Funding opportunities at the graduate level

Lidia Nonn, Director
Office of Grants &
Welcome to the next,
"Funding opportunities at the
Graduate level"
FALL 2012
Fellowships and grants
Consider this your new hobby!
Query the Graduate School for
- Fellowships & Training Grants -stipend, medical supplement (optional), tuition assistance
- Travel Grants reimburse for travel related expenses to conferences
Types of Funding
Teaching assistantships – salary, fee remit, medical insurance supplement
Research assistantships – salary, fee remit, medical insurance supplement
Administrative/professional assistantships– salary, medical insurance supplement
Hourly employment – Tutors, Exam proctors, Note takers
Student loan
Information is available from the Division of Financial Aid (DFA) and the U.S. Department of Education.
Funding Basics
Disciplinary Funding
Engineering and the science disciplines fund graduate students primarily through research and teaching
assistantships. Fellowships fund the top students.
Social Sciences and the humanities graduate students are primarily funded by teaching assistantships while
research assistantships and fellowships are less prevalent.
Funding Sources
Federal Agencies are a primary source of funds for graduate research assistantships and fellowships.
Foundations • Corporations• Professional Organizations • Disciplinary Organizations funds which support
graduate assistantships.
Resources for opportunities
If it was easy . . .
Start early, usually one year before you start Graduate School
• Application deadlines often occur early in the fall for fellowships or late spring for assistantships.
Review Funding Opportunities
• Search online and cross reference with graduate school info to determine eligibility and unique options.
Query the Graduate School
• Locate opportunities that align with your goals and needs.
• Search the Graduate School website, faculty webpages and the Sponsored Programs/Research Office
Contact your graduate program
• Teaching and research positions are most often available through your department or college.
Search outside your department
• Mathematics or Foreign Languages & Literature will hire teaching assistants from other graduate
• Libraries and Residence Halls, and Student Services hire graduate students as administrative/professional
Use your network of colleagues, faculty, and staff to identify funding opportunities
for graduate school as well as future career opportunities.
Join a resource especially for students!
What can I do, today?!
CUR’s Undergraduate Researchers’ Graduate School Registry
The Council on Undergraduate Research has initiated a Registry of
Undergraduate Researchers.
The purpose of this registry is to facilitate matchmaking between
undergraduates with research experience and a desire to pursue an
advanced degree, and graduate schools seeking high quality students
who are well prepared for research.
Currently the Registry is open to students and graduate
schools/employers in nearly all fields
KNOW the definition of these words
What do I need to know now?
Grants: available to graduate students conducting research that will promote the field of study in which they are working. At the
national level, grants are available through many sources within the student’s respective field of study. Grant programs are offered for
students studying in a variety of fields, including research, projects, and programs. A comprehensive list of grants can be found on
individual organization websites or by conducting a search using an internet search engine such as Google.
Fellowships: are available nationally for students who are members of various organizations (such as fraternities and sororities), are
writing dissertations, pursuing doctoral degrees, or interested in conducting research.
Scholarships and Awards: If your state has a professional association for your field of interest, you can contact them for a list of
scholarships available within the state. They may also offer awards in the form of conference/travel grants, scholarships, or small
awards to be used in developing a program at your internship site.
Assistantships: Research, graduate, and teaching assistantships are the most common sources of funding for graduate students.
Research assistantships may include conducting literature reviews, data collection, and data analysis. Teaching assistantships allow
graduate students to teach undergraduate courses and assist with graduate course preparation under the supervision of a professor.
Graduate assistantships may provide support in a range of duties from administration to working with college students. In return for
these services, students are provided with a stipend based on the number of hours assigned to the assistantship position, as well as
partial or full tuition remission. At some public universities, graduate assistants are eligible to receive health care benefits at greatly
reduced rates and are eligible for in-state tuition, even if they are out-of-state residents.
Scholarships and Awards: At the university level, scholarships are available university-wide and/or through departments.The
department of graduate studies might offer opportunities to apply for scholarships or award scholarships to undergraduates planning
on attending graduate school, as well as to students enrolled in graduate degree who meet the application’s requirements.Your alma
mater’s Alumni Association may also grant scholarships. Finally, similar to the national scholarships and fellowships, there may be funds
for minority students, as well as students participating in certain activities and organizations at the university level. University awards
can also come from funds given in memory of individuals who have made a significant contribution to the field.Your university may
also have research competitions with cash awards.
Resources for opportunities
How can I really get started?
Graduate Schools typically assist in paring students with funded faculty.
