Summer Experiential Learning Fellowships in Disability Policy Research

Summer Experiential Learning Fellowships in Disability Policy Research The 2015 Summer Experiential Learning Fellowship program is an opportunity for graduate students in the social sciences and related disciplines to learn about the current state of the disability policy debate, pressing policy issues surrounding the employment of individuals with disabilities, and to conduct high-quality research in these areas. This opportunity is funded by a cooperative agreement between Mathematica and the Social Security Administration (SSA) via its Disability Research Consortium.

During their experience in summer 2015, fellows will:

  • Select a policy research topic on which to conduct an independent research project, and receive mentoring and guidance from a Mathematica researcher;
  • Write a research report summarizing their research by the end of the program and verbally present their findings to Mathematica and SSA staff;
  • Participate with other summer fellows in a weekly discussion group on selected disability policy readings, facilitated by a Mathematica researcher;
  • Meet with Mathematica researchers and SSA research and policy staff to discuss their research and other policy topics;
  • Have the opportunity to attend policy and research forums on a range of topics at Mathematica and in the DC area.

Fellows will receive a stipend of $6,500 for their efforts over the 8-week fellowship period. We expect to award up to four fellowships for summer 2015.

Program Eligibility

Eligible applicants include students who:

  • Are currently enrolled in or recently graduated (in the 6 months prior to the program start date) from a Master’s program, or are students early in a Ph.D. program (prior to the dissertation phase);
  • Have a strong interest in disability policy and a background in economics, sociology, psychology, political science, public policy, public administration, special education, public health, social work, or a related discipline;
  • Are available to be onsite at Mathematica Policy Research in Washington, DC for approximately 30 hours per week from June 1, 2015 through July 31, 2015;
  • At the time of fellowship award, selected graduate student researchers must be citizens or non-citizen nationals of the United States, or must have been lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence. Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible for stipend award.

Applications from minority students, students with a disability, and students attending a Minority Institutionare strongly encouraged!

Application Requirements and Selection Criteria

To apply, interested candidates should submit the following materials:

1. Resume with candidate’s contact information;

2. Graduate transcript (unofficial or official) from current program documentingpr ogress toward degree;

3. A letter from the candidate’s advisor or department chair confirming the pplicant’s field of study, status in the graduate program, and reason why the applicant is a strong fit for the fellowship;

4. 2-page (double-spaced) personal statement detailing (a) educational and professional background, (b) reason for interest in disability policy, (c) proposed research topic and (d) how the selected topic and/or ELF opportunity relates to graduate study or future research or professional portfolio. Candidates should be sure to use the personal statement to draw a strong link between their current program of study and proposed summer research project. This is especially important for applicants who are students in disciplines not mentioned in the eligibility criteria above; while other disciplines are not excluded from applying, there must be a strong case made for why this program would be a good fit in those instances.

Please carefully proofread this statement and ensure that each of the topics mentioned above is fully addressed. We do not expect candidates to have fully researched their topic prior to arrival. Rather, we suggest selecting a topic that is relevant to the candidate’s current graduate studies. Research topics should be closely related to programs under SSA’s purview and/or promoting employment for individuals with disabilities. For students who have not yet narrowed their dissertation topic, we suggest selecting from the following list, ensuring that the proposed topic is linked to your current studies. Determinants of adult employment success for youth with disabilities, potentially including strengths and weaknesses of the current support system and/or how socioeconomic factors affect outcomes. The potential role of the federal/state vocational rehabilitation (VR) program in reducing the reliance on federal disability benefits through early intervention andeturn-to-work supports.

The role of increasing obesity prevalence on rates of disability and predictions regarding future strains on the federal disability system. The effect of the Affordable Care Act (the ACA or “Obamacare”) reforms on the employment and well-being of individuals with disabilities. Including an Historically Black College or University (HBCU), Tribal College or University (TCU), Hispanic- Serving Institution (HSI), or Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Institution (AANAPISI).

The role of program rules and work incentives in Social Security Disability Insurance and/or Supplemental Security Income on the return-to-work efforts of federal disability beneficiaries. Unique challenges faced by individuals with mental illness and psychiatric conditions in finding and maintaining employment, gaps in the support system, and promising practices for reform.

