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Scholarships and Funding

Program Funding Opportunities

Below is a partial listing of scholarships you may be interested in applying for.

Graduate Assistantships

The Biomolecular Sciences Ph.D. program offers teaching assistantships (TA) on a competitive basis (please see student handbook).  Our current annual stipend for a TA is $25,000.  The assistantship also includes full tuition, fees and student health insurance. Students accepted on program-funded assistantships are guaranteed a minimum of three years of support provided satisfactory performance is demonstrated in all areas. Students are typically supported for the first years via a teaching assistantship, followed by a research assistantship in the third year.  Thereafter, the major advisor covers the assistantship from grants.

Graduate Dean’s Fellowship for Underrepresented Students

For traditionally underrepresented students

This fellowship supports a 9-month GA position, providing a stipend, resident tuition and fees, student employee benefits, and GA insurance. To apply, indicate your interest in your cover letter, and also email the program coordinator at Underrepresented minority groups are encouraged to apply.

Gem Grad Scholarship

The GEM Scholarship waives non-resident tuition for out-of-state and international graduate students with an overall GPA of at least 3.0 who are accepted into an eligible graduate degree program.  Gem Grad Scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis and are awarded for one year and may be renewed for an additional year.  Two years is the maximum award period.

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The program supports graduate student travel by providing up to $1000 per trip for attendance at two scientific meetings during the student’s program of study. Travel requests should be directed to the Program Director and must be accompanied by proof of presentation at the scientific meeting (e.g., acceptance of poster presentation, seminar, etc.). The major professor should indicate their support of the student’s travel and whether they are able to cover any additional incurred travel costs.

ASBSU Travel Grants

The Associated Students of Boise State University – also called ASBSU – is the official student government at Boise State.  ASBSU supports unique, signature events that bring students together, and are campus traditions. ASBSU promotes cooperation between clubs, and sponsors student participation in conferences. ASBSU awards sponsorship of trips or projects for individual students; each student is eligible (but not entitled) to receive $400 throughout the year.

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Funding Opportunities Outside Boise State

Proposal Writing

Students are encouraged to submit research proposals prepared during their Proposal Writing (BMOL 606) to funding agencies including:

Sigma Xi

The Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research (GIAR) program has been providing undergraduate and graduate students with valuable educational experiences for more than 80 years. By encouraging close working relationships between students and faculty, the program promotes scientific excellence and achievement through hands-on learning.  The program awards grants of up to $1,000 to students from all areas of the sciences and engineering.

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NASA ISGC Graduate Fellowships

The NASA Idaho Space Grant Consortium (ISGC) offers fellowships up to $15,000 per academic year for graduate students attending an ISGC member institution. ISGC members include: Albertson College of Idaho, Boise State University, Brigham Young University – Idaho, Idaho State University, Northwest Nazarene University, and the University of Idaho.

Four specific types of fellowships are offered through the ISGC, which include:
(1) ISGC Fellowships (general NASA research projects)
(2) Idaho RISE Fellowships (lead the Idaho Research Involving Student Engineers and Educators high-altitude balloon launch program, including serving as a graduate assistant for RISE undergraduate college courses and directing payload creation, etc.)
(3) NASA Idaho EPSCoR Fellowships (general NASA EPSCoR research projects)
(4) Idaho RLEP Fellowships (lead the Idaho Robotic Lunar Exploration Program and senior design teams, commit to 10 week internship at NASA Ames).

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NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)

The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and in STEM education. The GRFP provides three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant research achievements in STEM and STEM education. NSF especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, and veterans to apply. NSF also encourages undergraduate seniors to apply.

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NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to Support International Collaborations

Through GROW, NSF Graduate Fellows are provided an international travel allowance to engage in research collaborations with investigators in partner countries located outside the United States.

With GROW, NSF Graduate Fellows can benefit from partnerships developed by NSF with funding organizations in other countries to develop international research collaborations. For the last four years, GRFP has offered a pilot international research opportunity in cooperation with counterpart funding organizations in Norway, Finland, Denmark and Sweden, known as the Nordic Research Opportunity. GROW continues the Nordic opportunity with Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden and introduces new partnership opportunities to NSF Graduate Research Fellows in France, Japan, South Korea and Singapore.

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Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral Individual National Research Service Award

The purpose of the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Predoctoral Fellowship (Parent F31) is to enable promising predoctoral students to obtain individualized, mentored research training from outstanding faculty sponsors while conducting dissertation research. Applicants for this F31 program are expected to propose a dissertation research project and training plan in scientific health-related fields relevant to the mission of the participating Institutes and Centers. This training plan should reflect the applicant’s dissertation research project, and facilitate and clearly enhance the individual’s potential to develop into a productive, independent research scientist. The training plan should document the need for, and the anticipated value of, the proposed mentored research and training in relationship to the individual’s research career goals. The training plan should also facilitate the fellow’s transition to the next stage of his/her research career.

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DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program

The goal of the Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is to prepare graduate students for science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) careers critically important to the DOE Office of Science mission, by providing graduate thesis research opportunities at DOE laboratories.  The SCGSR program provides supplemental awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students to pursue part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE laboratory in areas that address scientific challenges central to the Office of Science mission. The research opportunity is expected to advance the graduate students’ overall doctoral thesis while providing access to the expertise, resources, and capabilities available at the DOE laboratories.

The SCGSR program provides supplemental funds for graduate awardees to conduct part of their thesis research at a host DOE laboratory in collaboration with a DOE laboratory scientist within a defined award period. The award period for the proposed research project at DOE laboratories may range from 3 to 12 consecutive months.  Applications are due 5:00pm ET on Monday November 21, 2016.

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AAUW American Fellowships

AAUW American Fellowships support women scholars who are completing dissertations, planning research leave from accredited institutions, or preparing research for publication. 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.

AAUW American Fellowships