GUIDE TO GRADUATE STUDENT FINANCIAL AID
Despite budget cuts and increased competition for scarce financial resources, funds are available to students determined to explore every avenue in pursuit of a graduate education. The application process can be frustrating and the information on funding sources is scattered.
The process of applying for financial aid can be confusing and time consuming, especially for the first-time applicant. You can increase your chances of receiving aid by doing the following:
· Apply to as many sources as you can find.
· Ask for information and help.
· Apply as early as possible.
Sources of Information
The HFAC Guide to Scholarships and Grants offers detailed information, including e-mail addresses, for 450 sources of funding for graduate students and faculty in the humanities. The guide is available on-line at:
A downloadable version can be obtained at:
UH's Office of Grants and Contracts, located on the 3rd Floor of E. Cullen, has many additional sources of funding information as well as grant application forms.
Many valuable sources of information on grant and fellowship support for graduate education are easily available on-line. Some of the most useful are:
Fastweb (free scholarship searches):
A searchable database of more than 180,000 private sector scholarships and grants.
The Financial Aid Information Page:
Comprehensive information about sources of student financial aid.
The Foundation Center:
Foundations and Funders:
CollegeNet's database of scholarships
Scholarship and Fellowship Databases:
Links to many scholarship databases
The Department of Education's guide to all major federal aid programs.
Texas and Federal Grants and Scholarships
For information on Texas and federal assistance, consult the following guides and databases:
Federal and State of Texas assistance: http://www.utexas.edu/student/finaid/info/assist.html
Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation: http://www.tgslc.org/tgslc/
The Scholarship Database:
"The Web's most comprehensive, up-to-date, no fee, searchable database of student financial aid"
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board WebSite:
Information regarding state loan, work and grant programs for Texas residents.
More than a dozen federal agencies fund fellowship and traineeship programs. The amounts and types of assistance vary considerably.
One of many federal initiatives is the Jacob Javits Fellowship Program, which provides grants to students in the arts, humanities and social sciences. Application requests should be addressed to the Director, Jacob Javits Fellowship Program, U.S. Department of Education, Mail Stop 3327, 400 Maryland Ave., SW, ROB-3, Washington, DC 20202, (202) 732-4415.
The G.I. Bill of the past has been replaced by a series of programs. Veterans may use their educational benefits for training at the graduate level and should contact their regional Veterans Administration office.
UH's Office of Grants and Contracts provides information about federal direct subsidized and unsubsidized loans and federal work-study programs.
Foundation Grants and Fellowships
Foundations provide support in many fields. The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation ("http://www.woodrow.org") has awarded fellowships for graduate study since 1945. The family of awards currently administered by this foundation includes the Mellon Fellowships in the humanities, which provide combination of tuition and stipend support; the Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships for the study of ethical and religious values; the Research Grants in Women's Studies; and the Spencer Dissertation Year Fellowships for research related to education.
The Fulbright Program is well known for its support of graduate study and research abroad. There are a number of awards for graduate and advanced research, including postdoctoral fellowships for American scholars and non-U.S. scholars. Contact the Council for international Exchange of Scholars, 11 Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20036.
Funding for Minority Students
The on-line Index of Minority Scholarships and Fellowships can be found at: "http://www.fie.com/molis/scholar.htm". The foundations listed below are only a few examples of the types of funding sources available to minority students.
The Ford Foundation offers 50 doctoral fellowships for minority students each year. Forty 3-year fellowships and 10 one-year dissertation fellowships are awarded to American Indians, African Americans, Chicanos, Puerto Ricans, Alaskan natives, and Pacific Islanders. Approximately 25 post-doctoral fellowships are also awarded. Address inquiries to: Fellowship Office, National Research Council, 2101 Constitution Ave., Washington, DC 20418 (202) 334-2872.
Bureau of Indian Affairs offers aid to students who demonstrate financial need, who are at least one-fourth American Indian or Alaskan native, and who are from a federally recognized tribe. To obtain more information, contact the Bureau of Indian Affairs, PO Box 8327, Albuquerque, NM 87198. The BIA Higher Education Program has need-based scholarships and loans. Contact the Indian Resource Center, PO Box 1788, Albuquerque, NM 87103.
National Hispanic Scholarship Fund provides scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students of Hispanic background. The application period is June 5 to October 5 each year. Send a self-addressed, stamped envelop to Selection Committee, National Hispanic Scholarship Fund, PO Box 748, San Francisco, CA 94101.
Additional Useful Internet Resources
1. Academe This Week, A service of the Chronicle of Higher Education: http://chronicle.merit.edu
2. Academic Advising Resources on the Internet: http://volvo.gslis.utexas.edu/~acadres/
3. Cornell Graduate Fellowship Notebook: http://www.cornell.edu/Student/GRFN/general.html
4. GRAPES: Graduate Student Extramural Support: http://jasmine.gdnet.ucla.edu/gdnet/grapes/
5. Fund Finder Scholarship Search: http://www.finaid.org/finaid/expan.html
6. Sponsored Programs Information Network: gopher://spin.infoed.org/1
7. Search for Scholarships by Major: http://www.studentservices.com/
8. Grants Search Through Carnegie Mellon University: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/
A Quick Guide to Writing Successful Grant Proposals
1. Identify potential grant makers who would be interested in supporting your project.
2. Contact key people who can help you plan and write your proposal.
3. Your proposal and your budget should be as specific as possible.
In the introduction, you must establish your professional qualifications and the significance of your project. Clearly establish who you are and your credibility in the project area. You should also introduce the problem you will address and your familiarity with prior research on the topic.
A common error is to paint the problem in grand or general terms. Don't say "little is know about..." or "no research has dealt with..." this problem. Arguing for something that isn't makes for a weak proposal. Instead, go a step further. Explain the consequences of the information void.
Describe your activities in general, the sequence you will follow in completing your project, and the archives you will consult. Keep asking what's next.
