Spring 2015: January Update

During spring 2015 we’ll provide a monthly update, including upcoming events, noteworthy deadlines, tips for searching and applying for funding or other useful information. These updates are designed to provide highlights so be sure to check other resources posted to this blog for more comprehensive information.

Goodell_ElsdenJanuary is a great time to make progress on external funding tasks. Search for spring deadlines, start or complete funding applications, or develop this year’s funding to-do list. It may seem daunting to plan a year in advance but you often need to think further ahead than you expect—developing a plan now will save you time in the long-run.

For tips on using your January time efficiently, check out our blog post from last year.

January is also a good time to plan your summer. Use Grant Forward, a searchable database, to find summer research funding or internship opportunities. GSGS maintains an institutional subscription to Grant Forward; instructions on how to create an account through this subscription can be found here.

Upcoming Events
Our first spring 2015 offering of Pizza and Proposals, a workshop to generate feedback on funding application drafts, will be held Thursday, January 29, 5-7 pm. Registration is required; for more information and the registration link see our Spring 2015 Events page.

Upcoming Major Deadlines
NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants (DDRIG) in Sociology (Feb. 15) and Biological Anthropology (March 12). Note that these applications need to be processed internally by UMass—for more information contact the Office of Grant and Contract Administration (OGCA). The process looks daunting, but don’t panic! Send a message to the OGCA general email (ogca@research.umass.edu) or our office (gsgs@grad.umass.edu) if you need help figuring out where to begin.

Guggenheim Foundation Dissertation Fellowships are due Feb. 1.

The Society for Women Engineers offer a variety of scholarships; applicants submit one application (due by Feb. 16 for grad students) and are then considered for all eligible opportunities.

ACLS Public Fellows Competition for Recent PhDs provide two years of funding with an annual stipend of $65,000. Applications are due March 17.

Many individual institutions sponsor dissertation fellowships (usually as a scholar in residence) with applications due in January and February. Search one of our suggested databases for opportunities.

Info Session on Fulbright Programs for Graduate Students

SH-Fulbright-LogoOn Tuesday, Dec. 2, the Graduate School Office of Professional Development and the Office of National Scholarship Advisement will offer an Info Session on Fulbright programs open to U.S. graduate students. The event will take place from 4:30-5:30 pm in the Goodell 5th Floor Lounge (outside room 538) and will provide information on various Fulbright programs, application information, and tips on developing a competitive application.

Participants include Professor David Mednicoff, a Fulbright scholar and Director of Middle Eastern Studies; Kathryn Julian, a PhD candidate in History and Fulbright student in Germany last year; and John Dickson of the Office of National Scholarship Advisement.

Pre-registration requested, register here.

UMass graduate students have a high rate of success with applications for Fulbright programs. Last year all eight students who applied won the award. Graduate students are eligible for several Fulbright programs, which can support up to one year of research or further study abroad.

More information on various Fulbright programs can be found here.

 

Chateaubriand Fellowships

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Chateaubriand Fellowships are offered by the French Embassy in the U.S. to support research in France. PhD students enrolled in American universities are welcome to apply.

There are two different programs (see below for details and links). Applications for both programs are due January 20, 2015. Application details vary by program–consult the website for the relevant program for specific information.

For students in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) disciplines, click here.

For students in Humanities and Social Sciences disciplines, click here.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: Grand Challenges

Gates FoundationThe Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and its Grand Challenges partners are now accepting applications for several grant programs.

Graduate students are eligible to apply; for more information on these programs please visit the grant opportunities page at www.grandchallenges.org.


1) The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has launched three new Grand Challenges:

Proposals will be accepted until January 13, 2015.

2) Grand Challenges Explorations (GCE) Round 14 is still accepting applications for the following topics:

Proposals will be accepted until November 12, 2014, at 11:30 a.m. PST.

3) In response to the ongoing Ebola epidemic, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has launched Fighting Ebola: A Grand Challenge for Development to develop practical and cost-effective innovations to improve infection treatment and control that can be rapidly deployed. Submissions received by November 7, 2014, will be part of the first round of review, and submissions received by December 1, 2014, will be part of the second round of review. Expressions of interest received after December 1, 2014, will be reviewed in subsequent rounds. 

Boren Fellowships for International Study

Boren FellowshipsBoren, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provide up to $30,000 for international language learning. Graduate students receive funding to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.

In exchange for fellowship funding, all Boren Fellows must agree to the NSEP Service Requirement.

Applicants seeking funding to learn an African language may also apply for funding under the African Flagship Languages Initiative.

