External Grant Opportunities and Deadlines

Graduate student external grant opportunities and deadlines.

October 23, 2017. NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. 3 years of support $34,000 and $12,000 allowance for education-related costs. Must be US citizen, US national, or permanent resident. Applicants must not have completed more than 12 months of full-time graduate study or its equivalent as defined by the universities attended as of August 1 of the year the GRFP application is submitted. Individuals may apply as an undergraduate senior as well as post-baccalaureate, before beginning graduate training. Applicants are limited to only one application to the GRFP, submitted either in the first year or in the second year of graduate school.  The NSF accords Honorable Mention to meritorious applicants who do not receive Fellowship awards. Graduate students with Honorable Mention may request access to XSEDE cyberinfrastructure resources in support of research undertaken toward completion of the graduate program of study that occurs within the 5-year period following receipt of Honorable Mention. Please refer to http://www.xsede.org/ for more information.

November 1, 2017. Phycological Society of America Grants in Aid of Research Program. Up to $2000. Applicants must be a graduate student or postdoctoral researcher with an active research program in any area of phycology. The applicant must be a member of PSA. Students use the funding to pay for supplies, materials, or equipment necessary to complete a specific research project. (This is NOT eligible for incentive money from Graduate School.)

November 20, 2017. PEO Scholar Award. One time $15,000. Must be female. Must be US citizen. Applicant must be within two years of her graduation date and has at least one full academic year of work remaining to complete her doctoral level degree at the time the award payment is made (August 1). 

December 7, 2017. Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship. 1 year support $24,000 and attendance to one conference. For students in final year to complete the dissertation with expected graduation in the 2018-2019 year and no later than Fall 2019. Must be US citizen, US national, or permanent resident. Selection criteria positive factors include membership in one or more of the groups whose underrepresentation in the American professoriate has been severe including Alaska Natives, Black/African Americans, Mexican Americans, Native American Indians, Pacific Islanders, Puerto Ricans.

December 8, 2017. National Institutes of Health Predoctoral Fellowships (F31). 3 years support with $24,000 stipend, tuition, fees. Must be US citizen or permanent resident.

December 8, 2017. National Institutes of Health Predoctoral Fellowships to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (F31). 3 years support with $24,000 stipend, tuition, fees. Must be US citizen or permanent resident. For the purpose of this announcement, institutions must identify applicants who will enhance diversity on a national basis (see NOT-OD-15-053), as defined by either A or B: A. Individuals from racial and ethnic groups that have been shown by the National Science Foundation to be underrepresented in health-related sciences on a national basis (see data at http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/showpub.cfm?TopID=2&SubID=27 and the most recent report on Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering). The following racial and ethnic groups have been shown to be underrepresented in biomedical research: African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders. B. Individuals with disabilities, who are defined as those with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, as described in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended. See NSF data at http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/wmpd/2013/pdf/tab7-5_updated_2014_10.pdf.

December 8, 2017. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship ProgramTo download full announcement click here. Award up to $30,000 annual stipend and $12,000 education allowance and $10,000 support for a 4-6 week program at a NOAA facility = total maximum per year of $42,000. Must be US citizen or permanent resident. May support master’s students for 2 years and doctoral students for 4 years. Supports graduate-level research in the fields of oceanography, marine biology, and marine archaeology. 

December 14, 2017. Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship. 3 years support with $24,000 stipend. Must be US citizen, US national, or permanent resident. Selection criteria positive factors include membership in one or more of the groups whose underrepresentation in the American professoriate has been severe including Alaska Natives, Black/African Americans, Mexican Americans, Native American Indians, Pacific Islanders, Puerto Ricans.

December 31, 2017. National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship. 4 years with a stipend, tuition, fees. Must be US citizen or national. Designed to encourage baccalaureate recipients to enter graduate school and ultimately gain doctorates in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields.  Applicants must have received or be on track to receive their bachelor's degrees by Summer 2018, 

March 15, 2018. Sigma Xi Grants in Aid of Research Program. Up to $1000. Students use the funding to pay for travel expenses to and from a research site, or for the purchase of non-standard laboratory equipment necessary to complete a specific research project. (This is NOT eligible for incentive money from Graduate School.)

April 8, 2018. National Institutes of Health Predoctoral Fellowships (F31). 3 years support with $24,000 stipend, tuition, fees. Must be US citizen or permanent resident.

April 8, 2018. National Institutes of Health Predoctoral Fellowships to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (F31). 3 years support with $24,000 stipend, tuition, fees. Must be US citizen or permanent resident. For the purpose of this announcement, institutions must identify applicants who will enhance diversity on a national basis (see NOT-OD-15-053), as defined by either A or B: A. Individuals from racial and ethnic groups that have been shown by the National Science Foundation to be underrepresented in health-related sciences on a national basis (see data at http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/showpub.cfm?TopID=2&SubID=27 and the most recent report on Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering). The following racial and ethnic groups have been shown to be underrepresented in biomedical research: African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders. B. Individuals with disabilities, who are defined as those with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, as described in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended. See NSF data at http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/wmpd/2013/pdf/tab7-5_updated_2014_10.pdf.

May 19, 2018. Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Spouses Education Scholarship. Awards vary. Must be US citizen or permanent resident.Selected applicants will be qualified African-American or black students who reside or attend school in a CBC member district. Award scholarships of all majors who are preparing to pursue or are currently pursuing a graduate degree full-time. 

May 30, 2018. Burroughs Welcome Fund Graduate Diversity Enrichment Program. Total of $5000 over two years. Must be US citizen. Must be a graduate Ph.D. student actively conducting biomedical and medical research enrolled at a North Carolina Institution of Higher Education (public or private) and within their 2nd to 5th year of studies at the time of application. Must have passed qualifying exams at the time of application. Must be an underrepresented minority (i.e. American Indian or Alaska Native, Black or African American, Hispanic, or Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander).

June 1, 2018. American Indian Graduate Center Fellowship. Up to $5000 per year. Must be American Indian and Alaska Native. Applicant must demonstrate financial need through submission of the AIGC Financial Need Form (FNF).

August 8, 2018. National Institutes of Health Predoctoral Fellowships (F31). 3 years support with $24,000 stipend, tuition, fees. Must be US citizen or permanent resident.

August 8, 2018. National Institutes of Health Predoctoral Fellowships to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (F31). 3 years support with $24,000 stipend, tuition, fees. Must be US citizen or permanent resident. For the purpose of this announcement, institutions must identify applicants who will enhance diversity on a national basis (see NOT-OD-15-053), as defined by either A or B: A. Individuals from racial and ethnic groups that have been shown by the National Science Foundation to be underrepresented in health-related sciences on a national basis (see data at http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/showpub.cfm?TopID=2&SubID=27 and the most recent report on Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering). The following racial and ethnic groups have been shown to be underrepresented in biomedical research: African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders. B. Individuals with disabilities, who are defined as those with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, as described in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended. See NSF data at http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/wmpd/2013/pdf/tab7-5_updated_2014_10.pdf.

October 22, 2018. NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. 3 years of support $34,000 and $12,000 allowance for education-related costs. Must be US citizen, US national, or permanent resident. Applicants must not have completed more than 12 months of full-time graduate study or its equivalent as defined by the universities attended as of August 1 of the year the GRFP application is submitted. Individuals may apply as an undergraduate senior as well as post-baccalaureate, before beginning graduate training. Applicants are limited to only one application to the GRFP, submitted either in the first year or in the second year of graduate school.  The NSF accords Honorable Mention to meritorious applicants who do not receive Fellowship awards. Graduate students with Honorable Mention may request access to XSEDE cyberinfrastructure resources in support of research undertaken toward completion of the graduate program of study that occurs within the 5-year period following receipt of Honorable Mention. Please refer to http://www.xsede.org/ for more information.

variable deadline. American Association of University Women Dissertation Fellowship. $20,000 to doctoral candidates for completing dissertation work. Candidates must have an approved research proposal, completed all coursework and exams, and may not have received fellowship funds in the previous year. 

 variable deadline. American Society for Microbiology Robert Watkins Graduate Research Fellowship. 3 years of support $21,000 stipend. Eligible candidates must be from groups that have been determined by the applicant's institution to be underrepresented in the microbiological sciences including African-Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, and Pacific Islanders. Must be in the Ph.D. program and who have completed their graduate course work in the microbiological sciences. Must be a student member of ASM and be mentored by an ASM member. The fellowship encourages students to continue and complete their research project in the microbiological sciences.