Graduate Women in Science National Fellowships Program

Application Deadline: January 12, 2018

The GWIS National Fellowships Program is proud to offer fellowships in 2017 to help increase knowledge in the natural sciences and to encourage research careers in the sciences by women. Endowment funds, mostly generated from bequests, provide the annual income that supports scientific research done by GWIS award winners.

Fellowship funds, which may be awarded in amounts up to $10,000, may be used for such things as:

  • expendable supplies
  • small equipment to be used by the recipient (not for general use)
  • publication of research findings
  • travel and subsistence while performing field studies
  • travel to another laboratory for collaborative research

Eligibility:

  • Awards will be made to women holding a degree from a recognized institution of higher learning, of outstanding ability and promise in research, who are performing hypothesis-driven research at any institution in the U.S. or abroad.
  • Career level (e.g. graduate student vs. assistant professor) of the candidate will be taken into consideration when reviewing the proposals.
  • Awards will be made irrespective of race, religion, nationality, creed, national origin, sexual orientation, or age.
  • Application for the GWIS Fellowships is offered at no cost to current GWIS members, as a member benefit. For non-members, an application processing fee of $50 is required. Fellowships applicants that are not already GWIS members may join GWIS with a 6-month introductory membership at a discounted rate of $35. Please note that membership approval can take up to 48 hours, so if you want to become a GWIS member, please do so (ideally) at least a week before the Fellowships deadline.
  • Financial need of research funding is a requirement for the application. No project that has already been fully funded will be eligible for the awards. All pending funding sources must be listed in the application and reviewers will consider these when assessing the financial need of the project.

For complete information about this opportunity, including how to apply, click here.

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White House Fellows Program

Application Deadline: January 10, 2018

Founded in 1964 by Lyndon B. Johnson, the White House Fellows program is one of America’s most prestigious programs for leadership and public service. White House Fellowships offer exceptional young men and women first-hand experience working at the highest levels of the federal government.

Selected individuals typically spend a year working as a full-time, paid Fellow to senior White House Staff, Cabinet Secretaries and other top-ranking government officials. Fellows also participate in an education program consisting of roundtable discussions with renowned leaders from the private and public sectors, and trips to study U.S. policy in action both domestically and internationally. Fellowships are awarded on a strictly non-partisan basis.

Eligibility:

  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens.
  • Employees of the Federal government are not eligible unless they are career military personnel.
  • Applicants must have completed their undergraduate education by the time they begin the application process.
  • There are no formal age restrictions. However, the Fellowship program was created to give selected Americans the experience of government service early in their careers.

Selection as a White House Fellow is based on a combination of the following criteria:

  • A record of remarkable professional achievement early in one’s career.
  • Evidence of leadership skills and the potential for further growth.
  • A demonstrated commitment to public service.
  • The skills to succeed at the highest levels of the Federal government, and the ability to work effectively as part of a team.

For complete information about this opportunity, including how to apply, click here.

DOE NNSA Stewardship Graduate Fellowship Program

Application Deadline:  January 10, 2018

The Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE NNSA SSGF) provides excellent financial benefits and professional development opportunities to students pursuing a Ph.D. in fields of study that solve complex science and engineering problems critical to stewardship science. The fellowship builds a community of talented and committed doctoral students, program alumni, DOE laboratory staff and university researchers who share a common goal to further their science while advancing national defense. The friendships and connections fellows make in the program continue to benefit them throughout their careers.

The fellowship offers:

  • A $36,000 yearly stipend.
  • Payment of full tuition and required fees during the appointment period at any accredited U.S. university.
  • An annual $1,000 academic allowance for research or professional development expenses
  • A term of up to four years, subject to annual renewal.
  • Participation in an annual DOE NNSA SSGF program review, with related travel expenses reimbursed.
  • A 12-week research practicum at one of DOE’s national defense laboratories
  • Augmented stipend during the practicum.
  • The option to participate in a second practicum at a different DOE laboratory.
  • The opportunity to join a larger scientific community that understands and appreciates the role stewardship science plays across a variety of science and engineering disciplines.
  • Opportunities to attend and publish research results at other conferences.

The DOE NNSA SSGF is open to any U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien 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. DOE NNSA SSGF recipients must be enrolled as full-time graduate students at an accredited U.S. college or university and must study and research within the fellowship’s goals. During the summer, fellows should conduct full-time research related to completing their degree, enroll in classes or take a practicum assignment at one of the DOE NNSA laboratories.

For complete information about this opportunity, including how to apply, click here.

David L. Boren Graduate Fellowship

UW Campus Application Deadline: January 8, 2018

National Application Deadline: January 30, 2018

David L. Boren Graduate Fellowships, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and regions that are underrepresented in study abroad programs, 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.