Departmental, College, and University Awards
UH makes financial awards to graduate students mainly through departmental graduate assistantships, including teaching assistantships. Many HFAC departments have additional endowed fellowships. Contact your department's graduate coordinator for information.
The University awards the Stella Ehrhardt Fellowship and Cullen Scholarship for Graduate Study to outstanding entering graduate students. Nominations are initiated by interested departments and colleges.
The College has a number of additional fellowships. The Delores Welder Mitchell Scholarship is a non-renewable scholarship that is awarded to entering graduate students who show special promise of outstanding scholarly or artistic achievement. The C.W. Moores Fellowship goes to a female graduate student, who is expected to work full time on her dissertation and be free of any teaching responsibilities or outside employment.
Art All Art Department Fellowships and Scholarships are awarded according to merit and all incoming and continuing students are considered to be candidates for the awards. No application is necessary. These awards include:
The Bunker Graduate Fellowship is rotated through the areas annually.
The LaRuth Blain Scholarship, for undergraduates and graduate students in Interior Design.
The Friends of Art Scholarships, dependent on annual fundraising.
The Nancy McClain Scholarship for Jewelry and Metals.
External funding sources are available from:
The College Art Association, which awards fellowships to students entering their final year of the MFA. Application materials are sent to the Art Department and then disseminated to the qualifying students.
The Houston Center for Photography Fellowships. Contact HCP for application materials and other information.
The Dedalus Foundation awards two fellowships to students in their final year of an MFA in Painting or Sculpture.
Comm The Elizabeth Hale Calderon Memorial Scholarship: $500 for demonstrated financial need, leadership qualities, interest in journalism, public relations, public affairs, and/or advising, a certified junior, senior, or graduate-level, full-time, degree seeking student, who must enroll for a minimum of 12 hours (undergraduate) or 9 hours (graduate); must maintain 3.0 or better GPA.
The Ralph Frede PR Scholarship: $500 to junior, senior, or graduate student in Public Relations with minimum 3.0 GPA in major and 2.5 overall, 12 hours enrollment for undergraduate, 9 hours graduate; consideration to collegiate and community activities, financial need, and work experience. Selection from three faculty recommended finalists by PRSA committee.
Annual Fund and Outstanding Continuing Graduate Student awards have no specific criteria and depend on funding from yearly donations.
Comm D Houston Association for Communication Disorders Scholarship: The local professional organization awards a single $500 grant to a new or continuing students. funds are available for the fall semester only. An out of state student who receives this scholarship is also assigned resident status, a change worth hundreds of dollars. Application details are announced in the Spring semester.
Novacare Scholarship: A $750 award to a new or continuing student. Funds are available in the Fall only. An out-of-state student is granted resident status. Application announcements are made in the Spring.
Beck Scholarships: Two $8,000 stipends. Each recipient must work nine hours a week at either the Magnolia or Northside Community Clinics for a full calendar year. The application is announced during the Fall semester.
Clinical Teaching Assistants: Two students serve as assistants in the clinic. Selection is based on clinical performance. The stipend is $6 an hour and the assistants work 7 to 10 hours a week.
English For Creative Writers: Cambor Fellowship for incoming graduate students only. $2,500 first semester and another $2,500 for the first semester when writing a thesis or dissertation. Supported by Imprint.
For Literature students: Rodriquez Fellowship offers two $500 awards to incoming women and minorities.
$250 competitive Travel Grants.
Michener Fellowships awards $14,700 to one student in poetry and one in fiction.
Barthelme Fellowships, sponsored by Imprint, awards $2,500 to one student in non-fiction, two in poetry, and two in fiction.
Cultural Arts Council of Houston Awards, a city-wide competition offers $5,000 for summer support. This past summer five UH graduate students or alumni won these awards.
Emerging Artist Fellowships offers $2,500 awards.
PEN/Texas Writing Awards.
French Charles I. Silin Endowment provides annual awards based on academic promise and financial need.
History Murry Miller Scholarships for entering graduate students and for ABD students for research for their dissertations. Entering students do not need to apply for Murry Miller funds. They are automatically considered by the Graduate Admissions Committee. ABD students need to apply for the Kestenberg Award.
The Louis Kestenberg Award for European history students is sometimes awarded to graduate students. Students do not apply for the Kestenberg Award.
External Sources of Funding for graduate students in History:
Peace Scholarship Dissertation Fellowships (U.S. Institute for Peace);
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships;
Charlotte W. Newcome Dissertation Fellowships;
Ford Foundation Predoctoral and Dissertation Fellowships for Minorities;
Wolfson Fellowships for work in the decorative arts, design, and architecture;
Stonewall Jackson Foundation in American history;
American Council of Learned Societies;
Spencer Foundation (education);
Ima Hogg student research travel awards;
Social Science Research Council;
National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships;
North American Conference on British Studies (at the Huntington Library);
Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (Germany);
Jacob J. Javits Fellows Program;
The European History Section of the Southern History Association gives the John L. Snell Memorial Prize
Music Moores School of Music Scholarships: typically range from $200 to $1,500 per term. These scholarships are awarded on the basis of an audition.
John and Rebecca Moores Doctoral Fellowships: $10,000 per year, with benefits, for four outstanding doctoral students. Student may hold this award for no more than three years.
Louisa Sarofim Award in Composition: $200 to one undergraduate and one graduate winner, awarded annually.
Philosophy Delphian Award for best philosophy paper. $100 award. Application deadline: March 15.
Spanish Spanish Ph.D. Endowment Fellowship. Celina Brenner Funds. Deadline: Last Friday of February.
