Category: Funding Opportunities

Opportunities for funding graduate education.

NSF Developmental and Learning Sciences

DLS supports fundamental research that increases our understanding of cognitive, linguistic, social, cultural, and biological processes related to children’s and adolescents’ development and learning.  Research supported by this program will add to our basic knowledge of how people learn and the underlying developmental processes that support learning, with the objective of leading to better educated children and adolescents who grow up to take productive roles as workers and as citizens.

Among the many research topics supported by DLS are: developmental cognitive neuroscience; development of higher-order cognitive processes; transfer of knowledge from one domain or situation to another; use of molecular genetics to study continuities and discontinuities in development; development of peer relations and family interactions; multiple influences on development, including the impact of family, school, community, social institutions, and the media; adolescents’ preparation for entry into the workforce; cross-cultural research on development and learning; and the role of cultural influences and demographic characteristics on development. Additional priorities include research that: incorporates multidisciplinary, multi-method, microgenetic, and longitudinal approaches; develops new methods, models, and theories for studying learning and development; and integrates different processes (e.g., learning, memory, emotion), levels of analysis (e.g., behavioral, social, neural), and time scales (e.g. infancy, middle childhood, adolescence).

This program supports Integrative Research Activities for Developmental Science (IRADS).  The program currently is at its capacity for supporting such large-scale awards, and is therefore not considering new IRADS proposals at this point in time.  The program is accepting proposals for individual investigator projects (average total budget of approximately $100,000 per year) and workshops/ small conferences (average total one-time budget of approximately $15,000).

Full proposal Due January 15, 2011 and July 15, 2011


2011 Nordic Research Opportunity

The 2011 Nordic Research Opportunity is now available as a Supplemental Award, for NSF Graduate Research Fellows.  The NSF, the Research Council of Norway (RCN), the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation (TEKES), the Academy of Finland, the Danish National Research Foundation and the Swedish Research Council will support on a competitive basis research visits of 2-12 months or 3-12 months (country-specific) in Norway, Finland, Denmark and Sweden (new this year).  This international research opportunity is intended to enrich the Graduate Research Fellows? experience through cooperative activities with leading Nordic scientists and institutions, thus enabling them to develop early-career collaborations with international research partners. Results of the research collaboration are expected to expand opportunities for innovation and add an international dimension to Fellow research projects. Interested NSF Graduate Research Fellows who have completed at least one year of graduate study and who are studying at U.S. institutions are encouraged to contact potential Nordic host institutions for detailed information on current research activities at that site.  Please read the announcement (Dear Colleague Letter) on the NSF Website at: (also available as a link on the GRFP page,  The 2011 Supplement Request Deadline is January 14, 2011.  Announcement of supplement awards will be made in early April, 2011.

If you have any questions, please contact Jodi Lehman (

NASA Accepting Applications For Aeronautics Scholarships

NASA Aeronautics Scholarship Program

NASA expects to award 20 undergraduate and five graduate scholarships to students in aeronautics or related fields. Undergraduate students entering their second year of study will receive up to $15,000 per year for two years and the opportunity to receive a $10,000 stipend by interning at a NASA research center during the summer.

Graduate students will receive up to $35,000 per year for up to three years, with an opportunity to receive a $10,000 stipend interning at a NASA research center for up to two consecutive summers.

Application deadline January 17, 2011

National Science Foundation: East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes

The East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI) goals are to introduce U.S. graduate students to East Asia and Pacific science and engineering in the context of a research setting, and to help students initiate scientific relationships that will better enable future collaboration with foreign counterparts. Selected students participate in research experiences at host laboratories in Australia, China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore, or Taiwan. All institutes, except Japan, last approximately 8 weeks from June to August. Japan lasts approximately 10 weeks from June to August.

The application is now available.

If interested in applying, please contact Jodi Lehman (

Ford Foundation Fellowship

Through its Fellowship Programs, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. Eligibility requirements include:

  • All citizens or nationals of the United States regardless of race, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation,
  • Individuals with evidence of superior academic achievement (such as grade point average, class rank, honors or other designations),
  • Individuals committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level.

For information regarding level-specific eligibility requirements, stipends, and other program information for each of the three levels of the Fellowship program, please access the fact sheet for the program level of your interest, predoctoral, dissertation or postdoctoral.

Contact Jodi Lehman ( if you are interested in applying for a Ford Foundation Fellowship.

AAUW 2011-2012 International Fellowships

2011-2012 Academic Year
Master’s/Professional Fellowship: $18,000
Doctorate Fellowship: $20,000
Postdoctoral Fellowship: $30,000
Applications available: Aug. 1–Dec. 1, 2010
Application deadline*: Dec. 1, 2010
Fellowship year: July 1, 2011–June 30, 2012

* All supporting documents must also be received by this date. If an application deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, supporting documents must be received the next business day.

International Fellowships are awarded for full-time study or research in the United States to women who are not United States citizens or permanent residents. Both graduate and postgraduate study at accredited institutions are supported. Several fellowships are available for study outside of the U.S.
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Please contact Jodi Lehman ( if you are interested in applying.

