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Peterson's Grants for Graduate and Postdoctoral Study is a comprehensive list of fellowships, grants, and other programs that provide financial support and training. The purpose of the book is to supply people contemplating or participating in graduate or postdoctoral programs with a list of organizations to which they may apply for funds in support of their scholarly interests. Although there are many other funding directories already in print, none concentrates specifically on graduate and postdoctoral programs. Peterson's Grants for Graduate and Postdoctoral Study, by limiting its scope to include only those programs at the graduate and postdoctoral level, should help simplify the search for funds.
Organization of the Book
Peterson's Grants for Graduate and Postdoctoral Study contains the following main sections:
1. This introduction, which includes information on:
criteria for inclusion of programs
types of programs
using the indexes
2. A more general introduction to the grant-seeking process, primarily containing:
advice on identifying appropriate funding sources
a discussion of the basics of proposal writing
3. Detailed profile listings of grant and fellowship programs that provide funds for graduate and postdoctoral study and research.
4. Indexes to facilitate access to the profile information:
an index of programs bysubject areas
a special characteristics index
Criteria for Inclusion in the Book
In order for a program to be included in the book it must (a) provide funds that can be used for some aspect of graduate and/or postdoctoral study; (b) be general in nature, not specific to those at a particular school; and (c) consider those at the graduate and postdoctoral level to be eligible applicants. All programs listed are designed by their sponsors to be of interest to one or more of the following:
Specifically excluded from the directory are programs of the following type:
programs for undergraduates only
programs that fund nonprofit organizations rather than individuals
internships that provide no stipend
programs for senior scholars only
About the Profiles
The data used in the profile listings are updated annually from primary material supplied by the sponsoring organization's program announcements, brochures, annual reports, letters, and sample application. The profiles are organized alphabetically by sponsoring organization. Organizations beginning with a person's full name in their title are alphabetized under the last name [e.g., the Richard D. Irwin Foundation appears as Irwin (Richard D.) Foundation]. Each entry represents a single award program. If a single organization administers more than one award, generally each is listed separately provided that it has either unique eligibility requirements or unique characteristics. Programs that are administered jointly by two or more organizations are listed alphabetically under the organization that administers the program. Each profile is headed by the name (or names) of the administering agency (or agencies), followed by the title of the award program. The profile is then divided into four main sections: Contact, Program Description, Eligibility Requirements, and Application Procedures. The Contact section lists a name, address, telephone number, fax number, e-mail address, and Web address as available. The Program Description section includes information on the type of award, level of study, what the funds may be used for, and value of the award and such other details as number of awards available, number of applicants, duration of award, renewability, and permissibility of concurrent funding. The Eligibility Requirements section provides information regarding the academic level of applicants, field(s) of study, and selection criteria and such other requirements as gender, age, employment, citizenship, geographical area, minority status, ethnicity, membership, and physical disability. Application Procedures indicates when and from whom the application form is available, when applications are due, and, where possible, when award announcements are made. Individuals are urged to consider the information provided in this book as a guide to the programs available in their area of interest. Programs are often discontinued, others change their areas of priority, and still others change their deadlines. To avoid disappointment, THOSE PLANNING TO APPLY FOR FUNDS SHOULD CONTACT THE ORGANIZATIONS DIRECTLY TO OBTAIN UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION FOR THE CURRENT YEAR. For example, some organizations fix deadlines on a specific day rather than a specific date (such as the first Monday in January). The date will, therefore, change from one year to the next. Individuals must assume the responsibility for obtaining correct and current information themselves.
Types of Programs
The listings in Grants for Graduate and Postdoctoral Study fall into the following categories:
grants and grants-in-aid
internships and traineeships
awards-in-recognition and prizes
summer study or research awards
study or research abroad awards
Considerable confusion exists as to the meaning of some of these terms. The following definitions of grants and fellowships are widely accepted. Unfortunately, the terms are used in a variety of ways that may be misleading. The use of the term "scholarships" is particularly confusing. In general, the word "scholarships" refers to financial aid or other awards used to cover tuition and fees for undergraduate study, but sponsors often use it interchangeably with "fellowships" or even "grants," especially when the program provides support for both undergraduate and graduate students. The term "scholarship" is used in the profiles because sponsors do use that terminology.
