The National Academy of Education/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship Program

Sponsor:

The National Academy of Education (NAEd)/Spencer Foundation

Deadline:

5 PM Eastern Time, Thursday, October 5, 2017.

Summary:

Through the dissertation fellowship, the National Academy of Education (NAEd) and Spencer seek to encourage a new generation of scholars from a variety of fields to undertake research relevant to the improvement of education. The NAEd and Spencer believe scholarly insight from many different disciplines can contribute to an understanding of education as a fundamental human endeavor and advance our ability to address significant current issues in education. Therefore, the NAEd/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship supports individuals whose dissertations show potential for bringing fresh and constructive perspectives to the history, theory, or practice of formal or informal education anywhere in the world.

Although the dissertation topic must centrally concern education, graduate study may be in any academic discipline or professional field. Fellowships have been awarded to candidates in anthropology, architecture, art history, communications, economics, education, history, linguistics, literature, philosophy, political science, psychology, public health, religion, and sociology. Eligibility is not restricted to these academic areas. Candidates should be interested in pursuing research on education once the doctorate is attained.

Eligibility:

Applicants need not be citizens of the United States; however, they must be candidates for a doctoral degree at a graduate institution within the U.S. The fellowship is not intended to finance data collection or the completion of doctoral coursework but rather to support the final analysis of the research topic and the writing of the dissertation. For this reason, all applicants must confirm via the online application that they will have completed all pre-dissertation requirements by June 1, 2018 and must provide a clear and specific plan for completing the dissertation within a one or two-year time frame.

Available Funding:

Up to 35 non-renewable fellowships will be awarded. Recipients of the fellowships will receive $27,500 to support completion of the dissertation. This amount must be expended within a time limit of up to two years and in accordance with the work plan provided by the candidate.

Link to Full RFP:

NAEd/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship Program Guidelines

The Berlin Prize 2017-2018

Sponsor:

The American Academy in Berlin

Deadline:

Applications due by September 30, 2016 at 12:00 PM Eastern

Summary:

The American Academy offers residential fellowships to emerging as well as established scholars, writers, and professionals who wish to engage in independent study in Berlin. Around two dozen Berlin Prizes are conferred annually. Past Berlin Prize recipients have included historians, economists, poets, art historians, journalists, legal scholars, anthropologists, musicologists, public policy experts, and writers, among others. The Academy does not accept project proposals in mathematics and the hard sciences.

In addition to placing a high priority on the independent work of its fellows, the Academy is in a unique position to aid fellows in establishing professional and general networks both in Berlin and beyond. The Academy’s public outreach, which facilitates the introduction of a fellow’s work to a wider audience, serves its mission of fostering transatlantic ties through cultural exchange.

Candidates should explain how their projects will benefit from a residency in Berlin, but they do not need to be working on German topics.

Eligibility:

Fellowships are restricted to candidates based permanently in the US. US citizenship is not required, and American expatriates are not eligible.

Candidates in academic disciplines are expected to have completed a doctorate at the time of application. Applicants working in most other fields – such as journalism, law, filmmaking, or public policy – must have equivalent professional degrees. Writers must have published at least one book at the time of application.

Available Funding:

Fellowships are typically awarded for an academic semester or, in some cases, for an entire academic year.

Fellowship benefits include round-trip airfare, Academy accommodations, partial board, and a stipend of $5,000 per month.

Link to Full RFP:

http://www.americanacademy.de/home/fellows/applications

Announcement of Availability of Funds for the Female Genital Cutting (FGC) Community-Centered Health Care and Prevention Project- WH-AST-16-002

Sponsor:

Department of Health and Human Services

Deadline:

Apr 15, 2016

Summary:

The Office on Women’s Health (OWH), part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), works to improve the health and sense of well-being of all U.S. women and girls. OWH serves as the focal point for women’s health activities across HHS offices and agencies, and leads HHS efforts to ensure that all women and girls achieve the best possible health. OWH has its central office located in Washington, D.C. and collaborates with ten Regional Women Health Coordinators across the country to help serve women and girls through regional, state, and local public health initiatives. OWHs mission is to provide national leadership and coordination to improve the health of women and girls through policy, education, and model programs. OWH goals are to achieve this mission by: Informing and advancing policies Educating the public Educating professionals and Supporting model programs As a leader in women health, OWH supports the development of culturally-based, gender-sensitive programs to address health disparities. Women health concerns and issues are managed effectively with gender-sensitive approaches to outreach, social and cultural competency, appropriate referrals, education, and follow up. OWH is interested in improving womens and girls health associated with FGC in the U.S.through optimal FGC-related health care for those who have experienced FGC and through primary prevention. The community support for and type of FGC performed depends upon cultural background and geographic location. Moreover, the prevalence of FGC in immigrant and refugee populations in the U.S.is unknown. FGC has detrimental short- and long-term health effects. Medical evidence shows that FGC is linked to urinary tract/bacterial infections, sexual dysfunction, pelvic inflammation, infertility, miscarriage, and even death.

