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Award Opportunities

OU
The following is a list of award opportunities specific to Oakland University.

Awards from the University Research Committee (URC) and more information can be found on the Office of Research Administration website. See more about Internal Awards under  Funding Opportunities for Faculty. More information about the URC can be found on the URC website.

Additional award information can be found under  Academic Resources on the  Academic Affairs website.

University Research Committee (URC Awards)

URC Faculty Research Fellowship Award
URC Research Excellence Award
  • Funding: $2,500
  • Deadline: 4th Monday of January
  • The URC selects an award recipient in one of the following categories that rotate on a three-year cycle: social sciences/humanities, natural and mathematical sciences, and professional schools (including the SECS). All faculty members are eligible to enter this competition.
  • Click on URC Research Excellence Award under the Internal Awards tab to see funding cycles.

URC New Investigator Research Excellence Award

  • Funding: $1,500
  • Deadline: 4th Monday of January
  • This award recognizes junior faculty member for their significant achievements at OU. All non-tenured assistant professors who have yet to begin the tenure review process are eligible.

URC Faculty Research Award

  • Funding: $1,200
  • Deadline: 4th Monday of January
  • Faculty research awards provide support for research endeavors such as pilot projects, equipment, purchase of data, and travel for research.

President's Colloquium

  • Funding: $1,000
  • Deadline: Last day of March
  • The President of Oakland University supports a colloquium to showcase faculty research. Faculty members from any rank and discipline are eligible to apply.

URC Books, Reprints, and Page Charge Reimbursements

  • Funding: $350 maximum allowance
  • Deadline: 3rd Monday of November and February
  • Requests for reimbursement are made directly to the chair of the URC. Click on URC Books, Reprints, and Page Charge Reimbursements under the Internal Awards tab to see more information.

OU-Beaumont Multidisciplinary Research Award

  • This award sponsors joint research between OU and Beaumont Health System faculty and staff. Awards are between $10,000 and $20,000. Award cycles vary: contact Interim Vice Provost for Research Arik Dvir (dvir@oakland.edu, x.2762) for more information.
Other Faculty Awards

Teaching Excellence Awards
  • Deadline: Nomination period is typically late October - late November
  • The Senate Teaching and Learning Committee presents the Teaching Excellence Awards. 
  • Two awards are made: one for a tenured or tenure-track member of the faculty, and another to a non tenure-track faculty member at Oakland University. 
  • Each award includes a cash stipend and will be presented at the Annual Faculty Recognition Luncheon, tentatively scheduled in mid-April.  Names of previous Teaching Excellence Award winners are listed on a plaque in the lobby of Kresge Library.
  • Eligibility: Nominations may be made by any member of the Oakland University community, including students, faculty, alumni, administrators, and staff.  Nomination forms should be completed online.  Faculty may not self-nominate for the award.  Previous Teaching Excellence Award winners and current members of the Teaching and Learning Committee are not eligible for nomination.
Phyllis Law Googasian Award
  • This award honors and recognizes women who have contributed to the advancement of women at Oakland University and beyond through distinguished leadership, scholarship, advocacy, mentoring, program development, or other activities. 
  • The award is presented at a luncheon.  The award is in honor of Phyllis Law Googasian, trustee emerita, for her commitment to OU and her dedication to the advancement of women.
  • Eligibility: Any member of the Oakland University faculty (including special instructors and lecturers), administrators, administrative professionals, and other staff members are eligible.  Nominations are welcome from any University employee.  
  • Find more information under Academic Resources on the Academic Affairs website.
Funding for Students

The University also offers awards for students. Information can be found on the Office of Research Administration website.

Additional student research funding opportunities are listed on the Center for Biomedical Research website.

Provost's Undergraduate / Graduate Student Research Award
  • Funding: Up to $2,000 ($1,500 research, $500 travel)
  • Deadlines: 2nd Monday of October and 2nd Monday of February
  • This award supports students who are interested in carrying out an independent research project. A full-time OU faculty member must be willing to serve as a mentor.

