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I. Internal COPH Resources

A. COPH Funding Opportunities for COPH Graduate Students

Student Research Scholarship (SRS) Awards: The purpose of this research scholarship is to provide funding for degree-seeking COPH students to carry out research for their special project/thesis or dissertation, by defraying some of the costs associated with their research. The scholarship funds may be used to cover expenses that are reasonable and directly related to the student's research.   

Student Honorary Award for Research and Practice "SHARP": The purpose of the SHARP award is to provide a financial incentive to COPH students to complete a body of work to a stage sufficient for presentation at a regional, national, or international professional meeting/ conference.

 COPH International Research Scholarship : The COPH  International  Research  Scholarship  is  intended  to  assist  degree
seeking  College  of  Public  Health  students  who  plan  to  conduct  at  least  a  portion  of  their  formal  research  internationally  to  defray  expenses  associated  with  leaving  the  US  to  perform  their  research.  Up  to  $1500  per  student  will  be  awarded  on  a  competitive  basis.  This  program  is  administered  through  the  College  of  Public  Health  International  Field  Experience  Office  and  the  Office  of  International  Programs.   Application form can be accessed HERE.

B.  COPH Student Research & Service Resource Center

COPH students may visit the COPH Student Research & Service Resource Center adjacent to Mrs. Kent’s office (room 2150H at the COPH (Room 2150 is on the second floor of COPH and the entrance door to 2150 is on left side of hallway leading to Dept of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. 2150 H is on right side of room). The student research component of the resource center contains:

Students who visit the COPH Student Research & Service Resource Center are also asked to please simply sign a log book when they visit the resource center and are welcome to review any materials at the student desk in room 2150.

II.  USF Funding Resources for Graduate Students

Graduate Professional Student Organization Conference Presentation Grant:
The University of South Florida's Graduate and Professional Student Organization (GPSO) is proud to offer, through the generous support of Student Government, the Conference Presentation Grant Program (CPGP). The conference presentation grant program offers money to USF graduate students presenting or otherwise actively participating at a conference. Receipts will be required for payment of the grant; no exceptions. Presentation grants are awarded for travel inside and outside the continental U.S. They are based on the one-way distance from the USF campus or your point of origin, whichever is less, as follows:

Domestic and Canadian Conferences:
Over 300 miles: $400.00
100 – 300 miles: $250.00
50 – 100 miles:    $150.00
Less than 50 miles: $100.00 registration fees only
Caribbean and International Conferences: Up to $625.00

III. Federal Funding Resources for Graduate Students One Stop Shopping for all Federal Grants
The website allows grantees to search for funding opportunities at all 26 federal grant-making agencies, and download and submit applications.
National Science Foundation  Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants in the Directorate for Biological Sciences   (DDIG) (includes: Division of Environmental Biology and  Division of Integrative Organismal Systems)  Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. proposer's local time): Third Friday in November, Annually Thereafter.
Developing Global Scientists and Engineers (International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) and Doctoral Dissertation Enhancement Projects (DDEP)     No deadlines apply for Doctoral Dissertation Enhancement Projects (DDEP). Such proposals may be submitted at any time
International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) proposals for activities beginning at least six months after the target date.  Full Proposal Target Dates:  February 15, 2010  and September 15, 2010 for activities beginning at least six months after the target date.
National Institutes of Health Extramural Training Mechanisms: Links to NIH Institutes, Centers, and other divisions which provide training grants.

NIH Career Development Awards
: This provides the reader with helpful charts on Career Development Awards. Be sure to also look at the Career Award Wizard, Visual Guide to NIH Career Development Awards and Career Award Data and Administrative Information.

NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts
: The NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts serves as the official publication of NIH policies, procedures, and availability of funds.  You can search the guide by typing in the key words ‘dissertation grants’.

Student Research and Training Opportunities at the National Institutes of Health: This site lists many opportunities, but the following are of particular interest: Predoctoral Intramural Research Training Award; Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research; Technical Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA) fellowships.   

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Predoctoral Fellows (F31)
:  See the 1st section, ‘Guide to Kirschstein - NRSA Programs’ and also the 3rd section, ‘Individual Fellowships’. There are a series of opportunities here for doctoral students working in research as well as health professions. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) provide Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (Kirschstein-NRSA) to individuals for doctoral-level training.
Individual Predoctoral Kirschstein - NRSA Fellowships to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (F31)
:  This initiative seeks to improve the diversity of the health-related research workforce by supporting the training of pre-doctoral students from groups that have been shown to be underrepresented.  Such candidates include individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. The overall goal of this program is to increase the number of scientists from diverse population groups who are prepared to pursue careers in biomedical, behavioral, social, clinical, or health services research. This Fellowship is offered by the majority of the NIH institutes.     Standard dates apply, please see .

