External Fellowship Opportunities

external fellowships


The Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program

The Mirzayan Fellowship provides the opportunity to:

  • Spend 12 weeks in Washington, D.C.
  • Work with a National Academies board
  • Be paired with a mentor from their assigned host unit
  • Learn about science and technology policy
  • Network with experts from around the country
  • Join a cohort and alumni network of driven, like-minded individuals

T‍he application for the 2024 Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program is now open! We are seeking current graduate students or recent graduates who are interested in exploring career options outside of academia or industry. A typical candidate is in the final years of their PhD program or has defended their thesis within the past five years, and is excited to spend time in DC, learn about science policy, and network with science and technology policy experts. This year's Fellowship will run from March 4 - May 24, 2024.International students, individuals with under-represented backgrounds, and/or those with demonstrated interest in taking science, engineering, and medicine beyond the lab are encouraged to apply.

Application Deadline:October 16, 11:59 PM ET, 2023(DC Time)



GCUA2030 award for PhD research on sustainability

MSU is a founding member of the GCUA2030 - Global Challenges University Alliance 2030 (https://www.slu.se/en/collaboration/international/slu-global/global-challenges-university-alliance). The Alliance is a network of university partners from across the globe with a common vision of contributing to sustainable, global development. MSU participation in GCUA2030 is coordinated via the Center for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (CERES).

On behalf on GCUA2030, we are writing to invite applications for the GCUA2030 award. The award is established to encourage high quality research of relevance for sustainable global development.Read more about the award here: https://www.slu.se/en/collaboration/international/slu-global/global-challenges-university-alliance/gcua-2030-award/

The prize sum is 3500 EUR for the winner, 1000 EUR for the second place and 500 EUR for third place. The prize sum will go via each institution and be part of the laureates research funding. The prize winners will also be given the opportunity to present their research in a GCUA 2030 webinar.

Eligible candidates are current PhD students or those who will have defended their PhD theses in 2023 at one of the GCUA2030 member universities.

Those interested in applying for this award should send their applications by email to ceres@isp.msu.edu with “GCUA2030” as the subject line and the following:

  1. An abstract of the research in English (max 400 words)
  2. A motivation of how the research contributes to sustainable development including potential for impact (250 words),
  3. A video presentation summarizing the thesis in a popular scientific way focusing on how the research contributes to sustainable global development (see https://sdgs.un.org/goals). The video should be no longer than two minutes.

Deadline for submission of applications is October 20, 2023.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact GCUA2030 coordinator, Ms. Elisabeth Rajala (+46 18 672036; elisabeth.rajala@slu.se).