Additionally, announcements of extramural funding opportunities are available by
email through the Graduate School or their website.
Go ahead, try Google [its free].
Google is not the best database to search for graduate school funding
But, I know you are going to try anyway, just remember I told you so.
Instead, search Google to research graduate programs, graduate faculty and
their publication and funding history.
Resource for opportunities
Resource for opportunities
UW-Green Bay Networked Computer
Resource for opportunities
UWGB purchases use of these databases.
YES, it’s better than doing a Google Search!
Funding Opportunity Databases
Community of Science (COS) and,
Sponsored Programs Information Network (SPIN) databases
contain thousands of federal and non-federal funding opportunities
in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities.
Each provides program summaries that include sponsor names, program
titles and descriptions, contact information, deadlines, and restrictions.
COS, and SPIN are services by subscription, and therefore
only available to the UWGB community.
Access is FREE for those using a UWGB public terminal.
Visit the Institute for Research website for access @
Resources for opportunities
Additional Searchable Databases . . .
Links are available from
The Grant Advisor (is a paid subscription)
The Grant Advisor is a leading source of information on grant, research, and
fellowship opportunities for U.S. institutions of higher education. (FREE) is a source to find and apply for federal grants.
Not all searchable databases are easy to navigate,
you have to find your own personal style.
What will you discover?
Fellowship Opportunities
November Deadlines
The National Research Council (NRC) Research Associate-ship Programs (RAP)
Upcoming Deadline: November 1
The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans - The purpose of the fellowships is to provide opportunities for
continuing generations of able and accomplished New Americans to achieve leadership in their chosen fields. The Program is
established in recognition of the contributions New Americans have made to American life and in gratitude for the opportunities the
United States has afforded the donors and their family. Eligible applicants must be under thirty and within the first two years of grad
school at the time of application, as well as either (1) a resident alien, (hold a green card), (2) naturalized as a US citizen, or (3) the
child of a US naturalized parent (other parent cannot be US born). Thirty fellowships are awarded annually, providing a $20,000
annual stipend and tuition costs up to $16,000.
Deadline: November 1, 2010
National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) – This program provides three
years of support for graduate study leading to research-based master’s or doctoral degrees and is intended for students who are in
the early stages of their graduate study (ie-no more than 12 months after beginning any graduate program). The Graduate Research
Fellowship Program (GRFP) invests in graduate education for a cadre of diverse individuals who demonstrate their potential to
successfully complete graduate degree programs in disciplines relevant to the mission of the National Science Foundation.
Deadlines vary per research focus (BioMed-relevant disciplines shown):
Interdisciplinary deadline: November 2, 2010
Life Sciences deadline: November 6, 2010
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) Graduate Fellowships (See Full Description Below)
Upcoming Deadline: November 15
The Department of Education (DOE) Office of Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE SCGF) Program - will support
outstanding students to pursue graduate training in basic research in areas of physics, biology, chemistry, mathematics, engineering,
computational sciences, and environmental sciences relevant to the Office of Science and to encourage the development of the next
generation scientific and technical talent in the U.S. The Fellowship award provides partial tuition support, an annual stipend for living
expenses, and a research stipend for full-time graduate study and thesis/dissertation research at a U.S. academic institution for three
Deadline: November - 2010 (check site for updated deadline)
November (and future) Deadlines
Travel Awards
EPSCoR Travel Funds
- for graduate students (and undergrads) presenting at conferences on or before November 30, 2010.
The following conditions apply:
- Conferences must be aligned with marine life sciences, genomics or proteomics
- Students must be presenting at the conference
- If the PI is funded we will match 50% of travel up to $1000
- If the PI is not funded we will pay up to $1000 of travel
- Travel paperwork (TAR and TEV) must be processed through our main office
- Trips must be completed by November 30, 2010
If interested have your mentor send an informal request to Sara K. MacSorley and Jennifer Specker (contact info below). Requests should include
applicant's name, name and location of conference, abstract/project summary, an estimate of cost, and a justification of how they related to the
marine life sciences, genomics or proteomics. Sara K. MacSorley, Project Administrator, Rhode Island NSF EPSCoR, 116 Woodward Hall,
University of Rhode Island (401) 874-2481.
Federation for American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)
Access to Research Careers (MARC) Program Travel Awards - Candidates must be US citizens, non-citizen nationals, or permanant
residents w/a green card and from a qualified underrepresented minority group at the time of application submittal.
Applications are due six weeks prior to the conference.
