Grad Student Funding Opportunities

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Funding Opportunities in this section are arranged according to availability and/or application deadlines. Funding agencies that offer more than one funding opportunity or variable/rolling application deadlines are listed at the bottom of the page or in multiple locations. Students are encouraged to check additional listings, such as the Graduate Studies and International Programs websites for internal and external funding sources as well as the publicly searchable fellowship databases at Cornell, Duke, Harvard, and UCLA. Please report additional funding sources or problems – inactive links, obsolete information – to the EEB graduate coordinator.

 


JANUARY APPLICATIONS and  DEADLINES


American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellows Program

The AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellows Program seeks to increase communication skills in student scientists.  The lessons students learn through the fellowship experience will benefit their career paths and help them increase public understanding of science and technology.  The fellowship places senior undergraduate and graduate science, engineering and mathematics students at media sites nationwide to work as science reporters for ten weeks. Past sites include the Chicago Tribune, NPR and Scientific American.  AAAS selects 15-20 fellows each summer. Support consists of a $500 per week stipend plus travel expenses.  The application deadline is early January.  For application details visit https://www.aaas.org/page/fellowships
Anne S. Chatham Fellowship in Medicinal Botany
This award was established to protect and preserve knowledge about the medicinal use of plants, thus preventing the disappearance of plants with therapeutic potential.  Providing this research opportunity for botanists can in turn assist medical science in its ability to protect lives and develop medicines. To this end, the Chatham scholar may elect to work either in the field or in the laboratory.  This fellowship includes a $4500 stipend.  Current doctoral students and recent doctoral graduates are eligible to apply.  Proposals must be received by January 31.  Visit http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/plant-science/plant-science/william-l-brown-center/wlbc-resources/wlbc-awards/anne-s.-chatham-fellowship.aspx for more information.
Claire Hubbard Young Leader in Conservation Fellowship
A year-long fellowship with The Nature Conservancy to work on the ecology and conservation of the Great Plains in Central Nebraska. The fellowship intends to supplement the college education with real life experience varying from prairie restoration and management planning to budgeting and fund raising. Applications are due the middle of January. For more information visit https://prairieecologist.com/hubbard-fellowship/
Computational Science Graduate Fellowship
The Department of Energy provides the Computational Science Graduate Fellowship to fund doctoral students in scientific or engineering disciplines with an emphasis in high-performance computing.  The fellowship provides an annual $36,000 stipend plus tuition and fee sponsorship and is renewable for a total of four years.  Applications are available October and due late January.  For more information visit http://www.krellinst.org/csgf/
David L. Boren Graduate Fellowship
Boren Fellowships are funded by the National Security Education Program to support research and study in areas of the world considered critical to U.S. interests, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.  The fellowship provides up to $30,000 to U.S. graduate students (at both the master’s and doctoral levels) to add an important international and language component to their graduate education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency. Applications are available late August, submission deadline is late January.  Visit http://www.borenawards.org/
Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowships
The Ford Foundation seeks to increase the number of underrepresented groups on the nation's College and university faculties through its Ford Foundation and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Fellowship program. Students applying for the Dissertation Fellowship should expect to complete the dissertation during the following academic year. Successful applicants will receive a stipend of $25,000 and expenses paid to attend one Conference of Ford Fellows. Applications are available in September and due early January. For more details visit http://sites.nationalacademies.org/pga/FordFellowships/PGA_047959.
Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowships
The Ford Foundation seeks to increase the number of underrepresented groups on the nation's College and university faculties through its Ford Foundation and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Fellowship program. Students awarded the Predoctoral Fellowship will receive an annual stipend of $24,000 for a period of three years. Applications are available in September and due early January. For more details visit http://sites.nationalacademies.org/pga/FordFellowships/PGA_047958
Frances M. Peacock Scholarship for Native Bird Habitat
The scholarship awards financial aid ($4,500) to advanced students for the study of areas in the United States that provide seasonal habitat for threatened and endangered native birds. Awarded by a team of reviewers from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the scholarship offers the opportunity to pursue habitat-related issues that will benefit bird species and lend useful information for land management decisions.  The application deadline is January 15.  Visit https://www.gcamerica.org/index.cfm/scholarships/details/id/21 for more information.
Garden Club of America – Awards, Fellowships, and scholarships
The GCA offers awards, fellowships and scholarships in the areas of e.g., medicinal and tropical botany, native bird habitat, conservation and ecological restoration, coastal wetlands and pollinator research. The individual programs are administered by various organizations, and awards vary from approximately $4000 to $8000. Application deadlines depend on the individual programs but commonly begin in December and end in the middle of January. To apply visit https://www.gcamerica.org/scholarships and http://www.gcamerica.org/index.cfm/scholarships/details/id/30
Graduate Studies Doctoral Student Research Fund
KU’s Office of Graduate Studies maintains the Doctoral Student Research Fund to support students who need assistance to carry out research that advances progress toward the degree.  Funding may be requested to cover supplies, materials, equipment, or research-related travel expenses.  KU students are eligible for two awards:  Doctoral aspirants may receive awards up to $1,500, and doctoral candidates are eligible for awards up to $2,000.  Graduate Studies will notify the EEB department of the application dates early in the spring and fall semesters.  For more information visit http://www.graduate.ku.edu/internal-funding and http://www.graduate.ku.edu/doctoral-student-research-fund-application or email graduate@ku.edu.
Hispanic Scholarship Fund - General College Scholarships
HSP offers General College Scholarships (GCS) for graduate students of Hispanic heritage and Gates Millenial Scholarships (GMS) for graduate students from underrepresented backgrounds.  Applicants must be U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens.  Award amounts for GMS are need based and for GCS can range from $500 to $5,000.  Applications for GMS are due mid-January and for GCS late March. Visit https://hsf.net/ for more information
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) Young Scientists’ Summer Program (YSSP)
The IIASA offers three-month research opportunities to talented young researchers whose interests correspond with IIASA’s ongoing research on issues of global environmental, economic, and social change.  From June through August accepted participants work within the Institute’s Research Programs under the guidance of IIASA scientific staff.  Funding is provided through IIASAS’s National Member Organizations.  Applications are due mid-January.  For more information visit http://www.iiasa.ac.at/  and http://www.iiasa.ac.at/web/home/education/yssp/about.html
PADI Foundation Grants
The PADI Foundation is a non-profit organization that funds small projects enriching mankind’s understanding of the aquatic environment and encouraging sensitivity to and protection of the delicate ecological balance of underwater life.  Proposals with budgets up to $20,000 will be considered, but the average award will vary between $5,000 and $10,000.  Proposals are generally due in late January.  For more information visit http://www.padifoundation.org/
Point Foundation Scholarships
The Point Foundation is the nation’s largest scholarship granting agency for students in LGBTQ community. By identifying and supporting these scholars, Point hopes to provide a greater level of acceptance, respect and tolerance within future generations for all persons, regardless of sexual orientation, gender expression or gender identity. Award amounts vary based on need.  Applications open up early November, are due late January, and are available at www.thepointfoundation.org
Society for the Study of Evolution
The Thomas Henry Huxley  Award recognizes and promotes the development of high quality evolution education resources by early and mid-career scientists. Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows are encouraged to apply. The maximum award amount is $1000. Typically the  SSE accepts applications for the Huxley award from the beginning of January 1 through early April. For more information visit the awards site on the SSE website at http://www.evolutionsociety.org/
Tinker Summer Field Research Grants
KU’s Center of Latin American Studies and the Tinker Foundation sponsor a graduate student competition for summer field research in Latin America, the Caribbean, or the Iberian Peninsula. Awards can only be used to cover airfare, in-country transportation and minor subsistence expenses. Provided that grant applications for renewal are successful, students must meet the February 15 submission deadline for summer travel through 2017. For details contact Brent Metz (bmetz@ku.edu; 785-864-1126), Center of Latin American Studies or visit  http://latamst.drupal.ku.edu/graduate-funding
 

