17 Predoctoral Fellowships for New PhD Candidates

Jun 05, 2019 • Views 4,764

Are you a new graduate student looking for a unique way to expand your horizons? These fellowships provide funded opportunities for predoctoral students to immerse themselves in research in a variety of fields, including Women’s History, health sciences, fine arts, and more. There are opportunities all over the world, including Japan, China, Iraq, France, and various locations in the United States. If one of these sounds like a great fit for you, make sure to bookmark it to your ProFellow account!

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Predoctoral Fellowships in Women’s History

The two recipients of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship in Women’s History should have a strong interest in the fields of women’s history and public history. They must be currently enrolled students in good standing in a relevant PhD program in the humanities. The Predoctoral Fellows will be in residence part time at the New-York Historical Society for one academic year with a stipend of $15,000 per year. This position is not full time and will not receive full benefits.

Belfer Center Fellowships

The Belfer Center at Harvard University offers both pre-doctoral and post-doctoral research fellowships for one year, with a possibility for renewal. Applications for fellowships are welcome from recent recipients of the PhD or equivalent degree, university faculty members, and employees of government, military, international, humanitarian, and private research institutions who have acquired appropriate professional experience. The Center seeks applications from political scientists, lawyers, economists, those in the natural sciences, and others of diverse disciplinary backgrounds. The Center offers 10-month stipends of $20K-$34K.

Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowships

The Ford Fellowship seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity. Predoctoral fellowships provide three years of support for individuals engaged in graduate study leading to a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) degree. Fellowships are awarded in a national competition administered by the National Research Council (NRC) on behalf of the Ford Foundation. The awards will be made to individuals have demonstrated superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level. The fellowship pays an annual stipend of $24,000.

Graduate Pre-Prospectus Summer Fellowships

Pre-Prospectus Summer Fellowships will allow doctoral students to determine how the Cuban Heritage Collection at the University of Miami may serve their research needs as they prepare the dissertation prospectus. These are exploratory fellowships to determine if research resources in the CHC will support a dissertation. Fellowships of $1,500 will be granted for one month in residence between June 1 and August 31.

Health Policy Research Scholars

Health Policy Research Scholars is a national change leadership development opportunity for full-time doctoral students from underrepresented populations or historically disadvantaged backgrounds, entering the first or second year of their doctoral program, from any academic discipline who are training to be researchers and are interested in health policy research. Participants complete their doctoral programs at their home institutions across the U.S., attend at least one annual gathering (travel funded by the program), participate in leadership development trainings, coursework and mentoring, and receive an annual stipend of up to $30,000 for up to four years. Participants are also eligible for a competitive dissertation grant of up to $10,000.

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Fellowship

The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Fellowship Program provides recent PhD recipients and ABDs with opportunities to conduct research in Japan under the leadership of a host researcher. Fellows are encouraged to advance their own research and at the same time closely collaborate with young Japanese researchers and contribute to Japanese research communities. Applications are welcome from all social science and humanities disciplines and need not be explicitly related to the study of Japan. Projects propose a single, continuous stay in Japan from 1-12 months (short-term) or 1-2 years (long-term).

JSPS Summer Program

The program is offered to young pre- and postdoctoral researchers from the US, the UK, France, Germany and Canada. Held over a 2-month period in the summer, the program provides the participants with an orientation in Japanese language and culture and an opportunity to do cooperative research at a Japanese university or research institute. The program includes International travel (round-trip airfare), a maintenance allowance (534,000 yen) and accommodation. Deadlines vary by country and applicants must be nominated by the official authority in their county – see website.

Linda Hall Library Fellowships

The Linda Hall Library offers funding to graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and independent scholars in the history of science and related areas of science and technology studies. Scholars may apply for travel grants to support short (1-3 week) research visits to Kansas City or residential fellowships that provide more time (1-4 months) for in-depth engagement with the Library’s collections. In addition, fellows participate in a rich intellectual community of in-house experts, fellows, and scholars from nearby Kansas City institutions, including the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), the University of Kansas (KU), and the Clendening History of Medicine Library at the KU Medical Center. Fellowships cover travel and living expenses up to $750/week for travel fellows, $3,000/month for doctoral residential fellows, and $4,200/month for postdoctoral residential fellows.

Luce/ACLS Predissertation-Summer Travel Grants

Predissertation travel grants provide funding for graduate students to explore venues, make preliminary research arrangements, and gain advice from Chinese scholars that prepares them for research in China. Provides $5,000 for a preliminary visit of 3-4 month to China to prepare for beginning basic research for the dissertation. Graduate students who have already begun research in China are not eligible. An applicant must be enrolled in a PhD program at a university in the United States or Canada. A working knowledge of Chinese is required.

