Graduate Division

Grad Weekly Update

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September 12th , 2019




Thursday, September 19, 2019 3:30 PM – 5 PM NATURAL SCIENCES I, ROOM 1114

Learn about the services available to Postdocs and Graduate students at UCI and speak with the people who can help you advance your research. Light refreshments provided. Register here or email

The Resource Fair will include representatives from:

  • Decade, Graduate Division
  • Division of Teaching Excellence & Innovation
  • Experimental Tissue Resource
  • Foundation Relations, University Advancement
  • Institute for Clinical & Translational Science
  • Office of Inclusive Excellence
  • Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
  • Office of Research
  • Optical Biology Center
  • Transgenic Mouse Facility
  • UCI Applied Innovation
  • UCI Libraries

UCI Office of Inclusive Excellence Upcoming Events

Postdoctoral Scholars and graduate and professional students are invited to join upcoming events hosted by the Office of Inclusive Excellence.

SEPT 17- Institute for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion - 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Yosemite Room, Continuing Education Building 1  Feature- Remarks by Provost Enrique Lavernia and Keynote by Professor Adrianna Kezar, University of Southern California

RSVP for SEPT 17 Workshop at:

OCT 3 - Workshop on the UC President's Postdoctoral Fellowship/UCI Chancellor's ADVANCE Postdoctoral Fellowship - noon-1:30 p.m. at the GRC   Features - Insider tips for developing a winning submission for the upcoming November 1 application deadline. 

RSVP for OCT 3 Workshop at:


FOR SEPTEMBER 17, 2019: The Continuing Education Building I is located 6445 Adobe Circle South on East Peltason Drive between major streets of Pereira Drive and Anteater Drive. Please use the Anteater Parking Structure to park for this event and UCI-issued parking permits apply. A walking map appears below.

For OCTOBER 3, 2019: The GRC is located on the 3rd floor of the Gateway Study Center, which is the building located between Langson Library and the Cross-Cultural Center. The best way to access would be to walk from Ring Road with Aldrich Hall behind you and Cross-Cultural Center to your right and you will see a sign to elevators to the GRC on your left, midway before you reach the end of the building walkway.

The Department of Urban Planning and Public Policy School of Social Ecology, University of California Irvine

is pleased to invite you to the The 1st Annual Fall 2019 Doctoral Student Conference Space and Climate in the Urban Setting

The conference will feature 9 doctoral student research presentations from the schools of Social Ecology, the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Physical Sciences and a Keynote Address by Dr. Faranak Miraftab

Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Come hear about innovative doctoral research on pressing urban issues!

When: October 18th, 9:30 AM to 4 PM

Where: SBSG 1517

Reception: 4:15-5:30 SBSG Courtyard

Please RSVP using the google form by Friday September 27th at 5 PM.

Graduate Division Office of Postdoctoral Affairs 4th Annual Postdoctoral Scholar Research Symposium

SEPTEMBER 13, 2019 ● 12:30 PM – 7:30 PM ● Calit2 Auditorium
RSVP Today»

The symposium will feature talks and poster presentations by postdoctoral scholars from UC Irvine and Southern California universities. Learn about thought-provoking research and breakthroughs that postdocs are making to solve complex problems.
Listen to dynamic speakers talk about research and careers beyond academia.
This symposium is interdisciplinary and open to all students, staff and faculty.
We will provide light refreshments throughout the event.

UX Career Conference

UC Irvine’s Executive Masters of Human-Computer Interaction and Design Program will host their annual UX Career Conference. This event will take place at UCI’s Beall Applied Innovation Center. This mini-conference is specifically designed for UX professionals, industry executives, and UX recruiters.

Friday September 13th at 1:00pm to 5:00pm

UCI Beall Applied Innovation

2019 Moon Festival: The Moon Represents My Heart

Celebrate the 2019 Mid-Autumn Moon Festival with The Moon Represents My Heart, featuring traditional Chinese song and dance, including Chinese opera, Chinese classical and folk dance, traditional music and recitation vignettes.

Saturday September 14th at 7:30pm

Irvine Barclay Theatre

International Graduate Welcome and Orientation, Thursday September 19th, 2019


  • The International Graduate Welcome and Orientation prepares incoming international graduate students with information and tools for a successful transition to UCI.
  • Connect with fellow students and Graduate InterConnect Peer Mentors.
  • This event is free and refreshments will be provided.
  • International students should register and attend the Campuswide Graduate Welcome and Orientation the following day.

