Food and Agricultural Sciences National Needs Graduate and Postgraduate Fellowship (NNF) Grants Program

Graduate students who have talent in the agricultural sciences still need support to complete their degree. Colleges and Universities create scholarships to help these future researcher achieve their goals.


The Food and Agricultural Sciences National Needs Graduate and Postgraduate Fellowship Grants Program (NNF) is designated for graduate degree (masters and doctoral) programs and postgraduate training of the next generation of policy makers, researchers, and educators in the food and agricultural sciences. Functioning collaboratively with eligible higher education institutions, this competitive grants program develops intellectual capital to ensure the preeminence of U.S. food and agricultural systems.

Specifically, the NNF program trains students for masters and/or doctoral degrees. It also provides additional post-doctoral training for National Needs Fellows who have completed their doctoral degrees at institutions that have demonstrable teaching and research competencies in the food and agricultural sciences. Fellowships and Special International Study or Thesis/Dissertation Research Travel Allowances (IRTA) are specifically intended to support traineeship programs that encourage outstanding students to pursue and complete their degrees or obtain post-doctoral training in areas where there is an identified national need for the development of scientific and professional.  Funds from the fellowships and IRTA awards are invested in graduate training and relevant international experiential learning.

The NNF program provides funding to support graduate training through a student stipend and a cost-of-education allowance to the institution. Fellows matriculating from the NNF program are employed in academia and in USDA agencies such as the Agricultural Research Service, Forest Service, and the National Resources Conservation Service. They are also working in private sector entities such as CH2M HILL, ConAgra Foods, FMC FoodTech, Kraft Foods, National Dairy Council, Institute of Food Technologies, M&M Mars, Wal-Mart; and others.

Legislative authority for this program, begun in 1984, is contained in section 1412. [Amendments to section 1417 of the National Agricultural Research, Extension and Teaching Policy Act of 1977 (99 Stat. 1548; 7 U.S.C. 3152)].  This program is subject to administrative provisions that can be found at 7 CFR 3402.

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This grant program supports: (1) training students for Master’s and doctoral degrees in food, agricultural and natural resource sciences, and; (2) Special International Study or Thesis/Dissertation Research Travel Allowances (IRTA) for eligible USDA NNF beneficiaries. Awards are specifically intended to support traineeship programs that engage outstanding students to pursue and complete their degrees in USDA mission areas. Applicants provide clarity about the philosophy of their graduate training, and relevance to USDA mission sciences, NIFA priorities and national science education policies and statistics. Applications are being solicited from institutions that confer a graduate degree in at least one of the following Targeted Expertise Shortage Areas: 1) animal and plant production; 2) forest resources; 3) agricultural educators and communicators; 4) agricultural management and economics; 5) food science and human nutrition; 6) sciences for agricultural biosecurity; and 7) training in integrative biosciences for sustainable food and agricultural systems.RELATED INFORMATION


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CIC Faculty Fellows Program to Diversify the Professoriate

As a member of the academic consortium the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), Indiana University is participating in the Faculty Fellows Program to Diversify the Professoriate, a collaborative effort of the CIC and the Associated Colleges of the Midwest.

With generous support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, this program will place 30 new and/or recent PhD and terminal Master’s degree recipients from CIC institutions in the humanities, humanistic social sciences, and the arts into tenure-track positions at ACM member colleges over a period of 5-6 years.

The Faculty Fellows Program aims to recruit candidates interested in pursuing a career in undergraduate teaching and scholarship at a liberal arts institution. Faculty Fellows will be hired into a tenure-track position at an ACM college, and will have a reduced teaching load for the first year and second year of their tenure track (or an extended fourth-year leave, at the discretion of the college). Successful candidates will also receive other support, including campus-based mentoring with consortial workshops to provide the Fellows a rich introduction to teaching, scholarship, and professional development at residential liberal arts colleges.

To register your interest in being considered for a full-time,  tenure-track faculty position at one of the 14 liberal arts colleges of the ACM, please follow this link to input your information:

You will be prompted at the end of the registration portal  to create a username and password, so that you may log-in and update your information and CV as needed, or as you progress toward your degree.

Please note that you will still need to officially apply for the position of interest at the ACM campus, so please check the available postings:

 Eligibility for Faculty Fellowships

The Fellows Program is open to all qualified candidates and encourages applications from individuals from underrepresented groups in the professoriate, including African Americans; Hispanics; Native Americans; Alaska Natives; Native Hawaiians; other Pacific Islanders; first­-generation college  students; individuals who have followed non­-traditional pathways to college due to exceptional talent and motivation in the face of adversity, such as societal, economic or academic disadvantages; and individuals with a demonstrated commitment to applying and including diverse backgrounds and perspectives to learning, scholarship, service and leadership in the academy.

