Albert Newman Fellowship for Visually-Impaired Students

This fellowship is award to graduate students with substantial visual impairment. Basic aspects are these:

  • Applicants must be substantially visually impaired (documented by the Disabled Students Program, located in 260 Cesar Chavez Student Center, voice 642-0518, TTY 652-6376, fax 643-9686.)
  • Award will be based on scholastic achievement.
  • Applicants must be registered for the term in which they receive the award.

Completed application and supporting documents should be submitted to the Graduate Services: Fellowships Office, 318 Sproul Hall #5900, Berkeley, CA 94720-5900. Applications are available from the Graduate Division website (PDF). The deadline for applying is April 15, 2011. Submit your completed application with transcript to Graduate Services: Fellowships Office, 318 Sproul Hall #5900, Berkeley, CA 94720-5900. Applicants will be notified of decisions by mail in late May or June 2011.

Summer Doctoral Fellows Program at Washington State University


Since its establishment in 1993, this program’s intent has been “to underscore the importance of mentoring minority ABDs for future careers in teaching, research, and service at the university level.” In 2011, this summer research opportunity runs for six weeks (dates available soon on the WSU website). WSU invites applications from doctoral candidates nearing completion of their graduate degrees at other national institutions who are also preparing for careers in higher education. Program participants receive housing and a $3,000 stipend. Application materials are due no later than April 15, 2011. More information is available from the Washington State University website.

UC MEXUS-CONACYT Doctoral Fellowships for Mexican Students

Provides up to five years of funding for Mexican students doing their doctoral studies at one of the ten University of California campuses. Students may pursue doctoral studies in most of the academic disciplines, with the exception of the arts. Provides full non-resident tuition, fees, a stipend, and support towards health insurance. The application deadline is April 15, 2011. See the UC MEXUS website for more information.

Guru Gobind Singh Fellowship

This fellowship is intended for graduates of universities in specific areas of India and Pakistan who are currently pursuing a graduate degree at the University of California. To be eligible, a student must also be committed to returning to his or her country of origin after receiving the graduate degree and must not have engaged previously in graduate study at any other institution of higher learning in the United States. Students at any stage of graduate study may be nominated, but preference is given to those holding a master’s degree, and particularly those who have reached the dissertation stage and have exhausted the normal sources of financial support. The fellowship will provide $30,000 for 2010-2011. The application deadline is April 16, 2011 by 4 p.m. Application form (PDF).

Created by a bequest from the late Karam Singh Maughn, the fellowship is named for Guru Gobind Singh (1666 – 1708), the tenth Guru of Sikhism — a leader of his faith, and a warrior, poet, and philosopher.

CIEE Ping Foundation Fellowships in Support of Study-Abroad Doctoral Research

Ping Doctoral Research Fellowships provide support for doctoral research focused on U.S. undergraduate study abroad. Funded through a small endowment, these fellowships are named after teacher and scholar Charles Ping, a tireless advocate for the internationalization of U.S. higher education. Ping served as president of Ohio University and chaired the Council on International Educational Exchange board of directors. Qualified doctoral candidates must be nominated by a department chair or another qualified person as indicated in the fellowship application packet. CIEE intends that these awards will replace some or all of a Fellow’s eight- or nine-month remuneration as a GSI or Teaching Assistant, thereby allowing him or her to make more rapid progress toward successful completion of the doctoral degree. Fellows are therefore expected to work full-time on their own dissertation research during their Fellowship year. They may not hold additional positions or employment. Other non-service financial support that is consistent with their institution’s Graduate School policies may be permitted. Ping Doctoral Research Fellowships are awarded through a highly competitive process. Full-time graduate students who are interested in these awards should read all of the online information about eligibility and the nomination process before they ask to be nominated. Nominations with all the documentation described (three complete sets) must reach the CIEE office no later than April 30, 2011.