Boren fellows represent a vital pool of highly motivated individuals who wish to work in the federal national security arena. In exchange for funding, Boren fellows commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation. The fellowships provide up to $24,000 for overseas study. In addition, Boren Fellowships can provide limited funding for domestic language study to supplement the overseas component. The maximum award for a combined overseas and domestic program is $30,000.

You are eligible to apply if you are:

  • A U.S. citizen at the time of application.
  • Either matriculated in or applying to a graduate degree program at an accredited college or university in the United States. Boren Fellows must remain matriculated in their graduate programs for the duration of the fellowship and may not graduate until the fellowship is complete.
  • Planning an overseas program that meets home institution standards in a country outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia or New Zealand. Boren Fellowships are not for study in the United States. 

Applicants from the UW are not required but highly encouraged to submit application materials by the earlier campus deadline (see deadline above) and complete an in-person interview with a campus committee in January. Following the interview, applicants will have the opportunity to make revisions based on committee feedback before final applications are submitted to the national committee. The interview process is solely intended to provide applicants with additional support prior to submission.

For complete information about this opportunity, including how to apply, click here.

American Association of University Women (AAUW) Selected Professions Fellowships

Application Deadline: January 10, 2018

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is the nation’s leading voice promoting equity and education for women and girls. Since it founding in 1881, AAUW members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic, and political.

Selected Professions Fellowships are awarded to women who intend to pursue a full-time course of study at accredited U.S. institutions during the fellowship year in one of the designated degree programs where women’s participation traditionally has been low.

Selected Professions Fellowships are awarded for the following master’s programs:

  • Architecture
  • Computer/information sciences
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics/statistics

Fellowships in the following degree programs are restricted to women of color, who have been underrepresented in these fields:

  • Master’s in business administration — applicants may apply for second year of study only
  • Law — applicants may apply for third year of study only
  • Doctorate in medicine — applicants may apply for third or fourth year of study only

Applicants must be women who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States who have achieved high standards of academic excellence and show promise of distinction in their respective fields. Applicants must be full-time students at an accredited U.S. institution during the fellowship year, and should be pursuing a course of study in the United States over the full academic year. Priority is given to women who do not already hold a master’s or first professional degree.

For complete information about this opportunity, including how to apply, click here.

UW Bonderman Travel Fellowship

Application Deadline:  January 8, 2018

The Bonderman Travel Fellowship offers University of Washington graduate/professional and undergraduate students (from the Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell campuses) an opportunity to engage in independent exploration and travel abroad. Ideal Bonderman Fellows have integrity, the capacity for vision and leadership, and the potential for humane and effective participation in the global community. An applicant should demonstrate initiative, commitment, passion, honesty, and creativity in designing the proposed travel plan, but does not need to have a theme or project. Travel plans should be personal, and not about your academic research. The selection committee will consider the student’s experience as well as curiosity and seriousness of purpose. Bonderman Fellowships enable students to undertake independent international travel to explore, be open to the unexpected, and come to know the world in new ways.

Each Bonderman Fellow will receive a $23,000 award for eight months of travel. By accepting the award Fellows must commit to travel independently for eight months, exploring six or more countries in two or more major regions of the world. Fellows selected in this round will embark on their journeys between June 2018 and June 30, 2019.

All applicants must be enrolled and in good standing during the quarter the application is due and must hold US citizenship or permanent resident status. Good standing in this regard refers not only to academic but also disciplinary and conduct standing.

For complete information about this opportunity, including how to apply, click here.

UW Diabetes Research Center Awards

Letter of Intent and reviewer nomination forms deadline:   January 3, 2018

Application deadline:   February 20, 2018

The UW Diabetes Research Center (DRC) is soliciting applications for a number of awards, including the McAbee Postdoctoral and Stroum Graduate Fellowship Awards.

Stroum Graduate Fellowship:

The Samuel and Althea Stroum Endowed Graduate Fellowship, sponsored by the University of Washington, is administered by the University of Washington Graduate School in conjunction with the Diabetes Research Center. This graduate fellowship provides financial support towards graduate student stipend and benefits, and is designed to broaden participation in diabetes-related research. Awards are made be based on academic merit, research training environment, and relevance of the applicant’s graduate research to diabetes. Any registered University of Washington full-time graduate student pursuing diabetes-related research may be eligible to apply.

McAbee Postdoctoral Fellowship:

The Dick and Julia McAbee Endowed Fellowship in Diabetes Research Fellowship Program – sponsored by the University of Washington – provides support equivalent to the NIH fellowship level appropriate to the awardee for up to two years to support a postdoctoral fellow (M.D. or Ph.D.) engaged in full time research training. The scientific merit of the proposed project, research environment provided by the mentor, as well as the quality of the research training experience are evaluated.