Eligibility:

Any public or private nonprofit entity located in a State (which includes one of the 50 United States, District of Columbia, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, Guam, Republic of Palau, Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands) is eligible to apply for a grant under this announcement.

Available Funding:

Expected Number of Awards:     6

Award Ceiling:         $333,000

Award Floor:            $50,000

Link to Full RFP:

https://www.grantsolutions.gov/gs/preaward/previewPublicAnnouncement.do?id=55321

Collaborative Research Travel Grants

Sponsor:

Burroughs Wellcome Fund

Deadline:

Application Deadline: February 1, 2016 by 4:00 PM Eastern

Summary:

The Collaborative Research Travel Grant (CRTG) program provides up to $15,000 in support for relatively unrestricted travel funds to academic scientists and trainees (postdocs or fellows) at U.S. or Canadian degree-granting institutions.  Grants must be used for domestic or international travel to another lab to learn new research techniques or begin or continue a collaboration to address biomedical questions.  Special consideration will be given to applicants who have doctorate level training in the physical, mathematical, or engineering sciences and are working on biomedical problems.

Before beginning the application, verify that you meet and comply with the eligibility requirements and grant restrictions below, and agree to the Terms of Grant.  Use the links in the box to the right to navigate through the program information.   Step-by-step instructions on the Submission Process page will walk you through the steps to complete an application on the grant submission website.  FAQs will provide clarification of the guidelines.

Eligibility:

  • Only faculty or postdoctoral fellows at U.S. or Canadian degree-granting institutions are eligible.
  • Grants must be made to U.S. or Canadian degree-granting institutions only.
  • Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or Canada.
  • Only proposals addressing questions in the biomedical sciences will be accepted.
  • Previous travel grant recipients are not eligible.
  • If you are currently affiliated with BWF, please contact BWF staff to determine eligibility.
  • Researchers at federal labs are not eligible.
  • Grants cannot be used for travel to conferences/meeting/ courses, to cover salary support, or to purchase equipment.  However, grants may be used for laboratory consumables.

Available Funding:

Grants of up to $15,000 will be awarded.

Link to Full RFP:

http://www.bwfund.org/grant-programs/biomedical-sciences/collaborative-research-travel-grants

Dimensions of Biodiversity FY2016- NSF 15-611

Sponsor:

National Science Foundation

Deadline:

Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. proposer’s local time):

March 17, 2016

Summary:

Despite centuries of discovery, most of our planet’s biodiversity remains unknown. The scale of the unknown diversity on Earth is especially troubling given the rapid and permanent loss of biodiversity across the globe. The goal of the Dimensions of Biodiversity campaign is to transform, by 2020, how we describe and understand the scope and role of life on Earth.

This campaign promotes novel integrative approaches to fill the most substantial gaps in our understanding of the diversity of life on Earth. It takes a broad view of biodiversity, and focuses on the intersection of genetic, phylogenetic, and functional dimensions of biodiversity. Successful proposals must integrate these three dimensions to understand interactions and feedbacks among them. While this focus complements several core programs in BIO and GEO, it differs by requiring that multiple dimensions of biodiversity be addressed simultaneously, in novel ways, to understand their synergistic roles in critical ecological and evolutionary processes.

The Dimensions of Biodiversity program again includes partnerships with the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) and São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) of Brazil in fiscal year 2016.

Eligibility:

There are no restrictions or limits.

Available Funding:

Estimated Number of Awards: 8 to 12

Anticipated Funding Amount: $16,000,000 to $20,000,000

NSF anticipates that at least $16,000,000 will be available in fiscal year 2016. Research awards will be up to five years duration and up to a total of $2,000,000 for both individual and collaborative projects. This upper limit does not include costs of NSF facilities or ship time.

Link to Full RFP:

http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2015/nsf15611/nsf15611.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click

Fulbright – National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship

Sponsor:

Fulbright

Deadline:

2016-2017 Competition Deadline is October 13, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. EST

Summary:

The Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship was launched in 2013 as a new component of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. It provides opportunities for U.S. citizens to participate in an academic year of overseas travel and digital storytelling in up to three countries on a globally significant theme.

Candidates from all fields are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated experience and talent in digital storytelling. Candidates must have completed at least an undergraduate degree by the commencement of the Fulbright award.