American Institute of Indian Studies Fellowships

The American Institute of Indian Studies Fellowships is a cooperative, non-profit organization of sixty-four American colleges and universities that supports the advancement of knowledge and understanding of India, its people, and culture. Non-U.S. citizens are welcome to apply for AIIS fellowships as long as they are either graduate students or full-time faculty at a college or university in the U.S. Citizens of the U.S., however, may apply even if they are not affiliated with an institution in the U.S. Applications from those who are not affiliated with AIIS member institutions are welcome.

Applications to conduct research in India may be made in the following categories:

Junior Research Fellowships. Available to doctoral candidates at U.S. universities in all fields of study. Junior Research Fellowships are specifically designed to enable doctoral candidates to pursue their dissertation research in India. Junior Research Fellows establish formal affiliation with Indian universities and Indian research supervisors. Awards are available for up to eleven months.

Senior Research Fellowships. Available to scholars who hold a Ph.D. or its equivalent. Senior Fellowships are designed to enable scholars in all disciplines who specialize in South Asia to pursue further research in India. Senior Fellows establish formal affiliation with an Indian institution. Short-term awards are available for up to four months. Long-term awards are available for six to nine months.

Senior Scholarly/Professional Development Fellowships. Available to established scholars who have not previously specialized in Indian studies and to established professionals who have not previously worked or studied in India. Senior Scholarly/Professional Development Fellows are formally affiliated with an Indian institution. Awards may be granted for periods of six to nine months.

Senior Performing and Creative Arts Fellowships. Available to accomplished practitioners of the performing arts of India and creative artists who demonstrate that study in India would enhance their skills, develop their capabilities to teach or perform in the U.S., enhance American involvement with India’s artistic traditions, and strengthen their links with peers in India. Awards will normally be for periods of up to four months, although proposals for periods of up to nine months can be considered.

Fellowships for U.S. citizens are funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (also available to permanent residents); the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. State Department and the Council of American Overseas Research Centers under the Fulbright-Hays Act of 1961, as amended; and the Smithsonian Institution. Some fellowships for non-U.S. citizens and artists can be funded from the AIIS Rupee Endowment in India. Fellowships for six months or more may include limited coverage for dependents.

The application deadline is July 1, 2011. Applications are available from the institute’s website.

Humboldt Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers

If you are a researcher with above-average qualifications, at the beginning of your academic career, and completed your doctorate during the last four years, consider applying for a Humboldt Research Fellowship. This fellowship for postdoctoral researchers allows you to carry out a long-term research project (six to 24 months) you have selected yourself in cooperation with an academic host at a research institution in Germany. Scientists and scholars of all nationalities and disciplines may apply to the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation directly at any time. The foundation grants approximately 600 Humboldt Research Fellowships for postdoctoral researchers and experienced researchers annually. Deadline: Open. This is a continuous application opportunity. Applications are considered in the order received. More information is available on the Humboldt Foundation website.

The Humboldt Foundation is named for German naturalist and explorer Friedrich Wilhelm Heinrich Alexander Freiherr von Humboldt (1769 1859). Humboldt was one of the first to propose that the lands bordering the Atlantic Ocean, particularly South America and Africa, were once joined. His five-volume 1845 work, Kosmos attempted to unify the various branches of scientific knowledge. He is memorialized in the names of animal and plant species, geographic features (such as California’s Humboldt Bay and Nevada’s Humboldt Sink), place names (among the Humboldt County in California, Nevada, and Iowa), and a variety of universities, schools, and lectureships. Of him, Cuban scholar Jose de la Luz y Caballero said “Columbus gave Europe a New World; Humboldt made it known in its physical, material, intellectual, and moral aspects.” The Humboldt Foundation’s original endowment, created by friends and colleagues to continue Humboldt’s own support of young scholars, was lost in the German hyperinflation of the 1920s, and again as a result of World War II, but the German government later re-endowed the institution so it could make awards to young scientists and distinguished senior scientists from abroad.


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