Nemours Pre-Doctoral / Post-Doctoral Fellowship

The Nemours/Alfred I. dupont Hospital for Children is offering a six-month fellowship in Health Disparities Epidemiology Control and Elimination. Research will focus on social and biological determinants of pediatric health disparities through epidemiologic methods such as etio-pathogenesis. Pre-doctoral and post-doctoral fellows studying Epidemiology or Biostatistics will explore exposomes, genomics and epigenetic findings. Housing is available on an as-needed basis in Wilmington, Delaware for the program from May-November. A stipend of $13,700 will be given to each fellow.

Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE)

Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) is an NSF-wide program that supports international activities across all NSF supported disciplines. The primary goal of PIRE is to support high quality projects in which advances in research and education could not occur without international collaboration. PIRE seeks to catalyze a higher level of international engagement in the U.S. science and engineering community. The PIRE competition is open to all areas of science and engineering research which are supported by the NSF. The Principal Investigator (PI) must be an employee representing a U.S. PhD granting institution. U.S. citizenship of the PI and other researchers on the U.S. team is not required.

PhRMA Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowships

The fellowship program of pre-doctoral support is designed to assist full-time, in-residence Ph.D. candidates who are enrolled in U.S. schools of medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, nursing or schools of public health. The program seeks to support advanced students who will have completed the bulk of their pre-thesis requirements (two years of study) and are starting their thesis research by the time the award is activated. The award is made to the university on behalf of the fellow. The fellowship provides a stipend of $20,000+ a year payable quarterly for a minimum of one year and a maximum of two years.

Pre- and Post-Dissertation Fellowships at LancasterHistory.org

LancasterHistory.org will make available several short-term research fellowships for scholars utilizing the collections during the academic year. Our extensive archival, library, and object collections are capable of supporting research in a variety of fields and disciplines relating to the history of Lancaster County, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and America from the late 17th century to the present. Fellowships are available for periods of one to four weeks ($500 per week; a total pool of $5,000) and must be used within 12 months of the award notification. There are two opportunities to apply each year.

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Predoctoral Fellowship

The purpose of the Kirschstein-NRSA predoctoral fellowship (F31) award is to enable promising predoctoral students to obtain individualized, mentored research training from outstanding faculty sponsors while conducting dissertation research in scientific health-related fields relevant to the missions of the participating NIH Institutes and Centers. Applicants for the F31 must be candidates for the PhD degree and have identified a dissertation research project and sponsor(s). The fellowship may provide up to five years (typically 2-3 years) of support for research training which leads to the PhD or equivalent research degree, the combined MD/PhD degree, or another formally combined professional degree and research doctoral degree in the biomedical, behavioral, or clinical sciences.

Smithsonian Institution Fellowships

Through the Smithsonian’s flagship fellowship program, graduate, pre-doctoral, and post-doctoral students – as well as conservationists and senior scholars – have the opportunity to delve into independent research and study across an incredible range of disciplines at the largest museum in the world. Smithsonian Institution Fellows have access to unparalleled collections, world-class scholars, and state-of-the-art facilities to explore science, art, history, and culture. Fellowship awards range from 10 weeks to 2 years, $6500 to $50,000.

Terra Summer Residency

The Terra Summer Residency in Giverny, France provides eight-week fellowships for emerging artists and predoctoral scholars to pursue individual work and research within a framework of interdisciplinary exchange and dialogue, and senior advisor positions for established artists and scholars to serve as mentors and seminar leaders. For visual artists with a master’s degree (or its equivalent); doctoral candidates researching a subject on American art and visual culture pre-1980 or its role in a context of international artistic exchange. All fellows are provided with 8 weeks of lodging in Giverny, a stipend of $5,000 and travel costs.

The Academic Research Institute in Iraq Fellowship- U.S. Citizens

The Academic Research Institute in Iraq (TARII) is inviting post-doctoral and advanced pre-doctoral researchers to conduct research focused on subjects in historical academic fields from ancient Mesopotamia to modern Iraq. Potential projects include: research in archives in Europe, Turkey, or India, interviews with Iraqis living abroad, remote sensing of ancient Iraqi landscapes, collaboration between a U.S. scholar and an Iraqi living in Iraq. Financial awards are up to  $7,000 and based on merit by a review panel consisting of scholars from member universities.

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