Chrysler Undergraduate Student Research Award

  • Funding: Up to $3,000
  • Deadlines: 2nd Monday of October and 2nd Monday of February
  • This award supports independent research projects of students.

Graduate Research Assistantship Tuition (GReAT) Award

  • The GReAt award provides supplemental tuition support to OU graduate students for up to 16 credit hours per student per year.
  • Deadlines: 2nd Monday of October and 2nd Monday of March
  • Find information under Funding Opportunities for Students.
  • Additional funding information can be found at Graduate Admissions.

URC Student Research Award

  • Funding: $300 Undergraduate/ $500 Graduate
  • Deadlines: 3rd Monday of November and 3rd Monday of February
  • Students currently enrolled are invited to apply for student research grants under the guidance of a full-time OU faculty member.

URC Student Travel Award

  • Funding: $400
  • Deadlines:  3rd Monday of November and 3rd Monday of February
  • Student travel grant awards are intended to be used by students to attend conferences or research briefing sessions or to present papers at conferences.
NIH and NSF Funding
NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH

New and Early Stage Investigator Policies, NIH

In general, a Program Director/Principal Investigator (PD/PI) is considered a New Investigator if he/she has not previously competed successfully as PD/PI for a substantial NIH independent research award. In order to address both the duration of training and to protect the flux of new investigators, the NIH announced a new policy in fiscal year 2009 involving the identification of Early Stage Investigators. ESIs are New Investigators who are within 10 years of completing their terminal research degree or within 10 years of completing their medical residency at the time they apply for R01 grants. The NIH New and Early Stage Investigator page includes:

• Statement of Commitment
• Definition of New Investigator
• New and Early Stage Investigator Policies
• Frequently Asked Questions
• Pathway to Independence Awards (Deadline: Standard NIH dates apply)
• NIH Director’s New Innovator Award (Deadline: October)
• Links to Institute and Center Policies
• Data on New Investigators
• Archive of New and Early Stage Investigator Policies


NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION

Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program, NSF
Deadline: July
Synopsis: The intent of the program is to provide stable support at a sufficient level and duration to enable awardees to develop careers as outstanding researchers and educators who effectively integrate teaching, learning and discovery. The minimum CAREER award size is $400,000 for a five-year period except for the Directorate of Biological Sciences (BIO) or the Office of Polar Programs (OPP). For proposals submitted to BIO or OPP, the minimum award size is $500,000 over five years.
External Funding
Young Investigator Program, Air Force Office of Scientific Research
Synopsis: The Air Force YIP supports scientists and engineers who have received Ph.D. or equivalent degrees in the last five years and show exceptional ability and promise for conducting basic research. The objective of this program is to foster creative basic research in science and engineering; enhance early career development of outstanding young investigators; and increase opportunities for the young investigator to recognize the Air Force mission and related challenges in science and engineering. Each award will be funded at the $120,000 level for three years. Exceptional proposals will be considered individually for higher funding levels and longer duration.


Young Investigator Program, Army Research Office
Synopsis: The ARO Young Investigator Program is included in the ARO Section of the ARL Core Broad Agency Announcement for Basic and Applied Scientific Research. The objective of the YIP is to attract to Army research outstanding young university faculty members, to support their research, and to encourage their teaching and research careers. This program is open to U.S. citizens, Nationals, and resident aliens holding tenure-track positions at U.S. universities and colleges, who have held their graduate degrees (Ph.D. or equivalent) for fewer than five years at the time of application. YIP awards are up to $50,000 per year for three years.


