Graduate Student Funding Opportunities


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The American Association for Family & Consumer Sciences offers three competitive fellowships:

Cutler-DeKnight National Graduate Fellowship

 Virginia F. Cutler honored colleagues Dr. Cutler and Dr. Canoyer by creating a fellowship fund. The Cutler-DeKnight Fellowship also honors Freda A. DeKnight, food and home service editor of EBONY magazine and first commentator for the "Ebony Fashion Fair." A $5,000 fellowship and up to $1,000 of support for one year of AAFCS membership and participation in the AAFCS Annual Conference will be awarded to no more than one (1) African-American or minority graduate student pursuing a family and consumer sciences degree. Preference will be given to candidates planning a career in family and consumer sciences communication or Cooperative Extension.

Dye-Leverton National Graduate Fellowship

The Dye-Leverton Fellowship honors Marie Dye and Ruth Leverton by providing a graduate fellowship for doctoral study in family and consumer sciences. An active member of AAFCS, Marie Dye served as dean of the College of Home Economics at Michigan State University for 30 years beginning in 1926. Dr. Leverton was a nutrition scientist who served as a teacher and administrator. A $5,000 fellowship and up to $1,000 of support for one year of AAFCS membership and participation in the AAFCS Annual Conference will be awarded to no more than one (1) doctoral level graduate student pursuing a family and consumer sciences degree or a related specialization such as nutrition science.

Jewell L. Taylor National Graduate Fellowship

 The Taylor Fellowship was established through a generous bequest from Jewell L. Taylor, a dedicated family and consumer sciences professional for more than 50 years. She held positions as a county home demonstration agent and utility home economist, continuing her interest in AAFCS until her death. A $5,000 fellowship and up to $1,000 of support for one year of AAFCS membership and participation in the AAFCS Annual Conference will be awarded to up to five (5) qualified graduate students pursuing a degree in family and consumer sciences.

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The Doris Duke Fellowship for the Promotion of Child Well-Being (Dissertation Fellowship):

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago invite outstanding doctoral students to apply for the Doris DukeFellowships for the Promotion of Child Well-Being—seeking innovations in child abuse and neglect prevention. These fellowships will be awarded to 15 exceptional doctoral students in various disciplines (family studies, psychology, public health, social work, criminology) who are focusing their research on enhancing child development and improving the nation’s ability to prevent all forms of child maltreatment. The application period generally opens in August and applications are due by December 1. Each fellow receives an annual stipend of $30,000 for up to two years.

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AVAILABLE FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS (in PhD in or minoring in Gender and Women's Studies


Travel stipends to professional meetings in Fall 2010 are available for graduate students presenting papers that focus systematically on women and/or gender.

DEADLINE: MUST BE RECEIVED BY 5:00 P.M. September 20, 2010

Awards are competitive.  Priority will be given to those who have not
received a WOSAC stipend within the last year.  We can only fund those
traveling to a conference to present a paper.  Funds are contingent upon
acceptance of the paper.  Awardees may be asked to present their papers at a
WOSAC event during the Fall semester.

The Women's Studies Advisory Council is a member-based community support group of over 200 community women, men, and students who support the Gender and Women's Studies program at the University of Arizona.  A committee composed of Gender and  Women's Studies faculty, a WOSAC Board member, and a Women's Studies graduate student will evaluate proposals.

Marshall Foundation Dissertation Fellowship

Application Deadline: Monday, November 8, 2010

Designed to help graduate students who are Arizona residents complete their doctoral dissertation.  This award is intended for graduate students who are in the completion stage of their dissertation and who have exhausted all other funding resources except for loans.

Award:   $10,788.00 (paid Spring 2011) and a Graduate Registration Scholarship (in-state waiver of tuition for 2 semesters)
(Mandatory fees and health insurance are not covered)

Submit application documents to the Marshall Foundation Dissertation
Fellowship Committee via electronic submission as One PDF to  Any applications not in this requested format will
not be considered. See link below:


Graduate Women in Science Awards                                           Deadline: January 15, 2010 --- Sigma Delta Epsilon/Graduate Women in Science makes awards from $1,000 to $10,000 to support the research expenses of woman graduate students and early postdoctoral fellows in all the natural sciences, including: physical, environmental, mathematical, computer, life sciences, anthropology, psychology, and statistics.