Fellowships are awarded to individuals. They are given primarily for professional development and are meant to support a recipient who is taking advanced courses, carrying out research, or working on a project. The fellowship money is meant to serve as a salary that covers living expenses. Sometimes fellowships include a small allowance specifically designated for travel or research expenses; they may also cover payment of tuition and fees. Fellowships exist for those at the early graduate level of study, for doctoral candidates who have passed their comprehensive exams, for dissertation support, and for those who have completed their doctoral study. Fellowships for graduate students range from about $1000 to $15,000, with an occasional award of $25,000 or more. Fellowships at the postdoctoral level can range from $1000 to $35,000 or more. In both cases, awards may be single-year or multiple-year. Most general fellowships listed in this book allow recipients to carry out graduate or postdoctoral study and/or research at the institution of their choice. Selection is based on the merit of the individual applicant (i.e., achievement and promise of achievement, as evidenced by grades, GRE scores, publications, and letters of recommendation). Financial need is only occasionally a consideration.
One variation of the general fellowship is the residential fellowship. This type of award is given to support work undertaken at a specific location, generally a facility operated by the sponsoring organization. For instance, a number of research libraries across the country award fellowships to persons wishing to conduct research using their collections. The fellowships usually cover travel and living expenses during the time of residence and may be awarded in the form of a fixed stipend or on a monthly basis.
Grants and Grants-in-Aid
Grants are usually awarded to support research or specific projects. Grants-in-aid are small grants meant to contribute to the expenses of a research project, often for a short period of time. Grants and grants-in-aid provide funds to cover expenses directly related to carrying out the proposed research (e.g., materials, interview costs, or computer time). They sometimes include funds for travel and living expenses incurred while conducting research away from a home institution. They usually do not include basic living expenses of students while in residence at their own university. Grants are available for research at all levels of graduate and postdoctoral work. Many programs support doctoral dissertation research. Some awards are for research related to a master's thesis. Other programs fund projects not necessarily associated with a thesis or dissertation. Grants-in-aid usually provide limited funds, on the order of $1000 to $3000. Grants specifically for graduate students rarely provide more than $10,000. Selection is based on the quality, originality, and importance of the research proposed and on the applicants' personal qualifications indicating their ability to carry out the project successfully.
Internships and Traineeships
During an internship or training program, individuals spend a defined period of time working with and under the supervision of the professional staff of an organization. Often the intern or trainee works on projects of interest to the host organization or learns specific techniques. In order for an internship program to be included in this book, it must offer a stipend to the student during the tenure of the internship. Stipends can be in the form of an hourly wage or a fixed allowance for the duration of the program. Internships can range in length from several weeks to an entire academic year. They provide participants with practical experience in their field of interest.
Awards-in-Recognition and Prizes
Awards-in-recognition and prizes are presentedafter the factto recognize outstanding achievements. For example, a number of prizes are offered for outstanding doctoral dissertations. Winners receive a small amount of money, on the order of $250 to $2500, but a great deal of prestige. Publication of their work is often included with the award, as is an expense-paid trip to the annual meeting of the organization sponsoring the award or prize, where recipients may be asked to present their research.
The number of programs providing travel funds for graduate and postdoctoral scholars is extremely limited. When available, the funds enable a individual to travel to a research or fieldwork site, consult with a colleague or authority, make use of a library or collection, or attend a specific conference.
Some programs defy classification as either fellowships or grants since they provide for both living expenses and research funds. These major prestigious awards may provide as much as $35,000 per year. There are also awards for summer study or research and study or research abroad.