FEBRUARY APPLICATIONS and  DEADLINES


American Institute for Indonesian Studies
The American Institute for Indonesian Studies(AIFIS) fosters scholarly exchange between Indonesia and the U.S. The Mohamed bin Zayed Conservation Funds grant accepts applications from researchers directly involved with species conservation of all kinds of plants, animals, and fungi. In particular the conservation funds provides support for individual species conservation initiatives, recognize leaders in the field of species conservation, and elevate the importance of species in the conservation debate. The Funds provides a maximum of $25,000 per project. Applications are due the end of February, the end of June, and the end of October for responses by respectively late April, mid-September, and the end of 2016. For more information visit the AIFIS website at http://aifis.org/ and specifically the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund site.
American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) Research Grants
Seed research grants are available for students intending to do field-based research, as well as use the AMNH collections. Grants are available from four funds each having specific restrictions.  Frank M. Chapman Grants support and foster research in avian evolutionary biology (due November 15).  Lerner-Gray Grants for Marine Research support marine zoology (due March 15) . Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Grants support research in North American fauna in any area of wildlife conservation or natural history (due February 15).  Collection Study Grants provide travel support and subsistence for students on short-term AMNH visits (due May 1) . For details and due dates visit http://www.amnh.org/our-research/richard-gilder-graduate-school/academics-and-research/fellowship-and-grant-opportunities/research-grants-and-student-exchange-fellowships
Bill Spaniol Memorial Scholarship
This $500 scholarship is awarded by the Kansas Environmental Health Association to a student who graduated from a Kansas high school who is pursuing a degree in environmental science or a related area.  Applications are due by the end of February.  To apply visit http://www.keha.us/scholarships.htm
Center for East Asian Studies Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships
KU’s Center for East Asian Studies (http://ceas.ku.edu/) invites qualified graduate students to apply for FLAS fellowships for summer and/or for academic year study.  Fellowships are given for the study of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, or Uyghur.  Summer awards provide a $2,500 stipend plus up to $5,000 for payment of tuition.  Academic year awards provide a $15,000 stipend and full payment of tuition.  Applications are due mid-February.  For more information visit http://www2.ed.gov/programs/iegpsflasf/index.html.
Epsilon Sigma Alpha (ESA) Foundation Scholarships
The ESA Foundation is a philanthropic, non-profit, tax exempt organization that offers a variety of small scholarships funded by endowments.  View the ESA website for a complete listing including eligibility requirements: http://www.epsilonsigmaalpha.org/scholarships-and-grants/scholarships. Applications are generally available in October and due by early February.
Friday Harbor Laboratories Fellowships
Fellowship support is available for qualified applicants to conduct independent marine science research at the University of Washington Friday Harbor Laboratories.  Generally applications for the various fellowships are due February 1st.  For details visit http://depts.washington.edu/fhl/studentfellowships.html.
Garden Club of America – Awards, Fellowships, and scholarships
The GCA offers awards, fellowships and scholarships in the areas of e.g., medicinal and tropical botany, native bird habitat, conservation and ecological restoration, coastal wetlands and pollinator research. The individual programs are administered by various organizations, and awards vary from approximately $4000 to $8000. Application deadlines depend on the individual programs but commonly begin in December and continue through the middle of February. To apply visit https://www.gcamerica.org/scholarships and http://www.gcamerica.org/index.cfm/scholarships/details/id/30
J.E. Weaver Competitive Grants Program
The Nebraska Chapter of The Nature Conservancy awards $1,000 grants in support of graduate student research that enhances understanding of Great Plains ecosystems and their conservation.  Proposals funded will directly support conservation priorities in the Great Plains.  Grants are awarded based on scientific merit rather than need.  Applications are generally due early February.  For more information visit http://www.nature.org/.
Joan K. Hunt and Rachel M. Hunt Scholarship in Field Botany
This award provides financial aid ($2,000) toward a summer study of field botany in the US. The scholarship aims to promote awareness of the importance of botany to horticulture. It does not support lab work. College undergraduates and graduate students up to the Master’s degree may apply. Preference is given to undergraduates. Application for the GCA Summer Scholarship in Field Botany and the application for this scholarship are the same and will be considered together. Application deadline is Feb.1st.  To apply visit http://www.gcamerica.org/index.cfm/scholarships/details/id/29.