Theater The School of Theater offers the Joanna Friesen Scholarship, the Joseph Michael Adamo Scholarship, the Trey Wilson Scholarship, the School of Theater Scholarship, the Cecil Pickett Scholarship, and the Robert Bullard Memorial Scholarship. Students apply for these scholarships in February.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR RESEARCH SUPPORT IN THE SOCIAL
AND BEHAVIORIAL SCIENCES
GENERAL SOURCES OF FUNDING
1. National Science Foundation – Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences
The Division supports research to develop and advance scientific knowledge focusing on human cognition, language, social behavior and culture, as well as research on the interactions between human societies and the physical environment.
Child Learning & Development: www.nsf.gov/sbe/bcs/cld/start.htm
Cultural Anthropology: www.nsf.gov/sbe/bcs/anthro/start.htm
Geography & Regional Sciences: www.nsf.gov/sbe/bcs/geograph/start.htm
Human Cognition and Perception: www.nsf.gov/sbe/bcs/hcp/start.htm
Physical Anthropology: www.nsf.gov/sbe/bcs/physical/start.htm
Social Psychology: www.nsf.gov/sbe/bcs/socpsy/start.htm
In addition to its other funding programs, this division awards:
2. National Science Foundation – Division of Social and Economic Sciences
The Division supports disciplinary and multidisciplinary research, data collection, measurement and methodological research. Its goal is to develop basic scientific knowledge of social, behavioral, and economic systems, organizations and institutions, and human interaction and decision making. It also provides support for research conferences, doctoral dissertation research, international group travel, and data resource development.
Cross-Directorate Activities: www.nsf.gov/sbe/ses/ip/start.htm
Decision, Risk, and Management Sciences: www.nsf.gov/sbe/ses/drms/start.htm
Innovation and Organizational Change: www.nsf.gov/sbe/ses/ioc/start.htm
Law and Social Science: www.nsf.gov/sbe/ses/law/start.htm
Methodology, Measurement and Statistics: www.nsf.gov/sbe/ses/mms/start.htm
Political Science: www.nsf.gov/sbe/ses/polisci/start.htm
Science and Technology Studies: www.nsf.gov/sbe/ses/sts/start.htm
Societal Dimensions of Engineering, Science and Technology: www.nsf.gov/sbe/ses/sdest/start.htm
Innovation and Organizational
3. National Science Foundation -- Directorate for Education and Human Resources, Division of Undergraduate Education
Contact person: Myles Boylan, Division of Undergraduate Education, Directorate for Education and Human Resources, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230; phone (703) 306-1681; fax (703) 306-0445; email: email@example.com; homepage: http//www.nsf.gov.
The Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE) is the focal point for the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) agency-wide effort in undergraduate education. DUE supports both curriculum (the continuing renewal of undergraduate courses, curricula and laboratories) and faculty (the preparation of future faculty, teachers and other educators at all levels) development activities. A range of Foundation publications will be available, including "Shaping the Future: New Expectations for Undergraduate Education in Science, Mathematics, Engineering, and Technology," and the DUE program announcement which outlines current funding opportunities and application procedures.
A number of research themes have been stressed by DUE over the past year. These include introductory level courses that provide opportunities for active student participation; courses with interdisciplinary perspectives to enable students to better understand the relationship of a number of disciplines and their contributions to addressing problems and issues; training the next generation of elementary and secondary school teachers in mathematics and the sciences (including the social and behavioral sciences); and projects that teach students how to learn and to prepare for a lifetime of learning.
4. Center for Scientific Review, National Institutes of Health
Contact person: Bob Weller, Center for Scientific Review, National Institutes of Health, 6701 Rockledge Drive, Room 5200, Bethesda, MD 20892-4878; phone (301) 435-1259; fax (301) 480-3022; email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Center for Scientific Review (CSR) is a service component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that reviews applications for research grants submitted to the various institutes and centers that comprise NIH.
5. National Institutes of Health - Peer Review Reorganization
Contact person: Virginia S. Cain, Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) National Institutes of Health, Building One, Room 326, Once Center Drive, Bethesda, MD 20892; phone (301) 402-1146; fax (301) 402-1150; email: email@example.com.
The Center for Scientific Review (CSR, formerly Division of Research Grants) at the National Institutes of Health is undertaking a major reorganization of the review of behavioral and social science grant applications previously reviewed within the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), and National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). This activity also provides an opportunity to reexamine the review of all behavioral and social science carried out by CSR without regard to institute assignment or current study sections definitions. Information will be provided on the status of the project and the opportunity for comment.
6. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Behavioral Surveillance Branch
Contact person: Karin A. Mack, Division of Adult and Community Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 4770 Buford Highway, NE, Mail Stop K-30, Atlanta, GA 30341; phone (770) 488-5295; fax (770) 488-5974; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; homepage: http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/brfss.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), based in Atlanta, Georgia, is the nation’s primary agency responsible for disease and injury prevention. It maintains a full prevention and health promotion agenda which includes prevention of infectious diseases, chronic diseases, injuries, workplace hazards, birth defects and disabilities, and environmental hazards such as lead and other toxic substances. It also promotes healthy behaviors and lifestyle choices. Information will be available regarding current job opportunities, post graduate training, the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS), and funding opportunities such as cooperative agreements . This exhibit is sponsored by the Professional Development Subcommittee of the Behavioral and Social Sciences Working Group of CDC.
7. U.S. Department of Labor - Bureau of Labor Statistics Office of Survey Methods Research
Contact person: Roberta L. Sangster, Office of Survey Methods Research, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 2 Massachusetts Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20212; phone (202) 606-7517; fax (202) 606-7426; email: email@example.com; homepage: http://stats.bls.gov/
The American Statistical Association (AStatA), jointly with the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), provides support for research fellowships at the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Fellowship terms are flexible and range from four to six months. Salaries are commensurate with qualifications and experience. Fringe benefits and a travel allowance are also provided. Applicants must have a Ph.D. and a recognized research record in their area of proposed research. Possible research areas related to BLS data or methodology include, but are not limited to: price index estimation, time series methodology, statistical quality control, statistical disclosure limitation methodology, questionnaire design, expert systems, computer-assisted interviewing, statistical computing and graphics, social and demographic studies, longitudinal data analysis, and analysis of labor markets, prices, and productivity.
