Upcoming Graduate Funding Opportunities Published: December 15, 2010 By: Dick Cortén Listed chronologically by deadline date. Resources provided by the Graduate Services: Fellowships office AIF Clinton Fellowship for Service in India The American India Foundation provides opportunities to serve with nongovernmental organizations in India, making a lasting impact for underprivileged communities there while building a bridge between India and the United States while gaining leadership skills and on-the-ground experience. The AIF is an American nonprofit organization devoted to accelerating social and economic change in India. It sends skilled young Americans to work with NGOs in India for 10-month periods through the William J. Clinton Fellowship for Service, named for former U.S. President Bill Clinton, who serves as honorary chair of the AIF. Thirty to 40 fellows are selected each year. Further information and online application are available through the AIF website. The application deadline is January 1, 2011. Utrecht University Short-Stay Fellowship Utrecht University in the Netherlands offers short-stay fellowship grants to Ph.D. students from its North American partners, which include all 10 campuses of the University of California. During a three-month stay in Utrecht, students become familiar with UU and the wide range of research possibilities it offers to foreign Ph.D. students. The fellowship’s purpose is to tighten links and strengthen cooperation between research groups at UU and its North American partners. The application deadline for the second round of these fellowships is January 1, 2011. More information and applications are available online. Founded in 1636, the Utrecht University is now a modern, leading institute enjoying a growing international reputation. Located in Utrecht, the fourth largest city in the Netherlands, it is one of the largest universities in Europe. Its motto, incorporated into its logo, is Sol Iustitiae Illustra Nos,” which means “Sun of Justice, shine upon us.” Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE CSGF) This fellowship is for exceptional first-or second-year graduate students (as well as exceptional undergraduate seniors) planning full-time study toward a Ph.D. in the physical, engineering, computer, mathematical, or life sciences with emphasis in high performance computing. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent resident aliens. It is an exciting opportunity for doctoral students to earn up to four years of financial support along with outstanding benefits and opportunities while pursuing degrees in fields of study that utilize high performance computing technology to solve complex problems in science and engineering.(Note: this fellowship program will not fund students who propose thesis research in traditional computer science.) The DOE CSGF program pays all tuition and required fees during the appointment period, provides a $36,000 yearly stipend as well as a $5,000 first-year allowance ($1,000 every renewed year thereafter). Further details about the program are available on the program website. Apply online. The deadline for electronic final submission of the online application and all supporting materials is January 11, 2011, by 5 p.m. Central Standard Time. Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Postdoctoral Fellowships These fellowships are available to new or recent doctoral graduates in diverse areas of research, among them: applied ocean physics and engineering; biology; marine chemistry and geochemistry; geology and geophysics; physical oceanography. WHOI anticipates that it will award a fellowship to support research associated with each of its institutes, the Coastal Ocean Institute, the Deep Ocean Exploration Institute, the Ocean and Climate Change Institute, and the Ocean Life Institute. Each fellowship recipient is encouraged to pursue his or her own research interests in association with a member of the resident staff, and is provided with office and laboratory space in close proximity to the staff sponsor/advisor. The stipend is $56,000 per year for an 18-month appointment, plus a relocation allowance. Application and further information are available through the WHOI academic programs section’s web pages. Completed applications will be accepted up to January 15, 2011. A similar postdoctoral fellowship, resident at WHOI, is offered by the Cooperative Institute for the North Atlantic Region (CINAR), which is a teaming of institutions including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and a consortium of academic partners. The successful candidate will choose a research project related to CINAR and interact closely with NOAA-funded investigators and NOAA laboratories. The stipend is $56,000 per year for an 18-month appointment, plus a relocation allowance. Application and further information are available through the WHOI academic programs section’s web pages. Completed applications will be accepted up to January 15, 2011. Switzer Environmental Fellowship Program The goal of the Switzer Environmental Fellowship Program is to support highly talented graduate students whose studies are directed toward improving environmental quality and who demonstrate leadership in their field. The fellowship provides an award of $15,000 for graduate study as well as networking and leadership support to awardees and access to other Switzer grant programs and career support. The Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation specifically seeks active, enthusiastic individuals who have the ability, determination, and integrity to become environmental leaders in the 21st century. Leadership potential is a more significant factor than the specifics of a particular graduate research project, and for that reason this is not intended to be a research fellowship. Applicants for a Switzer Environmental Fellowship must: Be U.S. citizens Be enrolled in an accredited institution in California or New England Have strong academic qualifications focused on environmental improvement, regardless of the school, major, or program in which they are enrolled. Master’s degree candidates must have completed at least one semester of coursework to apply and be seeking the master’s as a terminal degree. Individuals enrolled in one-year master’s degree programs may be nominated prior to enrollment, but must be accepted into their program to be eligible for an interview. Master’s degree students planning to pursue a Ph.D. are advised to wait until they are in their Ph.D. program to apply. Applicants at the Ph.D. level must have completed at least three years of doctoral work by July 1, 2011 or plan