The opportunities listed by name only were announced previously. (Links to applications and other details are available in an earlier post.) Recently received listings are posted below.

  • Princeton Society of Fellows Postdoctoral Fellowships (September 30)
  • Bay Area Water Quality Fellowship (November 1)
  • National Physical Sciences Consortium Fellowships (November 30)

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Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship

This Graduate Fellowship Program of the National Academies — consisting of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council — is designed to engage its Fellows in the analytical process that informs U.S. science and technology policy. Fellows develop basic skills essential to working or participating in science policy at the federal, state, or local levels. Graduate and professional school students and those who have completed graduate studies (degree awarded) within the last five years are eligible to apply. Areas of study may include any social/behavioral science, medical/health discipline, physical or biological science, any field of engineering, law/business/public administration, or any relevant interdisciplinary field.

The program takes place in Washington, D.C. and is open to all U.S. and non-U.S. citizens who meet the criteria. Non-U.S. citizens who are not U.S. legal permanent residents must be currently enrolled in a U.S. university and have proof of holding valid J-1 or F-1 status or work authorization. Visit the National Academies website for eligibility criteria, application instructions, and access to the online application and reference forms. Please note the requirement for submission of online recommendation/reference forms from professors, mentors, or advisers. There are two submission deadlines for application materials: Winter/spring session: October 1, 2011; Fall session: May 1, 2012 (That application will be available in early 2012).

The program is named for Christine Mirzayan, a second-year fellow who died during the last week of the program in 1998. A biologist, she had recently completed her Ph.D. at UCSF and had been selected to be a Congressional Fellow at the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Two of the Winter 2011 fellows are Berkeley alumni:


Thomas Burnett served as a GSI for five semesters in the history and philosophy departments while a graduate student in the history of science Ph.D. program at Berkeley from 2002 to 2007. He taught high school physics and environmental science for a year before finding his “true calling” — science writing — a craft he has practiced ever since in the Washington, DC, area, most recently for the National Rehabilitation Hospital and the National Academy of Sciences.


Arman Shehabi received his Ph.D. in environmental engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in December 2009, with an emphasis in building energy and indoor air quality. As a postdoc, Arman is using life-cycle assessment (LCA) methods to estimate the embodied energy associated with alternative utility infrastructure for water, wastewater, and electricity.

George C. Marshall/Baruch Fellowships

George Marshall
George Catlett Marshall, Jr.

The George C. Marshall/Baruch Fellowship offers maximum grants of $7,500 for doctoral or postdoctoral research in 20th century U. S. military or diplomatic history and related fields. The application deadline is October 14, 2011. Grants will be decided by December 16, 2011 and must be used within the twelve-month period following the distribution of award funds. For additional information and an application, visit the George C. Marshall Foundation website. (Education & Programs) or you may write: The George C. Marshall Research Library, Attention:  Joanne D. Hartog, P. O. Drawer 1600, Lexington, VA  24450, or send email to

George Catlett Marshall, Jr. was General of the Army, Secretary of State, and the third Secretary of Defense. Instrumental in the Allied victory in World War II, he was the chief military adviser to President Franklin D. Roosevelt. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1953 for his plan for postwar European recovery, which became known as the Marshall Plan.

Mildred E. Mathias Graduate Student Research Grants

Mildred Mathias
Mildred Mathias

The University of California Natural Reserve System provides research grants to graduate students enrolled at any University of California campus other than San Francisco and who are using one or more of the 37 sites in the Natural Reserve System. A total of $38,000 is available for grants, with a maximum award of $3,000 per applicant.

Students from any academic discipline are eligible.

Deadline for submission of the application is October 17, 2011, 8 a.m. (Letters of recommendation and reserve permissions are due October 26, 2011, 8 a.m.)

Applications and supporting materials are submitted electronically. Further information application materials are available on the UCNRS Mathias Grant web page.

You may send an e-mail to to request an application for this year’s Mathias grant competition. You will need a Google Docs account in order to track the progress of your application and to view comments made about it by campus and systemwide evaluators. While not essential, it will simplify the process if you already have a Google Docs account when you request the application, and if you use the e-mail address associated with your Google Docs account to request the application. You can establish a free Google Docs account in about a minute .