8. Scholars in Health Policy Research
Contact persons: Eileen Connor, Deputy Director, National Program Office, Boston University, School of Management, 595 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 546B, Boston, MA 02215; phone (617) 352-9220: fax (617) 353-9227; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; homepage: http://www.rwjf.org/
The Scholars in Health Policy Research Program, a national program sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is intended to foster the development of creative thinkers and problem solvers in health policy. The Program provides recent graduates of doctoral programs in economics, political science, and sociology with a unique and challenging two-year experience in both academic and applied policy research environments. Up to 12 scholars are selected annually to participate in the Program at one of three nationally prominent academic institutions – the University of California at Berkley (in collaboration with the University of California at San Francisco); The University of Michigan; and Yale University. At these sites, scholars have the opportunity to work closely with faculty from the social sciences—as well as from medicine, public health, and public policy—in an environment conducive to multidisciplinary learning and collaborative research and have access to the full range of university resources.
9. Association for Institutional Research, Florida State University
Contact person: Terrence Russell, Executive Director, Association for Institutional Research, 114 Stone Building, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 32306-4462; phone (850) 644-4470; fax (850) 644-8824; email: email@example.com
Research grants are available for studies utilizing the data bases of the National Center for Education Statistics and the National Science Foundation. The proposed research should address problems and issues of postsecondary education institutions and/or human resources in science and engineering and be broadly applicable across the nation. Grants are available for up to $30,000 per year for a maximum of two years.
The Association holds two week-long summer institutes on the uses of national data, one on the NCES data sets, the other on the NSF data sets on higher education and human resources in science and engineering. Both are held in Washington, DC and participants for both are selected through a proposal competition. For the NCES institute, proposals are solicited from all postsecondary staff and faculty with an interest in learning to use these data for institutional or other research purposes. Proposals for the NSF institute are solicited from graduate students in any of the social sciences with a research interest in science and engineering, human resources and higher education. A similar NSF institute for faculty and staff is contemplated, but plans are incomplete at this time. Awards for the institutes pay all travel and onsite expenses.
10. American Association of Retired Persons Andrus Foundation
Contact person: Pamela B. Kerin, AARP Andrus Foundation, 601 E Street, NW, Washington, DC 20049; phone (202) 434-6190; fax (202) 434-6483; email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The AARP Andrus Foundation focuses its funding of aging research in the following two areas: Aging and Financial Security and Living With Chronic Health Conditions. Specific funding priorities include research focusing on the impending changes in the Social Security system, the economic impact of chronic health conditions, new means for assessing the impact of chronic diseases, and maximizing adaptation to chronic health conditions.
11. National Institutes of Health - National Institute of Child Health and Development
Contact person: Christine Bachrach, Demographic and Behavioral Sciences Branch, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), 600 Executive Boulevard, Room B13, Bethesda, MD 20892-7510; phone (301) 496-1174; fax (301) 496-0962; email: email@example.com; homepage: http://www.nih.gov/nichd/.
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), through its Center for Population Research, is the nation's largest funder of behavioral and social science research on population. Program areas of interest include family and household structure and their relationship to children's well-being, fertility and contraceptive behavior, sexual behavior related to risk of pregnancy, HIV infection, and other sexually transmitted diseases; immigration, migration, and population distribution; the relation of demographic factors to labor markets and labor force participation; child care; social factors in mortality, especially infant mortality and child health; and formal demographic and methodological research. The Center for Research on Mothers and Children also supports behavioral and social research in the areas of child development, mental retardation, and nutrition and growth. A new program, the National Center for Rehabilitation Research, founded in 1991, supports work on the behavioral aspects of disability.
12. National Institutes of Health - National Institute of Mental Health
Contact person: Emeline Otey, National Institute of Mental Health, 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 18C-26, Rockville, MD 20857; phone (301) 443-9400, fax (301) 443-9876; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; homepage: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/.
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) funds and conducts research and supports research training on mental health and illness. NIMH support in the social and behavioral sciences addresses such issues as the factors associated with health and well-being; the etiology, genetics, prevention, treatment, and clinical course of mental disorders; clinical mental health services and service systems research; epidemiology; assessment and classification of mental disorders; violence and traumatic stress; and law and mental health.
13. National Institutes of Health - National Institute on Aging
Contact person: Richard Suzman, National Institute on Aging (NIA), Gateway Building, Room 533, 7201 Wisconsin Avenue, MSC 9205, Bethesda, MD 20892; phone (301) 496-3138; fax (301) 402-0051; email: Richard_Suzman@nih.gov; homepage: http://www.nih.gov/nia/.
The National Institute on Aging (NIA) supports a wide variety of qualitative and quantitative sociological research and training related to aging processes, the relationship between the aging population and social institutions (including the health care system), and the impact on society of the changing age composition. Opportunities and options for Federal funding of aging research will be available. Of particular interest is the potential for sociological contributions to issues of women and minorities in later life.
14. National Institutes of Health - National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Contact: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), 6000 Executive Boulevard, Suite 505, Rockville, MD 20892; phone (301) 443-8767; fax (301) 443-8774; email: email@example.com; homepage: http://www.niaaa.nih.gov/.
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) supports basic and applied research related to the causes, consequences, treatment, and prevention of alcohol-related problems. Most social science research is funded through the Division of Clinical and Prevention Research and the Division of Biometry and Epidemiology. NIAAA also supports several alcohol research centers and an intramural research program. Research priorities include sociocultural and environmental determinants of drinking; safety, trauma, and alcohol-related performance; economic and socioeconomic issues in the prevention and treatment of alcohol problems; the prevention of alcohol-related problems in children, adolescents, and other at-risk populations; and alcohol-related health services studies.
