NSF IGERT grants fund PhD trainees, usually for two years. International projects are eligible. CALS won one last year for research in China. See http:///swchina.wisc.edu. Call Josh Posner at 262-0876 or Ken Shapiro at 262-1271 for information on that grant. The NSF synopsis is below. The announcement is at www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=12759&from=fund. Preproposals are due April 5.
Synopsis: The Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) program has been developed to meet the challenges of educating U.S. Ph.D. scientists and engineers who will pursue careers in research and education, with the interdisciplinary backgrounds, deep knowledge in chosen disciplines, and technical, professional, and personal skills to become, in their own careers, leaders and creative agents for change. The program is intended to catalyze a cultural change in graduate education, for students, faculty, and institutions, by establishing innovative new models for graduate education and training in a fertile environment for collaborative research that transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries. It is also intended to facilitate diversity in student participation and preparation, and to contribute to a world-class, broadly inclusive, and globally engaged science and engineering workforce.