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Provost’s Pre-Dissertation Science Research Fellowships – LEVEL II STUDENTS ONLY

On 01, Feb 2018 | In Funding and Resources | By EES Social Media Fellow


  Provost’s Pre-Dissertation Science Research Fellowships

 This pre-dissertation grant program is made possible through a generous grant from Graduate Center Foundation Board member Robert Raucci.

 Deadline for Applications: Wednesday, February, 14th, 2018, 3:00 pm

 The Provost’s Office is pleased to announce the following pre-dissertation fellowship competition for doctoral students in the following doctoral programs: Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth and Environmental Science, Mathematics, Nursing Science, Psychology, Speech-Language Hearing Sciences, and Physics. These summer awards provide $5,000.

This fellowship program has three objectives:

  • To allow students to conduct early stage research and training following completion of the first doctoral exam.
  • To support the development of a dissertation research proposal suitable for submission to an external funding agency.
  • To support travel to a national/international scientific meeting.

This program seeks to facilitate the transition from coursework to advanced individualized research and assist in science PhD students’ professional development.  These awards will allow students to strengthen their proposals by:

  • Refining their research topic into a well-defined research problem;
  • Determining appropriate research design, methods, research locale(s), and skillset(s);
  • Assessing project feasibility and determining necessary affiliations and approvals.
  • Participating in conference presentations to develop professional networks.

The successful applicant will address how their proposed summer research will lead to an improved proposal with regard to the above categories. Recipients will undertake such activities as (but not limited to): field or laboratory work, data collection, travel related to research, supplementary training in methods or techniques.



  • Students must be at level II.
  • Applicants must conduct at least six weeks of summer research during the period covered by this award.

N.B. Students who have already received a Dissertation Fellowship from the Provost’s Office are ineligible to receive these awards.

Summer Fellowship funds are in addition to any committed funds from mentors or campuses and cannot be used to meet CUNY Science Scholarship commitments.


Each application must include the following: 


1)      Cover Sheet (below and attached).

2)      Research Proposal that includes the following sections:

  1. Describe what you currently expect will be the topic, research question(s), supportive literature, methods of investigation, approach to data analysis, and theoretical contribution of your proposed dissertation project (up to 1,200 words).
  2. List up to 20 research publications that have most significantly informed the formulation of your research topic, questions, theories, and methods.
  3. What are your plans for summer research? (up to 500 words) Please include: a justification for your choice or research site(s) and/or sources of data and information; a brief description of your anticipated approaches to investigation; a timeline; and any local professional contacts you might have made.
  4. Describe how you think this summer research will assist you in developing your dissertation proposal and preparing for long term dissertation research. (up to 250 words)

Note: if you have previously conducted exploratory research at any of your proposed research site(s) or on a related topic, please explain how the additional research proposed will enable you to build upon your past experience(s).

3)      Budget justification. Justify what the funds will be used for (research supplies, conference travel, salary support….).

4)      Two-page NSF style curriculum vitae (

5)      Current Graduate Center transcript.  (Students may submit the unofficial student copy that can be printed from banner.)

6)      One letter of reference to be submitted electronically by your adviser or faculty mentor (see instructions below).


Recipients of these fellowships must agree to the following conditions as part of their acceptance of the award:

1)      Attend a one-hour proposal writing workshop in May 2018.

2)      Write a one-page summary of their summer research work (due by 21 August 2018).

3)      Provide a 7-10 minute public presentation of their work at a doctoral student research conference to be held at the Graduate Center early in the Fall 2018 semester.

4)      Attend a grant writing workshop at the Graduate Center in the 2018-19 academic year designed to assist you in applying for future grants and fellowships (multiple sessions of the workshop will be held in order to accommodate potential scheduling conflicts).

5)      Agree to have some version of their summer work potentially featured on a Student Research Collaborative webpage currently under construction by the Early Research


Contact Rachel Sponzo for more information:  212-817-7282



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2018 RFP for Environmental Justice Cooperative Agreements

On 01, Dec 2017 | In Funding and Resources | By EES Social Media Fellow

EPA has released the request for proposals (RFP) for the 2018 Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving (EJCPS)

If you have any questions, please contact Tasha Frazier at

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today the availability of $1.2 million for Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving (CPS) Cooperative Agreements. These funds will be distributed to 10 community-based organizations that work to address environmental justice issues nationwide. Each recipient will receive up to $120,000 for two-year projects that create self-sustaining, community-based partnerships that will continue to improve local environments in the future.

EPA’s Environmental Justice CPS program provides funding for non-profit and tribal organizations to partner with stakeholders from across industry, government, and academia to develop and implement solutions that significantly address environmental and/or public health issues in America’s low income and minority communities.

The community-based organizations should use EPA’s Environmental Justice CPS model to execute a wide array of project plans aligned with EPA’s priorities to protect human health and the environment by providing Americans with clean air, land, and water.

To increase outreach to underserved communities, this opportunity will place special emphasis on high ranking proposals to be performed in rural areas as defined by the program. Rural areas, for the purposes of this competition, are defined as local areas with small, low-income, rural, and/or tribal communities with populations of 50,000 or less that have limited access to public or private resources commonly found in metropolitan areas. The goal of this emphasis is to encourage and increase project performance in geographical locations not often associated with the EJCPS program. Please note: all eligible organizations are still encouraged to apply until February 16, 2018.

For more information about EPA’s Environmental Justice CPS program:[]

For a full description of the 2016 Environmental Justice CPS Cooperative Agreement projects:  []



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Center for Spatial Research Associate Research Scholars Fellowship at Columbia

On 01, Dec 2017 | In Funding and Resources | By EES Social Media Fellow

The Center for Spatial Research is pleased to announce a call for applications for Associate Research Scholars for the 2018-2019 academic year as part of the Andrew W Mellon Foundation funded initiative in Architecture, Urbanism and the Humanities.

We invite applications from candidates whose intellectual interests are situated within the broad urban humanities, who have strong digital, visual, and multidisciplinary research practices, and are enthusiastic about collaborative working environments. The appointment is one year, with the possibility of a second year depending on funding.

Two Associate Research Scholars will be appointed: one position is open to candidates with training in the design disciplines, and one is open to candidates with training in a field(s) of the humanities.

Successful candidates must have experience and interest in using qualitative as well as quantitative data to open up new questions in the urban humanities. The incumbents will contribute to projects underway at CSR, work on independent research on a topic(s) proposed by the incumbent, as well as contribute to the design and teaching of the Center’s workshop and seminar courses.

For further information and to apply for the position for candidates from fields in the humanities please visit:

For further information and to apply for the position for candidates from the design fields please visit:

You will be asked to submit a 1-2 page letter of interest, 2 page proposal for the project(s) you would hope to complete at the Center, CV, and portfolio which demonstrates your work and research focus.

Review of applications will begin immediately.

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.



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Call for Mellon Fellowships at the Humanities Institute, New York Botanical Garden due 1/12

On 01, Dec 2017 | In Funding and Resources, Jobs | By EES Social Media Fellow




The Humanities Institute, a research division within the LuEsther T. Mertz Library at The New York Botanical Garden, is pleased to offer a full-time, residential Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship for 2018 for current Ph.D. students or recent post-doctoral researchers. Candidates are invited to submit a proposal for independent research in the environmental humanities.

Fellows will conduct research that involves innovative interdisciplinary approaches to areas such as landscape and garden design; urban planning and social history; cultural anthropology; the history and philosophy of botany; botanical exploration; and arts and illustration, with a primary focus on areas of inquiry that connect nature to the human experience. Specific collections at NYBG should also be taken into consideration as part of the research topic. Recipients will be given full access to the unique, historical collections of the LuEsther T. Mertz Library, the Archives, the William and Lynda Steere Herbarium, and the Living Collections, including the 250-acre historic landscape. Recipients are also encouraged to take advantage of the cultural and educational resources of New York City.

Eligibility: Current Ph.D. candidates and recent post-doctoral researchers (no more than four years since graduation) who would like to further their studies in a large, international plant-based research center. Students from diverse backgrounds and ethnicities are encouraged to apply.

Tenure of Fellowship: Nine months (tenure can be activated as early as April 1, 2018, and no later than September 6, 2018). Deferral of a student’s Mellon Fellowship is not permitted. Fellowships at NYBG’s Humanities Institute are full-time residential awards that place great emphasis on the exchange of ideas among fellows and the spirit of community within the larger institution. Fellows are expected to devote themselves fully to their studies, and give a presentation about their own research. They are also requested to participate in the Humanities Institute’s activities, including symposia, colloquia, and workshops, as well as important lectures and exhibits held Garden-wide.

Fellowship award: $42,000 (forty-two thousand U.S. dollars), plus health benefits. Fellows are also eligible for a Travel stipend during their tenure to conduct research directly related to their project (travel maximum three weeks, arranged in consultation with the administrative manager).

How to apply: 
The application must be submitted as a single document—Microsoft Word or PDF file—to: Letters of recommendation, in PDF file format, must be submitted directly from the recommender to the Humanities Institute Research Coordinator, Vanessa Bezemer Sellers, at All applications will receive an e-mail acknowledgement of receipt. If you have further questions, please contact the Humanities Institute Research Coordinator, Vanessa Bezemer Sellers, at

Applications should include:

  • Complete curriculum vitae of education, professional experience, honors, awards, and publications.
  • Project proposal, including a 2–3 page (max. 750 words) statement that provides an overview of the project you plan to include with an explanation of your research’s significance in the field and the manner in which it will contribute to new scholarship in the environmental humanities.
  • Copy of your Graduate Transcripts.
  • Tentative schedule of work to be accomplished during the fellowship.
  • Three letters of recommendation to be sent electronically by the recommenders.
  • The Deadline for all application material, including transcripts and letters of recommendation, is January 12, 2018.
  • Applications, to be written in English, must be submitted electronically by 5 p.m. (EST), January 12, 2018. Late applications will not be accepted. Three letters of recommendation are required for all applicants. Awards will be announced by March 1, 2018.

Upon acceptance of the fellowship, applicants will discuss their academic year plan (a period of nine months)—including their schedule for residence in New York/New York Botanical Garden, and their specific contribution to the Humanities Institute and related institutional projects—with the Humanities Institute Research Coordinator.

Housing for Fellows: Fellows are responsible for their own housing arrangements, but suggestions will be provided.

Health Insurance for Fellows: A comprehensive Health Benefit package is offered in addition to the fellowship payment (details of coverage to be finalized in consultation with Human Resource Dept.).

Learn more about the Humanities Institute at



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Make our Planet Great Again: 2018-2019 STEM or HSS Chateaubriand Fellowship

On 25, Nov 2017 | In Funding and Resources | By EES Social Media Fellow

The Make Our Planet Great Again Initiative was launched by the President of France Emmanuel Macron in June 2017 to reinforce the international engagements of the 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change. The French government then opened a call to non-resident researchers who would like to develop top-level research projects in France, together with French partners, to address climate change.

In support of the Make Our Planet Great Again Initiative, the Embassy of France in Washington, DC is offering additional Chateaubriand Fellowships for research projects related to:

  • Earth System Science – Knowledge and monitoring of the physical, chemical, biological, ecological and social mechanisms that underpin global and regional environmental changes are needed. They include an understanding of how these mechanisms have interacted in the past and how they are likely to evolve in the future as well as scientific assessments that are relevant to diverse contexts ranging from global to local scale. Topics include:
    • Enhanced observation of the Earth System and attribution of environmental and climate changes, including anthropogenic changes.
    • Further understanding of processes, interaction scales, risks and thresholds.
    • Improvement of modeling activities of complex Earth systems, data assimilation and predictability.
    • Exploring future scenarios.
  • Climate Change and Sustainability – Critical knowledge gaps exist in ways of addressing sustainable development challenges in the context of global and climate changes. This includes meeting basic needs for a growing human population in a stressed ecosystem and how societies may address global environmental and sustainability challenges. These transformative changes are many-sided; they are related to human health and well-being, demography, economics strategies and their associations with sustainable production and consumption, urbanization, new technologies and processes, energy and governance for global sustainability in particular but not only under climate change induced stress. Topics include:
    • Meeting basic needs and overcome inequalities.
    • Governing and managing sustainable development locally and globally.
    • Managing growth, synergies and trade-offs.
    • Exploring, understanding and evaluating transformation pathways and life cycle issues.
    • Developing, implementing and promoting sustainable technologies.
    • Development of recycling technologies and of green and recyclable materials.
    • Understanding and evaluating global health challenges and managing health risks and equities of environmental and climate change.
  • Energy Transition – The transition from fossil fuels towards innovative zero carbon energy sources, associated to carbon sequestration and usage strategies, appear as the current solutions to diminish the Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions. Efficient and affordable energy storage capacities have to be made available at the right time and the right place through smart management systems. Overall, the concepts associated to the flexibility of population/economic needs and consumption habits should be put in the perspective of an accelerated energy transition. Topics include:
    • Emerging innovative concepts and technologies for massive energy production, storage and distribution.
    • Energy efficiency.
    • Economically, environmentally and socially viable production and bioproduction of bio-sourced raw materials.
    • Systemic approach of energy/economy/material problematics and prospective scenario analysis.

Applicants interested in the Make Our Planet Great initiative should complete either the STEM or HSS Chateaubriand Fellowship application. They will be able to indicate if their research involves one of the topics listed above in their application.



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IAGC Student Research Grants in Geochemistry due 12/1/17

On 06, Nov 2017 | In Funding and Resources | By EES Social Media Fellow

Summary of Grant

The objective of the PhD Student Research Grant program is to assist PhD students registered in a recognized program at a PhD-degree granting institution in any country who is undertaking research in an area of geochemistry to acquire geochemical analyses in support of the student’s dissertation research. Beginning in 2011, student research grants are generously supported by Elsevier.

A PhD Student Research Grant consists of a grant of up to $3000 (US), the specific amount decided by the Committee, to support the analytical needs of geochemistry PhD students. The award also includes a certificate and an article profiling the recipient in the IAGC Newsletter and the IAGC website. Each recipient of a PhD Student Research Grant also receives a complementary 1-year membership to IAGC for the year following receipt of the award if the recipient is not already a member. Typically four PhD Student Research Grants are awarded annually, based upon receipt of one or more deserving proposals received, as determined by the Committee.

Authorized uses of Research Student Grant funds include:

  1. the cost of preparing PhD dissertation research samples for geochemical analysis
  2. travel to an analytical facility to undertake geochemical sample analysis
  3. the cost of geochemical analyses of PhD dissertation research samples

Application Procedure

Applications for Student Research Grant Awards are accepted through 1-December of each year, and funds are dispersed to winning applicants on or before 1-May of the next year. We are now accepting Applications for 2018 through 1 December. The recipients of each Student Research Grant will be profiled on the Association website, in the mid-year edition of the IAGC Newsletter, and in Elements magazine. You do not have to be an IAGC member in order to apply. If you would like to prepare for next year, you can download the 2017 application from last year to use as a guide:

Download the application form below to apply (available in two formats):



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Fund Your Research Project: Apply for a Doctoral Student Research Grant — up to $1,500

On 24, Oct 2017 | In Funding and Resources | By EES Social Media Fellow

The Doctoral Student Research Grant (DSRG) provides up to $1,500 to support, among other things, travel and accommodations for research or a conference, compensation for research subjects, and various other expenses. See the guidelines here:

The deadline to apply for this round, Round 13, is January 31, 2018. However, we recommend you apply much earlier. (NOTE: If you received the DSRG for Round 12, you are not eligible.) If you have any questions after having read the guidelines, email us at

Award Period: June 1, 2018 to May 31, 2019



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NCALM SEED Proposal Request due 12/22

On 24, Oct 2017 | In Funding and Resources | By EES Social Media Fellow

The National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping surveys up to ten projects every year (each generally covering no more than 40 km2) for graduate student PIs who desire Airborne Laser Swath Mapping (ALSM) data. Students can also request high resolution aerial photography in conjunction with the ALSM collection. Graduate student proposals must define a basic research question in the geosciences (broadly defined). No financial support is provided to the student, but it is hoped that the data from projects selected in this program will enable new research opportunities and lead to successful proposals for future research.

Proposals for NCALM seed projects are invited electronically during September or October each year and are submitted online at the Seed Proposal Submission Site. Final selections from the proposals are made by the NCALM Steering Committee. The NCALM website is the primary source of information for NCALM seed projects. However, announcements may also be made through Eos, OpenTopography, and various email lists.


Due Date

December 22, 2017, at midnight CST


Proposals should be three pages or less, including any figures and references, and must contain:

  1. A description of the science, why research-grade ALSM data are needed, and the broader impact(s) of the study.
  2. A statement of how this study relates to ongoing projects.
  3. A location map showing target area, which must be in the contiguous United States and no more than 40 km2.
  4. An optimal timetable for receiving the product.
  5. Data format and processing required (e.g., filtered to expose bare earth, gridded or classified point files including vegetation).

Additional submission information:

  1. This is a single project/single year proposal. Repeat data collection proposals will not be supported.
  2. Seed proposals are for ALSM (airborne lidar) data with optional waveform data or aerial photography (with limited processing) and do not include other types of data collection (e.g., terrestrial lidar, or hyperspectral imaging).
  3. Proposals that do not follow the format outlined in the NCALM Format Guidelines and Proposal Form will be returned without review.

Note: NCALM does not provide rankings or evaluations to graduate student PIs or their advisors.

Data Distribution Policy

Seed project data will be made public six months after the delivery of the data to the graduate student.


Awardees are required to submit a report, not exceeding three pages including figures, one year after the delivery of the data. In addition to the report, awardees should submit one MS PowerPoint slide outlining the most important discovery from their ALSM data collection.


NCALM seed projects do not provide any financial support to the student. NCALM collects and provides lidar data to a student only if the project is awarded.


Projects outside of the contiguous United States and/or in regions higher than 3,000 m elevation cannot generally be funded under the seed proposal program. If the project area falls into either of these categories, check NCALM’s Field Campaign Calendar for anticipated future missions that may be adjacent to your area – thereby enhancing feasibility of a proposal in such regions.

Additional Information

For information beyond that available on this page, the Format Guidelines, and the Selection Criteria, please contact:

Ramesh L. Shrestha, Director
University of Houston
5000 Gulf Freeway
Houston, TX 77204-5059

P: 832.842.8881
F: 713.743.0186



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The Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies: Research Award Program

On 23, Oct 2017 | In Funding and Resources | By EES Social Media Fellow

Submission deadline: December. 1 2017.

Send complete applications to:

The Murphy Institute’s Research Awards Program supports original qualitative and quantitative research by
CUNY scholars on issues relevant to the labor and social justice movements, both nationally and locally.

Researchers from all academic disciplines are invited to apply. The Awards Program is open to CUNY faculty
and Level 3 Ph.D. students (excluding those with appointments at the Murphy Institute). Applicants must
submit a CV, a research proposal no longer than 750 words, a budget (up to $10,000) and budget justification.
Proposals should specify the research question, hypotheses, methodology, and the type of publication or other
deliverable the applicant intends to produce (beyond the research paper mentioned below). The proposal
should also highlight the proposed project’s benefits to the labor and social justice movements, and a
dissemination plan. Documentation of IRB approval will be required before funds are disbursed to applicants
selected for awards. Award recipients will be required to submit a 20-25 page research paper and may be
asked to make a public presentation under Murphy auspices.

A committee of Murphy’s full-time and consortial faculty will make the final selection of awardees. Although
full consideration will be given to any labor-related topic, preference will be given to proposals that address the
three topic areas described below:

Organizing Strategies
With union density rates now below 11 percent, union organizing is often seen as a prerequisite for success in
the struggle for social and economic justice. But employer opposition to organizing is formidable, and the
political and legal environment presents many other challenges. What is the future for union organizing in this
context? What organizing strategies, models, and techniques are most effective in the 21st century?

Worker Centers and Alt-Labor.
There are now over 200 “worker centers” in the United States, which are engaged in non-traditional forms of
labor organizing and advocacy, focused on low-wage and immigrant workers in sectors where traditional
unions are absent. What are the strengths and weaknesses of worker centers? Under what conditions do they
succeed? How have they influenced the larger labor movement?

Pay Equity
Although pay equity has been on the labor movement and public policy agenda for decades, it remains an
elusive goal. Women working full-time, year-round still earn only 80 percent of what men are paid. That is a
narrower gap than in the past – in the 1960s it was 59 percent – but much more is needed. Racial disparities in
pay also persist. What can be done to address these inequalities? How do they vary across demographic
groups? What can organized labor and social justice organizations do to improve the situation?

Awards will be announced in early 2018.

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