15. National Institutes of Health - National Institute on Drug Abuse
Contact : National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857; homepage: http://www.nida.nih.gov.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is the nation’s foremost biomedical and behavioral research organization on drug abuse issues. Its mission is to bring the power of science to bear on understanding, preventing, and treating drug abuse. NIDA supports a wide range of research and training activities, and is a prominent source of funding for social and behavioral sciences research on drug abuse, dependence, and addiction. Sociologists and other social scientists are supported in research and training programs in many of the NIDA units, especially in the Division of Epidemiology and Prevention Research. Special research foci in the extramural research program of the Division of Epidemiology and Prevention Research include drug abuse behaviors, the roles of drug practices in the spread of diseases, and the implications for the delivery of health-related services such as primary medical care, drug treatment, and prevention. There are also funding opportunities for efficacy studies and health services research that examine preventive interventions against problems associated with drug abuse, such as criminal behavior, violence, tuberculosis, hepatitis B and C, and infection with HIV; preventive intervention against the initiation of drug abuse; and treatment of drug abuse.
16. National Institutes of Health - National Institute for Dental Research
Contact person: Patricia S. Bryant, Division of Extramural Research, National Institute for Dental Research (NIDR), Natcher Building, Room 4AN24E, Bethesda, MD 20892; phone (301) 594-2095; fax (301) 480-8318; email: BryantP@de45.nidr.nih.gov; homepage: http://www.nidr.nih.gov/.
The National Institute of Dental Research (NIDR) supports basic, patient-oriented, community-based, and policy research to improve oral and craniofacial health and oral health care delivery. Research focuses on many oral diseases and conditions including caries, periodontal diseases, oral cancers, acute and chronic orofacial pain conditions and TMJ disorders, salivary disorders, cleftlip and palate and other inherited or acquired craniofacial defects, and orofacial injuries, including those resulting from domestic violence or child abuse. Dental health care delivery settings provide opportunities for preventive and health promotion interventions (e.g. tobacco education and cessation programs). A wide range of sociological, behavioral, economic, health services delivery, environmental, genetic and biomedical factors are relevant to these conditions and to oral health.
Topics supported by NIDR include basic social science or health services research relevant to dental, oral, and craniofacial health or health care; the impact of oral health care delivery systems, clinical decision-making, and health promotion on oral and related systemic health outcomes; evaluation of the impact of factors affecting diffusion and adoption of preventive or therapeutic measures; the role of patients’ and providers’ knowledge, beliefs and behaviors on health outcomes; the basis for clinical decision making; the relationships among behavioral, environmental, and biological factors in determining health risks; the effects of social and psychological stress on the onset, course and outcomes of treatments; and health promotion intervention research for vulnerable population subgroups at high risk of disease. In addition, the NIDR supports training and career development for individuals at the predoctoral and postdoctoral levels in areas related to behavior, health promotion, and environmental aspects of oral, dental, and craniofacial health and diseases.
17. National Institutes of Health - Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research
Contact person: Susan Persons, Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research (OBSSR), Building 1, Room 326, Bethesda, MD 20892; phone (301) 402-3930; fax (301) 480-7555; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; homepage: http://www1.od.nih.gov/obssr/obssr.htm.
In 1995, the National Institutes of Health established the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) to advance the growth and development of research on the social and behavioral aspects of health, disease, treatment, and prevention. The OBSSR serves as a primary focal point for stimulating attention at NIH for behavioral and social factors, which have been underfunded relative to their contributions to health and illness. OBSSR is seeking to integrate the behavioral and social sciences with other areas of the health research enterprise. This Office provides discretionary funds for special initiatives and for coordinated activities across Institutes.
18. National Institutes of Health - Office of AIDS Research
Contact person: Paul Gaist and Judith Auerbach, Office of AIDS Research (OAR), National Institutes of Health, Building 31, Room 4C06, Bethesda, MD 20892; phone (301) 402-3555; fax (301) 496-4843; email: email@example.com; homepage: http://www.nih.gov/od/oar/oar_htm.
The Office of AIDS Research (OAR) is located within the Office of the Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and coordinates the scientific, budgetary, legislative, and policy elements of the NIH AIDS Research Program. The OAR is charged with developing an annual comprehensive plan outlining science priorities in AIDS research and a budget that corresponds to that plan; evaluating the NIH AIDS research program; and administering a discretionary fund. Additionally, the OAR helps foster cross-Agency and cross–disciplinary activities in AIDS research, including, sponsoring or co-sponsoring scientific meetings and symposia and facilitating inter-Institute mechanisms for research support.
19. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - National Center for Health Statistics
Presenter: Audrey Burwell, National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Presidential Building, Room 1100, 6525 Belcrest Road, Hyattsville, MD 20782; phone (301) 436-7062; fax (301) 436-4233; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; homepage: http://www.cdc.gov/nchswww/about/grants.htm.
The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), through its Minority Health Statistics Grants Program, supports research to improve the quality and quantity of health data on racial and ethnic minority populations. Projects supported by this program include the development of innovative methodologies for surveying minority populations; improved methods for analyzing existing data sets; and special studies to gain better understanding of factors that affect the health status of minority populations.
20. U.S. Department of Education - National Center for Education Statistics
Contact person: J. Michael Ross, National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), Department of Education, 555 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Room 412 Washington, DC 20208; phone (202) 219-1565; fax (202) 219-1728; email: email@example.com; homepage: http://www.ed.gov/NCES/.
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) collects and disseminates large, nationally representative data sets that include both cross-sectional and longitudinal samples of K-12 and post-secondary students. To augment the more familiar High School and Beyond (HS&B) survey and National Education Longitudinal Study (NELS), NCES has launched a series of new studies including a multi-level study of schools and teachers (Schools and Staffing Survey) in 1987, 1990, and 1993; a survey of student financial aid (National Postsecondary Student Aid Study); a new longitudinal survey of college students (Beginning Postsecondary Study); and a survey of college faculty (National Survey of Postsecondary Faculty). NCES data are important components of research funded through the department’s grant competitions and indirectly through its contracts with research firms.
