living expenses while in school (US$15,000 per year).
  • A conference and travel allowance is provided for recipients to attend professional conferences or seminars (US$5,000 per year).
  • All recipients will be offered the opportunity to complete one salaried internship over the duration of the year following the award.
  • Fellowships are awarded to recipients for two academic years only and not available for extension.

Internship Details

For complete internship details, please see Redmond Lab Internship Program.

Note: All Latin America Internship candidates should apply by using our online application tool.

Required Application Information

  • The deadline for applications for the current year is 12 October 2010.
    • Applications must include: Applicant’s curriculum vitae, and three (3) letters of reference from established researchers familiar with the applicant’s research. Of these letters, one (1) letter of recommendation should come from the student’s advisor and the other two (2) letters should come from within the nominating institution. In the case where the student is applying for a Fellowship, it is additionally required the applicant’s thesis proposal be confirmed and approved by the Ph.D. program authorities.
    • Applications must be submitted in English only.
    • Applications must be submitted online in any of the following formats: Microsoft Office Word document, text-only file, PDF. All application materials must be submitted by the student, but we will give preference to students who are nominated by their universities.
    • Applications will be accepted only when submitted via the application tool. Applications submitted via email will not be considered.
    • Applications submitted to Microsoft will not be returned. Microsoft cannot assume responsibility for the confidentiality of information in submitted applications. Therefore, applications should not contain information that is confidential, restricted, or sensitive. Microsoft reserves the right to make public information from applications that receive awards, except those portions containing budgetary or personally identifiable information.
    • Incomplete applications cannot be considered, and notification of incompleteness will not be made. Late applications will not be accepted.
    • Due to the volume of submissions, Microsoft Research cannot provide individual feedback on applications that do not receive fellowship awards.

Application Process

  • Any student who is enrolled in a Master’s or Ph.D. program at a credentialed university in the Latin American region may apply via the application tool.
  • Preference will be given to students who are nominated by their universities and completing their second or third year in a Ph.D. program.
  • An approved thesis proposal is required to qualify for application for the Fellowship Program.
  • A maximum of three (3) applicants per department for a total of nine (9) applicants per university will be tracked.

For more information please visit:

ASM Robert D. Watkins Graduate Research Fellowship

ASM Robert D. Watkins Graduate Research Fellowship

The goal of the fellowship is to increase the number of underrepresented groups completing doctoral degrees in the microbiological sciences. The ASM Robert D. Watkins Graduate Research Fellowship is aimed at highly competitive graduate students who are enrolled in a Ph.D. program and who have completed their graduate course work in the microbiological sciences. The fellowship encourages students to continue and complete their research project in the microbiological sciences.

Students will be:

  • Required to submit an abstract each year to ASM for presentation at the annual ASM General Meeting
  • Required to attend the ASM Kadner Institute or the ASM Scientific Writing and Publishing Institute one time during the three-year tenure of the fellowship


Eligible candidates must be from groups that have been determined by the applicant’s institution to be underrepresented in the microbiological sciences. The ASM encourages institutions to identify individuals that have been historically underrepresented, and remain underrepresented today in the microbiological sciences nationally. These groups include African-Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, and Pacific Islanders.

In addition, applicants must:

  • Be formally admitted to a doctoral program in the microbiological sciences in an accredited U.S. institution
  • Have successfully completed the first year of the graduate program (first year graduate students cannot apply)
  • Have successfully completed all graduate coursework requirements for the doctoral degree by the date of activation of the fellowship
  • Be a student member of ASM
  • Be mentored by an ASM member
  • Be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident
  • Not have funding OR have funding that will expire by the start date of the fellowship
    This fellowship cannot run concurrently with other national fellowships from NIH, NSF, HHMI, etc.


The program provides a total stipend of $63,000 ($21,000 a year) for a three year period (September 2011-June 2014). Students will receive six stipend payments. Funds cannot be used for tuition and fees.

Supporting documents

  • Three letters of recommendations must be submitted with your application. One letter must be from your research advisor/mentor. You may choose to submit references online or via mail.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. Please submit by via online application your undergraduate and graduate transcripts.

Criteria for Selection

Applicants will be reviewed according to the following criteria:

  • Academic achievement
  • Evidence of a successful research plan developed in collaboration with research advisor/mentor
  • Relevant career goals in the microbiological sciences
  • Involvement in activities that serve the needs of underrepresented groups.

Application Process

Applicants must apply electronically. There is no paper application. Applicants must complete all sections of the application and then share their PIN and PASSWORD with their faculty mentor. The PIN and PASSWORD are necessary for the faculty mentor to complete his/her section of the application. Faculty mentors must save their information and notify the applicant when finished. Once both parties have completed their respective sections, the applicant should submit the application to ASM. It is the applicant’s responsibility to submit on time.

NOTE: Changes cannot be made once the application is submitted.


May 1st

For more information visit:


The online application is currently available. To retrieve the online application, click on the “Apply Online” link above.

Contact Jodi Lehman if interested in applying.

Eleanor Roosevelt Fund Award

The Eleanor Roosevelt Fund Award is for an honorarium of $5000 plus travel expenses to attend the AAUW National Convention in June 2011 to be held in Washignton, DC.  The award honors an individual, project, organization, or institution for outstanding contributions to equity and education for women and girls.  The award is given for a broad range of activities including classroom teaching, education, and research initiatives.  Work should support the following goals:

1. To remove barriers to women’s and girls’ participation in education

2. To promote the value of diversity and cross-cultural communication

3. To develop greater understanding of the ways women learn, think, work, and play.

For more information please visit:

Facebook Fellowship Program

Every day Facebook confronts the most complex technical problems and we believe that close relationships with the academy will enable us to address many of these problems at a fundamental level and solve them. As part of our ongoing commitment to academic relations, we are pleased to announce the creation of the Facebook Fellowship program to support graduate students in the 2010-2011 school year.

