Graduate Fellowships: A Sampling

| October 12, 2010

In his 1969 film “Take the Money and Run”, Woody Allen stars as the bumbling would-be bank robber Virgil Starkwell.  In perhaps the funniest scene, Virgil attempts yet another robbery, only to be foiled by his own terrible handwriting. Instead of scaring the clerks, his letter causes such consternation among the bank’s staff that they all begin to argue about whether he wrote  “Act natural. I have a gun.” or “Apt natural. I have a gub.” Starkwell goes on to spend the night in jail. His proposal lacked a clear message.

Thankfully, you will not have that problem. For today, when scrounging for money, the penniless grad student can simply follow a foundation’s guidelines and ask for money in a refreshingly legal way: by applying for a fellowship.

Today we cover several fellowships for future and current teachers, researchers and policymakers. Follow the instructions when writing your application. And remember: spelling counts!

Calling all high school math and science teachers!

The Knowles Science Teaching Foundation wants you! Want some extra money? How about a stipend and professional development? Then look no further than this five year fellowship that offers financial support and a community of like-minded folks.

Hey, future PhDs!

Looking for some extra money? Feeling like Academia needs a little more diversity? Well, look no further than the Ford Foundation’s Fellowship Programs. These three fellowships provide support for students in the pre-/post-doctorate  and dissertation stage who are committed to diversity in the classroom and in their subject matter. Preferred applicants should be able to identify as minority.

Are there any Educational Policy folks in the house?

You may want to peruse the American Educational Research Association’s websitetest. With help from the National Science Foundation who awarded the group seven grants, the goal of this program is:

  1. to stimulate research on U.S. education issues using data from the large-scale, national and international data sets supported by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), NSF, and other federal agencies, and
  2. to increase the number of education researchers using these data sets.

Applications are reviewed three times a year and 15 winners will be selected.

Now get busy! There’s money out there waiting for you and time’s a wastin’.