The wide variety of new digital media tools and platforms has created an unprecedented opportunity for people from all disciplines and backgrounds to share observations and personal narratives with global audiences online. These storytelling tools are powerful resources as we seek to expand our knowledge of pressing transnational issues and build ties across cultures.

Through the Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship, Fulbrighters will undertake an in-depth examination of a globally relevant issue, comparing and contrasting how that issue is experienced across borders. Utilizing a variety of digital storytelling tools, including text, photography, video, audio, graphic illustrations, and/or social media, Fellows will tell their stories, or the stories of those they meet, publishing their work on a dedicated blog hosted on the National Geographic. Stories deemed by National Geographic to be of interest or merit may be considered for publication on other National Geographic platforms. In addition to receiving Fulbright benefits (for travel, stipend, health, etc.), Fellows will receive instruction in digital storytelling techniques, applicable to Fellows’ projects, including effective blog writing, video production, photography, and other relevant training, by National Geographic staff prior to their departure. Fellows will be paired with one or more National Geographic editors for continued training, editorial direction and mentoring throughout their Fulbright grant period. Fellows will provide material for a blog on the National Geographic website on a frequent and ongoing basis throughout their grant term, and will have the opportunity to develop additional content for use by National Geographic and the Department of State.

Eligibility:

U.S. citizens of all ages and from all backgrounds are eligible to apply. Applicants may come from a broad range of fields, a variety of academic and processional backgrounds, and have diverse storytelling experiences. Candidates must have completed at least an undergraduate degree by the commencement of the program but may not hold a Ph.D. at the time of application.

Available Funding:

N/A

Link to Full RFP:

http://www.fulbright.ca/programs/american-students/national-geographic-fellowship/

Documenting Endangered Languages

Sponsor:

National Endowment for the Humanties

Deadline:

September 15, 2015

Summary:

The Documenting Endangered Languages (DEL) program is a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop and advance knowledge concerning endangered human languages. Made urgent by the imminent death of an estimated half of the 6000-7000 currently used languages, this effort aims also to exploit advances in information technology. Awards support fieldwork and other activities relevant to recording, documenting, and archiving endangered languages, including the preparation of lexicons, grammars, text samples, and databases. DEL funding is available in the form of one- to three-year project grants as well as fellowships for six to twelve months. At least half the available funding will be awarded to projects involving fieldwork.

Eligibility:

Proposals may only be submitted by the following: Universities and Colleges – Universities and two- and four-year colleges (including community colleges) accredited in, and having a campus located in, the US acting on behalf of their faculty members. Such organizations also are referred to as academic institutions. Non-profit, non-academic organizations: Independent museums, observatories, research labs, professional societies and similar organizations in the U.S. associated with educational or research activities. Unaffiliated Individuals: Scientists, engineers or educators in the U.S. who are U.S. citizens. Tribal organizations and other American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian serving organizations. For DOCTORAL DISSERTATION RESEARCH IMPROVEMENT GRANTS, proposals may only be submitted by the following: Universities and Colleges – Ph.D. granting universities and colleges accredited in, and having a campus located in, the U.S. acting on behalf of their faculty members. Such organizations are also referred to as academic institutions.

Available Funding:

$4,000,000 Approximately 4 million (approximately $3 million from NSF and $1 million from NEH), this is the total for awards to be made annually pending availability of funds.

Link to Full RFP:

http://www.neh.gov/grants/preservation/documenting-endangered-languages

Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER)

Sponsor:

National Science Foundation

Deadline:

July 21, 2015 – BIO, CISE, EHR

July 22, 2015 – ENG

July 23, 2015 – GEO, MPS, SBE

July 20, 2016 – BIO, CISE, EHR

July 21, 2016 – ENG

July 22, 2016 – GEO, MPS, SBE

Summary:

CAREER: The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations. Such activities should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research. NSF encourages submission of CAREER proposals from junior faculty members at all CAREER-eligible organizations and especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, and persons with disabilities to apply.

PECASE: Each year NSF selects nominees for the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from among the most meritorious recent CAREER awardees. Selection for this award is based on two important criteria: 1) innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology that is relevant to the mission of NSF, and 2) community service demonstrated through scientific leadership, education or community outreach. These awards foster innovative developments in science and technology, increase awareness of careers in science and engineering, give recognition to the scientific missions of the participating agencies, enhance connections between fundamental research and national goals, and highlight the importance of science and technology for the Nation’s future. Individuals cannot apply for PECASE. These awards are initiated by the participating federal agencies. At NSF, up to twenty nominees for this award are selected each year from among the PECASE-eligible CAREER awardees who are most likely to become the leaders of academic research and education in the twenty-first century. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy makes the final selection and announcement of the awardees.

