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Updated February 2012



If you are interested in finding external funding to support your research, it is our hope that this list will help you to quickly determine which of the agencies might fund your current project, find more information about the application process by visiting their websites, and then develop application tasks timelines for each proposal. As we stress to both faculty members and students, time management is the first strategy you must learn to keep yourself on-track and focused on your funding goals. This list is intended to help you get started. The opportunities listed are for individual scholarship.

To navigate, keep the document in layout view, scroll to the table of contents, then click on the page number of the agency or program in which youre interested. This will take you directly to that entry. If you then wish to learn more, click on the agencys website address (URL), which you will find near the bottom of the entry. If clicking doesnt work, copy the URL, paste it into the address line of your web browser, and type return. For reasons unknown to us, hyperlinks do not always work for all agencies.

Once youve identified potential funders for your work, check their direct websites for new and more detailed application information. Humanities and area studies centers sometimes have themes that change periodically and agency programs, application requirements, deadlines, and focus areas are subject to change, especially in todays economic climate. Verify deadlines and other critical information by visiting the sponsoring institutions website or contacting the agency via e-mail or telephone prior to beginning an application. This is especially true for agencies that had not posted new deadlines when we created this list (noted on the list).

Most agencies have deadlines only once each year and take from three to eight months to announce results. Therefore, think long-term when planning your grant development strategies. Preparing a viable proposal takes time, effort, attention to detail, and organization, so do give yourself the time you will need to develop an application that will be competitive. For fellowships, that means starting the process at least eight weeks before the deadline; you should contact your references at least six weeks before the deadline to ensure youll have those critical letters of reference and support that most agencies require.

Although this list is extensive, it is not exhaustive. If you know of sources that do not appear on this list, which you believe will appeal to other geography graduate students, please let us know. Were always seeking information on new funding sources.

If you find nothing here that might help you, go to and conduct a search specific to your needs. This service is free to KU graduate students and faculty courtesy of the KU Center for Research and offers the most comprehensive and dependable compilation of funding opportunities available online. You can access it from any KU computer or, if KU is your service provider, from your computer at home and you can set up your own profile to receive weekly email postings of grant and fellowship opportunities in your area(s) of interest.

We hope you will find this list of use as you consider external funding for your graduate work.

Kathy Porsch, Grant Development Officer

Humanities Grant Development Office

900 Sunnyside Ave.

Lawrence, KS 66044-7622 785/864-7833 or 785/864-7887


Selected Internal (University of Kansas) Funding Sources3

Andrew Debicki International Travel Scholarship in the Humanities3

Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS)3

Graduate Initiative for Diversity3

Graduate Scholarships3

Dorothy Clark Lettice Scholarship and the John H. Nelson Scholarship3

Laiten L. and Verna Nye Camien Scholarship3

The Mary Elizabeth and Andrew P. Debicki Scholarship4

Hall Center Graduate Summer Research Awards4

Howard J. Baumgartel Peace and Justice Award4

IGERT C-Change Training Program4

Kansas African Studies Center/Oswald Family Foundation4

Madison and Lila Self Graduate Fellowship4

The Richard and Jeannette Sias Graduate Fellowship in the Humanities5

Stansifer Fellowship5

Selected External Funding Sources5

American Association of University Women American Fellowships5

American Center of Oriental Research (ACOR)5

American Geographical Society6

McColl Family Fellowship6

McColl Research Fellowship6

Helen and John S. Best Research Fellowships6

American Philosophical Society6

American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing6

Association of American Geographers7

Dissertation Research Grants7

Geography Education National Implementation Project (GENIP)7

George and Viola Hoffman Award7

International Geographic Information Fund7

Association of American Geographers Cartography Specialty Group7

CSG Master's Thesis Research Grants7

National Geographic Award in Mapping7

Dr. Walter W. Ristow Prize for an Academic Paper on the History of Cartography8

Association of American Geographers Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group8

AAG-CAPGE Field Study Award8

AAG-CAPE Student Paper Award8

Cartography and Geographic Information Society8

CaGIS Map Competition8

CaGIS Student Scholarships9

Fulbright Awards for US Graduate Students, US Department of State9

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program, US Department of Education9

