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Evaluation and Site Testing Assistant Position – CDF Freedom School in DE

DEADLINE: May 2, 2018

The ideal candidate for this position is interested in the academic and personal development of pre-college students in under-resourced communities. The successful candidate will support collection of data to document reading achievement and attitudes about school. The successful candidate will . . .

CONTACT: Melva Ware

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National Institutes of Health
National Biosafety and Biocontainment Training Program (NBBTP) Fellowship

DEADLINE: August 1, 2018

The National Biosafety and Biocontainment Training Program (NBBTP) Fellowship is based at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, MD The NBBTP is a partnership between the Division of Occupational Health and Safety (DOHS) and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases . . . (NIAID) at the NIH. This is a rare opportunity for individuals seeking work in high containment facilities to receive professional training in biosafety and biocontainment at one of the foremost biomedical research centers in the world. Additional information is online at Fellowship applications are due August 1, 2018 for the class of Fellows beginning January 8, 2019.

CONTACT: Jennifer Cole

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James S. McDonnell Foundation
Understanding Dynamic and Multi-scale Systems 2018 - Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards

DEADLINE: June 15, 2018

The Understanding Dynamic and Multi-Scale Systems program supports scholarship and research directed toward the development of theoretical and mathematical tools contributing to the science of complex, adaptive, nonlinear systems. While the program's emphasis is on the development and application of . . . the theory and tools used in the study of complex research questions and not on particular fields of research per se, JSMF is particularly interested in the continued development of complex systems science, and in projects attempting to apply complex systems approaches to coherently articulated questions. Students completing doctoral training, desiring to continue gaining experience in a multi-disciplinary field such as complex systems science, benefit from postdoctoral training providing an opportunity to broaden research experience and acquire additional skills prior to pursuing a career in academia or elsewhere. Success in securing a postdoctoral position, particularly those providing training that adds new dimensions to a student’s doctoral education (adding theoretical skills to one’s experimental training or vice versa; pursuing work in a new topic or field), oftentimes depends on the availability of funds to support positions via institutional training grants or faculty research grants. The latter case can result in a postdoctoral fellow engaging a research project dictated by the needs of the research grant rather than pursing a self-directed training program based on his or her interests or goals. The James S. McDonnell Foundation 21st Century Postdoctoral Fellowship Award in Understanding Dynamic and Multi-scale Systems provides fellowships to students completing doctoral training in the multidisciplinary field of complex systems science. The JSMF Fellowship is intended to provide students in the final stages of completing a Ph.D. degree more freedom in identifying and securing postdoctoral training opportunities in complex systems research. The program, following review of applications, provides selected pre-doctoral students with “letters of intent to fund” that the student can use in negotiating with potential postdoctoral training institutions while the student is in the final phase of graduate school. The JSMF Fellowship is designed to provide students with an opportunity to seek potential postdoctoral research opportunities on the basis of the student’s interest and desire to obtain additional skills and experience that will further their pursuit of careers in complex systems science. Award Details: The total amount of the JSMF Fellowship is $200,000 USD to be expended in no less than 2 and no more than 3 years. The cost of the full postdoctoral salary or stipend and fringe benefits must be paid in full from the fellowship. Institutions cannot request that other funding sources be used to cover the Fellow’s salary or stipend; the primary purpose of this fellowship is the continued education and training of the postdoctoral fellow. The fellowship is not intended to provide general support to a laboratory or department. If the institutional postdoctoral salary scales are set such that there are funds in excess of what is needed for stipend and benefits, the excess funds can be used by the institution to support the Fellow’s research. Important Note: JSMF Fellowships are not awarded until the student applies to and is accepted as a postdoctoral fellow at a qualified institution and the institution submits an acceptable application to JSMF. Eligibility: The JSMF Fellowship is a unique opportunity for students with complexity science training who are in the final stages of completing their Ph.D. looking to make a significant change in direction for their first postdoctoral fellowship (field of study, model organism, theory vs experimental, etc.) that will either be difficult or impossible without an external source of funding. Students should anticipate activating the fellowship between June 2019 and February 28, 2020. In prior years, upwards of 70% of submissions are not advanced past the first review phase due to poor fit with this goal of the program. Important Note: It is not intended for individuals that already have a Ph.D. or students that have already identified a postdoctoral position and a postdoctoral mentor as there are traditional funding mechanisms available for these students. Deadline: Applications and letters of support can be submitted beginning May 1, 2018. The deadline for applications and letters of support is June 15, 2018, 15:59 CDT (20:59 UTC). All materials must be submitted electronically through the specified process.

