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Federal Grant Seekers and Early Career Fellowships

Federal Grant Seekers Fellowship (FGSF)

Applications are now closed.

The federal grant seekers program for faculty runs every other year, alternating with our Early Career Fellowship program.

The School of Engineering in partnership with the College of Arts and Sciences presents the program, which is a semester-long cohort designed to prepare you to meet with program offices, improve your grant writing skills, increase your chances at winning federal grants and to promote inter-disciplinary research.

This program provides faculty with the opportunity to identify and work on federal grant proposals while teaming with a cohort of like-minded faculty.

The fellowship culminates with a trip to Washington, D.C. to meet with program officers from federal agencies such as NSF, NIH, EPA, etc.

  • Participants are required to attend all sessions, travel to Washington D.C. and submit a proposal to their desired funding agency between June 2020 and May 2021.
  • Who is eligible? All faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences and School of Engineering. Applicants must have identified at least one program of interest from a federal agency that has a submission cycle between June 2020 and May 2021.
  • Workshop Dates: We'll meet on select Tuesday afternoons from 2-3:15 p.m. starting Sep. 2019:
Fall 2019
  • Sep 10
  • Oct 1 and 22
  • Nov 12
  • Dec 3
Spring 2020
  • Jan 21
  • Feb 11
  • Mar 3 and 24
  • Apr 7 and 28
  • May 11-15: Trip to Washington D.C.
  • May 19: Debrief

Questions? Please contact Dr. Robert Wilkens ( for the School of Engineering or Dr. Jennifer Speed ( for the College of Arts and Sciences.

2019-20 Applications are now closed.

Application acceptance will be based on the following:

1. quality of idea (abstract) as it relates to the RFP;
2. potential impact on faculty career;
3. departmental representation;
4. potential for collaboration within or outside the academic unit.

Early Career Fellowship

The Early Career Fellowship program runs every other year, alternating with our Federal Grant Seekers Fellowship program.

This program is designed as a year-long cohort that will focus on writing and submitting early career grant proposals, with an emphasis on the NSF Career Award.

Writing and submitting research proposals to external funding agencies is a critical part of a tenure-track faculty member's career. Special opportunities for funding exist for early career tenure-track faculty through numerous agencies, e.g., NSF, Office of Naval Research, NIH and many more. Although most of these grants are highly competitive, the process of writing and submitting an early career grant proposal can help propel a faculty member's research and scholarship.

This program will begin again fall 2021. More details to follow. 


Please email Judy Grant,, School of Engineering Office of the Dean.


School of Engineering Associate Deans

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