AHRQ Grants for Health Services Research Dissertation:  Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) announces its continued interest in supporting the health services dissertation research small grant program. This program supports research undertaken as part of an academic program to qualify for a doctorate. The AHRQ dissertation award R36 supports dissertation research costs of students in accredited research doctoral programs in the United States (including Puerto Rico, and other U.S. Territories or possessions). Application Due Dates:  February 1, May 1, August 1, and November 1 annually, beginning November 1, 2009

Aging Research Dissertation Awards to Increase Diversity
: The National Institute on Aging (NIA) announces the availability of dissertation awards (R36) in all areas of research within the Institute's mandate to increase the diversity of the research workforce on aging. These awards are available to qualified pre-doctoral students in accredited research doctoral programs in the United States (including Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories or possessions).  Standard dates apply, please see .

Mental Health Dissertation Research Grant to Increase Diversity:  The purpose of this funding opportunity is to increase the diversity of the mental health research workforce.   These awards are available to US citizens or permanent residents who are pre-doctoral students advanced to candidacy in accredited research doctoral programs in the United States (including Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories or possessions).  Application Due Date(s): April 22, 2010; August 24, 2010; December 22, 2010; April 22, 2011; August 24, 2011; December 22, 2011 (including resubmissions)

Drug Abuse Dissertation Research: Epidemiology, Prevention, Treatment, Services, and Women and Sex/Gender Differences (R36):  
The purpose of this National Institute on Drug Abuse Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to invite applications for support of drug abuse doctoral dissertation research in epidemiology, prevention, treatment, services, and women and sex/gender differences.   Application Submission/Receipt Date(s): Standard dates apply, please see

CDC Grants for Public Health Research Dissertation (R36): The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to invite applications for support of public health dissertation research.  Application Submission/Receipt Date(s): April 10, August 10, annually.

AHRQ: Grants for Health Services Research Dissertation (R36):  The AHRQ dissertation award supports dissertation research costs for students in accredited research doctoral programs in the United States. Application Due Date(s):  February 1, May 1, August 1, and November 1 annually, beginning November 1, 2009.

EPA Graduate Fellowships
  EPA’s STAR graduate fellowship program supports master’s and doctoral candidates in environmental studies. Students can pursue degrees in traditionally recognized environmental disciplines as well as other fields such as social anthropology, urban and regional planning, and decision sciences. Most recent deadline: October 22, 2009.

NCHS/Academy Health Fellowship Call for Applications
:   The fellowship program brings visiting scholars in health services research-related disciplines to the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) in Hyattsville, Md. for a period of 13 months to conduct studies of interest to policymakers and the health services research community. Fellows have access to NCHS data resources for use in their proposed studies, and also work on collaborative projects with NCHS staff. Applications due January 4, 2010.

Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholars Support Center - International Clinical Research Scholars Program  Overseas Fellowships in Global Health and Clinical Research: The Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholars Support Center at Vanderbilt University is offering a one-year clinical research training experience for graduate-level U.S. students in the health professions. This is an opportunity for highly motivated individuals to experience mentored research training at top-ranked NIH-funded research centers in developing countries. The FICRS program is designed primarily for students meeting all of the following qualifications:

  • A strong interest in, and potential for, a career in international health activities and/or clinical research.
  • Advanced standing in a U.S. medical, osteopathic or dental school; or enrollment in a doctoral-level program at a U.S. school of public health, optometry, nursing, pharmacy, or veterinary medicine. Applicants must have strong academic records and must be U.S. citizens or permanent U.S. residents. Ph.D. candidates must have completed their Master's-level coursework; all other professional doctoral degrees must have completed their basic science courses and one year of clinical clerkship prior to the start of the fellowship year.
  • Support of their home academic institution, including a committed mentor.

Each Fellowship will be for a one year period. The term will begin with an intensive orientation program on the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD in July. This will be followed by approximately 10+ months of intense research training at the foreign site.

