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American-Scandinavian Foundation Visiting Lectureships
The ASF invites US colleges and universities to apply for funding to host a visiting lecturer from Norway or Sweden. Lectureships should be in the area of contemporary studies with an emphasis on one of five areas: public policy, conflict resolution, environmental studies, multiculturalism, and health care.
Smithsonian Natural History Research Experiences for Undergraduates
Natural History Research Experiences (NHRE) is a 10-week summer internship program hosted at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. NHRE interns work closely with scientific mentors to complete independent research projects in earth science, biology, and anthropology.
UC San Diego Scholarships for Continuing Undergraduate Students
UC San Diego only
One application allows students to apply for all merit and needs-based scholarships for continuing undergraduates. See the website for complete information and current deadlines. Restricted to continuing UC San Diego students.
Big Ten Academic Alliance Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP)
The Summer Research Opportunities Program is a gateway to graduate education at Big Ten Academic Alliance universities. The program seeks to increase the number of underrepresented students who pursue graduate study and research careers. SROP helps prepare undergraduates for graduate study through intensive research experiences with faculty mentors and enrichment activities.
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Summer Student Fellowship Program
Summer Student Fellowships are awarded to undergraduate students who will have completed their junior year at colleges or universities by the start of the fellowship period. Students who will graduate before the fellowship begins are not eligible to apply. Preference is given to students studying in any of the fields of science or engineering including but not limited to the fields of biology, chemistry, engineering, geology, geophysics, mathematics, meteorology, physics, oceanography, and marine policy. Students must have at least a tentative interest in the ocean sciences, oceanographic engineering, mathematics, or marine policy.
James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies Summer Undergraduate Nonproliferation Program
The Summer Undergraduate Internship in Nonproliferation Studies is a paid internship. Interns, who should have completed their sophomore year of undergraduate studies, will work with CNS staff members on substantive issues for one of the following Nonproliferation Programs:
Chemical and Biological Weapons International Organizations and Nonproliferation Program
CNS’s research interests also cover Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), terrorism, regional nonproliferation issues including the Middle East and South Asia, and export controls.
Udall Foundation Undergraduate Scholarships
The Udall Foundation awards scholarships to college sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to Native American nations or to the environment. Students must be nominated by their college or university. The Udall faculty representative serves as the liaison between the college or university and the Foundation. The Foundation does not accept applications directly from individual students. Institutional nomination by the appointed faculty representative is required for each nominee.
Morris K. Udall Foundation Native American Congressional Internships
A ten-week internship in Washington, D.C., places students in Senate and House offices, committees, Cabinet departments and the White House. Internships are awarded to Native Americans and Alaska Natives who are college juniors or seniors, recent graduates from tribal or four-year colleges, or graduate or law students and who have demonstrated an interest in fields related to tribal public policy, such as tribal governance, tribal law, Native American education, Native American health, Native American justice, natural resource protection, cultural preservation and revitalization, and Native American economic development.
World Bank Group Internships
Candidates must possess an undergraduate degree and already be enrolled in a full-time graduate study program. Generally, successful candidates have completed their first year of graduate studies or are already into their PhD programs. This internship typically seeks candidates in the following fields: economics, finance, human development (public health, education, nutrition, population), social science (anthropology, sociology), agriculture, environment, private sector development, as well as other related fields. Fluency in English is required. Prior relevant work experience, computing skills, as well as knowledge of languages such as French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Portuguese, and Chinese are advantageous.
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities Internship Program
The Center seeks highly motivated undergraduate and graduate students (including law), as well as recent graduates, in the following areas for full-and occasionally part-time paid internships: Media, Federal Legislation, Health Policy, Housing Policy, Food Assistance, National Budget and Tax Policy, Outreach Campaigns, State Fiscal Project and Welfare Reform and Income Support Division (see internship descriptions on website). The typical length of an internship is one semester (approximately 10-12 weeks). Applicants should have research, fact-gathering, writing, analytic, and computer skills and a willingness to do administrative as well as substantive tasks.
Carter Center Internships
The Carter Center’s internship program offers a diverse set of opportunities for students and recent graduates to enhance their skills and explore career options in their fields. Internships are offered during three sessions per year to undergraduate juniors and seniors, graduate students, and recent graduates. Prospective interns are those who have demonstrated superior academic ability and who have coursework, professional or personal experience, and career interests related to Carter Center programs. Students have the opportunity to intern in three broad areas: peace, health, and operations. See website for details.
US Department of State Internships
This unpaid program, for students with a minimum of 60 credit hours or greater, provides the opportunity to work in US embassies and consulates throughout the world, as well as in various bureaus located in Washington, DC, and at Department offices spread around the United States. This unpaid program is designed to provide substantive experiences in a foreign affairs environment. Interns are expected to work 40 hours per week.