In conjunction with the American Educational Research Association and the National Science Foundation, NCES sponsors three funding programs: a research grant program (up to $25,000 for 2 years), a resident fellows program (maximum $32,000 for 9 months), and a dissertation grants program ($20,000 for 2 years). Applications can be submitted at any time and will be reviewed three times during the next fiscal year. Since 1992, the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) has conducted a grant competition for secondary analysis of student achievement data. In partnership with the American Statistical Association and National Science Foundation, NCES also hosts a resident fellows program. Finally, to encourage new research on higher education, NCES is sponsoring a grant program through the Association for Institution Researchers (maximum $30,000 for 2 years).
21. U.S. Department of Education - Office of Educational Research and Improvement
Contact: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI), Department of Education, Room 510H, Capitol Place, 555 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20208; phone (202) 219-2079; fax (202) 219-2135; email: Joseph_Conaty@ed.gov; homepage: http://www.ed.gov/offices/OERI/oeribro.html.
Through support of basic and applied research, evaluations, and syntheses, the Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI) serves parents, teachers, school administrators, and policy makers at local, state, and national levels. OERI supports the National Center for Education Statistics; the Office of Reform Assistance and Dissemination; the National Institute on Early Childhood Education; the National Institute on At-Risk Students; the National Institute on Student Achievement, Curriculum, and Assessment; the National Institute on Educational Governance, Finance, and Policy Making; and the National Institute on Postsecondary Education, Libraries, and Lifelong Learning. A major function on OERI is to fund and coordinate research carried out by a national system of research and development centers and regional education laboratories. In addition, the Office supports a variety of grant programs, including Field-Initiated Studies which encourage research pertinent to national education concerns and issues.
22. U.S. Department of Justice - National Institute of Justice
Contact person: Jordan Leiter, National Institute of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, 810 7th Street, Washington, DC 20001; phone (202) 616-9487; fax (202) 616-0275; email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The National Institute of Justice (NIJ), a component of the Office of Justice Programs, is the research agency of the U.S. Department of Justice. Created by the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, as amended, NIJ is authorized to support research, evaluation, and demonstration programs, development of technology, and both national and international information dissemination. In recent years, NIJ has greatly expanded its initiatives, the result of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 (the Crime Act), partnerships with other Federal agencies and private foundations, advances in technology, and a new international focus. New research and evaluation is exploring key issues in: comparative cross-national crime, sentencing and sentencing reforms, prosecution and adjudication, corrections, community policing, violence against women, and specialized courts such as drug courts. This research is being carried out in cooperation with Department of Justice and Office of Justice Programs Crime Act offices, supported by funds from the Crime Act. Information will be provided on NIJ funding opportunities for research on crime and criminal justice.
23. U.S. Department of Defense - Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences
Contact person: Jaqueline A. Mottern, Research and Advanced Concepts Office, Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences (ARI), 5001 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22333-5600; phone (703) 617-8641, fax (703) 617-5162; email: email@example.com; homepage: http://www.ari.army.mil/.
The U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences (ARI) is responsible for conducting research and development on manpower, personnel, and training issues for the Army. ARI also supports basic research in military sociology to gain a better understanding of how major societal issues and changes in society affect both the Army and how military personnel perform their jobs.
24. United States Institute of Peace
Contact person: John T. Crist, U.S. Institute of Peace, 1200 17th Street, NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20036-3006; phone (202) 429-3897; fax (202) 833-1381; homepage: http://www.usip.org.
The U.S. Institute of Peace is an independent, nonpartisan institution created by Congress to strengthen the nation’s capacity to promote the peaceful resolution of international conflict. Through fellowships and grants, the Institute funds projects related to preventive diplomacy, ethnic and regional conflicts, peacekeeping and peace operations, peace settlements, post-conflict reconstruction and reconciliation, democratization and the rule of law, cross-cultural negotiations, U.S. foreign policy in the 21st century, and related topics. The Jennings Randolph Fellowship Program annually awards scholars and practitioners (including college and university faculty, journalists, diplomats, writers, educators, military officers, international negotiators and lawyers) who conduct their research and writing at the Institute’s offices in Washington for periods of up to one year. Dissertation fellowships are also available to doctoral candidates for field research and writing. Through its solicited and unsolicited competition, the Grant Program offers financial support for research, education and training, and the dissemination of information on international peace and conflict resolution. Grant recipients conduct their research and writing at home institutions or other appropriate sites.
25. Social Science Research Council
Contact person: Jennifer A. Winther, Social Science Research Council (SSRC), 810 Seventh Avenue, 31st Floor, New York, NY 10019; phone (212) 377-2700; fax (212) 377-2727; homepage: http://www.ssrc.org.
The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) is an independent, nongovernmental, not for profit, international association devoted to the advancement of interdisciplinary research in the social sciences. It does this through a wide variety of interdisciplinary workshops and conferences, fellowships and grants, summer training institutes, scholarly exchanges, and publications.
Founded in 1923, the Council is governed by a board of directors comprised largely of social and behavioral scientists. It is an international enterprise in which a rotating group of some 300 social scientists work together in pro bono service giving continued and cumulative attention to topics at the frontiers of research, training, field development, and public policy in both the United States and other regions of the world. SSRC’s committees encourage the development of new methods, confront theoretical controversies, and identify promising topics and issues for new empirical investigation.
26. Consortium of Social Science Associations
Contact person: Angela L. Sharpe, Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA), 1522, K Street, NW, Suite 836, Washington, DC 20005; phone (202) 842-3525; fax (202) 842-2788; email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Consortium of Social Sciences Association (COSSA) was established as an advocacy organization in 1981 and is supported by more than 100 professional associations, scientific societies, universities, and research institutes. COSSA stands alone in representing the full range of social scientists. COSSA lobbies Congress and the Executive Branch on issues affecting the social and behavioral science portfolios of the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Education, Justice, and Labor, and many other federal agencies. (The American Sociological Association is a founding member of COSSA and serves on its Executive Committee.)
