External Opportunities

External Scholarship and Fellowship Opportunities

The following is a list of searchable databases of funding resources:

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program

The National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) helps ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States and reinforces its diversity.  The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited US institutions.  The NSF welcomes applications from all qualified students and strongly encourages under-represented populations, including women, under-represented racial and ethnic minorities, and persons with disabilities, to apply for this fellowship.


Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Fulbright provides grants for research, study, or English teaching assistantships abroad. The program is open to graduating senior undergrads, all graduate students who have not yet completed a PhD, as well as faculty.


AAUW Fellowships & Grants

AAUW has a long and distinguished history of advancing educational and professional opportunities for women in the United States and around the globe. Fellowship and grant recipients perform research in a wide range of disciplines and work to improve their schools and communities. Their intellect, dedication, imagination, and effort promise to forge new paths in scholarship, improve the quality of life for all, and tackle the educational and social barriers facing women worldwide. For more information, visit: www.aauw.org.

Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program – HHMI

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), recognizing the value of individuals from different backgrounds to move science forward, seeks to increase diversity in the biomedical research community. Through the new Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program, HHMI will recruit and retain individuals from groups underrepresented in the life sciences.

Fellows will receive funding for their postdoctoral training and may continue to receive funding during their early career years as independent faculty.

Applicants can establish eligibility and submit an application via the HHMI online competition site www.hhmi.org/research/application/GrayFellows2017 in mid-September, 2016. The deadline for applications is February 15, 2017, at 3:00 PM (Eastern Time). Mentor and reference letters must be received by February 23, 2017.

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Nuclear Energy (NE)

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) today announced two new Requests for Applications (RFAs) for the Integrated University Program (IUP) seeking applicants for undergraduate scholarships and graduate-level fellowships in nuclear energy-related fields.

Scholarships are $7,500 for one year. The maximum award for a fellowship is $50,000 per year for three years, with an additional one-time $5,000 allotment to fund a minimum 10-week internship at DOE, a DOE national laboratory or other designated facility.

Applications are due on January 25, 2017, and must be submitted using the online submittal system found at neup.gov. NE intends to notify award recipients in April 2017.

Click here: https://secureportal.inl.gov/caesproposal/Home/Login.aspx to submit an application.

Nuclear Engineering Science Laboratory Synthesis Programs (NESLS) Program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)

Visit http://www.orau.org/ornl or contact ORNL Education Programs at ornledu@orau.org for more information!

Higher Education Research Experiences (HERE) Program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)

Visit http://www.orau.org/ornl/hereatornl/ or contact ORNL Science Education Programs at ornledu@orau.org for more information!

U.S. Department of Energy Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship Program (MLEF)

The Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program provides students with an opportunity to gain and develop research skills with the Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy for 10 weeks over the summer. For 20 years, this program has increased awareness of DOE research opportunities to students pursuing STEM degrees (science, technology, engineering and math). The goal of the program is to improve opportunities for women and minority students in these fields, however all eligible candidates are encouraged to apply. Stipends start at $600 per week and eligible Fellows will receive an additional travel and housing allowance. For more information, visit http://orise.orau.gov/mlef/.

Application Open for Fellowship in the Office of International Climate and Clean Energy

ORISE Fellow Position Description and Qualifications
Office of International Climate and Clean Energy
U.S. Department of Energy


The successful applicant will have experience with a broad set of clean energy and climate change policy topics and analyses. The successful applicant will also have demonstrated project management experience (i.e., leading and coordinating the efforts of an initiative to complete certain tasks in a designated period of time), analytical capabilities, writing skills, and strong interpersonal skills. International experience, prior work in energy and/or climate change policy, and private-sector experience are preferred.

For more information on the Clean Energy Ministerial and its initiatives, please see http://www.cleanenergyministerial.org

Building-Grid Integration Research and Development Innovators Program (BIRD IP)

Deadline: November 15, 2015

Building-Grid Integration Research and Development Innovators Program (BIRD IP)
The Building Technologies Office (BTO) within the Department of Energy (DOE) is seeking graduate students interested in exploring building-grid integration research and development (R&D) technology concepts that can improve the operating efficiency of buildings and increase penetration of distributed renewable energy generation, leading to more efficient buildings and cleaner generation of electricity.

· Five (5) awards of up to $50,000/year are expected to be made for the first year.

Project Topics

Applicants are required to select one of the building-grid integration topics below as the focus of their innovation project. All projects are required to use VOLTTRON software to demonstrate the technical solution.

1. Enabling Volttron – demonstrate integration of the VOLTTRON software platform with existing building automation systems (BAS) to conduct campus scale transaction based controls (graduate students should demonstrate an ability to install Volttron and communicate how to install Volttron).

2. Investigate how building loads and storage (thermal and electrochemical) in campus buildings can be used to mitigate short-term imbalances in distributed renewable energy generation from photo-voltaics and wind (graduate students should demonstrate a capability of developing Volttron applications to utilize connected loads as “virtual” storage).

