Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research Program

Application deadline:   October 15, 2016

The Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research (GIAR) program has provided undergraduate and graduate students with valuable educational experiences since 1922. By encouraging close working relationships between students and mentors, the program promotes scientific excellence and achievement through hands-on learning.

The program awards grants of up to $1,000 to students from all areas of the sciences and engineering. Designated funds from the National Academy of Sciences allow for grants of up to $5,000 for astronomy research and $2,500 for vision related research. Students use the funding to pay for travel expenses to and from a research site, or for purchase of non-standard laboratory equipment necessary to complete a specific research project.

While membership in Sigma Xi is not a requirement for applying for funding from the Grants-in-Aid of Research program, 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.

An additional funding round will be held in spring 2017, with an application deadline of March 15, 2017.

For complete information about this opportunity, see:

The Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies

Application deadline: October 15, 2016

The Women’s Studies Fellowships are provided to Ph.D. candidates at institutions in the United States who will complete their dissertations during the fellowship year. The most competitive applications include not only a clear, thorough, and compelling description of the candidate’s work, but also evidence of an enduring interest in and commitment to women’s issues and scholarship on women and gender.

The Women’s Studies competition is for projects in the humanities and social sciences; projects in fields such as management, the clinical and biological sciences, and law are not eligible unless they have a demonstrable academic grounding in the humanities and social sciences. Applicants working on health-related issues in the social sciences should consider carefully whether their work demonstrably centers on the topic’s social, cultural, and individual aspects.

The 2017 Fellowship competition will select ten Fellows who will receive $5,000 to be used for expenses connected with completing their dissertations, such as research-related travel, data work/collection, and supplies.


IF YES is the answer to following questions, you are eligible to apply

  • Have you completed all pre-dissertation requirements?
  • Are you writing on issues related to women, gender, women’s studies or feminist/gender/LGBTQ theory?
  • Are you enrolled in a graduate school in the United States?
  • Is your area of study in the humanities or social sciences?
  • Do you expect to complete the Ph.D. by summer 2018?

For more information and how to apply, click here. 


Application deadline: September 6, 2016

The Office of Global Affairs (OGA) is an administrative division of the University that supports international education, research, and program activities at the University of Washington and around the world. OGA connects diverse internal and external networks of scholars, students and community leaders engaging in international issues and scholarship.

OGA seeks a graduate student to start in Fall Quarter 2016 as a 50% FTE salaried  Pre-doc Research Associate I to assist in the design and analysis of a data survey for use in the LAWB579 course taught in Fall 2016.


This position will work directly with Vice Provost Jeffrey Riedinger to design, conduct and analyze data collected on the implementation and impact of the People’s Republic of China’s 30-year agricultural land use rights policy using advancement econometric analysis. The data and analysis from this survey will contribute to the content and instruction of the LAWB579 course taught in Fall Quarter 2016.


•UW PhD Graduate Students Only
•Completion of a year-long sequence of graduate level econometrics courses
•Good understanding of identification strategies used in the fields of applied economics
•Demonstrate proficiency in Stata and sufficient experience with data cleaning, data management, descriptive and regression analyses using Stata software;
•Strong initiative and ability to work with little supervision
•Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
•Excellent project management skills
•Strong organization skills and attention to detail

For more information and how to apply, click here. 

UW Stroum Center Jewish Studies Student Opportunity Grants

Application deadline:   October 14, 2016

The UW Stroum Center for Jewish Studies offers support for study abroad experiences and language courses connected to Jewish Studies. These Student Opportunity Grants are separately offered in two cycles: grants for Winter/Spring (due October 14, 2016) and for Summer/Fall (due spring 2016). Any undergraduate or graduate student planning to be enrolled at the University of Washington for the 2016-2017 academic year is eligible to apply. Students do not need to major or minor in Jewish Studies to apply for a grant. The amount per grant will be up to $1500. Multiple grants are available.

For graduate students, Jewish Studies Opportunity Grants are intended to help support research, conference attendance, and further study in topics related to Jewish Studies. This research and study can be done domestically or abroad.

For complete information about this opportunity, see:

NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants in the Directorate for Biological Sciences

Application deadline:   October 13, 2016

The National Science Foundation awards Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants in selected areas of the biological sciences. These grants provide partial support of doctoral dissertation research for improvement beyond the already existing project. Allowed are costs for doctoral candidates to participate in scientific meetings, to conduct research in specialized facilities or field settings, and to expand an existing body of dissertation research.

