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External Funding Sources

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.

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 programApplicants 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.

PEO International

PEO International is a US-based philanthropic organization established in 1869. The organization is dedicated to helping women from the US and other countries further their education. The projects which provide assistance to women pursuing graduate studies are:

For further assistance and information about applying for these awards, contact the local PEO representative, Bobbie Scull, peorasus@gmail.com.

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. Applications are being accepted now until January 24, 2018.

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

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.

More Funding Information

Web sites that are external to the University of Tennessee offer information on additional types of funding.

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