Science Outside the Lab funding available for graduate students

Students in DC

The National Science Foundation has made available supplemental funds to improve graduate student preparedness for entering the workforce. NSF supports FY 2016 and FY 2017 funds to support science and engineering doctoral students gain additional educational opportunities and student training in order to help acquire experience, skills and knowledge in potential science, technology, engineering and mathematic careers.

Science Outside the Lab, presented by Arizona State University, fulfills the NSF grant requirements and qualifies for funding from Engineering Directorate, Division of Chemistry, Office of Integrated Activities. Science Outside the Lab provides graduate students with real workforce involvement, training, and mentoring in a short-term experience. During the two-week Washington DC experience, students explore the relationships between science, policy and societal outcomes, interacting with people who fund, regulate, shape, publicize and study science. This program is for doctoral students interested in science funding, regulation and policy, benefiting from the opportunity to expand knowledge, learn about fellowships, and meet with current science policy professionals. The program fee ($4000) covers all activities, local transportation, lodging, as well as breakfast and lunch. Dinner and transportation are not included but generally do not exceed $1000 over the course of the two-weeks.

You can find more information about the program and the application for Science Outside the Lab at

Applications will be accepted through March 29, 2017.

Please contact Andra Williams at andra.williams[at]asu[dot]edu if you have questions or need more information.