Kansas Academy of Science Student Research Grants
The Kansas Academy of Science (KAS) Student Research Grant Program was established to foster the scientific research endeavors of student members or of students whose major adviser is a member of the KAS.  Research funds may be used to support investigation in any scientific field and in any locality. Up to four research grants with a maximum value of $1,500 are awarded to graduate students each year.  Application deadline is February 1.  For more information visit http://www.kansasacademyscience.org/research-grants.html.
Lewis and Clark Fund for Exploration and Field Research Grants
The American Philosophical Society maintains the Lewis and Clark Fund to encourage exploratory field studies for the collection of specimens and data.  Grant amounts vary depending on travel costs but ordinarily range from several hundred dollars up to $5,000. Only doctoral students are eligible to apply at http://www.amphilsoc.org/grants/lewisandclark. The annual application deadline is in early February.
Madison and Lila Self Graduate Fellowship
The mission of the University of Kansas Madison and Lila Self Graduate Fellowship is to identify, recruit, and provide development opportunities for exceptional Ph.D. students in the sciences, engineering, and economics who demonstrate the promise to make significant contributions to their fields of study and society as a whole.  Self Fellows for 2017-2018 will receive annual support of $30,500 for four years.  Additionally, the fellowship provides full sponsorship of tuition and fees.  First-year doctoral aspirants and doctoral applicants are eligible for nomination.  To be considered for nomination, contact EEB’s graduate coordinator, Aagje Ashe (2041 Haworth, 864-2362, a4ashe@ku.edu). Nominations are due in the Self office by early February. For more information about the fellowship visit http://selfgraduate.ku.edu/.
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Higher Education Research Experiences & Advanced Short –Term Research Opportunity
ORNL, located in Oak Ridge, TN, is a multi-program science and technology laboratory for the U.S. Department of Energy.  ORNL pioneers the development of energy sources, technologies, and materials and advancement in biological, chemical, computational, engineering, environmental, physical, and social sciences.  Current graduate students have the option to participate in long or short-term research opportunities.  Those selected receive a weekly/monthly stipend, travel reimbursement, and a housing allowance.  Applications are due February 1st for summer study, June 1st for fall study, and October 1st for spring study.  More information is available at http://www.orau.org/ornl/graduate-students/default.htm.
Rocky Mountain Nature Association Research Fellowship
Each year the Rocky Mountain Conservancy and Rocky Mountain National Park co-sponsor a research fellowship opportunity for one graduate student to spend three to four months conducting research in Rocky Mountain National Park.  The association invites a broad range of research proposals, ranging from wildlife management, to archeology and historic structures preservation, as well as topics in botany, zoology, geology, history, ecology and ornithology.  The award consists of an $8,000 stipend, park housing, and up to $3,000 for expenses related to research and program fulfillment.  Applications are due February 1st.  For details visit http://rmconservancy.org/learn-us/rmnp-research-fellowship/.
Society for the Study of Evolution
The Rosemary Grant Graduate Student Research Awards assist students in the early stages of their PhD (first two years) program with the collection of data or to enhance the scope of their research beyond the current funding limits. Awards range from $1500 - $2000. To be considered for the award applications must be received by February 1. For more information visit the awards site on the SSE website at http://www.evolutionsociety.org/
University of Kansas Women’s Club Scholarship
KU’s Women’s Club awards scholarships to assist meritorious women students who receive financial aid.  Awards range from $1,250 to $2,500 for the academic year.  Applications are generally due in early February.  Visit http://uwcku.blogspot.com/p/documents.html or the "Featured Scholarship" section on the Office of Financial Aid at the University of Kansas website(http://privateschol.dept.ku.edu/Final_Table.php) for more information.
West African Research Association (WARA)Fellowships
US students enrolled in graduate programs at American universities are invited to apply for the WARA Predoctoral Fellowship, Postdoctoral Fellowship, or Diaspora Graduate Internship to conduct research in West Africa during the summer for a 2 to 3 month period in order to prepare a doctoral research proposal, complete or enhance projects, or improve teaching effectiveness and broaden course offerings . The applicant should be conversant in an African language spoken in the area where the research is conducted. Read the individual announcements to learn which students will be given priority. Each fellowship will provide round trip travel to a West African country and a stipend of up to $3,500.  Applications will be available the November 1, the deadline for submitting applications is February 1.  Visit http://www.bu.edu/wara/fellowship/ for more information.

