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Graduate Women in Science National Fellowships Program PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Damaris Foping   
Tuesday, 24 April 2012 12:33

Africa_1Deadline: Not yet specified (Please regularly check the program website)

Academic Year: Annual

Funding Source: Graduate Women in Science

Host Country: USA

Target: Research Grant





This scholarship is recurrent; please make sure you visit their pointingfingerleftwebsite for updated information. Note that some scholarships are launched annually for a predetermined number of years - so before start preparing your application, make sure you have updated information.


Parce que cette bourse est annuelle ; il est hautement recommandé de visiter leur site pour les dernières infos.

Information given below was loaded on the program website in the account of the 2012/2013 year. So please, check for updated information concerning the 2013/ 2014 year continuously.
Type of Grant
Fully funded

The SDE/GWIS National Fellowships Program is proud to offer fellowships in 2012 to help increase knowledge in the fundamental sciences and to encourage research careers in the sciences by women. Endowment funds, mostly generated from bequests, provide the annual income that supports scientific research done by SDE/GWIS award winners.  For the 2011-2012 academic year, we distributed just under $60,000 in fellowship funds to ten deserving women scientists.

This year’s application deadline is January 15, 2012 with awards being announced on or before July 1, 2012 for funding in the 2012-2013 academic year.  The SDE/GWIS National Council will determine exact fellowship amounts with the maximum allowable award being $10,000.


Award Designations:

  • The Fellowships are to be known as the Sigma Delta Epsilon (SDE), Eloise Gerry, Vessa Notchev and Nell I. Mondy Fellowships.  The highest scoring SDE Fellowships designee shall be known as the Adele Lewis Grant/SDE Fellowships winner and the second-best scoring designee shall be known as the Hartley Corporation/SDE Fellowships Winner.
  • The funds available in any one year shall be the income from and contributions to the endowment accounts.  The amount thus varies from year to year.  The Fellowships Committee reserves the right to make no awards if no satisfactory applicants present themselves.

Terms of the Award:

  • All recipients are encouraged to hold membership in SDE/GWIS.  Click on the following link for more information on how to become a member The application processing fee is waived for GWIS members at the time of application (submitted by 11:59 pm, Eastern Standard Time, Jan. 15th, 2012). For non-members, the application fee is $50 at the time of submission.  Click the following link to be taken to the Fellowship Applicant Fee process. This is required to offset costs associated with the application review.
  • The period of the award shall be one academic year (July 1st to June 30th).  Recipients are not eligible for awards in subsequent years from the same fund, though they may apply for a different award.

The recipient of an award will submit an abstract of 100 words or less along with a recent wallet-sized black-and-white photo of themselves or digital .jpg file to SDE/GWIS Bulletin editor ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) as soon as the awards are announced.  This will be used for publication purposes in the national SDE/GWIS quarterly publication

  • The recipient of the award will be expected to follow the main outline of the original proposal.  If a major deviation from it is essential, approval must be obtained from the Fellowships Committee.
  • All of the work in the proposal must be conducted by the PI of the grant.  The fellowship applicant will be the one conducting the work, rather than using the award to support someone conducting work for them (e.g. the funds may not be used by a professor to support a graduate student).
  • Fellowships funds may be used for such things as expendable supplies, small equipment to be used by the recipient (not for general use), publication of research findings, travel and subsistence while performing field studies, or travel to another laboratory for collaborative research.  These costs must be clearly justified in the proposal and integral to the research design.  Funds cannot be used for the following: tuition, child care, travel to professional meetings or to begin a new appointment, travel to another institution for coursework, living allowances or equipment of general use. 
  • A maximum of $10,000 may be requested – any proposals requesting over $10,000 will be disqualified.
  • Supplementary Documentation may be required:
    • If human or animal subjects are used, an in-house animal subjects committee must evaluate the work, and an approval from the committee must be included in the application.  If approval is pending at the time of application, documentation of approval must be provided to the Fellowships Committee before an award will be made.
    • Research involving field collections must show evidence of the proper collecting permits.  If approval is pending at the time of application, documentation of approval must be provided to the Fellowships Committee before an award will be made.
    • Research involving cooperation with scientists from other sites/laboratories must include evidence of this collaboration (i.e. a letter from the host scientist).
  • If for any reason the recipient is unable to initiate or complete the project, unexpended funds shall be returned to SDE/GWIS.
  • At the end of the Fellowship, a one-page progress report, plus the annual expense report must be sent to SDE/GWIS Past-President Dr. Jennifer Ingram.  The Fellowship winner’s supervisor must sign both documents, and Dr. Ingram must receive it by May 15th, 2012.  Any abstracts or reprints resulting from the proposed work must accompany the progress report.  Please send both documents to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  If the research extends beyond one year, submission of an annual progress report acceptable to the Fellowships Committee is required.
  • Acknowledgement of support from an award is requested in pertinent publications, oral presentations and on the awardees’ curriculum vitae.
Eligible African Countries