Mote Marine Laboratory College Internships
Mote Internships allow college students and recent college graduates to gain valuable hands-on experience in ocean science research, conservation, education and support services. Internships are available in most departments in the laboratory. Scholarships are available for some students. See website for more details.
National Air and Space Administation (NASA) Internships
NASA internships are available to high school through graduate level students attending full-time accredited programs appropriate to the NASA internship opportunity for which they receive an offer. US citizenship is required for most internship opportunities. Select opportunities are also open to citizens from countries participating in the NASA International Internship Program. Applicants must be enrolled full-time in a degree-granting course of study appropriate to NASA’s long-term professional workforce needs. While NASA Internships are available to students in a wide-variety of majors ranging from business to science and engineering, individual internship opportunities will target specific disciplines. Applicants have the opportunity to browse and selectively apply for specific internship opportunities once their application is complete.
Friends Committee on National Legislation Internships
FCNL offers summer internships that provide a broad introduction to federal policy, grassroots organizing, and nonprofit management. In addition to working closely with a professional staff member at FCNL, interns will have opportunities to participate in lobbying, organizing and policy events.
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Congressional Internship Program
During CHCI’s paid summer and semester internships, promising Latino undergraduate students experience what it’s like to work in a congressional office, while participating in weekly professional and leadership development and civic engagement through community service. CHCI Interns learn firsthand about how the legislative system works.
Internships with the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States, Woodrow Wilson Center
The Kissinger Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars seeks an intern each semester with an interest in, coursework related to, and/or experience working on China and the United States. Successful applicants should have strong research and/or administrative skills, be detail-oriented, be able to work independently and collectively as part of group, and be currently enrolled in an undergraduate/graduate degree program, a recent graduate (within the last year), and/or have been accepted to enter an advanced degree program. He/she should have strong writing skills, good analytical and research skills, basic computer skills, and a strong interest in China-related issues. Deadline is in March for summer internships.
Internships with the Canada Institute, Woodrow Wilson Center
The Canada Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars seeks qualified, part-time interns each semester with an interest in, coursework related to, or experience working on Canadian policy topics and Canada-US issues. Interns will gain valuable experience in a variety of projects such as conference organization, library and Internet research, assistance with the preparation of publications, and administrative assignments in support of program and Center activities. Deadline is in March for summer internships.
American Educational Research Association (AERA) Dissertation Grants
AERA invites education-related dissertation proposals using NCES, NSF, and other federal databases. Dissertation grants are available for advanced doctoral students and are intended to support the student while writing the doctoral dissertation. Applications are encouraged from a variety of disciplines, such as but not limited to, education, sociology, economics, psychology, demography, statistics, and psychometrics.
National Science Foundation Biological Anthropology Program Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants
The program supports multifaceted research to advance scientific knowledge of human biology and ecology, including understanding of our evolutionary history and mechanisms that have shaped human and nonhuman primate biological diversity. Multidisciplinary research that integrates biological anthropology with related anthropological fields, such as archaeology, cultural anthropology, and forensic anthropology, also receives support through the program. Proposals must be submitted with a principal investigator (the faculty member serving as the doctoral student’s dissertation advisor) and a co-principal investigator (the doctoral student) from the same US university.
Boren Fellowships provide up to $30,000 to US graduate students to add an important international and language component to their graduate education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency. Fellowships enable both masters and doctoral level students representing a broad range of academic and professional disciplines to add a significant language and international dimension to their curricula. Funding is available for both domestic and overseas support.
UCHRI University of California President’s Faculty Research Fellowships in the Humanities
The program provides UC faculty with fellowship support to carry out an extended research project in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. Fellowships are awarded to UC ladder rank faculty regardless of tenure status. Assistant professors are especially encouraged to apply. Following the criteria used by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the fellowship supports faculty research in the following areas: language studies, both modern and classical; linguistics; literature; history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archaeology; comparative religion; ethics; the history, criticism, and theory of the arts; those aspects of the social sciences which have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods; and the study and application of the humanities to the human environment with particular attention to reflecting our diverse heritage, traditions, and history and to the relevance of the humanities to human, social, and cultural issues.
West African Research Association (WARA) Fellowship Competition
WARA fellowships and internships funded by grants from the US Department of State make it possible for a broad range of educators and students to experience professional exchanges and carry out research projects in West Africa. Opportunities are available for predoctoral and postdoctoral fellowships as well as interships and travel grants. See website for details.