IV. Non-Governmental Funding Resources for Graduate Students    

American Anthropological Association Minority Fellowship Dissertation Program:
(Annual Application Deadline: February 15th) The American Anthropological Association invites minority doctoral candidates in anthropology to apply for a dissertation writing fellowship of $10,000. The annual AAA Minority Dissertation Fellowship is intended to encourage members of ethnic minorities to complete doctoral degrees in anthropology, thereby increasing diversity in the discipline and/or promoting research on issues of concern among minority populations. Dissertation topics in all areas of the discipline are welcome. Doctoral students who require financial assistance to complete the write-up phase of the dissertation are urged to apply.

AAUW American Fellowships
:   Application deadline: November 15, 2009   Fellowship year July 1, 2010-June 30, 2011  
American Fellowships support women doctoral candidates completing dissertations or scholars seeking funds for postdoctoral research leave from accredited institutions. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Candidates are evaluated on the basis of scholarly excellence, teaching experience, and active commitment to helping women and girls through service in their communities, professions, or fields of research. Candidates may apply for only one of the awards described below.
Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowships ($30,000 ) offer one-year support for women who will have earned a doctoral degree by Nov. 15, 2009. Postdoctoral fellowships are available in the arts and humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Limited additional funds may be available when matched by the fellow's institution.
Dissertation Fellowships ($20,000) are available to women who will complete their dissertation writing between April 5, 2011, and June 30, 2011. To qualify, applicants must have completed all course work, passed all required preliminary examinations, and received approval for their research proposal or plan by Nov. 15, 2008. Students holding any fellowship for writing a dissertation in the year prior to the AAUW Educational Foundation fellowship year are not eligible. Open to applicants in all fields of study.  Scholars engaged in science, technology, engineering and math and also researching gender issues are especially encouraged to apply.
Summer/Short-Term Research Publication Grants ($6,000) fund women college and university faculty and independent researchers to prepare research for publication. Applicants may be tenure track, part-time, or temporary faculty or new or established scholars and researchers at universities. Time must be available for eight consecutive weeks of final writing, editing, and responding to issues raised in critical reviews. Funds cannot be used for undertaking research. Applicants must have received their doctorates by the application deadline. Scholars with strong publishing records should seek other funding.

AAAM Endowment Fund Recent Application Deadline: August 30, 2009. The AAAM Endowment Fund has been established by donations from members of the Association to provide graduate student stipends for master or doctoral thesis research in epidemiology, biomechanics and other areas of concern and interest of the Association. Students who already have an advanced degree (MD, PhD, etc) are not eligible. Students with a Masters degree are eligible.   Successful applicants will be awarded $10,000 each. Recipients of these grant awards can submit their expenses to attend and present their research findings at the annual meeting (reimbursement to occur post-conference from AAAM headquarters).  
American Cancer Society Research Program and Funding:  Go to second section ‘Mentored Training and Career Development Grants':   
Doctoral Training Grants in Oncology Social Work Application Deadline: October 15
Master's Training Grants in Clinical Oncology Social Work  Application Deadline: October 15
Doctoral Degree Scholarships in Cancer Nursing Application Deadline: October 15
Graduate Scholarships in Clinical Cancer Nursing Application Deadline: February 1.

American Heart Association Greater Southeast Affiliate Predoctoral Fellowship Program
 : (Next Application Deadline: February  5, 2010)   Science Focus: Research broadly related to cardiovascular function and disease and stroke, or to related clinical, basic science, bioengineering or biotechnology, and public health problems. Disciplines: Proposals are encouraged from all basic disciplines, including multidisciplinary efforts, as well as epidemiological and clinical disciplines that bear on cardiovascular and stroke problems.

American Health Information Management Dissertation Grant
: Application deadline: October 30, 2009. See also  The Dissertation Research Assistance Award supports research undertaken as part of an academic program to qualify for a doctorate in areas relevant to health information management.  To qualify for an award under this program the student must be enrolled in an accredited doctoral degree program in an area related to HIM; such as computer science, business management, education, public health, informatics, and health policy. Additionally, the student must be an active or student member of AHIMA. All requirements for the doctoral degree, other than the dissertation, must be completed by the award date. Applicants must be officially “accepted to candidacy” meaning that the dissertation proposal has been approved by the Dissertation Committee and registered with the graduate school or department.

