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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Pride Foundation Scholarships

Application Deadline: January 12, 2018

Pride Foundation offers over 50 different types of scholarships through a single application. All funds promote leadership and diversity in the LGBTQ community. Scholarships are organized in four distinct categories: academic pursuits, community leadership, cultural identities, and geography. Pride Foundation’s scholarship program is committed to supporting LGBTQ and allied students that:

  • Show leadership potential either within the LGBTQ community and/or within their field of study;
  • Lack a broader LGBTQ community support system;
  • Face additional barriers to educational access, including students who are economically, racially, socially, geographically, or politically disenfranchised. For example: LGBTQ students of color, transgender students, LGBTQ immigrant students, LGBTQ youth aging out of foster care, and students who have experienced homelessness, poverty, or isolation due to geography;
  • Demonstrate significant financial need

The following are required criteria for all Pride Foundation scholarships:

1. Northwest Residency: Applicants must be a resident of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, or Washington but may study elsewhere. Applicants are considered a resident of one of these states if they:

  • currently live within that state and have done so for at least three months prior to the application deadline; or
  • have lived within that state for at least one year at any time within the five years prior to the application deadline.

2. Pursuing Post-Secondary Education: Applicants must be pursuing post-secondary education. This includes community college, four year public or private college or university, certificate programs, vocational/technical/trade programs, law school, medical/dental/veterinary school, or graduate education.

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.

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.

 

Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship

Application Deadline:  January 3, 2018

The Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program provides undergraduate and graduate students with an opportunity to gain and develop research skills with the Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy for 10 weeks over the summer. Selected candidates train under the mentorship of program officials and scientists on focused research projects, consistent with the mission of the Office of Fossil Energy. During these 10-week energy fellowships, participants receive a stipend ($750/week for Masters students and $850/week for Ph.D. students), and some students may be eligible for housing and travel allowances for the duration of the program.

Laboratory placements are determined in accordance with host site needs and each student’s qualifications.  Placement locations include:

  • Department of Energy Headquarters, Washington, D.C. and Germantown, MD
  • National Energy Technology Laboratory, Pittsburgh, PA; Morgantown, WV; Albany, OR
  • Strategic Petroleum Reserve, New Orleans, LA; and other SPR sites in LA and TX
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN
  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA
  • Sandia National Laboratory, Livermore, CA
  • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA
  • Lawrence Livermore National Lab, Livermore, CA
  • Los Alamos National Lab, Los Alamos, NM

Eligible applicants must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0, be currently enrolled full-time as a degree-seeking student in a STEM program at an accredited college or university at the Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctoral level, be at least 18 years of age at time of application, be a U.S. Citizen, and be available to participate in the full 10-week program (June 4-August 10, 2018).

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

UW Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS) Travel Grants – Fall 2017

Application Deadline:  January 3, 2018 (for conference travel January 18, 2018-February 14, 2018)

In an effort to help improve graduate and professional student life at the University of Washington, the GPSS Travel Grants Program contributes funds to qualifying individuals’ travel expenses for active conference participation in the US and abroad. GPSS travel grants contribute to the strengthening of the University and its increased prominence in the greater scholarly community through the broadening of students’ personal and academic development through exposure to the work of others elsewhere. Students whose conference participation might otherwise be unfunded, have strong academic credentials and are making fair progress towards their respective degrees are encouraged to apply. Recipients will receive awards up to $300 for domestic conferences and $500 for international conferences.

Eligibility

UW (Seattle) graduate and professional students enrolled and in good standing may apply for this travel grant. Active participation (presenting a paper or poster, chairing a session or panel, etc.) at an academic conference is required and proof of acceptance is required with this application (see below). Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2 to be considered.

Students may apply for this grant up to one term before participating in the conference event, during the term of participation. Students may not apply for funding if their conference/event will occur before the quarter deadline. Only one application per conference event/presentation is permitted, however. Though students may apply only once per conference event, one may apply many times as they like during their UW student career for different events/presentations. One may only receive GPSS travel funding once every three years (with a maximum of two awards during one’s UW student career).

For more information and how to apply, click here.

