Student Opportunities


Award / Funder: The United States-Indonesia Society
Description: These grants are awarded to promote academic and other exchanges between the two countries. USINDO Travel Grants are open to any person seeking to travel to Indonesia to conduct field research or other professional projects, including conferences. All U.S. and Indonesian citizens are welcome to apply.  Student applicants must be enrolled in a degree program. The Society particularly welcomes applications from graduate and undergraduate students who are interested in the social sciences – economics, history, political economy, government, international relations and religious studies.  However, USINDO will seriously consider applications in any field of study.
Deadline: March 1, June 1, Sepetember 1, and December 1.

Award / Funder: Campus Progress Action Alliance Grants
Description: Through the Action Alliance program, Campus Progress works with youth-led community and campus groups on everything from stopping climate change to creating LGBTQ resource centers. Young people can join an Action Alliance with Campus Progress by applying for one or both of the following: • Organizing Grants: We’ll give you up to $1,500 a year to help with websites, flyers or whatever else you might need. • Progressive Partnerships: Guidance, Networking, Strategic Planning, and Training for Youth-led Efforts. 
Deadline: The Fall deadline for Progressive Partnerships is in September; Organizing Grants are offered year round on a rolling basis.

Award / Funder: Usher’s New Look / Powered by Service Offers / Youth-Led Service Projects
Description: Usher’s New Look, a nonprofit organization founded by entertainer Usher Raymond IV that supports underprivileged youth in using their talents to become community leaders, has announced the launch of Powered By Service, a new initiative to encourage young people around the world to become involved in addressing the most pressing problems facing their communities. Powered By Service currently has two grant opportunities available for youth volunteers. Sponsored by the United Nations Foundation, the “Nothing but Nets” grant is designed to help youth create projects that increase awareness and funds for the purchase of bed nets to prevent the spread of malaria in Africa. Sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service’s Learn and Serve America, the “What’s Your Power?” grant opportunity offers funding for projects that address any issue. Youth are invited to design a project around the cause that interests them.
Deadline: Open

Award / Funder: Smithsonian Institution Minority Internships
Description: The Office of Fellowships offers a number of opportunities to increase participation of minority groups who are underrepresented in Smithsonian scholarly programs, in the disciplines of research conducted at the Institution, and in the museum field. Stipend awards are available for interns through the Minority Student Awards Program to participate in supervised ongoing research, or museum-related activities for periods of ten weeks. Minority undergraduate and beginning graduate students are encouraged to apply.
Deadline: February 1 and October 1

Award / Funder: American Chemical Society / Women Chemists Committee – Overcoming Challenges Award
Description: Cash and travel expenses to attend the ACS Fall National Meeting to a woman undergraduate pursuing a major or minor, who has completed one semester of college-level chemistry, for her efforts in overcoming hardship (economic, personal, or academic) to achieve success in chemistry.
Deadline: 4/1/2011

Award / Funder: American Physical Society – APS Minority Scholarship
Description: The goal of this minority scholarship is to increase the number of under-represented minorities obtaining degrees in physics. It provides funding and mentoring to minority physics students to enhance their education and help them prepare for success in various careers.
Deadline: Applications for the next scholarship competition will be available in November 2010

Award / Funder: The American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) Minority Undergraduate Summer Experience Program (MUSE)
Description: To expose minority undergraduate university students to the field of medical physics by performing research or assisting with clinical service at a U.S. institutions. Each applicant shall have completed at least 2 years of their undergraduate studies, but shall not have graduated, i.e. rank of junior or senior. Preference will be made to applicants that have declared a major or be eligible to declare a major in physics, engineering, or other science, which requires mathematics at least through differential equations and junior level courses in modern physics/quantum mechanics and electricity and magnetism or equivalent courses in engineering sciences. Minority Undergraduate Summer Experience fellowships are restricted to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and those eligible to live and work in the U.S. Non-citizens and non-permanent residents must provide evidence at the time of application (e.g. visas and permits issued by INS) that they are authorized to work in the USA during the period of the fellowship.
Deadline: Information for 2011 will be available Mid November 2010

Award / Funder: Student Essay Contest / The National Council for Black Studies (NCBS) Annual
Description: Essays should focus on any aspect of the Africana experience, i.e., art, education, history, literature, politics, psychology, social and policy issues.
Deadline: 1/1/2011

Award / Funder: Humanities Writing Competition – UNC Institute of African American Research
Description: The Institute of African American Research (IAAR) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will offer a $1000 prize for the best cross-disciplinary, collaborative effort in the Arts and Humanities that yields a historically-grounded script on a topic of African American research. Established and aspiring scholars and writers with expertise in creative writing, literary criticism, philosophy, history, communications, performance studies, sociocultural anthropology, and other relevant disciplines are encouraged to apply. Submitted scripts will be considered for production. There are no limits on the historical time frame or genre of writing.
Deadline: 9/1/2010

Award / Funder: Essay Competition – The S.E.VEN Fund (SEVEN) and Center For Interfaith Action on Global Poverty (CIFA)
Description: Writers are asked to submit a first-person narrative describing enterprise solutions to poverty that are faith-based, faith-inspired, or interfaith efforts. Illustrations may come from any domain, including healthcare, education, consumer products, human rights, and others; examples must represent innovative private solutions to public problems.
Deadline: 10/15/2010

Award / Funder: The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans
Description: Provides opportunities for continuing generations of able and accomplished New Americans to achieve leadership in their chosen fields. The fellowships provide grants for up to two years of graduate study in the United States. A “New American” is an individual who is a resident alien (i.e., holds a green card); has been naturalized as a U.S. citizen; or is the child of two parents who are both naturalized citizens. To be eligible for the program, the applicant must either have a bachelor’s degree or be in her/his final year of undergraduate study. Applicant must not be older than 30 years of age as of November 1, 2009. A fellow may pursue a graduate degree in any professional field (e.g., engineering, medicine, law, social work) or scholarly discipline in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. The fine and performing arts are included.
Deadline: 11/1/2010