Jefferson Scholars Foundation Jefferson Scholars National Fellowship Program
National Fellowships support outstanding scholars at top institutions across the country who are completing dissertations in American history, politics, public policy and foreign relations. Each fellow is required to participate in two conferences, one in the fall and one in the spring. Residence is required for several of the fellowships, and strongly encouraged for all.
Haynes Lindley Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships
The Haynes Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships are designed to encourage well-conceived and imaginative research into the economic, social, policy, or political issues of the Los Angeles region, defined as the five-county area of Los Angeles. The foundation is open to a wide range of specific topic areas within that broad category. Proposals can address either immediate policy concerns or can provide basic research that would underlie future policy efforts. Applicants must be enrolled in a PhD granting institution in the greater Los Angeles area.
National Science Foundation (NSF) Science of Science and Innovation Policy Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants
The Science of Science & Innovation Policy (SciSIP) program supports research designed to advance the scientific basis of science and innovation policy. The program funds research to develop models, analytical tools, data and metrics that can be applied in the science policy decision-making process and concern the use and allocation of scarce scientific resources. The Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants funding opportunity is designed to improve the quality of dissertation research. The PI must be the advisor of the doctoral student or a faculty member at the US university where the doctoral student is enrolled. The doctoral student will be the Co-PI.
Institute for Humane Studies Humane Studies Fellowship
The Institute for Humane Studies awards scholarships up to $15,000 for undergraduate or graduate study in the United States or abroad. IHS awards scholarships to outstanding undergraduate, graduate, law, and professional students who are exploring the principles, practices, and institutions necessary to a free society through their academic work.
Heinrich Boll Stiftung Undergraduate and Graduate Scholarships for Study in Germany
The foundation grants scholarships to approximately 1,000 undergraduates, graduates, and doctoral students of all subjects and nationalities per year, who are pursuing their degree at universities, universities of applied sciences (‘Fachhochschulen’), or universities of the arts (‘Kunsthochschulen’). We expect our scholarship recipients to have excellent academic records, to be socially and politically engaged, and to have an active interest in the basic values of the foundation: ecology and sustainability, democracy and human rights, self determination and justice. See website for details and restrictions. Must be proficient in German.
Funds for Women Graduates Foundation Grants
FfWG offers Foundation Grants to help women graduates with their living expenses (not fees) while registered for study or research at an approved institution of higher education in Great Britain. The criteria are the proven needs of the applicant and her academic caliber. Foundation grants will only be given for the final year of a PhD or DPhil. Women graduates from UK and overseas are eligible to apply.
University of California Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI) Andrew V. White and Florence Wales White Fellowship
Restricted to University of California
To be eligible for the Andrew Vincent White and Florence Wales White Scholarship, candidates must be current full-time UC graduate students whose research involves the humanities and medicine or theoretical social sciences and medicine; advanced to candidacy by June 30, and enrolled at their home campus during the scholarship period. Preference is given to students who are more advanced in their dissertation research and writing. The scholarship, of up to $20,000, may be used for a mix of fees, living expenses, and research expenses for one academic year. The student will be based at his or her home campus; the scholarship is not a residency at UCHRI.
UCSF Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education Postdoctoral Fellowships
The Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education directs a postdoctoral fellowship program that offers supervised research experience in tobacco control with members of the Center faculty. The fellowship offers diverse educational and research opportunities, including a grant writing seminar, graduate research positions, advocacy training, and individualized documents training. Fellows are recruited from a variety of fields including the basic sciences, social sciences, public health practitioners, clinical fields, political science, history, economics, law, and marketing.
National Research Council of the National Academies Postdoctoral & Senior Research Associateship Program
The NRC Research Associateship Programs (RAP) promotes excellence in scientific and technological research conducted by the US government through the administration of programs offering graduate, postdoctoral, and senior level research opportunities at sponsoring federal laboratories and affiliated institutions. Prospective applicants select a research project or projects from among the large group of opportunities listed on the RAP website. Applications are accepted four times each year.
UC MEXUS-CONACYT Postdoctoral Fellowships
The primary objective of this program is to advance academic scholarship by emerging Mexican researchers and UC scientists and scholars in the early stages of their careers, after obtaining their PhD. In addition, the program seeks to support existing or developing binational academic networks by enhancing collaborative research projects between UC and Mexican faculty and institutions through the innovative involvement and training of new researchers. See website for details and restrictions.
FELLOWSHIPS IN RESIDENCE
American Geological Institute (AGI) William L. Fisher Congressional Geoscience Fellowship
The William L. Fisher Congressional Geoscience Fellow spends 12 months working as a staff member in the office of a member of Congress or a congressional committee. The fellowship represents a unique opportunity to gain first-hand experience with the federal legislative process and make practical contributions to the effective and timely use of geoscientific knowledge on issues relating to the environment, resources, natural hazards, and federal science policy. Applicants must be a member of one of AGI’s member societies.