Gamma Theta Upsilon Buzzard Graduate Scholarship9

Institute of Humane Studies10

Humane Studies Fellowships10

Summer Graduate Research Fellowships10

Hayek Fund for Scholars10

International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX)10

Jacob K. Javits Fellowships10

Kansas Academy of Science (KAS) Student Research Grant Program10

Kansas Biological Survey10

Morris K. Udall Foundation11

NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship11

National Geographic Young Explorers Grant11

National Science Foundation11

Arctic Research Opportunities11

Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems (CNH)12

East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for U.S. Graduate Students (EAPSI)12

Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)12

Pan-American Advanced Studies Institutes Program (PASI)12

SBE Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants: Geography and Regional Science12

School of American Research (SAR) Fellowships and Weatherhead Fellowships13

Smithsonian Institution13

Smithsonian Institution Fellowships Program13


Social Science Research Council13

Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship (DPDF)13

Eurasia Program Fellowships14

International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF)14

Society of Woman Geographers14

Pruitt National Dissertation Fellowship14

Pruitt National Minority Fellowship Program14

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Graduate Fellowship Program14

Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, Dissertation Research Grants15

Selected Internal (University of Kansas) Funding Sources

Andrew Debicki International Travel Scholarship in the Humanities

The goal of the Andrew Debicki International Travel Scholarship in the Humanities is to allow KU

humanities graduate students who have completed all required coursework for the PhD to travel

outside of the United States for purposes of dissertation research. One scholarship of up to $2,000

will be awarded each year.


Deadline: November 22 (last known deadline)

Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS)

FLAS fellowships for academic year and summer study are available through the Center for East Asian Studies, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian and East European Studies, and the Kansas African Studies Center. FLAS fellowships are for language training/improvement and research at international institutions and offer tuition assistance and a stipend. See individual Center website for specific information on their FLAS offerings.


Deadline: Various, see individual Centers

Graduate Initiative for Diversity

The Graduate Initiative for Diversity one-year fellowships are available to graduate students in their first year of study. These awards are intended to increase the participation in graduate study at KU by students from groups underrepresented in their fields of study. Nominees be in their first year of graduate study at KU and must possess outstanding academic records. The stipend is $18,000 plus payment of up to 9 graduate credit hours of tuition and fees for both the fall and spring semester. Exceptions for tuition of up to 12 graduate credit hours are considered on a case-by-case basis. Teaching and research assistantships provide compensation at the normal rate for such appointments. Teaching and research assistants receive a tuition waiver or in-state fee status in accordance with their research or teaching appointments. Departments must offer awardees a half-time teaching or research assistantship for the remaining years of study so long as he or she maintains good academic standing and satisfactory employment performance.


Deadline: February 14

Graduate Scholarships

The Dorothy Clark Lettice Scholarship, the John H. Nelson Scholarship, the Dr. Laiten L. and Verna Nye Camien Scholarship, and the Mary Elizabeth and Andrew P. Debicki Scholarship provide a one time award of a $5000 stipend to a highly deserving graduate student.

Dorothy Clark Lettice Scholarship and the John H. Nelson Scholarship

Scholarships are awarded to off-set the costs of ongoing research. Students awarded the Lettice or Nelson Scholarship will demonstrate high academic ability as indicated in the nomination packet.

Laiten L. and Verna Nye Camien Scholarship

Scholarship is awarded to a doctoral student in the social sciences, education or foreign languages with the capability and intention of becoming a professional in that field. The student must have received an undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas.

The Mary Elizabeth and Andrew P. Debicki Scholarship

Scholarship is awarded to a student in the humanities.


Deadline: February 14

Hall Center Graduate Summer Research Awards

The Hall Center is pleased to offer summer support for up to four (4) graduate students engaged

in humanistic dissertation research and writing. The goal of these awards is to make possible full

time dissertation work for the months of June and July. Students will also have the opportunity to present their work at a series of Graduate Student Research Workshops during the academic year following the summer of support. Contacts: Victor Bailey at or Sally Utech at .


Deadline: March 12, 5 p.m.

Howard J. Baumgartel Peace and Justice Award

The $2,760 Howard J. Baumgartel Peace and Justice Award is awarded annually to support a graduate student enrolled in the KUs College of Liberal Arts & Sciences or School of Business for thesis or dissertation research whose interests, achievements, and talents are in the peace and justice field. Examples of appropriate interests for this award are social scientific study of, or application of social scientific knowledge to conflict resolution; social action; human problems in the world of work, race and ethnic relations; and Third World Development.