The ACM – CIC Faculty Fellowship are funded by the Andrew

 W. Mellon Foundation, and thus the fields of eligibility include the following:

Anthropology and Archaeology


•   History, Theory and Criticism

•   Performance and Studio

•   Other


 and Classical Languages and Literatures

Classical Languages Communications and Journalism

•   Communication and Media Studies

•   Journalism

•   Speech Communication

•   Other


•   Applied

•   International

•   Other


•   Adult and Continuing Education

•   Curriculum and Instruction

•   Early Childhood Education

•   Elementary Education

•   International and Comparative

•   Secondary Education

•   Special Education

•   Other


•   American Literature

•   English Literature

•   Rhetoric and Composition/Writing

•   Other

Foreign Languages and Literatures

•   African Languages and Literatures

•   Asiatic Languages and Literatures

•   Celtic Languages and Literatures

•   Germanic Languages and Literatures

•   Iranian/Persian Languages and Literatures

•   Modern Greek Language and Literature

•   Romance Languages and Literatures

•   Slavic, Baltic and Albanian Languages and Literatures

•   Other


•   American History

•   European History

•   History and Philosophy of Science and Technology

•   Other


 and Archival Studies

•   Archives/Archival Administration

•   Library and Information Science

•   Other

Linguistics and Comparative Language Studies


•   Ethics

•   Logic

•   Other



•   International Relations

•   Political Science and Government

•   Public Policy Analysis

•   Other


•   Applied Psychology

•   Cognitive Psychology

•   Community Psychology

•   Comparative Psychology

•   Development and Child Psychology

•   Industrial and Organizational Psychology

•   Personality Psychology

•   Social Psychology

•   Other


 and Theology

•   Philosophy of Religious Studies

•   Religion/Religious Studies

•   Theology and Religious Vocations

•   Other


•   Demography

•   Rural Sociology

•   Other

This year, the following ACM campuses are recruiting Faculty


Beloit College:

Critical Identity Studies; Music; German

Carleton College:

Political Science

Colorado College:

Anthropology; English; History; Race, Ethnicity and Migration Studies; Sociology; Southwest Studies

Cornell College:

 Classical and Modern Languages; Theatre

Grinnell College:

 Art; Art History; Education; Spanish

Knox College:


Lake Forest College:

 Modern Languages and Literatures; Philosophy

Lawrence University:

Spanish; Music Theory

Macalester College:

 English; History

Monmouth College:

 Communication Studies

2016 Ford Foundation Fellowships for Excellence in College and University Teaching

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is accepting applications for the 2016 Ford Foundation Fellowships Programs for Achieving Excellence in College and University Teaching. Full eligibility information and online applications are available on our website at:

Eligibility Requirements: • U.S. citizens, nationals, permanent residents, or individuals granted deferred action status under the DACA program • Planning a career in teaching and research at the college or university level in a research-based filed of science, social science or humanities Stipends and Allowances: • Predoctoral–$24,000 per year for three years • Dissertation–$25,000 for one year • Postdoctoral–$45,000 for one year Awardees have expenses paid to attend one Conference of Ford Fellows. Approximately 60 predoctoral, 30 dissertation, and 20 postdoctoral fellowships sponsored by the Ford Foundation and administered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.


Application Deadline Dates:

• Predoctoral: November 20, 2015

• Dissertation: November 13, 2015

• Postdoctoral: November 13, 2015


For Further information please contact: Fellowships Office, Keck 576 National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine 500 Fifth Street NW Washington, DC 20001 Phone: 202.334.2872 Fax: 202.334.3419

Campbell Fellowship for Transformative Research on Women in the Developing World


The School for Advanced Research (SAR) in Santa Fe, NM invites applications for its 2016–17 Campbell Fellowship. One six- or nine-month residential fellowship is available for a female doctoral level scholar who has completed her research and needs time to prepare her manuscript. The successful applicant’s research both documents the circumstances of women in the developing world and offers paths to concrete, practical strategies for improving their health, prosperity, and general well-being. Applicants should provide compelling evidence of originality of thought, an ability to engage realworld problems, and skill at communicating ideas effectively to professional audiences and the general public. Although women scholars from any nation are eligible to apply, SAR particularly welcomes and encourages applications from scholars in developing countries. All data collection should be completed prior to the start of the fellowship and applicants must demonstrate fluency in English. SAR provides resident scholars with low-cost housing and office space on campus, a stipend of $4,500/month, library assistance, and other benefits during her tenure at SAR. Deadline for applications is November 2, 2015. For more information on resident scholar fellowships and other SAR programs, please visit

