Applying for Funding
Although your chosen MIP advisor will support both your research and tuition expenses, it is a good idea to consider applying for your own funding. It will give you valuable experience in writing a proposal and encourages you to think in depth while planning your project. In addition, obtaining a competitive pre-doctoral fellowship will help you stand out from the crowd when you want to land a post-doc position in a top lab. You can even apply for some fellowships during your first year!!
For Women and Minorities.
Ford Fellowship - 3 years $20,000
Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships
All citizens/green card holders are eligible, but probably would require some prior commitment to improving the status of underrepresented populations. Preference would probably be given to minorities. Deadline: November. Can apply any time after acceptance to graduate school, but must be able to demonstrate need for 3 years of support.
NSF Fellowships - 3 years $30,000 +$10,500 educational allowance.
Applications accepted in final year of undergraduate or in the fall semester of the first or second year of grad school.
Mainly for minorities, although some Institutes (eg NINDS) offer unrestricted fellowships. Applications are accepted April, August, and December.
American Psychological Association - NRSA stipend levels.
Predoc Fellowships in the Neurosciences.
Aims to increase diversity in the neurosciences, but also to increase number of scientists whose work will eliminate health disparities. Students can apply before acceptance to grad school, but must be enrolled by the time the award starts. Deadline: Jan 15, 2009.
American Heart Association Pre-doctoral Fellowship, 2 years, reapply for 3rd year
Research must be broadly connected to heart or stroke. January and July deadlines.