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External Fellowships

Prestigious Pre-Doctoral Fellowships for Students in the Biomedical Sciences

While our graduate school guarantees funding for all students, we strongly encourage our students to apply for external funding. Having a fellowship during your graduate study will make you more competitive when you apply for a job after you graduate. Students who receive fellowships from external funding agencies' competitive award programs receive annual cash awards from the Graduate School.

 

The Fellowships Office was established to aid you in the selection, writing and submission of pre-doctoral fellowship applications. For more information, please contact Dr. Xiaoai Chen via email or by calling the office at 212-746-6585.

 

 

Department of Energy (DoE) Computational Science Graduate Fellowship

* $36,000 yearly stipend
* Payment of all tuition and fees
* $5,000 academic allowance in first year
* $1,000 academic allowance each renewed year
* 12 week research practicum at a DOE laboratory
* Yearly conferences
* Career, professional and leadership development
* Renewable for up to four years

Deadline: January 8, 2013

 

 

National Research Service Awards (NRSA) for Individual Pre-Doctoral Fellowships (F31)

* Student must be a citizen or permanent resident
* Open to applications that relate to the interests of participating NIH Institutes and Centers (IC's)
* Provides stipend, tuition and institutional allowance for up to 5 years

Deadlines: December 8; Aprilr 8; August 8

 

Department of Defense (DoD) National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship (NDSEG)

* Applicant must be a US citizen or national

* Evaluation based on scholarship, leadership skills, honors and awards

* Award for 3 years of support (stipend and tuition)

* Will pay the fellow's full tuition and required fees, plus stipend ($30,500, $31,000, $31,500 for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd year respectively)

 

Deadlines: ~ December 18, 2013 (exact date to be announced)

 

NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

* Applicant must be a US citizen or permanent resident alien

* Research with disease-related goals which are insufficiently focused on basic research questions are not eligible.

* Students are evaluated on merit and on the broader impact of supporting the students' graduate studies.

* $40,500 per year for 3 years of support (stipend and tuition)

 

Deadlines: Life Sciences: ~ November 19, 2013 (exact date to be announced)

 

Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

* New Americans (defined as resident aliens/greencard holders, naturalized US citizens, and children of two parents who are naturalized citizens) are eligible

* A successful candidate will give evidence of at least two of the following three attributes: 1) Creativity, originality and initiative 2) Demonstrated commitment to accomplishment 3) Commitment to the values expressed in the US Constitution and Bill of Right

* The Trustees strongly encourage applications from candidates who have not yet begun their graduate studies, or second year of graduate studies in their current program

* Award for 2 years of support (stipend and tuition).

 

Deadline: November 1

 

Fellowships for All Students

Ernst Schering Foundation Doctoral Fellowship

*The fellowship is awarded irrespective of the applicant's nationality
*The BS degree must have been completed no longer than two years before the time of application.
* The dissertation work will focus on topics in the basic research in biology, medicine or organic chemistry (or any overlapping or neighboring disciplines such as biophysics and bioinformatics).
*The applicant should not yet have started his/her research project at time of the application deadline.
*€18,000/yr. for up to 2 years. €1,000 travel allowance. €150/mo. per child.

Deadline: April 30 and October 31

 

 

Fellowship from the Stony Wold-Herbert Fund, Inc

*The fellowship is awarded irrespective of the applicant's nationality
* This program promotes the training of teachers, scientific investigators, and clinicians in the field of lung disease.
* up to 25,000 per year

Deadline: October 15

 

 

Minority Fellowships - Stipend

 

NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Pre-Doctoral Fellowships (F31) to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research

* Open to minority citizens or permanent residents
* Provides stipend, tuition and institutional allowance money
* Up to 5 years of funding

Deadlines: December 13; April 13; August 13

 

 

NIH Aging Research Dissertation Awards to Increase Diversity (R36)

* Open to minority citizens or permanent residents
* Have passed your ACE and your doctoral committee has approved your dissertation proposal
* Up to 2 years funding, covering full NRSA stipend

Deadlines: October 16, 2012; February 16, 2013; June 16, 2013

 

Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship for Minorities

* Citizens or nationals of US from six minority groups identified as underrepresented in PhD and ScD programs (Alaskan Natives, Black/African Americans, Mexican Americans, Native Americans, Native Pacific Islanders, Puerto Ricans).

