Program Funding Opportunities
Below is a partial listing of scholarships you may be interested in applying for.
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.
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.
Graduate Residential Scholars Program (GRSP)
The Biomolecular Sciences Program is proud to be a part of the Graduate Residential Scholars Program (GRSP). The Program will award at least one GRSP per academic year based on a competitive basis. Participants in the Graduate Residential Scholars Program (GRSP) live in an on-campus residential community of graduate students representing diverse backgrounds and disciplinary interests. Each scholar is awarded a graduate assistantship (TA or RA) that includes a stipend, full waiver of tuition and fees, and free housing in the University Manor Apartments. Each scholar has his or her own apartment for the academic year (approximately 10 months, August – May). Individuals may apply for a second year in the program. Awards will not extend beyond a second year. The Biomolecular Sciences Program provides this experience for at least one student per academic year.
BMOL Ph.D. TRAVEL GRANTS
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.
Funding Opportunities Outside Boise State
Students are encouraged to submit research proposals prepared during their Proposal Writing (BMOL 606) to funding agencies including:
- NRSA Individual Fellowship Funding Opportunities http://grants.nih.gov/training/f_files_nrsa.htm
- NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=6201
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.