Archive for June, 2009


American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE)

June 24, 2009

The American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE) and Educational Testing Service (ETS) have announced a 2010 Dissertation Competition.  The competition is open to those who have completed a dissertation between June 1, 2007 and August 1, 2009 that either focuses on Hispanics in higher education or on select disciplines by a Hispanic student.

First deadline: September 7, 2009
Details and application: AAHHE Dissertation Competition 2010


NIH migrating to online submissions of NRSA applications

June 23, 2009

To all those interested in applying for an NRSA, please read the following carefully:

Announcing New Business Processes and Confirming the Transition of Individual National Research Service Award (NRSA) Fellowship (“F”) Applications to Electronic Submission

Notice Number: NOT-OD-09-106

Key Dates
Release Date: June 12, 2009

Issued by National Institutes of Health (NIH), (

Effective with the August 8, 2009 submission date, all grant applications for the Individual National Research Service Award (NRSA) Fellowships (F-series) will require electronic submission through to eRA Commons.  Paper applications will not be accepted for submissions on or after the August 8 transition.  Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) for F-series programs have been updated and will also be announced in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts.  For a complete listing of Fellowship FOAs, see the F-Kiosk:
Several new business processes are being implemented concurrent with the transition to electronic submission:

1. Reference Letters:  The electronic submission of reference letters is separate from the electronic submission of applications. Reference letters are submitted directly through the eRA Commons and do not use  Therefore, fellowship applicants must follow the Reference Letter Instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Individual Fellowship Application Guide for specific directions (Part 1, Section 5.4). Letters of reference are an important component of the application for fellowship support.  Applicants must arrange to have at least three (but no more than five) letters of reference submitted on their behalf to the eRA Commons Web site at:

2. Resubmissions: Applicants may submit a resubmission application, but such application must include an Introduction addressing the previous peer review critique (Summary Statement). See new NIH policy on resubmission (amended) applications (NOT-OD-09-003, NOT-OD-09-016). Please note that when resubmitting an application electronically via, applicants must also resubmit their letters of reference through the eRA Commons as described above.

3. Review Criteria: Reviewers will provide an overall impact/priority score, and will consider each of the five criteria below in determining scientific and technical merit and will give a separate score for each:

  • Fellowship Applicant
  • Sponsor(s), Collaborator(s), and Consultant(s)
  • Research Training Plan
  • Training Potential
  • Institutional Environment and Commitment to Training

Out of the Office

June 1, 2009

Hello, graduate students!

Just as a heads up – I will be out of the office Tuesday, June 2 through Friday, June 19. I will be able to answer all your burning Fulbright questions when I am back in the office on June 22.

In the meantime, have faculty look over your proposal and refer to the previous post for the Fulbright Information Session powerpoint and the handouts on Fulbright proposal writing.

A few things to keep in mind as you get started:

  • September 11 – UCSD internal deadline.
  • October 19 – National Fulbright deadline.
  • Keep writing and re-writing your proposal. If you feel like you’ve written all you can, put it down and don’t look at it for a day or two. Clear your head, do other things, and then come back to your proposal with an open mind.
  • Read your proposal as if you were a reviewer – are there any holes that need patching?
  • Affiliations can be difficult to hunt down – start early! Here is a helpful page breaking down the mysteries of the affiliation (who needs one, how to get one, what the letters should say, etc.).

Thanks and happy writing!


Fulbright Information Session

June 1, 2009

For those of you who are unable to attend today’s Fulbright Information Session, here is the power point presentation I will be using for the workshop.

Also, please refer to the Fulbright tips entry for handout 1 and Fulbright tips II entry for handout 2.

Good luck!