A student must have advanced to candidacy for a Ph.D. degree before the submission deadline to be eligible to submit a proposal. The proposal must be submitted through regular organizational channels by the dissertation advisor(s) on behalf of the graduate student. The student must be enrolled at a U.S. institution, but need not be a U.S. citizen.

Proposals may request up to $13,000 in Direct Costs and a duration of up to 24 months.

For complete information about this opportunity, see the program solicitation linked from:

National Academy of Education (NAEd) Spencer Dissertation Fellowship Program

Application deadline:   October 6, 2016

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 $27,500 fellowships support individuals whose dissertations show potential for bringing fresh and constructive perspectives to the history, theory, analysis, or practice of formal or informal education anywhere in the world.

Basic selection criteria are as follows:

  • Importance of the research question to education
  • Quality of the research approach and feasibility of the work plan
  • Applicant’s future potential as a researcher and interest in educational research

Applicants need not be citizens of the United States; however, they must be candidates for the doctoral degree at a graduate school within the United States.

Fellowships are not intended to finance data collection or the completion of doctoral coursework, but rather to support the final analysis of the research topic and the writing of the dissertation. For this reason, all applicants must document that they will have completed all pre-dissertation requirements by June 1, 2017 and must provide a clear and specific plan for completing the dissertation within a one or two-year time frame.

For complete information about this opportunity, see:

Institute for Humane Studies Conference & Research Grant

No application deadline.

The IHS Conference & Research Grant provides up to $750 to cover travel costs and fees for career-related expenses.

The Grant is awarded on a rolling basis to current graduate students advancing the principles of freedom through their career. Eligible activities include, but are not limited to:

  •   Presentations at academic or professional conferences
  •   Travel to academic job interviews on a campus or at professional/academic conferences
  •   Travel to archives or libraries for research
  •   Participation in career-development or enhancing seminars
  •   Submission of unpublished manuscripts to journals or book publishers

Please note, Conference & Research Grants cannot be used solely for conference attendance. Funding will only be considered for individuals presenting a paper or interviewing for a job at a conference.

For more information and how apply, please click here.

CAA Professional Development Fellowship in Art History

Application deadline: October 3, 2016

The College Art Association’s Professional-Development Fellowship Program in Art History supports graduate students and scholars in art, architecture, and/or design historian, curator, or critic who recently received their PhD and are preparing the PhD for publication or who are conducting research in their final year to complete their PhD. Each fellow is given a one-time award to help with various aspects of his/her work, whether for job-search expenses, image license fees, or other publishing costs.

Fellows also receive a free one-year CAA membership and complimentary registration to the 2017 Annual Conference.

Honorable Mentions, given at the discretion of the jury, earn a free one-year CAA membership and complimentary registration for the 2017 Annual Conference.

For more information, click here.

CAA Professional Development Fellowship in Visual Arts

Application deadline: November 11, 2016

The College Art Association’s Professional-Development Fellowship in visual arts support graduate students who are completing the MFA degree or other terminal degree programs. Fellows are honored with a one-time, unrestricted grant to help them with various aspects of their work, as an artist, designer and/or craftsperson, whether it be for job-search expenses or purchasing materials for their studio art/design practice.

Fellows also receive a free one-year CAA membership and complimentary registration to the 2017 Annual Conference.

Honorable Mentions, given at the discretion of the jury, earn a free one-year CAA membership and complimentary registration for the 2017 Annual Conference.

For more information, click here.

K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award

Application deadline: October 3, 2016
The K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award recognizes graduate students who show exemplary promise as future leaders of higher education; who demonstrate a commitment to developing academic and civic responsibility in themselves and others; and whose work reflects a strong emphasis on teaching and learning.
The awards honor the work of K. Patricia Cross, Professor Emerita of Higher Education at the University of California-Berkeley.  From 1996 through 2005, the K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Awards were administered by the American Association for Higher Education, where Professor Cross had served as Chair of AAHE’s Board of Directors. The Association of American Colleges and Universities became the partner association in 2006 and is pleased to continue the tradition of this prestigious award.

All doctoral level graduate students who are planning a career in higher education are eligible, regardless of academic department. Graduate students in fields where the Master’s degree is the terminal degree, such as the MFA in art, are also eligible. (Nominees must hold student status in January 2017.) 

Applicants must demonstrate:

  • Leadership ability or potential for exercising leadership in teaching and learning, with a strong commitment to academic and civic responsibility; and
  • Leadership or potential leadership in the development of others as leaders, scholars, and citizens.

Nomination Process
A faculty member or administrator must nominate the student, with a supporting letter from a second faculty member or administrator.

For more information and how to apply, click here.