Graduate Funding Mentoring Program
Our Graduate Funding Mentoring Program is a structured, multi-platform program for the development, review, and critique of fellowship and grant applications. The program consists of a series of written assignments, individual mentoring sessions and group workshops which immerse graduate students in the proposal writing process and contribute to the development of competitive external grant and fellowship applications. This is a low-residency program incorporating Skype meetings, Sakai-based forums and online office hours, which allows students who travel during the summer to participate. All program participants must have access to reliable high-speed internet, a computer with a video camera and a Skype account in order to take part.
The Graduate Funding Mentoring Program is designed for graduate students who will apply for early graduate study fellowships, dissertation research awards, or dissertation completion fellowships during fall 2012 or spring 2013
Summer Mentoring Programs
Our Summer Mentoring Programs offer current and incoming graduate students, as well as postdoctoral fellows, a unique opportunity to be immersed in the proposal writing and application process. This year, we are offering two Mentoring Programs: the Graduate Funding Mentoring Program and the Postdoctoral Fellowship Mentoring Program.
Postdoctoral Fellowship Mentoring Program
The Postdoctoral Fellowship Mentoring Program is designed for students about to begin their final year of doctoral study and current postdoctoral fellows who are planning to apply for a nationally competitive postdoctoral fellowship during fall 2012 or spring 2013. Generally, applicants to these competitions must be ABD and have an approved dissertation proposal. Most funders require that fellows defend their dissertations before the fellowship tenure begins. GradFund assists graduate students who are applying for nationally competitive, annual postdoctoral fellowship competitions, including Mellon postdoctoral fellowships (various universities), government-funded postdoctoral fellowships (NIH, NSF, NRC, etc.) and Society of Fellows postdoctoral fellowships (Harvard, Columbia, Princeton, etc.). Participants in the Postdoctoral Fellowship Mentoring Program must be doctoral candidates with an approved dissertation topic who plan to defend their dissertation no later than May 2013, or be current Rutgers postdoctoral fellows.
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DOD Breast Cancer Era of Hope Scholar Award
Era of Hope Scholar Award supports individuals who are early in their
careers and have high potential for innovation in breast cancer
research. These individuals should be exceptionally talented scientists
who have demonstrated that they are the “best and brightest” in their
field(s) through extraordinary creativity, vision, and productivity.
They should have demonstrated experience in forming effective
partnerships and collaborations and should exhibit strong potential for
leadership in the breast cancer research community. Since the intent of
the Era of Hope Scholar Award is to recognize creative and innovative
individuals rather than projects, the central feature of the award is
the innovative contribution that the Principal Investigator (PI) can
make toward ending breast cancer. The PI should articulate a vision that
challenges current dogma and demonstrates an ability to look beyond
tradition and convention. Experience in breast cancer research is not
required; however, the application must focus on breast cancer and the
PI must commit at least 50% of his/her full-time professional effort
during the award period to breast cancer research.
Posted: February 23, 2012
Funding Level: See announcement
Due Date: April 19, 2012
DOD Breast Cancer Postdoctoral Fellowship Award
Postdoctoral Fellowship Award supports exceptionally talented recent
doctoral or medical graduates in their pursuit of innovative,
high-impact breast cancer research during their postdoctoral training
and allows them to obtain the necessary experience for an independent
career at the forefront of breast cancer research. These individuals
should be exceptionally talented scientists who have demonstrated that
they are the “best and brightest” of their peers. Applicants for this
award must exhibit a strong desire to pursue a career in breast cancer
research. Under this award mechanism, the postdoctoral fellow is
considered the Principal Investigator (PI) and, as such, should write
the project narrative with appropriate direction from the mentor. While
the PI is not required to have previous experience in breast cancer
research, this application must focus on breast cancer research.
Applications must emphasize the PI’s high potential for success in
becoming an independent breast cancer researcher based on his/her
qualifications, achievements, and letters of recommendation.
Posted: February 23, 2012
Funding Level: See announcement
Due Date: April 19, 2012
Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA) for Individual Predoctoral Fellows in PharmD/PhD Programs (F31)
The purpose of this individual predoctoral research training fellowship is to provide training support for promising students enrolled in a PharmD/PhD degree program who will be performing dissertation research and training in areas relevant to the missions of NIGMS, NICHD, and ODS.