Deadline: December 9 (last known deadline)

IGERT C-Change Training Program

Climate change and its impact on the planets biological, ecological, and social systems has been identified as one of the grand challenges of the 21st century by the National Academies of Science. The KU C-CHANGE program creates collaborative classroom and field research experiences to examine the human and natural causes and consequences of climate change by bringing together students and faculty in the social and natural sciences and engineering. Our goal is to advance scientific knowledge about global climate change by connecting researchers, disciplines, and institutions.


Deadline: January 21 (last known deadline)

Kansas African Studies Center/Oswald Family Foundation

KU graduate or advanced undergraduate students in any academic discipline who are interested in conducting applied field research on key policy issues related to health and development in Africa are invited to apply. Fellows must have a bachelor's degree or equivalent or anticipate receiving it by the end of the 2009-10 academic year; and be admitted to or enrolled in a graduate program or a declared major at KU. KASC will provide awards ranging from $1,000 to $6,000 for expenses to support graduate or advanced undergraduate student travel to Africa for applied field research. Selection will be based on an evaluation of the full application, including the manner in which the application evidences both a student's academic objectives and a commitment to African health and development issues.


Deadline: February 14 (check with KASC on availability before applying)

Madison and Lila Self Graduate Fellowship

The mission of the University of Kansas Madison and Lila Self Graduate Fellowship is to identify, recruit, and provide development opportunities for exceptional Ph.D. students in business, economics, engineering, mathematics, biological, biomedical, pharmaceutical, and physical sciences who demonstrate the promise to make significant contributions to their fields of study and society as a whole. The Self Graduate Fellowship is a four-year award consisting of a $29,000 annual payment, full tuition and fees, and a development program.


Deadline: February 2; By departmental nomination

The Richard and Jeannette Sias Graduate Fellowship in the Humanities

The goal of the Richard and Jeannette Sias Graduate Fellowship is to allow KU humanities doctoral

students whose studies include an international emphasis to expand their experiences beyond a single

disciplinary focus in both research and professional training. The fellowship is intended to produce

humanities scholars whose vision for their careers includes a continued commitment to interdisciplinary endeavors and a desire to share that commitment with the world outside of the academy. This program seeks well-rounded students who demonstrate the ability to make outstanding contributions in their chosen humanities disciplines as well as an interest in both interdisciplinary studies and community outreach. The Fellow will receive $13,000, paid as a monthly stipend and an office

with a computer in the Hall Center. In addition, Research & Graduate Studies will pay tuition.


Deadline: February 20

Stansifer Fellowship

University of Kansas graduate students studying Central America will benefit from a $115,000 gift to KU Endowment from Charles Stansifer, professor emeritus of Latin American history.The Stansifer Fellowship endowed fund will provide up to $5,000 each year to a graduate student working on a thesis or dissertation about Central America. Fellowship recipients can be seeking degrees in any area of study.


Deadline: February 1

Selected External Funding Sources

American Association of University Women American Fellowships

Dissertation Fellowships are available to women who will complete their dissertation writing during the fellowship year. To qualify, applicants must have completed all course work, passed all required preliminary examinations, and received approval for their research proposal or plan. Students holding any fellowship for writing a dissertation in the year prior to the AAUW Educational Foundation fellowship year are not eligible. Open to applicants in all fields of study. Scholars engaged in science, technology, engineering and math and also researching gender issues are especially encouraged to apply. Amount: $20,000.


Deadline: November 15

American Center of Oriental Research (ACOR)

The Center sponsors pre- and postdoctoral fellowships for research and study in all areas of the natural and social sciences, humanities, and associated disciplines relating to the Near East. Check ACOR web site for specific programs relating to your field of study. Note that ACOR has some funding available not only to US residents but also to foreign nationals who have not matriculated at US institutions. Amount: varies from $600 to $20,200.