Campus Wide Orientation Friday September 20th 2019


  • The Campuswide Graduate Welcome and Orientation provides all incoming graduate students with information intended to help navigate graduate studies at UCI.
  • Establish a diverse peer support network by meeting new graduate students from disciplines across campus and connect with faculty, staff, and alumni.
  • This event is free for incoming graduate students and all are encouraged to register. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.




Discover, achieve, collaborate…

For the tenth consecutive year, the NASA Space Technology Mission Directorate seeks to sponsor graduate student space technology research ideas that have significant potential to contribute to NASA’s goal of creating innovative new space technologies for our Nation’s science, exploration, and economic future.

The opportunity, up to $80,000 per year, will coincide with the start of the 2020 academic year; up to four years of support are possible for doctoral students. In addition to providing a $36,000 annual stipend, the grant provides support for tuition, health insurance, conference attendance, and the faculty advisor. The grant also provides support for onsite tenure at NASA Centers across the country. Current and prospective doctoral and master’s students (see full eligibility requirements) may have proposals submitted on their behalf.

Recipients will collaborate with leading NASA experts in space technology to acquire a more detailed understanding of the potential end applications of their space technology efforts and directly disseminate their research results within the NASA community and beyond.

NASA Space Technology Graduate Research Opportunities –Fall 2020 (NSTGRO20) replaces the NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships (NSTRF) solicitation. Through the predecessor NSTRF solicitation, nearly 550 awards have been made to students attending 100 universities across 40 states and one U.S. territory.

U.S. citizens and permanent residents only.

Proposals will be accepted via NSPIRES:

Proposals are due by 6:00 p.m. ET on November 05, 2019.

Attention Employed Graduate Students! 

If you are a graduate student employed as a Graduate Student Researcher, Graduate Student Assistant Researcher, Teaching Assistant, Teaching Associate, Reader or Tutor, you are strongly encouraged to sign up for direct deposit by November 15.  This will ensure a seamless transition when our payroll system is converted to the new UCPath system in January. Starting with the first paychecks in January, paper paychecks will be mailed to home addresses on payday and may take 2-5 days to arrive; with Direct Deposit, you have immediate access to your earnings on payday with no delays.

CLICK HERE to enroll in direct deposit today!

Law School Research Assistant Postion open to Graduate Students 

Professor DiMento (School of Law) is seeking two research assistants for the 2019-20 academic year, beginning this summer if possible. The positions are for approximately 10 hours per week and are open to 2L and 3L law students and masters and PhD level students. The pay rate is $14.50 per hour.

Project Number 1 includes research and writing summary reports on international environmental law and policy with a specific focus on the Arctic. A facility with social and environmental science research is a plus but not essential. Familiarity with data management such as EXCEL is a plus.

Project Number 2 includes research and writing summary reports on land use and development control law and policy. Among the topics explored are: land use and homelessness, fair housing, affordable housing, cannabis use legalization, adult uses, takings, and first amendment challenges.

Research assistants will begin with an orientation to research activities with our UCI Law librarians.

Interested students should submit a resume, brief cover letter, and an unofficial transcript. Please indicate for which project you are applying. The position will remain open until filled. Materials must be submitted online at

Please note: the successful candidate must complete the employment onboarding procedures prior to commencing work, per UC employment policy. Staff Human Resources Manager, Wendy Garmendez (, coordinates the hiring process. If hired, please contact Wendy directly to make an appointment.

Announcement to Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Researchers Regarding Elsevier 

The University of California has been out of contract with Elsevier since January, but until now the publisher continued to allow access to 2019 articles via ScienceDirect. As of Wednesday, July 10, 2019 UC’s direct access to new Elsevier articles has been discontinued.

What is affected: Members of the UC community no longer have direct access to:

  • 2019 articles in all Elsevier journals
  • Older articles in certain journals (download the list)

What is not affected: Articles published before 2019 in most Elsevier journals (covering about 95% of historical usage) should continue to be available via ScienceDirect.

Please note that the process for discontinuing access is complex, so access to specific journals or articles may fluctuate until Elsevier's rollout of these changes is complete. 

The systemwide faculty Senate has encouraged stakeholders across UC to use alternative access methods or contact their campus library for assistance in obtaining articles, and to refrain from any new independent subscriptions to Elsevier journals at this time. “By ‘holding the line,’” the Senate leadership writes, “the UC can help change the system of scholarly communication for the betterment of all.”