to have passed their qualifying exams by May 1, 2011. Please note that Ph.D. candidates with a clear research and career focus are more competitive than individuals who are still undecided or early in their academic program. More information and applications are available online. The application deadline is January 15, 2011. Dara O’Rourke received a Switzer Fellowship in 1998, in between earning his master’s degree (1995) and Ph.D. (1999) in energy and resources at U.C. Berkeley. Now an associate professor in Berkeley’s Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management, he is a member of the Switzer Foundation’s board of trustees. O’Rourke has spent the last 20 years researching the environmental, labor, and health impacts of global production systems. He has recently applied this research to the social-venture startup he co-founded, GoodGuide.com, which has built a suite of tools that provide information about the environmental, social, and health performance of products and companies to consumers at the point of purchase (through web and mobile applications), and that enable people to screen and compare products based on their personal values and concerns. (Take the guide for a spin online — the chances are very good that you’re using, perhaps every day, products that are among the 72,000-plus it rates, in the broad categories of food, personal care, paper, toys, and household chemicals.) Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship The Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship funds students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents to gain competence in modern foreign languages. Students in programs that combine modern language training with 1) area or international studies, or 2) research and training in the international aspects of professional and other fields of study are eligible to apply. This includes graduate students in the humanities, social sciences, and professional fields as well as the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields. FLAS Fellowships are available for the study of languages with funding provided through centers at Berkeley representing various world areas (Africa, East Asia, Eastern Europe//Russia/Eurasia, Latin America, Middle East, South Asia, and Southeast Asia). Applications for the Academic Year FLAS Fellowship and the Summer FLAS Fellowship are due Monday, January 24, 2011. Applications and other materials are available online (at links immediately below). Announcements: Academic Year | Summer Application Form: Academic Year | Summer Recommendation Form: Academic Year | Summer SSRC Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowships To enable humanities and social science graduate students to conduct preliminary research and prepare dissertation research and funding proposals, the Social Science Research Council offers Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowships. Fellows participate in two proposal preparation workshops and receive up to $5,000 in support of research during the summer of 2011. The fellowship competition is open to all second- and third-year graduate students in any discipline of the social sciences and humanities who are currently enrolled full time in a Ph.D. program at an accredited university in the United States and whose research projects and dissertation proposals fit within one of the SSRC’s 2011 research fields. Students awarded fellowships must participate in two four-day workshops led by leading scholars of different disciplinary perspectives in each of the fields. Workshop dates are June 2 to 5 in Monterey, CA and September 15 to 18 in Philadelphia, PA. The fellowship covers all necessary costs of travel, meals, and lodging for the workshops. More information is available on the SSRC website. The application deadline is January 29, 2011. Clark Investment in Community Graduate Fellowship Applications are now being accepted for the Willis W. and Ethel M. Clark Foundation Investment in Community Graduate Fellowship for 2010-2011. Up to $10,000 per academic year is awarded to students currently enrolled full time in a graduate program who have demonstrated a commitment to community service. Applicants must be directly connected to the Monterey Peninsula and intend to return to or remain connected through work and/or residence and community service. The Clark Foundation was incorporated in 1953 and has provided community service for more than half a century. Its founders were pioneers in the field of educational testing and research who started the California Test Bureau (now known as CTB/McGraw-Hill) in 1926. The fellowship may be renewed annually, but subsequent awards may be smaller than the initial award. Applications are due January 31, 2011. More information is available online. RWTH Aachen University Summer Research Fellowships for UC Berkeley Graduate Students RWTH Aachen University (Rheinisch-Westfaelische Technische Hochschule) in Aachen, Germany, grants four fellowships for outstanding graduate students from the University of California, Berkeley who are interested in carrying out a research project in historic Aachen, Germany’s westernmost city, for a three month period between May 1 and August 31, 2011. Funding is provided for three months at a total stipend of € 3,000. Selected candidates will have the opportunity to work in one of the numerous departments, personally supervised and supported by RWTH professors. Applications should include a CV and a short essay on the applicant‘s main focus of studies, research interest or possible project initiatives. Only applications received before January 31, 2011 will be considered. Further information is available online about RWTH Aachen University and the fellowship. Boren Fellowships for International Study David L. Boren Fellowships for graduate students provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. students to add important international and language components to their educations, and can include language study, research, and academic internships. The Boren Fellowship supports students studying languages, cultures, and world regions other than Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Any U.S. citizen enrolled, or applying to enroll, as a degree-seeking graduate student at an accredited U.S. institution may apply. Most applicants design their own programs in consultation with their academic advisers. Applications and more information may be found online. The application deadline is February 1, 2011. David L. Boren is the principal author of the legislation that created the National Security Education Program and the Boren Awards, the scholarships