Information Literacy Course & Curriculum Grants for IU Grad Students

Information Literacy Course & Curriculum Grants

Call for Applications The IU Libraries are accepting applications for the Spring 2016 Information Literacy Course Grants (deadline November 6). These grants support course instructors and librarians in collaboratively integrating information literacy into a course through the development or revision of research assignments and related instruction. Both full-time instructors and associate instructors are eligible to apply. Learn more about Course Grants here. The IU Libraries also offer Information Literacy Curriculum Grants that support the integration of information literacy into an entire academic program (requires a two-year involvement among at least three full-time instructors in the given program). The 2016-18 Curriculum Grant deadline is Friday, April 29, 2016. Learn more about Curriculum Grants here.

Robert A. and Sandra S. Borns Jewish Studies Program Grants-in-aid of Research

The Robert A. and Sandra S. Borns Jewish Studies Program Indiana University announces 2016-2017 Grants-in-Aid of Jewish Studies Research and Fellowships for Current Graduate Students Application Deadline: Friday, March 4, 2016 Current Indiana University Bloomington graduate students working on topics of relevance to Jewish Studies are invited to apply for The Robert A. and Sandra S. Borns Jewish Studies Program grants-in-aid of research. These grants can be used either to provide graduate student support (i.e.: to defray the costs of summer language study, travel, living expenses while conducting thesis and dissertation research and/or thesis and dissertation writing, photocopying, or other research expenses). Preference will be given to Jewish Studies master’s degree students and doctoral minors. Graduate students interested in applying for funding to attend a conference should apply for Jewish Studies conference funding: ( Students must submit a grants-in-aid proposal stating when the funding is needed (Summer 2016 and/or Fall 2016 and/or Spring 2017), and if you have applied for other funding. Please include budget, and letter of reference in Word to by Friday, March 4, 2016. For more information about the Jewish Studies doctoral minor, see: or contact Professor Sarah Imhoff at

The Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship (deadline 11/15)

The 2016 Charlotte W. Newcombe Fellowship application is now OPEN. Deadline: November 15, 2015

The Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships support the final year of work on Ph.D. dissertations dealing with ethical or religious values in fields across the humanities and social sciences.

Eligible applicants for the 2015 Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship must:

  • • be candidates for Ph.D. or Th.D. degrees in an American doctoral program at a graduate school located in the United States. Candidates working on D.Min., law, Psy.D., Ed.D. and other professional degrees are not eligible.
  • • have all pre-dissertation requirements fulfilled by the application deadline November 15, 2015, including approval of the dissertation proposal.
  • • be in the writing stage of the dissertation. Usually, this means that fieldwork or other research is complete and writing has begun by the time of the award.
  • • must expect to complete the dissertation between April 1, 2017 and August 31, 2017.
  • • have never held a similar national award for the final year of dissertation writing. Applicants who have won such awards as the ACLS, AAUW, Ford, MacArthur, Mellon, Pew, Spencer, or Whiting fellowship are not eligible.
  • • be writing on topics where ethical or religious values are a central concern.
  • • have never applied for the Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship before. Previous applicants may not apply.

Please note that, in general, Newcombe Fellows may not accept other awards that provide similar benefits. Smaller local awards and/or those involving opportunities to teach may be permitted, at the discretion of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. Fellows’ graduate schools are asked to remit tuition and fees. Fellows may undertake no more than six hours of paid work a week during the tenure of the Fellowship, and then only with the written permission of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. The Newcombe Fellowship selection process is highly competitive, and reapplications are not allowed. If you have not completed enough work on your dissertation to present a compelling case for it, or to convince the selection committees that you will be able to finish within the 12-month tenure of the award, you should postpone your application for another year. If under these requirements you are eligible to apply for the Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, click here for more information about the application process.


A complete Charlotte Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship application consists of these required components:

  • •  A submitted online application.
  • •  The online submission of the required supplemental items PDF files. (See sample.)
  • •  Doctoral transcript
  • •  Three (3) Letters of Recommendation.

Please note:

  • • All document submissions must be properly labeled. Incorrect file labeling may delay the processing of the application.
  • • Inquiries may be directed to
  • • The deadline for ALL components of the application is November 15, 2015 11:59 p.m. ET. It is strongly recommended that all components be submitted at least one day prior to the application deadline, to ensure the documents have been received.
  • • You will be able to login and return at any time to your account to edit your personal information, change your password, start and/or complete your application, and verify receipt of supplemental items.
  • • If all components are not received by deadline, the application will be incomplete. Incomplete applications will not be considered.


