Grant Opportunities

Travel / Dissertation / Pre- and Post-Doctoral Fellowships / Summer / Event & Other

Listed below are some of the more relevant grants for travel and dissertation for IES Fellows.  However, it is a very limited list.  The University offers a variety of ways to support your efforts in obtaining grants in addition to your faculty advisors. 

The Graduate Student Center offers a wealth of resources on finding and writing grants.  They have a one-on-one matching program that connects you to a Grant Advisor who has won specific grants in the past. Career Services has in-house publications and online databases of granting agencies. You can sign up for listservs that regularly distribute RFP information in your field.

The PennERA (Electronic Research Administration) has a sophisticated searchable database that contains up-to-date listings of national and international governmental and private funding sources.  Use your Penn ID to sign in.  Their SPIN engine allows you to search for grants and CVs of investigators by keywords while the SMARTS function will send you daily emails of grants that fit your criteria. 

 

Travel Grants

April 20 due date for Summer 2012 (May - August)
50% of travel costs up to $500

The GAPSA Research Student Council distributes individual travel grants to defray the cost of qualified travel expenses for graduate students presenting their research at academic conferences and meetings.

Jauary 27, 2012 due date for Spring 2012 (January - April)
April 20, 2012 due date for Summer 2012 (May - August)
50% of travel costs up to $2,000

The award will be given to students presenting at either an international conference, or a conference within the United States that would normally be out of their budget even with an individual travel grant.

 

Dissertation Grants

Specific due dates are sometimes not available until the official RFPs become available.  The month due listed below are based on previous due dates.  You should check the grant's website by clicking on each grants title for specific details 3-4 months before the due date listed here. 

November due date
$20,000 for one year

The American Fellowships support women doctoral candidates, evaluated on the basis of scholarly excellence, the quality and originality of project design, and active commitment to helping women and girls through service in their communities, professions, or fields of research.

September, January and March due dates (proposals are considered 3 times a year)
$20,000 for one year  

The program seeks to stimulate research on U.S. education issues using data from the large-scale, national and international data sets supported by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), NSF, and other federal agencies

December due date
$12,000 for one year and $1,000 in travel support

The purposes of the program are to advance education research by outstanding minority graduate students and to improve the quality and diversity of university faculties. This program supports fellows conducting education research and provides mentoring and guidance toward the completion of their doctoral studies.

September due date (9/15/2012)
$1,000 - $5,000 for research costs, for science oriented doctoral students of psychology

The purpose of the Dissertation Research Award program is to assist science-oriented doctoral students of psychology with research costs. The current program includes 30-40 grants of $1,000 each, along with several larger grants of up to $5,000 to students whose dissertation research reflects excellence in scientific psychology.

January due date
$30,000 for one year plus health insurance and $1,500 research expenses

Recipient must be a scholar “in residence” and provide at least one public lecture and teach one seminar course.  This program seeks applicants pursuing innovative, preferably interdisciplinary, projects in dialogue with critical issues and trends within the field.

November due date
$25,000 for one year

This Fellowship upports study of ethical or religious values in all fields of the humanities and social sciences.  Topics might also explore the ethical implications of foreign policy, the values influencing political decisions, the moral codes of other cultures, and religious or ethical issues reflected in history or literature.

November due date
$21,000 for one year

The Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

January due date
$1,000 - &10,000

Awards will be made to women holding a degree from a recognized institution of higher learning, of outstanding ability and promise in research, who are performing research at any institution in the U.S. or abroad.  Fields of social science that use the scientific method are eligible to apply

Deadline will be posted in the fall by funder
Amount not listed

This Fellowship supports dissertations that examine the efforts of the rural and urban poor to improve their lives, their methods of organization and production, and the policies and programs designed to alleviate their poverty

December due date
JPY 310,000 stipend plus airfare and travel support

In order to promote Japanese Studies overseas, this program provides support to outstanding foreign scholars in Japanese Studies by providing them with the opportunity to conduct research in Japan.

November due date
$25,000 for one year, $3,000 research expenses and $5,000 university fees provided

This program supports a year of research and writing to help advanced graduate students in the humanities and related social sciences in the last year of Ph.D. dissertation writing. Applicants must be prepared to complete their dissertations within the period of their fellowship tenure

October due date (10/1/2012)
$25,000 for one year

This Fellowship supports individuals whose dissertations show potential for bringing fresh and constructive perspectives to the history, theory, or practice of formal or informal education anywhere in the world.

NSF SBE has other dissertation grants (due dates between July - Oct).  Click here for their website.
October due date (10/15/2012)
$10,000 or less for research expenses

The suitability of a research idea is based on the extent to which the research contributes to sociological theory and knowledge, not on specific topics. Grants are for direct research costs associated with either original data collection or the analysis of existing datasets.

January due date
$20,000 for 10 months

The Jennings Randolph (JR) Program for International Peace awards nonresidential Peace Scholar Dissertation Scholarships to students at U.S. universities who are writing doctoral dissertations on topics related to peace, conflict, and international security.  Fellowships are open to citizens of any country.  Dissertation projects in all disciplines are welcome.

January due date
$5,000 for one year and travel expenses to attend 2 workshops

This program is organized to help early-stage graduate students in the humanities and social sciences formulate effective doctoral dissertation proposals. Each year, the program offers dissertation proposal development under the leadership of pairs of tenured senior faculty in the US and abroad who define emerging or reinvigorated multidisciplinary research fields.

