Presidential Management Fellows Program- Deadline: November 19, 2012

The PMF Program is a flagship leadership development program at the entry level for advanced degree candidates. It was created more than three decades ago by Executive Order and has gone through many changes over the years. The Program attracts and selects the best candidates possible, but is really designed with a more narrow focus – developing a cadre of potential government leaders. It provides some sustenance during the first years of employment and encourages development of leadership capabilities. The PMF Program inculcates a lasting bond as well as a spirit of public service, ultimately encouraging and leading to a career in the government.

The PMF Class of 2013 application, via a job opportunity announcement on USAJOBS (, is expected to launch Monday, November 5, 2012, and close at 11:59:59pm (ET) on Monday, November 19, 2012. Applicants can search for “Presidential Management Fellows” on USAJOBS or select the link found under the Application Process\How to Apply webpage.

To become a Presidential Management Fellow (PMF), you must sign up for a multi-phase process. It will take patience and endurance, but also gives you a chance to demonstrate your ability. Last year, more than 9,000 graduate students applied to the PMF Program and approximately 630 achieved Finalist status. If you become a PMF, you will have earned your place in the Program, and the opportunity to grow professionally, serve your country, and make a difference!

The very first step in successfully becoming a PMF is paying attention to the details of the application process. Applying for Federal Government jobs can be a lengthy process; and though we’ve done everything we can to streamline the process, there are still rules and regulations we must follow to ensure fair and merit-based selections. 

2013 Mellon Fellowships for Dissertation Research in Original Sources- Deadline: November 15, 2012

The purposes of this fellowship program is to:

– help junior scholars in the humanities and related social-science fields gain skill and creativity in developing knowledge from original sources;

– enable dissertation writers to do research wherever relevant sources may be, rather than just where financial support is available;

– encourage more extensive and innovative uses of original sources in libraries, archives, museums, historical societies, and related repositories in the U.S. and abroad; and

– provide insight from the viewpoint of doctoral candidates into how scholarly resources can be developed for access most helpfully in the future.

The program will be offering about fifteen competitively awarded fellowships for 2013. Each provides a stipend of $2,000 per month for 9–12 months. Each fellow will receive an additional $1,000 upon participating in a symposium on research in original sources and submitting an acceptable report to CLIR on the research experience. Thus the maximum award will be $25,000.

Fellowship stipends will support research beginning between June 1 and September 1, 2013, and ending within 12 months of commencing. Fellowships will not be renewed or extended. Fellows are expected to devote full time to their dissertation research without holding teaching or research assistantships or undertaking other paid work. Applicants may apply simultaneously for other fellowships, including Mellon awards, but fellows may not hold other fellowships simultaneously with CLIR’s. Fellows may use stipends to meet living expenses, travel costs, and other expenses that enable dissertation research to be carried out, but not to defray tuition.

Applicants do not have to be U.S. citizens, but must be enrolled in a doctoral program in a graduate school in the United States.

For further information on eligibility, requirements, and deadlines, please visit CLIR’s website at

NSF IGERT Graduate Program- Genetic Pest Management, Conservation Biology & Ecology- Deadline: January 2013


We are currently recruiting students for our fall, 2013 student cohort. We have support from the National Science Foundation to recruit approximately six PhD students per year to start in fall 2012, 2013, and 2014, and six students in our fall, 2012 cohort are already engaged in our program. We seek students who have skills in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Our students will work together in a cohort that crosses disciplinary boundaries to address emerging issues in Genetic Pest Management. We would like to encourage applications from students who share our vision for graduate education (see “About” section).


Stipends are provided through the IGERT grant for a student’s first two or three years. In subsequent years students are paid through faculty research assistantships (RAs) or teaching assistantships (TAs). The IGERT stipend is $30,000 per year. The RA and TA stipends will match those of the specific graduate program in which a student enrolls. The IGERT funding will also support some international research projects conducted by students. Students supported by NSF must be US citizens or have official US resident status.

How to apply

We are now recruiting for our fall, 2013 student cohort. Applications are due for the IGERT fellowship on January 31st, 2013, but contact us to let us know your intent to apply by January 15th, 2013. (Note that there are separate deadlines for admission to each of the participating departments).

Before you apply to our program we encourage you to contact us at to inquire about any specific questions that you have about the program.  Applying for a Fellowship in Genetic Pest Management requires two steps.

Step 1:

At any time, but prior to Jan. 31, 2013, please send an email to that includes:

  1. A statement about your interest in becoming a Fellow in our IGERT program (1 page max)
  2. A description of one published interdisciplinary study that you find inspiring, or a description of what you would consider an exciting thesis project on a topic unrelated to projects already underway by NCSU faculty (1 page max)
  3. Your curriculum vitae (CV), including GRE scores

Although we will not formally evaluate applications until January 31, earlier completion of Step 1 is recommended so we can help match applicants with potential faculty advisers and departments.

Step 2:

Apply to a specific Graduate Program through the NCSU Graduate School’s on-line application system (or see here for more information). You can only apply directly to one graduate program (for a single fee) but if you find that two of our graduate programs fit your interests, we can forward your application to a second program upon request. You are encouraged to contact one or more prospective mentors from our IGERT Faculty.

The U.S. Borlaug Fellows in Global Food Security Program- Deadline: November 11, 2012

The U.S. Borlaug Fellows in Global Food Security Program

The U.S. Borlaug Fellows in Global Food Security program is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to expand the pool of U.S. food security professionals who have the scientific base needed to effectively study and manage the global landscapes in support of sustainable food systems. The program is comprised of two key elements; a Graduate Research Fellowship Grant Program and a Summer Institute on Global Food Security.

