Archive for March, 2010

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Middlebury Language Schools Kress Fellowships

March 31, 2010

The Middlebury Language Schools Kress Fellowships provides five fellowships for the summer of 2010 for art history graduate students to attend the Middlebury summer Language Schools, in French, German, Italian, or  Spanish.

These fellowships are intended for graduate students in art history with a proposed focus on European Art History. Preference will be given to graduate students who have recently been accepted or are currently enrolled in the requisite program at a Ph.D.-granting institution in the United States.

Fellowships cover the comprehensive fee (tuition, room, and board) at the Middlebury summer Language Schools. They are merit-based and intended for exceptionally qualified individuals, and will be awarded on a competitive basis.

Applications must be postmarked by April 15, 2010. For more information, please consult the web site at: http://www.middlebury.edu/ls/finaid/fellowships/kress

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Exploritas K. Patricia Cross Doctoral Research Grant

March 30, 2010

Elderhostel is accepting applications for the Exploritas K. Patricia Cross Doctoral Research Grant. This grant is open to U.S. and international students whose doctoral research focuses on lifelong and/or later-life learning. Exploritas is the new program name of Elderhostel, Inc., the not-for-profit world leader in lifelong learning.

Please pass on the information below to anyone who would be interested in applying for this $5,000 grant, or anyone who may know someone interested in applying. We envision that graduate students researching activities regarding older adults, faculty, department chairs and deans may want to know about this grant.

Exploritas K. Patricia Cross Doctoral Research Grant

Elderhostel invites applications from doctoral candidates researching lifelong or later-life learning for the Elderhostel K. Patricia Cross Doctoral Research Grant. This $5,000 grant is awarded annually to a student in various disciplines including, but not limited to, psychology, education, gerontology, cognitive studies, neuroscience, leisure studies, aging and social work. Because the selection committee requires an abstract and description of your current research, you must already be engaged in your dissertation research.  International graduate students welcome to apply.

The application deadline is Friday, April 30, 2010. Please be sure to have all application material submitted by midnight EDT, including your CV/resume, 2-3 page abstract and at least one of your recommendations.

The Exploritas K. Patricia Cross Doctoral Research Grant recipient will be determined by a selection committee consisting of professors, practitioners and other leaders in the field of lifelong learning. The recipient will be announced in late June 2010.

For further information, including requirements and the online application, please visit: www.exploritas.org/grants.

Elderhostel, founded in 1975, is a not-for-profit organization providing educational opportunities through travel for older adults across the United States and in 90 countries around the world. The Exploritas K. Patricia Cross Doctoral Research Grant was created to support future leaders in the field of lifelong learning. Exploritas is the new program name of Elderhostel, Inc.

Should you have any questions about the Exploritas K. Patricia Cross Doctoral Grant, please email grants@exploritas.org or call (617) 457-5529.

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2010-2011 Guru Gobind Singh Fellowship Competition

March 29, 2010

Nominations for the Guru Gobind Singh Fellowship are now being accepted.  The fellowship is an award of $30,000 given to a current UC student who meet the following eligibility criteria:

1) graduated from Indian or Pakistani university in a specific geographical region of those countries (it includes Delhi–please contact me for the map)
2) would like to return after getting a graduate degree, and
3) who hasn’t undertaken graduate study at another university in the United States at any point.

Students already holding a master’s degree and who have already reached the dissertation stage will be given preference, but these last are not absolute qualifications. Your department must be willing to provide you with a nonresident tuition fellowships until your program of study is complete, commencing the year following the award.

To apply, please send letters of reference (one from the student’s faculty spon­sor), university transcripts, and any other documents that may serve to sup­port the candidacy to vpdgs@ucsc.edu.  Please indicate the current status of the student, advanced to candidacy or not, and planned completion date.  In addition, please include a statement of how the student proposes to use her/his graduate education in their home country by May 8.

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Science Outside the Lab

March 25, 2010

A policy immersion program in Washington, D.C., for science and engineering graduate students

www.cspo.org/outreach/scienceoutsidethelab

Session I: May 23 – June 5, 2010
Session II: June 13 – 26, 2010

(Deadline to complete application: April 1, 2010)

What is it? Science Outside the Lab, presented by Arizona State University’s Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes (CSPO), explores the relationships among science, policy, and societal outcomes in a place where many important decisions about these things are made – Washington, D.C. During the two-week workshop, students will meet and interact with the people who fund, regulate, shape, critique, publicize and study science, including congressional staffers, funding agency officers, lobbyists, regulators, journalists, academics, museum curators and others.

Why? With the intersections between science, politics and society making the headlines every day, it is more important than ever for scientists and engineers to know how the decisions that affect them are made. Washington, D.C., where the $147 billion of federal science money and countless policy decisions originate, is the perfect setting to begin learning about the complicated world of science policy. Junior scientists and engineers who understand the goals and implications of publicly funded science will likely have an advantage when seeking jobs and funding. This program also will explore numerous careers that take advantage of science and engineering training but don’t involve laboratory work.

