Category: Funding Opportunities

Opportunities for funding graduate education.

The Department of Education Jacob K. Javits Fellowship Program

The Department of Education invites applications for Fiscal Year 2011
awards for the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship Program for graduate study in
the social sciences, arts, and humanities.  Eligible students must be
U.S. citizens or permanent residents and must be either entering, or
have not yet finished, the first full year in a graduate program leading
to the highest terminal degree in their field.  Approximately $1.5
million is available; the department expects to award 33 new fellowships
at an estimated average amount of $43,989.  Applications are due by
September 30, 2010.

Interested applicants should contact Jodi Lehman (

Two Michigan Tech Students Receive DOE Graduate Fellowships

The US Department of Energy Office of Science has awarded graduate fellowships to two University students.

Colin Gurganus, a PhD student in atmospheric science, and Carley Kratz, who is earning her doctorate in forest science, are among the 150 fellows nationwide selected by the DOE from among 3,300 applicants. They will each receive $50,500 per year for up to three years to support tuition, living expenses, research materials and travel to conferences or to DOE scientific facilities.

“Competition for the DOE fellowships is intense; applicants are drawn from the nation’s finest universities,” said David Reed, vice president for research.  “The fact that two of our students were selected speaks both to the excellence of Michigan Tech’s research program and to the students’ outstanding qualifications, as well as their dedication and enthusiasm. I congratulate them both.”

The new DOE fellowship program is designed to strengthen the nation’s scientific workforce by supporting young students during the formative years of their research.

Visit the Michigan Tech News for the complete story.

Published in Tech Today.

Fulbright English Teaching Assistanships – Special Opportunity

The Fulbright Program for US students has recently announced that the current competition for the Fulbright US Student ETA Program to Brazil has a SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY for an additional 20 ETA Awards for grants beginning in March 2011. In addition, the number of ETA grants for Brazil for March 2012 has increased to 30.

Applicants who are available to begin a grant in March 2011 (e.g., spring 2011 graduating seniors will not be eligible) and wish to be considered for the Brazil ETA March 2011 awards must select this option from the dropdown menu in Question 3, Special Opportunity, in the Online Application.  Candidates recommended for the Brazil ETA March 2011 Award will be notified by mid-December 2010, with final grant offers made in January 2011.

Applicants who do not wish to be considered and those not recommended for the March 2011 Award will be considered in the current competition for the 30 Fulbright ETA Awards for grants beginning in March 2012.  Click here for more information on the Brazil ETA Program.

Click here for additional information about Fulbright programs.  For the most up-to-date information on all ETA opportunities, students can visit the Fulbright website ETA Table.

Nominations for Fall Finishing Fellowships Open

Nominations for fall Finishing Fellowships are now open.  Applications must be submitted to the Graduate School no later than 4pm on July 29th.

Students are eligible if all of the following criteria are met:

  1. Must be a PhD student.
  2. Must expect to finish in fall.
  3. Must have submitted a Petition to Enter Full-Time Research Only Mode. No Finishing Fellowships will be awarded to students who fail to receive approval of their petition.
  4. No source of support for fall semester. (ex: GTA, GRA, etc.)

Previous recipients of a Finishing Fellowship are not eligible.

Please see our application page for details on the materials needed to nominate a student.  Please direct any questions to Dr. Debra Charlesworth.

Graduate Students Invited to Meet with NSF Program Officer, Michael Gorman

On May 17 and 18, Michigan Tech will host a visit by National Science Foundation program officer Michael Gorman, program director for science, technology and society. Gorman, a cognitive psychologist and former Michigan Tech faculty member, will deliver a general presentation about NSF and its research and education programs. He also will deliver presentations for and participate in focused discussions about developing NSF support for on-going activities here at Tech, that are related to nano-scale sciences and engineering (one of Gorman’s personal interests), and developments in the social sciences.

This is an important opportunity to learn about the most recent developments across the foundation. The campus community is invited to any of his activities. Time is built into every event to allow one-on-one conversations. Graduate and undergraduate students in particular are urged to attend any meeting that aligns with their interests.

