Fellowships and Scholarships
- Education Testing Service Fellowship Programs (faculty & student)
- FDA Commissioner's Fellowship Program (faculty & student)
- Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowship (student)
- Jefferson Science Fellowship (faculty)
- NASA Postdoctoral Fellowship (faculty)
- National Research Council Post-Doctoral & Senior Research Awards (faculty & student)
- NDSEG Graduate Fellowship (student)
- Newton International Fellowship (post-doctoral)
- NIST: Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (student)
- NSF: East Asia & Pacific Summer Institutes (student)
- NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (student)
- Sigma Xi: Grants In Aid of Research Program (student)
- Smithsonian Fellowships (faculty & student)
- UK - US Research Collaborations (faculty & students)
- Additional Resources
The ETS Fellowship and Internship programs seek scholars who either hold a doctoral degree or who are enrolled in a doctoral program in the field of educational research and who are interested in research opportunities.
See ETS for specific application deadlines.
ETS Summer Internship Program for Graduate Students
Selected interns conduct research under the guidance of an ETS mentor in Princeton, N.J. Graduate students who are currently enrolled in a full-time doctoral program and who have completed a minimum of two years of coursework toward their PhD or EdD on or before the program start date are eligible to apply.
Postdoctoral Fellowship Award Program
Up to three fellows are selected and invited to conduct independent research. Candidates must hold a PhD or an EdD. The fellowship is for a period of up to two years, renewable after the first year by mutual agreement.
Sylvia Taylor Johnson Minority Fellowship in Educational Measurement
One fellow is selected to conduct independent research. Candidates must have received their PhD or EdD within the past ten years. The fellowship is for a period of up to two years, renewable after the first year.
Harold Gulliksen Psychometric Research Fellowship Program
During the academic year, fellows study at their universities and conduct a research project under supervision of an academic mentor and in consultation with an ETS research scientist. During the summer, fellows participate in the ETS Summer Internship Program for Graduate Students. The program is open to national and international applicants who are enrolled in a doctoral program and who have completed all required coursework toward the PhD. Applicants should be at the dissertation stage of their program.
FDA COMMISSIONER'S FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
The two-year Commissioner’s Fellowship Program provides an opportunity for health professionals and scientists to receive training and experience at the FDA. Fellows will train at FDA’s new state-of-the-art White Oak campus in Silver Spring, Maryland or at other FDA facilities.
The objective of the Commissioner’s Fellowship Program is to train a cadre of highly accomplished scientists intensively in FDA regulatory science across devices, drugs, biologics, foods, and cosmetics. In addition to classes in each FDA product area, Fellows will receive instruction in FDA law, policy and international activities, federal budget process, networking and leadership skills, communications with the public and press, biostatistics, epidemiology, clinical trial design, risk assessment and risk management, and extensive case-based learning classes.
- U.S. citizen or national
- Must have a Doctoral level degree or have a Bachelor's degree in an engineering discipline
Key Program Dates:
- February - April: Applications accepted
- May - June: Interviews
- June - July: Applicants notified of their standing
- Early October: Program start date
FORD FOUNDATION DIVERSITY FELLOWSHIP
Designed to increase the diversity of the nation's college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.
- U.S. citizen or national
- Planning a career in teaching and research at the college or university level
Stipends and Allowances:
- Predoctoral: $20,000 to the fellow, institutional allowance of $2,000 for three years
- Dissertation: $21,000 for one year
- Postdoctoral: $40,000 for one year, $1,500 employing institution allowance, to be matched by employing institution
- Deadline: November (annually)
see Ford Foundation web site for specific dates
All awardees have expenses paid to attend one Conference of Ford Fellows.
Approximately 60 predoctoral, 35 dissertation and 20 postdoctoral fellowships sponsored by the Ford Foundation and administered by the National Research Council for the National Academies.
JEFFERSON SCIENCE FELLOWSHIP
The Jefferson Science Fellowship engages faculty in the fields of science, technology, and engineering as policy advisors to the US Department of State or USAID. All JSF assignments will be designed through a consultation that considers both the interests and expertise of the Fellow and the needs of the hosting office. Tenured, or similarly ranked, academic scientists, engineers and physicians from US institutions of higher learning are eligible to apply.
NASA POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS
The NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) offers unique research opportunities to highly talented national and international scientists and engineers to engage in ongoing NASA research in Aeronautics, Astrobiology, Astrophysics, Earth Science, Exploration Systems, Heliophysics, Planetary Science, and Space Operations.
- Approximately 60 Fellowships awarded annually
- One-year appointments, renewable up to three years
- Annual stipends start at $50,000, with supplements for certain degree fields and high cost-of-living areas
- Annual travel budget of $8,000
- Financial assistance for relocation
- Financial supplement for health insurance purchased through the program
Apply at http://nasa.orau.org/postdoc.
Three application deadlines each year: November 1, March 1, and July 1.
- U.S. Citizens
- Foreign Nationals with a J-1 visa status as a research scholar, Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) status, or Employment Authorization Document (EAD) with pending LPR status
- Recent and senior-level Ph.D. recipients
Locations of Fellowship Positions:
- Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA
- Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, CA
- Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH
- Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD
- Goddard Institute for Space Studies, New York, NY
- Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA
- Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX
- Kennedy Space Center, Kennedy Space Center, FL
- Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA
- Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL
- Stennis Space Center, Stennis Space Center, MS
- NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC
- Various locations associated with the NASA Astrobiology Institute
The National Research Council of the National Academies sponsors Postdoctoral and Senior Research Associateship Programs. The programs provide opportunities for Ph.D, Sc.D. or M.D. scientists and engineers of unusual promise and ability to perform research on problems largely of their own choosing, yet compatible with the research interests of the sponsoring laboratory.