For more information:

Janet Hyde Graduate Student Research Grant
These grants, each up to $500, are awarded to doctoral psychology students to support feminist research.  Past recipients of Hyde Graduate Student Research Grants are not eligible to apply. Because the purpose of this award is to facilitate research that otherwise might not be possible, projects that are beyond the data analysis stage are not eligible.
Please send all application materials attached to a single e-mail message to both of the Hyde Award Co-chairs at the following addresses by September 15th (or March 15th for the spring deadline):
Dr. Mindy J. Erchull, and Dr. Olivia Moorehead-Slaughter,  
1. Cover page with project title, investigator's name, address, phone, fax, and e-mail address
2. A 100-word abstract
3. A proposal (5-pages maximum, double-spaced) addressing the project's purpose, theoretical rationale, and procedures, including how the method and data analysis stem from the proposed theory and purpose.
4. A one-page statement articulating the study's relevance to feminist goals and importance to feminist research.
5. The expected timeline for progress and completion of the project (including the date of the research proposal committee meeting). The project timeline should not exceed two years.
6.  A faculty sponsor's recommendation, which includes why the research cannot be funded by other sources. This letter should be attached to the e-mail with the application materials. Please do not send it separately.
7. Status of IRB review process, including expected date of IRB submission and approval. Preference will be given to proposals that have received approval.
8. An itemized budget (if additional funds are needed to ensure completion of the project, please specify sources)
9. The applicant's curriculum vitae
10. All sections of the proposal should be typed and prepared according to APA style (e.g., please use 12-point font)

American Association of University Women American Fellowships 
Description: AAUW American Fellowships support women doctoral candidates completing dissertations ($20,000 Dissertation Fellowships); scholars seeking funds for postdoctoral research leave from accredited institutions ($30,000 Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowships); or scholars preparing research for publication ($6,000 Summer/Short-Term Research Publication Grants).

AAUW Career Development Grants
Description: The American Association of University Women will make 60 Career Development Grants of $2,000-$12,000 to women in the early stages of a master's degree program who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and who received their most recent academic degree before June 30, 2003. Special consideration will be given to women of color.

American Immigration, Emigration, or Ethnic History
Description: The Immigration and Ethnic History Society announces competition for the 2008 George E. Pozzetta Award. It invites applications from any Ph.D. candidate who will have completed qualifying examinations by Dec. 1, 2007, and whose thesis focuses on American immigration, emigration, or ethnic history. The award provides $750 for expenses to be incurred in researching the dissertation.

APA Travel Awards & Dissertation Awards
Description:(a) Graduate Student Travel Awards to APA (application deadline, April 1, 2009, $300), and/or (b) APA Dissertation Research Awards (application deadline, Sept. 15, 2009, $1000 or $5000)

Dissertations on Christianity and Contemporary American Religion
Description: The Louisville Institute will award up to ten $18,000 fellowships for the final year of dissertation writing on the study of American religion, in particular projects that attempt to: 1) describe more fully how the Christian faith is actually lived by contemporary persons and to bring the resources of the Christian faith into closer relation to their daily lives and 2) help us understand the institutional reconfiguration of American religion.

The FEEA Scholarship
Description: The FEEA Scholarship is open to current civilian federal employees and their dependent family members (spouse or child). You or your sponsoring federal employee must have at least three years of federal service to qualify for this merit-based award. Active duty military members and military retirees are not eligible for this scholarship. You must also be at least a college freshman at an accredited two- or four-year post-secondary, graduate, or postgraduate program by the fall semester and have a minimum GPA of 3.0 to be considered. Dependents of federal employees must be full-time students; federal employees may be part-time students.

