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The Distinguished Graduate Fellowships office in the Graduate College hosts information sessions concerning a range of upcoming national scholarship and fellowship opportunities.



WHEN/WHERE (Past):    Was on Thursday, October 25, 2018 at 9:45AM in MU236
SLIDES from info session:     Ford Foundation Fellowships Presentation 
--You must be logged in to your ASU google account to view the presentation--

Through its Fellowship Programs, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. Ford awards Predoctoral, Dissertation, and Postdoctoral fellowships by means of a national competition. Mulitlple eligible fields of study are included (for example, STEM, Literature, History, Psychology, many others).

Award Amounts: Predoctoral fellowship: $24,000 per year for three years; Dissertation fellowship: $25,000 for one year; Postdoctoral fellowship: $45,000 for one year
Eligibility of Applicants: 
      • All U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, and U.S. permanent residents (holders of a Permanent Resident Card), as well as individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program*, political asylees, and refugees, regardless of race, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation, 
      • Individuals with evidence of superior academic achievement (such as grade point average, class rank, honors or other designations), and
      • Individuals committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level.



NOTE: To gain access to the links below, you must be logged in to your ASU google account.
WHEN (past):    The in-person info session was held on October 10, 2018, 1:30pm
SLIDES (from the info session):    AAAS STPF Presentation Slides, 10-10-18     
AAAS STPF is a significant opportunity with a high-paying stipend ($80,000 - $105,000 yearly) and excellent career prospects.  

ASU-affiliated applicants make up a good portion of the awardees each year.  So, applicants have an especially good chance.

About the Presentation:
The presenter is Darshan Karwat (professor in SFIS, Polytechnic, and AAAS STPF alum).  The content of his presentation was put together by Jessica Soule, the Engagement Director for STPF at AAAS, specifically for this info session at ASU.  After the general presentation, there will be a Q&A panel. 

About the Fellowship:
The AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships (STPF) program has a mission to connect science with policy and foster a network of science and engineering leaders who understand government and policymaking, and are prepared to develop and execute solutions to address societal challenges. STPF provides opportunities to outstanding scientists and engineers to learn first-hand about policymaking and contribute their knowledge and analytical skills in the policy realm. Fellows serve year-long assignments in the federal government and represent a broad range of backgrounds, disciplines, and career stages.
Target Audience:
Doctoral graduate students (or Master's in engineering students) who are interested in pursuing a distinguished fellowship within the federal government after they graduate.  Students graduating in 2019 or 2020 should be especially interested in attending.  Postdocs and faculty are also welcome to attend. Fellows represent the spectrum of career stages – from recent doctoral graduates, to postdocs, faculty on sabbatical, and retired scientists.

Eligibility Requirements: 
U.S. Citizenship Required; Doctoral level science degree (or a Master's in engineering); AAAS seeks candidates from a broad array of backgrounds and a diversity of geographic, disciplinary, gender, and ethnic perspectives as well as disability status. 

Stipend Amount & Benefits: 
$80,000 to $105,000 per year; $4,000 relocation allowance; $4,000 training and travel allowance; Health Insurance; Professional Development program

NAEd/SPENCER POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP Info Webinar and Q&A Session with Reviewers and Program Officers

Webinar by NAEd/Spencer Panelists: 

      • Abigail Bell, Director of Professional Development Programs, NAEd/Spencer
      • Maria Gahan, Program Officer, NAEd/Spencer
      • Kris Gutierrez, University of California, Berkeley, Postdoc Fellowship Selection Committee

When, Where, and How:

WHEN:   Wed. 9/26/18 at 11:00 a.m. AZ Time (2:00 p.m. ET)
WHERE: Online webinar (may attend
HOW:      Register

Eligibility:  Open to non-citizens and non-permanent residents. Open to applicants in any field whose research has an education component and who have received their doctoral degree between Jan. 1, 2013 and Dec. 31, 2017.

This webinar will be hosted by the National Academy of Education to provide information on the process of applying to the NAEd/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship (Deadline Nov. 1, 2018).

Other Resources: 

Highly suggested by NAEd/Spencer as a guide when writing your application:  "The Art of Writing Proposals"

Presentation by NAEd/Spencer Officers on What's Required, Expected, and Strategies for the Dissertation Fellowship (not the postdoc fellowship):  2018 Webinar for Dissertation Fellowship Applicants

Upcoming Postdoctoral Fellowship Info. Webinar and Q&A Session: Wednesday, September 26th at 11:00 a.m. AZ Time (2:00pm ET)



      • Info session was held on Sep. 6, 2018 at 10:15 a.m. in MU 202 (the Alumni Lounge in the Memorial Union)
      • GRFP Presentation Slides (9/6/18) - Must be logged into your ASU Google account to view and download