3. Investigate how a community-scale micro-grid with extensive PV and energy storage (thermal and electrochemical) can be used to support grid services (graduate students should demonstrate a capability of understanding grid services and needs to develop potential solutions leveraging controls).

4. Investigate how residential buildings can support the transactive energy vision (graduate students should demonstrate an understanding of interoperability/IoT, residential appliance/device control, and user/usability needs).

5. Investigate how to deliver transactional energy solutions for small commercial buildings (e.g. convenience stores and supermarkets) (graduate students should demonstrate an ability to develop applications and controls of small buildings and commercial building opportunities).

6. Conduct a rigorous penetration testing of VOLTTRON security features (graduate students should demonstrate an understanding of cyber security of IT system, cyber security best practices for appliances/equipment/buildings, etc).
For more information on VOLTTRON, see the DOE/BTO website: http://energy.gov/eere/buildings/buildings-grid-integration.


Applicant must be currently pursuing a Master’s or PhD degree in a science or engineering discipline at an accredited university and be sponsored by a faculty member at the same institution. The graduate student must identify one of the specified BTO topics above as the focus of the project.

Please direct inquiries about the BIRD IP to DOE-RPP@orau.org


Research Student Support Proposal Opportunity

The American Council of Learned Societies


Annual Lindau Meeting of Nobel Laureates in Lindau, Germany

Since 1951, Nobel Laureates in chemistry, physics, and physiology/medicine convene annually in Lindau, Germany, to have open and informal meetings with students and young researchers. The 2014 meeting will be for Physiology/Medicine and Economics disciplines. Student researchers must be nominated by their department. Please contact your Department Chair if you are interested. Nominations are typically due on the 1st or 15th of November.


HHMI International Student Research Fellowships

Please contact you’re department if you are interested in being nominated. Nominations are typically due in November of each academic year.

The Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship



The Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE NNSA SSGF)


Computational Science Graduate Fellowship


National Research Council of the National Academies: Research Associateship Programs

Competitive awards are available for scientists and engineers to conduct independent research in federal laboratories and affiliated institutions. Awards include attractive stipends, health insurance, professional travel and relocation.


Whitaker International Fellows and Scholars Program


Vietnam Educational Foundation

1. Fellowship Program: Fellowships for Vietnamese nationals to pursue graduate studies (Master’s or Master’s/Ph.D. programs) in the U.S., through cost-sharing agreements between VEF and highly-regarded U.S. universities, including the University of Utah.

2. Visiting Scholar Program: Up to 3 grants for Vietnamese nationals to under-take postdoctoral professional development programs in the U.S., from 5 to 12 months.

3. U.S. Faculty Scholar Program: Up to 3 grants for U.S. faculty to teach courses in English at Vietnamese universities either on-site in Vietnam or by interactive, real-time videoconferencing from the United States, from one to two semesters.

For further details, please visit vef.gov.

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science

Fellowships for research in Japan in all fields including humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences: www.jsps.go.jp/english.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

2015 HS-STEM Summer Internships

Application deadline: December 22, 2014

Undergraduate students receive a $6,000 stipend plus travel expenses.

Graduate students receive a $7,000 stipend plus travel expenses.

10-week research experiences are offered at: Argonne, Berkeley, Livermore, Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, Pacific Northwest, and Sandia National Laboratories; as well as at Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute, Coast Guard Research and Development Center, Customs and Borders Protection Laboratories and Scientific Services, Domestic Nuclear Detection Office, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Naval Research Laboratory, Engineer Research and Development Center, National Security Technologies Remote Sensing Laboratory, Transportation Security Laboratory, and more.

Areas of research: Engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biological / life sciences, environmental science, emergency and incident management, social sciences, and more.

U.S. citizenship required

Detailed information about the internships can be found at: http://www.orau.gov/dhseducation/internships/

Please share this information with students and colleagues at your academic institution/organization.

A poster is located at:  http://www.orau.gov/dhseducation/internships/files/hs-stem-2015-poster.pdf


DHS has partnered with the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) to manage the program. For questions please email us at dhsed@orau.org<mailto:dhsed@orau.org>.

L’Oréal USA For Women In Science Fellowship Program

The L’Oréal USA For Women In Science fellowship program will award five post‐doctoral women scientists in the United States this year with grants of up to $60,000 each. Applicants are welcome from a variety of fields, including the life and physical/material sciences, technology (including computer science), engineering, and mathematics.

The application and more information on the L’Oréal USA For Women in Science program can be found at www.lorealusa.com/forwomeninscience. Applications are due on Friday, March 20, 2015.

The Hertz Foundation – Freedom to Innovate

5 Year Graduate Fellowships in Applied Physical, Biological, or Engineering Sciences.

Deadline to submit applications: October 30, 2015

Apply online: http://www.hertzfoundation.org

American Scandinavian Foundation (ASF)

The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) is the leading cultural and educational link between the U.S. and Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. An American non-profit organization, the ASF works to build international understanding with an extensive program of fellowships, grants, intern/trainee sponsorship, publishing and membership offerings.