FUNDING BY DISCIPLINE
ANTHROPOLOGY AND ARCHAEOLOGY
NSF supports anthropologically-relevant archaeological research at both a “senior" and doctoral dissertation level. It also funds anthropologically significant archaeometric research and assists in preserving and increasing assess to systematic collections in all anthropological subfields.
Submission Dates: July 1, Dec. 1: Senior research in archaeology
Oct. 31: Archaeomery Grants
Any time: Doctoral dissertation improvement grants, High risk exploratory research grants
NSF funds research on the causes and consequences of human social and cultural variation
Submission Dates: July 1 and Dec. 1: Senior Research
Jan. 1: Dissertation Research
Contacts: FY 2000 Program Director: Victoria Lockwood, email: email@example.com; Program Director: Stuart M. Plattner, email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Sr. Program Assistant: H. Richard Fales, email: email@example.com; Program Assistant: Joan Mass, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dissertation Improvement Grants
Research Experiences for Graduates
Research Experiences for Undergraduates
Grants for High Risk Exploratory Research in Cultural Anthropology
Crosscutting and interdisciplinary programs
Information technology, culture and social institutions
Funding for retired/emeritus scholars
Scholars awards for methodological training for cultural anthropologists
Ethnographic research training grants
Summer institute for research design for graduate students
Summer institute for comparative anthropological research
Remote sensing & GIS opportunities for anthropologists
Global change and human capital initiatives
Human dimensions of global change initiatives
NSF Physical Anthropology Program:
The Physical Anthropology Program supports basic research in areas related to human evolution and contemporary human biological variation. Research areas supported by the program include, but are not limited to, human genetic variation, human adaptation, human osteology and bone biology, human and nonhuman primate paleontology, functional anatomy, and primate socioecology.
Submission dates: July 1 and Dec. 1: Senior Awards
Anytime: Dissertation Research
National Science Foundation -- Economics Program
Topics of current interests at NSF include computational economics, transformation of command economies, poverty, labor productivity, the family, gender, and racial discrimination, and global environmental change. NSF supports research in econometrics, economic history, finance, industrial organization, international economics, public finance, macroeconomics, and mathematical economics. It also funds conferences and interdisciplinary research.
Submission Dates: January 15 and August 15
Contacts: Senior Program Director: Daniel H. Newlon, email: email@example.com; Program Director: Mary Deily, email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Program Director: Barbara Craig, email: email@example.com; Program Assistant: Wanda Smith , email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Program Assistant: Robbie Brown, email: email@example.com.
Faculty Early Career Development Program
NSF 94-147: Research Planning Grants and Career Advancement Awards for Minority Scientists and Engineers
NSF 95-113: Visiting Professorships for Women
NSF 94-79: Research in Undergraduate Institutions (RUI)
NSF 00-107: Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program (REU)
American Economic Association
Job Openings for Economists
National Science Foundation -- Geography Program
Submission dates: Jan. 15 and Aug. 15: Regular; page limit: 15; copies to be submitted: 21
Feb. 15 and Oct. 15: Doctoral Dissertation; page limit: 10; copies to be submitted: 10
Contact: Nina S. Lam, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For regular proposals, about 15-25% of requests have been funded historically. The average award is about $90,000 over 16 months, although awards range from $20,000 (6 months) to more than $300,000 (5 years). About 30-35% of DDI proposals are funded.
International Programs (NSF 96-14) provide support for international collaboration in research (including doctoral research) and meetings.
Education and Human Resources provides support for many educational purposes, including curriculum development and laboratory improvement.
CAREER Awards provide multi-year support for young faculty developing academic careers involving research and teaching including the competition for Presidential Early Career Awards (PECASE).
NSF 94-147 Research Planning Grants provide support for Minority applicants who have not had previous Federal funding.
NSF 99-164 POWRE Awards provide professional support for women in research and education in the form of visiting professor or researcher appointments, supplements and research/educational enhancements.
NSF 98-96 IGERT Awards provide Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training to enable development of innovative, research based graduate education and training. Science and Technology Centers (STC) - NSF will soon launch a new competition for STCs. Full information is available from: www.nsf.gov/od/osti.
Water and Watersheds, a component of the NSF-EPA Partnership for Environmental Research which solicits systems-oriented research in a multi-disciplinary frame work.
National Science Foundation -- Linguistics Program
Supports scientific research of all types that focus on natural human language as an object of investigation. The program supports research on the syntactic, semantic, phonetic, and phonological properties of individual languages and of language in general; the psychological processes involved in the use of language; the development of linguistic capacities in children; social and cultural factors in language use, variation, and change; the acoustics of speech and the physiological and psychological processes involved in the production and perception of speech; and the biological bases of language in the central nervous system.
Submission Dates: Jan. 15 and July 15.
National Science Foundation – Political Science Program
The NSF Political Science Program supports
scientific research that advances knowledge and understanding of citizenship,
government, and politics. Research proposals are expected to be theoretically motivated,
conceptually precise, methodologically rigorous, and empirically oriented.
Substantive areas include, but are not limited to, American government and
politics,comparative government and politics, international relations,
political behavior, political economy, and political institutions.
In recent years, program awards have supported research projects on bargaining processes; campaigns and elections, electoral choice, and electoral systems; citizen support in emerging and established democracies; democratization, political change, and regime transitions; domestic and international conflict; international political economy; party activism; political psychology and political tolerance. The Program also has supported research experiences for undergraduate students and infrastructural activities, including methodological innovations, in the discipline.