MARCH APPLICATIONS and  DEADLINES


American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) Research Grants
Seed research grants are available for students intending to do field-based research, as well as use the AMNH collections. Grants are available from four funds each having specific restrictions.  Frank M. Chapman Grants support and foster research in avian evolutionary biology.  Lerner-Gray Grants for Marine Research support marine zoology (due March 15).  Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Grants support research in North American fauna in any area of wildlife conservation or natural history.  Collection Study Grants provide travel support and subsistence for students on short-term AMNH visits.  For details and due dates visit http://www.amnh.org/our-research/richard-gilder-graduate-school/academics-and-research/fellowship-and-grant-opportunities/research-grants-and-student-exchange-fellowships
Botanical Society Graduate Student Research Awards
The Botanical Society of America provides small financial awards of typically less than $1,000 to graduate students to promote research in botanical sciences.  Applications are generally due mid-March, applications for travel awards are due the middle of April.  For application details visit http://www.botany.org/.
Mary A. Bancroft Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded by the Kansas Native Plant Society and provides a $1,000 stipend to support research on native plant species or their ecosystems and conservation.  Proposals are due March 15th.  Application materials can be found at http://www.kansasnativeplantsociety.org/awards.php
Brown and Caldwell Scholarships for Minority Students
Brown and Caldwell offers $5000 scholarships to support minority students who are interested in pursuing a career in the environmental profession.  Applications are made available in the spring of each year at http://www.brownandcaldwell.com/Scholarships.asp?id=1.
Hispanic Scholarships Fund
HSP offers General College Scholarships (GCS) for graduate students of Hispanic heritage and Gates Millenial Scholarships (GMS) for graduate students from underrepresented backgrounds.  Applicants must be U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens.  Award amounts for GMS are need based and for GCS can range from $500 to $5,000.  Applications for GMS are due mid-January and for GCS late March. Visit https://hsf.net/ for more information.
Ida H. Hyde Scholarship Fund
KU’s Undergraduate Biology program offers the Ida H. Hyde Scholarship for women in science to study in a non-KU research laboratory.  These awards range from $500 to $3,000.  Applications dates may vary but are generally accepted twice a year, oncein the fall and once in the spring.  For more information, contact Angela Gere (2045 Haworth; 864-5885; AGere@ku.edu) or Jennifer Weghorst (2045 Haworth; 864-5883; weghorst@ku.edu) or visit https://kuub.ku.edu/springsummer-award-and-scholarship-application.
National Garden Clubs Inc. College Scholarships
The National Garden Clubs scholarship program offers financial aid to students majoring in fields of study related to horticulture and the environment.  Graduate students at the master’s level are eligible to apply.  Annual scholarships are $3,500.  Applications are due March 1st.  For details visit http://www.gardenclub.org/scholarships/.
Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research
Sigma Xi, a scientific research society, awards student grants of up to $1,000 to fund travel to a research site or to purchase non-standard laboratory equipment.  Non Sigma Xi members are eligible to submit an application.  Applications are accepted March 15 and October 15 annually.  Visit https://www.sigmaxi.org/programs/grants-in-aid  for details.
Society of Systematic Biologists (SSB) Graduate Student Research Awards
The SSB offers awards to assist students in the initiation (first two years) of their systematics projects and in the collection of preliminary data to pursue additional sources of support (e.g. NSF DDIG) or to enhance dissertation research (e.g. by visiting additional field collection sites or museums). Awards range between $1,200 and $2,000.  Applications are generally due by the end of March. For more information visit http://systbio.org/ ?q=node/22
Summer Institute in Statistical Genetics
Each July the Department of Biostatistics, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, offers courses in statistics and genetics, including population genetics, quantitative genetics, gene expression analysis, molecular phylogenetics, and genomics.  Scholarship applications for registration (tuition) and travel are due the end of March.  For more information: https://www.biostat.washington.edu/suminst/sisg/scholarships
Univ. of Kansas International Programs Graduate Direct Exchange
Graduate students enrolled at KU may choose to study at a French or German partner university while an European student attends the University of Kansas. Applicants must be degree-seeking KU students, in good academic standing. Direct Exchange Scholars receive tuition and modest monthly stipends for room, board, and incidental expenses from the partner institutions. The application deadline is the middle of March. For more info see the International Programs website at http://international.ku.edu/gdx

APRIL APPLICATIONS and  DEADLINES


Alpha Omicron Pi – Jessie Marie Cramer Scholarship 
This scholarship is available to female graduate students who have demonstrated financial need as determined by the FAFSA.  Award amounts vary.   The application is due April 1st and can be accessed here:  http://www2.ku.edu/~affordability/cgi-bin/assets/files/13AY%20Alpha%20Omicron%20PI%20Cramer.pdf.
American Indian Education Foundation (AIEF) Graduate Scholarship
The AIEF offers competitive scholarships to eligible Native American, Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian students pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree.  Awards are between $1,000 and $2,000 depending on the level of enrollment.  Applications are due early April.  For more information visit http://www.nrcprograms.org/site/PageServer?pagename=aief_index.
Ernst Mayr Travel Grants in Animal Systematics
The Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ) at Harvard University periodically awards travel grants for research in animal systematics.  The principle objective of these grants is to stimulate taxonomic work on neglected taxa typically by funding museum visits, particularly to the MCZ.  Awards average $1,000 and may not exceed $1,500.  Proposals are reviewed twice a year:  October 15th and April 1st.  For more information visit http://www.mcz.harvard.edu/grants_and_funding/ernst-mayr-travel.html.
Fulbright-Hays Grants for Doctoral Dissertation Research
Fulbright-Hays Training Grants provide fellowships for advanced graduate students for six to twelve months of dissertation research outside the US.  The award covers travel expenses, living expenses and dependents allowance, health insurance, and research costs. Applications are generally due the end of April.  For further information and application materials visit Office of International Programs (http://international.ku.edu/scholarships).  300 Strong Hall, (785) 864-6161.
Summer Institute in Statistical Genetics
Each July the Department of Biostatistics, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, offers courses in statistics and genetics, including population genetics, quantitative genetics, gene expression analysis, molecular phylogenetics, and genomics.  Scholarship applications for registration (tuition) and travel are due the end of March.  For more information: https://www.biostat.washington.edu/suminst/sisg/scholarships
University of Kansas Field Station (KUFS) Small Grants Program
KUFS, a unit of the Kansas Biological Survey, generally has limited funds available for small grants ($300 - $500) to encourage undergraduate and graduate student research at the KUFS.  KUFS manages 1376 hectares (3400 acres) of land located north-east of Lawrence.  The site includes diverse habitats and specialized research facilities.  KUFS has three field-staff members to assist with research and project implementation.  Applications are generally due the middle of April.  Visit https://biosurvey.ku.edu/small-grants-program-and-application or contact Brandy Hildreth Baransky for more details on how to apply.

