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Graduate Funding

Teaching Assistantships:

The Department of Integrative Biology provides rewarding teaching opportunities for graduate students. Teaching assistants instruct undergraduate laboratories or work with small undergraduate discussion groups in courses such as introductory biology, ecology, anatomy, physiology or microbiology.

Research Assistantships:

Individual professors fund graduate students to perform research in their laboratories using extramural grant funding. The stipends are equivalent to teaching assistantships.

American Museum Of Natural History Grants And Fellowships


Seed Research Grants are available for students and young professionals intending to do field-based research, as well as to use the AMNH collections.

Anthropology Internship Program

The Anthropology Internship Program offers internships for undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in programs in anthropology and related fields to work on projects relating to the collections or to the ongoing research interests of curatorial staff in the museum or in the field. In addition to Curatorial Research, internships can be considered in collections management, archives, and conservation. Internships are offered for periods ranging from three months to one year depending on the project.


Grants provide monthly stipends for periods of two months to one year. The minimum work requirement for a paid internship is two days per week. For more information, visit the website or contact Anita Caltabiano, Director of Internship Program, Division of Anthropology.

Annette Kade Graduate Student Exchange Fellowship Program

The purpose of this program is to partner with French and German institutions to permit an exchange of graduate students. This program will allow students to spend 3 months during the year at a selected university in France or Germany or for French and German students to come to the AMNH 3 months. They expect that the students will have the opportunity to explore new cultures and enrich their lives with new contacts and friendships.

Grant Programs for Students, Postdoctoral Trainees, and Research Scientists

The AMNH Grants Program offers modest short term awards to advanced students, postdoctoral trainees, and scientific researchers who are commencing their careers in the fields covered by AMNH.


Grants are available from four funds, each having specific restrictions.

  • Frank M. Chapman Grants support and foster research in ornithology, both neontological and paleontological.
  • Lerner-Gray Grants for Marine Research support marine zoology.
  • Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Grants support research on North American fauna in any phase of wildlife conservation or natural history and includes everything north of the Isthmus of Panama, including the Caribbean.
  • The awards partially support travel and subsistence for scientists on short term AMNH visits.

For more information about these programs, application dates and deadlines at the American Museum of Natural History.

Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellows Award


The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation is an independent, non-profit foundation established by Dr. and Mrs. Beckman in 1977. The mission of the foundation is to make grants to non-profit research institutions to promote research in chemistry and the life sciences, broadly interpreted, and particularly to foster the invention of methods, instruments, and materials that will open up new avenues of research in science.


The Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellows Award is intended to support postdoctoral scholars with the highest potential for success in an independent academic career in chemistry and the life sciences, and to assist in their transition from "mentored yet independent" postdoctoral to an independent, tenure-track position. Nearly all successful academic careers in science at present begin with a postdoctoral period of additional training and development prior to the first tenure tract appointment. These individuals are expected to become the next generation of leaders and innovators in science, engineering, and technology.

Fellows will be appointed for two years, and may begin as early as August of their application year, and no later than December 31. The award amount will range from $57,000 - $67,000 based on research experience with 75% of the award going towards the stipend, which may be supplemented from other sources, and 25% used towards research expenditures. The award is a merit based program; issue of gender, race and financial need should not be considered contributing factors in the application review process or in the selection of the postdoctoral candidate.


Before submitting an application, invited institutions must identify a postdoctoral candidate, and an individual who will serve as a mentor in the supervising, training and research experience of the Fellow.

  • The mentor should be an active investigator in the area of the candidate's proposed research.
  • The submitted application must be a collaborative effort between the institution, postdoctoral candidate and identified mentor.
  • At the time of application, the identified candidate for the postdoctoral fellowship award must be a United States Citizen or lawfully admitted to the U.S. for Permanent Residence.

Program Overview and Submission Process

For questions regarding this program, please contact the Foundation at (949) 721-2222 or email the Program Administrator, at
Information regarding other programs supported by the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation is available on their Website

Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation
100 Academy, Irvine, CA 92617
Phone: (949)721-2222

Florida Sea Grant Scholarship And Fellowship Opportunities


The Florida Sea Grant administers a number of fellowship and scholarship award opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students at Florida universities. These are offered on an annual basis. Application deadlines are indicated below. Students are encouraged to contact Karl Havens, the Director of Florida Sea Grant, for additional information about these opportunities.


Currently available scholarships and fellowships

Karl E. Havens, Director


Phone: (352) 392-5870


Florida Sea Grant. 803 McCarty Drive, Gainesville, FL, 32611.

National Research Council Of The National Academies

Graduate and Postdoctoral Researcher Funding Opportunities


The National Research Council of the National Academies sponsors a number of awards for graduate, postdoctoral and senior researchers at participating federal laboratories and affiliated institutions. These awards include generous stipends ranging from $42,000 - $80,000 per year for recent Ph.D. recipients, and higher for additional experience.


Graduate entry level stipends begin at $30,000. These awards provide the opportunity for recipients to do independent research in some of the best-equipped and staffed laboratories in the U.S. The program is open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and for some of the laboratories, foreign nationals. Detailed program information, including online applications, instructions on how to apply, and a list of participating laboratories (linked above), are available on the NRC Research Associateship Programs website.


Questions should be directed to the NRC at 202-334-2760 (phone) or


There are four annual review cycles.

  • Review Cycle: November; Opens September 1; Closes November 1
  • Review Cycle: February; Opens December 1; Closes February 1
  • Review Cycle: May; Opens March 1; Closes May 1
  • Review Cycle: August; Opens June 1; Closes August 1
  • Applicants should contact prospective Adviser(s) at the lab(s) prior to the application deadline to discuss their research interests and funding opportunities.


The National Academies. 500 5th Street NW, Keck 568 Washington, DC 20001


Financial Aid

University Graduate Fellowships (UGF)

University Graduate Fellowships provide stipends for two consecutive academic semesters. A partial tuition waiver for each semester is also provided. Applicants must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0, and a graduate level GPA of at least 3.5. A minimum total score of 1250 on the verbal and quantitative portions of the GRE or equivalent to new GRE scale is required.


Applicants who meet these requirements are automatically recommended by the IB Graduate Director and must submit an application for admission before December 1.


NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)

The NSF helps ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the US and reinforces its diversity. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based Master's and doctoral degrees at accredited US institutions.


The NSF welcomes applications from all qualified students and strongly encourages under-represented populations, including women, under-represented racial and ethnic minorities, and persons with disabilities, to apply for this fellowship. More information on this award


EPA Science To Achieve Results (STAR)

Through grants and graduate fellowships, STAR researchers conduct targeted research across several scientific disciplines. STAR research is funded through a competitive solicitation process or request for applications (RFAs). Each RFA is significantly related to EPAs central mission: to protect human health and the environment.


STARs current focus is on the health effects of particulate matter, drinking water, water quality, global change, ecosystem, ecosystem assessment and restoration, human health risk assessment, endocrine disrupting chemicals, children's health, socio-economic research, behavioral sciences, sustainability and new technologies. More information on this award


Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA)

Dr. Ruth Kirschstein's National Research Service Award named for her accomplishments in polio vaccine development, becoming the first woman director of a NIH Institute along with her research, training and advocacy for the inclusion of underrepresented individuals in the scientific workforce. More information on this award


Extra Financial Aid Information:

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