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External Funding Sources

The following list contains information on opportunities available through funds external to the university.

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 November 21, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.

Michigan Society of Fellows

The Michigan Society of Fellows was founded in 1970 through grants from the Ford Foundation and Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies for the purpose of promoting academic and creative excellence in the humanities, the arts, the social, physical, and life sciences, and in the professions. Candidates should be near the beginning of their professional careers. Those selected for fellowships must have received the Ph.D. degree or comparable artistic or professional degree between June 1, 2009, and September 1, 2012. Applications invited from qualified candidates for three-year fellowships at the University of Michigan. Applications will be reviewed by Society members and University faculty. Final selections will be made in late January by Senior Fellows of the Society. Eight Fellows will be selected for three-year terms to begin September 1, 2012. The annual stipend will be $52,000. Visit the Michigan Society of Fellows for more information about the application form and contact details.

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 Rachel Tanur Memorial Prize for Visual Sociology recognizes students in the social sciences who incorporate visual analysis in their work. The contest is open worldwide to undergraduate and graduate students (majoring in any social science). It is named for Rachel Dorothy Tanur (1958–2002), an urban planner and lawyer who cared deeply about people and their lives and was an acute observer of living conditions and human relationships. The 2012 competition for the Rachel Tanur Memorial Prize for Visual Sociology will be judged by members of the Visual Sociology group of the International Sociological Association (ISA). Up to three prizes will be awarded at the Second ISA Forum of Sociology: Social Justice and Democratization, to be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina in August 2012. Attendance at the forum is not a requirement. First prize is $2,500; second prize is $1,500; and third prize is $500.Get more information and apply. The deadline for applications is January 25, 2016.

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.The deadline for applications is January 29, 2016.

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. The deadline for applications is January 13, 2016.

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. The deadline for applications is January 19, 2016.

Smithsonian Fellowships

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.

Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) Doctoral Scholars Program

The Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) Doctoral Scholars Program offers $20,000 annual stipend support to prepare minority students for careers in academics. Applicants must be admitted to a doctoral program. Apply by March 31, 2016 for consideration for Fall awards. Check types of awards, eligibility, and applications from SREB.

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.

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