Any African country

Expected Qualifications of the Candidate:

  • Awards will be made to women holding a degree from a recognized institution of higher learning, of outstanding ability and promise in research, who are performing research at any institution in the U.S. or abroad. 
    • Career level (e.g. graduate student vs. assistant professor) of the candidate will be taken into consideration when reviewing the proposals.
  • Awards will be made irrespective of race, religion, nationality, creed, national origin, sexual orientation, or age. 
  • Active SDE/GWIS membership ( is encouraged at the time of and throughout the duration of funding.  Membership must include both chapter and National dues.
Application Procedure


The entire application (see application checklist) must be provided electronically as a SINGLE, COMPLETE .PDF by 11:59 pm, Eastern Standard Time on January 15, 2012.  The reviewing committee reserves the right to reject any application not electronically submitted by the deadline (including processing fee AND letters of recommendation), any application that does not meet requirements, or is incomplete.  These applications will be disqualified and will not be sent out for review.  Committee decisions are final.  The awards will be announced on or before July 1, 2012.

Note: You may only apply for one award in a given year.
SDE/GWIS Fellowships Coordinator:
Laurie B. Cook, Ph.D.
Biology Department, 217 Lennon Hall
The College at Brockport, State University of New York
350 New Campus Drive
Brockport, NY 14420
(585) 395-5757
Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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0 # GEORGINA 2015-11-07 09:24
i am a chemical engineering student in my last semester of study before i graduate i am interested in furthering my studies in the area of renewable energy i would like to do research on the same.
My father died in 1999 and my mother has recently lost her job.
Am i eligible for a masters scholarship under any of your programmes?
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katanga tshalaa lyly
0 # katanga tshalaa lyly 2013-10-16 04:40
l m congolese (republique democratlque du congo)since 2007 i m in south africa.I m veterinary and try to improve qualification so i can get job.Now my husband died have 3 kids(17,14,9).I need bursary to do master so l can have opportunities every where Even to be teacher at universities every where.Why not in my country
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0 # H.A.S. 2013-10-18 18:45
Hello Katanga,
I'm very sorry to hear about the death or your husband.
This post only goes to the H.A.S. site. Go ahead and contact the scholarship sponsor directly and start working on your application.
Be sure you read this article over and over: /...
Best wishes.
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ndong lidwina
0 # ndong lidwina 2013-03-27 06:57
please i wish to know what it will take to get a scholaship to study in the year 2013/2014
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0 # H.A.S. 2013-10-18 18:44
Hello there
This post only goes to the H.A.S. site. Go ahead and contact the scholarship sponsor directly and start working on your application.
Be sure you read this article over and over: /...
Good luck!
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0 # sara 2013-03-14 03:00
my name is sara salih from Eritrea iam graduated from INDIA in the field of MICROBIOLOGY i wish if you accept me to continue my master in the USA
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0 # H,A.S. 2013-03-16 14:21
Dear Sara,
This post only goes to the H.A.S. site. It looks like this scholarship may be for researchers who are already in the US--but go ahead and contact the scholarship sponsor directly with your questions.
Be sure you read this article over and over: /...
Good luck!
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