  • A. Go to the application site. It is recommended that you save the Web page as a bookmark.
  • B. Create an account/fill out the required information.
  • C. Click the SUBMIT button before November 15, 2015, 11:59 p.m. ET.


  • A. Obtain a copy of your doctoral transcript. The transcript may be official or unofficial for the initial submission. Finalists will be required to submit an official transcript. Save it/all pages into a single PDF file, correctly labeled.
  • B. Prepare the proposal document, which includes the cover sheet, abstract, proposal, bibliography, timetable, and C.V. (Click here for sample.) Save into a single PDF file, correctly labeled.
  • C. Return to your account page and scroll to the bottom. Click on “Submit Supplemental Items.” Upload the transcript and the proposal document in the supplemental items section of the online application.


  • A. Select recommenders who can attest to your scholarly competence and quality. We recommend that letters be personal and submitted specifically for the Charlotte Newcombe Fellowship. Generic or outdated letters do not typically strengthen an application. One of your recommenders must be your Dissertation Advisor.
  • B. Register your recommenders in the online application. Return to your account page and scroll to the bottom.  Click on “Submit Supplemental Items.” In the Recommendation Request Section, click on “Start” next to each listed letter of recommendation to initiate the recommendation request process. This will initiate an email request to your recommender to submit a letter.
  • C. After entering your recommender’s name and email address, you will have the opportunity to include a personal note in the notification email.  It is strongly advised that you provide a “submit by” deadline in this area for your recommenders.
  • D. Once you have started the process, your recommenders will receive an email requesting they submit a letter of recommendation on your behalf.  They have the option to accept or decline this request. Recommenders who accept the request will be taken to an online form where they will enter some information before uploading and submitting their recommendation letter. If a recommender declines your request to provide a recommendation, you will be notified by email.  If you receive a “decline” notification, you will need to return to your account page and “Start” a new recommendation process with a different recommender.
  • E. You also have the ability in this same area of your account page to change a recommender by clicking on “Cancel” and then following the procedures to “Start” a new recommendation process with a different recommender, or to “Resend” a request to one of your recommenders, if necessary.
  • F. You will be able to track receipt of your letters of recommendation in the “supplemental items” section of your application. It is your responsibility to follow up with your recommenders to ensure that they have submitted their online recommendation prior to deadline, November 15, 2015, 11:59 p.m. ET.  We strongly recommend that Letters of Recommendation be submitted as early as possible to ensure they are received prior to deadline.


Application Important Dates


November 15, 2015, 11:59 p.m. EST

Notification of Status (Finalist and Non-Finalist)

By March 15, 2016

Fellows Notified

By April 5, 2016

Public Announcement of Fellows

By May 1, 2016

CAORC Andrew W. Mellon Mediterranean Regional Research Fellowship (deadline 1/30/16)

Andrew W. Mellon Mediterranean Regional Research Fellowship

The Council of American Overseas Research Centers is pleased to offer a focused regional fellowship program enabling pre- and early postdoctoral scholars to carry out research in the humanities and related social sciences in countries bordering the Mediterranean and served by American overseas research centers. Funding for this program is generously provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Applicants must:
•be a US citizen or Permanent Resident;
•be a doctoral candidate or a scholar who obtained his/her Ph.D. within the last ten years (September 2005 or later);
•propose a three to nine month humanities or related social science research project;
•propose travel to one or more Mediterranean region country, at least one of which hosts a participating American overseas research center:

  • American Academy in Rome
  • American Center of Oriental Research in Amman
  • American Institute for Maghrib Studies, with centers in Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia
  • American Research Center in Egypt
  • American Research Institute in Turkey
  • American School of Classical Studies at Athens
  • Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute
  • Palestinian American Research Center
  • W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem
For more information, please visit the Fellowship FAQ

Multi-Country Research Fellowship

The Council of American Overseas Research Centers Multi-Country Research Fellowship Program supports advanced regional or trans-regional research in the humanities, social sciences, or allied natural sciences for U.S. doctoral candidates and scholars who have already earned their Ph.D. Preference will be given to candidates examining comparative and/or cross-regional research. Scholars must carry out research in two or more countries outside the United States, at least one of which hosts a participating American overseas research center. Approximately eight awards of up to $10,500 each will be given each year.

Applicants must:

  • be a U.S. citizen. Proof of citizenship (photocopy of passport) must be shown upon award notification.
  • have a Ph.D. or be a doctoral candidate who has completed all Ph.D. requirements with the exception of the dissertation.
  • be engaged in the study of and research in the humanities, social sciences, and allied natural sciences.
  • seek to conduct research of regional or trans-regional significance in two or more countries outside the United States, one of which must host a participating American overseas research center (ORC).

CAORC Multi-Country Research Fellowships are supported with funding from the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

For more information, please visit the Fellowship FAQ

Symantec Research Labs Graduate Fellowship

Symantec is now accepting applications for our 2016 Symantec Fellowship. We will be offering multiple one year fellowship awards for Ph.D. students pursuing innovative research related to information security, cloud, and availability. It provides up to $20,000 USD that may be used to cover one year of the student’s tuition fees and to reimburse research expenses incurred by the student. We also plan to award all fellowship recipients a separate salaried internship with Symantec. The application deadline is December 4th, 2015. Full details are below, and on the Symantec website:

Symantec is accepting applications for the 2016 Fellowship Program. Award decisions will be made in January 2016.

Symantec will award Symantec Research Labs (SRL) Graduate Fellowships to outstanding Ph.D. students who meet the eligibility criteria listed below. A key goal of the program is to fund innovative research that has real-world value, in areas where Symantec conducts business. We are soliciting applications for the following areas:

* Next Generation Security: security and cryptography in the areas of mobile computing, data center, Internet of Things (IoT), cloud, web, big data analytics, networks, information security, etc.

* Cloud platforms and application security: address challenges in securing public/private Cloud infrastructure (at various granularities, including network, host, VM, app containers, etc.), provide next-gen protection for Cloud applications and services, collect, analyze, and act upon security-related Cloud telemetry.

* Machine learning and data mining: including predictive analytics and anomaly detection, in support of the security, cloud, and systems areas mentioned above.


The SRL Graduate Fellowship provides up to $20,000 USD that may be used to cover one year of the student’s tuition fees and to reimburse expenses incurred by the student to engage into research collaboration with Symantec, such as conference registration fees, travel expenses, hardware, etc. If the fellowship is to cover tuition, this portion of the award will be made through the university.

Award recipients are strongly encouraged to take a separate salaried internship with Symantec that we plan to offer to all fellowship recipients. Interns will usually work directly with Symantec Research Labs at one of our locations (Culver City, CA, USA; Mountain View, CA, USA; Herndon, VA, USA; Dublin, Ireland; Sophia-Antipolis, France) or with another group within Symantec. Each recipient is paired with a mentor from Symantec. A mentor is a top researcher or engineer who can provide ongoing technical guidance on the recipient’s research during graduate training as well as during an internship at Symantec.


* Applying students must be enrolled in a Ph.D. program.

* Preference will be given to students with a desire to work in an industrial research lab and those working on innovative research projects in areas related to Symantec’s businesses such as security, cloud computing, virtualization, machine learning, data mining, etc.

* Recipients will also be selected based on their overall potential for research excellence and their academic progress to date as evidenced by publications.


Incomplete applications cannot be considered, and we cannot guarantee notification of incompleteness. Please make sure applications are complete. Applications must include the following:

* Resume or C.V.

* Personal statement of research interests not to exceed 500 words. Applicants are strongly encouraged to articulate the value and novelty of their research.

* Two letters of recommendation from professors or industry researchers who can evaluate the applicant’s scientific aptitude and potential for research. Letters of recommendation may be sent confidentially.


* Fellowship applications, including Resumes or C.V.’s, personal statements of research, and letters of recommendation, must be received no later than 5:00pm on December 4th, 2015 (Pacific Time Zone).

* As part of the application process, some candidates may be contacted for telephone interviews.

* Final award decisions will be announced in January 2016.

* Applications and letters of recommendation may be sent to us in the following ways: Email to: or Mail to: Attn. Darren Shou, SRL Fellowship, 900 Corporate Pointe, Culver City, CA 90230

Fellowship Opportunity in Germany for Social Scientists

BGHS announces two scholarship programs for Summer 2016

Supported by the Excellence Initiative, the Bielefeld Graduate School in History and Sociology is offering two four-month scholarship programs for the Summer Term 2016 (April 1 until July 31, 2016). Visiting Fellowships are awarded to international doctoral researchers whose dissertation has a historical, sociological, social-anthropological or political science focus. International MA graduates can apply for start-up scholarships to pursue a doctoral degree in these fields as well. Recipients receive the opportunity to prepare a convincing proposal for a dissertation project. Applications should be submitted via the online application portal no later than January 15, 2016.

For more information, visit or send an email to