How to get the articles you need

Information about other ways to access Elsevier articles is available on the library’s website and summarized below. There are several options — plus, the library is always here to help.

 Use tools like Google Scholar, Unpaywall and Open Access Button to quickly find open access copies, when available.

What happens next?

We will be carefully evaluating the impact of losing access to new articles on ScienceDirect over the coming months, and will do our best to ensure that you have access to the articles you need. Meanwhile, UC is hoping to reenter formal negotiations with Elsevier if the publisher indicates that they are willing to discuss a contract that integrates our goals of containing costs and facilitating open access to UC research.

If you have any questions or need help accessing an article, please don’t hesitate to contact John Renaud (Associate University Librarian, Research Resources; -- at any time.

Lorelei Tanji, University Librarian
Prof. Linda R. Cohen (Chair, UCI Academic Senate)
Prof. James Steintrager (Chair Elect, UCI Academic Senate)
Prof. Jeffrey Barrett (Chair, Council on Research, Computing and Libraries)

Lemelson-MIT Student Prize competition

Application deadline is September 27, 2019

The Lemelson-MIT Student Prize is a national invention competition that recognizes individual graduate students who have tested prototypes of two or more inventions and teams of undergraduate students with a tested prototype of one invention. The prize is conducting their nationwide search for the most inventive undergraduate and graduate students to compete for the 2020 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize.

The competition recognizes students at any U.S. college or university who have tested prototypes of technology-based inventions in healthcare, food/water, and agriculture, transportation and mobility, and consumer devices. Inventions are not limited to class projects or thesis work, and any side/personal projects could also be considered. Patents are encouraged but not required. In each of the four categories, graduate students are awarded $15,000 and undergraduate teams are awarded $10,000.Students can begin filling out the application now and complete details about the application process and eligibility requirements are available here.

Calling All Student Innovators and ANTrepreneurs!

Do you have a great idea for a business, startup or product but need some financial help to get your idea off the ground? Our Student Startup Fund offers micro-grants to UCI students and alumni to help them develop their innovative ideas. Applications are now open and are accepted on a rolling basis.

Click here to apply.

Request for Proposals | 2020 UC National Laboratory Fees Research Program

UC Research Initiatives (UCRI) has announced the 2020 Request for Proposals for the UC National Laboratory Fees Research Program. This year’s competition offers two distinct funding opportunities:

  1. The UC Multicampus-National Laboratory Collaborative Research and Training (CRT) award
    Proposals in this category must focus on collaborative research and training activities in one of the following three targeted areas:
    • Accelerator research ⚬ Quantum information science ⚬ Wildfire-related research
  2. The UC-National Laboratory In-Residence Graduate Fellowship

    UC Research Initiatives is pleased to announce the release of the Request for Proposals (RFP) for The 2020 UC-National Laboratory In-Residence Graduate Fellowship, a funding opportunity for UC graduate students in any field of research that aligns with the missions of Los Alamos and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories. The RFP for this opportunity is attached, and available on our website. Please circulate this RFP widely to UC faculty and graduate students who may be interested.

Click the hyperlink(s) above for the full Request for Proposals (RFP) for each opportunity.

Workshops/Info Sessions:

CRT Program

To support the development of proposal ideas and collaborative teams, UC campuses are organizing one workshop for each thematic topic of the CRT RFP. Please visit the workshop webpage for event information and locations*.

*Attendance at the workshops is not a requirement for submitting a proposal, and the workshop organizers may limit attendance based on space or budget constraints.

Fellowship Program

Two informational webinars have been scheduled for the Fellowship program, featuring current Fellows and national laboratory liaisons to provide first-hand information about the fellowship, training opportunities at the national labs, and how the In-Residence Fellowship fits into a UC doctoral program. Dates and registration links are available on the program website.

Financial Aid Introduces Qless: Virtual Lines 

Effective March 1, 2019, The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships introduced 'QLess', an online check-in system that will reduce your waiting time to speak to a Financial Aid representative. No more waiting in long lines!

QLess will provide you with text updates on where you are in line and will predict wait time so you only need to be in the office when they are ready for you. QLess allows you to add yourself to the line from virtually anywhere so you can wait wherever you want, receive wait time updates, and get notified when it’s your turn.