and fellowships that bear his name. He currently serves as president of the University of Oklahoma. As a United States Senator from 1979 to 1994, Boren served on the Senate Finance and Agriculture Committees and was the longest-serving chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. He served as Oklahoma’s governor from 1974 through 1978. He is widely respected for his academic credentials, his longtime support for education, and for his distinguished political career as a reformer of the American political system. NRC Research Associate Awards The National Research Council of the National Academies provides opportunities for Ph.D., Sc.D., or M.D. scientists and engineers of unusual promise and ability to perform research on problems largely of their own choosing yet compatible with the research interests of the sponsoring laboratory. This program has contributed to the career development of more than 11,000 scientists and engineers since it was initiated in 1054. Annual stipends for recent Ph.D. recipients for the 2011 program will range from $42,000 to $75,000. Graduate entry level stipends begin at $30,000. Detailed program information, including instructions on how to apply, may be found on the NRC website. Annual application deadlines are February 1, May 1, August 1, and November 1. Founder Region Fellowship The mission of this fellowship is to advance the status of women. Its endowment fund offers fellowships for women enrolled in a graduate school within the boundary of Founder Region (as UC Berkeley is) and who are in the last year of their doctoral program. These grants-in-aid assist women in the completion of their doctoral degrees. Competition is open to any outstanding graduate woman who is a citizen of a nation with membership in Soroptimist International and who is working toward a doctoral degree, preferably in the last year of study but permissibly during the last two years, provided she has advanced to candidacy. The mission of the fellowship program is to advance the status of women by supporting women who are in fields that have great social importance importance to the world or are under-represented by women. Fellowship application forms are available online. Applications and all related material must be postmarked not later than February 1, 2011. “Founder Region” is so named because the Alameda County Soroptimist Club, the nucleus of what grew to be Soroptimist International, met and was chartered in Oakland in 1921. There are now 56 clubs in this original region alone, and more all over the world (several thousand in 120 countries and territories, with a combined membership of around 95,000). The “founding president” of that first club (and therefore of the entire Soroptimist organization) was Violet Richardson Ward, who enrolled at Cal in 1911, graduated with a degree in physical culture (later called physical education), earned a master’s here in 1916, taught at Berkeley and other local colleges briefly, then was hired by the Berkeley School District and taught there for 41 years. The 80 members who chartered that new club in 1921 and elected Ward also chose the group’s name, Soroptimist, a word coined from the Latin soro (women) and optima (best), and they also came up with the motto that’s still in use: “Best for women.” Eben Tisdale Fellowship and Dell Thurmond Woodard Fellowship The Eben Tisdale Fellowship, which includes a $5,000 grant, is a summer internship available to undergraduate and graduate students where the high-tech sector meets the government. The program offers outstanding opportunities for students to learn about high tech public policy issues with hands-on experience in Washington, D.C. Tisdale Fellowships are open to students from colleges and universities all over the country. The Dell Thurmond Woodard Fellowship, which includes one $5,000 grant for one student each year, is part of the Tisdale Fellowship program. Any student, undergraduate or graduate, who is interested in diversity and ethics issues, and in learning about high-tech public policy issues, can apply for this Fellowship. The application for both of these fellowships is the same, except that those applying for the Dell Thurmond Woodard Fellowship should include an additional essay on diversity and ethics. The fellowship has two main elements, an eight-week internship in the government relations office of a leading high technology company or association and a weekly issues seminar with expert speakers leading discussions of current public policy issues in Washington. The summer 2011 fellowship runs from June 13to August 5, 2011. The goal of the fellowship is to create a supportive and collegial environment in which a new class of public policy professionals will be mentored to help ensure that the high-tech industry continues to have highly capable and well-trained individuals in both policy advocacy and senior management positions. The final deadline for all applications is February 15, 2011. Students may find more information and apply online. www.tisdalefellowship.org Questions? Email Jonathan Tilley or call (202) 986-0384. Environmental Public Policy and Conflict Resolution Dissertation Fellowship The Udall Foundation awards two one-year Environmental Public Policy and Conflict Resolution Dissertation Fellowships of up to $24,000 to doctoral candidates whose research concerns U.S. environmental public policy and/or U.S. environmental conflict resolution and who are entering their final year of writing the dissertation. Fellows must be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals or U.S. permanent residents, and their dissertation research must be relevant to U.S. environmental policy. Interdisciplinary projects are particularly welcome. Program details, additional information, profiles of previous fellows, and applications are available online. If you have questions, please contact Dr. Jane Curlin by email. The application deadline is February 24, 2011. Phi Beta Kappa Graduate Fellowships Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha California announces a limited number of graduate fellowships for Phi Beta Kappa members who are currently enrolled as doctoral candidates in UC Berkeley’s Graduate Division during the academic year 2010-2011. Preference will be given to students who are near completion of their dissertations, but others may apply. The PBK fellowship application should be available at department offices. You may also request an application by email or pick one up at the PBK office, M14 Wheeler, in the College Writing Program suite of offices. The deadline is February 25, 2011 at 3 p.m. Winners will be announced in late April.