The United States’ support system for individuals with disabilities in an international context and reform proposals. Individuals with questions or seeking more information about the program should contact Jody Schimmel Hyde at JSchimmel@mathematica-mpr.com. Applications (with all supporting materials included as separate Microsoft Word or PDF files) should be ubmitted via email to DRCSummerFellows@mathematica-mpr.com. Complete applications must be received by

Friday, February 13, 2015 at midnight to be considered. A review committee will evaluate applications, and phone interviews will be conducted with finalists during mid-April. Selected fellows will be notified of their award no later than April 15, 2015.

Social Security Admistration Grant and Fellowship Programs for 2015!

The Center for Retirement Research at Boston College announces the 2015 Sandell Grant Program and 2015 Dissertation Fellowship Program for research on retirement income and policy. These programs are funded by the U.S. Social Security Administration.

2015 Steven H. Sandell Grant Program

  • Provides the opportunity for junior scholars entering a new field to pursue projects on retirement income and policy. The program is open to scholars in all academic disciplines.
  • Awards up to three grants of $45,000 for one-year projects.
  • The submission deadline for grant proposals is January 31, 2015. Grant award recipients will be announced by April 2015.
  • Visit the Sandell Program website to view the proposal guidelines.

2015 Dissertation Fellowship Program

  • Supports doctoral candidates writing dissertations on retirement income and policy. The program is open to scholars in all academic disciplines.
  • Awards up to three fellowships of $28,000.
  • The submission deadline for proposals is January 31, 2015. Grant award recipients will be announced by April 2015.
  • Visit the Dissertation Fellowship website to view the proposal guidelines.

For questions, please contact: Marina Tsiknis, tsiknis@bc.edu.617-552-1092

Center for Retirement Research at Boston College 258 Hammond Street, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 (617) 552-1762 • fax: (617) 552-0191 • crr.bc.edu

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Opportunity

Now accepting applications for

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

DHS Summer Research Team for Minority Serving Institutions

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) sponsors a 10-week summer internship program. This program offers the opportunity to enhance the scientific leadership at Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) in research areas that support the mission and goals of DHS. Faculty, along with undergraduate and graduate students, will engage in research that provides opportunities to help advance the DHS Areas of Research and strengthen the talent pool of scientists and engineers. Selected participants will conduct collaborative research of mutual interest to the Team, the DHS Centers of Excellence and DHS.

Application deadline: December 15, 2014

Faculty receives a $1,200 weekly stipend.

Graduate students receive a $700 weekly stipend.

Undergraduate students receive a $600 weekly stipend.

All participants may be eligible to receive housing and travel allowances.

10-week research experiences are offered at the university-based DHS Centers of Excellence (DHS Centers).

Areas of research: Engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biological / life sciences, environmental science, emergency and incident management, social sciences, and more.  Additional information regarding DHS Areas of Research may be found on the program website.

U.S. Citizenship is required.

Application deadline:  December 15, 2014

Previous program participants may apply.

Detailed information about the program can be found at: http://www.orau.gov/dhseducation/faculty/index.html

An informational brochure is located at: http://www.orau.gov/dhseducation/faculty/files/DHSSRTFlier2015.jpg

Previous participants’ testimonials can be found at: http://www.orau.gov/dhseducation/faculty/stories-srt.html

DHS has partnered with the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) to manage the program. For questions please email us at DHSed@orau.org.

 

DOE Summer 2015 STEM Students – Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship Program now accepting applications! – Deadline January 2, 2015

U.S. Department of Energy Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship Program (MLEF)

The Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program provides students with an opportunity to gain and develop research skills with the Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy for 10 weeks over the summer. For 20 years, this program has increased awareness of DOE research opportunities to students pursuing STEM degrees (science, technology, engineering and math). The goal of the program is to improve opportunities for women and minority students in these fields, however all eligible candidates are encouraged to apply.  Stipends start at $600 per week and eligible Fellows will receive an additional travel and housing allowance.  For more information, visit http://orise.orau.gov/mlef/.

Eligibility

  • Be at least 18 years of age at time of application;
  • Be a U.S. Citizen;
  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0;
  • Be currently enrolled full-time in an accredited college or university (sophomore year or higher) or had a Ph.D. conferred on or after January 2, 2014 in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) degree

Application closes Friday, January 2, 2015 – click http://orise.orau.gov/mlef/ to get started NOW!

 

National Park Service Mosaics in Science Internship Program – Deadline: February 3, 2015

The Mosaics in Science program developed by the U.S. National Park Service (NPS), in partnership with the Geological Society of America (GSA), with the aim of increasing the diversity among those who seek STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) careers within the National Park Service.