Announcement #: PA-11-129
Funding Level: see announcement
Due Date: August 8, 2012, December 8, 2012; exp. May 8, 2014
Federal Cyber Service: Scholarship for Service (SFS)
The Federal Cyber Service: Scholarship for Service (SFS) program seeks to
increase the number of qualified students entering the fields of
information assurance and cybersecurity and to increase the capacity of
the United States higher education enterprise to continue to produce
professionals in these fields to meet the needs of our increasingly
technological society. The SFS program is composed of two tracks:
he Scholarship Track provides funding to colleges and universities to
award scholarships to students in the information assurance and
- The Capacity Building Track provides funds
to colleges and universities to improve the quality and increase the
production of high-quality information assurance and cybersecurity
professionals by providing support for efforts within the higher
education system, as well as outreach to K-12 students with related
Announcement #: NSF 12-531
Funding Level: $1 million
Due Date: April 17, 2012
NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM)
This program makes grants to institutions of higher education to support
scholarships for academically talented students demonstrating financial
need, enabling them to enter the STEM workforce or STEM graduate school
following completion of an associate, baccalaureate, or graduate-level
degree in science, technology, engineering or mathematics disciplines.
Grantee institutions are responsible for selecting scholarship
recipients, reporting demographic information about student scholars,
and managing the S-STEM project at the institution.
The program does
not make scholarship awards directly to students; students should
contact their institution’s Office of Financial Aid for this and other
Announcement #: NSF 12-529
Funding Level: see announcement
Due Date: August 12, 2014
Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program
The Robert Noyce Scholarship program at NSF seeks to improve STEM education
at the elementary and secondary levels, particularly in high-need
school districts. The program includes some funding for the “Teaching
Fellowships and Master Teaching Fellowships track,” which are
institutional awards to support STEM professionals seeking master’s
degrees in teaching (NSF Teaching Fellows) and fellowships to current
math and science teachers (NSF Master Teaching Fellows) who already
possess a master's degree and seek to become “Master Teachers.” Fellows
are expected to take leadership roles at their schools or school
Announcement #: NSF 12-525
Funding Level: $10,000 scholarships
Letter of Intent Due: February 27, 2012
Due Date: March 26, 2012
AFPE ( American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education) Scholarships and Fellowships
The American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education (AFPE) is accepting applications for the following 2012 Fellowships in the Pharmaceutical Sciences:
Pharmacy Faculty Development Fellowship–Medication Adherence – 1 at $25,000. Applications due June 1, 2012
Pharmacy Faculty Development Fellowship–Geriatric Pharmacy – 1 at $25,000. Applications due June 1, 2012
Sohn Conference Foundation and Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation Launch Pediatric Cancer Research Fellowship
The Sohn Conference Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to curing pediatric cancers, has granted $1.5 million to the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation, the leading charity supporting innovative young cancer researchers, to establish the Damon Runyon-Sohn Pediatric Cancer Fellowship Award. Created to help address the critical shortage of funding for pediatric cancer research, the new award will provide funding to basic scientists and clinicians for research with the potential to significantly impact the prevention, diagnosis, or treatment of one or more pediatric cancers.Applicants must have completed one or more of the following degrees or its equivalent: M.D., Ph.D., M.D./Ph.D., D.D.S., or D.V.M. Candidates who have already accepted a postdoctoral research fellowship award are not eligible.
Fellowships are granted for a three-year term with second- and third-year funding contingent upon satisfactory progress reports. Fellowships provide annual stipends of $50,000 or $60,000 and annual expense allowances of $2,000.
Hosei International Fund Foreign Scholars Fellowship (Japan)
Invitations are extended to young scholars from abroad who are, at the least, enrolled in a doctoral degree program to apply to the HIF Fellowship Program to carry out non-degree research programs at Hosei University under the direction of and/or in cooperation with Hosei faculty and researchers. It is expected that joint cooperation and coordination with Hosei faculty will contribute much to the development of the university's research capabilities.
National Academy of Education/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship Program
The NAEd/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship Program seeks to encourage a new generation of scholars from a wide range of disciplines and professional fields to undertake research relevant to the improvement of education. These $25,000 fellowships support 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. Fellows will also attend professional development retreats and receive mentorship from NAEd members and other senior scholars in their field. This highly competitive program aims to identify the most talented emerging researchers conducting dissertation research related to education. The Dissertation Fellowship program receives many more applications than it can fund. This year, up to 600 applications are anticipated and about 25 fellowships will be awarded. Additional guidelines and the fellowship application form will be available on our website later this summer.
National Academy of Education /Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
The NAEd/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship Program supports early-career scholars working in critical areas of educational scholarship. Fellows will receive $55,000 for one academic year of research, or $27,500 for each of two contiguous years, working half time. Fellows will also attend professional development retreats and receive mentorship from NAEd members and other senior scholars in their field. Applicants must have had their PhD, EdD, or equivalent research degree conferred between January 1, 2007, and December 31, 2012. This fellowship is non-residential, and applications from all disciplines are encouraged. Up to twenty NAEd/Spencer Fellowships will be awarded. Additional guidelines and the fellowship application form will be
Philip Perrin, Program Officer - Professional Development Programs
The National Academy of Education greatly appreciates support and funding from the Spencer Foundation to provide and administer these fellowship programs. For more information on the Spencer Foundation, please visit http://www.spencer.org