* Awards made to individuals who demonstrate superior scholarship and show promise for future achievement as scholars, researchers and teachers in institutions of higher learning

* Award for 3 years of support (stipend, tuition and conference fees)

 

Deadline: ~ November 19, 2013 (exact date to be announced)

 

UNCF-Merck Graduate Science Research Dissertation Fellowships

* A citizen or permanent resident of the US African American (Black, Non-Hispanic)

* Engaged in and within 1-3 years of completing dissertation research

* Provides $53,500 over 2 years - $42,000 for stipend and other expenses, plus $10,000 to support the research needs for the fellow

 

Deadline:~ December 3, 2013 (exact date to be announced)

 

American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Robert D. Watkins Graduate Research Fellowship

* Open to minority citizens or permanent residents
* Student and mentor must be members of ASM
* Must be a 2nd year graduate student or above
* A total stipend of $63,000 ($21,000 a year) for a 3 year period

 

Deadline: May 1, 2013


Minority Fellowships - Travel

American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Minority Scholar in Cancer Research Awards

* Open to minority citizens or permanent residents of the US or Canada

* Travel award to AACR conference

* The award will consist of annual meeting registration, economy air or land transportation to and from the annual meeting, and a stipend of approximately $1,000 for housing, meals, etc.

 

Deadline: ~ December 15, 2013 (exact date to be announced)

 

Fellowships for International Students

Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds PhD Fellowship

*Open to European citizens
* Applicants should not be older than 27 years on the respective deadline (1 February, 1 June, 1 October)
* The PhD project must be experimental, in the field of basic biomedical research and aimed at elucidating basic biological phenomena of human life and acquiring new scientific knowledge
* At the deadline, the applicant should not have been working on his/her project for more than 6 months
* €24,000/year for 2 years

Deadline: February 1, June 1, October 1

 

American Association of University Women (AAUW) International Pre-Doctoral Fellowship

* Open to international women students
* $20,000 for a year
Deadline: December 1

 

Fellowships for Canadian Students

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Postgraduate Scholarships (Canada)

* Only open to Canadian citizens CA $21,000/year for 3 years

* Open to 1st or 2nd year graduate students

 

Note: Applicants may submit only one application per year (September 1 - August 31) to the NSERC or to the CIHR (see below).

 

Deadline: October 15, 2013

 

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)/Doctoral Graduate Training Award (Canada)

* Open to Canadian citizens

* CA $27,000/year ($26,000 for stipend, $1,000 for research allowance) for students studying outside of Canada, up to 3 years

* You can apply in your 2nd year if you have completed 12 months or more in a Master's degree program prior to transferring to a PhD program

* You can apply in your 2nd and 3rd year if you have completed less than 12 months in a Master's degree program prior to transferring to a PhD program or you have transferred directly from a Bachelor's degree to a PhD program

 

Note: Applicants may submit only one application per year (September 1 - August 31) to the NSERC or to the CIHR.

 

Deadline: October 15, 2013

 

Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) Margaret McWilliams Pre-Doctoral Fellowship

* Open to Canadian women

* CA $11,000 for a year

 

Deadline: November 1, 2013

 

 

Resources for Other Fellowship and Funding Opportunities


Cornell Fellowship Notebook


A database of fellowships maintained by the Cornell Graduate School in Ithaca, NY.


Grants and Funding


A guide to funding opportunities in biomedical research and science education.

 

Last updated on 5/6/2013

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