Submission Dates: Jan. 15 and Aug. 15
American Political Science Association Programs
Congressional Fellowship Program
Small Research Grants Program
For political scientists who are not employed at Ph.D. granting institutions.
Other Funding Programs
Australian National University
The Brookings Institution Fellowships
Center for the Study of American Religion
Civic Education Project Visiting
Council for European Studies
Council for Foreign Relations
Dirksen Congressional Center
National Institute of Justice
National Science Foundation
National Security Education Program
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Rutgers University - Walt Whitman Center
Social Science Research Council Programs
U.S. Department of State
Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowships in Arms Control, Nonproliferation and Disarmament William C. Foster Fellows Visiting Schlolars Program
National Science Foundation -- Child Learning and Development Program:
The NSF supports research on learning and development that incorporates multidisciplinary, multi-method, microgenetic, and longitudinal approaches; develops new methods and theories; examines transfer of knowledge from one domain 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 and cultural characteristics in children’s learning and development.
Submission Dates: Jan. 15 and July 15
National Science Foundation -- Human Cognition and Perception Program:
The Human Cognition and Perception Program supports basic research on human cognitive and perceptual functions, and the development of these functions in children. Specific topics include, but are not limited to, visual, auditory, and tactile perception, perceptual and conceptual development, attention, memory, spatial cognition, learning, language processing, reading, motor control, and reasoning. Research supported by the program encompasses a broad range of theoretical perspectives (e.g., symbolic computation, connectionism, dynamical systems), and a wide variety of methods (e.g., experimental studies of normal or cognitively impaired adults or children, computational modeling, functional neuroimaging).
Submission dates: Jan. 15 and July 15.
National Science Foundation -- Social Psychology Program:
The NSF supports basic research on attitude formation and change, social cognition, personality processes, interpersonal relations and group processes, the self, emotion, social comparison and social influence, the social psychology of health, and the psychophysiological correlates of social behavior.
Submission dates: Jan. 15 and July 15
Contact: Program Director: Steven J. Breckler, email: email@example.com
American Psychology Association Funding Opportunities:
NSF Sociology Program
Contact person:Murray Webster, email: firstname.lastname@example.org; and Patricia White, email: email@example.com; Sociology Program, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, 995 SBER, Arlington, VA 22230.
The Sociology Program at the National Science Foundation (NSF) supports research on human social organization, demography, and processes of individual and institutional change. The Program encourages theoretically focused empirical investigations aimed at improving the explanation of fundamental social processes. Included is research on organizations and organizational behavior, population dynamics, social movements, social groups, labor force participation, stratification and mobility, family, social networks, socialization, gender roles, and the sociology of science and technology.
Submission dates: Jan. 15 and Aug. 15: Regular proposals
Feb. 15 and Oct. 15: Dissertation proposals
Faculty Early Career Development Program
NSF 94-147: Research Planning Grants and Career Advancement Awards for Minority Scientists and Engineers
NSF 95-113: Visiting Professorships for Women
NSF 00-107: Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program
Employment opportunities: http://www.asanet.org/members/members.html
Minority Fellowship Program, supported by a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health and sponsored by the American Sociological Association
Contact persons: Havidan Rodriguez, American Sociological Association (ASA), Bernice Pescosolido, Minority Fellowship Advisory Committee Member, and MFP Fellows Tony Brown, Lisa Sun Hee Park, Kevin Hylton, and Vinetta Goodwin-Witt, 1722 N Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036; phone (202) 833-3410, ext. 322; fax (202) 785-0146; email: firstname.lastname@example.org ; homepage: http://www.asanet.org
Through its Minority Fellowship Program (MFP), the American Sociological Association supports the development and training of minority sociologists in mental health. Funded by a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the MFP seeks to attract talented minority students interested in mental health issues and to facilitate their placement, work, and success in an appropriate graduate program. In addition to providing financial support, the MFP works with Fellows and their faculty advisors at their home departments to help prepare Fellows in the sociology of mental health. Also, the MFP conducts symposia sessions at scholarly meetings, offers travel support to scientific conferences, and undertakes other initiatives that foster the development of formal and informal training for Fellows.
2000 Mass Media Science Fellow Program, co-sponsored by the American Sociological Association (ASA) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
The Fellowship gives sociologists the opportunity to enhance their skills in and commitment to public communication through a ten week placement at a media site. The fellowship is open to Ph.D. sociologists and to advanced graduate students (ABD).
2000 Community Action Research Initiative, sponsored by the ASA Sydney S. Spivack Program in Applied Social Research and Social Policy
The Community Action Research Fellowships provide support up to $2500 for sociological work with community organizations, local public interest groups, or community action projects.
2000 ASA Congressional Fellowship, sponsored by the ASA Sydney S. Spivack Program in Applied Social Research and Social Policy
The Sydney S. Spivack Program in Applied Social Research and Social Policy, supports a Congressional Fellowship, Community Action Research Fellowships, and a Mass Media Fellowship. The ASA Congressional Fellowship provides a Ph.D. level sociologist with in-depth experience as a staff member of a Congressional Committee or in a Congressional Office or agency.
The goal of FAD is to nurture the development of scientific knowledge by funding ground breaking research initiatives and other important scientific research activities. FAD provides grant support (up to $5,000) for substantive and methodological breakthroughs that can advance knowledge and provide leverage for acquisition of additional research funds. Awards are limited to individuals with Ph.D. degrees or the equivalent.
ASA Teaching Enhancement Fund: ASA Small Grants Program
ASA makes awards (up to $1000) through its Teaching Endowment Small Grants Program to support projects that extend the quality of teaching in the United States and Canada. Individuals, departments, and a program or a committee of a state or regional association are eligible to apply.
For the American Sociological Association Research and Fellowship Support for Sociologists, contact: Roberta Spalter-Roth, American Sociological Association (ASA, 1722 N Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036; phone (202) 833-3410; fax (202) 785-0146; email: email@example.com; homepage: http://www.asanet.org.