The 2015-16 Boren Fellowship application deadline is January 27, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. EST.

For more information, see the Boren Fellowships website.

 

Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship

DOE NNSAThe Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship is open to any U.S. citizen or permanent resident planning full-time, uninterrupted study toward a doctoral degree at an accredited U.S. university.

Those eligible to apply include senior undergraduate students and first- and second-year graduate students focusing their studies on high energy density physics, nuclear science, or properties of materials under extreme conditions and hydrodynamics. The fellowship offers a $36,000 annual stipend (renewable up to four years), a small research allowance, and a research practicum.

Applications are due January 14, 2015. For more information see their website.

Funding Opportunities from the Social Science Research Council

ssrc_logoThe Social Science Research Council  (SSRC) offers a variety of grants and fellowships to graduate students. Opportunities include:

— Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowships (applications due Oct. 15th)
— International Dissertation Research Fellowships (applications due Oct. 15th)
— Mellon Mays Graduate Initiatives Program (open only to those who were Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows; applications due Nov. 1st)
— Multiple geographically-specific dissertation fellowships (deadlines vary, most are Dec. 1st)

All SSRC graduate and postdoctoral funding opportunities are listed here.

Searching for Funding as a non-US Citizen

globeMany grants and fellowships state that only US citizens or permanent residents are eligible to apply, which makes searching for funding as a non-citizen challenging.

We’ve located a few resources to help make that search easier. The Cornell University Graduate School Fellowship Database  includes “citizenship” as a search filter.

Educators for Fair Consideration publishes a list of Graduate Scholarships and Fellowships that don’t require proof of citizenship or residency.

Finally, UCLA’s Graduate & Postdoctoral Extramural Support Database allows you to exclude opportunities open only to US citizens from your search results.

If you’re still having trouble locating funding opportunities, schedule a consultation appointment with our office–look for the “Book Now” button.

Smithsonian Fellowships

STRIlogoThe Smithsonian Institution offers a variety of fellowships, many of which are available to grad students or as postdocs to recent PhD recipients. A full list of fellowships is available here.

Short-term research opportunities are available through the Smithsonian’s Tropical Research Institute in Panama. Application materials are available here.

Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research

sigmaxigiarlogoThe Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research (GIAR) program has been providing graduate students with valuable educational experiences for more than 80 years. By encouraging close working relationships between students and faculty, the program promotes scientific excellence and achievement through hands-on learning.

Award: Up to $1000 for travel to/from a research site or for specialized equipment. Several awards are granted.

Eligibility: Graduate students (MA or PhD) at U.S. institutions. Membership in Sigma Xi is  not a requirement for applying for funding from the Grants-in-Aid of Research program, but approximately 75% of funds are restricted for use by dues paying student members of Sigma Xi or students whose project advisor is a dues paying member of Sigma Xi. Students from any country are eligible to receive funding.

Deadline: October 15  and April 15 annually

For more information visit the Sigma Xi GIAR webpage.

 

 

Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans

SorosDr. Craig Harwood, the Director of the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans, will be giving a workshop at UMass-Amherst on Wednesday, September 17. The workshop will take place at the Commonwealth Honors College (CHC), Events Hall-East, from 12-1 pm. Lunch will be provided.

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship provides up to $90,000 in tuition support and maintenance grants over the course of two years. Established by Paul and Daisy Soros, Hungarian immigrants and American philanthropists, the fellowship supports the graduate education of 30 New Americans (children of naturalized citizen parents; or if born abroad, permanent residents or naturalized citizens) each year. New Americans pursuing or intending to pursue a graduate degree in any field of study, in a degree program in the U.S., are eligible to apply.

Applications are due November 1. More information is available on the Fellowship website.

 

September Funding Deadlines

fall-leafThe Alexander von Humboldt Foundation offers a fellowship for work in Germany. The award provides a monthly stipend, mentoring, and other support during your stay. Applications are due September 15, 2014. For more information visit their website.

The Coordinating Council on Women in History (CCWH) offers several grants and fellowships for female graduate students. Information on each funding opportunity is available on the Awards page of the CCWH website. Applications are due September 15, 2014. Note: Students may apply for only one CCWH funding opportunity each year.

The Women Chemists Committee (WCS) of the American Chemical Society, in partnership with Eli Lilly and Company, offers funds for travel to present research results at a meeting or conference within the U.S. Apply by September 15, 2014, for conferences taking place  January 1-June 30, 2015. For more information visit their website.