GPSC Travel Grant
Due Date: Recurring Due Date:s throughout the year
Past Recipients: Gabe Schlomer

Inequality Beyond Globalization
Description: The World Society Foundation is offering a number of $1,000 grants for research articles on “Inequality Beyond Globalization: Economic Changes and the Dynamics of Inequality.” Proposals should include the title of the paper; an abstract of no more than 500 words; and the name, address, and affiliation of the author(s). The Foundation will evaluate these proposals and invite successful applicants to elaborate their proposals into full papers of 25-30 pages. Each paper meeting the quality standards of the leading scholarly journals will receive $1,000. The papers will be published on the Foundation's website, and the most outstanding papers will be published in a forthcoming volume (2009) of World Society Studies, the Foundation’s edited book series. The authors of the five most outstanding papers become candidates for the Foundation's Award of Excellence in World Society Research, $10,000 for First Prize and $5,000 for Second.

Marshall Foundation Dissertation Fellowship
Description:The Graduate College is pleased to announce the Marshall Foundation Dissertation Fellowship designed to help Arizona graduate students complete their doctoral dissertation.
Award:$10,788.00 provided by the Marshall Foundation (paid Spring 2010)and a Graduate Registration Scholarship (in-state waiver of tuition for 2 semesters Spring and Fall 2010, if needed) provided by the Graduate College.(Miscellaneous fees and health insurance are not covered)
*       University of Arizona doctoral candidates whose dissertation
proposal has been approved by their doctoral committee, have filed the
"Committee Appointment Form" with the Graduate College Degree Certification Office, and expect to complete and defend their doctoral dissertation within the one-year period of the award.
*       U.S. Citizenship
*       Legal residency in the State of Arizona, (must have filed and have been granted residency by the ABOR Residency Classification Office located at the UA in Modern Languages Room  347)
*       Cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above
*       Demonstrated financial need as determined by the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) or by the student's own statement of financial support needed to complete the dissertation.
*       Enrollment in a minimum of 3 dissertation units (900-level) to
receive stipend.
*       Agreement to make available an electronic copy of their dissertation to the Marshall Foundation for storing in its Library.                   
Application Procedure:Submit the following documents to the Marshall Foundation Dissertation Fellowship Committee via electronic submission as One PDF to  Any applications not in this requested format will not be considered.
Application Deadline: Monday, November 9, 2009 - Late applications will not be considered

The Josephine De Kármán Fellowship Trust
Description: A minimum of ten (10) fellowships, $20,000 for graduate students and $10,000 for undergraduate students, will be awarded for the regular academic year (fall and spring semesters or the equivalent where the quarterly system prevails), paid through the fellowship office of the university in which the recipient is enrolled for study in the United States. Study must be carried out only in the United States and all funds must be expended only within this country. The fellowship is for one academic year and may not be renewed or postponed. Postdoctoral and masters degree students are not eligible for consideration.

NSF Developmental and Learning Sciences
Description: This program supports studies on cognitive, linguistic, social, cultural, and biological processes related to children's and adolescents' development and learning. Additional priorities are to support developmental research that: incorporates multidisciplinary, multi-method, microgenetic, and longitudinal approaches; develops new methods and theories; examines transfer of knowledge from one domain to another and from one situation to another; assesses peer relations, family interactions, social identities, and motivation; examines the impact of family, school, and community resources; assesses adolescents' preparation for entry into the workforce; and investigates the role of demographic characteristics and cultural influences on children's development.

NSF Minority Postdoctoral Research Fellowships
Description: The NSF Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences offers Minority Postdoctoral Research Fellowships and related supporting activities in an effort to increase the participation of underrepresented groups in selected areas of science in the U.S. Fellowships support training and research in a host institution in the areas of social, behavioral, and economic sciences supported by NSF. Supporting activities are travel grants to graduate students to visit prospective sponsors and starter research grants for Fellows.

RiSE-UP Research Award
Description: Are you doing interesting research with an underrepresented population? Then submit your research for the RiSE-UP Research Award competition! The award acknowledges outstanding research conducted by student members with underrepresented populations, and winners will have the opportunity to present their research in address format at the APS Annual Convention plus receive a small monetary award.