Keystone Symposia- Travel Awards available for Keystone Symposia meetings
Deadlines for Applications: See list of meetings, generally 4mos prior to meeting
Scholarship Info
Minority Scholarship Info
Global Health Travel Award Info
Gordon Research Conferences (GRC)Carl Storm Underrepresented Minority Fellowship Program - this
fellowship offers $600 or support towards the conference you choose. While there is no specific deadline, awards are made on a first come first
serve basis. Also, while deadlines to register for conferences are generally three weeks in advance, some are different, and most fill up before
their deadlines pass. Check the new GRC Grad Student/Postdoc Resources page for details.
Boehringer Ingleheim Foundation Travel Grants - For junior researchers pursuing experimental projects
in basic biomedical research in international locations. Applicants may be non-European citizens if the travel is to a location in Europe.(details on
site) A flat-rate contribution is provided which may cover the expenses for travel, lodging and course fees for short-term visits of up to 3
months. Other limitations apply, see site for details.
Deadline is at least 6 weeks prior to travel (no more than 6 months early)
Research Opportunities
November (and open) Deadlines
The National Research Council (NRC)
Research Associateship Programs (RAP) - Promote excellence in
scientific and technological research conducted by the U. S. government through the administration of programs offering graduate, postdoctoral,
and senior level research opportunities at sponsoring federal laboratories and affiliated institutions. Not all programs open to graduate students,
please look at specific opportunities.
Deadline: February 1, May 1, August 1, November 1
Oak Ridge National Laboratory Higher Education Research Experiences for Students - opportunities to
participate in research in a broad range of science and engineering activities related to basic sciences, energy, and the environment at the Oak Ridge
National Laboratory, Tenn. Duration varies with academic level; full-time or part-time appointments. Benefits include weekly stipend (varies with
academic level); one round-trip travel reimbursement; housing allowance.
Deadline: Open, but for best results apply Feb. 1 for summer, June 1 for fall, Oct. 1 for winter/spring
Plum Island Animal Disease Center
Research Participation Program - opportunities to conduct research on
foreign animal diseases within the disciplines of veterinary medicine, pathology, microbiology, immunology, molecular biology, virology,
epidemiology, bioinformatics, computational biology at the Plum Island Animal Disease Centers in Connecticut, and New York. Benefits include
stipend (based on degree, research areas, and experience); limited travel reimbursement.
Open/No Deadline
The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)
Graduate Fellowships - STRI is a division of the
Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC and maintains research facilities for marine and terrestrial research at various locations on the Isthmus of
Panama. STRI offers multiple fellowships for graduate research in the areas represented by its scientific staff. Disciplines include ecology,
anthropology, paleontology, paleo ecology, evolutionary biology, molecular phylogenetics, biogeography, animal behavior, neurobiology, soils
sciences, and physiology of tropical plants and animals.
Annual Deadlines: March 15, May 15, August 15 and November 15
National Geographic Society Waitt Grants Application - This program funds projects that require venture capital,
supporting exceptional projects while foregoing a time-consuming peer-review process. NGS/Waitt grants are able to fund "proof of concept"
research for applicants at an earlier stage in their careers than other NGS grant programs. Special emphasis is placed on expedited grant processing
and turnaround. The selection committee endeavors to have funding decisions made within ten weeks of application submission. Applications are
accepted on a rolling basis.
Open/No Deadline
Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS)
Graduate Research Internship Program is designed to
allow graduate students to pursue thesis or dissertation research. The resources and environment of BIOS are most suited to students interested in
biological and oceanographic studies of subtropical, shallow-water environments, and the open ocean. Graduate interns at BIOS must be enrolled in
a Ph.D. or M.S. program at an accredited university. All applicants must have a BIOS faculty member accept their research proposal, and get
approval from their Brown University mentor to proceed, see site for details.
Open/No Deadline
Useful tools for your toolbox
Learn how to write grants
For grant writing information the following links are available on
the Institute for Research website or, use Google to locate others!
Elements of a Grant Proposal by the Paladin Group - This site will provide you
with a straight-forward, detailed guide to writing an effective and complete
For grant writing geared towards non-federal sponsors:
The Foundation Center - This virtual classroom provides several informative
tutorials for the different steps involved with grant and proposal writing.
Proposal Writing Tutorial - Online short course from the Foundation Center.
Guide for Writing a Funding Proposal - By S. Joseph Levine. A detailed guide to
proposal writing for the social sciences.
For grant writing geared towards federal sponsors:
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) & National
Institutes of Health (NIH) - This is an extremely detailed guide for grant
writing, specifically for the NIH. It includes links to the necessary forms as well
as the answer to almost any question you may have.
