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Arts and Sciences Funding Opportunities

Wellstone Fellowship for Social Justice

The Wellstone Fellowship for Social Justice aims to advance social justice through health care advocacy by focusing on the unique challenges facing communities of color. Through this fellowship, established to honor the memory of the late Senator Paul D. Wellstone, Families USA hopes to expand the pool of talented social justice advocates from underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups.

Villers Fellowship for Health Care Justice

Villers Fellows work in Families USA's health policy department and assist the organization's efforts to improve access to health coverage for all Americans, especially for low-income and other vulnerable communities. Specifically, Villers Fellows will conduct research on a range of health care policy issues, and write and contribute to publications that are relevant to current health policy debates.

Surfrider Foundation Scholarship

The Surfrider Foundation seeks applicants for the academic year 2006-2007, Surfrider Foundation Scholarship. These Scholarships were created in honor of the late Thomas Pratte, one of the Foundation's founding members and first executive director. He dedicated his life to advocating the preservation of oceans, waves and beaches. Applications are invited from upper level Undergraduates, Masters and Ph.D. level students from a wide range of fields, including, but not limited to: oceanography, marine affairs, environmental sciences, public policy, community planning and natural resources. All applicants should demonstrate exceptional commitment to academic pursuits, work and/or research in an area consistent with the Surfrider Foundation Mission and Guiding Principles. To access guidelines for this scholarship, click on the link below and type "Surfrider Foundation Scholarship" into the Search function. This will take you to a PDF that outlines the scholarship and the application process.

Deadline: Mid-June

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowships (NDSEG)

Sponsored by the Department of Defense, these fellowships are targeted for those pursuing a graduate degree in science or engineering. Acceptance in graduate school is not necessary before application, and funds can be used for any accredited graduate institution.

Deadline: January

NASA Graduate Student Research Program (GSRP)

The GSRP program awards fellowships for graduate study leading to masters or doctoral degrees in the fields of science, mathematics, and engineering related to NASA research and development. Applicants are required to contact their anticipated graduate school and find a Research Adviser.

Deadline: February


Madison Fellowships

Each year, the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation makes available at least one graduate-level fellowship worth up to $24,000 in each state. Applicants should either be a teacher or plan to become a teacher of American History, American Government or social studies at the secondary school level. After finishing their Master?s degree, scholars are required to teach these subjects in grades 7-12 for one year per each full academic year of study under the fellowship.

Deadline: March

Gates Millennium Scholar

Approximately 1000 awards are given to minority students with financial need. The awards are targeted for undergraduate study in all disciplines or graduate study in mathematics, science, engineering, education, or library science. Applicants should have outstanding academic qualifications, strong leadership potential, and demonstrate a commitment to community service. Although a nomination by a professional educator is required, students are encouraged to approach faculty or administrators if they have interest in this award.

Deadline: January

Department of Homeland Security Fellowship

These awards are intended for students interested in pursuing the basic science and technology innovations that can be applied to the DHS mission. DHS realizes that the country's strong science and technology community provides a critical advantage in the development and implementation of counter-terrorist measures. Areas of study include: physical, biological, social and behavioral sciences including science policy, engineering, mathematics, and computer science.


AIBS Diversity Scholars Program

Recognizes outstanding minority undergraduate and graduate students. Award includes travel and registration support to scientific meeting of choice, invitation to AIBS annual meeting, and AIBS membership for a full year. The goals of the program are to encourage and support the biology careers of underrepresented minorities and people with disabilities increase the participation of students from these groups in AIBS programs and activities.

Deadline: Mid-August and Mid-January

AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellowship

Increase your science communication skills as a science journalist. Fellows work for 10 weeks during the summer at mass media sites nationwide, including the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and NPR. Fellows use their academic training in the sciences as they research, write and report today's headlines, sharpening their ability to communicate complex scientific and technical issues to the public.

Deadline: January 15