Student Research Opportunities

Week of October 18, 2017

Student Research Opportunities and Fellowships

Preventing Chronic Disease (PCD) Student Research Paper Competition - Preventing Chronic Disease (PCD) is looking for students at the high school, undergraduate, or graduate level and recent post-graduates to submit papers relevant to the prevention, screening, surveillance, or population-based intervention of chronic diseases, including but not limited to arthritis, asthma, cancer, depression, diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular disease. The 5 primary goals for PCD’s Student Research Paper Contest are to: (1) Provide applicants with an opportunity to become familiar with a journal’s manuscript submission requirements and peer-review process; (2) Assist applicants to connect their knowledge and training on conducting quality research with a journal’s publication expectations; (3) Develop applicants’ research and scientific writing skills to become producers of knowledge rather than just consumers of knowledge; (4) Provide applicants with an opportunity to become first author on a peer-reviewed paper; (5) Promote supportive, respectful, and mutually beneficial student/post-graduate―mentor relationships that result in strengthening students’ ability to generate and submit future scholarly manuscripts. Manuscripts Due Date: February 23, 2018.

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Predoctoral Institutional Research Training Grant (T32) – The goal of this program is to develop a diverse pool of well-trained scientists available to address the Nations biomedical research agenda. Specifically, this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) provides support to eligible, domestic institutions to develop and implement effective, evidence-based approaches to biomedical graduate education and mentoring that will efficiently train future generations of outstanding biomedical scientists, and will allow biomedical graduate education to keep pace with the rapid evolution of the biomedical research enterprise. NIGMS expects that the proposed research training programs will incorporate didactic, research, and career development elements to prepare trainees for careers that will have a significant impact on the health-related research needs of the Nation. Application Due Date(s): Standard dates apply.

Drug Abuse Dissertation Research (R36) - The goal of this FOA is to enhance the diversity of the drug abuse research workforce by providing dissertation awards on topics related to the study of basic and clinical neuroscience, development, epidemiology, prevention, treatment, services, or women and sex/gender differences as they relate to drug abuse. This support will enhance the pool of highly talented drug abuse scientists who conduct research within the funding priority areas ( or in the NIDA strategic plan ( Applications are encouraged from doctoral candidates in a variety of academic disciplines and programs. This program will ultimately facilitate the entry of promising new investigators into the field of drug abuse research and promote transdisciplinary collaborations. This award is for up to two years of support for the completion of the doctoral dissertation research project. Application Due Date: Standard dates apply.

AAUW International Fellowships - The American Association of University Women is accepting applications for its International Fellowships. Through the annual program, fellowships of up to $30,000 are awarded to women pursuing full-time graduate or postdoctoral study in the United States who are not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. In addition, a limited number of awards are available for study outside the United States (excluding an applicant's home country) for women who are members of Graduate Women International. Preference is given to women who show prior commitment to the advancement of women and girls through civic, community, or professional work. Applicants must have earned the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree by September 30, 2017, and have applied to their proposed institution of study by the time of the application. Up to five International Master's/First Professional Degree Fellowships are renewable for a second year. Application Due Date: December 1, 2017.

Additional Funding Resources

50+ Public Health & MPH Scholarships--Students who are seeking an MPH degree have a lot of financial options for their education. Because of the growing demand in the public health sector, there are plenty of scholarships, grants, and other aid solutions that will support students who are walking down this career path. Being able to reduce your financial burden will make it easier for you to get the degree that you need. Ultimately, there is no reason to pay for your education if it isn’t absolutely necessary. With MPH scholarships and grants, it can be easy to find someone else to foot the bill.

Public Health Scholarships---It's possible to offset some of the costs of earning a public health degree by tapping into a variety of available public health scholarships. Application processes and award amounts vary from program to program, but students may apply for multiple scholarship simultaneously. Here is a sample listing of public health scholarships currently available.

Financing your degree---One main concern students express is how to finance their degrees. The following section includes tips and tricks to obtaining a scholarship and a list of external funding sources for prospective students of public health.

Funding Opportunities---As a service to its members, ASPPH’s grants staff regularly provide timely information about grant opportunities for faculty.

Preventive Medicine and Public Health Training grant program---Preventive Medicine and Public Health Training grants fund; * The planning, development (including curricula development), operation, and participation in an accredited residency or internship program in preventive medicine and public health; *The establishment, maintenance or improvement of academic administrative units in preventive medicine and public health or programs that improve clinical teaching in preventive medicine and public health.

Non-NIH Funding Opportunities for Predoctoral and Graduate Researchers---Funding opportunities listed here target predoctoral and graduate researchers.

Open study/research award--- 2018-2019 Competition Deadline: October 6, 2017 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time ---Applicants for study/research awards design their own projects and will typically work with advisers at foreign universities or other institutes of higher education.