Three ways to join the line:

  • Download the QLess app onto your electronic device

o Apple App Store (iOS)

o Google Play (Android)  

  • Text 'UC Irvine' to 949-304-5853
  • Go Online to join the line from any computer

Public Policy Prep (P3) Program

This year, GPS-BIOMED's Public Policy Prep (P3) program members visited Capitol Hill. The visit was sponsored by Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF) and organized by American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS).
The visitors actively engaged with state legislators in campaigning for various issues surrounding, effective science funding, policies on STEM funding and many more. 
Before the start of the visit, AIBS organized a communications boot camp for our members to help them learn the basics of communication with politicians. 

Based on their visit, all of the members decided to give a recap of their experiences, lessons learned to train and organize working groups for future policy enthusiasts. Their input will also help in preparing and training the students/postdocs interested in visiting their local offices to campaign for various science, health, education-related issues. 

Part 1 (June 12): All the visitors, Evelyn Valdez-Ward, Maria Montchal, and William Pandora will share highlights from their visit and discuss lessons learned for science policy enthusiasts and future Capitol Hill visitors. RSVP NOW!!! 
At the end of the event, we will form working groups to discuss various scientific policy issues (topics will be announced before part 1) for the next event. 

Part 2 (June 19): Training Session- After part 1 event, the groups will come together for the next workshop to discuss various assigned topics. This workshop/working group discussion will be moderated by P3 program members including 3 of our panelist from part 1 event. RSVP link with discussion topics coming soon. 

Part 3 (TBD): After this training session, we will select 5-8 candidates who showed interest in visiting their local offices (Irvine Council, Costa Mesa, Fullerton, Newport...) to campaign for the topics discussed in the part 2 workshop.
The exact dates for this visit will be decided very soon based on appointments from local offices (Time for the visit ~1-2 hours total including the travel).

Looking forward to seeing you all there.

If you have any more questions, please do not hesitate to write to us:
Harinder Singh, PhD
Associate Director,
University of California, Irvine

Graduate Students Support Group 

Pre-group Meeting Required.

Mondays 3:00pm-4:30pm

Saimir Thano, Ph.D.

This is a graduate student process-oriented support group that focuses on increasing insight in order to better understanding self and others. Through the interactive nature of the group members may engage in discussion and explorations of diverse topics including academic concerns, personal growth, and varies relationships, such as family, academic, professional, and romantic. Giving and receiving of interpersonal feedback is also an important component of this group.

203 Student Services I

Irvine, CA 92697

(949) 824-6457

UCI Students: Get an Online Subscription to New York Times Courtesy of UCI Libraries 

UCI is the only UC Campus to give online subscriptions to their students, staff, and faculty. In order to activate your account, please follow these steps:

1. While on campus and connected to UCI’s network, visit

2. Create a account using your school email address.

3. Download your free NYT mobile app at

The expiration of your pass will be shown to you upon activation. You may renew your complimentary pass upon expiration.

To activate, you must be an eligible student, faculty, or staff member at UCI. Does not include e-reader editions, Times Insider Content or digital versions of the New York Times Crossword. Mobile apps are not supported on all devices. Users receive unlimited access to archived articles outside of the date range 1923-1980; articles within that date range are subject to limited access. Other restrictions apply.

For more information, please contact To begin setting up your account, see this link:

Off-Campus Online Resources Available Through the UCI Libraries 

The UCI Libraries hope that the winter recess is a time of rest and rejuvenation. If, for some of you, rejuvenation includes leaving campus and doing research while visiting family or friends, or at a workshop or conference, please remember that you can access the Libraries’ electronic full-text journals, e-books, and other electronic resources using UCI’s Virtual Private Network (VPN). We recommend the software version.

And the UCI Libraries participate in a reference consortium that provides chat reference assistance 24 hours a day, seven days a week when we’re not available to help you.

Brews and Brains- Opportunities to Lead and Speak

Are you passionate about science communication and outreach? Do you want to engage with the Orange County community and enhance public understanding of science? Join us at Brews & Brains as we expand our leadership team! Brews & Brains is a UCI graduate student-led research communication group with over 2,000 local members. We are committed to engaging with the broader public through providing UCI researchers from all disciplines with the skills and a venue to hone their public speaking skills.

We meet every other Tuesday to hear from a UCI trainee about their latest cutting-edge research on nearly every topic imaginable, from how artificial intelligence can learn to detect lung cancer, how butterflies see the world, why meth-addicted rats can’t get through rehab, and why the data show it really was a bad idea for your teacher to give you detention back in the 8th grade.

We are looking for social media, campus, and community coordinators, as well as a treasurer. We are always welcoming speakers too.  Contact Sarah Cross ( or Ted Yoo ( for more information.