Young Faculty Award, DARPA
Synopsis: The objective of the DARPA Young Faculty Award (YFA) program is to identify and engage rising research stars in junior faculty positions at U.S. academic institutions and expose them to Department of Defense needs as well as DARPA’s program development process. The YFA program provides funding, mentoring, and industry and DoD contacts to awardees early in their careers so they may develop their research ideas in the context of DoD needs. The program focuses on untenured faculty, emphasizing those without prior DARPA funding. The long-term goal is to develop the next generation of academic scientists, engineers and mathematicians in key disciplines who will focus a significant portion of their career on DoD and national security issues.


Young Investigator Program, Office of Naval Research
Synopsis: ONR’s Young Investigator Program (YIP) seeks to identify and support academic scientists and engineers who are in their first or second full-time tenure-track or tenure-track-equivalent academic appointment and for FY2013, have begun their first appointment on or after 01 November 2007, and who show exceptional promise for doing creative research. The objectives are to attract outstanding faculty members to the Department of the Navy’s research program, to support their research, and to encourage their teaching and research careers. Proposals may request up to $170,000 per year for three years.


New Investigator Awards, Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs
Synopsis: Funding program areas vary and may include but are not limited to: Alcohol and Substance Abuse, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Bone Marrow Failure, Breast Cancer, Clinical and Rehabilitative Medicine, Defense Medical Research and Development, Ovarian Cancer, and Psychological Health/Traumatic Brain Injury.


Early Career Research Program, Office of Science
Deadline: September for required preapplication, November for application
Synopsis: Supports the development of individual research programs of outstanding scientists early in their careers and stimulates research careers in the disciplines supported by the DOE Office of Science: Advanced Scientific Computing Research; Biological and Environmental Research; Basic Energy Sciences, Fusion Energy Sciences; High Energy Physics, and Nuclear Physics. Applicants must be no more than ten years beyond the Ph.D. at the deadline for the application.
Engineering
General Engineering Awards
Automotive/Mobility Industry Awards
Computer Science Awards




General Engineering Awards

Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology
A number of awards are offered by the Anita Borg institute.  For a complete list, visit the website.
 
Denice Denton Emerging Leader Award
Deadline: Nominations open February to May
This award will be presented to a junior faculty member who is pursuing high-quality research in any field of engineering or physical sciences.  The faculty member should also be demonstrating a significant leadership capability and contributing significantly to promote diversity in his/her environment.  The recipient of this award will receive a $5,000 prize, and will be honored at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing awards celebration.
Eligibility: Junior tenure-track (non-tenured) faculty members (under the age of 40) at an academic or research institution are eligible for this award.
 
A. Richard Newton Educator Award
Deadline: Nominations open February to May
This award recognizes teaching practices, techniques, or innovative and new education approaches that attract girls and women to math, computing, and engineering.  The award recognizes educators as well as the practices in K12 or undergraduate education.  The recipient of this award will receive a $5,000 prize, and will be honored at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing awards celebration.
Eligibility: Educators (either individuals or teams) in K12 or undergraduate education are eligible for this award.

American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)
A number of awards are offered by the ASEE.  For a complete list, visit the website.
 
Women in Engineering Division (WIED) Mara H. Wasburn Apprentice Educator Grant (AEG)
Deadline: Nominations due mid-February
The goal of this grant program is to build capacity for the engineering education community through "apprenticeship" and mentoring to members of the community who are at the entry/launch point of their engineering education career.  Up to two grants are given to travel to the ASEE Annual Conference as part of the Mara H. Wasburn Apprentice Educator Grant program.  Each grant consists of a reimbursement of receipted registration, travel, food, and accommodation expenses up to a maximum of $2,000.  
Eligibility: Eligible women are graduate students, post-docs, lecturers, research associates, other non-tenure-track faculty, and tenure-track faculty who are not more than three years into their first faculty position.  The nominee does not need to be a member of the ASEE.

