Some fellowship opps mentioned in the Council of Graduate Schools mailing list

November 15, 2011

I’m copying and pasting these from the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) Government Relations Weekly Update.

New NSF pilot program would approve grants without external review

NSF has unveiled a new initiative to fund proposals that are “unusually innovative, unconventional, high-risk, and interdisciplinary” and without a recognizable home within the foundation. The CREATIV (Creative Research Awards for Transformative Interdisciplinary Ventures) program will offer grants of up to $1 million over 5 years. NSF’s budget proposal to Congress proposes $24 million for CREATIV in 2012 and about 40 to 50 awards are projected. Unlike other NSF proposals, CREATIV proposals will not be judged by external review panels and instead must win over NSF program managers.
More information can be found at: nsf.gov/pubs/2012/nsf12011/nsf12011.jsp.

Graduate Fellowship Opportunity at Department of Energy (Note that this is different than the computer science one I posted earlier)

The DOE Office of Science Graduate Fellowship Program (DOE SCGF) is now accepting applications for 2012. The SCGF is a three-year award, providing partial tuition support, an annual stipend for living expenses, and a research allowance for full-time graduate study and thesis/dissertation research at U.S. academic institutions. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, a first- or second-year graduate student, or an undergraduate senior at the time of application. Applicants must be pursuing or plan to pursue advanced degrees in areas relevant to the Office of Science research, e.g., physics, materials sciences, chemistry, biology, applied mathematics, computer and computational sciences, environmental sciences, and some areas of engineering.
Complete information about the program and a link to the online application can be found at science.energy.gov/scgf/. Applications are due Tuesday, January 3, 2012. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Ping Ge, the DOE SCGF Program Manager, at ping.ge@science.doe.gov.

NASA fellowships solicitation

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is accepting applications for the 2012 NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships which “seeks to sponsor U.S. citizen and permanent resident graduate student researchers who show significant potential to contribute to NASA’s strategic goals and missions.” The applications must be submitted by institutions of higher education “on behalf of highly qualified individuals pursuing or planning to pursue Master’s (e.g., M.S.) or Doctoral (e.g., Ph.D.) degrees in relevant space technology disciplines at their respective institutions.” Applications are due January 11, 2012. Awards may be up to 4 years in length and the program is contingent upon appropriation of the necessary funds.
More information is available at:

UCSD internal deadline for NASA grants: Monday, December 19, 2011

NIH grant announcement (Faculty members apply for this one; you might want to let yours know.)

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) published the FY 12 request for applications for the Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) which is designed to “stimulate research in educational institutions that provide baccalaureate or advanced degrees for a significant number of the Nation’s research scientists, but that have not been major recipients of NIH support…AREA grants are intended to support small-scale research projects proposed by faculty members of eligible, domestic institutions, to expose students to meritorious research projects, and to strengthen the research environment of the applicant institution.” According to the announcement, while applications “should include plans to involve undergraduate or graduate students in the proposed research,” applicants are cautioned that the program is not a training or fellowship program. Institutions may apply for up to $300,000 in direct costs and additional indirect costs. Applications will be accepted as of January 25, 2012.
More information is available at: grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-12-006.html.

French fellowships for Ph.D. students in various fields

Applications are being accepted for the Chateaubriand Fellowship program offered by the Embassy of France. The program offers 10 months of support for Ph.D. students from U.S. institutions to conduct research in France. There are two programs: one is a STEM fellowship program and the other focuses on Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS). Recipients receive a stipend, health insurance, and funds for roundtrip travel to France. The deadline for the HSS program is December 31, 2011; STEM Fellowship applications are due February 1, 2012. According to the announcement, “Candidates do not have to be U.S. citizens, but French citizens are not eligible to apply. Students must be enrolled in at an American university.”
More information is available at: chateaubriand-fellowship.org.


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