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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

SMART Scholarship Program

SMART Scholarship Program

is an opportunity for students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in STEM disciplines to receive a full scholarship and be employed upon degree completion at a Department of Defense (DoD) Research Facility.

Participants in the SMART Scholarship for Service Program receive:

  • Cash award ranging from $22,000 - $41,000
  • Full tuition and related educational fees
  • Health Insurance
  • Book allowance of $1,000 per academic year
  • Paid summer internships
  • Employment placement after graduation

In return for these benefits, SMART Scholars commit to one year of civilian employment with the DoD for each academic year that they are supported.

For additional information on eligibility, application procedures, and more, please visit The deadline is December 15.

Friday, November 21, 2008



Deadline: January 30, 2009

The Center for Retirement Research at Boston College is accepting proposals for the Dissertation Fellowship Program in Retirement Income and Disability Insurance Research. The program is funded by the U.S. Social Security Administration and provides funding opportunities for doctoral candidates to pursue cutting-edge research on retirement issues. Priority research areas include:

• Social Security and disability insurance

• Macroeconomic analyses of Social Security

• Wealth and retirement income

• Program interactions

• International research

• Demographic research


Deadline: December 1, 2008

Up to five non-renewable awards in the amount of $2,000 (maximum) will be given for dissertation research proposals that merit special recognition and display the strong potential to contribute to the field of child development. Submissions should be in the proposal stage (i.e., not completed), and money is to be used for research costs or professional development related to the proposed dissertation project. The award also includes free membership to SRCD for one year. The first annual awards will be presented at SRCD's Biennial Meeting in April of 2009. Award recipients will be acknowledged and asked to give a presentation based on the research proposal as part of the Student and Early Career Council (SECC) programming at the 2011 SRCD Biennial Meeting in Montreal. Award recipients also will be featured in a Developments newsletter article.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for U.S. Graduate Students (EAPSI)

East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for U.S. Graduate Students (EAPSI)
Due December 9, 2008

The East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI) provide U.S. graduate students in science and engineering: 1) first-hand research experiences in Australia, China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore or Taiwan; 2) an introduction to the science, science policy, and scientific infrastructure of the respective location; and 3) an orientation to the society, culture and language. The primary goals of EAPSI are to introduce students to East Asia and Pacific science and engineering in the context of a research setting, and to help students initiate scientific relationships that will better enable future collaboration with foreign counterparts. All institutes, except Japan, last approximately eight weeks from June to August. Japan lasts approximately ten weeks from June to August (specific dates are available and updated at

Gilder Lehrman Institute Research Fellowships, Dissertation Fellowships in American History

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History invites applications for short-term fellowships in several categories: Research Fellowships for post-doctoral scholars at every faculty rank, Dissertation Fellowships for doctoral candidates who have completed exams and begun dissertation reading and writing, and Research Fellowships for journalists and independent scholars. The Gilder Lehrman Fellowships support work in one of five archives:

Aging Research Dissertation Awards to Increase Diversity (R36)

The National Institute on Aging (NIA) announces the reissuance of a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) that provides dissertation awards (R36) in all areas of research within NIA’s mandate to increase diversity of the research workforce on research on aging and aging-related health conditions. These awards are available to qualified Predoctoral students in accredited research doctoral programs in the United States (including Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories or possessions). This funding opportunity will use the Dissertation Award R36 grant mechanism. The NIA expects to award $250,000 to $300,000 annually beginning in Fiscal Year 2009 to support up to 5 dissertation awards.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

The Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship (DPDF)--Competition open

The Social Science Research Council's Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship (DPDF) is a strategic fellowship program designed to help graduate students in the humanities and social sciences formulate doctoral dissertation proposals that are intellectually pointed, amenable to completion in a reasonable time frame, and competitive in fellowship competitions.

The program is organized around distinct "research fields," subdisciplinary and interdisciplinary domains with common intellectual questions and styles of research. This year's research fields include:

The application deadline is January 30, 2009

SSRC is very interested in receiving applications from eligible Rutgers graduate students for this program.

If you would like to schedule a proposal review appointment for this application, please send an email to: to schedule an appointment. In the email, please include three different meeting times and dates (to schedule one appointment). Our current meeting availability is available on-line at:

Monday, November 10, 2008

Proposal Writing Workgroup--Spring 2009

Registration is now open to join the Spring 2009 Proposal Writing Workgroup

The Resource Center for Graduate Student External Support’s Proposal Writing Workgroup will meet on Thursday afternoons (1:30-4:30) throughout the Spring 2009 semester. The goal of the workgroup is to help doctoral students prepare their funding proposals well in advance of the Fall 2009 deadline season.

To participate in the Proposal Writing Workgroup, you should have a dissertation topic that is developed sufficiently enough so you will be able to begin to write a draft proposal and to fully participate in this intensive proposal development experience. Participating in the Workgroup will require a considerable time commitment on your part. Please do not register to participate unless you are confident you will have ample time to dedicate to the writing process.

In order for the Workgroup experience to be successful, all participants are expected to commit to completing the pre-meeting exercises and to attending and actively participating in all scheduled meetings.

Space is limited and pre-registration is required. To register for the workgroup, send an email to:

Once you have registered, you will be given access to the 2009 Proposal Writing Workgroup Sakai site. Once you have access, please visit the site, and follow the instructions posted on the site to confirm your participation.


Brown Bag Mock Proposal Review Session

We will be hosting a Brown Bag Mock Proposal Review Sessions on December 12th (12:00-4:30pm)

The mock proposal review session is open to graduate students applying for external funding and who at the time of the review session will have a near final draft of their proposal.

In the review session, you will have the opportunity to gain insight into a typical review process as well as have your proposal reviewed by one of your peers.

To participate, registration is required.

To register, please visit:

After registering, you will be given access to the Mock Review Sakai Site (

Your proposal draft and the url to the guidelines of your funder should be deposited into your saki drop box by 9:00am, Friday, December 5th, 2008.


Proposal Writing Workshop--January 15, 2009

This workshop is designed for the doctoral student who plans to apply for external funding in the Spring and Fall 2009 semesters to support dissertation work (research and/or writing) during the 2009-2010 or 2010-2011 academic years.

The workshop will take the student through the mechanics of writing a strong proposal for external funding.

To participate in the workshop, each registered participant must complete and submit by 9:00am on Thursday, January 8th either our Proposal Writing Tutorial (which is available on the Fellowship Guide Sakai site) or a proposal written for a specific funding competition.

Participants should be prepared to draft a funding proposal based on their proposed dissertation research. The workshop activities will include lecture, group discussions, group exercises and review and critique sessions. The work you produce for the workshop will be discussed and critiqued by the group.

To participate, pre-registration is required by Friday, December 19, 2008.

To register, visit: