​National Competitive Fellowships

Students are encouraged to apply for national competitive fellowships. Award recipients who are successful in obtaining a competitive fellowship, may be eligible for a merit award (see Grants Management Services link at left). Below, is information on fellowships most commonly applied for by students in the Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences.

American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowship

Two year awards providing stipend and money towards health insurance and project support. Can receive a third year of funding but must reapply for competitive review. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, exchange visitor (J-1), temporary worker in a specialty occupation (H-1B), NAFTA professionals (TN), temporary worker with extraordinary abilities in the sciences (O-1) or student visa (F-1). Must pass qualifying or comprehensive exam prior to activation of the award. The deadline is November 1st.
For more information go to:  
http://professional.heart.org/professional/ResearchPrograms/ApplicationInformation/UCM_443316_Predoctoral-Fellowship.jsp

American Society for Microbiology, Robert D. Watkins Minority Graduate Fellowship

Three year awards providing stipend. Applicants must be US citizens or nationals or permanent residents of the United States and must be a member of one of these groups: African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans or Native Pacific Islanders. These fellowships are intended for students who have completed the first year of graduate school and will have completed all graduate coursework requirements by the start date of the award. The deadline is the first of May.
For more information go to:  http://www.asm.org/index.php/travel-grants-2/25-education/students/164-asm-robert-d-watkins-graduate-research-fellowship

Department of Defense Predoctoral Traineeships

Three year awards providing stipend, tuition and travel to scientific meetings. All individuals, regardless of ethnicity, nationality or citizenship status, may apply as long as they are employed by, or affiliated with, an eligible institution. These fellowships are intended to support the trainee during dissertation research rather than rotations or basic course work. The deadline is in early May.
For more information go to http://cdmrp.army.mil/funding/

Ford Foundation Predoctoral and Dissertation Fellowships for Minorities

Three year awards providing stipend and an institutional allowance. Applicants must be US citizens or nationals and must be a member of one of these groups: Alaska Natives, Black/African Americans, Mexican Americans/Chicanas/Chicanos, Native American Indians, Native Pacific Islanders or Puerto Ricans. Ford fellowships are intended for students who have enrolled in or plan to enroll in a PhD program by the following fall. Most often applications may be submitted during the senior year of college or during the first three years of graduate school. The deadline is mid November.
For more information go to http://national-academies.org/fellowships

National Consortium for Graduate Education for Minorities in Engineering and Science

Five year awards providing stipend and tuition for one year. Applicants must be US citizens and must be a member of one of these groups: American Indian, African American, Latino, Puerto Rican or other Hispanic American. The deadline is the first of November.
For more information go to http://www.gemfellowship.org/

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship Program

Three year awards providing stipend and a small health allowance. Applicants must be citizens or nationals of the United States. People who hold permanent resident status are not eligible to apply. NDSEG Fellowships are intended for students at or near the beginning of their graduate studies in science or engineering. The deadline is early January.
For more information go to http://www.asee.org/ndseg/preface.cfm. For the instructions and application forms go to http://www.asee.org/ndseg/instructions.cfm. To apply online go to http://www.asee.org/ndseg/online/online.cfm ​

National Institutes of Health Individual Predoctoral Kirschstein Fellowships

Note – Always check the NIH website for the most current PA Announcement: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/search_results.htm?year=active&scope=pa
The standard deadlines for F31 and F30 applications are April 8th, August 8th and December 8th.


National Research Service Awards for Minority Students (F31) Five year awards providing stipend and institutional allowance. Applicants must be US citizens, nationals or permanent resident aliens and must be a member of one of these groups: African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Alaskan Natives or Pacific Islanders.

National Research Service Awards Fellowships (F31) Five year awards providing stipend and institutional allowance. Applicants must be US citizens, nationals or permanent resident aliens. The NRSA individual predoctoral fellowships (F31) are awarded to promising applicants with the potential to become productive, independent investigators in the scientific mission areas of these Institutes. This program will provide predoctoral training support for doctoral candidates that have successfully completed their comprehensive examinations or the equivalent by the time of award and will be performing dissertation research and training. Please review the Program Announcement for the appropriate institute and Center for details regarding submission guidelines.

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Predoctoral MD/PhD Fellows (F30)

Six year awards providing stipend and institutional allowance. Applicants must be US citizens, nationals or permanent resident aliens. Each NIH Institute and Center has a unique scientific purview and different program goals and initiatives that evolve over time. Prior to preparing an application, it is critical that all applicants consult the appropriate Institute website for details of research areas supported by that Institute and contact the appropriate Institute representative, to obtain current information about each Institute's program priorities and policies. This action is of utmost importance because applications with marginal or no relevance to the participating Institutes or ODS programs will not be accepted for review or possible funding.

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

Three year awards providing stipend and a cost of education allowance. Applicants must be US citizens, nationals or permanent resident aliens. Applications may be submitted during the senior year of college and during the first or second year of graduate school.
For more information go to https://www.fastlane.nsf.gov/grfp/Login.do

NSF Review Process​

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

The Fellowships are grants for up to two years of graduate study in the United States. The recipients are chosen on a nationally competitive basis. Thirty Fellowships will be awarded each year. Each year the Fellow receives a maintenance grant of $20,000 (paid in two installments) and a tuition grant of one-half the tuition cost of the U.S. graduate program attended by the Fellow (up to a maximum of $16,000 per academic year). The deadline is the first of November. To see if you are eligible and for more information go to http://www.pdsoros.org.

UNCF/Merck Science Initiative

UNCF /Merck Graduate Science Research Dissertation Fellowships help African American graduate students complete corsework, conduct research, and prepare the dissertation required for a doctoral degree in the biomedically relevant life or physical sciences and engineering.
For more information go to: http://umsi.uncf.org/sif#ScienceResearchDissertation

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Fellowships

Three year awards providing stipend, tuition, fees and other authorized expenses. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents. Students do not need to be enrolled in or formally accepted in a full-time graduate program at the time they apply for a fellowship, but proof of enrollment or acceptance must be produced prior to the award of the fellowship. The deadline is mid November.
For more information go to: http://epa.gov/ncer/fellow/

Other Agencies

To locate other agencies that might fund your area of research go to the sites listed below.
Some have search tools for you to enter various criteria, (such as citizenship, area of research interest, etc.). When the information is submitted, the search results will display agencies that provide support based on the criteria entered.
http://www.grantsnet.org
http://www.cos.com
http://nasonline.org
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/oer.htm

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