Archive for September, 2011


Hertz Foundation – lucrative fellowships in STEM fields

September 28, 2011

First-year Ph.D. students can apply for the Hertz Foundation’s Graduate Fellowships for Innovators in the Applied Physical, Biological, and Engineering Sciences.

These fellowships are a great opportunity – 5 years of funding with a $31,000 stipend per year! (There’s also another distribution option you can choose if you have another major award you’ll accept concurrently.)

Approximately 20 fellowships are awarded per year.

Applicants should have “exceptional creativity, broad understanding of physical principles, outstanding potential for innovative research, and American citizenship or permanent residency.”

(First-year Ph.D. students with a master’s in a different field can apply, but those with a master’s in the same field usually can’t.)

Please see the foundation’s FAQ for more info.

Application deadline: October 31, 2011


Upcoming NSF program deadlines

September 26, 2011

The information below is copied from an email with a list of upcoming deadlines. This is NOT a complete list of upcoming NSF deadlines. I’m just selecting the ones I think are most applicable to graduate students.

SBE Minority Postdoctoral Research Fellowships and Follow-up Research Starter Grants (MPRF)
Full Proposal Deadline Date: October 17, 2011

Program Guidelines: NSF 09-595
The Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) offers Minority Postdoctoral Research Fellowships and Research Starter Grants in an effort to increase the diversity of researchers who participate in NSF programs in the social, behavioral and economic sciences and thereby increase the participation of scientists from underrepresented groups in selected areas of science in the United States. These activities (postdoctoral fellowships and follow-up research starter …
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Postdoctoral Fellowships in Polar Regions Research
Full Proposal Deadline Date: October 18, 2011

Fellowship Proposal Deadline

Program Guidelines: NSF 09-612
The Postdoctoral Fellowships in Polar Regions Research program supports training and research for recent doctoral degree recipients in any aspect of scientific study of the Antarctic and/or the Arctic within the Office of Polar Programs (OPP) program areas ( The program also provides travel grants to those eligible for fellowships for the purpose of meeting prospective mentors and colleagues, …
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Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (MSPRF)
Full Proposal Deadline Date: October 19, 2011

Program Guidelines: NSF 11-541
The purpose of the Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (MSPRF) is to support future leaders in the mathematical sciences by facilitating their participation in postdoctoral research environments that will have maximal impact on their future scientific development. There are two options for awardees: Research Fellowship and Research Instructorship. Awards will support research in areas of the mathematical sciences, including applications to other disciplines.
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NIH-NSF Centers for Oceans and Human Health – Info meeting this Friday

September 26, 2011

The Office of Research Affairs invites all those interested in leading or participating in UCSD application(s) to the NIH-NSF Centers for Oceans and Human Health funding opportunity to attend a meeting on

Friday, 30 September, 12:00 noon–1:00 pm, in Calit2 Room 5302

The purpose of this meeting is to encourage communication and promote team-building among investigators at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, on the General Campus, and in Health Sciences, thereby strengthening the capacity of the campus to compete successfully for an award.

Those who plan to attend are asked to kindly respond to Courtney Giordano,, by Wednesday, 28 September.

Those unable to attend are encouraged to send a representative from their research group and/or send a brief statement of interest (no more than one page, please) that can be shared with attendees to Courtney Giordano,, by Thursday, 29 September. Attendees are also welcome to send one-page statements.

FOA synopsis: The purpose of Centers for Oceans and Human Health (COHH) is to provide linkages between members of the ocean sciences and biomedical communities in order to support interdisciplinary research in areas where improved understanding of marine processes and systems has potential to reduce public health risks. This FOA will solicit grant applications that address harmful algal bloom (HAB) research, marine pollution (e.g., chemical toxicants assessment of long-term chronic exposures versus acute exposures; aspects of global climate change that influence ocean related human health outcomes; and development of statistical and bioinformatic tools to link developed oceanographic models with less well developed human health exposure and disease models). COHH awards are expected to create an environment conducive to interdisciplinary and reciprocally beneficial collaborations among biomedical scientists (e.g., epidemiologists, pharmacologists, toxicologists, microbiologists, cell and molecular biologists) and ocean scientists (e.g., biological and physical oceanographers, geochemists, and ecologists) with the common goal of improving our knowledge of the impacts of the ocean on human health.