Smithsonian Institution Latino Studies Fellowship Program
Description: The Smithsonian Latino Studies Fellowship Program offers awards to U.S. Latino/a predoctoral students and postdoctoral or senior scholars to pursue research related to Latino history, art, and culture using Smithsonian resources. Fellowship appointments are for up to 12 months with the opportunity to spend up to a third of the time in the field but not at the home institution. Predoctoral fellowships offer a stipend of $25,000 per year plus allowances and postdoctoral and senior fellowships offer a stipend of $40,000 plus allowances.

Social Problems Affecting Individuals, Families and Communities (Fahs-Beck Fund)
Description: The program supports research that contributes to a greater understanding of social problems affecting individuals, families and local communities. Dissertation grants support dissertation expenses of doctoral students whose studies have the potential for adding significantly to knowledge about problems in the functioning or well being of children, adults, couples, families, or communities, or about interventions designed to prevent or alleviate such problems. Grants are available to faculty and postdoctoral researchers to develop, refine, evaluate, or disseminate innovative interventions designed to prevent or ameliorate major social, psychological, behavioral or public health problems affecting children, adults, couples, families, or communities, or studies that have the potential for adding significantly to knowledge about such problems.
Deadline: November 1, 2009

Student Research Award
Description: Here comes a unique opportunity to gain a wide recognition for your scholarly work. When the time comes to submit your research to the next APS Convention, be sure to enter your presentation in the Student Research Award. Simply submit up to 1,250-word description of your work. Winners will present their research in an address format at the Annual Convention, and receive some money to help defray the cost of attending the conference. Visit or contact the Graduate Advocate, Ewa Szymanska at, for details.

Uri Bronfenbrenner Student Travel Fund
Description: The Foundation for Child Development has funded the Uri Bronfenbrenner Student Travel Fund to support doctoral student attendance at the 2009 Fall Research Conference of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM). This fund specifically wishes to encourage conference attendance by doctoral students in human development so they may gain experience with related research
in public policy. Students accepted for this program would be expected to register for the conference, make travel arrangements, and invoice APPAM aftewards for expenses. The maximum grant is $750 (U.S. recipients) or $1,000 (international recipients).

UA Graduate College Scholarships and Fellowships
Due Date: Varies. See website for details

USA Funds Access to Education Scholarships
Description: USA Funds will award individual scholarships of $1,500, which can be renewed annually up to a total award of $6,000. To qualify, graduate students must be enrolled full-time, be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, and be able to demonstrate financial need. Up to 50% of the scholarships will be targeted to applicants who are members of an ethnic-minority group (Alaskan Native, American Indian, Asian, Black/African-American, Hispanic or Latino, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander) or have a documented physical disability.

U.S.-Mexican Studies
Description: The Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies at the University of California, San Diego invites applications for 3- to 10-month Research Fellowships. The program supports research on any aspect of contemporary Mexico, Mexican history, and U.S.-Mexican relations. Comparative studies with a substantial Mexico component are especially encouraged. Most applicants are expected to be at the postdoctoral level, but graduate students who have completed a substantial portion of their dissertations will also be considered. Senior scholars are encouraged to apply. Fellowship stipends are commensurate with experience and academic rank.

William T. Grant Foundation Research Grant Programs and Deadlines
Description: The William T. Grant Foundation supports work to improve the settings of youth ages 8 to 25 in the United States. We fund research, fellowships, and service improvements that fit our Current Research Interests.

Winter Deadlines for NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants
Description: Many programs in the Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences and the Academic Program of Social and Economic Sciences of the National Science Foundation provide doctoral dissertation research improvement grants of up to $12,000. Funds may be used for valid research expenses, which include conducting field research; data collection and sample survey costs; payments to subjects or informants; specialized research equipment, analysis and services; supplies; travel to archives, specialized collections and facilities or field research locations; and partial living expenses for conducting research away from the student's U.S. academic institution. There are no citizenship requirements. In addition to the general program announcement, each program has specific guidelines.






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