AAUW 2011-2012 Community Action Grants

2011-2012 Grant Year
Award: $2,000-$10,000
Applications available: Aug. 1, 2010 – Jan. 15, 2011
Application deadline: Jan. 15, 2011

Community Action grants provide funds to individuals, AAUW branches and AAUW state organizations as well as local community-based nonprofit organizations for innovative programs or non-degree research projects that promote education and equity for women and girls.

  • One-year grants ($2,000-$7,000 over one year)
    One-year grants provide seed money for new projects. Topic areas are unrestricted, but should include a clearly defined activity that promotes education and equity for women and girls.
  • Two-year grants ($5,000-$10,000 over two years)
    Two-year grants provide start-up funds for longer-term programs that address the particular needs of the community and develop girls’ sense of efficacy through leadership or advocacy opportunities. Topic areas are unrestricted, but should include a clearly defined activity that promotes education and equity for women and girls

Applicants must be women who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Nonprofit organizations must be based in the United States. Grant projects must have direct public impact, be nonpartisan, and take place within the United States or its territories.

Special consideration is given to projects focused on K-12 and community college girls’ and women’s achievements in science, technology, engineering or math.

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Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship and Women’s Scholarship Program

Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship

* *Posted: August 24, 2010*
* *Internal deadline: September 9, 2010*
* Limit on number of proposals preliminary announcement
* *PI limit:* Students must be starting their second or third year
in an eligible PhD program in the fall (August/September) semester
or quarter of 2010.
* *Number per organization:* Computer Science, Electrical
Engineering, or Mathematics departments at eligible universities
may each nominate up to three (3) students.
* *Full proposal deadline: October 8, 2010*

Microsoft Research Graduate Women’s Scholarship Program

* *Posted: August 24, 2010*
* *Internal deadline: September 9, 2010*
* Limit on number of proposals preliminary announcement
* *PI limit:* Student must attend a U.S. or Canadian university and
be enrolled as a full-time graduate student in the Computer
Science, Electrical Engineering, or Mathematics departments
* *Number per organization:* A maximum of three (3) applicants per
department, per university will be accepted.
* *Full proposal deadline: October 8, 2010*


Please keep in mind that your limited submission proposal must adhere to
the Sponsored Programs Office proposal submission policy which specifies
that all proposals must be submitted to the Sponsored Programs Office in
accordance with their internal deadlines chart

You can view the current information about Limited Submission
Opportunities here

If interested in applying contact Jodi Lehman (



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The National Science Foundation (NSF) East Asia and Pacific Summer
Institutes for U.S. Graduate Students (EAPSI) is a flagship
international fellowship program for developing the next generation of
globally  engaged U.S. scientists and engineers knowledgeable about the
Asian and Pacific regions. The Summer Institutes are hosted by foreign
counterparts committed to increasing opportunities for young U.S.
researchers to work in research facilities and with host mentors abroad.
Fellows are supported to participate in eight-week research experiences
at host laboratories in Australia, China, Japan (10 weeks), Korea, New
Zealand, Singapore and Taiwan from June to August. The program provides
a $5,000 summer stipend, round-trip airfare to the host location, living
expenses abroad, and an introduction to the society, culture, language,
and research environment of the host location.

The 2011 application is now open and will close at 5:00 pm local time on
November 10, 2010.  Application instructions are available online at For further information concerning benefits, eligibility,
and tips on applying, applicants are encouraged to visit or

NSF recognizes the importance of enabling U.S. researchers and educators
to advance their work through international collaborations and the value
of ensuring that future generations of U.S. scientists and engineers
gain professional experience beyond this nation’s borders early in their
careers. The program is intended for U.S. graduate students pursuing
studies in fields supported by the National Science Foundation. Women,
minorities, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to
apply for the EAPSI. Applicants must be enrolled in a research-oriented
master’s or PhD program and be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents
by the application deadline date. Students in combined bachelor/master
degree programs must have matriculated from the undergraduate degree
program by the application deadline date.

The first Summer Institutes began in Japan in 1990, and to date over
2,000 U.S. graduate students have participated in the program.

Should you have any questions, please contact the EAPSI Help Desk by
email at or by phone at 1-866-501-2922.

If you are interested in applying please contact Jodi Lehman (

NSF Program Helps Guatemalans Prepare for Volcanoes

When Rudiger Escobar-Wolf, a PhD candidate in geology, traveled to Guatemala under the sponsorship of the National Science Foundation (NSF), he never imagined that he would be meeting the nation’s vice president–let alone be asked to counsel the nation’s science advisors.  But because of his knowledge of volcanoes and volcano risk management, that’s exactly what he wound up doing.

Escobar-Wolf’s recent presentation to the National Disaster Reduction Council and Rafael Espada, vice president of Guatemala, outlined volcanic risks and the benefits of an early warning system.  Wolf also pointed out the importance of international cooperation between Michigan Tech and Guatemalan volcanologists.

“This is a great example of what the NSF envisioned when they created this unique funding program called PIRE (Partnerships in Research and Education) to develop international partnerships with researchers and universities,” said John Gierke, interim chair and professor of geological and mining engineering and sciences and director of PIRE at Michigan Tech.

For the full story and photos see the volcano.

Published in Tech Today.