We are interested in a wide range of academic topics, including the following topical areas:

  • Internet Economics: auction theory and algorithmic game theory relevant to online advertising auctions.
  • Cloud Computing: storage, databases, and optimization for computing in a massively distributed environment.
  • Social Computing: models, algorithms and systems around social networks, social media, social search and collaborative environments.
  • Data Mining and Machine Learning: learning algorithms, feature generation, and evaluation methods to produce effective online and offline models of behavioral signals.
  • Systems: hardware, operating system, runtime, and language support for fast, scalable, efficient data centers.
  • Information Retrieval: search algorithms, information extraction, question answering, cross-lingual retrieval and multimedia retrieval

Eligibility Criteria

  • Full-time Ph.D. students in topical areas represented by these fellowships who are currently involved in on-going research.
  • Students must be studying Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, System Architecture, or a related area.
  • Students must be enrolled during the academic year that the Fellowship is awarded.
  • Students must be nominated by a faculty member.

Deadline Feb. 15th 2011

To view the 2011 announcement please visit COS.

IEEE Presidents’ Change the World Competition

Presidents’ Change the World Competition

The IEEE Presidents’ Change the World Competition recognizes and rewards students who identify a real-world problem and apply engineering, science, computing, and leadership skills to solve it. The contest offers students the perfect opportunity to have their ingenuity and enthusiasm for engineering and technology recognized by prestigious IEEE members around the globe.

Participants may compete as an individual or as a team.

Individuals: Individuals who compete must be IEEE Student Members [who are at least 18 years of age].

Teams: Teams must include an IEEE Student Member in a lead role, but may include non-members. [All team members must be at least 18 years of age.]  Teammates do not need to be from the same country or region. However, an entry may be submitted to only one region for judging.

Individuals or team members must be IEEE student members at the time their entry is submitted.

The students must play the primary role in the problem-solving; however, they may receive technical and financial assistance from others.

Please note that the intent and spirit of the competition is for the students, not others, to solve a problem. Persons acting as team mentors or in a mentorship role must limit the level of support provided to general guidance and must not contribute in any other form that might be considered original authorship, or in any way that may enable claims of rights or ownership to the submitted entries. In no case will work-on-behalf of teams or individuals be allowed.

Entries must be submitted using the form housed on the competition Web site at  Requirements include the following:

  • Project title
  • Description
  • Solution
  • Impact on humanity or community
  • Project testing/implementation status
  • Primary leader name and contact information, including:
  • First name
  • Last name
  • University
  • Home address
  • City
  • State
  • Country
  • Zip
  • Phone
  • Email

First In Series of Federal Funding Workshops – Sept 15th and 16th.

A federal fellowship/scholarship writing workshop will be held on Wednesday, September 15th  and Thursday, September 16th at 4:00 in Fisher 135.

You will only need to attend one of the workshops, as they are the same workshop, different days and time.

During the workshop we will review 3 samples of NSF GRFP personal statement essays. Tips will be given on how to organize your essay, utilize wording, and meet the merit criteria expected by reviewers

Prepare for the workshop by:

1. Understanding how NSF defines “broader impacts”

2. Brainstorming answers to NSF “personal statement” questions

    If you (or someone you know) plan on attending, please RSVP to Jodi Lehman (

    Getty Pre- and Postdoctoral Fellowships in Humanities

    Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships provide support for emerging scholars to complete work on projects related to the Getty Research Institute’s annual theme. Recipients are in residence at the Getty Research Institute, where they pursue research to complete their dissertations or to expand them for publication. Fellows make use of the Getty collections, join in a weekly meeting devoted to the annual theme, and participate in the intellectual life of the Getty.
    Applications are welcome from scholars of all nationalities. Predoctoral fellowship applicants must have advanced to candidacy by the time of the fellowship start date and should expect to complete their dissertations during the fellowship period. Predoctoral fellows who receive their doctorate while in residence automatically become postdoctoral fellows. Postdoctoral fellowship applicants must not have received their degree earlier than 2005.
    Predoctoral Fellows are in residence from September to June and receive a stipend of $25,000. Postdoctoral Fellows are in residence from September to June and receive a stipend of $30,000. Both fellowships also provide a workspace at the Getty Research Institute or the Getty Villa, an apartment in the Getty scholar housing complex, and airfare to and from Los Angeles. These terms apply as of November 2010 and are subject to future changes.
    Application Availability and Deadline
    Complete application materials are now accepted through an online application process. The next deadline for these fellowships will be November 1, 2010.
    Applicants are notified of the Getty Research Institute’s decision approximately six months following the deadline.
    Review Process
    Getty Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis. Applications will be evaluated by the Getty Research Institute based on: (1) the overall quality of the application; (2) how the proposed project bears upon the 2011-2012 annual research theme, Artistic Practice; (3) the applicant’s past achievements; and (4) how the project would benefit from the resources at the Getty, including its library and collections.

    Part 1:
    Applicants are required to complete and submit the online Getty Pre- and Postdoctoral Fellowship application form, which includes completing an online information form and uploading a Project Proposal, Doctoral Dissertation Plan or Abstract, Curriculum Vitae, Writing Sample, Selected Bibliography, and Confirmation Letter of Academic Status (candidacy or degree conferred) by 5:00 p.m. PST, November 1, 2010.