Fellowship Opportunities

James N. Rosenau Postdoctoral Scholar Fellowship

ISA invites applications from junior scholars for the James N. Rosenau Postdoctoral Fellowship. The competition is open to scholars in the social sciences and humanities who have received their Ph.D. within the past two years or who will receive their Ph.D. on or by July 1, 2015.

The non-resident fellowship is granted for a duration of 12 months and the successful candidate must be an ISA member by the start date. ISA encourages applications from women, minorities, and citizens of all countries.

Application Procedures:
All application materials must be submitted electronically to postdoc@isanet.org on or before January 15, 2015.  

The following materials are required for a completed application:
1.        A cover letter that includes the applicant's academic field, research topic and relevance to International Studies
2.        A five-page (double-spaced, one inch margins) research proposal, not to exceed 1500 words
3.        A current curriculum vitae
4.        Evidence of Final Degree (e.g., notarized photocopy of degree)
5.        Official graduate transcript
6.        Two confidential letters of recommendation (one of which must be written by the Dissertation Committee Chair)

Please ensure that referees submit their letters on official letterhead directly via email to:postdoc@isanet.org on or before January 15, 2015.

All applications must be in English. Incomplete applications will be not considered.

Terms of Fellowship

The 12-month stipend is $50,000 and it does not have an in-residence requirement. The successful applicant will spend 3/4th time (30 hours per week) pursuing their research project, and 1/4th time (10 hours per week) conducting research (remotely) on behalf of ISA. The ISA Executive Director will supervise the Fellow.


An ISA committee will evaluate applicants based on quality of the research proposal (intellectual merit and substantive importance of the topic), potential for making significant scholarly contributions, and promise of impact on the field. The successful applicant will be notified in April 2015.

Berlin Program Fellowship Competition

Deadline: December 1, 2014

The Berlin Program Fellowships are awarded for doctoral dissertation research as well as postdoctoral research and stipends are now EUR 1400 per month for fellows working on a dissertation project and EUR 1600 per month for recent Ph.D.’s. The fellowship is to scholars in all social sciences and humanities disciplines, including historians working on German and European history since the mid-18th century for a research period in Berlin of between 10-20 months.

The program accepts applications from U.S. and Canadian nationals, long-term and permanent residents. Applicants for a dissertation fellowship must be full-time graduate students at a North American university who have completed all coursework required for the Ph.D. and must have achieved ABD (all but dissertation) status by the time the proposed research stay in Berlin begins. Also eligible are U.S. and Canadian Ph.D.s who have received their doctorates within the past two calendar years.

 For details, please refer to the attached flyer (PDF format, Adobe Acrobat 8) or our website: www.fu-berlin.de/bprogram

For a glimpse of the upcoming semester, go to http://www.fu-berlin.de/en/sites/bprogram/colloquium/index.html

 2014-2015 Fellowship Award Announcement: School of Social Science, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ

Location: United States
Fellowship Date: 2013-11-01
Date Submitted: 2013-03-19
Announcement ID: 202378

Each year, the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ, invites about twenty scholars to be in residence for the full academic year to pursue their own research. The School welcomes applications in economics, political science, law, psychology, sociology and anthropology. It encourages social scientific work with an historical and humanistic bent and also entertains applications in history, philosophy, literary criticism, literature and linguistics. Applicants must have a Ph.D. at time of application, and can only be a Member in the School once. Each year there is a general thematic focus that provides common ground for roughly half the scholars; for 2014-2015 the focus will be Egalitarianisms. The application deadline is November 1, 2013. Applications must be submitted through the Institute's online application system.

School of Social Science
Institute for Advanced Study
Einstein Drive
Princeton, NJ 08540
Email: donne@ias.edu
Visit the website at http://www.sss.ias.edu/applications
Miller Center National Fellowship

The Miller Center of Public Affairs offers a competitive fellowship program for individuals completing their dissertations on American politics, foreign policy and world politics, or the impact of global affairs on the United States. The program provides up to eight $20,000 grants to support one year of research and writing. Along with the fellowship grant, the Miller Center assists the fellow in choosing a senior scholar from their field to serve as fellowship "mentor." This mentor will suggest relevant literature to frame the project, read the fellow's work, and give general advice on research.