For additional information about these opportunities, including how to apply, click here.

 

Herbert Scoville, Jr. Peace Fellowship

Application Deadline:   January 5, 2018

The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship, established in 1987, is a highly competitive national fellowship program that provides recent college and graduate school alumni with the opportunity to gain a Washington perspective on key issues of peace and security. Twice yearly, the fellowship’s Board of Directors selects a group of outstanding individuals to spend six to nine months in Washington. Supported by a salary, the fellows serve as full-time junior staff members at the participating organization of their choice.

Fellows receive a salary of $3,100 per month and health insurance, plus travel expenses to Washington, DC. The program also provides $1,000 per fellow for professional development to attend relevant conferences or meetings that could cover travel, accommodations, and registration fees, or to take a language or policy course. The program arranges meetings for the fellows with policy experts and social networking events with alumni. Fellows also receive mentoring from a board member and a former fellow.

Eligibility

Applications must be college graduates by the time they will begin the fellowship. Current graduate students are eligible to apply, but must be able to work full-time for at least six months. While most fellows have majored in government, history, international relations, peace studies, political science or related fields, anyone may apply if he/she has a background in peace and security issues. Non-U.S. citizens currently living in the United States are eligible to apply provided they obtain the proper work visa.

For complete information about this opportunity, including how to apply, click here.

Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellowship

Application Deadline: January 2, 2018

Dolores Zohrab Liebmann supported students and charitable organizations in her lifetime and created a fund to continue support after her death. The Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fund supports graduate students with “outstanding character and ability who hold promise for achievement and distinction in their chosen fields of study.” The University of Washington is one of the institutions selected to submit three nominees for this national fellowship.

In 2017-18, the fellowship will provide an $18,000 stipend, plus tuition. This annual award may be renewed for a total of three years.

Eligibility

All interested applicants must:

  • Be a UW doctoral or professional graduate student currently enrolled in a field of study that may include any recognized field of study in the humanities, social sciences, or natural sciences (including law, medicine, engineering, architecture, or other formal professional training). The selection committee has a strong preference for supporting scholarly endeavors (not practice degrees).
  • Have received a baccalaureate degree and have an outstanding undergraduate record.
  • Show financial need (i.e., must have a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file with the UW Office of Student Financial Aid — if you do not already have one on file for this year you should file one immediately.
  • Be a U.S. citizen.
  • Conduct their studies and research in the United States.

Applications must be submitted on paper to the Graduate School’s Office of Fellowships and Awards (G-1 Communications Building) by the UW deadline. Applications will be reviewed, and three nominees will be chosen for submission to the foundation.

For complete information about this opportunity, including how to apply, click here.

 

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowships

Application Deadline: December 31, 2017

As a means of increasing the number of U.S. citizens and nationals trained in science and engineering disciplines of military importance, the Department of Defense (DoD) plans to award fellowships in April 2018, subject to the availability of funds. The National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship is highly competitive.  Since its inception in 1989, NDSEG has awarded nearly 3,500 fellowships from over 58,000 applications to U.S. citizens and nationals who pursue a doctoral degree in one of fifteen supported disciplines at a U.S. institution of their choosing.

NDSEG Fellowships last for a period of up to four years (based on continued funding), and covers full tuition and mandatory fees.  Fellows also receive a monthly stipend, and up to $1,500 a year in medical insurance.  The NDSEG Fellowship is sponsored by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), the Army Research Office (ARO), and the Office of Naval Research (ONR) under the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (OSD) for Research and Engineering.

The following disciplines are supported by the Fellowship:
  • Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
  • Biosciences (includes toxicology)
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Cognitive, Neural, and Behavioral Sciences
  • Computer and Computational Sciences
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Geosciences (includes terrain, water, and air)
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering (includes undersea systems)
  • Oceanography (includes ocean acoustics, remote sensing, and marine meteorology)
  • Physics (including optics)

Eligibility:

  • The NDSEG Fellowship Program is open only to applicants who are citizens or nationals of the United States. The term “nationals” refers to native residents of a possession of the United States such as American Samoa. It does not refer to a citizen of another country who has applied for U.S. citizenship. Persons who hold permanent resident status are not eligible. Proof of citizenship will be required upon formal offer.
  • Applicants must have received or be on track to receive their bachelor’s degrees by Summer 2018. To be eligible, applicants must either be enrolled in their final year of undergraduate studies, or have completed no more than two years of full-time years graduate study in the discipline in which they are applying. Applicants who have received a medical degree or Ph.D. in science or engineering are not eligible for the NDSEG fellowship.
  • NDSEG Fellows must be enrolled full-time and must be pursuing graduate study at a U.S. institution; the NDSEG Fellowship does not pay for tuition at any non-U.S. institution

For complete information about this opportunity, including how to apply, click here.