Below is the itinerary for Michael Gorman’s visit:

Monday, May 17

General Presentation on NSF: Plans, Status, & Preparing Proposals
10:00 – 11:30 AM, Rekhi G009

Tuesday, May 18

Social Sciences at NSF
Update on NSF activities & options for support
9:00 – 10:30 AOB 201

Psychology at NSF
Update on NSF activities & options for support
11:00 – noon AOB 201

Lunch with Graduate students and seniors
Noon – 1:30 in MUB Ballroom A-1
This event is now full.  Contact Debra Charlesworth to be put on the waiting list.

Nano-scale science and technology at NSF
Update on NSF activities & options for support
2:00 – 4:00 Rekhi 101

Please contact Jodi Lehman ( (487-2875) with any questions.

Safari Club International Graduate Student Grant

The Safari Club International (SCI) Michigan Involvement Committee (MIC) is a non-profit corporation composed of representatives of each of the Michigan chapters of SCI. The Committee coordinates collaboration between SCI, its Michigan chapters, and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment (DNRE); provides scholarships and grants to graduate students; and supports other wildlife conservation and education activities deemed appropriate by the organization.

The Award

Goal: To preserve and perpetuate the right to hunt and the commitment to conservation within the wildlife profession and potential future leaders of the DNRE.

Purpose: To provide financial assistance to a graduate student, preferably one working on a DNRE-funded university research project associated with the preservation of hunting.

Fund Financing: A minimum annual fund of $3,000 has been established by SCI MIC to finance the grant program. Additional grants may be awarded if funding is available. Grant amounts may vary depending upon the number of awards and the fund balance.

Award Duration: The grant will be available for use for one year between September 1 and August 31 of the next year. An award recipient can compete for additional grants in subsequent years with other applicants. If invited by participating chapters, each selected student will be required to visit the chapter at least once during the year of the award.

How to Apply

To Be Eligible:

1) Student must be accepted or enrolled in a Wildlife or related discipline graduate program at a college or university in Michigan.

2) Must be planning a career in the Wildlife Management field.

3) Student must be familiar with hunting, hunting ethics, the role of hunting in wildlife management, and hunting’s role in society.

4) If enrolled in a MS or MA program, it must be a thesis-based degree.

Application: There is no separate application form. Please send a resume which outlines your background, along with three reference letters from individuals knowledgeable of your field skills and experience. Include your name and graduate institution where enrolled on all materials submitted. In addition, in 500 words or less, provide a response to the questions: “What should the elements of wildlife management be 20 years from now, and in what role do you see yourself?”

Selection Process: An SCI MIC committee will review application materials and select finalists. A subcommittee will interview finalists and select the award recipient(s) by September 1, 2010.

Send all materials, by June 15, 2010 to Paul Royce, SCI-Lakeshore Chapter, 9881 84th Avenue, Zeeland, Michigan 49464

Ferguson Fellowship Program for Minority and Women’s Health

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Ferguson Fellowship Program

The Dr. James A. Ferguson Emerging Infectious Disease Fellowship Program provides educational and experiential opportunities for racial and ethnic minority medical, dental, pharmacy, veterinary and public health graduate students in a broad array of public health activities. Ferguson Fellows are engaged for eight weeks in a rigorous program of public health research and/or intervention, which they summarize in a scientific presentation at the end of the session. Ferguson Fellows’ travel and housing expenses are paid, and they receive a stipend for the summer.

The Ferguson Fellowship Program is administered by the Minority Health Professions Foundation, one of CDC’s key partners. For more information or to request an application, contact the Minority Health Professions Foundation at 404-756-8931, or go to their website at

Highly Competitive Fulbright Student Programs

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers fellowships for U.S. graduating college seniors, graduate students, young professionals and artists to study abroad for one academic year. In academic year 2008-2009, more than 1,500 Americans are studying abroad with either full or partial support from the Fulbright Program.

The Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships (ETA) Program, an element of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, places U.S. students as English teaching assistants in schools or universities overseas, thus improving foreign students’ English language abilities and knowledge of the United States while enhancing their own language skills and knowledge of the host country. ETAs may also pursue individual study/research plans in addition to their teaching responsibilities.

The Fulbright Foreign Student Program enables graduate students, young professionals and artists from abroad to research and study in the United States for one year or longer. Approximately 1,700 new awards are awarded to foreign graduate students for support at U.S. universities, and some 1,350 renewal awards are also made annually.

The Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Program, a component of the Fulbright Foreign Student Program, provides young teachers of English as a Foreign Language the opportunity to refine their teaching skills and broaden their knowledge of American culture and customs while strengthening the instruction of foreign languages at colleges and universities in the United States.

The International Fulbright Science and Technology Award, a component of the Fulbright Foreign Student Program, is for doctoral study at prestigious U.S. institutions in science, technology, engineering or related fields for approximately 40 outstanding foreign students per year.

The International Fulbright Science and Technology Award, designed to be the most prestigious international scholarships in science and technology, provides talented students with an opportunity to pursue Ph.D. study at top U.S. institutions in areas of science, technology or engineering. The 2009 competition will be officially announced world-wide in the coming months. Students interested in pursuing doctoral study in the following fields are eligible to apply:

What are the eligible fields?

  • Aeronautics and Astronomics/Aeronautical Engineering
  • Agriculture (theoretical or research-based focus only)*
  • Astronomy/Planetary Sciences
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Sciences/Engineering
  • Energy
  • Engineering (electrical, chemical, civil, mechanical, ocean, and petroleum)
  • Environmental Science/Engineering
  • Geology/Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
  • Information Sciences/Engineering (engineering focus only; business-focused study is not eligible)
  • Materials Science/Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Neuroscience/Brain and Cognitive Sciences
  • Oceanography
  • Physics
  • Public Health (theoretical or research-based focus only)

*While agriculture tends to be a fairly applied field of study, those wishing to pursue theoretical and research-based study in such areas as entomology, plant biology, plant pathology, and soil science are eligible for this Award.

Global Health Corps Fellowships

Several Fellowship Applications are still open for the Global Health Equity Fellow Program.

Fellows must be:

  • Under age 30 at the time of application
  • Graduating or have graduated from undergraduate University studies
  • Proficient in English

No specific background or technical experience is necessary, as each individual Fellowship assignment will require different specific skills. Look at the Fellowships to learn about the specific assignments and the skills that our placement organizations are looking for.

For all Fellowships, we value three qualities: strength of character, relevant skills and experience, and leadership.


TogetherGreen Conservation Fellowships

TogetherGreen, an alliance between the National Audubon Society and Toyota, is accepting applications for its Conservation Fellowships and Innovation Grants.

Through TogetherGreen Conservation Fellowships, forty promising individuals (half from the Audubon network and half from external organizations) will be chosen for their leadership potential, skills, and commitment to engaging people of diverse backgrounds in conservation action. Fellows receive a $10,000 grant, assistance launching a conservation action project, and specialized training. They also become part of an alumni network of conservation professionals from across the country. Fellowship candidates must have at least six years’ experience in some aspect of the environment.

TogetherGreen Innovation Grants annually provide funding that enables the Audubon Society and its partners to support activities that engage people in conservation action and create healthier communities. Grant funds will be awarded to Audubon’s broad national network — including Audubon chapters, programs, centers, sanctuaries, and independent Audubon groups — each working in partnership with one or more external organizations. Recipients will be chosen based on their innovative ideas for achieving conservation results focused on habitat, water, and energy. Selected grants will also need to demonstrate how they are reaching new and diverse communities and helping people get engaged in local conservation action.

Audubon will select a minimum of forty proposals and provide more than $1 million in total support. Grants will range from $5,000 to $80,000 each, with the majority averaging roughly $25,000.

Visit the TogetherGreen Web site for complete application information.

Link to Complete RFP