Tenure-Track Faculty Positions at Bellevue College - Vary Deadlines

Interested in a faculty career at a teaching institution and finishing your Master's or Doctoral degree? Bellevue College near Seattle, Washington is currently recruiting for tenure-track faculty positions in Art, English, History, Mathematics, and Nuclear Medicine Technology. Please visit Bellevue College’s employment webpage for more information on the open faculty positions and how to apply.

The Science Policy Group at UCI is Looking for Members 

The Science Policy Group at UCI is an active association of students interested in science policy and advocacy. All graduate students are welcome. Our mission is to encourage discussion, education, and involvement in and around issues of the interactions between science, governance, and policy-making. We also help members find opportunities to get hands-on experience working for policy-makers, nonprofits, and other groups related to their interests. We meet once every two weeks and usually have a guest speaker working in the field.

Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, or via email at

CIRTL-For Graduate Students Interested in Developing Teaching/Pedagogical and Education Research Skills 

UCI is a member of Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL), a nationwide network of research universities that support pedagogical development (improved teaching skills) for graduate students and postdocs. Via this network, CIRTL provides online courses and supports on-campus communities for future faculty interested in evidence-based STEM teaching and education research.

At UCI, UCI-GPS-CIRTL is a partnership between the UCI Graduate Division and the Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation (DTEI). UCI graduate students (and postdocs) can take advantage of CIRTL resources in two ways: 1) enroll in workshops and programs here on campus, and 2) utilize CIRTL network/online courses and resources. Students can earn CIRTL certificates (Associate, Practitioner, and Scholar); these certificate levels are described on this webpage.

You can sign up here for the UCI-GPS-CIRTL listserv to receive information about professional development opportunities through CIRTL!  Trainees from all disciplines are welcome to participate, though the majority of examples will be STEM-focused. We anticipate sending approximately one e-mail per week or less with updates. For general inquiries, e-mail

Contact: During Winter quarter, Dr. Adrienne Williams from the Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation (DTEI) is meeting with grads and postdocs interested in pursuing a Teaching as Research (TAR) project. If you want to participate or have additional questions about CIRTL, contact her at

To receive updates regarding CIRTL Network (online) events, click here.

SEEDS Graduate Student Survey

The Ecological Society of America’s SEEDS - Strategies for Ecology Education, Diversity and Sustainability - program is planning to develop workshops for graduate students, with priority to ESA SEEDS alumni and alumni of other diversity programs for underrepresented minority communities. Our goal is to develop the support network during the first few years of their MS or Ph.D. programs and to provide opportunities to deepen and enhance new professional and scientific skills. For the first workshop, we are looking to team up with the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC). The mission of SESYNC is to bring together the science of the natural world with the science of human behavior and decision-making to find solutions to complex environmental problems.

Take the survey here

Sign up for the Grad Eaters mailing list

"Grad Eaters! Are you a graduate student studying a food studies related topic? Are you hungry to connect with other grad students pursuing food-related research? Join Grad Eaters in Food Studies! Sign up for the mailing list here:"

Discount Arts Card for CTSA Production/Events/Performances 

What: Claire Trevor School of the Arts offers a Student Arts Pass to full-time UCI registrants, pre-loaded with discounted tickets to the performances of your choice*. Get $5 off the regular student price with a 5-ticket Student Arts Pass ($50); $15 off with a 10-ticket Arts Pass ($95); or $45 with a 20-ticket Pass ($175) – a savings of 10-20%! Purchase your Student Arts Pass at the Arts Box Office or online. Call (949) 824-2787 or email for more information.

Graduate Resource Center Update


Drop-ins are canceled at the GRC on both September 17 and September 24 due to orientations, etc.

Drop-Ins will still take place at DCP Mon-Thur from 12-2 if you’d like to refer students there.

Career & Professional Development Support

Throughout the summer on Tuesdays from 10:00AM – 12:00PM

Graduate Career Educator Lauren Lyon from the Division of Career Pathways provides career advising for both academic and non-academic positions. No appointment necessary; first come, first served. Drop by anytime to ask Lauren questions about job search, resumes/CVs, interviewing, & more.

GRC writing consultants can review academic publications, dissertation/thesis materials, and provide feedback on job application materials (ex. CV, resume, cover letter). Schedule an appointment by clicking here or calling 949-824-3849.


  • GRC hours of operation during the summer are Monday – Friday from 9AM to 5PM.

The Graduate Resource Center (GRC) is located on the third floor of the Gateway Study Center.