Deadline: February 1

American Geographical Society

URL: (scroll down to see all awards)

McColl Family Fellowship

The McColl Family Fellowship, given by Dr. and Mrs. Robert W. McColl, consists of round-trip airfare to any place in the world of the candidates choosing. The candidate must secure funding for other expenses from other sources. The only obligation of the Fellow is to write an article based on the visit abroad that is suitable for publication in FOCUS on Geography magazine and that is submitted to the editor within six months of returning from the trip. As is true of all FOCUS on Geography authors, candidates must be geographers or others "who think like geographers and write like journalists." Currently, one Fellowship is being offered for each year. Selection is by a committee chosen by the AGS Council.

Deadline: October 17

McColl Research Fellowship

This is a short-term fellowship program available to individuals who wish to communicate their geographical research results to a broad, educated general audience. Awards of $3,000 for four-week fellowships will be provided to support residences for the purpose of conducting research that makes direct use of the AGS Library, and results in publication in a mutually agreed outlet. Graduate-level candidates should be ABD doctoral candidates at the writing stage of their dissertations.

Deadline: October 31 (last known deadline)

Helen and John S. Best Research Fellowships

Stipends of $375 per week, for periods up to 4 weeks, will be awarded to support residencies for the purpose of conducting research that makes direct use of the Library. The AGS Library, the former research library and map collection of the American Geographical Society of New York, has strengths in geography, cartography and related historical topics. The AGS Collection at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, is a world-class collection of maps, atlases, photographs, globes, and satellite images. Candidates for Fellowships are either established scholars, or doctoral students who have completed their course work and are at the stage of writing their dissertations.

Deadline: October 31 (last known deadline)

American Philosophical Society

The Lewis and Clark Fund for Exploration and Field Research encourages exploratory field studies for the collection of specimens and data and to provide the imaginative stimulus that accompanies direct observation. Applications are invited from disciplines with a large dependence on field studies, such as archeology, anthropology, astrobiology and space science, biology, ecology, geography, geology, linguistics, and paleontology, but grants will not be restricted to these fields. Grants will be available to doctoral students who wish to participate in field studies for their dissertations or for other purposes. Grants will depend on travel costs but will ordinarily be in the range of several hundred dollars to about $5,000.


Deadline: February 1

American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing

ASPRS is pleased to offer fourteen awards available to graduate student-members of ASPRS. These resources have been generated with the intention of advancing academic and professional goals within the fields of Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and related disciplines. Amounts range from $1,500 - $20,000.


Deadline: October 17 (last known deadline)

Association of American Geographers

Dissertation Research Grants

The AAG provides support for doctoral dissertation research in the form of small grants of approximately $500 to PhD candidates of any geographic specialty.


Deadline: December 31, yearly

Geography Education National Implementation Project (GENIP)

GENIPs mission is outreach on behalf of geography to elementary and secondary educators and policy makers across the United States. GENIP funds small grants that support its mission, including appropriate thesis and dissertation research. A copy of the grant application form is available at the GENIP web site It is suggested that you consult with the project coordinator prior to completing the full proposal.


Deadline: March 1 and September 1 (last known deadlines)

George and Viola Hoffman Award

An award from the George and Viola Hoffman Fund may be made annually for student research toward a master's thesis or doctoral dissertation on a geographical subject in Eastern Europe. Eastern Europe includes the countries of East Central and Southeast Europe from Poland south to Romania, Bulgaria, and the successor states of the former Yugoslavia. Topics may be historical or contemporary, systematic or regional, limited to a small area or comparative. Amount ranges from $350-$500.


Deadline: November 1

International Geographic Information Fund

The AAG International Geographic Information Fund (IGIF) offers small grants to support graduate research proposed by a student in any area of spatial analysis or geographic information science or systems. Funding opportunities include Student Travel Grants, Graduate Research Awards, and Student Paper Awards. Amount: Approximately $500.


Deadline: November 1

Association of American Geographers Cartography Specialty Group

CSG Master's Thesis Research Grants

Enrolled masters students are invited to apply for the Masters Thesis Research Grants. These grants are made available to promote scholarly research in cartography research by students enrolled in a geography or related degree program. Grants are available up to a maximum of $500 and may be used for items necessary and relevant to research such as travel, materials, equipment, and human subject fees. Fundable research must be cartographic in nature. Cartography must be the central focus of the research and not merely a tool used in support of some other research.


