Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program

Application Deadline: September 8, 2017

The Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program, now in its 20th year, provides early career individuals with the opportunity to spend 12 weeks at the Academies in Washington, DC learning about science and technology policy and the role that scientists and engineers play in advising the nation.

Each year, applicants from around the world become part of an Academies’ committee, board, or unit where they are assigned to a mentor and learn about the world of science and technology policy. An immersive experience, the program is designed to broaden fellows’ appreciation of employment opportunities outside academia and leave them with both a firm grasp of the important and dynamic role of science and technology in decision-making and a better understanding of the role that they can play in strengthening the science and technology enterprise for the betterment of mankind.

The 2018 session will begin on January 16 and conclude on April 6, 2018. The Fellowship offers a stipend of $9,000. Graduate and professional school students and those who have completed graduate studies within the last five years may apply.  Areas of study may include social/behavioral sciences, health and medicine, physical or biological sciences, engineering, law/business/public administration, or relevant interdisciplinary fields. 

The program is open to US citizens, US permanent residents, and non-US citizens who hold one of the following visas:

– F-1 students using CPT (curricular practical training)
– F-1 students using OPT (optional practical training)
– J-2 dependents
– J-1 students using academic training
– J-1 research scholars with written approval of their Responsible Officer
– DACA recipients
– Adjustment applicants, refugees, asylees, and selected other visa classes

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


Harvard Chan School of Public Health Multidisciplinary International Research Training Program

Application Deadline:  January 6, 2017

The Multidisciplinary International Research Training (MIRT) program is a national summer program designed to encourage underrepresented students to pursue careers in biomedical and behavioral science research. The program aims (1) to provide fellows with direct experience in population-based health research in developing countries, (2) to enhance the research programs of junior faculty members through multidisciplinary collaborative research with colleagues in foreign institutions, and (3) to encourage expansion of cultural perspectives and international knowledge of students and faculty.

The program will provide support for undergraduate and graduate students to do research work overseas during summer 2017. Financial support includes: (1) Round-trip airfare to foreign institution, (2) Monthly stipend, (3) Foreign living expenses, and (4) Health insurance.


(1) All applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents of the US.
(2) All students must be in at least their junior year at the time of the start of the fellowship and must be enrolled in a full-time degree program at the start of the application.
(3) Research and travel experience is not required, only a strong desire to participate in international health research work.

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


AHRQ Health Services Research Dissertation Grant

Application deadline:   August 1, 2016 (additional cycles in November, February, and May)

The overall goal of the AHRQ Health Services Research Dissertation Grant Program is to help ensure that a diverse pool of highly trained health services researchers is available in adequate numbers and appropriate research areas to address the research mission and priorities of AHRQ.  9-17 month awards are up to $40,000.

Applications for dissertation research grants must be responsive to AHRQ’s mission, which is to improve the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care for all Americans.  The research sponsored and conducted by the Agency develops and presents scientific evidence regarding all aspects of health care in the United States.  It addresses issues of organization, delivery, financing, utilization, patient and provider behavior, outcomes, effectiveness and cost.  It evaluates both clinical services and the system in which these services are provided.  These scientific results improve the evidence base to enable better decisions about health care, including such areas as disease prevention, appropriate use of medical technologies, improving diagnosis and treatment in cost-effective ways, long-term care, and reducing racial and ethnic disparities.

AHRQ has identified strategic goals as priority research areas.  Applied research applications must address one of these areas.  Applicants are strongly encouraged to focus on topical areas unique to AHRQ, demonstrating how expected results can be used or made available for use to enhance healthcare quality.  Results should be directly relevant to customers, such as providers and practitioners, administrators, payers, consumers, policymakers, and insurers.  The strategic research goals are:

  • Safety/quality – Reduce the risk of harm from health care services by promoting the delivery of appropriate care that achieves the best quality outcomes
  • Efficiency – Achieve wider access to effective health care services and reduce health care costs
  • Effectiveness – Assure that providers and consumers/patients use beneficial and timely health care information to make informed decision choices.

Candidates are required to address health services research issues critical to AHRQ priority populations, including: individuals living in inner city and rural (including frontier) areas; low-income and minority groups; women, children, the elderly; and individuals with special health care needs, including those with disabilities and those who need chronic or end-of-life health care.

Candidates must conduct dissertation projects which focus on health care delivery in the United States. AHRQ will not accept international health care research projects.


  • Candidates must be U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals, or permanent residents by the time the award is issued.
  • Candidates must be full-time students in good standing, who are enrolled in an accredited research doctoral program in such fields as the social or behavioral sciences, mathematics, engineering, health services research, nursing, social sciences, epidemiology, biostatistics, health policy, and health informatics.
  • Candidates with more than part-time employment (defined as greater than twenty hours per week), in addition to the requirements of their current, full-time academic student appointments, are not eligible to apply for this grant mechanism.
  • Students must complete all non-dissertation requirements for their doctoral degree by the time of submission of the application (except in cases where a clinical internship is required to follow the dissertation phase).  Approval of the dissertation proposal by the doctoral committee is required before the grant award is issued.