Many opportunities are open to both U.S. citizens and foreign nationals. Annual stipends range from $42,000 to $72,000 for recent graduates and proportionally higher for Senior Associates.
Deadlines: February 1, May 1, August 1, and November 1 annually
NDSEG GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP
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 approximately 200 new three-year graduate fellowships in April 2013, subject to the availability of funds. The DoD will offer these fellowships to individuals who have demonstrated ability and special aptitude for advanced training in science and engineering. National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowships are awarded to applicants who will pursue a doctoral degree in, or closely related to, an area of DoD interest within one of the following disciplines:
- Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
- Chemical Engineering
- Civil Engineering
- Cognitive, Neural, and Behavioral Sciences
- Computer and Computational Sciences
- Electrical Engineering
- Materials Science and Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering
The British Academy is accepting applications for the Newton International Fellowship. The Fellowship is run by The British Academy, The Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society, and aims to attract the world’s best postdoctoral researchers to the United Kingdom for two years.
The Fellowships cover the broad range of natural and social sciences, engineering and the humanities and are open to early-stage postdoctoral researchers who do not hold UK citizenship and are working outside the UK. Fifty Fellowships are available per round and successful candidates will receive an annual subsistence of £24,000, up to £8,000 for research expenses, and a one-off payment of up to £2,000 for relocation.
Newton Fellows may be eligible for follow-on funding of up to £6,000 per year for ten years, to help develop lasting international networks with the UK.
For more information, go to http://www.newtonfellowships.org
NIST: SUMMER UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP
The National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST) is accepting proposals for its Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program in Gaithersburg, MD. Domestic students majoring in science, mathematics and engineering are eligible to apply. Note that applications for participation in the SURF program are only accepted from colleges or universities, and not from individual students.
If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please contact Dr. Eric Brey, Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Research at email@example.com.
Students can participate in any one of the seven NIST laboratories:
- Building and Fire Research
- Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology
- Chemical Science and Technology
- Electronics and Electrical Engineering
- Information Technology
- Manufacturing Engineering
- Materials Science & Engineering
- NIST Center for Neutron Research
Australia, China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore, or Taiwan
- Biological Sciences
- Computer and Information Science & Engineering
- Education (Science, Mathematics, Engineering, & Technology)
- Mathematical & Physical Sciences
- Social, Behavioral, & Economic Sciences
- Multidisciplinary Research
NSF GRADUATE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
The National Science Foundation aims to ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in the United States and to reinforce its diversity by offering approximately 900-1,600 graduate fellowships in this competition pending availability of funds. The Graduate Research Fellowship provides three years of support for graduate study leading to research-based master's or doctoral degrees and is intended for students who are in the early stages of their graduate study. The Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) invests in graduate education for a cadre of diverse individuals who demonstrate their potential to successfully complete graduate degree programs in disciplines relevant to the mission of the National Science Foundation.
Due Dates: November (annually)
see NSF GRFP website for specific dates
- Interdisciplinary Fields of Study
- Mathematical Sciences; Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering
- Social Sciences; Psychology; Geosciences
- Life Sciences
- Chemistry; Physics and Astronomy
SIGMA XI: GRANTS IN AID OF RESEARCH PROGRAM
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 $2,500 for astronomy or vision related research.
Application deadlines are March 15th and October 15th annually.
The Smithsonian Institution offers fellowships for research and study in the following fields:
- Animal behavior, ecology, and environmental science
- Anthropology, including archaeology, cultural anthropology, linguistics, and physical anthropology
- Astrophysics and astronomy
- Earth sciences and paleobiology
- Evolutionary & systematic biology
- History of science and technology
- History or art, especially American, contemporary, African, Asian art, and twentieth-century American crafts, and decorative arts
- Materials research
- Molecular biology
- Social and cultural history of the United States
(scholars more than 7 years beyond the Ph.D.)
Term: 3 - 12 months
Stipend: $42,000 per year plus allowances
(scholars up to 7 years beyond the Ph.D.)
Term: 3 - 12 months
Stipend: $42,000 per year plus allowances
(doctoral candidates to conduct dissertation research)
Term: 3 - 12 months
Stipend: $27,000 per year plus allowances
Ten-Week Graduate Student Fellowships
(graduate students to conduct independent research, usually before having been advanced to candidacy, if in a Ph.D. program)
Term: 10 weeks
Deadline: January (annually)
see Smithsonian Fellowships web site for specific dates
Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)-Social Science Research Council (SSRC) Fellowships
The UK's ESRC and the US Social Science Research Council (a not-for-profit research funding body based in New York) provides fellowships to enable scholars from the Americas (North, Central, South and the Caribbean) to visit the UK to collaborate with researchers funded by the ESRC, or for UK ESRC-funded researchers to spend time collaborating with researchers in the Americas. Applicants must clearly demonstrate how their research will be strengthened by the proposed collaboration, and ideally provide opportunities for continuing collaboration in the future.
EU new Atlantis call
Atlantis is the EU's program for co-operation in higher education and vocational training.
The EU-USA Atlantis Program will not issue any calls for proposals in the 2012-2013 period due to budget cuts.
A list of fellowship, scholarship and grant websites compiled by the National Academies Fellowship Office
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