Types of Activities Funded
The funds received from the programs listed in Grants for Graduate and Postdoctoral Study may be used to support the following types of activities:
graduate course work
master's thesis research
doctoral dissertation research
student-conducted research (even if unrelated to a thesis or dissertation)
Many graduate and postdoctoral awards are nonspecific. Each program is described as completely as possible from the information provided by the administering agency, in order to make it clear which activities may be supported and which, if any, are outside the scope of the program.
Using the Indexes
Following the profile listings in this book are two indexes: Subject Areas and Special Characteristics. The Special Characteristics Index identifies programs that are designed primarily or exclusively for individuals in special groups, such as minorities, women, or international students. In addition, programs that do not restrict the citizenship of the applicant will be indicated under the classification "Foreign/Non-U.S. Citizen." The Subject Index lists the subject terms with applicable grant program titles and associated accession numbers alphabetically under each term. Specific subject terms are assigned to each program as indicated in the areas of study designated in the program description. Where funding programs emphasize a more general subject category such as biology, agriculture, education, or law, the funding opportunity may be found under this general term in the Subject Index. If a funding program indicates a general theme with some specific concentrations, for example, funding for research in the biological sciences that pertains to oceanography or marine policy, the opportunity will be lister in the Subject Index under both the general and the specific categories. The first impulse of most people is to go immediately to the category most specific to their work. Although this is not a mistake and may lead to the most relevant program, disregarding the more general categories will result in the loss of much valuable information. Many programs are described in general terms and are offered to students in any one of a number of subject areas. For example, a fellowship may fund study in any of the biological sciencesor in so many that they would be too numerous to list separately.
Additional Sources of Information and Support
Information for support for graduate and postdoctoral study is also available from other sources, including the individual's undergraduate alma mater, organizations and foundations with regional interests, and, one of the most important sources, graduate schools themselves. It may be helpful to explore some of the following:
Find out if your undergraduate alma mater awards any graduate fellowships.
Explore business connections. Some companies offer fellowships for former employees and children of employees.
Contact local clubs and groups, such as women's clubs, Lions Clubs, and local arts councils.
Find out about local foundations. Many small foundations fund only locally yet awards are significant.
If you belong to a fraternity or sorority, see if it sponsors fellowships for its members.
Contact labor unions, veterans' organizations, etc., to which you or family members belong.
Speak to the chair of your department or your graduate dean regarding corporate support.
Corporations often provide predoctoral and postdoctoral fellowships through an arrangement negotiated directly with a department or a university engaged in research of interest to the company. For those at the predoctoral level of study, the funds provided by graduate schools are an especially important source of support for graduate study. Many graduate schools and universities have programs that help their own enrolled students. Support typically takes the form of general fellowships, fellowships for minority students, teaching assistantships, research assistantships, or tuition waivers. These are generally based on merit rather than financial need. Prospective graduate students are urged to request information from the graduate dean's office and graduate admissions office. Much of this information is not available outside each individual university, and, because these opportunities are available to a limited audience, they are not included in this book. Most university-sponsored fellowships range from $7000 to $11,000 a year, and many are renewable. They do not require a teaching commitment, although some schools will allow fellowship recipients to hold teaching assistantships at the same time. Teaching assistantships provide similar stipends but require recipients to teach one or more courses per semester. Research assistantships are the most variable in terms of their demands and compensation and might involve working with a professor on research or working in an administrative office on campus. University-sponsored fellowships, teaching assistantships, and research assistantships are often accompanied by a partial or full waiver of tuition.
A Note of Clarification
This book is not meant to be a list of student financial aid based on need. For the most part, the programs summarized here are awarded on the basis of merit rather than need. When programs do consider financial need as part of the selection criteria, this fact is indicated in their profiles. Many states have fellowship programs for graduate students that are based exclusively on need. The federal government sponsors loan programs plus work-study for which needy graduate students are eligible. Students with family responsibilities or very limited financial resources, especially those who feel they may not be competitive for merit-based awards, should find out more about these alternatives from financial aid offices.