MAY APPLICATIONS and  DEADLINES


American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) Scholarships
AISES offers a variety of scholarships to members of American Indian tribes, Alaskan Natives, and Native Hawaiians.  Award amounts range from $2,000 to $10,000.  Applications are due early May annually and are available at http://www.aises.org.
American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) Research Grants
Seed research grants are available for students intending to do field-based research, as well as use the AMNH collections. Grants are available from four funds each having specific restrictions.  Frank M. Chapman Grants support and foster research in avian evolutionary biology.  Lerner-Gray Grants for Marine Research support marine zoology.  Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Grants support research in North American fauna in any area of wildlife conservation or natural history.  Collection Study Grants provide travel support and subsistence for students on short-term AMNH visits (due May 1).  For details and due dates visit http://www.amnh.org/our-research/richard-gilder-graduate-school/academics-and-research/fellowship-and-grant-opportunities/research-grants-and-student-exchange-fellowships
Harriett G. Jenkins Predoctoral Fellowship Project
The Harriett G. Jenkins Predoctoral Fellowship Project provides financial support to graduate students from underrepresented populations who wish to study in NASA-related disciplines.  In addition to annual tuition offsets up to $8,500, fellows receive an annual stipend of $24,000 for doctoral students and $18,000 for master’s students.  Fellowship tenure is three years.  Fellows may participate in a 10-week, hands-on research experience at a NASA Center or the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). Applications are due early May. For more information visit http://www.uncfsp.org/cms/index.cfm?page=program.view&areaid=12&contenid=884 and specifically http://www.uncfsp.org/cms/index.cfm?page=program.view&areaid=12&contentid=893&typeid=jpfp.

JUNE APPLICATIONS and  DEADLINES


Association on American Indian Affairs (AAIA) Scholarships
AAIA offers a variety of scholarships for students who can demonstrate at least ¼ American Indian blood.  The maximum award amount is $1,500, and applications are generally due in early June. For details visit http://www.indian-affairs.org/.
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Higher Education Research Experiences & Advanced Short –Term Research Opportunity
ORNL, located in Oak Ridge, TN, is a multi-program science and technology laboratory for the U.S. Department of Energy.  ORNL pioneers the development of energy sources, technologies, and materials and advancement in biological, chemical, computational, engineering, environmental, physical, and social sciences.  Current graduate students have the option to participate in long or short-term research opportunities.  Those selected receive a weekly/monthly stipend, travel reimbursement, and a housing allowance.  Applications are due February 1st for summer study, June 1st for fall study, and October 1st for spring study.  More information is available at http://www.orau.org/ornl/graduate-students/default.htm.

JULY APPLICATIONS and  DEADLINES


Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program
The Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program of the National Academies is designed to engage its fellows in the analytical process that informs U.S. science and technology policy.  Fellows participate in a 12-week session in Washington D.C. and develop basic skills essential to working or participating in science policy at the federal, state, or local level.  A stipend of $8,500 will be provided for the 12-week session to offset expenses.  Graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and those who have completed graduate studies or postdoctoral research in any social/behavioral science, medical/health discipline, physical or biological science, any field of engineering, law/business/public administration or any relevant interdisciplinary field within the last five years are eligible to apply.  Applications are available July 1 and due early September. Visit www.national-academies.org/policyfellows to apply.

