Archive for March, 2011


International Student Funding – UPDATED

March 16, 2011

Fellowships for which some international graduate students are eligible

1. All Social Science Research Council fellowships
2. American Institute of Indian Research Fellowships
3. UC fellowships (note: most UC fellowships carry no citizenship restrictions):
a. Natural Reserve System (NRS), Mildred E. Mathias Graduate Student Research Grant
b. Biotechnology Research and Education, Graduate Research and Education in Adaptive Biotechnology (GREAT)
training program
c. Pacific Rim Research Program
d. Humanities Research Institute Residential Fellowships
e. Tobacco-Related Disease-Research Program
f. Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation Graduate Fellowships no competition for 2011-2012
g. Institute for Research in the Arts awards
h. Center for Nanotechnology in Society Graduate Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences
i. UC MEXUS Doctoral Dissertation Grants
j. University-wide AIDS Research Program
k. UC ACCORD Dissertation Fellowships
4. Asian Cultural Council Programs
5. Harry Frank Guggenheim Fellowships for exploring the problems of violence and aggression in the modern world
6. Population Council, Social Science Fellowship Program
7. American Statistical Association, ASA/NSF Research Fellowships
8. Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowships in Women’s Studies
9. TIAA-CREF Ruth Wilson Fellowship on the African Diaspora
10. All Getty grants
11. National Estuarine Research Reserve System, Graduate Research Fellowship Program
12. Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research
13. Spencer Dissertation Fellowships for Research Related to Education
14. Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship
15. NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants
16. American Association for University Women International Fellowships
17. American Association for University Women Dissertation Fellowships
18. The Brookings Institution Pre-Doctoral Research Fellowship Foreign Policy Program
19. Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship in the Arts
20. American Heart Association Pre-doctoral Fellowships
21. American Musicological Society Alvin H. Johnson Fellowship
22. American Musicological Society Howard Mayer Brown AMS Fellowship
23. All Smithsonian Institution Fellowships
24. Association for Institutional Research (AIR), NCES/NSF Grant Program Dissertation Fellowships
25. All Medieval Academy of America Grants and Fellowships
26. Google Anita Borg Scholarship
27. NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship
28. Department of Transportation Eisenhower Graduate Transportation Fellowship Program
29. Leakey Foundation Research Grants
30. Leakey Foundation Franklin Mosher Baldwin Fellowships
31. California Sea Grant Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship
32. Space Telescope Science Institute Graduate Student Research Assistantships
33. American Geophysical Union Horton Research Grant


Invent Now – Collegiate Inventors Competition

March 14, 2011


Introduced in 1990, the Collegiate Inventors Competition has recognized, rewarded, and encouraged hundreds of students to share their inventive ideas with the world. The Competition promotes exploration in invention, science, engineering, technology, and other creative endeavors and provides a window on the technologies from which society will benefit in the future.


Students must be enrolled (or have been enrolled) full-time in any U.S. or Canadian college or university at least part of the 12-month period prior to the date the entry is submitted. In the case of a team (maximum of four students), at least one member of the team must meet the full-time eligibility criteria.  The other team members must have been enrolled on a part-time basis (at a minimum) sometime during the 24-month period prior to the date the entry is submitted.


The committee of judges represents various fields, including mathematics, engineering, biology, chemistry, physics, information technology, materials science, and medicine.

Entries are judged on the originality and inventiveness of the new idea, process, or technology. The entry must be complete, workable, and well articulated. Entries are also judged on their potential value to society (socially, environmentally, and economically), and on the scope of use. The judges’ decisions are final.


Each year up to 12 finalists in Graduate and Undergraduate Divisions receive an all-expenses paid trip to present their work to a panel of expert judges in Washington, D.C. In 2010, the top Graduate prize was $15,000 and the top Undergraduate Prize was $10,000. Other prizes are awarded to select finalists. Academic advisors of each winning entry also receive a cash award.

Deadline: June 24, 2011.  For tips on applying and to download an application, visit:


Science Outside the Lab

March 14, 2011

Science Outside the Lab

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

Session II: June 5 – June 18, 2011
Session III: June 19 – July 2, 2011

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.


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.


$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?

Applications will be accepted January 1 – April 1, 2011. [Download application]


Contact Ira Bennett at


China Government Council Scholarships

March 14, 2011

The Chinese Government Council is offering both full and partial scholarships for at least 1 year of study at various universities in China.  UCSD has been allocated 3 scholarships for 2011-2012 and is collecting applications from eligible graduate students.

Graduate students can pursue studies either related to their field of study or in Chinese Language programs.  Most programs are taught in Mandarin, but some postgraduate programs can be conducted in English.

For more information about the scholarship, application forms, and a list of participating host institutions in China, students are encouraged to visit the Chinese Scholarship Council website at:

To apply, please submit application materials to the UCSD Programs Abroad Office to the attention of:

Eric Tarbell
Programs Abroad Advisor
University of California, San Diego
Programs Abroad Office
International Center
9500 Gilman Drive, Mail Code # 0018
La Jolla, CA 92093-0018

Applications should be submitted no later than Monday, April 18, 2011.  The Programs Abroad Office is located in the UCSD International Center and is open Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Campus Sustainability Award Nominations

March 14, 2011

The UC San Diego Advisory Committee on Sustainability is accepting nominations for the annual Sustainability Awards.

In celebration of UC San Diego’s Earth Week, April 16-22, 2011, the Advisory Committee on Sustainability will recognize individuals and groups (teams, departments, units, student organizations, etc.) that have made our campus more sustainable.

Nominees must be closely affiliated with UC San Diego and have worked outside the capacity of their job descriptions to advance one or more of the Advisory Committee on Sustainability’s goals to:

·  Make sustainability part of UCSD’s ongoing education, research, planning, operation and/or outreach programs,

·  Share information about UCSD’s education, research, planning, operational and/or outreach activities related to environmental stewardship and sustainability with the campus community and the public.

Sustainability is defined as meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

Nominators may submit more than one nomination. All nominations must be received by 5 p.m. March 15, 2010.  The award categories are listed below. To nominate someone or yourself, please complete the online nomination form at