American Society for Microbiology   ASM Robert D. Watkins Graduate Research Fellowship: The goal of the fellowship is to increase the number of underrepresented groups completing doctoral degrees in the microbiological sciences. The ASM Robert D. Watkins Graduate Research Fellowship is aimed at highly competitive graduate students who are enrolled in a Ph.D. program and who have completed their graduate course work in the microbiological sciences.  The program provides a total stipend of $63,000 ($21,000 a year) for a three year period . Deadline: May 1st.
Raymond Sarber Awards: Nominees must be a student at the undergraduate or predoctoral level, attending an accredited institution in the United States, in an academic program involving microbiology. Two awards are presented at the ASM General Meeting, one to an undergraduate and one to a graduate student. They will be judged separately.  Award: A framed certificate and cash prize of $1,500. ASM awards are granted at the discretion of award selection committees and may not be awarded every year.    Deadline: October 1.    

Association for Women in Science Educational Foundation
:(Next application Deadline: January 29, 2010 ) In general, female students enrolled in a behavioral, life, physical, or social science or engineering program leading to a Ph.D. degree may apply.   

John Heinz Dissertation Award
:  Application Deadline: October 1, 2009 Honorarium: $2,500.00   Any dissertation addressing topics relevant to the planning and implementation of social insurance policy is eligible for nomination. This might include analysis of long-term care financing, the labor market effects of Social Security, cross-national comparisons and family social insurance protections. Nominations are encouraged from many disciplines and professions, including, but not limited to, actuarial science, economics, health policy, history, philosophy, political science, social work, and sociology. 
Meatless Monday Student Scholarship Opportunities
: Health Communications Scholars:  (Annual Application Deadline is in March). Awards of $5,000 are available for up to 10 graduate students enrolled in schools of public health. The purpose of this program is to encourage the development of innovative, research-based strategies to increase awareness of and participation in the campaign. Campus and Community Advocates:  Awards of up to $1,000 are available for undergraduate or graduate students or campus organizations in any U.S. accredited college or university interested in becoming a Meatless Monday representative on campus or in the local community.

L'ORÉAL-USA Women in Science US Fellowship Awards
  Awards grants to third and fourth year graduate students and postdoctoral researchers who are pursuing studies and research in the natural sciences (biological and physical), engineering, computer science and mathematics.   See application  - Deadline 12/15/2009.
The Network: Addressing Collegiate Alcohol and Other Drug Issues Margaret J. Barr Student Research Award
:  The Network, developed by the U.S. Department of Education in 1987, serves as a liaison between the Department and member institutions as well as other higher education professional organizations.  (USF is a member of this network)This competition is open to any undergraduate or graduate student at a member institution of The Network.  The Network will provide one award of up to $5,000 for original student research that is consistent with our organization's mission to address alcohol/other drug abuse and violence prevention in higher education.  Deadline: January 31, 2009.
The New York Academy of Medicine Student Essay Prize in the History of Medicine and Public Health:
 This annual student essay contest awards a $500 prize, and the winning essay will receive expedited review for possible publication in the Journal of Urban Health. The contest is open to students in accredited professional degree programs in medicine, nursing and public health. The writer must have been a student at the time the essay was written. Essays should address a topic in the history of public health or medicine as they relate to urban health issues; they may consider social or environmental factors in the health of urban populations, institutional histories, or specific diseases.   PLEASE NOTE - The Student Essay Prize in the History of Medicine and Public Health is not being offered in 2010.

The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans: (Annual Application Deadline: November 1st)  Eligible applicants are resident aliens; i.e., holds a Green Card or (2) has been naturalized as a U.S. citizen or (3) is the child of two parents who are both naturalized citizens. You must be a senior in college or a holder of a bachelor's degree or at present enrolled in a graduate program and you may not be older than 30 as of November 1st. See also instructions.

Rand Corporation Educational Opportunities
: The Graduate Student Summer Associate Program allows outstanding students to conduct short-term independent research within the framework of an ongoing RAND project and are mentored by RAND staff. (Next Deadline January 2010).  RAND also provides postdoctoral candidates with the opportunity to acquire new knowledge and skills through several RAND division fellowships and programs.      

Sigma Xi Grants in Aid of Research Program
: (Annual Application Deadlines: March 15 and October 15). The program awards grants of $1,000 or less to students from all areas of the sciences and engineering. Students use the funding to pay for travel expenses to and from a research site, or for purchase of non-standard laboratory equipment necessary to complete a specific research project.   

