MSA Graduate Fellowship Program

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Amount
Awarded

$1,750

Awarded

Application Deadline

February 15

Saturday
Awarded By:

Mycological Society of America

Number of Awards & Eligibility: Four awards offered annually.
In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:
  1. This award is for international and U.S. students.
  2. Must be a student member of the Mycological Society of America.
  3. Must be pursuing a career in mycology, the study of fungi of all kinds including mushrooms, molds, truffles, yeasts, lichens, plant pathogens, and medically important fungi.
  4. Must be a Ph.D. candidate.

In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:

Description: This award is available for U.S. and international students who are Ph.D. candidates. Students must be student members of the Mycological Society of America and be pursuing a career in mycology (the study of fungi of all kinds including mushrooms, molds, truffles, yeasts, lichens, plant pathogens, and medically important fungi).

Application requirements for the MSA Graduate Fellowship Program are:

  • Recommendation letter (2)
  • Official Transcript
  • Cover letter
  • C.V.
  • Study plan
Additional Information: There are three different awards in the MSA Graduate Fellowship Program: the Backus Award, the Memorial NAMA Fellowship and the MSA Graduate Fellowships. These fellowships are awarded annually to promising graduate students in mycology. Please note: The Memorial NAMA Fellowship comes with the stipulation that the awardee prepare an article for McIlvainea. Each applicant is evaluated on the basis of his/her scholastic merit, research abilities and promise shown as a mycologist. Applicants must be student members of the MSA, candidates for the Ph.D., and residents during the tenure of the fellowship in a university in Canada or the United States. Previous recipients of these fellowships are not eligible to apply.

Award Amount: One Backus Award will be awarded in the amount of $1,000, two MSA Graduate Fellowships will be awarded in the amount of $2,000, and one Memorial NAMA Fellowship will be awarded in the amount of $2,000. All awards are offered annually and are non-renewable.  The total dollars awarded for this scholarship is $1,750.

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Saturday, February 15

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Saturday, February 15

Information on the MSA Graduate Fellowship can be found on the Mycological Society of America (MSA) website. To apply, the applicant must submit the following: a cover letter addressing his/her eligibility, including a statement that he/she has passed his/her qualifying exams (comprehensive, oral, preliminary, or the equivalent); a curriculum vitae that includes a paragraph describing his/her training for his/her proposed work; a detailed plan of study; two letters of recommendation (one must be from a supervisor or thesis adviser); and graduate school transcripts showing courses taken, grades received, student's Social Security number and Student ID number (photocopies are acceptable if signed by a supervisor, but one or more of the transcripts submitted must be an official transcript obtained from the applicant's institution's registrar). The student's detailed plan of study must be no longer than five pages including tables and figures, but page limit does not include references. Proposals exceeding the five-page limit will not be considered. The text of this proposal should be single-spaced and printed in a regular sized font (10 cpi or 12 point). The plan of study should include the following: a 200- or 250-word abstract; an introduction explaining the desires of the applicant and why they are interesting or important; a methods section, including a convincing argument of project feasibility and a description on how the study will be conducted; and a discussion section explaining the applicant's preliminary results (if any) and their significance. The applicant must send one copy of his/her completed application materials in electronic format (preferably as a single .pdf file) to the chair of the student awards committee. Confidential letters of reference and transcripts that are not available electronically should be sent in quadruplicate by regular mail to the chair of the student awards committee.
Contact: Dr. Nancy Weber
Address: 2160 N.W. Beechwood Place Corvallis, Oregon 97330-1001

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