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Data Incubator
Data Science Fellowship

DEADLINE: June 17, 2018

The Program: The Data Incubator is an intensive 8 week fellowship that prepares masters students, PhDs, and postdocs in STEM and social science fields seeking industry careers as data scientists. The program is free for Fellows and supported by sponsorships from hundreds of employers across multiple . . . industries. In response to the overwhelming interest in our earlier sessions, we will be holding another fellowship. Who Should Apply: Anyone who has already obtained a masters or PhD degree or who is within one year of graduating with a masters or PhD is welcome to apply. Applications from international students are welcome. Everyone else is encouraged to sign-up for a future session. Locations: In addition to the below in-person locations, we will have a remote online session: New York City, San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, Boston, Washington, DC. Dates: All sections will be from 2018-06-18 to 2018-08-10. Application Link: Data Science in 30 minutes: Learn how to build a data-science project in our upcoming free Data Science in 30-minutes webcast. Signup soon as space is limited.

CONTACT: Michael Li

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The Decorative Arts Trust
Curatorial Internship Grant

DEADLINE: September 30, 2018

The Decorative Arts Trust is now accepting applications for a two-year Curatorial Internship Grant. The Trust’s Internship Grants provide critical employment opportunities for emerging museum professionals at qualified institutions. This is a two-year challenge grant of $17,500 per year. The intern . . . will receive from the Trust an additional $2,500 in funding per year to offset the cost of travel related to research and professional development programs. Potential museum and historical society collaborators should apply by September 30, 2018. The application packet must consist of a formal letter of interest describing the nature of the project(s) in which the intern will be involved during the two-year period and identifying the staff member who will supervise and mentor the intern; a statement of how the institution plans to raise the $35,000 in matching funding over two years; the supervisor’s CV; and pertinent background information related to particular initiatives, exhibitions, or research related to the intern’s planned projects. Images and a draft of a job description are strongly encouraged. Please note that mentorship is a significant consideration in this program. The Trust's selection will be announced by October 31, with grant funds available as early as January 1, 2019. For information about past recipients, please visit the Trust’s website. Please submit applications by mail to The Decorative Arts Trust, 20 South Olive Street, Suite 204, Media, PA 19063 or email to Named in honor of the Decorative Arts Trust’s late board member Dean F. Failey, a noted scholar of Long Island material culture, Failey Grants support noteworthy research, exhibition, and publication projects in the field of American decorative arts. The Trust awards one $5,000 grant per year. Organizations wishing to apply must submit a formal application letter by October 31, 2018. The letter must describe the nature of the project and its impact on the field. Please include CV’s for the project’s primary curator(s), author(s), and/or researcher(s) as well as a project budget. Special consideration will be given to projects that employ or are led by young professionals in the museum field. The Trust's selection will be announced by November 30, with grant funds available as early as January 1, 2018.

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U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science
Graduate Student Research Program

DEADLINE: May 15, 2018

The SCGSR program supports supplemental awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students to conduct part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE national laboratory/facility in collaboration with a DOE laboratory scientist for a period of 3 to 12 consecutive months—with the goal of preparing graduate . . . students for scientific and technical careers critically important to the DOE Office of Science mission. The SCGSR program is open to current Ph.D. students in qualified graduate programs at accredited U.S. academic institutions, who are conducting their graduate thesis research in targeted areas of importance to the DOE Office of Science. The research opportunity is expected to advance the graduate students’ overall doctoral thesis/dissertation while providing access to the expertise, resources, and capabilities available at the host DOE laboratories/facilities. The supplemental award provides for additional, incremental costs for living and travel expenses directly associated with conducting the SCGSR research project at the DOE host laboratory/facility during the award period. The Office of Science expects to make approximately 50 awards in 2018 Solicitation 1 cycle, for project periods beginning anytime between October 29, 2018 and March 4, 2019. Since its inception in 2014, the SCGSR program has provided support to over 300 graduate awardees from more than 100 different universities to conduct thesis research at 17 DOE national laboratories across the nation. The SCGSR program is sponsored and managed by the DOE Office of Science’s Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS), in collaboration with the six Office of Science research programs offices and the DOE national laboratories/facilities, and program administration support is provided by the Oak Ridge Institute of Science and Education (ORISE). For any questions, please contact the SCGSR Program Manager, Dr. Ping Ge, at


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