Eligibility:

Proposals may only be submitted by the following:

  • Universities and Colleges – Universities and two- and four-year colleges (including community colleges) accredited in, and having a campus located in, the US acting on behalf of their faculty members. Such organizations also are referred to as academic institutions.
  • Non-profit, non-academic organizations: Independent museums, observatories, research labs, professional societies and similar organizations in the U.S. associated with educational or research activities.

Available Funding:

he minimum CAREER award, including indirect costs, will total $400,000 for the 5-year duration with the following exceptions: proposers to the Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO), the Directorate for Engineering (ENG), or the Division of Polar Programs (PLR) must submit budget requests for a minimum of $500,000 for the 5-year duration. The PECASE award is an honorary award for all NSF recipients and does not provide additional funds. CAREER awards are eligible for supplemental funding as described in the NSF Award & Administration Guide (AAG), Chapter I.E.4.

Link to Full RFP:

http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2015/nsf15555/nsf15555.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM)

Sponsor:

National Science Foundation

Deadline:

June 19, 2015

Summary:

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) is a Presidential award established by the White House in 1995. The PAESMEM program is administered by the National Science Foundation (NSF) on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).

Nominations, including self-nominations, are invited for “Individual” and “Organizational” PAESMEM awards. Individuals and organizations in all public and private sectors are eligible including industry, academia, K-12, military and government, non-profit organizations, and foundations. Nominations are encouraged from all geographical regions in the U.S. including its territories and particularly jurisdictions designated by Congress under NSF’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR). NSF EPSCoR-designated jurisdictions are: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virgin Islands, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

Each “Individual” or “Organizational” PAESMEM awardee will receive a $10,000 award and a commemorative Presidential certificate. Awardees are also invited to participate in an award recognition ceremony in Washington, DC which includes meetings with STEM educators, researchers and policy leaders. Up to 16 awards may be made from the nominations received on or before June 19, 2015.

Eligibility:

Proposals may only be submitted by the following:

  • Nominees for the “Individual” PAESMEM award must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents in industry, academia, primary and secondary education, military, non-profit organizations, foundations, and government. Some exceptions apply for federal employees. Individual nominees must have at least five years of sustained, exceptional mentoring with demonstrated impact on individuals historically underrepresented in STEM. Groups that are historically underrepresented in STEM include women, persons with disabilities, racial and ethnic minorities (African-Americans, Native Americans, Hispanic Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders). Individuals from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds as well as early career scientists are eligible mentees.

Nominees for the “Organizational” PAESMEM award must be affiliated with a U.S. educational institution or agency, corporation, foundation, military or government agency, or not-for-profit organization. The Organizational nominee may be a mentoring program or activity within an organization. Organizational nominees must have at least five years of sustained, exceptional mentoring with demonstrated impact on individuals historically underrepresented in STEM. Groups that are historically underrepresented in STEM include women, persons with disabilities, racial and ethnic minorities (African-Americans, Native Americans, Hispanic Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders). Individuals from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds as well as early career scientists are eligible mentees.

Available Funding:

Estimated Number of Awards: 16

Approximately 16 nominees total from both categories will be recommended to the White House for award recognition from the 2015-2016 competition. These awardees will represent the 2016 cohort of PAESMEM awardees.

Anticipated Funding Amount: $160,000

Link to Full RFP:

http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2015/nsf15551/nsf15551.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click

Comparative Physiological Studies of Aging (R03) – RFA-AG-16-003

Sponsor:

National Institutes of Health

Deadline:

Letter of Intent Due Date: May 2, 2015

Application Due Date: June 2, 2015

Summary:

This FOA will support small comparative biology research projects that exploit similarities and differences in important molecular, cellular and physiological pathways, which affect aging. This FOA is anticipated to stimulate new approaches toward understanding the molecular bases for differences in lifespan/health span across species. Applicants are invited to submit innovative applications using comparative approaches to explore cellular physiology pathways that influence aging and age-related changes.  Approaches can be across vertebrate species or across strains of a given species (i.e., recombinant inbred mouse strains). Applications that utilize existing resources are particularly encouraged.

Eligibility:

Any individual(s) with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research as the Program Director(s)/Principal Investigator(s) (PD(s)/PI(s)) is invited to work with his/her organization to develop an application for support. Individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups as well as individuals with disabilities are always encouraged to apply for NIH support.

Available Funding:

Application budgets are limited to $50,000 in direct costs per year.

Link to Full RFP:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AG-16-003.html