The Mosaics in Science program offers paid, short-term STEM positions in some of the most beautiful natural areas in the world—National Park Service sites throughout the United States of America. Mosaics in Science is a relatively new, diversity-oriented program that began in the summer of 2013, with 12 different exciting positions from Washington, DC, to Washington state. For the the Summer of 2015, 26 Mosaics in Science positions will be offered.   Selected participants will spend 11 weeks working on a STEM project at a NPS site. After completing their projects, participants travel to Washington, DC, to participate in a career workshop that provides opportunities to present their work and meet with various members of NPS staff and management.  Mosaics in Science is a partnership between the National Park Service (NPS) Geological Resources Division, the National Park Service (NPS) Youth Programs Office and the Geological Society of America. Generous funding has been provided by the National Park Foundation.

Students are welcome to apply by visiting: http://rock.geosociety.org/mosaics/.

Summer Internships for HBCU Students

The Harvard Catalyst | The Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center Program* for Faculty Development and Diversity in the Office for Diversity and Community Partnership at Harvard Medical School is pleased to offer two great research programs this coming summer.

Visiting Research Internship Program (VRIP)

The Visiting Research Internship Program (VRIP), for first and second year medical students, is an eight-week mentored, summer research program, designed to enrich medical students’ interest in research and health-related careers, particularly clinical/translational research careers.

In addition to a mentored clinical/translational research experience, VRIP students participate in weekly seminars with Harvard faculty focusing on topics such as research methodology, health disparities, ethics, and career paths. Participants also have the opportunity to participate in offerings of other Harvard Medical School programs such as career development seminars and networking dinners. VRIP students are expected to complete an abstract, paper and oral presentation of their summer research project.

Summer Clinical and Translational Research Program (SCTRP)
The Summer Clinical and Translational Research Program (SCTRP), for undergraduate sophomores, juniors and seniors, is a ten-week mentored, summer research program, designed to enrich the pipeline of college students’ understanding of and interest in pursuing clinical and/or translational research, as well as to increase underrepresented minority and disadvantaged college student exposure to clinical/translational research.
In addition to mentored clinical/translational research experience, SCTRP students participate in weekly seminars with Harvard faculty and graduate students focusing on topics such as research methodology, health disparities, ethics, career paths, and the graduate school and medical school application process. Participants also have the opportunity to participate in offerings of other Harvard Medical School programs such as career development seminars and networking dinners. SCTRP students are expected to complete an abstract, paper and oral presentation of their summer research project.

For more information on VRIP, please visit the website: https://mfdp.med.harvard.edu/dcp-programs/medicalgraduate/pfdd/VRIP.

For more information on SCTRP, please visit the website: https://mfdp.med.harvard.edu/dcp-programs/college/program-college-students-summer-clinical-and-translational-research-program

Please note that both programs have an invitation-based application. In order for students to receive an application, they must email pfdd_dcp@hms.harvard.edu in order to request one.

Feel free to reach out to Danyelle Thorpe if you have any questions.

Danyellé Thorpe
Program Coordinator
Harvard Catalyst | The Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center
CTSC Program for Faculty Development and Diversity
Office of Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership
Harvard Medical School
164 Longwood Ave
Boston, MA 02115
Tel: 617.432.1892
Fax: 617.432.3834
Email: danyelle_thorpe@hms.harvard.edu

Graduate Student Grant Participation Opportunity with the Social Security Administration (SSA)

SSA is excited again to offer graduate students the opportunity to participate in one of our small grant programs in the Fall of 2015!   Selected participants for our Disability Determination Process Small Grant Program receive a $10,000 stipend for a one year project to research enhancements to SSA’s Disability Determination processes.  Please refer to the SSA website link below or the attached flyer for further details on the grant opportunity.

Grant opportunities are available to all graduate students pursuing full-time studies in accredited programs as of Fall semester of 2015.  Please note that the application deadline is March 2, 2015.  Information about this Disability Determination Process Small Grant Program participation opportunity:

http://mwww.ba.ssa.gov/disabilityresearch/research.htm#DDP   – After opening this link, please select the link on the words, “PRI website” for the Program Description and How to Apply information.

You may contact Thomas Rush (Tom.Rush@ssa.gov), Laura King (Laura.King@ssa.gov), if you have any questions.  Thank you for your assistance.