Program Objectives

All fellows are expected to participate in and contribute to the intellectual discourse at the Center. Each fellow is also expected to participate in two conferences – one in the fall and the other in May of the fellowship year. These conferences will provide a forum for presenting research and findings to the scholarly community at the Miller Center and the University of Virginia. The May conference will bring the Fellows, their Mentors, and the Miller Center and U.Va. community together to critique the Fellows' dissertation work.

Eligibility Requirements

An applicant must be a Ph.D. candidate who is expecting to complete his or her dissertation by the conclusion of the fellowship year. This is not a post-doctoral fellowship. The fellowship is open to non-U.S. citizens. Residence is strongly encouraged but is not required.

Applicant Location Requirements

United States

Applicant Types Eligible

Doctoral or Terminal Degree Student,Masters Student

Project Types Supported

Fellowship,Research Grant,Dissertation,Writing Projects

Project Locations Allowed

United States

Funding Guidelines

Eight grants of up to $20,000 each will be awarded. (des)

Funding Amount



1 year(s)

Sponsor Currency Type


Total Potential Amount

20,000 USD

Cost Sharing

Not Required

Indirect Costs


Sponsor Contact Information

Attn: Miller Center National Fellowship Program 
U.Va.Miller Center 
2201 Old Ivy Rd 
P.O. Box 400406 
Phone: 434-924-7236 
Fax: 434-982-2739 
E-Mail: gage@virginia.edu 
Program URL: http://millercenter.org/academic/gage/fellowship

RFP for the 2013-2014 SJRFs

The Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) received funding from Atlantic Philanthropies to offer funding to USC graduate students and faculty research fellowships to focus on merging research, policy and organizing for social justice. Called the Social Justice Research Fellows (SJRF) Program, it was first available for this academic year for any USC faculty member or graduate student doing research on social justice issues in partnership with a community-based organization.  

Graduate Student Fellowships are open to doctoral students at USC (any school or department) interested in connecting their research to social justice movement building. It's a good deal: aside from funding to pursue their own projects, the students get a chance to spend some time with our research staff and learn about the way they conceptualize and execute community-engaged research.

Please view the Call for Proposals, here: http://csii.usc.edu/documents/SJRF_RFP_2012.pdf

Informational meetings will take place on November 29th at 10:00 a.m. in JEF 124. The application is due December 14th and applicants will be notified of awards at the end of January 2013. 

Developing Global Scientists and Engineers http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=12831
Overview: This program encompasses two components – the first is the International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) and the second is the Doctoral Dissertation Enhancement Projects (DDEP). The IRES component of the program supports groups of U.S. undergraduate or graduate students conducting research abroad in collaboration with foreign investigators, while the DDEP component supports the dissertation research abroad of one doctoral student in collaboration with a foreign investigator. Eligibility: Proposals must be submitted by a U.S. institution, organization, or professional society. DDEP proposals must be submitted by the faculty advisor of the graduate student whose dissertation project is the subject of the proposal. Citizenship: Recipients of both awards must be U.S. citizens. Award/Program Size: The size of the IRES award is approximately $50,000 per year for three years. The size of the DDEP award is approximately $15,000 per award for up to two years. Due Dates: Applications for IRES are due September 15 annually. The applications for DDEP are accepted on a continuing basis.

Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRF) http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=6201
Overview: This program provides support for students in the early stages of their graduate or doctoral studies in science, mathematics, or engineering, as well as additional support for women in engineering, computer, and information science disciplines. Eligibility: Fellowships are awarded for graduate study leading to research-based master’s or doctoral degrees in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) supported by NSF. Citizenship: Applicants must be citizens, nationals, or permanent residents of the U.S. Award/Program Size: NSF expects to award 2,000 awards for new fellowships in fiscal year 2011. For each year of support, NSF provides a stipend of $30,000 to the Fellow and a cost-of-education allowance of $10,500 to the degree-granting institution. Also available is a one-time international allowance of $1,000 to students who have arranged full-time research study at an international site for at least three months. Looking ahead, President Obama in 2009 proposed to triple the number of new GRFs, bringing the level to 3,000 by 2013. The expansion of this program has already begun. Due Dates: Applications are typically due in November each year, with the exact date dependant on the field in which the student is applying. Special Attention: Applicants must not have completed more than 12 months of full-time graduate study prior to applying. Applicants who have completed part-time graduate study must have completed no more than 24 semester hours.

Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants in the Directorate for Biological Science (DDIG) http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5234&org=OISE
Overview: This program provides support for students in selected areas of the biological sciences. These grants provide partial support of doctoral dissertation research to improve the overall quality of research. 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. Eligibility: An organization may submit only one proposal per student in a given year and a student may receive only one DDIG award. A student must have advanced to candidacy for a Ph.D. degree before the submission deadline to be eligible to submit a proposal. The proposal must be submitted by the dissertation advisor on behalf of a graduate student who is at the point of initiating or is already conducting dissertation research. Citizenship: There is no citizenship requirement for this program. Award/Program Size: There are an estimated number of 100 to 120 awards. The upper limit of the budget per award has been increased from $12,000 to $15,000. Due Date: Applications are due annually on the third Friday in November. Special Attention: Only proposals whose focus falls within the scope of the scientific area of the Behavioral Systems Cluster of the Division of Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS) or any scientific area in the Division of Environmental Biology (DEB) will be eligible.

Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE) Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants
Overview: This program awards grants to doctoral students to improve the quality of dissertation research. This program provides supplemental funds for items not usually available from the student's academic institution. The awards are not intended to provide the full costs of a student's doctoral dissertation research. Eligibility: Proposals must be submitted by the dissertation advisor on behalf of the graduate student who is at the point of initiating or already conducting dissertation research. The student (co-PI) must attend a U.S. institution. Citizenship: There is no citizenship requirement for this program. Award/Program Size: There are an estimated number of 200 to 300 awards for the entire SBE Directorate. Funds are to be used exclusively for necessary expenses incurred in the actual conduct of the dissertation research. Due to the variation in research techniques and needs across the social, behavioral, and economic sciences, individual programs vary widely in award sizes; please consult the program's webpage or program director for specific information. These funds may not be used as a stipend for the student, for tuition, textbooks, journals, or for the typing, reproduction, or publication costs of the student's dissertation. Due Dates: The proposal deadlines are specific to research fields. Proposals are due annually January 15, February 9, February 15, August 16, and October 15. Please check the website for the appropriate due date. Special Attention: This program does not support research with disease-related goals, including research on the etiology, diagnosis, or treatment of physical or mental disease, abnormality, or malfunction of human beings, animals or plants.

East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for U.S. Graduate Students (EAPSI) http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5284
Overview: This fellowship program introduces graduate students in science and engineering to East Asia and Pacific science and engineering in the context of a research setting, and helps students initiate scientific relationships that will better enable future collaboration with foreign counterparts. Institutes are located in Australia, China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore and Taiwan and occur each summer between June and August. Eligibility: Applicants must be enrolled in a research-oriented master’s or Ph.D. program at a U.S. institution. Citizenship: Applicants must be a U.S. citizen. Award/Program Size: There are an estimated 195 awards annually. Awardees will receive a $5,000 stipend, a roundtrip international airline ticket, and will be supported to attend a pre-departure orientation in the Washington, D.C. area. Foreign co-sponsoring organizations will provide additional support to cover EAPSI students’ living expenses abroad during the period of the summer institutes, and will provide an in-country orientation to the science environment and culture of each location. Due Date: Applications are due annually on the second Tuesday in December.

Doctoral Dissertation Enhancement Projects (DDEP) http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=12831
This program supports the dissertation research abroad of one doctoral student in collaboration with a foreign investigator. For more information, please see the description of the Developing Global Scientists and Engineers program above.

International Agricultural Internship Program http://www.fas.usda.gov/Admin/student/iaip/index.asp
Overview: This program provides participants with an opportunity to learn about issues, programs, and activities related to international agricultural trade by working in one of the 90 Foreign Agricultural Service overseas offices, located in or close to U.S. Embassies or Consulates. Eligibility: Students must be enrolled in a graduate program in a business- or science-related agricultural field—for example, agricultural economics, economics, finance, business or marketing. Students majoring in an international studies/relations program, in law school or in a biotechnology program are also eligible. Citizenship: Students must be U.S. citizens. Award/Program Size: Approximately ten interns are placed per semester. Internships are paid and students are expected to work 40 hours a week. Due Dates: The annual application deadlines are as followed: July 1 for the spring program; November 1 for the summer program; and, March 1 for the fall program.

