Additional Funding Opportunities

Students are encouraged to apply for external scholarships, fellowships, and grants (e.g., dissertation grants). Administrative support for these efforts is provided by the School and University.

External Funding Opportunities

AERA Minority Dissertation Fellowship in Education Research

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.
http://www.aera.net/

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

The dissertation will focus on areas relevant to health services research, with emphasis placed on methodological and research topics that address the mission of AHRQ.
http://www.ahrq.gov/fund/grconix.htm

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

Research fellowships to support joint research projects for study in Germany between American and German scholars.
http://www.humboldt-foundation.de

American Association of University Women Educational Foundation

Career Development Grants/ American Fellowships support women who hold a bachelor’s degree and are preparing to advance their careers, change careers, or re-enter the work force.
http://www.aauw.org/

CSWE Minority Doctoral Fellowship

Fellowships for students interested in pursuing a career in mental health research.
http://www.cswe.org

Elderhostel K. Patricia Cross Doctoral Research Grant

This grant was founded to aid doctoral students researching topics relevant to aging and later-life learning. This $5,000 grant honors the work of K. Patricia Cross, PhD, former Elderhostel Board Member and Professor Emerita at the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Berkeley.
http://www.roadscholar.org/grants/

Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships

Through its program of Diversity Fellowships, 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.
http://sites.nationalacademies.org/pga/fordfellowships/

Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation Research Fellowships

The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation (HFG) welcomes proposals from any of the natural and social sciences and the humanities that promise to increase understanding of the causes, manifestations, and control of violence, aggression, and dominance.
http://www.hfg.org/df/guidelines.htm

NASW Jane B. Aron Doctoral Fellowship

The Jane Baerwald Aron Doctoral Fellowship Program provides partial support to social work doctoral students who are engaged in dissertation research in health care policy and practice.
http://www.naswfoundation.org/aron.asp

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA)

Ruth L. Kirschstein was an icon at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), with a scientific and administrative public service career that spanned more than half a century. Various awards are offered to improve the diversity of the health-related research workforce by supporting the training of predoctoral students from groups that have been shown to be underrepresented; and, to provide support for promising doctoral candidates who will be performing dissertation research and training in scientific health-related fields relevant to the missions of the participating NIH Institutes and Centers.
http://grants.nih.gov/training/nrsa.htm

Social Science Research Council

Sponsors pre-doctoral fellowships and advanced research grant programs. Requirements and deadlines vary.
http://www.ssrc.org/fellowships/

Internal Funding Opportunities

GAPSA Research Student Travel Grant

The GAPSA Research Student Council has some funds available to distribute as individual travel grants to help defray the cost of qualified travel expenses for doctoral students presenting their research at academic conferences and meetings.

Award amount:

  • Individuals presenting: max. $800
  • Individuals attending only: max. 50% of total cost or $500, whichever is less

Please note: If a student is in a PhD program, they are considered a research student by the University. If a student is in a research master’s degree program (AM or MS, as defined by the University), they are considered a research student.

If a student is in any other non-research Master degree program (including EdD, MSE, and other Master of Science degree programs with other letters), they are considered a professional student and will need to apply for funding through the Professional Student Council.

Students are also only eligible to receive one GAPSA-administered award per academic semester, for a total of 2 such awards per academic year, which includes the summer. Other restrictions may apply.

GAPSA President Gutmann Leadership Award

President Amy Gutmann has generously provided additional funding to GAPSA to augment GAPSA’s funding for graduate and professional student travel. 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 through the Research or Professional Student Councils.

Award amount: The maximum award is 70% of the total budget or $2000, whichever is less.

GAPSA Provost’s Award for Interdisciplinary Innovation

The GAPSA Research Student Council in conjunction with the Office of the Provost offers $6,000 grants to provide summer support for research projects that promise to harness the knowledge of different academic disciplines to explore societal issues. Individual students or teams of students may apply for this award by submitting a proposal for a summer research project that clearly intends to integrate knowledge across academic disciplines.

Award amount: Up to $6,000 per project

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