ACADEMY FOR EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT 1
National Security Education Program Area and Language Studies Doctoral Fellowship
Academy for Educational Development
National Security Education Program
1875 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 900
Washington, DC 20009-1202
Tel: (800) 498-9360
Fax: (202) 884-8408
World Wide Web: http://www.aed.org/nsep
Program Description These fellowships provides significant opportunities for graduate students enrolled in doctoral programs with area and language specializations. This highly selective program funds future scholars and teachers specializing in world areas currently underrepresented in American international education. Applicants design their own program and may combine domestic language and cultural study with study overseas. Fellows receive approximately $25,000 per year for up to three years.
Eligibility Requirements Candidates must be studying languages, cultures and regions of the world outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Applicants must be matriculated in a doctoral program with a specialization in area and language studies. U.S. citizens are eligible. As a condition of receiving these fellowships, fellows must agree to work for the federal government or in the field of education in the area for which the fellowship was awarded. The duration of the service agreement will be for no less than one and no more than three times the time period for which support was provided.
Application Procedures For more information and application materials contact your NSEP campus representative or the Academy for Educational Development at the above address. Students should pay particular attention to campus deadline dates, as they will differ from the Academy's deadline.
Application Deadline Deadline varies from year to year.
ACADEMY FOR EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT 2
National Security Education Program Graduate International Fellowships
Academy for Educational Development
NSEP Graduate International Fellowships
1875 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 900
Washington, DC 20009-1202
Tel: (800) 498-9360
Fax: (202) 884-8408
World Wide Web: http://www.aed.org/nsep
Program Description These fellowships assist students in adding an international dimension to their curriculum. Students already in internationally oriented programs are encouraged to intensify their areas, languages and cultures. The fellowship supports up to $10,000 per semester for up to two semesters abroad or a maximum of $2,000 per semester for up to two semesters for domestic study.
Eligibility Requirements Candidates must be studying languages, cultures and regions of the world outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Applicants must be matriculated in a graduate degree program at an accredited institution of higher education, matriculated in a doctoral program with a specialization in area and language studies or in the process of applying to a graduate program. U.S. citizens are eligible. Study outside the United States is encouraged, but not required. As a condition of receiving these fellowships, fellows must agree to work for the federal government or in the field of education in the area for which the fellowship was awarded. The duration of the service agreement will be for no less than one and no more than three times the time period for which support was provided.
Application Procedures For more information and application materials contact the above address or your NSEP campus representative.
Application Deadline Typically January of each year.
ACADEMY OF MOTION PICTURE ARTS AND SCIENCES 3
Student Academy Awards
Ms. Barbara Scharres
Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Columbus Drive at Jackson Boulevard
Chicago, IL 60603
Tel: (312) 443-3735
Program Description The purpose of the Student Academy Awards competition is to support and encourage filmmakers with no previous professional experience who are enrolled in accredited colleges and universities. Awards for $2,000, $1,500 and $1,000 (one of each) are given for student films produced under the academic supervision of a faculty member. Films up to sixty minutes in length may be submitted in black-and-white or color, sound or silent. All must be in 70, 35 or 16mm format. Awards are given in four categories: dramatic; documentary; animation; and alternative. Entries are judged on the basis of resourcefulness, originality, entertainment and production quality.
Eligibility Requirements Candidates may come from any field related to the making of film. Any level graduate or undergraduate student may submit an entry as long as the film was made at an accredited U.S. college, university, film school or art school. Undue professional input from cameramen, directors, editors or writers can disqualify a film. Entries must have been completed during the previous year.
Application Procedures Films are submitted to regional committees which choose up to four entries to forward to the national competition. Contact the above address for location of regional committees. Regional judging is completed by April 30, final national judging by May 23.
Application Deadline Typically April of each year.