National Academy of Engineering (NAE)
Deadline:
Nominations open January to April
NAE Awards website
The NAE offers 5 awards for engineering and innovation.  These awards salute leaders in engineering for their lifetime dedication to their field and their commitment to advancing the human condition through great engineering achievement and/or through innovation in engineering and technology education.  The NAE dedicates more than $1 million annually to recognize these leaders and to bring better understanding of the importance of engineering and engineering education to society.
Eligibility: See website for nomination information.

Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
A number of awards are offered by the SWE.  For a complete list, visit the  website.

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Automotive/Mobility Industry Awards

Society of Automobile Engineers (SAE International)
A number of awards are offered by the SAE.  For a complete list, visit the website.  Deadlines vary.
 
J. Cordell Breed Award for Women Leaders
Deadline: July 31
This award is designated to recognize a woman active in the mobility industry who has achieved the best balance of life by outstanding performance or significant contributions in service, leadership, innovation, and/or engineering or technical contributions to the mobility industry.  The award includes an honorarium of $2,000 and is presented at the SAE World Congress.
Eligibility: The recipient shall be selected based primarily on her excellence in creatively dealing with the challenges professional women are faced with in the mobility industry.
 
Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award 
Deadline: November 15
The SAE Teetor Program stimulates contacts between younger engineering educators and practicing engineers in industry and government.  Its objective is to provide an engineering atmosphere in which these teachers can meet and exchange views with practicing engineers.  This award includes a trip to a major SAE meeting and two years of SAE membership, and is presented at the SAE World Congress or at a major SAE aerospace meeting.
Eligibility: Applicants must be a young engineering educator with more than three, but less than ten years of full-time faculty experience and be affiliated with an ABET-accredited engineering school.

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Computer Science Awards

Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
A number of awards are offered by the ACM in collaboration with special interest groups.  For a complete list, visit the website.

SIGARCH Distinguished Service Award
Deadline: March 1
This annual award is presented to an individual who has contributed important service to the computer architecture community.  Recipients receive a $1,000 honorarium and travel support for the International Symposium on Computer Architecture (ISCA), where there is an award presentation session.
Eligibility: See website for nomination information.
 
SIGCOMM Lifetime Achievement Award
Deadline: March 31
The SIGCOMM Award honors computer communication professionals for outstanding lifetime technical achievement in the fields of data and computer communications.  The award consists of a $2,000 honorarium and will be presented at the annual SIGCOMM Conference, at which time the awardee is invited to deliver a technical address.
Eligibility: The nominee need not be a member of ACM SIGCOMM, but the nominator must be a member of ACM SIGCOMM.  Previous awardees and members of the Award Committee and SIGCOMM Executive Commitee are not eligible.

Math
American Mathematical Society (AMS)
A number of travel grants and fellowships are offered by the AMS.  For a complete list, visit the website.
AMS-Simons Travel Grants
Deadline: February 1-March 31.
AMS-Simons Travel Grants website
Each AMS-Simons Travel Grant provides an early career mathematician with $2,000 per year for two years to be used for research-related travel.  The department of the awardee will also receive a small amount of funding to help enhance its research environment.  Each applicant will also choose a mentor with whom to interact during the two-year period of the grant.
Eligibility: Applicants must be located in the U.S. and have completed their Ph.D. within the last 4 years.  The applicant's research must be in an area supported by the Division of Mathematical Sciences of the National Science Foundation.  See website for additional application information.

International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM) Travel Grants
ICM Travel Grants website
These travel grants provide funding for U.S. mathematicians attending ICM 2018.  Information about this upcoming event will be available in Fall 2017.
Eligibility: These grants are only open to mathematicians affiliated with a U.S. institution.  The AMS especially encourages early career mathematicians (within 6 years of their doctorate), women, and under-represented populations to apply.  See website for additional application information.