AUGUST APPLICATIONS and  DEADLINES


American Association of University Women (AAUW) Career Development Grants
The AAUW offers Career Development Grants to women who hold a bachelor's degree and are preparing to advance or change careers or to re-enter the work force. Special consideration is given to women of color and to women pursuing their first advanced degree or credentials in nontraditional fields.  Funds are available for tuition, fees, books, supplies, local transportation, and dependent care.  Funds are not available for PhD-level work.  Visit http://www.aauw.org/what-we-do/educational-funding-and-awards/career-development-grants/ for more information on award amounts. Applications are open from August 1 – December 15.
American Institute for Indonesian Studies (AIFIS)
AIFIS offers an annual fellowship program that provides funds for short-term research in Indonesia and the United States.  Fellowships range between $5000-6000 for research periods of six weeks and longer. The fellowship program opens each year around September or October. Visit http://aifis.org/fellowships/ for more info or email your questions to aifisfellowships@gmail.com.
Environmental Protection Agency P3 – competition for sustainability
EPA's P3 – People, Prosperity, and the Planet—Program is a unique college competition for designing solutions for a sustainable future.  The competition is limited to interdisciplinary teams from US universities and colleges and has two phases. For the first phase of the competition, teams are awarded a $15,000 grant to develop their idea. They bring the design in April to the National Sustainable Design Expo to compete for the P3 Award and a grant of $75,000. Request for applications opens in August/September. For more information visit http://www.epa.gov/ncer/p3/.
Fulbright Grants for Graduate Study and Research Abroad
The Fulbright Program was created by the U.S. Congress in 1946 to foster mutual understanding among nations through education and cultural exchanges. Full grants provide round-trip travel, maintenance, a research allowance and tuition waiver, if applicable. Travel grants (to selected countries) provide round-trip travel to the country where the student will pursue study or research. Travel grants are intended to supplement maintenance awards from other sources or the applicant's personal funds. All grants include health and accident insurance. Applicants must be sufficiently proficient in the written and spoken language of the host country to communicate with the people and to carry out the proposed study. Applications are generally due in September. Students currently enrolled at the University of Kansas should contact the Office of International Programs (http://www.international.ku.edu/fulbright), 300 Strong Hall, {(785) 864-6161}, for further information and application materials, or visit https://apply.embark.com/student/fulbright/usa/28/default.asp.
Graduate Studies Doctoral Student Research Fund
KU’s Office of Graduate Studies maintains the Doctoral Student Research Fund to support students who need assistance to carry out research that advances progress toward the degree.  Funding may be requested to cover supplies, materials, equipment, or research-related travel expenses.  KU students are eligible for two awards:  Doctoral aspirants may receive awards up to $1,500, and doctoral candidates are eligible for awards up to $2,000.  Graduate Studies will notify the EEB department of the application dates early in the fall and spring semesters.  For more information visit http://www.graduate.ku.edu/internal-funding and http://www.graduate.ku.edu/doctoral-student-research-fund-application or email graduate@ku.edu.
National Academy of Education /Spencer Dissertation Fellowship Program
The Dissertation Fellowship Program seeks to encourage a new generation of scholars from a wide range of disciplines and professional fields to undertake research relevant to the improvement of education. These $25,000 fellowships support individuals whose dissertations show potential for bringing fresh and constructive perspectives to the history, theory, or practice of formal or informal education anywhere in the world. Applications are due early October. For more info visit http://www.naeducation.org/NAED_080200.htm.

SEPTEMBER APPLICATIONS and  DEADLINES


Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program
The Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program of the National Academies is designed to engage its fellows in the analytical process that informs U.S. science and technology policy. Fellows participate in a 12-week session in Washington D.C. and develop basic skills essential to working or participating in science policy at the federal, state, or local level. A stipend of $8,500 will be provided for the 12-week session to offset expenses. Graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and those who have completed graduate studies or postdoctoral research in any social/behavioral science, medical/health discipline, physical or biological science, any field of engineering, law/business/public administration or any relevant interdisciplinary field within the last five years are eligible to apply. Applications are available July 1 and due early September. Visit www.national-academies.org/policyfellows to apply.
Michigan Society of Fellows, Postdoctoral Fellowships
Each year the Society of Fellows at the University of Michigan selects eight outstanding applicants for appointment to three-year fellowships in the social, physical, and life sciences, the humanities, and in the professional schools.  Fellows are appointed as assistant professors or research scientists and spend the equivalent of one academic year teaching; the balance of their time is devoted to independent research or artistic projects.  Candidates should be near the beginning of their professional careers and not more than three years beyond completion of their degrees. PhD degree or comparable professional or artistic degree must be received prior to appointment.  Applications are due the end of September. See http://societyoffellows.umich.edu/ for details.
Univ. of Kansas International Programs China Direct Exchange
KU’s China Direct Exchange is a partnership with Nanjing University and Nankai University. Under the agreement a student from the University of Kansas studies at one of the two Chinese universities while a student from the Chinese universities attends KU. Applicants must be degree-seeking KU students, in good academic standing with at least two years of college-level Chinese or its equivalent. Students receive a tuition waiver and a stipend for room and board from the host university. The application deadline is the end of September. For more info see the Study Abroad website at http://international.ku.edu/cdx

