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Grant Opportunities

The opportunities below are for external sources of funding. Graduate students should consult the U of M Graduate School web site for additional internal funding opportunities.


Individual Fellowship Opportunities for Graduate Students


NSF Grants

National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants
Purpose:  These awards are intended to provide supplemental funds for items not normally available from the student's university or other sources.  Allowed are costs for doctoral candidates to participate in scientific meetings, to conduct research in specialized facilities or field settings, and to expand an existing body of dissertation research.
Funding:  Up to $15,000 for two years
Requirements and notes:  Research must fall within any scientific area in the Division of Environmental Biology; student must have advanced to PhD candidacy; US citizenship.
Due Dates:  Third Friday in November


National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Enhancement Projects
Purpose: Doctoral Dissertation Enhancement Projects (DDEP) supports the dissertation research abroad of one doctoral student in collaboration with a foreign investigator.
Funding:  Up to $15,000 for two years
Requirements and notes:  Research must be a component of the doctoral dissertation work; student must have advanced to PhD candidacy; US citizenship preferred.
Due Dates:  Proposals accepted any time

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program
Purpose:  Aims to ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in the United States and to reinforce its diversity. Intended for PhD and MS students at early stages of the graduate program.
Funding:  Up to $40,500 per year for up to three years.
Requirements and notes: Must have completed less than 12 months of full-time graduate study as of August of application year; DVMs awarded after 2004 are ineligible; US citizenship or permanent residents only.
Due Dates:  Early November each year, varies by discipline.


NIH Grants

NIH Predoctoral Awards to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Sciences (F31)
Purpose: The intent of this program is to increase the number of scientists from underrepresented populations in biomedical research. Award recipients will receive up to five years of research training leading to a PhD. or equivalent research degree, a combined MD-PhD. degree, or another formally combined professional and research doctoral degree in biomedical, behavioral, health services, or clinical sciences.
Funding:  Up to 5 years of support, but usually limited to three.
Requirements and notes:  Not all NIH agencies utilize this mechanism; US citizenship or permanent resident; students must be admitted to a PhD program.
Due Dates:  Submission deadlines per standard NIH dates

NIH Individual Postdoctoral Fellows (F32)
Purpose: The primary objective of this funding opportunity is to help ensure that diverse pools of highly trained scientists will be available in adequate numbers and in appropriate research areas to carry out the Nation’s biomedical, behavioral and clinical research agendas. Training may include work within a PhD granting graduate program.
Funding:  Up to five years of support; there is a service payback for Fellows who do not complete at least two years of training via this mechanism.
Requirements and notes: Intended to support research training of health professionals, including DVMs;  US citizenship or permanent resident; does not support residency training.
Due Dates:  Submission deadlines per standard NIH dates

Other Agencies

Epilepsy Foundation Predoctoral Research Training Fellowship
Purpose: Supports pre-doctoral students with dissertation research related to epilepsy, thus strengthening their interest in establishing epilepsy research as an academic career direction.
Funding:  $20,000 per year
Requirements and notes: Must be full time PhD students.
Due Dates: Late August each year.


American Association of University Women Dissertation Fellowship
Purpose: Support women doctoral candidates completing dissertations.
Funding:  $20,000
Requirements and notes: Must be female US citizens or permanent residents; degree conferral within one year of award start; all coursework completed.
Due Dates:  Late November each year.


American Heart Association Midwest Affiliate Predoctoral Fellowship
Purpose: To help students initiate a career in cardiovascular and stroke research.
Funding:  up to $26,000 per year for two years.
Requirements and notes: Open to non-US citizens.
Due Dates:  Late December or early January each year.


Ford Foundation Diversity Predoctoral Fellowship
Purpose: Awards are made to individuals from underrepresented populations who have demonstrated superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers, and are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.
Funding:  up to $22,000 per year for three years.
Requirements and notes: US citizens in PhD graduate programs; DVMs are ineligble.
Due Dates:  Early November each year.


Ford Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships
Purpose: Support for PhD students from underrepresented groups who will complete their dissertation within one year of award start.
Funding: Up to $21,000 for one year.
Requirements and notes: US citizens in PhD graduate programs; DVMs are ineligble.
Due Dates:  Early November each year.

Training Grants and Programs


National Science Foundation International Research Experiences for Scientists
Purpose: Provides high quality educational experiences for small groups of U.S. undergraduate and/or graduate students through active research participation in collaboration with foreign researchers at an international site.
Funding: Up to $50,000 for three years.
Requirements and notes: Projects should involve at least four US students for a period no less than four weeks per year.
Due Dates: February 15 and September 15 annually.


National Science Foundation Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training Program
Purpose: Intended to catalyze a cultural change in graduate education, for students, faculty, and institutions, by establishing innovative new models for graduate education and training in a fertile environment for collaborative research that transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries. Goal is to educate US scientists who will pursue careers in research and education.
Funding:  Up to $3,000,000 for up to five years.
Requirements and notes:  Institutions are limited to four proposals per year; students supported by this mechanism must be US citizens or permanent residents.
Due Dates:  Preliminary proposal (required), March 29, 2010;  Full proposal September 30, 2010.


NIH Institutional Research Training Grants (T32)
Purpose: The objective of the NRSA program is to provide predoctoral and postdoctoral research training opportunities for individuals interested in pursuing research careers in biomedical, behavioral and clinical research. Training activities can be in basic biomedical or clinical sciences, in behavioral or social sciences, in health services research, or in any other discipline relevant to the NIH mission.
Funding: Up to five years.
Requirements and notes: Each NIH Institute has unique foci of interests; students must be US citizens or permanent residents.
Due Dates: Standard NIH deadlines apply, but some Institutes do not accept T32 applications at all deadlines.


NIH Training for a New Interdisciplinary Research Workforce (T90)
Purpose: The purpose of this program is to encourage and enable the development of an interdisciplinary workforce by ensuring that undergraduate, pre-doctoral, and postdoctoral students receive the didactic and research experiences necessary to lead and/or engage in integrative and team approaches to solve complex biomedical and health problems through translational approaches.
Funding: Up to $325,000 per year for up to four years.
Requirements and notes: Award is through all NIH Institutes but is administered by NIDA; open to non-USA citizens at any stage of career but balance of NRSA-eligible to non-eligible students is fixed at time of award.
Due Dates:  Standard NIH deadlines apply.


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