Who should attend? Natural science, engineering and mathematics doctoral students who are interested in how the decisions about science funding, regulation and policy are made will benefit from this program. Graduate students interested in careers in science policy also will find this to be an excellent opportunity to learn about important fellowships and meet current science policy professionals.

What to expect? Arizona State University hosts the program at its Washington Center and meetings take place in locations throughout the Washington, D.C., area, which allow the students to experience many facets of the Nation’s Capital. This is not a two-week lecture series. It includes discussions, hands-on experiences and on-location learning. It is designed not just to teach how decisions are made but to give the participants a chance to try their hands at them as well. The primary component of the program is the discussions the students will have with people throughout the District of Columbia. All presenters are asked to limit their opening comments to fifteen minutes. This leaves plenty of time for conversation. This opportunity, of course, comes with a significant responsibility. The success of the course will rest on the participants’ ability to ask probing questions and explore the subtler facets of policy. The goal is to expose participating graduate scientists and engineers to as many different viewpoints as possible and help them understand how the people and institutions in Washington, D.C., both influence and learn from science. Participants live in dormitories at George Washington University – walking distance to Georgetown and a Metro ride away from all the major sites in D.C.

Cost? $3,500, which includes all program activities and materials, lodging, food and local transportation while in Washington, D.C. Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to and from Washington, D.C.

How do I apply? Complete the application from www.cspo.org/outreach/scienceoutsidethelab/application.pdf and submit to CSPO no later than April 1, 2010. Submit your application as an e-mail attachment to Ira.Bennett@asu.edu, or by fax to (480) 7278791.

Questions? Contact Ira Bennett at Ira.Bennett@asu.edu

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Funding opportunities related to Grand Challenges in Global Health

March 9, 2010

Worldwide efforts have reduced the number of polio cases by 99 percent in the last two decades.  Until we reach  eradication, however, we are continuing research to accelerate the eradication of polio and to inform long-term policy on poliovirus in the post-eradication era. The Polio Research Committee (PRC) identifies unmet research needs, directs research, and assists in identifying investigators and designing studies to answer unanswered research questions in the fight to end polio.

The PRC is currently soliciting research proposals with particular focus on the following:

1) Understanding mucosal immunity in India
2) Addressing low vaccine coverage in Nigeria

More detailed information is at http://www.polioeradication.org/content/fixed/opvcessation/opvc_researchproposals.asp

Researchers are invited to submit proposals by March 30, 2010.  Proposals will be reviewed at the next PRC meeting, to be held in May 2010 in Geneva, Switzerland.

For further information regarding opportunities in polio research, please contact the Research and Product Development team, GPEI, World Health Organization at polioresearch@who.int.

Please also be sure to check back at www.grandchallenges.org for ongoing funding opportunities related to Grand Challenges in Global Health.

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Department of Defense (DoD) Breast Cancer Research Program (BCRP)

March 9, 2010

The Fiscal Year 2010 (FY10) Defense Appropriations Act provides $150 million to the Department of Defense (DOD) Breast Cancer Research Program (BCRP) to promote innovative research focused on eradicating breast cancer. This program is administered by the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) through the Office of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP). A summary of BCRP funding opportunities is provided below.  Detailed descriptions of each of the funding mechanisms, evaluation criteria, and submission requirements can be found in the FY10 BCRP Program Announcements. Each Program Announcement is available electronically for downloading from the Grants.gov website, the CDMRP website, and the CDMRP eReceipt Website.

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Submission Deadlines:

Era of Hope Scholar Award
Pre-Application: March 24, 2010
Application: April 7, 2010

Innovator Award
Pre-Application: March 24, 2010
Application: April 7, 2010

Postdoctoral Fellowship Award
Pre-Application: March 24, 2010
Application: April 7, 2010

Predoctoral Traineeship Award
Pre-Application: March 24, 2010
Application: April 7, 2010

Idea Award
Pre-Application: April 21, 2010
Application: May 5, 2010

Idea Award- Collaborative Option
Pre-Application: April 21, 2010
Application: May 5, 2010

Transformative Vision Award
Pre-Proposal: March 18, 2010
Invited Application: June 23, 2010

Inter-Institutional Training Award
Pre-Proposal: March 18, 2010
Invited Application: June 23, 2010

Multi-Team Award
Pre-Proposal: March 18, 2010
Invited Application: June 23, 2010

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Brief descriptions of each of these award mechanisms are available on the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs website.

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Kenneth and Dorothy Hill Fellowship

March 9, 2010

The KENNETH AND DOROTHY HILL FELLOWSHIP is available for 2010-11.

Eligible predoctoral students may come from Humanities and Social Science departments, SIO, Biomedical Sciences, Neuroscience and Molecular Pathology.

The award will provide a stipend of $10,000 for 10 months plus resident fees.

Eligible departments/programs (not students) may nominate eligible students by submitting:

Nominee’s statement of proposed research which demonstrates that a significant portion of research will be in the Mandeville Special Collections Library.

Two letters of faculty recommendation.

Note: Before applying, students should contact Lynda Claassen re. their eligibility and materials available at the Mandeville Special Collections Library.

The deadline for nominations is April 30, 2010.  Please send nominations to Kathryn Murphy.