Deadline: March 15, June 15, and November 1

National Geographic Award in Mapping

Undergraduate students and master's-degree candidates are invited to apply for the National Geographic Award in Mapping. This award recognizes student achievement in the art, science, and technology of mapping and seeks to encourage student research. The first place award consists of a cash prize of $900 (U.S.) and the second place award is $300 (U.S.). Submissions may take a variety of forms, but must focus specifically on maps and mapping.


Deadline: February 15

Dr. Walter W. Ristow Prize for an Academic Paper on the History of Cartography

The Dr. Walter W. Ristow Prize recognizes academic achievement in the History of Cartography. This competition is open to all full or part-time undergraduate, graduate, and first year post-doctoral students attending accredited colleges and universities anywhere in the world. A number of Ristow Prize winners and Honorable Mentions have come from outside the United States. Research papers must be related to the history of cartography. Merely using maps to relate an episode in history is not sufficient, unless the maps date from the period of the event, and/or disclose new information about that event, and/or the study of those maps constitutes a major focus of the paper. Amount: $1,000.


Deadline: June 1

Association of American Geographers Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group


AAG-CAPGE Field Study Award

The principal objective is to defray travel expenses for reconnaissance fieldwork for thesis or dissertation research. The award is oriented primarily to those without other substantial funding. It is not intended to finance dissertation field work, rather to finance a) research for a Masters degree or b) reconnaissance fieldwork so a student can complete a fundable dissertation proposal. Eligible candidates must be a member of the AAG and CAPE at the time of submission. Amount: Up to $500.

Deadline: March 21 (last known deadline)

AAG-CAPE Student Paper Award

The Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group sponsors an annual award to recognize distinguished student research. Candidates may be undergraduates, graduate students, or a recent Ph.D. within a year of the dissertation defense. The student must be a member of AAG-CAPE and the sole author. Judging criteria include the soundness and creativity of the research design and methodology; validity of conclusions; and writing quality. The paper should not exceed 8,000 words including all components: references, footnotes, abstract, illustrations, tables and any other text. This is a common length required by journals where CAPE members commonly publish. Papers exceeding 8,000 words will not be considered for the award. A prize of $100 will be awarded for the best paper. Previous awardees have found that the prestige attached to this award has made it easier to attract further funding. The award will be announced in the Cultural & Political Ecology and AAG newsletters.

Deadline: March 21

Cartography and Geographic Information Society


CaGIS Map Competition

The purpose of the competition is to promote interest in map design and to recognize significant design advances in cartography. The focus of this competition is design; therefore, judging is based on cartographic design criteria, such as creativity, text (spelling and grammar, too), balance, unity, clarity, use of color, and subject matter. Student awards are sponsored by the National Geographic Society,Avenza-MAPublisher, and ESRI. Each student award consists of a cash prize ($500), a National Geographic atlas, a student license of MAPublisher (worth $249), and a certificate of award. Runners-up will receive a beautiful National Geographic map or atlas. Student mapmakers in a certificate, diploma, or degree program (bachelor, masters, doctorate) must have produced their entries with student facilities as part of an accredited course. Student entries must be signed by a course instructor.

Deadline: January 27

CaGIS Student Scholarships

Each year, the Cartography and Geographic Information Society (CaGIS) sponsors two scholarships to students whose research and accomplishments support the mission of CaGIS. The scholarships recognize academic achievement and encourage the continuing education of outstanding cartography, geographic information systems (GIS), and geographic information science (GIScience) students. Scholarships are awarded for research advancing the disciplines of cartography or GIScience rather than research applying GIS or mapping as a technique.

CaGIS Masters Scholarship Award ($500):This award is to be granted to a student enrolled in, or accepted into, a Masters degree program during 2008 or 2009. The winner will have demonstrated excellence in cartography or GIScience coursework and the potential to contribute to cartography or GIScience research. Outstanding undergraduates seeking to support Masters level research in GIScience are also eligible to apply.

CaGIS Doctoral Scholarship Award ($1000):This award is to be granted to a student enrolled in, or accepted into, a PhD degree program during 2007 or 2008. The winner will have demonstrated excellence in cartography or GIScience coursework and the potential to contribute to cartography or GIScience research.