February due date
$3,500 plus up to $2,500 in travel cost

Awardees will conduct research for a 2 to 3 month period in West Africa.  Funded through the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. State Department, this competition is open to U.S. citizens who are currently enrolled in graduate programs at institutions of higher education in the United States. It is advisable that applicants be conversant in an African language spoken where they will be conducting research.

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Pre-doctoral and Post-doctoral Fellowships

November due date
$20,000 for up to 3 years, plus $2,000 for tuition and conference travel

Predoctoral fellowships will be awarded in a national competi­tion administered by the National Research Council (NRC) of the National Academies on behalf of the Ford Foundation. The awards will be made to individuals who, in the judgment of the review panels, have demonstrated superior academic achieve­ment, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers, and are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

November due date
$20,000 for one year

Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowships offer one-year of support for women in tenure-track faculty positions in support of their earning tenure and further promotions.

December due date (12/1/2012)
$45,000 - $50,000 plus benefits package, renewable up to 2 years

This program aims to build the talent pool of highly skilled education researchers experienced in working on large-scale studies in major research environments. The Fellows program is designed to support early career scholars by providing intensive research and training opportunities to recent doctoral recipients in fields and disciplines related to the scientific study of education and education processes.

December due date (12/1/2012)
$55,000 plus benefits package, renewable up to 2 years

This fellowship is designed to provide learning opportunities and practical experience to recent doctoral degree recipients and to early career research scientists in education research areas directed toward explaining student progress and achievement, including: Assessment design, Large-scale evaluations, Measurement, Psychometrics, Statistical analyses

November due date
$40,000 for one year, $1,500 to employing institution, travel expenses to Ford Conference

Postdoctoral fellowships will be awarded in a national competi­tion administered by the National Research Council (NRC) of the National Academies on behalf of the Ford Foundation. The awards will be made to individuals who, in the judgment of the review panels, have demonstrated superior academic achieve­ment, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers, and are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

February due date
$3,500 plus full cost of round trip travel

Awardees will conduct research for a 2 to 3-month period. Funded through the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. State Department, this competition is open to U.S. citizens already holding a Ph.D. who are currently affiliated with an academic institution or who work in another related domain (e.g. public health or museology)

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Summer/ Short Term

Email aauw@act.org for due date and funding amount

Summer/Short-Term Research Publication Grants fund women college and university faculty and independent researchers to prepare research for publication. The grants are intended for tenure-track, part-time, or temporary faculty or new or established scholars and researchers at universities. Time must be available for eight consecutive weeks of final writing, editing, and responding to issues raised in critical reviews. Funds cannot be used for undertaking research.

December due date (12/1/2012)
$6,400 for 62 days

Scholars who conduct research in the social sciences or humanities focusing on the former Soviet Union (excluding the Baltic States), and who demonstrate a particular need to utilize the library, archival, and other specialized resources of the Washington, D.C. area can apply for the new Summer Research Scholarships. The summer grants must be used between May-September 2012, and grant applicants are required to hold an MA degree or higher.

March due date (3/30/2012)
$6,000 per project

A program jointly funded by the Office of the Provost and GAPSA for the expressed purpose of fostering an interdisciplinary graduate and professional environment at the University of the Pennsylvania. The fellowship strives to promote original, student-derived initiatives that integrate knowledge across diverse academic disciplines. The fellowship is also meant to support the project-leader/s develop, pursue and complete their proposed interdisciplinary initiatives.

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Event/Other Funding

September, January and March due dates
$20,000 for 1 year or $35,000 for 2 years

The program seeks to stimulate research on U.S. education issues using data from the large-scale, national and international data sets supported by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), NSF, and other federal agencies, and to increase the number of education researchers using these data sets. The program supports research projects that are quantitative in nature, include the analysis of existing data from NCES, NSF or other federal agencies, and have U.S. education policy relevance.

February due date
$10,000 - $35,000

The American Educational Research Association has launched a new program of support for education research conferences intended to break new ground in substantive areas of inquiry, stimulate new lines of study on issues that have been largely unexplored, or develop innovative research methods or techniques that can contribute more generally to education research. The purpose of this program is to foster the accumulation of knowledge, to enhance dissemination, to encourage innovation, and to advance studies of the highest quality in education research.

February due date
$15,000

The applicant’s research must be in the field of caricature and cartoon, but there is no limitation regarding the place or time period covered. Since the Fund encourages research in a variety of academic disciplines, there is no restriction upon the university department in which this work is being done, provided the subject pertains to caricature or cartoon art.

Due 14 days prior to event and 5 days prior to meetings of the GAPSA Ressearch Student Council
See this website for their meeting schedule: GAPSA Research Student Council Meeting

To promote academic events for graduate students at the University of Pennsylvania, the GAPSA Research Student Council offers supplementary funding through the Academic Event Funding Process. The GAPSA Research Student Council seeks to fund events that focus on academic enrichment and career development. Above all else, the mission of this funding is to cultivate a collaborative research environment at the University of Pennsylvania.

March due date (3/27/2012)

Each year, the GAPSA General Assembly utilizes a $25,000 discretionary fund to support academic and social enterprises that will benefit Penn’s entire graduate student population. This falls in line with part of GAPSA´s mission to encourage students from all corners of the student body to get together, learn together, and have fun together.

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