AMS Graduate Student Travel Grants
Deadlines: August 21-September 26
AMS Graduate Student Travel Grants website
These travel grants provide partial travel support for graduate students to attend two types of AMS meetings - Joint Mathematics meetings (JMM) in January (award amount: $500) and AMS Sectional meetings in Spring and Fall (award amount: $250).  Support is only available after the meeting when proof of attendance can be provided.
Eligibility: Each program supports only selected doctoral students in mathematics.  A representative of the university must submit a statement verifying the expected date of graduation.  The current institution of the applicant must be more than 50 miles from the site of the meeting.  See website for additional application information.

Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM)
A number of awards are offered by the AWM.  For a complete list, visit the website.
Mathematics Travel Grants
Deadlines: February 1, May 1, October 1
Mathematics Travel Grants website
The Mathematics Travel Grants provide full or partial support for travel and subsistence for a meeting or conference in the applicant's field or specialization.  The grants provide women mathematicians a valuable opportunity to advance their research activities and their visibility in the research community.  A maximum of $1,500 for domestic travel and of $2,000 for foreign travel will be funded.
Eligibility: The conference or the applicant's research must be in an area supported by the Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS) of the National Science Foundation.  Applicants must be women holding a doctorate with a work address in the USA.  Anyone who has been awards an AWM-NSF travel grant in the past two years or who receives more than $2,000 yearly in external government funding is ineligible.

Falconer Lectures
Deadline: September 1
Falconer Lectures website
AWM honors women who have made distinguished contributions to the mathematical sciences or mathematics education with the Falconer Lecture series.  These one-hour expository lectures are presented at Mathfest each summer.

Kovalevsky Lectures
Deadline: November 1
Kovalevsky Lectures website
AWM and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) established this lecture series to highlight significant contributions of women to applied or computational mathematics.  This lecture is given at the SIAM annual meeting.  AWM and SIAM pays for the winner's travel and local expenses.  The Department of Energy is the sponsor covering expenses for this lecture series.
Eligibility: This lectureship may be awarded to anyone in the scientific or engineering community whose work highlights the achievement of women in applied or computational mathematics.  Nominations for this award are solicited.  Nominations will remain active for a total of two years (one year beyond the initial nomination).

Noether Lectures
Deadline: October 15
Noether Lectures website
AWM honors women who have made fundamental and sustained contributions to the mathematical sciences.  These one-hour expository lectures are presented at the Joint Mathematics meetings each January.
Eligibility: See website for nomination information.

Ruth I. Michler Memorial Prize
Deadline: November 1
Michler Prize website
This award is given annually to a woman recently promoted to Associate Professor or an equivalent position in the mathematics sciences.  The prize provides a fellowship for the awardee to spend a semester in the Mathematics Department of Cornell University without teaching obligations.  This award honors outstanding women at this stage of their careers and enables them to focus on their research in the stimulating environment of the Cornell University Mathematics Department.  The prize includes $47,000 for the semester at Cornell University with a supplemental housing/subsistence stipend amount of $3,000.  Office space, library access, and computing facilities will be provided by Cornell University.
Eligibility: Applicants must be women recently promoted to Associate Professor or the equivalent in the mathematical sciences at an institution of higher learning other than Cornell University.  There is no restriction on the nationality of the applicant or on the country in which she holds a position.  The primary selection criteria for the Michler Prize are the excellence of the candidate's research and the potential benefit to the applicant of a semester at Cornell University.  See website for additional nomination information.

Alice T. Schafer Mathematics Prize for Excellence in Mathematics by an Undergraduate Woman
Deadline: October 1
Schafer Prize website
This award is given to an undergraduate woman for excellence in mathematics.
Eligibility: All members of the mathematical community are invited to submit nominations for this prize.  The nominee may be at any level in her undergraduate career but must be an undergraduate as of October 1 of the year prior to the award year (ex. October 1, 2012 for the 2013 prize).  See website for additional nomination information.
Science
BIOLOGY

American Society for Cell Biology (WICB) Junior and Senior Awards
Deadline: April 1
WICB website
The WICB Committee recognizes outstanding achievements in cell biology by presenting two Career Recognition Awards at the ASCB Annual Meeting - the Junior Award and the Senior Award.
Eligibility: The Junior Award is given to a woman in an early stage of her career who is making exceptional scientific contributions to cell biology and exhibits the potential for continuing a high level of scientific endeavor and leadership.
Eligibility: The Senior Award is given to a woman or man in a later career stage whose outstanding scientific achievements are coupled with a long-standing record of support for women in science and by mentorship of both men and women in scientific careers.

Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) 
More information regarding possible travel awards/scholarships will be posted in January 2016.
FASEB website



CHEMISTRY


American Chemical Society (ACS), Stanley C. Israel Regional Award for Advancing Diversity in the Chemical Sciences
Deadline: March 1 or July 1, based on region
Stanley C. Israel Regional Award website
The Stanley C. Israel Regional Award recognizes individuals and/or institutions that have advanced diversity in the chemical sciences and significantly stimulate or foster activities that promote inclusiveness within the region. The award consists of a $1,000 grant to support and further the activities for which the award was made. The ACS will also fund the recipient's travel expenses to the ACS regional meeting at which the award will be presented.
Eligibility: Nominees may come from academia, industry, government, or independent entities, and may also be organizations, including ACS Local Sections and Divisions. The nominee must have created and fostered ongoing programs or activities that result in increased numbers of persons from diverse and underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, or women who participate in the chemical enterprise.

Marion Milligan Mason Award for Women in the Chemical Sciences
The objective of the Mason Award is to kick-start the research career of promising future senior investigators in the chemical sciences.  The Marion Milligan Mason Fund will provide three grants of $50,000 every other year to women researchers engaged in basic research in the chemical sciences.  Awards are for women who are starting their academic research careers.  In addition to research funding, the program will provide leadership development and mentoring opportunities. 

WCC Rising Star Award
Deadline: June to August, see website for date
WCC Rising Star Award website
The WCC Rising Star Award recognizes exceptional early- to mid-career women chemists across all areas of chemistry who have demonstrated outstanding promise for contributions to their respective fields. The award includes the opportunity to present at a WCC-sponsored symposium, travel support, and networking opportunities. To be given annually, this award is also intended to help promote retention of women in science.
Eligibility: The award is open to all female ACS members in chemistry and chemical engineering working in academic, industrial, government, non-profit or other employment sectors. Appropriate candidates will typically be no more than 15 years from receipt of their terminal scientific degree and have demonstrated outstanding promise for contributions to their respective fields.

ACS Award for Encouraging Women into Careers in the Chemical Sciences
Deadline: November 1
ACS Award for Encouraging Women website
This award recognizes significant accomplishments by individuals who have stimulated or fostered the interest of women in chemistry, promoting their professional developments as chemists or chemical engineers. The award is for $5,000 with a grant of $10,000 made to an academic institution, designated by the recipient, to strengthen its activities in meeting the objectives of the award.
Eligibility: Nominees for the award may come from any professional setting: academia, industry, government, or other independent facility.

WCC Eli Lilly Travel Award
Deadlines: February 15, September 15
WCC Eli Lilly Travel Award website
The WCC and Eli Lilly and Company sponsor this program to provide funding for undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral female chemists to travel to meetings to present the results of their research. Awards are made on the basis of scientific merit and financial need.
Eligibility: Applications should be limited to one per research group. Awards will be given with preference to the following order: 1.) Any applicant who will be making her first presentation (regardless of format) at a national or major meeting. 2.) Graduate or postdoctoral applicants who have not presented at a national or major meeting since completing their undergraduate degree.



PHYSICS

American Physical Society (APS)
A number of awards are offered by the APS. For a complete list, visit the website.