Deadline: January 15

Fulbright Awards for US Graduate Students, US Department of State

This program offers scholarships for foreign study at the pre-doctoral level in over 120 countries. This opportunity allows graduate students to engage in full-time dissertation research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies. Only US citizens at the time of application are eligible. Applicants must submit their proposals through their campus Fulbright Program Adviser, Hodgie Bricke, Office of International Programs, or 785/864-4960. Fulbright


Deadline: October 17

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program, US Department of Education

*No award for FY 12 as of February 3, 2012- see website for more information

This program funds full-time dissertation research abroad in modern foreign languages and studies focused Africa, East Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific, South Asia, the Near East, East Central Europe and Eurasia, or the Western Hemisphere (Central and South America and the Caribbean). Students must apply through their institutions. At KU, students submit their completed individual applications to the KU Office of International Programs. If interested, contact Charles A.S. Bankart, Office of International Programs,, (785) 864-7244. US citizenship is required. Amount: $15,000-$60,000.


Gamma Theta Upsilon Buzzard Graduate Scholarship

National Honor Society for Geography

This scholarship is awarded to a continuing graduate student. Amount: $1,000


Deadline: June 1

Institute of Humane Studies


Humane Studies Fellowships

Fellowships are offered to students who are exploringthe principles, practices, and institutions necessary to a free society through their academic work. The funding can be used for study in the US or abroad. There is no citizenship restriction to apply. Amount: from $2,000 to $15,000.

Deadline: December 31

Summer Graduate Research Fellowships

Fellowships are offered to graduate students who share an interest in the classical liberal tradition to work on a scholarly paper or dissertation chapter. Open to Law or PhD students. The fellowship includes: $5,000 stipend and travel expenses for two HIS seminars; the opportunity to present work at academic seminars; and mentoring and critical comment on the project.

Deadline: February 2 (last known deadline)

Hayek Fund for Scholars

The Hayek Fund offers up to $750 for career-advancing activities that include travel to professional conferences and participation in career development seminars.

Deadline: continuous; at least four weeks in advance of your fundable activity

International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX)

IREX offers grants for masters, pre-doctoral, and doctoral scholars in multidisciplinary study areas. Funding is offered for advanced research, and short-term travel in Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, the Middle East and North America, Asia, and the US. US citizens and permanent residents are eligible. For information on current programs, deadlines, and award size contact IREX.


Deadlines: Various

Jacob K. Javits Fellowships

This program provides fellowships to students who demonstrate achievement, financial need, and exceptional promise to undertake study at the PhD and MA level in selected fields of arts, humanities, and social sciences. To qualify, graduate students must not yet have completed their first year of graduate study and be citizens of the US or the Freely Associated States. Amount: up to $30,000.


Deadline: September 30

Kansas Academy of Science (KAS) Student Research Grant Program

The KAS Student Research Grant Program fosters the scientific research endeavors of student KAS members or students whose major advisor is a member. Funds may be used to support research in any scientific field in any locality. Recipients are required to present research results at the KAS Annual Meeting is in the spring; registration and meal fees are waived. Amount: up to $1,500.


Deadline: February 13

Kansas Biological Survey

The University of Kansas Field Station (KUFS), a unit of the Kansas Biological Survey, has limited funds for small grants ($300 - $500) to encourage undergraduate and graduate student research at our field station during the summer. KUFS consists of 1376 hectares (3400 acres) of land located within a 20-60 minute drive of Lawrence, Kansas. Included at the site are diverse habitats (e.g., prairies, forests, wetlands, ponds, lakes) and specialized research facilities (e.g., laboratory buildings, replicated sets of experimental ponds, long-term experimental site for study of habitat fragmentation). KUFS has three field staff members to assist researchers and many databases (for example, fauna and flora lists, weather data, GIS data).


Deadline: April 11

Morris K. Udall Foundation

Note: The PhD Fellowship will not be offered for FY12 (as of February 3, 2012)

Environmental Public Policy and Conflict Resolution Dissertation Fellowships are available to doctoral candidates whose research concerns US environmental public policy or environmental conflict resolution and who are entering their final year of dissertation writing. Dissertation fellowships are open to scholars in all fields of study whose topic has significant relevance to US environmental policy or environmental conflict resolution. Amount: $24,000.