National Estuarine Research Reserve Systems (NERRS) Graduate Research Fellowship Program
Overview: This program provides support for fellows to conduct their research within a National Estuarine Research Reserve and gain hands-on experience by engaging with reserve staff and participating in their host reserve's research, education, stewardship and training programs. The program’s focus areas are: nutrient dynamics and/or effects of non-point source pollution and eutrophication; habitat conservation and restoration; biodiversity and/or effects of invasive species; mechanisms of sustaining estuarine ecosystems; and economic, sociological, and anthropological research applicable to estuarine ecosystem management. Eligibility: Applicants must be admitted to or enrolled in a full-time master's or doctoral program at a U.S. accredited university Citizenship: There is no citizenship requirement for this program. Award/Program Size: Fellows receive a stipend of $20,000 per year and may be funded up to three years. Students who are selected as fellows participate in the reserve's research and/or monitoring, stewardship, education, or coastal training programs for up to 15 hours per week. Due Date: The application deadline is November 1 of each year. Special Attention: This program requires an institutional match of 30 percent, either cash or in-kind.

Community Development Work Study Program (CDWSP)


Overview: This program offers work stipends, tuition support, and other assistance to attract economically disadvantaged and minority graduate students to careers in community and economic development. Eligibility: This program awards two-year grants on a competitive basis to institutions of higher education offering degrees in a community development academic program. Economically disadvantaged and minority students enrolled in full-time graduate programs in community and economic development, community planning or management, or other related fields of study are eligible to receive assistance. Related fields include public administration, urban management, and urban planning, but exclude sociology and humanistic fields such as law, economics, education, and history. Award/Program Size: The grantee organizations select up to ten program participants, secure work assignments, disburse funds, and monitor student performance. Historically, CDWSP has been funded at $3 million, allowing the program to assist approximately 100 additional students annually.

Individual Awards

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program

Since 1952, the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program has recognized and supported future leaders in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. Each year, NSF awards up to 2,000 fellowships to outstanding students in these fields.


3 years of financial support over a five-year period including:

  • $30,000 annual stipend
  • $10,500 annual cost-of-education allowance
  • International research and professional development opportunities

Fellowships provide awardees with the freedom to pursue research projects of their own design and may be used within a five-year period. Fellows are given access to cyberinfrastructure resources through the TeraGrid.


Applicants must be U.S. citizens, nationals or permanent resident aliens, and at or near the beginning of graduate studies in an NSF-supported field:

  • Chemistry
  • Computer and Information Science and Engineering
  • Engineering
  • Geosciences
  • Life Sciences
  • Materials Research
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Physics and Astronomy
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences
  • STEM Education & Learning Research


August – Online application available at: www.fastlane.nsf.gov/grfp/

November – Application deadlines – they vary by field

March/April – NSF announces the fellowship awards

CONTACT US info@nsfgrfp.org or 1-866-NSF-GRFP

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program seeks to ensure the vitality of the human resource base in science, technology, engineering and mathematics in the United States and to reinforce its diversity, including geographic distribution and the participation of women, underrepresented minorities, persons with disabilities, and veterans. The agency’s broader mission is to promote the progress of science, to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare, and to secure the national defense.

Title: Graduate Student Summer Associate Program

Sponsor: RAND

Program Number: 72307

E-mail: Summer_Director@rand.org

Web Site: http://www.rand.org

Program URL: http://www.rand.org/about/edu_op/fellowships/gsap.html

SYNOPSIS:  RAND's Summer Associate Program introduces outstanding graduate

students to RAND, an institution that conducts research on a wide range of

national security problems and domestic and international social policy


Deadline(s): 01/15/2014



Applications can be submitted from October 15, 2013 through January 15,


Link to full program description:



Inter-University Center, Yokohama

The Nipon Foundation Fellows Program 2014-2015

The IUC is pleased to announce a 10-month fellowship program for Ph.D students in all fields of Japanese studies, generously sponsored by The Nippon Foundation. The Nippon Foundation Fellows Program at the IUC aims to provide the most promising young scholars with the deep lingusitic and cultural knowledge needed to become leaders in their fields, and to foster strong collegial bonds and intellectual exchange among them and their IUC senpai. 

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