Learn how to write grants
It is sometimes said that without research, there is nothing to teach.
Grants are an excellent means to support or augment research you or your
faculty advisor may currently be doing, or possibly to provide an opportunity that
would not otherwise exist to begin new work in your fields of interest.
They provide possibilities for your future students to learn and understand the
importance of research, and perhaps to even directly participate in sponsored
programs that will better prepare them for graduate school.
Further, in making the whole of the academic experience better through
sponsored research, many factors such as your own professional outlook,
potential for publication and opportunities for collaboration will grow with your
own experience.
I encourage you to learn more and start writing grants; not merely for funding
and outputs, but to allow for yourself the opportunity to improve as a student
through research and to improve the field of study as a whole.
Opportunities at UW-Green Bay
Graduate Assistantships
Graduate assistantships are available on a competitive basis to students in the
Environmental Science and Policy program. Students receiving assistantships are
expected to devote approximately 20 hours per week performing assigned duties. Typical
duties are serving as a classroom assistant in a laboratory or discussion section, assisting in a
center or institute, or serving as a research assistant. The stipend for an assistantship in 200910 was $11,255. The exact stipend amount for the 2010-11 academic year will be determined
when pay packages are finalized by the Wisconsin State Legislature. This typically occurs during
the summer months.
To be eligible for graduate assistantships students must:
• be fully admitted to the M.S. degree program;
• be enrolled for a minimum of six credits of course work each semester and no fewer than
15 credits during the entire academic year;
• maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average for graduate courses.
Applications for graduate assistantships should be filed as early as possible but no later than
March 1 for the following September.
Persons who wish information on availability of assistantships should inquire at the
Office of Graduate Studies. Application forms can be requested from the Office of
Graduate Studies and also are available online at Completed
forms should be mailed directly to the Office of Graduate Studies, CL835, University of
Wisconsin-Green Bay, 2420 Nicolet Dr., Green Bay, WI 54311-7001.
Opportunities at UW-Green Bay
Competitive graduate research assistantships are available for work with the Biodiversity Center through the
Environmental Science and Policy Graduate Program at UW-Green Bay. These awards include a monthly
stipend during the academic year for a variety of projects associated with the Center for Biodiversity. Eligible
students must be working toward their Master's degree under the supervision of an Environmental Science
and Policy faculty member. For information about applying visit the web site of the
Environmental Science and Policy Graduate Program.
Cofrin Research Awards
Thanks to a generous endowment from the family of Dr. David Cofrin and the late John Cofrin, annual awards
are available for student research on the Cofrin Arboretum and UW-Green Bay natural areas. Students carry
out a field project in collaboration with a UW-Green Bay faculty member and present
results in an Annual Research Symposium, held during mid-spring. Funding ranges from $500 - $1000 and can
be used for a student stipend, field equipment, or research supplies. Students interested in applying should
contact a faculty member in the area of interest and design a brief (2-5 page) proposal containing
an introduction (with literature review), objective, proposed methods, and anticipated outcomes of the work.
Point au Sauble Research Awards
A gift from the Fox River Group, a consortium of seven companies from the Fox River Valley, has provided
annual funding for field research at the Point Sauble Nature Preserve near the UW-Green Bay Campus.
Funding is awarded to students for work on field projects directed by UW-Green Bay faculty and staff. The
application deadline for Point Sauble Field Research Awards is the first Monday in April. Students are
encouraged to contact faculty or staff field researchers for more information about ongoing projects and to
find out how to apply.
NAS Heirloom Plant Sale Grants for Student Travel, Student Research, and Speakers
The Heirloom Plant Sale arose out of need to provide funds for student research projects as well as to bring
in speakers so that students could hear other perspectives on scientific research. The funds raised are used to
provide an opportunity for students to meet and hear a diversity of perspectives and learn about latest
research. Heirloom funds provide grants in 3 different categories: student travel grants, student research
grants, and speaker grants.
Opportunities at UW-Green Bay
Office of
Scholarships & Endowments
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay works
to ensure the long-term health of the
institution by working with donors to secure
gifts that will benefit students for generations.
One of the most popular ways in which UWGreen Bay meets this goal is through the
creation of endowments for scholarships and
academic-oriented initiatives.
For more information on current scholarships and endowments available
at UW-Green Bay, or for more information on how to create your own
scholarship, visit the links to the right or contact the Office of
Development at 920.465.2074.
Don’t forget . . .
If you don’t A - S - K,
You won’t G - E - T!

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