For complete information about this opportunity, see:

American Psychological Foundation Placek Grants for LGBTQ+ or Child Research

Application deadline:   March 1, 2016

The American Psychological Foundation has two research grant programs with upcoming deadlines. Graduate students are eligible to apply for both of these programs.

Wayne F. PLacek Grants
$15,000 to support empirical research from all fields of the behavioral and social sciences on any topic related to lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender issues.
For complete information about this opportunity, see:

Esther Katz Rosen Fund Grants
Up to $50,000 for work related to the psychological understanding of gifted children and youth.
For complete information about this opportunity, see:


Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program

Application deadline:   December 1, 2015

The Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program has been established by the Department of Defense (DoD) to support undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The program aims to increase the number of civilian scientists and engineers working at DoD laboratories.

Eligible disciplines

Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, Biosciences, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Cognitive, Neural, and Behavioral Sciences, Computer and Computational Sciences, Electrical Engineering, Geosciences, Industrial and Systems Engineering (technical tracks only), Information Sciences, Materials Science and Engineering, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Oceanography, Operations Research (technical tracks only), Physics

Additional eligibility criteria

  • a U.S. citizen at time of application,
  • 18 years of age or older as of August 1, 2016,
  • able to participate in summer internships at DoD laboratories,
  • willing to accept post-graduate employment with the DoD,
  • a student in good standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale at the time of award
  • Graduate applicants can be either currently enrolled in a regionally accredited U.S. college or university or awaiting notification of admission to such. If awaiting admission, you must be accepted for entrance in the fall 2016 term


  • Full tuition and education related fees (does not include items such as meal plans, housing, or parking)
  • Stipend paid at a rate of $25,000 – $38,000 depending on degree pursuing (may be prorated depending on award length)
  • Summer research internships
  • Health Insurance allowance up to $1,200 per calendar year
  • Miscellaneous Supplies Allowance of $1,000 per academic year
  • Mentoring
  • Employment placement after graduation

For complete information about this opportunity, see:

Doris Duke Fellowships for the Promotion of Child Well-Being

Application deadline:   December 1, 2015

The Doris Duke Fellowships for the Promotion of Child Well-Being are designed to identify and develop a new generation of leaders interested in and capable of creating practice and policy initiatives that will enhance child development and improve the nation’s ability to prevent all forms of child maltreatment.

The fellows receive an annual stipend of $30,000 for up to two years to support the completion of their dissertation and related research at their academic institution. Up to 15 fellowships are awarded annually. Fellows are guided by an academic mentor whom they select; fellows also identify a policy or practice mentor to assist them in better understanding how to frame their research questions with an eye toward maximizing policy and practice relevance.

Because the promotion of child well-being and the prevention of child maltreatment require knowledge and collaboration from diverse fields, the program is multidisciplinary in scope and approach. Fellows are selected from a range of academic disciplines, including—-but not limited to—-social work, child development, public health, medicine, public policy, education, economics, psychology, and epidemiology. In order to maximize the opportunities for interdisciplinary learning, Chapin Hall is building a sustainable peer learning network among the fellows and mentors through a series of in-person meetings, webinars, conference calls, and social networking opportunities.


  • Applicants must be doctoral students who will have substantially completed their coursework by August 31, 2016.
  • Each applicant’s dissertation must be focused on some aspect of child well-being and the prevention of child maltreatment.
  • Applicants can be enrolled at any academic institution in the U.S.
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents in the U.S.
  • Applicants should identify an academic and policy mentor.
  • Applications must be submitted between August 1, 2015 and December 1, 2015.

For complete information about this opportunity, see:

2013-14 Fritz and Boeing Graduate Fellowships for International Research or Study

Deadline:  February 11, 2013, at 12 noon (PST)

For 2013-2014 the Graduate School will award Chester Fritz and Boeing International one-quarter fellowships to support international study or research abroad by UW graduate students. These grants are available to fund research and/or study periods of three months, corresponding to regular UW quarter dates. During the quarter of their award, fellows are required to register for study abroad through the Office of International Programs and Exchanges. The IPE fee is covered by the fellowship. Graduate students in fee-based programs are not eligible to apply. No extra money is included for airfare.

In allocating these awards, priority will be given to applications that address the following:

  • Clear statement of the research and/or study that will be done on the fellowship
  • Evidence of the relationship between the proposed study/research and the applicant’s academic program;
  • Evidence of the necessity to go overseas to conduct the study/research and the relevance of the university or locale to the planned research (including evidence of affiliation, if required or appropriate, to carry out the proposed project); and
  • Evidence of appropriate language competence.