Need additional information about GRC workshops and events:


PHONE: 949-824-3849


UC Center Sacramento STEM Solutions in Public Policy Award

UC Center Sacramento is pleased to announce that the application deadline for the STEM Solutions in Public Policy Award has been extended!  Submissions will be accepted until midnight Pacific time on Thursday, October 24, 2019.

This award will recognize one or more outstanding proposals for new California legislation from UC STEM graduate students.  The winner(s) will receive a $1,000 research stipend and – should their bill advance through the legislative process – will travel to Sacramento to convene with Legislators and/or legislative staff (expenses covered by UCCS).

Further information is available at UCCS STEM Solutions.

University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

THE PROGRAM. The University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program was established in 1984 to encourage outstanding women and minority Ph.D. recipients to pursue academic careers at the University of California. The current program offers postdoctoral research fellowships and faculty mentoring to outstanding scholars in all fields whose research, teaching, and service will contribute to the diversity and equal opportunity at the University of California. The contributions to diversity may include public service towards increasing equitable access in fields where women and minorities are underrepresented. In some fields, the contributions may include research focusing on underserved populations or understanding inequalities related to race, gender, disability or LGBT. The program is seeking applicants with the potential to bring to their academic and research careers the critical perspective that comes from their non-traditional educational background or understanding of the experiences of members of groups historically underrepresented in higher education in the United States.

AWARDS AND APPOINTMENTS. Fellowships are awarded for research conducted at any one of the University of California’s ten campuses. The award includes a salary starting at approximately $50,760 depending on field and experience, benefits including health insurance and paid vacation/sick leave, and up to $5,000 for research-related and program travel expenses. Each award is for a minimum of 12-months and may be renewable for an additional term upon demonstration of academic/research productivity.

ELIGIBILITY. Applicants must receive a Ph.D. or terminal degree from an accredited university before the start of their fellowship. Successful applicants must present documents demonstrating that they are legally authorized to work in the United States. Individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program are encouraged to apply.

APPLICATION. Apply online at:
DEADLINE: November 1, 2019

National Academy of Education (NAEd)/Spencer Foundation 


The Dissertation Fellowship Program seeks to encourage a new generation of scholars from a wide range of disciplines and professional fields to undertake research relevant to the improvement of education. These $27,500 fellowships support individuals whose dissertations show potential for bringing fresh and constructive perspectives to the history, theory, or practice of formal or informal education anywhere around the world. Fellows will also attend professional development retreats and receive mentorship from NAEd members and other senior scholars in their field. This highly competitive program aims to identify the most talented emerging researchers conducting dissertation research related to education. The NAEd/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship program will fund 35 promising young scholars for the 2020-21 academic year. Click here to learn about the current fellows

Deadline to apply October 3, 2019 (access the application portal at this link

NAEd will host a webinar for interested applicants on Wednesday, September 4 at 2:00 pm ET. Sign up for the webinar here

The Postdoctoral Fellowship Program supports early-career scholars working in critical areas of educational scholarship. Fellows will receive $70,000 for one academic year of research, or $35,000 for each of two contiguous years, working half time. Fellows will also attend professional development retreats and receive mentorship from NAEd members and other senior scholars in their fields. For the current application cycle, applicants must have received their PhD, EdD, or equivalent research degree between January 1, 2014, and December 31, 2018. This fellowship is non-residential, and applications from all disciplines are encouraged. The NAEd/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship program will fund 30 early-career researchers for the 2020-21 academic year. Click here to learn about the current fellows.

Deadline to apply: November 20, 2019 (access the application portal at this link

NAEd will host a webinar for interested applicants on Wednesday, September 18 at 2:00pm ET. Sign up for the webinar here

The National Academy of Education appreciates support and funding from the Spencer Foundation to provide and administer these fellowship programs

For more information, please contact Angie Harmon, Program Officer

About the National Academy of Education

Founded in 1965, the National Academy of Education consists of U.S. members and international associates who are elected on the basis of outstanding scholarship related to education. The Academy undertakes research studies to address pressing issues in education and administers professional development programs to enhance the preparation of the next generation of education scholars.

Contact Information: 


500 Fifth St., NW 
Washington, DC 20001

2019-2020 Mildred E. Mathias Graduate Student Research Grant

Mathias Graduate Student Research Grants support University of California graduate students conducting research at one or more of the 41 reserves within the UC Natural Reserve System. Since 1988, Mathias Grants have encouraged students to establish independent research projects at reserves. Recipients gain experience submitting research proposals, writing progress reports, and managing grant budgets. 