Social Science Research Council
: sponsors fellowship and grant programs on a wide range of topics, and across many different career stages. (Various annual deadlines.) Most support goes to pre-dissertation, dissertation, and postdoctoral fellowships, offered through annual competitions:   SSRC Mellon Mays Graduate Initiative Program  (Deadline: May 1 2010),     Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship (DPDF) is designed to help early-stage graduate students in the humanities and social sciences formulate more effective doctoral dissertation proposals.  Next deadline : January 29th 2010.  The DPDF program is open to second-and third-year graduate students in all disciplines of the social sciences and humanities who are currently enrolled full time in Ph.D. programs at accredited universities in the United States. First and fourth year students may, under exceptional circumstances, be eligible. Student fellows participate in the two workshops and can apply for up to $5,000 to support summer research. 

The Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowship Program
 (Next Application Deadline:  Fall  2010.) 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 $25,000 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 in the world.  Although the dissertation topic must concern education, graduate study may be in any academic discipline or professional field. In the past, fellowships have been awarded to candidates in anthropology, architecture, art history, economics, education, history, linguistics, literature, philosophy, political science, psychology, public health, religion, and sociology, but eligibility is not restricted to these academic areas. Candidates should be interested in pursuing further research in education once the doctorate is attained.

Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation: Training in Disparities Research – Komen has released two RFAs to attract researchers to the study of population disparities in breast cancer and to increase important skills and expertise to design and conduct research that will begin to address the causes of and remedies for breast cancer disparities across population groups. Post-Baccalaureate Fellowship in Disparities Research (PBF-DR) – PBF-DR grants seek to attract individuals from populations affected by disparities in breast cancer outcomes into careers seeking to understand and eliminate these disparities; provide the tools and environment in which students very early in their career can begin to define meaningful career paths focused on addressing disparities in breast cancer; and empower these students with the analytic, research, scientific, clinical, and public health skills critical to effectively exploring the basis for differences in breast cancer outcomes and translating research discoveries into clinical and public health practice to eliminate disparities in breast cancer outcomes.  Most recent deadline: 11/17/09.

The Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research supports basic research in all branches of anthropology. The Foundation supports grants for doctoral students including: Dissertation Fieldwork Grants (Annual Application Deadlines are May 1 and November 1); Wadsworth International Fellowships (Annual Preliminary Application Deadline: March 1);  and The Wadsworth South African Fellowships (Annual Preliminary Application Deadline is December 15)

The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Program lists a variety of fellowships for undergraduate, graduate students and postdocs including the Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships (Application deadline 11/15/09.)  and the Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies. (Deadline 10/11/09)

V.  Directories and Search Engines  

Directory of Grants and Fellowships in the Global Health Sciences: Predoctoral/Graduate Grants and Fellowships
: An excellent comprehensive directory.

Directory of International Short Term Travel Grants in the Health Sciences:
  An excellent comprehensive directory.

Grants for Nonprofits  Government Funding    Michigan State University’s Compilation of web pages and books of potential interest to nonprofit organizations seeking funding opportunities related to government funding.  

Federal Funding Tools and Links  This Michigan State University website provides a comprehensive listing of  (a) search engines for federal grants as well as (b) an annotated listing of federal agencies which offer grants. 

 Directory and Search Engine for Funding Available Through Foundations  The Foundation Center offers searchable data bases of non-governmental sources of funding (including private foundations, community foundations, grantmaking public charities, and corporate giving program)

VI.  Glossaries of Grant Terms

Grantwriting Glossary of Terms   

Foundation Center Glossary of Grant  Terms   

Nonprofit Good Practice Guide (this website includes an excellent definition of 501C3 non profit organizations)

NIH Glossary and Acronym List

VII.  Free Web-based Guides to Writing Grant Proposals

Non-profit Guides    This is an excellent resource and include general grant writing tips and sample proposals.

Grant Writers Online  - Excellent online guide to grant writing tips and sample proposals  

Foundation Center Proposal Writing Short Course  

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) All About Grants Tutorials

 Oryx Press Grants Collection: A Guide to Proposal Planning and Writing     

Tips on Writing a Grant Proposal (Environmental Protection Agency) 

Advice on How to Write a Grant Proposal     
 This article was published in Current Anthropology in 1991 and it continues to be one of the best general discussions on how to prepare a grant proposal for anthropological research, containing invaluable advice for scholars as they prepare to apply for funding.


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