California Senate Fellows Program
Established in 1973, the California Senate Fellows (CSF) program is one of the oldest and most distinguished service learning programs in the country. It offers college graduates a paid, full-time legislative staff position in the State Capitol for 11 months. The fellowship program’s primary goals include exposing people with diverse life experiences and backgrounds to the legislative process by providing research and other professional staff assistance to the Senate.
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Fellowship Program
Woods Hole, Massachusetts
Graduate students and researchers from a variety of fields who share a common interest in the nonlinear dynamics of rotating, stratified fluids share an intense ten-week research experience, and vigorous discussions of concepts that span different disciplines. Fellows pursue a research project under the supervision of the staff and present a lecture and a written report for a proceedings volume. Fellows are expected to be in residence for the full ten weeks of the program.
California Science and Technology Policy Fellowships
The CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellowship provides year of public service and government leadership training for scientists and engineers. Fellows work hands-on with policymakers addressing complex scientific and technical issues as well as assuming other responsibilities of full-time legislative staffers.
Royal Geographical Society EPSRC Geographical Fieldwork Grants
The Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers, jointly with the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), offer grants for individual researchers working in a UK institution at a postdoctoral level on topics related to work with the EPSRC. The grants are intended to assist with travel, maintenance, data collection, and temporary research assistance costs of a geographical research project.
Spencer Foundation Small Research Grants
The Small Research Grants program is intended to support education research projects with budgets of $50,000 or less. The program aims to fund academic work that will contribute to the improvement of education, broadly conceived. Historically, the work funded through these grants has spanned a range of topics and disciplines, including education, psychology, sociology, economics, history, and anthropology, and the projects employ a wide range of research methods. Applications are accepted four times each year. See website for more information.
National Science Foundation Science of Science and Innovation Policy Research Grants
The Science of Science & Innovation Policy (SciSIP) program supports research designed to advance the scientific basis of science and innovation policy. The program funds research to develop models, analytical tools, data and metrics that can be applied in the science policy decision-making process and concern the use and allocation of scarce scientific resources. The program welcomes proposals from individual or multi-investigator research projects, doctoral dissertation improvement awards, experimental research, and data collection and dissemination. The program places a high priority on interdisciplinary research as well as on broadening participation.
Fritz Thyssen Foundation Project Support
Support of projects by the foundation focuses on scholars in the humanities, social science, and biomedicine fields. Proposals are accepted in a limited number of fields. See the website for full details. Interdisciplinary projects are also welcomed. Funding is basically reserved for projects that are related to the promotion areas of the Foundation and have a clear connection to the German research system. This connection can be established either at a personal level through German scientists working on the project, at an institutional level through non-German scientists being affiliated to German research institutes or through studies on topics related thematically to German research interests.
National Science Foundation Resource Implementations for Data Intensive Research in the Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences
As part of NSF’s Harnessing the Data Revolution, the Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) seeks to develop user-friendly large-scale next-generation data resources and relevant analytic techniques to advance fundamental research in SBE areas of study. Successful proposals will, within the financial resources provided by the award, construct such databases and/or relevant analytic techniques and produce a finished product that will enable new types of data-intensive research.
Washington Center for Equitable Growth Doctoral and Postdoctoral Grants
We consider proposals that investigate: the consequences of economic inequality across wages, benefits, incomes, wealth, and job quality as well as group dimensions of inequality including race, ethnicity, and gender; the causes of inequality to the extent that understanding these causal pathways will help us identify and understand key channels through which economic inequality may affect growth and stability; and the ways in which public policies affect the relationship between inequality and growth in the core areas of interest described on the website. Solicitations are open to researchers affiliated with US universities. Grants are $15,000 for one year.
AAS Northeast Asia Council Korean Studies Grants
The Northeast Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS), in conjunction with the Korea Foundation, offers a grant program in Korean studies designed to assist the research of individual scholars based in North America, to improve the quality of teaching about Korea on both the college and pre-college levels, and to integrate the study of Korea into the major academic disciplines. Grants are available in several categories for research travel, workshops and conferences, and projects that enhance Korean Studies teaching. See website for more details.
UC MEXUS Small Grants
UC graduate students and postdocs only
The University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States offers a monthly competition for support of University of California graduate student and postdoctoral researcher activities in all disciplines as related to academic exchange, research training, and scholarly development in areas of interest to UC MEXUS. These areas include Mexico-related studies in all academic fields from the sciences to the arts, Latino Studies, and critical issues of common concern to the United States and Mexico. Proposals may be for small, short-term, non-dissertation projects of one week to six months that will advance the applicants’ research training or academic understanding of their fields.