Amazon Catalyst Grants

Fall Quarter Application Deadline:  December 16, 2017

Amazon Catalyst is a collaboration with select universities whose mission is to seek out and fund bold and risky projects proposed by members of the university community. Amazon Catalyst is NOT a research fund and is not appropriate for basic research. Rather, it is a “project fund”: proposals must address a visible problem in the world and must present a practical solution to that problem.

Grants awarded range between $10,000 to $100,000 for projects lasting from 3-18 months, and successful applicants are given the title “Amazon Catalyst Fellow.” All members of the UW community are eligible to apply, including students, faculty, and staff from all disciplines, including the humanities, arts, sciences, and engineering.

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

American Association of University Women (AAUW) Career Development Grants

Application Deadline:  December 15, 2017

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.

AAUW’s Career Development Grants provide funding to women who hold a bachelor’s degree and are preparing to advance or change careers or reenter the workforce. Grants range from $2,000 to $12,000 and provide support for course work beyond a bachelor’s degree, including a master’s degree, second bachelor’s degree, certification program, or specialized training in technical or professional fields. Course work must be taken at an accredited two- or four-year college or university in the United States or at a technical school that is fully licensed or accredited by the U.S. Department of Education. Primary consideration is given to women of color and women pursuing their first advanced degree or credentials in nontraditional fields.

Eligibility:

Career Development Grants are open to women who

  • are U.S. citizens or permanent residents;
  • hold an earned (not honorary) bachelor’s degree;
  • received their bachelor’s degree on or before June 30, 2013;
  • do not hold an earned (not honorary) graduate or professional degree;
  • plan to enroll or are enrolled in courses/activities that are required for professional employment or advancement; and
  • plan to enroll or are enrolled in one of the following:
    • Bachelor’s or associate degree program that is different from the field of study of the previously earned bachelor’s degree
    • Master’s degree program
    • Certification program
    • Technical school
    • Professional degree (e.g., law or medicine)

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

NOAA Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program

Application Deadline:  December 8, 2017

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program recognizes outstanding scholarship and encourages independent graduate level research — particularly by female and minority students — in NOAA mission-related sciences of oceanography, marine biology and maritime archaeology, including all science, engineering and resource management of ocean and coastal areas. Scholarship selections are based on academic excellence, letters of recommendations, research and career goals and financial need.

Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarships may provide, subject to appropriations, yearly support of up to $42,000 per student (a 12-month stipend of $30,000 in addition to an education allowance of up to $12,000) and up to $10,000 of support for a 4-6 week program collaboration at a NOAA facility.

Eligibility:

Only individuals who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents, or citizens of U.S. territories, and are applying to or have been accepted to a U.S. accredited graduate institution to pursue a master’s or doctoral level degree in oceanography, marine biology, or maritime archaeology (including all science, engineering, social science and resource management of ocean and coastal areas) are eligible for an award under this scholarship program. In addition, to be eligible to apply, applicants must have a cumulative 3.30 grade point average. Scholars must maintain a minimum cumulative and term grade point average of 3.30 for every term and for the duration of their award. If applicant does not maintain this grade point average, he/she will be placed on probation after the first term. If the grade point average is not brought up for that year, the recipient’s scholarship will be terminated. In addition, satisfactory progress must be made toward the completion of a thesis or dissertation. If it is determined that the scholar will not complete his/her thesis or dissertation prior to the end of the award, funding may be withdrawn.

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

Foundation for Science and Disability Student Award Program

Application Deadline:  December 1, 2017

The Foundation for Science and Disability (FSD) Student Award Program helps to increase opportunities in science, engineering, mathematics, technology, and pre‑medical/dental areas for graduate or professional students with disabilities.  FSD has established a Science Graduate Student Grant Fund, which is available to fourth year undergraduates (who are disabled and have been accepted to a graduate or professional school in the sciences) and graduate science students who have a disability.  Awards of $1000 each are made to qualified college or university students in any field of Mathematics, Science, Medicine, Technology, or Engineering.

The award is offered only to students who are entering or continuing a graduate degree in one of the above fields. As part of the application, the student is required to write an essay of about 250 words. The essay should include a description of professional goals and objectives, as well as the specific purpose for which the grant would be used. Two letters of recommendation from faculty members are required, including one from the faculty member who serves or will serve as the student’s academic research advisor.

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