M. Hildred Blewett Fellowship
Deadline: June 1
M. Hildred Blewett Fellowship website
This award enables women to return to physics research careers after having had to interrupt those careers. The fellowship consists of a one-year award of up to $45,000 (applicants can apply in a subsequent year for one additional year of support). Allowed expenses include dependent care (limited to 50% of the award), salary, travel, equipment, and tuition and fees. Overhead charges by the institution are not allowed.
Eligibility: Applicants must currently be a U.S. citizen, legal resident, or resident alien of the United States or Canada and currently reside in Canada or the U.S. Applicants must have completed work toward a PhD. and provide written proof that they will have institutional affiliation during the tenure of their grant. Institutional affiliation at the time of application is not necessary.

Marie Geoppert Mayer Award
Deadline: Check website for date
Marie Geoppert Mayer Award website
This annual award recognizes and enhances outstanding achievement by a woman physicist in the early years of her career, and to provide opportunities for her to present these achievements to others through public lectures in the spirit of Maria Geoppert Mayer. The award consists of $2,500 plus a $4,000 travel allowance to provide opportunities for the recipient to give lectures in her field of physics at four institutions and at a meeting of the Society.
Eligibility: This award is to be given to a woman during the early years of her career, no later than ten years after the granting of the PhD. degree. The lectures must be given at institutions within the United States or its possessions within two years after the award is made.

Edward A. Bouchet Award
Deadline:
 Check website for date
Edward A. Bouchet Award website
This annual award promotes the participation of under-represented minorities in physics by identifying and recognizing a distinguished minority physicist who has made significant contributions to physics research. The program will help publicize the lecturer's work and career development to the physics community. The Lectureship consists of a stipend of $3,500 plus support for travel to an APS meeting and to at least three academic institutions for visits with minority students.
Eligibility: Any Black, Hispanic, or Native American who has made significant contributions to physics research and is an effective communicator is eligible.

Fellowships
Ford Foundation Fellowship Program
Deadline: Mid-November, dates vary by award level. See website for details.
Ford Foundation Fellowship Program website
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.  Awards are offered at the Predoctoral, Dissertation, and Postdoctoral levels.  Awards are made to individuals who have demonstrated superior academic achievement and are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level.
Eligibility: Varies with award level - Predoctoral, Dissertation, and Postdoctoral.

American Association of University Women (AAUW)
A number of awards are offered by the AAUW.  For a complete list, visit the website.

American Fellowships
Deadline: November 15
American Fellowships website
American Fellowships support women scholars who are completing dissertations, planning research leave from accredited institutions, or preparing research for publication. This program includes American Dissertation Fellowships, American Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowships, and American Summer/Short-Term Research Publication Grants.
Eligibility: Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Candidates are evaluated on the basis of scholarly excellence; quality and originality of project design; and active commitment to helping women and girls through service in their communities, professions, or fields of research.
Career Development Grants
Deadline:
December 15
Career Development Grants website
Career Development Grants provide funding to women who hold a bachelor's degree and are preparing to advance or change careers or re-enter the workforce. Grants provide support for course work beyond a bachelor's degree, including a master's degree, second bachelor's degree, certification program, or specialized training in technical or professional fields. Funds are available for tuition, fees, books, supplies, local transportation, and dependent care. Course work must be taken at an accredited two- or four-year college or university in the United States or at a technical school that is fully licensed or accredited by the U.S. Department of Education. Funds are not available for doctorate-level work.
Eligibility: Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents whose last degree was received before June 30, 2011. Primary consideration is given to women of color or women pursuing their first advance degree or credentials in nontraditional fields.