Up to $38,000 is available to support research in any discipline conducted at one or more NRS reserves. A maximum of $3,000 may be awarded per applicant. 

Awardees are invited to present their findings at the biennial Mathias Graduate Student Research Grant Symposium. 

The grants commemorate Mildred E. Mathias, a former professor of botany at UC Los Angeles and a founder of the NRS.

Application deadline: September 16, 2019 Award notifications: December 10, 2019 

Apply Here:


The UCI Institute for Clinical and Translational Science will be accepting Letter of Intent (LOI) applications for the Pilot Studies Awards program in September 2019. This will be a two-phase application process in which applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal. A Letter of Intent submission is required to be considered for funding, and not all submitted LOI will advance to the second phase for review.

To be eligible to apply for this call, the Principal Investigator or co-Investigator MUST attend a workshop on general application preparation or one of the special-topic workshops offered by the ICTS. Registration is required to attend, so please register for a workshop as space is limited. Additional workshops may be added in response to interest. For more information, please contact April Bagaporo at

Up to eight one-year awards (maximum $25,000) will be conferred in this round. The earliest funding will be released is July 1, 2020, and all funds must be expended by June 30, 2021.

To register for an ICTS Workshop: Registration

Learn More

NASA Postdoctoral Fellowship

The NASA Postdoctoral Program offers U.S. and international scientists the opportunity to advance their research while contributing to NASA's scientific goals. The NPP supports fundamental science; explores the undiscovered; promotes intellectual growth; and encourages scientific connections.

Selected by a competitive peer-review process, NPP Fellows complete one- to three-year Fellowship appointments that advance NASA's missions in earth science, heliophysics, planetary science, astrophysics, space bioscience, aeronautics and engineering, human exploration and space operations, and astrobiology.

Current research opportunities can be viewed on-line:

Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in hand before beginning the fellowship, but may apply while completing the degree requirements. U.S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents, and foreign nationals eligible for J-1 status as a Research Scholar, may apply.

Stipends start at $60,000 per year, with supplements for high cost-of-living areas and for certain academic specialties. Financial assistance is available for relocation as well as subsidized health insurance, and $10,000 per year is provided for professional and programmatic travel.

Applications are accepted three times each year:

• March 1

• July 1

• November 1

For further information and to apply, visit:

Send questions to

Dan David Prize Call for Nominations 2020

The Dan David Prize is an international initiative, endowed by the Dan David Foundation and headquartered at the Tel Aviv Univeristy. Three prizes of US$1,000,000 each are awarded anually in selected fields representing the three time dimensions - Past, Present and Future. 

The Dan David Prize is awarded each year to those who have made groundbreaking discoveries or outstanding contributions to humanity. We invite nominations of individuals and organizations that are making a major impact in this year's chosen fields. 

Call for Scholarship Applications 2020

Ten Percent of the Prize is donated by the laureates as scholarships to outstanding young researchers, doctoral and postdoctoral students, studying topics related to the chosen fields. 

Each year 20 scholarships of US$15,000 are awarded - 10 to scholars from universities all over the world and 10 to scholars from Tel Aviv University. High-achieving doctoral and postdoctoral students whose research relates to the fields chosen for this year are invited to apply for the 2020 Dan David Prize Scholarship

Application Deadline is March 10, 2020 

Apply now for the 2020 Pedagogical Fellows Program

Fellows receive a $2000 stipend, advanced pedagogical and professional development, and a supportive interdisciplinary community. We strongly encourage you to review the application early in advance to compile the necessary materials, including a letter of recommendation from your faculty advisor, before the application deadline.

Key dates/deadlines: October 18, 2019 by 6:00 PM.

Website for more info:

Contact person: Dr. Danny Mann at

Delta Science Fellowship Application Period Opens August 2019

The Delta Science Program, in collaboration with California Sea Grant, is excited to announce another round of Delta Science Fellowships! In addition to providing funding for doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows, for the first time, this fellowship is also available to masters students. The goal of the Delta Science Fellows Program is to bring together early-career scientists with senior research mentors and Delta agency scientists to work collaboratively to advance the state of knowledge of high priority science actions that impact the California Bay-Delta.