Deadline: February 24

NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship

The Fellowship solicits applications from accredited U.S. Universities on behalf of individuals pursuing Masters or Doctoral (Ph.D.) degrees in Earth and space sciences, or related disciplines, at respective institutions. The purpose of NESSF is to ensure continued training of a highly qualified workforce in disciplines needed to achieve NASAs scientific goals outlined above. Awards resulting from the competitive selection will be made in the form of training grants to the respective universities with the advisor serving as the principal investigator. All applications to NESSF must address the goals and objectives of one of the four SMD research programs: Earth Science; Heliophysics; Planetary Science; Astrophysics.


Deadline: February 1 (this is an institutional proposal) (last known deadline)

National Geographic Young Explorers Grant

Young Explorers Grants (YEG) offer opportunities to individuals between the ages of 18 and 25 to pursue research, conservation, and exploration-related projects consistent with National Geographic's existing grant programs, including: the Committee for Research and Exploration (CRE), the Expeditions Council (EC), and the Conservation Trust (CT). Applicants are not required to have advanced degrees. However, a record of prior experience in the fields of research, conservation, or exploration should be submitted as it pertains to the proposed project. Young Explorers Grants vary in amount depending on significance of the project, though most range between US $2,000 and $5,000. National Geographic Society funds often serve as complementary supportthus the program encourages applicants to seek additional, concurrent funding from other sources.


Deadline: Continuous

National Science Foundation

Arctic Research Opportunities

The National Science Foundation (NSF) invites investigators at U.S. organizations to submit proposals to conduct research about the Arctic. Arctic research includes field and modeling studies and data analysis. The goal of the NSF Division of Arctic Sciences is to gain a better understanding of the Arctic's physical, biological, geological, chemical, social and cultural processes, and the interactions of ocean, land, atmosphere, biological, and human systems in the Arctic. The Division of Arctic Sciences and other NSF programs support projects that contribute to the development of the next generation of researchers and scientific literacy for all ages through education, outreach, and broadening participation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.


Deadline: October 18

Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems (CNH)

The Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems competition promotes quantitative, interdisciplinary analyses of relevant human and natural system processes and complex interactions among human and natural systems at diverse scales.


Deadline: November 20

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

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


Deadline: November 14

Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)

The National Science Foundation aims to ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in the United States and to reinforce its diversity by offering approximately 900-1,600 graduate fellowships in this competition pending availability of funds. The Graduate Research Fellowship provides three years of support for graduate study leading to research-based masters or doctoral degrees and is intended for students who are in the early stages of their graduate study. Amount: $30,000, with a $10,500 tuition allowance, for three yers.


Deadline: November 29 (last known deadline)

Pan-American Advanced Studies Institutes Program (PASI)

The Pan American Advanced Study Institutes (PASI) Program, is a jointly supported initiative between the Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). Pan American Advanced Studies Institutes are short courses ranging in length from ten days to one month duration, involving lectures, demonstrations, research seminars and discussions at the advanced graduate and post-doctoral level. PASIs aim to disseminate advanced scientific and engineering knowledge and stimulate training and cooperation among researchers of the Americas in the mathematical, physical, and biologicalsciences, and in engineering fields.Whenever feasible, an interdisciplinary approach is recommended.


Deadline: April 24

SBE Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants: Geography and Regional Science

The National Science Foundation's Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences (BCS), Division of Social and Economic Sciences (SES), and Division of Science Resources Statistics (SRS) award grants to doctoral students to improve the quality of dissertation research. These grants allow doctoral students to undertake significant data-gathering projects and to conduct field research in settings away from their campus that would not otherwise be possible. Amount: up to $12,000 for 24 months.


Deadline: October 15 and February 15

School of American Research (SAR) Fellowships and Weatherhead Fellowships

The SAR is a center for advanced studies in anthropology and related disciplines, supporting scholars doing research in anthropology and allied fields, such as history, sociology, art, law, and philosophy, who approach their research from an anthropologically informed perspective. Weatherhead Fellowships offer funding to doctoral students and PhDs whose work is broad and interdisciplinary. There are no citizenship restrictions. Amount: $30,000, for nine months.