Selected Professions Fellowships
Deadline: January 10
Selected Professions Fellowships website
The Selected Professions Fellowships are awarded to women who intend to pursue a full-time course of study at accredited U.S. institutions during the fellowship year in one of the designated degree programs where women's participation traditionally has been low.  The following programs are included: Architecture (M.Arch, M.S.Arch), Computer/Information Sciences (M.S.), Engineering (M.E., M.S.) and Mathematics/Statistics (M.S.).  The size of the award ranges from $5,000 to $18,000.
Eligibility: Fellowships in these categories are awarded to women who are citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. who have achieved high standards of academic excellence and show promise of distinction in their respective fields.  Applicants must be full-time students at an accredited U.S. institution during the fellowship year, and should be pursuing a course of study in the U.S. over the full academic year.  Fellowships are not open to previous recipients of any AAUW national fellowship or grant.  AAUW boards, committees, panels, staff, and current interns are not eligible.  An online eligibility quiz is required to apply for this award.
Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM)
Ruth I. Michler Memorial Prize
Deadline: November 1
Michler Prize website
This award is given annually to a woman recently promoted to Associate Professor or an equivalent position in the mathematics sciences.  The prize provides a fellowship for the awardee to spend a semester in the Mathematics Department of Cornell University without teaching obligations.  This award honors outstanding women at this stage of their careers and enables them to focus on their research in the stimulating environment of the Cornell University Mathematics Department.  The prize includes $47,000 for the semester at Cornell University with a supplemental housing/subsistence stipend amount of $3,000.  Office space, library access, and computing facilities will be provided by Cornell University.
Eligibility: Applicants must be women recently promoted to Associate Professor or the equivalent in the mathematical sciences at an institution of higher learning other than Cornell University.  There is no restriction on the nationality of the applicant or on the country in which she holds a position.  The primary selection criteria for the Michler Prize are the excellence of the candidate's research and the potential benefit to the applicant of a semester at Cornell University.  See website for additional nomination information.
Sigma Delta Epsilon - Graduate Women in Science National Fellowships
Deadline: Check website for date, awards announced in July
GWIS National Fellowships website
The SDE/GWIS National Fellowships Program offers fellowships to help increase knowledge in the fundamental sciences and to encourage research careers in the sciences by women.  Endowment funds provide the annual income that supports scientific research done by SDE/GWIS award winners.  The maximum allowable award amount is $10,000.  There is an application fee for non-GWIS members interested in applying for these awards.
Eligibility: Awards will be made to women holding a degree from a recognized institution of higher learning, of outstanding ability and promise in research, who are performing research at any institution in the U.S. or abroad.  Career level (e.g. graduate students vs. assistant professor) of the candidate will be taken into consideration when reviewing the proposals.  Active SDE/GWIS membership is encouraged at the time of and throughout the duration of funding.

Sloan Research Fellowships
Deadline: September 15
Sloan Research Fellowships website
These two-year fellowships are awarded yearly to over 100 early-career scientists and scholars in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field.  Fellows are selected on the basis of their independent research accomplishments, creativity, and potential to become leaders in the scientific community.  The size of the award is $50,000 for the two-year period. 
Eligibility: Candidates are required to hold a PhD. (or equivalent) in chemistry, physics, mathematics, computer science, economics, neuroscience, computational and evolutionary molecular biology, ocean sciences, or in a related interdisciplinary field.  Candidates must be members of the regular teaching faculty (i.e., tenure-track) of a degree-granting college or university in the U.S. or Canada; in addition, they must be no more than six years from completion of the most recent PhD. or equivalent as of the year of their nomination.  The Foundation strongly encourages the nomination of qualified women and minority candidates.
Award Deadlines
Below is a list of awards, organized by deadline date. Click on the month or the award name for more information. (For example, a deadline of July 1 is listed under July awards.) B e sure to check award website for specific and updated information

January

Oakland University URC Awards:

Other Awards:

Engineering:


February

Oakland University URC Awards:

Other Awards:

Engineering:

Math:

Science:


March

Oakland University URC Awards:

Other Awards:

Engineering:

Science:


April

Science:
Details posted soon.


June

Science:

Engineering:

Science:

August

Math:

September

Other Awards:

Math:

Science:


October

Oakland University URC Awards:

Other Awards:

Math:


November

Oakland University URC Awards:

Other Awards:

Engineering:

Math:

Science:


December

Other Awards: