The following list contains information on opportunities available through funds external to the university.
Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program
The Core Fulbright Scholar Program offers over 500 teaching, research or combination teaching/research awards in over 125 countries. Opportunities are available for college and university faculty and administrators as well as for professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, independent scholars and many others. In addition to several new program models designed to meet the changing needs of U.S. academics and professionals, Fulbright is offering more opportunities for flexible, multi-country grants.
An applicant is eligible for postdoctoral awards if they will finish all of the requirements for their PhD program by February 1, 2018, or have received their PhD in the last five years (unless otherwise stipulated by an award description). Below is a list of awards open only to early career/postdoctoral candidates, meaning that applicants will be evaluated alongside fellow recent graduates. This list is by no means complete. A list of additional opportunities is available in the Catalog of Awards.
- Australia: Australia offers three Postdoctoral awards, one hosted at Deakin university and one hosted at the University of Newcastle.
- Chile – Fulbright Astronomy and Antarctic Studies Award: This award will fund postdoctoral/early career astronomers and data scientists to research or teach and conduct research at universities or the Chilean Antarctic Institute.
- China Studies Postdoctoral Scholar Award: Early career applicants from any discipline may apply – particularly welcome are experts on global climate change, sustainability, and the environment – with the opportunity to conduct research and collaborate with colleagues.
- France – Fulbright-EHESS Post-Doctoral Award (Junior Research): Located in Paris, this prestigious institution offers an opportunity to conduct research in several disciplines.
- Italy – Fulbright – Schuman Postdoctoral Award at the European University Institute: The grantee will focus on developing professional skills such as teaching, academic writing and publishing and job market presentation within the field of EU studies.
- Israel – Postdoctoral Fellowship: These unique and prestigious grants are open to researchers in all academic disciplines and support programs of work for up to 20 months (two academic years).
- Mexico – Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholar Award: Applicants are welcome in all disciplines for this three to 10-month grant; STEM applicants are especially encouraged to consider applying.
- Taiwan – Arts, Education, Humanities, Professional Fields and Social Sciences (Postdoctoral Scholar Award): This award is open to any research subject from Cross-Strait studies to marine sciences. Selected candidates will present lectures, seminars, and workshops.
For eligibility factors, detailed application guidelines and review criteria, please visit the Fulbright website. Applicants may also wish to join My Fulbright, a resource center for applicants interested in the program. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and the current competition will close on August 1, 2017. Please contact the Fullbright program with any questions.
DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program
The DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program is now accepting applications for 2016. The SCGSR program provides supplemental awards to support part of a graduate student’s thesis research to be conducted at a DOE laboratory. Supplemental awards are intended to cover incremental costs associated with living and travel expenses during the award period. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and have obtained Ph.D. candidacy at the time of application. Visit the SCGSR program for complete information about the program, eligibility requirements and application instructions. Deadline for applications is May 16, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.
Michigan Society of Fellows
The Michigan Society of Fellows, under the auspices of the Rackham Graduate School, was established in 1970 with endowment grants from the Ford Foundation and the Horace H. and Mary Rackham Funds. Each year the Society selects outstanding applicants for appointment to three-year fellowships in the social, physical, and life sciences, and in the professional schools. Eight fellowships are available, with an annual stipend of $55,000. Four of these fellowships will be awarded in the humanities with the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. They seek a diverse and international pool of applicants and especially welcome candidates from underrepresented backgrounds.
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
The Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) offers the Post-Master’s Research Participation Program for recent Master’s degree or Ph.D degree graduates.
Rachel Tanur Memorial Prize
The purpose of the Rachel Tanur Memorial Prize for Visual Sociology is to encourage students to incorporate visual analysis in their study and understanding of social phenomena. The contest is open worldwide to undergraduate and graduate students (majoring in any social science). Students must be currently enrolled or have received their degrees no earlier than the end of the term finishing just before the meeting of the International Sociological Association (ISA) at which the prize is to be awarded.
Grassroots Development Fellowship Program
The Institute of International Education (IIE) has partnered with the Inter-American Foundation (IAF) to administer its Grassroots Development Fellowship Program. The IAF was created in 1969 by the United States Congress to fund the self-help initiatives of the organized poor in Latin America and the Caribbean and the groups that directly support them. Visit the program for more information on the awards, eligibility criteria and application procedures. Next deadline will be available in the fall.
Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship (SSGF)
The DOE NNSA Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship is for exceptional graduate students planning full-time study toward a PhD. in the areas of interest to stewardship science, such as high-energy density physics. low-energy nuclear science, or properties of materials under extreme conditions. Recipients receive payments of all tuition and required fees for up to 4 years of study, $32,400 yearly stipend, yearly academic allowance of $1,000, and opportunity to complete a practicum at a national DOE laboratory. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent resident aliens. Applicants must apply online.
Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE CSGF)
The DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE CSGF) is for exceptional undergraduate seniors or first or second-year graduate students planning full-time study toward a Ph.D. in the physical, engineering, computer, mathematical, or life sciences with an emphasis in high-performance computing. Recipients receive payments of all tuition and required fees for up to 4 years of study, $31,200 yearly stipend, matching funds for a computer workstation up to $2500, yearly academic allowance of $1000, yearly conferences, and opportunity to complete a practicum at a national DOE laboratory. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent resident aliens and mustapply online.
Smithsonian Fellowships are available in many fields. The Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program offers senior fellowships, postdoctoral fellowships, predoctoral fellowships, and ten-week graduate student fellowships. Also available are predoctoral or postdoctoral fellowships relating to Latino studies. Information about other fellowships and internships at the different Smithsonian Museums, Research Institutes, and Offices can be found online.
University Programs and Services Fee (UPSF) Graduate Student Travel Funds
Apply for University Programs and Services Fee (UPSF) Graduate Student Travel Funds. Applications are available online or may be picked up at the Dean of Students Office in 413 Student Services Building.
Joint Institute of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI)
The Joint Institute of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) offers scholarships to new and recent doctoral graduates in diverse areas of research.
Web sites that are external to the University of Tennessee offer information on additional types of funding.