OCTOBER APPLICATIONS and DEADLINES


Ernst Mayr Travel Grants in Animal Systematics

The Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ) at Harvard University periodically awards travel grants for research in animal systematics.  The principle objective of these grants is to stimulate taxonomic work on neglected taxa typically by funding museum visits, particularly to the MCZ.  Awards average $1,000 and may not exceed $1,500.  Proposals are reviewed twice a year:  October 15th and April 1st.  For more information visit http://www.mcz.harvard.edu/grants_and_funding/ernst-mayr-travel.html.
Explorers Club Student Grants
The Explorers Club awards grants in support of exploration and field research for those starting their research careers.  Awards typically range $500 - $2,500 although a few awards may be granted at the $5,000 level.  Applications are due October 10. To apply visit http://www.explorers.org/index.php/expeditions/funding/expedition_grants.
Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowships
The Foundation supports graduate students working towards the Ph.D. degree in the applied physical, biological and engineering sciences. The Foundation's efforts complement the applied physical sciences portion of the NSF's graduate fellowship program. Fellowship awards vary from $32,000 to $38,000 with full tuition, renewable for up to 5 years. Awards of $6000 are available to complement 3yr fellowships from other sources. Fellowships applications are available mid-August, the deadline for submission is late October. For more info visit http://www.hertzfoundation.org/.
Ida H. Hyde Scholarship Fund
KU’s Undergraduate Biology program offers the Ida H. Hyde Scholarship for women in science to study in a non-KU research laboratory. These awards range from $500 to $3,000. A call for applications goes out twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring. For more information, contact Angela Gere (2045 Haworth; 864-5885; AGere@ku.edu) or Trevor Rivers (2045 Haworth; trivers@ku.edu) or access https://kuub.ku.edu/biology-fall-award-and-scholarship-application to submit an application.
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) provides three years of support for graduate study leading to research-based masters or doctoral degrees and is intended for students who are in the early stages of their graduate study.  The current stipend for NSF Graduate Research Fellows is $34,000 per academic year plus an annual $12,000 education allowance to cover tuition and fees.  Applications are due the end of October. For more information on applying visit http://nsfgrfp.org/. Click here to read about an important change in eligibility of prospective applicants to the Graduate Research Fellowship Program.
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Higher Education Research Experiences & Advanced Short –Term Research Opportunity
Higher Education Research Experiences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (HERE at ORNL) provides research opportunities and associated activities for thesis or dissertation research. The program complements academic programs by utilizing the unique resources of ORNL to enhance science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, encourage careers in science and technology, and improve scientific literacy, while at the same time contributing to the Laboratory mission. Current graduate students have the option to participate in research varying from 1 to 3 years. Those selected receive a weekly/monthly stipend, travel reimbursement, and a housing allowance.  Applications are accepted year around but follow suggested deadlines (October 1 for spring, February 1 for summer, and June 1 for fall) for a greater change to be selected. More information is available at http://www.orau.org/ornl/graduate-students/default.htm.
Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research
Sigma Xi, a scientific research society, awards student grants of up to $1,000 to fund travel to a research site or to purchase non-standard laboratory equipment.  Non Sigma Xi members are eligible to submit an application.  Applications are accepted March 15 and October 1 annually.  Visit https://www.sigmaxi.org/programs/grants-in-aid  for details.

NOVEMBER APPLICATIONS and  DEADLINES


American Association of University Women (AAUW) American Fellowships
The American Fellowships support women scholars who are completing dissertations, planning research leave from accredited institutions, or preparing research for publication. The AAUW offers Dissertation and Postdoctoral Fellowships in the amount of $20,000 – $30,000 as well as short-term research grants for up to $6000.00.  Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Applications are accepted from August 1 - November 15. Visit http://www.aauw.org/what-we-do/educational-funding-and-awards/american-fellowships/ for details.
American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) Postdoctoral Fellowships
The Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program at the AMNH provides training to postdocs to carry out a specific project within a limited time period.  The project must fit into the in the Museum’s areas of interest.  Postdoctoral fellows are hired as full time employees of the AMNH, typically for up to two years, and are expected to be in residence at the Museum.  Applications are due November 15.  Details may be found here: http://www.amnh.org/our-research/richard-gilder-graduate-school/academics-and-research/fellowship-and-grant-opportunities/postdoctoral-fellowships
American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) Funding
ASF offers fellowships (up to $23,000) and grants (normally $5,000) to U.S. citizens or permanent residents to pursue research or study in one or more Scandinavian country for up to one year.  Candidates must exhibit some fluency in the language of the host country.  The application deadline November 1.  For more information about these opportunities, visit http://www.amscan.org/fellowships_grants.html.
Ford Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellowships
The Ford Foundation seeks to increase the number of underrepresented groups on the nation's College and university faculties through its Ford Foundation and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Fellowship program. The Foundation offers 20 postdoctoral fellowships to high--achieving scholars who plan to teach and conduct research at the college or university level.   Successful applicants will receive a $45,000 stipend plus a $1,500 employing institutional allowance. Applications are available in September and due in early November. For more details visit http://sites.nationalacademies.org/pga/FordFellowships/PGA_047960
Future Conservationist Awards
The Conservation Leadership Programme (CLP) is a partnership of three organizations working to promote the development of future biodiversity conservation leaders. Preference is given to students from developing countries.  CLP offers Future Conservationist Awards (FCA) of up to $12,500 to high potential teams who aim to develop their skills through practical conservation projects. FCA awardees are eligible to apply for follow-up awards of up to $20,000 and $40,000.  Applications are due the end of November. For more information visit http://www.conservationleadershipprogramme.org.
National Research Council Postdoctoral Research Associateship Programs
The National Research Council of the National Academies offers graduate post-doctoral research associateships as well as Ford Foundation pre-doctoral, dissertation, and postdoctoral fellowship opportunities. Goal of the Ford Foundation is to increase the nation’s ethnic and racial diversity Stipends vary from $20,000 to $40,000.  Applications are reviewed four times annually with respective deadlines of February 1, May 1, August 1, and November 1. Ford Foundation applications are available in September and are due in November. Visit http://sites.nationalacademies.org/pga/rap/ for details.
NSF East Asia-Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI)
The  EAPSI program introduces U.S. graduate students in science, engineering, and education to research experiences, science policy, and science infrastructure in East Asia and the Pacific region. EAPSI awards help students initiate scientific relationships and promote future collaboration as well as introduce them to the society, culture and language. Selected students participate in research experiences at host labs in Australia, China, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, Singapore, or Taiwan.  Institutes last from 8 to 10 weeks over the summer months.  Awardees receive a $5,000 stipend, international airfare to the host location, and living expenses.  Applications are due the second Thursday in November.  For details visit http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5284&org=NSF.
West African Research Association (WARA)Fellowships

US students enrolled in graduate programs at American universities are invited to apply for the WARA Predoctoral Fellowship, Postdoctoral Fellowship, or Diaspora Graduate Internship to conduct research in West Africa during the summer for a 2 to 3 month period in order to prepare a doctoral research proposal, complete or enhance projects, or improve teaching effectiveness and broaden course offerings . The applicant should be conversant in an African language spoken in the area where the research is conducted. Read the individual announcements to learn which students will be given priority. Each fellowship will provide round trip travel to a West African country and a stipend of up to $3,500.  Applications will be available the November 1, the deadline for submitting applications is February 1.  Visit http://www.bu.edu/wara/fellowship/ for more information.


