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Monday, September 28, 2009

Mock Review Sessions

During the month of October, we will offer a series of Mock Review Sessions for student who would like to participate in a mock review panel and have their funding proposal reviewed and critiqued by their peers.

Mock Review Sessions--October 2009

October 23, 2009, 11am-2pm, 25 Bishop Place, room 301, CAC (We will work through the lunch hour, please plan to bring your lunch with you, soft drinks will be provided) (draft due 9am on October 16, 2009)
October 30, 2009, 9am-12pm, 18 Bishop Place, Basement Conference Room, CAC (draft due 9am on October 23, 2009)

Pre-registration is required to participate in a Mock Review session. To register, please send an email to with the date of the session you would like to attend. To participate in the review session, your proposal draft and the url to the guidelines of your funder should be emailed to by 9:00am on the date indicated in parentheses next to the review session listed above.

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

NJWRRI FY 2010 Grants Program Request for Proposals

The New Jersey Water Resources Research Institute invites proposals for research addressing water resource issues in the state. We expect to fund 2 larger research projects conducted by faculty and to fund 4-5 grants-in-aid to graduate students to support thesis research.

The mission of the NJWRRI is to fund research that addresses critical water resource problems in New Jersey, and by so doing, to produce the water resource professionals needed to protect and manage water in our increasingly crowded state. To this end, the Institute especially encourages proposals from junior faculty to develop research programs targeting priority water resource issues, and from graduate students to develop thesis research projects on these issues.

Two types of project are invited: a) research projects, which address unanswered questions in water resource sciences, and b) information transfer projects, which propose activities to make information available to user communities.

All information is also available at: The deadline to submit proposals is Friday, November 13, 2009.

Friday, September 18, 2009


The National Science Foundation (NSF) East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for U.S. Graduate Students (EAPSI) is a flagship international fellowship program for developing the next generation of globally-engaged U.S. scientists and engineers knowledgeable about the Asian and Pacific regions. The Summer Institutes are hosted by foreign counterparts committed to increasing opportunities for young U.S. researchers to work in research facilities and with host mentors abroad. Fellows are supported to participate in eight-week research experiences at host laboratories in Australia, China, Japan (10 weeks), Korea, New Zealand, Singapore and Taiwan from June to August. The program provides a $5,000 summer stipend, round-trip airfare to the host location, living expenses abroad, and an introduction to the society, culture, language, and research environment of the host location.

The 2010 application is now open and will close December 8, 2009. Application instructions are available online at For further information concerning benefits, eligibility, and tips on applying, applicants are encouraged to visit or

NSF recognizes the importance of enabling U.S. researchers and educators to advance their work through international collaborations and the value of ensuring that future generations of U.S. scientists and engineers gain professional experience beyond this nation's borders early in their careers. The program is intended for U.S. graduate students pursuing studies in fields supported by the National Science Foundation. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply for the EAPSI. Applicants must be enrolled in a research-oriented master's or PhD program and be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents by the application deadline date. Students in combined bachelor/master degree programs must have matriculated from the undergraduate degree program at time of application.

The first Summer Institutes began in Japan in 1990, and to date approximately 1,800 U.S. graduate students have participated in the program. For the 2009 competition, NSF received 317 applications and issued 187 awards. EAPSI applicants are representative of most U.S. states and territories. The 2009 awardees pool included representation from 95 universities and 40 states.

The NSF-EAPSI Operations Center is administered by the American Society for Engineering Education ([

Should you inquire additional information, please contact Mr. Ergys Ramaj by email at or by phone at 1-866-501-2922.

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellowship

Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellowships for women pursuing graduate Ph.D./doctoral degrees in aerospace-related sciences an aerospace-related engineering in 2010-11 academic year:

Deadline: November 15, 2009

Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships

Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships

Eligible proposals have religious or ethical values as a central concern, and are relevant to the solution of contemporary religious, cultural or human rights questions. The stipend is now $25,000 for 12 months.

Deadline: November 15, 2009

Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowships in Women's Studies

Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowships in Women's Studies

These awards, up to $3,000, are for dissertation expenses. For projects in the humanities and social sciences

Deadline: October 11, 2009

Announcing the 2010 IDRF Competition

Announcing the 2010 IDRF Competition

Deadline: November 3, 2009 (9:00 p.m. EST)

Apply Online

About the Fellowship

The IDRF Program supports the next generation of scholars in the humanities and social sciences pursuing research that advances knowledge about non-U.S. cultures and societies. IDRF accepts applications for research that is situated in a specific discipline and geographical region and is informed by interdisciplinary and cross-regional perspectives, as well as research on multiple countries and/or multiple world regions. While proposals may cover all periods in history, they must demonstrate relevance to contemporary issues and debates.


The program is open to graduate students in the humanities and social sciences - regardless of citizenship - enrolled in doctoral programs in the United States. Applicants must complete all Ph.D. requirements except on-site research by the time the fellowship begins. Proposals that identify the U.S. as a case for comparative inquiry are welcome; however, proposals which focus predominantly or exclusively on the United States are not eligible.

Fellowship Terms

The IDRF program provides support for nine to twelve months of continuous dissertation research outside of the United States. Seventy-five fellowships are awarded annually. Fellowship amounts vary depending on the research plan, with a per-fellowship average of $18,750. The fellowship includes participation in an interdisciplinary workshop upon the completion of IDRF-funded research.

Apply Online

For more detailed information and to apply, visit the IDRF website.

The IDRF Program is administered by the Social Science Research Council in consultation with the American Council of Learned Societies and funding provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Read more about it here.

The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) brings necessary knowledge to critical social issues. To learn more about us and to support our work, please visit our website.

Inter-American Foundation (IAF) Grassroots Development Fellowship Information Session-- Sept. 16, 2009

Funding opportunity for Ph.D. students conducting research in Latin America or the Caribbean! Please come to an information session on Wednesday, September 16th at 4:30 p.m. in The Center for Latin American Studies ( to learn about the Inter-American Foundation (IAF) Grassroots Development Fellowship ( Ph.D. candidates can receive funding for up to a year to conduct research on grassroots development issues in Latin America or the Caribbean. The fellowship includes round-trip international transportation, research and living allowances, health insurance, and attendance at a mid-year conference in a country in the region. Visit for specific benefits, eligibility requirements, and application instructions.


Wednesday, September 2, 2009

DAAD Study and Research Scholarships

The annual competition for support for study or research in Germany is now open. The deadline for applications is November 15 (except in the creative and performing arts, where it is November 1). Applications and full information are available on the DAAD website at

Applications must be submitted to Associate Dean Harvey Waterman at least one week before the deadline. Applicants must make Dean Waterman (waterman at aware beforehand of their intention to apply.

If you have questions about this competition please email Dean Waterman (waterman at

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