 

Senior Job Opportunity with the U.S. Department of the Interior – Closes October 31, 2014

Job Title:Chief Learning Officer/Director of the Office of Strategic Employee and Organizational Development

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Office of the Secretary of the Interior

Job Announcement Number:OS-SES-GPH-14-MM1233876

JOB SUMMARY:

The maximum pay for individuals who have not previously held an SES position is $167,000 (EX-III).  Current SES members who earn more than $167,000 (EX-III) are eligible to be compensated up to $181,500 (EX-II).

The Department of the Interior has a multifaceted mission that combines natural resource protection, recreation, natural resource use, services to communities and individuals, and biological and earth sciences.   We are seeking individuals who share a passion for our country’s most valuable resources and a commitment to obtaining, training, and retaining a highly skilled and diverse workforce needed to accomplish our exciting and challenging mission.

DUTIES:

The duties include, but are not limited to:

The Chief Learning Officer/Director of the Office of Strategic Employee and Organizational Development addresses the training and employee development needs for DOI employees nationwide by providing executive oversight and leadership in the development of integrated learning programs that ensure all DOI employees have the knowledge and skills to accomplish Department mission objectives and strategic goals.   The incumbent collaborates with leadership from across the Department, as well as the Deputy Assistant Secretary – Human Capital and Diversity, the Director, Office of Human Resources, and the Chief Diversity Officer/Director, Office of Civil Rights to identify short and long term needs, as well as significant skill and competency gaps, and to develop and implement Department-wide training and leadership programs.   The incumbent serves as a key advisor to the Departmental and bureau leadership and training officials  regarding learning and leadership programs, strategies and policies

Learn more at: at http://www.usajobs.gov

APPLICANT SEARCH: Head, NSF Office of International Science and Engineering

The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently launched a national search for the National Science Foundation’s Head of the Office of International Science and Engineering (OISE). OISE oversees NSF’s international research and education portfolio, and works closely with our disciplinary research directorates to develop an agency-wide strategy to cultivate international collaboration.

The Office Head is a member of the NSF senior management team, and communicates and interacts with all of the staff, programs, and activities of the Foundation. The incumbent advises the Director, Deputy Director, and other senior managers on issues related to international scientific collaboration. The Office Head leads a diverse group of over 30 program managers, analysts, and support staff at NSF headquarters, as well as nine staff at three overseas offices in Paris, Tokyo, and Beijing.

NSF seeks your help in disseminating this opportunity and encouraging qualified people to apply for this crucial post. Ideal candidates must demonstrate outstanding leadership; a deep appreciation for the role that international collaboration can play in U.S. science, technology, engineering, and mathematics research and education; a grasp of the issues and challenges involved in communicating that role to stakeholders; and the ability to serve effectively as a key member of the NSF management team. NSF is especially interested in identifying women, members of minority groups, and persons with disabilities for this vital post. Individuals from any sector – academic, industry, or government – are welcome to apply.

Please see https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/384110200 for a full position description, and instructions on submitting an application. Applications must be submitted by December 1, 2014.

RISING JUNIORS – Undergraduate Scholarship Opportunity

The NOAA Educational Partnership Program with Minority Serving Institutions Undergraduate Scholarship Program is accepting applications.  Program encourages advisers, mentors, and potential applicants to take advantage of the NOAA resources made available in this message.  Competitive applications: (i) address the NOAA mission; (ii) have resume and personal statements that are crafted to be relevant to the NOAA mission, and (iii) have recommendations that are well developed and made relevant to the NOAA mission.

What:  Provides scholarships for two years of undergraduate study.

Who:  Rising junior undergraduate students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields that directly support NOAA’s mission.

The Program:

  • Students receive total awards valued at up to $35,000 in total support during their junior and senior years.
  • Students complete a nine week paid summer internship at NOAA in Silver Spring, MD, between May and July of the first summer. During the second summer, students complete paid internships at NOAA facilities across the country. During the summer internships, students are paid a stipend and receive a housing allowance.
  • Student scholarship recipients attend a two-week orientation at NOAA in Silver Spring, MD, and begin their first summer internship in early June.
  • At the end of both summer internships, students present the results of their projects at an education and science symposium in Silver Spring, MD (travel expenses paid).

Undergraduate Scholarship Application Link:  https://oedwebapps.iso.noaa.gov/uspa/

Learn more about NOAA,

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NOAA Goals,   http://www.ppi.noaa.gov/goals/