The intended objectives of the U.S. Borlaug Fellows in Global Food Security program are:

  • To help train a new generation of interdisciplinary U.S. scientists with fluency in global food security and the skills to strengthen the capacity of developing countries to apply new innovations and technologies,
  • To support the key research themes of the Feed the Future initiative and increase understanding of the links between agricultural production, nutritional status, natural resource conservation, and development,
  • To foster cross-cultural understanding and dialog and the kinds of long-term relationships that are developed through on-the-ground collaborative work, and
  • To work with international partners to sustain a growing global learning community.


This Request for Applications (RFA) solicits proposals in support of graduate research on topics related to the U.S. Government’s global hunger and food security initiative – Feed the Future. All topics that relate to food security (e.g., agriculture, nutrition, ecological resources, poverty) and are linked to the research strategies of the Feed the Future initiative are admissible. The application deadline is Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 11:59 pm Eastern time. Go to RFA…>>

International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF)- Deadline: November 7, 2012

International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF)

Open for applications, next deadline is November 7th 2012. Apply Now

The Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) offers nine to twelve months of support to graduate students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who are enrolled in PhD programs in the United States and conducting dissertation research on non-US topics. Eighty fellowships are awarded annually. Fellowship amounts vary depending on the research plan, with a per-fellowship average of $20,000. The fellowship includes participation in an SSRC-funded interdisciplinary workshop upon the completion of IDRF-funded research.


The program is open to graduate students in the humanities and social sciences — regardless of citizenship — enrolled in PhD programs in the United States. Applicants to the 2013 IDRF competition must complete all PhD requirements except on-site research by the time the fellowship begins or by December 2013, whichever comes first.

The program invites proposals for dissertation research conducted, in whole or in part, outside the United States, about non-US topics. It will consider applications for dissertation research grounded in a single site, informed by broader cross-regional and interdisciplinary perspectives, as well as applications for multi-sited, comparative, and transregional research. Proposals that identify the United States as a case for comparative inquiry are welcome; however, proposals which focus predominantly or exclusively on the United States are not eligible.

Applicants from select disciplines within the humanities (Art History, Architectural History, Classics, Drama/Theater, Film Studies, Literature, Performance Studies, Philosophy, Political Theory, and Religion) are welcome to request three or more months of funding for international on-site dissertation research (in combination with US-based research, for a total of nine to twelve months of funding). All other applicants (for instance, those in Anthropology, Geography, History, Political Science, and Sociology, among others) must request nine to twelve months of on-site, site-specific dissertation research with a minimum of six months of research outside of the United States.

Applicants who have completed significant funded dissertation research in one country by the start of their proposed IDRF research may be ineligible to apply to the IDRF to extend research time in the same country. Eligibility will be at the discretion of the IDRF program, depending on completed research time and funding. The IDRF program expects fellows to remain at their research site(s) for the full nine- to twelve-month funding period. The IDRF program will not support study at foreign universities, conference participation, or dissertation write-up. The program does not accept applications from PhD programs in law, business, medicine, nursing or journalism, nor does it accept applications in doctoral programs that do not lead to a PhD. For more information on the 2013 IDRF competition, please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions.

Selection Criteria

The IDRF competition promotes a range of approaches and research designs beyond single-site or single-country research, including comparative work at the national and regional levels and explicit comparison of cases across time frames. The program is open to proposals informed by a range of methodologies in the humanities and humanistic social sciences, including research in archives and manuscript collections, fieldwork and surveys, or quantitative data collection.

Applicants are expected to write in clear, intelligible prose for a selection committee that is multi-disciplinary and cross-regional. Proposals should display a thorough knowledge of the major concepts, theories, and methods in the applicant’s discipline and in other related fields, as well as a bibliography relevant to the research. Applicants should specify why an extended period of on-site research is critical for successful completion of the proposed doctoral dissertation. The research design of proposals should be realistic in scope, clearly formulated, and responsive to theoretical and methodological concerns. Applicants should provide evidence of having attained an appropriate level of training to undertake the proposed research, including evidence of a degree of language fluency sufficient to complete the project. For more information on the 2013 IDRF competition, please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions.

Program Director
Daniella Sarnoff
Program Manager
Elsa Ransom

Additional Information

IUB NSF Data Management Workshop

Meeting the NSF Data Management Mandate at IUB

Tue Oct 9, 2012 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Office of Research Administration


Learn the fundamentals for preparing a data management plan that conforms to the January 2011 NSF mandate. Find information on free, fully supported campus resources for data storage, access, and preservation; resources for DMP development; and key staff that can help you develop your proposal. Q&A will follow the presentation. Anyone interested in or planning to apply for NSF funding should attend. Seats are limited, so register today at

ACLS China Scholars Program

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), the leading federation of humanist organizations, has announced several new grant opportunities for the study of Chinese literature, history, culture, and society. The new program is funded by a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation in recognition of both the important scholarship emerging from China and the economic pressure on Asian Studies departments in academia.

ACLS will award stipends for pre-dissertation research in China, grants for collaborative reading workshops that unite a number of disciplines and scholarly generations, and postdoctoral research fellowships for scholars within eight years of the receipt of the PhD. Round-one applications are due by November 15, 2012.