LOIs are due October 22. Full applications are due November 22.
Direct costs are limited to $900,000 per year for a 5-year period.
3-4 awards are anticipated.

Full FOA:
Four funded Centers:


TurnItIn Access for Fellowship Applications

September 21, 2011

I recently posted about avoiding plagiarism in your fellowship applications. I now have access to TurnItIn, so if you would like, you can email me your applications at gradadvisor AT ucsd DOT edu, and I can run them through the system to check for flagrant plagiarism.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with it, TurnItIn is a system that scans student papers for exact phrases that appear to have been lifted from other writing. It is NOT a cure-all. It won’t catch theft of *ideas* that you’ve put into your own words. It only catches theft of another’s *words*. Therefore, all the usual caveats about policing yourselves on plagiarism apply. However, if you’d like to have a quick report to verify that you aren’t accidentally stealing someone else’s words, TurnItIn can do that.


Some 2nd year grad students eligible for NSF GRFP

September 21, 2011

The National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program is a wonderful opportunity that gives beginning graduate students in the sciences (including social sciences) three years of funding at $30,000/year so that you can pursue your studies full-time without having to teach or be a GSR.

In the past, you could only apply in your first year of grad school or the year before you started. Now, the eligibility information indicates that some students in their second year of grad school are eligible to apply.

Students who entered their program in Fall 2010 are eligible to apply as long as they have completed less than twelve months of full-time graduate study as of August 1, 2011. If you started conducting graduate research already in Summer 2010, then, you’re not eligible, but if you first started your program last September, you should be eligible to apply.

Application deadline: November 14-18, 2011, depending on the field


Presidential Management Fellows (PMF)

September 16, 2011

The Presidential Management Fellows Program gives graduating master’s, law, and doctoral candidates the chance to work for a government agency for two years after graduation. Check the requirements here.

As you can see, UCSD’s IR/PS division has been very successful with this in the past.

If you would like to apply:

IR/PS students should apply through IR/PS.

All others must send me (gradadvisor AT ucsd DOT edu or Mail Code 0003) an application packet no later than Friday, September 23. You must ALSO submit your online application no later than September 25.
The packet you send me should include the application form, the CV you will submit to PMF, and a statement from your advisor confirming that you will complete the requirements for your degree no later than August 31, 2012.

This is an overview of the application process:
2011 pmf application information


NSF East Asia and Pacific Institutes for US Grad Students

September 15, 2011

Please see the call below.

Application deadline: November 9, 2011


(Link: )

The National Science Foundation (NSF) East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for U.S. Graduate Students (EAPSI) is a flagship international fellowship program for developing the next generation of globally engaged U.S. scientists and engineers knowledgeable about the Asian and Pacific regions. The Summer Institutes are hosted by foreign counterparts committed to increasing opportunities for young U.S. researchers to work in research facilities and with host mentors abroad. Fellows are supported to participate in eight-week research experiences at host laboratories in Australia, China, Japan (10 weeks), Korea, New Zealand, Singapore and Taiwan from June to August. The program provides a $5,000 summer stipend, round-trip airfare to the host location, living expenses abroad, and an introduction to the society, culture, language, and research environment of the host location.

The 2012 application is now open and will close at 5:00 pm proposer’s local time on November 9, 2011. Application instructions are available online at For further information concerning benefits, eligibility, and tips on applying, applicants are encouraged to visit or

NSF recognizes the importance of enabling U.S. researchers and educators to advance their work through international collaborations and the value of ensuring that future generations of U.S. scientists and engineers gain professional experience beyond this nation’s borders early in their careers. The program is intended for U.S. graduate students pursuing studies in fields supported by the National Science Foundation. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply for the EAPSI. Applicants must be enrolled in a research-oriented master’s or PhD program and be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents by the application deadline date. Students in combined bachelor/master degree programs must have matriculated from the undergraduate degree program by the application deadline date.

The first Summer Institutes began in Japan in 1990, and to date over 2,400 U.S. graduate students have participated in the program.

Should you have any questions, please contact the EAPSI Help Desk by email at or by phone at 1-866-501-2922.