Graduate Student & Postdoctoral Funding Opportunities

2014 NSF Graduate Research Fellowships Announced

Congratulations to the recipients of this year's NSF Graduate Research Fellowships !
Three MCSB students received fellowship awards for 2014:
        • Alberto Soto for "The Zebrafish Visual System: Mathematical Modeling and Experimentation"

Mentor: John Lowengrub (Department of Mathematics)

        • Daniel Quang for "A Machine Learning Approach for Inferring Gene Regulatory Grammar",

Mentor: Xiaohui Xie (Department of Computer Science)

        • Chris Rackauckas for "Early-Warning Signs of Critical Transitions in Cell Lineage Dynamics"

(1st year MCB graduate student researcher; Mentor: Qing Nie).

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program

NSF-logoThe 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.

The 2012 Program Solicitation is available online. The Program Solicitation contains the official guidelines for the 2012 GRFP competition. It includes important information about eligibility, application preparation and submission instructions, and the review process.

The 2012 GRFP application is now closed. Eligible applicants will be notified of the results of their applications around early April, 2012.

NASA 2011 Graduate Student Researchers Fellowship Program


The NASA Graduate Student Researchers Program (GSRP) awards $30,000 fellowships for graduate study leading to masters or doctoral degrees in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, related to NASA research and development. In 2010 NASA expanded GSRP to include students that are interested in becoming teachers or education administrators. This twelve month award includes an internship at the NASA Center affiliated with the NASA sponsored research.


The goal of NASA’s GSRP is to cultivate research ties to the academic community, to help to meet the continuing needs of the Nation’s aeronautics and space-related workforce requirements by increasing the number of highly trained scientists and engineers in aeronautics and space-related disciplines, and to meet the Nation’s need to increase the number of highly trained teachers. Research opportunities described on the GSRP website, are assessed and updated annually to complement the mission requirements of NASA. 


The program supports approximately 150 graduate students annually. NASA’s discipline scientists and technologists evaluate applications based upon academic transcripts, research proposals, Faculty Research Adviser’s recommendation, and the proposed utilization of NASA Center or university research facilities.


Mentoring and internships at NASA Centers are important aspects of the GSRP Fellowship. It is common practice for the Centers to host students during the summer months to fulfill this purpose; however, the schedule may vary depending on each Center’s capacity. Recipients of the GSRP Training Grant must coordinate the schedule for the internship with the Center Technical Adviser and the Center GSRP Program Coordinator. 


Application deadline: February 1, 2011
Contact CCBS office if you need assistance with your application. 


For more information please visit the GSRP website at:

SMART Scholarship Program

Available for U.S. graduate and undergraduate students to apply, the SMART Scholarship Program is a highly-selective, prestigious, national program that fully supports their education, including full tuition and a very generous stipend while they are in school.

The Science, Mathematics, And Research for Transformation (SMART) scholarship-for-service Program fully funds undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wide range of technical areas, including all fields of Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Brain and Cognitive Sciences, and Mathematics. 

A SMART brochure is attached and the application web page is at The application deadline is December 2010 for the 2011 school year. SMART provides:
· Full Tuition – to any accredited U.S. University
· A very generous stipend while in school:
$25,000 for undergraduates
$33,000 for masters candidates
$33,000 to $41,800 for doctoral candidates
· Book allowance – $1,000
· Health Insurance 
· Paid Summer internships
· All required student fees
· Travel fees for internships

Summer internships at the facility/laboratory are required. In return for fully funding their education, students are required work as a civilian employee at a Service (Army, Navy, Air Force) or DoD Agency (NSA, DIA, DARPA, etc.) laboratory, or similar activity, for a period equal to the time the program paid for their school. Students must be U.S. Citizens, able to obtain a DoD Security Clearance, and be willing to work in a defense facility/laboratory upon graduation. There will be approximately 300 new awards this year.

A list of SMART fellows from previous years is listed by University at: 

Additional applicant and SMART related questions can be answered via:
Phone: (202) 331-3544

Krell Institute Fellowship

As part of an effort to address the shortage of computational scientists in the United States, the DOE developed the Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE CSGF) program in 1991. For nearly twenty years, this program has been successfully training the next generation of leaders in computational science and engineering. Jointly funded by the Office of Science and the National Nuclear Security Administration, the DOE CSGF has supported more than 250 students at over 50 universities.  

Applications for the next class of fellows are due on or by January 11, 2011. For more information regarding the fellowship - and to access the online application - visit
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