Botanist and conservationist Mildred Mathias began her UC work as a research associate at Berkeley.  She joined the faculty of UCLA in 1947.  She directed UCLA botanical garden, which is now named for her.  As chair of the Natural Reserve System’s faculty advisory committee, she guided the system’s growth for decades, and was nicknamed its “founding mother.” (photo: Norden H. Cheatham)

UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program for Academic Diversity

The University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program was established in 1984 to encourage outstanding women and minority Ph.D. recipients to pursue academic careers at the University of California. The current program offers postdoctoral research fellowships and faculty mentoring to outstanding scholars in all fields whose research, teaching, and service will contribute to the diversity and equal opportunity at the University of California. These contributions may include public service addressing the needs of our increasingly diverse society, efforts to advance equitable access to higher education, or research focusing on underserved populations or understanding inequalities related to race, gender, disability or LGBT. The program is seeking applicants with the potential to bring to their academic careers the critical perspective that comes from their non-traditional educational background or understanding of the experiences of members of groups historically underrepresented in higher education.

Fellowships are awarded for research conducted under faculty sponsorship on any one of the University of California’s ten campuses. The University awards 15  to 20 postdoctoral fellowships every year.  The annual award provides a salary of $40,000 to 45,000, depending on the field and level of experience. The award also includes health insurance, vision and dental benefits, four weeks of paid “time off” and up to $4,000 for research-related and program travel expenses. Each award is for a 12-month period, renewable for an additional term upon demonstration of academic productivity and participation in program events.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and must hold or receive a Ph.D. from an accredited university before the start of their fellowship.

APPLICATION Online application is available from the Office of the President’s website. The deadline for online completion is November 1, 2011.

Postdoc opportunity: Lawrence Fellowships at LLNL

E. O. Lawrence
The fellowships honor Ernest Orlando Lawrence, for whom the Livermore and Berkeley national laboratories are named (along with the Lawrence Hall of Science and element 103, lawrencium). He taught physics here, and became the university’s youngest full professor. A visionary researcher, he invented the cyclotron, assembling (with the help of mechanically-minded doctoral student Stanley Livingston) a particle accelerator that made many discoveries in nuclear physics possible and gained Lawrence the Nobel Prize, the beginning of Berkeley’s long string. As the first director of Berkeley’s Radiation Laboratory (nicknamed the Rad Lab, now called Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory), Lawrence earned a label as “the father of big science,” pioneering the idea of doing research with multidisciplinary teams of scientists and engineers. Instrumental in releasing the nuclear genie from the bottle, he also sought its control. His last trip abroad, prior to his death 53 years ago at the age of 57, was to Geneva, to join negotiations with the Soviet Union on a treaty to ban the testing of nuclear weapons. (In this LBNL photo, Lawrence is shown with the 37-inch cyclotron; the first one, made of glass, sealing wax, and bronze, was under five inches in diameter and cost about $25. But it was to nuclear science what Galileo’s telescope was to astronomy.)

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is currently accepting applications for its prestigious Lawrence Fellowship. Applications can be submitted through the LLNL website. They must be completed no later than November 1, 2011.

The Lawrence Fellowship was established to provide outstanding postdocs an opportunity to pursue cutting-edge science and stimulate cross-fertilization of ideas. The successful candidates have freedom to pursue world-class research with ample resources to support their efforts. Lawrence Fellows will interact with scientists having a wide range of expertise. The Laboratory is committed to making their experience at LLNL positive and rewarding.

This three-year fellowship is awarded to candidates with exceptional talent, credentials, scientific track records, and potential for significant achievements. Typically, two to four awards are given each year. After the three-year term, fellows may consider any career option, including staying on at the Laboratory. Fellows will choose original and independent research in one or more aspects of science relevant to the mission and goals of LLNL. Research areas may include many branches, including atmospheric science; biology; chemistry; computer science; energy; engineering; environmental science; geoscience; lasers; materials science; applied mathematics; and physics.

Further information is available at the LLNL website.

Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

These fellowships, for up to two years, are for graduate study in the professions and academic disciplines at any institution in the United States. A New American is a person who holds a Green Card, has been naturalized at a U.S. citizen, or is the child of two parents who are both naturalized citizens. For full eligibility information and the application, see the program’s website. Completed applications must be postmarked by November 1, 2011.

Paul and Daisy Soros are both Hungarian immigrants and American philanthropists. They established their fellowship program for New Americans in December 1997 with a charitable trust of fifty million dollars in order to “give back” to the country that had afforded them and their children such great opportunities by assisting young New Americans at a critical point in their education. They also wanted to signal to all Americans that the contributions of New Americans to the quality of life in this country have been manifold. Since the program’s founding, there have been twelve rounds of competition, during which nearly 11,000 individuals have applied for the fellowships. In the twelve competitions, 354 fellowships have been given.

Homaira Hosseini
Diana Mora Rashid

There are now 61 Fellows at 22 universities undertaking graduate study in 27 different fields; among them, two are in grad school at Berkeley: Homaira Hosseini, who was born in Afghanistan, and Diana Mora Rashid, who was born in south central Mexico. Both are J.D. students pursuing law degrees, now with assistance from the Soros Fellowship, and both have led interesting lives thus far (read their bios on the Soros site).

International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF)

The International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) Program supports the next generation of scholars in the humanities and social sciences pursuing research that advances knowledge about non-U.S. cultures and societies. IDRF accepts applications for research that is situated in a specific discipline and geographical region and is informed by interdisciplinary and cross-regional perspectives, as well as research on multiple countries and/or multiple world regions. While proposals may cover all periods in history, they must demonstrate relevance to contemporary issues and debates.

The program is open to graduate students in the humanities and social sciences — regardless of citizenship — enrolled in doctoral programs in the United States. Applicants must complete all Ph.D. requirements except on-site research by the time the fellowship begins. Proposals that identify the U.S. as a case for comparative inquiry are welcome; however, proposals which focus predominantly or exclusively on the United States are not eligible.

The IDRF Program is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered in partnership with the American Council of Learned Societies. The IDRF program provides support for nine to twelve months of continuous dissertation research outside of the United States for seventy-five fellows annually. Fellowship amounts vary depending on the research plan, with a per fellowship average of $19,000. The fellowship includes participation in an interdisciplinary workshop upon the completion of IDRF-funded research. The 2011 IDRF competition deadline is November 3, 2011.

For more information, please visit the Social Science Research Council’s IDRF web page. Questions can be emailed to the IDRF staff at

The Garden Club of America Fellowships

In 2011, 72  graduate and undergraduate students nationwide benefited from fellowships and scholarships provided by the Garden Club of America. The fellowships and grants cover a considerable range of subject matter, including conservation horticulture, urban forestry, medicinal botany, landscape architecture, and coastal wetland studies, and they have a variety of application deadlines, from November 30, 2011, to dates in the early months of 2012. A complete updated list, detailed information, applications, and deadlines may be found on the GCA website.

A GCA Fellow at Berkeley — In 2010,  Stephanie Stuart, a Ph.D. candidate in Integrative Biology at Berkeley, received a GCA Award in Tropical Botany. She’s exploring how flowering plants evolved ways of tolerating cold climates as they moved from tropical regions to temperate areas, and with GCA support was able to test her hypothesis in three wet and dry forests in Australia by measuring 20 traits that address different aspects of plant function.

Dan David Prize Scholarships 2012

Dan David
Dan David

Each year, the Dan David Prize, a joint international enterprise endowed by the Dan David Foundation, awards 20 scholarships (10 to students from all over the world and 10 to students from Tel Aviv University, where the foundation is headquartered.) The scholarship amount is $15,000. Advanced doctoral and postdoctoral students of excellent achievement and promise studying topics related to the fields chosen for this year are invited to apply for scholarships for 2012. The fields are broken into three time dimensions. For the Past category, the field is History/Biography; for the Present category, Plastic Arts; and for the Future category, Genome Research. The application deadline for the scholarships is March 15, 2012. More information is available online.

The scholarships are funded in part by the winners of the Dan David Prize. Three prizes of $1 million each are given each year; each winner must agree to dedicate a tenth of his or her prize to help young scholars or entrepreneurs. Do you know of someone whose work deserves some serious recognition? The annual Dan David Prize recognizes innovative and interdisciplinary research that cuts across traditional boundaries and paradigms. It aims to foster excellence, creativity, justice, democracy and progress and to promote the scientific, technological and humanistic achievements that advance and improve our world. (One of the previous winners of the Dan David Prize is UC Berkeley physics professor emeritus Paul Richards, who earned his Ph.D. here in 1960.  He was a Laureate in 2008-2009.) Nominations for the 2012 prize must be received by November 30, 2011.  Self-nominations, alas, are not accepted.)

DAN DAVID, who established his namesake scholarship and a separate international prize, died September 5 at the age of 82.  A Romanian-born businessman and philanthropist, he immigrated to Israel in 1960 and the next year, with a $200,000 loan from a cousin, secured the franchise for Photo Me automated photo booths in a number of countries, and eventually took over the company. He became the sole owner of PhoMat, the company that manufactures the photo booth machines, and in 2000 he created the Dan David Fund and Foundation with a $100 million endowment to recognize outstanding contributions in science, technology, culture, and social welfare, and to assist young scholar-researchers.

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