Students who have already received a Graduate School Pembroke Award, a Graduate School Fritz or Boeing Fellowship, or Western Europe Travel Grant are ineligible to receive this fellowship.

For more information and the application form, please go to:

Questions can be directed to the Graduate School Office of Fellowships and Awards:, 206.543.7152.

Scholarships for Research or Graduate Study in Germany

Deadline: October 31 (priority campus deadline; more deadlines below)

The German Academic Exchange Service’s (DAAD) Study Scholarships provide highly qualified individuals in all fields of study with an opportunity to do independent study/research in Germany or to complete a full Master’s degree program at a German university. Graduating seniors, recent alumni and graduate students are eligible to apply, including foreign nationals attending US universities (see eligibility details below).

The program provides scholarships for one academic year (2013-14) with the possibility of a 1-year extension for those completing a full degree program in Germany; a monthly living stipend of approximately 750 Euro, health insurance, and a travel subsidy (1,075 Euro from the west coast). Limited additional funds may be available for a rent subsidy and family allowance.

This year’s application cycle is for research or study in Germany during the 2013-14 year (with the possibility of extension to include 2014-15). Complete information about this scholarship program and application materials are available at;jsessionid=8haf9qdklhulh.

UW is a partner university within this program, which gives UW students and alumni several options for applying, depending on field:

  • Applicants in all fields EXCEPT music, visual arts and performing arts* wishing to compete for UW’s one priority nomination must submit their applications by the campus deadline of Oct. 31, 2012 at 12:00pm (noon). Priority nomination provides competition in a smaller pool of national applications.
  • Applicants in all fields EXCEPT music, visual arts and performing artsnot wishing to compete for that priority nomination, but simply to compete in the general national application pool should submit their applications by the extended campus deadline of Nov. 9, 2012 by 5:00pm. UW will mail all applications on to the DAAD national office by the national deadline on your behalf.
  • *Music, visual arts and performing arts applicants can apply directly to the national office by Nov. 1, or can have their application materials forwarded by UW. Please see an adviser for details and questions.
  • Graduate students interested in applying should contact Marilyn Gray, Assistant Director of Fellowships & Awards in The Graduate School: 543-7152, G-1 Communications.
  • Undergraduate students and Bachelor’s alums interested in applying should contact Robin Chang, Assistant Director, Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards: 543-2603, 171 MGH.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Graduating seniors (fourth-year students in Canada), graduate students and recent graduates who have completed their Bachelor’s degrees no longer than six years before the application deadline are welcome to apply. Students who are in the first year of a full Master’s degree program in Germany may also apply to fund their second year of the Master’s programs.
  • Applicants in all academic fields are welcome to apply. For study in the fields of dentistry, medicine, pharmacy, or veterinary medicine, contact DAAD.
  • If you are a graduating senior (last year of undergraduate studies) or a graduate student, you must be enrolled at an accredited North American university at the time of application. (Those who have already completed an undergraduate degree do not need to be currently enrolled.)
  • Recent graduates should have received their bachelor’s degrees no longer than six years before the application deadline.
  • Recent graduates who are currently in Germany (for no longer than one year at the time of application) are also eligible to apply.
  • Applicants should be US or Canadian citizens or permanent residents. Foreign nationals are eligible if they have been full-time students at an accredited US or Canadian University for at least two years at the time of application.
  • At the time of application, applicants may not be living in Germany for a period of more than one year.

Important Considerations for Applicants:

  • Applicants for Master’s programs should have a study proposal explaining why a particular program has been chosen and how it will further the applicant’s educational and career goals. As German university deadlines are later than our deadline, you may not have yet been admitted to a German university; however, if already enrolled in Germany and applying for the second year of the Master’s, applicants must submit evidence of admission to a German university. Those beginning their Master’s do not need to submit any evidence of contact with a German institution.
  • Applicants for independent study are expected to have a well-defined study or research project that makes a stay in Germany essential and should have an invitation from an academic partner at a German university or research institution. Scholarship recipients are required to complete two courses per semester and obtain “Scheine” (certificates of credit) for them.
  • Applicants in the arts, humanities and social sciences should have a good command of German.
  • Applicants may not hold a DAAD grant and a grant from another German or German-American organization/German-Canadian organization concurrently for the same project. Prior recipients of a DAAD grant should contact DAAD New York before applying to determine their eligibility status.

Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program

References Due: April 27, 2012
Applications Due: May 1, 2012

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 an early career educational and training opportunity.  It 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 eligibility 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 or F-1 status or work authorization.

Fall 2012 Session Term
August 27 through November 16, 2012

Application Information:
Please visit <> for eligibility criteria and application instructions.  Two online references/recommendations must be received prior to completing the application.  References must pertain to academic, professional, or other work-related experience.

Submission Deadline for Application Materials:
References Due: April 27, 2012
Applications Due: May 1, 2012

A stipend grant award of $8,240 will be provided for the 12-week session to offset expenses.

Questions should be directed to: