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The Graduate School Funding Handbook

The Graduate School Funding Handbook

April Vahle Hamel
Jennifer S. Furlong
Copyright Date: 2012
Edition: 3
Pages: 216
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    The Graduate School Funding Handbook
    Book Description:

    For more than fifteen years The Graduate School Funding Handbook has been an invaluable resource for students applying to graduate school in the United States or abroad, at the master's, doctoral, and postdoctoral levels. Illuminating the competitive world of graduate education funding in the arts, humanities, sciences, and engineering, the book offers general and specific information in an intelligent, comprehensive, and straightforward manner so that readers can save time and make winning grant and fellowship applications. The authors include detailed descriptions of the types of funding offered graduate students, ranging from tuition scholarships to assistantships, work-study opportunities, and university loan programs. In addition, the handbook thoroughly covers the availability of nationally prominent grants and fellowships through the federal government and private organizations. This revised third edition provides a wealth of additional information and advice and details a number of new grant opportunities including several aimed at women, minorities, and other underrepresented student groups. Covering fellowships and grants for individual training, study abroad, research, dissertations, and postdoctoral work, the book includes useful addresses, deadlines, number of available awards, number of applicants, purpose of grants and restrictions, duration of awards, applicant eligibility, and application requirements. The information is comprehensive, detailed, and current, based on data from funding agencies through interviews, review of application packets, web site information, and the authors' many years of experience in the field.

    eISBN: 978-0-8122-0707-1
    Subjects: Education

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-x)
  3. Preface to the Third Edition
    (pp. xi-xii)
  4. Chapter 1 Graduate Degrees and Institutional Financial Aid
    (pp. 1-12)

    In 2009, more than 1.75 million students were enrolled in graduate certificate, education specialist, master’s, and doctoral programs in the arts and sciences within the United States. In addition, another 190,000 students were in M.B.A. and other related business programs; 65,000 were in medical school; and 150,000 were busy pursuing law-school degrees. Of currently enrolled students, 90 percent can be found in traditional, on-campus programs at established master’s and doctoral degree-granting universities, while the rest participate in some form of distance learning over the Internet or by mail.

    Graduate programs have been classified into general categories described below.

    Applied/professional master’s...

  5. Chapter 2 External Funding
    (pp. 13-27)

    Graduate students receive most of their funding from the institutions in which they enroll. Internal funding is financial aid offered to applicants or enrolled students by or through a university to which they are applying or in which they have enrolled. In Chapter 1, we discussed various forms of internal, university funding in detail.

    Monies from outside the university are called external funds and include support from government agencies, private industry, and nonprofits. The distinction between internal and external funds is not always clear. For example, training grants from the Department of Education called Graduate Assistance in the Areas of...

  6. Chapter 3 Training Fellowships
    (pp. 28-59)

    This chapter presents general information and application advice for individual training fellowships. The following specific fellowship opportunities are also described:

    1. American Association of University Women (AAUW) International Fellowships and Selected Professions Fellowships

    2. Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowships

    3. Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science (GEM) Fellowships

    4. Hertz Foundation Applied Science Fellowships

    5. Hispanic Scholarship Fund

    6. Jacob K. Javits Fellowships for the Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences

    7. NASA Graduate Student Researchers Program Fellowships

    8. National Defense Science Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowships

    9. National Physical Science Consortium (NPSC) Graduate Fellowships in the Physical Sciences

    10. National Science...

  7. Chapter 4 Study, Research, and Teaching Abroad
    (pp. 60-87)

    This chapter presents general information and application advice for fellowships for study, research, and teaching abroad. Also described are the following specific fellowship opportunities:

    1. British Marshall Scholarships

    2. Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) Research/Study Grants for Ph.D.s and Postdocs Graduate Student Research Grants/German Language Study/Scholarships for Fine Arts, Architecture, Music, Dance

    3. Fulbright (IIE) Grants for Graduate Study, Graduate Research, English Teaching Worldwide

    4. Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program

    5. Institute of Turkish Studies Summer Language Study Grants for Graduate Students in Social Sciences or Humanities

    6. National Security Education Program (NSEP) David L. Boren Fellowships for International...

  8. Chapter 5 Research Grants
    (pp. 88-120)

    This chapter presents general information and application-writing advice for research grants for which an individual may apply. It also describes in detail the following specific grant opportunities:

    1. American Bar Association Janet D. Steiger Fellowships

    2. American Museum of Natural History Grants (for ornithology, marine biology, wildlife conservation and ornithology, travel to the museum, exchanges with France and Germany)

    3. American Philosophical Society: Lewis and Clark Fund for Exploration and Field Research Grants; Exploration and Field Research Grants in Astrobiology

    4. Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation Grants

    5. Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) Research Grants

    6. Explorers Club...

  9. Chapter 6 Dissertation Fellowships and Grants
    (pp. 121-153)

    This chapter provides general information and application-writing advice for dissertation fellowship and grant applications. It also describes in detail the following specific funding opportunities:

    1. American Association of University Women (AAUW) American Dissertation Fellowships

    2. American Education Research Association (AERA) Minority Dissertation Fellowships in Education Research

    3. American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Dissertation Fellowships Andrew Mellon Dissertation Completion East European Studies Henry Luce American Art

    4. Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowships

    5. Foundation for Jewish Culture Maurice and Marilyn Cohen Fund for Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships in Jewish Studies

    6. Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation Dissertation Fellowships for Research in the Areas...

  10. Chapter 7 Postdoctoral Opportunities
    (pp. 154-200)
    Jennifer S. Furlong

    A postdoctoral research opportunity, often known as a “postdoc,” is a short-term appointment, frequently for one or two years, usually, but not always, begun immediately upon the completion of a doctorate. The rate of compensation typically falls between the level of a graduate student stipend and the salary of an assistant professor. Many science postdoctoral appointments are for at least two years. Year-long openings are most commonly found in the social sciences and humanities. In some fields, for example, the biomedical sciences, such an appointment may be virtually required for a research career. In others, it may be a backup...