DECEMBER  APPLICATIONS and  DEADLINES


Garden Club of America – Awards, Fellowships, and scholarships
The GCA offers awards, fellowships and scholarships in the areas of e.g., medicinal and tropical botany, native bird habitat, conservation and ecological restoration, coastal wetlands and pollinator research. The individual programs are administered by various organizations, and awards vary from approximately $4000 to $8000. Application deadlines depend on the individual programs but commonly begin in December and end in February. To apply visit https://www.gcamerica.org/scholarships and http://www.gcamerica.org/index.cfm/scholarships/details/id/30
Garden Club of America – Fellowship in Ecological Restoration
This award supports specialized graduate study and research in ecological restoration and aims to increase the number of scientists actively working in the field.  Graduate students from any accredited American university are eligible to apply for the $8,000 annual award. The application deadline is December 31.  For more information visit https://www.gcamerica.org/scholarships and http://www.gcamerica.org/index.cfm/scholarships/details/id/13
National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship
The NDSEG Fellowship is a highly competitive, portable fellowship that is awarded to U.S. citizens and nationals who intend to pursue graduate study in supported disciplines, including biosciences. NDSEG Fellowships last for three years and pay for full tuition plus mandatory fees, a monthly stipend, and up to $1,000 a year in medical insurance.  Students receive a $30,500 stipend the first year of study, $31,000 for the second year, and $31,500 for the third year. NDSEG Fellows do not incur any military or other service obligation.  Applications are due early to mid-December. Visit www.asee.org/ndseg for more info.
Prairie Biotic Research (PBR) Small Grants
PBR Grants support the study of any U.S. prairie or savanna species with awards of up to $1,000. For details visit http://prairiebioticresearch.org/. Proposals are due the middle of December.
SMART Scholarship for Service Program (Department of Defense – DoD)
The DoD established the Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program to support undergrad and grad students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. SMART Scholarships provide tuition and fee sponsorship, an award ranging from $25,000 to $38,000, health insurance as well as a supplies allowance. For each year of award support the recipient commits to one year of service in civilian jobs in DoD laboratories and agencies after degree completion.  Applications are due December 1.  For more details visit http://smart.asee.org/.
Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program
Students interested in conducting research in association with Smithsonian research staff members may apply for fellowships.  Doctoral students who have not yet advanced to candidacy may apply for a graduate fellowship of $7,000 to conduct research for a ten-week period. Doctoral candidates may apply for pre-doctoral fellowships of $32,700 to conduct research for periods of three to twelve months. Postdoctoral fellowships of $48,000/yr are available to scholars who wish to conduct research in residence for three to twelve months.  Applications are due on December 1st annually.  For more information visit http://www.smithsonianofi.com/fellowship-opportunities/.
Smithsonian Biodiversity Genomics Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
The Smithsonian Institution Postdoctoral Fellowship in Biodiversity Genomics promotes collaborative research in fields involving comparative genomic approaches such as phylogenomics, population genomics, metagenomics or transcriptomics, and have a component that involves significant bioinformatics analysis. The Smithsonian’s molecular research facilities are located at the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), the National Zoological Park (NZP), Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, and at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in the Republic of Panama.  Applicants must propose to conduct research in-residence for 12 to 24 months.  Applicants must have completed their PhD or be near completion. Stipends are $48,000/yr.  Applications are due December 1st.  For more information visit http://www.smithsonianofi.com/smithsonian-biodiversity-genomics-postdoctoral-fellowship-program/

NO  APPLICATION DEADLINE


EEB Student Travel Awards
EEB graduate students are invited to submit to the department written requests for funds to assist with the costs of attending a professional meeting to make a presentation.  The maximum award typically does not exceed $350.  Students requesting departmental travel funds must concurrently apply for or have previously received travel funds from Graduate Studies. Applications for departmental travel funds should be submitted to the department chair three weeks before the meeting and must include the following:  (1) a letter or e-mail request that lists the conference name and location, dates of travel, and budget identifying other sources of funding including the Graduate Studies travel fund, (2) a brief letter or e-mail of endorsement from the student’s faculty advisor, and (3) a copy of the title and abstract of the presentation.  For more information contact Dorothy Johanning (2041 Haworth; 864-5889; jdorothy@ku.edu).
IDEA WILD Awards
IDEA WILD is a non-profit organization that provides equipment and supplies for conservation projects.  The total cost of equipment provided may not exceed $1,500.  There is no application deadline.  To apply visit http://www.ideawild.org/.
Graduate Scholarly Presentation Travel Fund
KU’s Student Senate and the Office of Graduate Studies jointly fund the Graduate Scholarly Presentation Travel Fund to provide travel awards to Lawrence campus graduate students on a first-come, first-served basis. Awards are equally divided between the fall and spring semester. Students traveling to a regional or national meeting of a learned or professional society for the purpose of presenting a paper are eligible.  These $500 awards may be received only once during a student’s graduate career at KU.  Applications must be submitted at least 30 days prior to the expected departure and must be accompanied by a copy of the paper abstract.  For more information and to apply visit http://graduate.ku.edu/graduate-scholarly-presentation-travel-fund.

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