Deadline: November 1

Smithsonian Institution


Deadline: January 15

Smithsonian Institution Fellowships Program

This fellowship is open to scholars in American history, American material and folk culture, and the history of music and musical instruments; history of science and technology, history of art, design, crafts, and the decorative arts; anthropology, archaeology, linguistics, and ethnic studies; evolutionary, systematic, behavioral, environmental biology, and conservation; geological sciences and astrophysics; and materials characterization and conservation. Fellowships are available to graduate students not yet advanced to candidacy in a PhD program for up to 10 weeks; pre-doctoral (dissertation stage) for 3-12 months; and postdoctoral (recent PhDs) for 3-12 months. There are no citizenship restrictions. Amount: $6,500 (graduate), $30,000 (pre-doctoral), and $45,000 (postdoc).


The Institution offers internships, including minority programs, for graduate students in humanities and social science at different stages of their studies. For specifics, check the website.

Social Science Research Council

Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship (DPDF)

The 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. Each year, an SSRC Field Selection Committee selects five fields proposed by pairs of research directors who are tenured professors at different doctoral degree-granting programs at U.S. universities. Research directors receive a stipend of $10,000. Graduate students in the early phase of their research, generally 2nd and 3rd years, apply to one of five research fields led by the two directors; each group is made up of twelve graduate students Fellows participate in two workshops, one in the late spring that helps prepare them to undertake pre-dissertation research on their topics; and one in the early fall, designed to help them synthesize their summer research and to draft proposals for dissertation funding. Fellows are eligible toapply for up to $5000 from SSRC to support predissertation research during the summer.


Deadline: February 1

Eurasia Program Fellowships

Eurasia Program Fellowships are intended for applicants who have completed their dissertation field research and/or data collection, who have made significant progress in outlining emergent, innovative contributions to scholarship, and who are willing to reach beyond the academic community to make their work known and accessible to a variety of publics. Awards provide financial and academic support to graduate students in the early stages of dissertation development, Ph.D. candidates near completion of their doctoral programs in the social sciences and related humanities, and young scholars within five years of the completion of their Ph.D. Amount: pre-dissertation award- up to $4,000; dissertation development award- up to $18,000 and $4,000 possible supplemental funding; post-doctoral research award- up to $33,000 over 24 months.


Deadline: November 15

International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF)

The International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) program supports distinguished graduate students in the humanities and social sciences conducting dissertation research outside the United States. The IDRF program is committed to empirical and site-specific research that advances knowledge about non-U.S. cultures and societies (involving fieldwork, research in archival or manuscript collections, or quantitative data collection). The program promotes research that is situated in a specific discipline and geographical region and is engaged with interdisciplinary and cross-regional perspectives. Fellowships will provide support for nine to twelve months of dissertation research. Amount: average of $19,000.


Deadline: November 3

Society of Woman Geographers

Pruitt National Dissertation Fellowship

The SWG National Fellowship Committee invites applications from woman Ph.D. candidates for the annual Pruitt National Fellowship for Dissertation Research Competition. Awards range from $8,000 - $15,000.


Deadline: February 1 (last known deadline)

Pruitt National Minority Fellowship Program

Women who are members of a minority group and who have been admitted to and plan to enroll or are enrolled in a Masters program in geography or geographical aspects of an allied field are strongly encouraged to apply. Awards range from $1,000 - $6,000.


Deadline: May 15

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Graduate Fellowship Program

The EPA STAR Fellowship Program offers awards for graduate students in environmental fields of study. Students can pursue degrees in traditionally recognized environmental disciplines as well as other fields such as social anthropology, urban and regional planning, and decision sciences. Master's level students may receive support for a maximum of two years. Doctoral students may be supported for a maximum of three years, usable over a period of four years under certain circumstances. Amount: Up to $42,000 per year of, including $12,000 per year for tuition and fees, $25,000 per year in a monthly stipend, and an annual expense allowance of $5,000.


Deadline: November 5 (last known deadline)

Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, Dissertation Research Grants

These grants fund projects that demonstrate a clear link to anthropological theory and debates and promise to make solid contributions to advancing these ideas. Proposals that employ a comparative perspective, can generate innovative approaches or ideas, and/or integrate two or more subfields are particularly welcome. Applicants must be ABD and enrolled for a doctoral degree in anthropology or a related discipline; there are no citizenship restrictions. Application must be made jointly with a dissertation advisor or other scholar who will supervise the project. Amount: up to $25,000.


Deadlines: May 1 and November 1



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