Estimated Timeline:

Request for applications published: Early August 2019
Applications due: Late September - Early October 2019
Fellowships start: January 2020
Fellowships end: January 2022

Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship Program

“The Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships are designed to encourage original and significant study of ethical or religious values in all fields of the humanities and social sciences, and particularly to help Ph.D. candidates in these fields complete their dissertation work in a timely manner. In addition to topics in religious studies or in ethics (philosophical or religious), dissertations appropriate to the Newcombe Fellowship competition might explore the ethical implications of foreign policy, the values influencing political decisions, the moral codes of other cultures, and religious or ethical issues reflected in history or literature.

Since the first round of competition in 1981, more than 1,200 Newcombe Fellows have been named. Fellows from early years of the program are now senior faculty members at major research universities and selective liberal arts colleges, curators and directors at significant scholarly archives, and leaders and policymakers at nonprofit organizations and in cabinet-level government agencies. In the past decade, national honors such as the MacArthur Fellowship, Pulitzer Prize in History, the Guggenheim Fellowship, and election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences have been accorded to more than a dozen Newcombe Fellows—a number that will continue to grow as more and more Fellows enter the most productive phases of their careers.”

Save the Date for the 2019 Conte Center@UCI Annual Symposium

Fellowship Opportunity: Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is currently accepting applications for the CPRIT TRIUMPH Postdoctoral Fellowship in Translational Cancer Research. This three-year fellowship provides basic, translational, and clinical training and aims to further develop talented Ph.D. or MD/PhDs into successful clinical/translational research scientists. Applications are reviewed quarterly with remaining 2019 due dates of March 31, June 30, September 30, and December 31, 2019. Additional information regarding eligibility, application process and our program is found at Please contact Dr. Kari Brewer Savannah, Program Manager, with any questions at

The Lawrence Fellowship Program 

The Lawrence Fellowship is a highly-competitive postdoctoral position at LLNL that is open to all technical disciplines. Fellowships are awarded to candidates with exceptional talent, scientific track records, and potential for significant achievements. Typically, two to four fellowships are awarded each year, and the awards are for three years. Fellows are free to pursue their own research agenda under the guidance of a senior staff scientist who serves as a mentor. The fellows most often conduct their research in a collaborative, multidisciplinary manner with others in a team environment. Applications are due October 1, 2019. For more information, see:

Rotary Global Grant Scholarships $30,000 per Year for Student Research/Travel - Rolling Deadlines

The Rotary Global Grant Scholarships support graduate student academic and research endeavors in a foreign country. Awards are for $30,000 per year and students can receive multi-year awards. For more information go the website, click on service opportunities and Global Grant Scholars for scholarship objectives, selection process, selection criteria, schedule, and preliminary application. UCI students are encouraged to apply.

When: Applications are accepted throughout the year and reviewed as they are received.

The Horizons Fellowship - Rolling Deadlines 

The Horizons Fellowship supports 10 outstanding university students in their pursuit to become leaders in technology. The program provides immersive software engineering and web/mobile development courses geared towards high-achieving college students. Students need not have a computer science background! Our curriculum, developed by ex-Salesforce and Optimizely engineers alongside PhDs in computer science, is designed to teach students how to build web, mobile, and desktop applications. We have 4-month semester programs and 3-month summer programs in cities across the U.S.

The Horizons Mentor Network includes current/past employees of firms such as Google, Facebook, Uber, Airbnb, Snapchat, and more. As a Horizons student/graduate, you will have permanent access to this exceptional group of mentors to help with career choices, general mentorship, and more.

Past Horizonites have come from a variety of schools and backgrounds. Students have hailed from Harvard, Princeton, UPenn/Wharton, Columbia, Northwestern, Brown, Michigan and more. We’ve welcomed National Math Olympiad winners, USA Computing Olympiad participants, renowned college entrepreneurs, students with perfect SAT/ACT scores, talented designers, photographers, and more as part of our previous cohort.

Application Process/Criteria:

  • Currently enrolled in (or recently graduated) an undergrad or graduate university program

  • Submission of a resume and standardized test scores on the website

  • Series of fit and logic interviews

  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Postdoctoral Scholar Opportunity at Weizmann Institute of Science 

What: The Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel is interested in attracting the highest-achieving postdoctoral researchers from premier North American universities through the Zuckerman Postdoctoral Scholars Program. For more information, please visit websites to learn more about the postdoctoral fellow's program at Weizmann Institute of Science and the Zuckerman ScholarsProgram websites.

How: Interested advanced doctoral students should contact Celina Mojica, Director of Diversity, Extramural Funding, and Postdoctoral Affairs.

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