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Resources for Current Students


Open Education Database's List of Graduate Scholarships (OEDb)

Science, Mathematics & Research for Transformation (SMART)

National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate Fellowship (NDSEG)

Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research Programs
Application Deadlines: March 15 and October 1 annually

The Southern Regional Education Board's (SREB) Doctoral Scholars program

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)

NIH F31 Individual NRSA for PhD Students.
Next deadline: Dec 8, 2016

Here is a link on the GSU URSA (University Research Services & Administration) website for a list of potential sources of fellowships:

You can sign up for a Funding Opportunities Listserv through the University:

The NI Graduate Program Policy Document describes requirements for earning an advanced degree in Neuroscience from the Neuroscience Institute at Georgia State University. Graduate students in the Neuroscience Institute and their advisors are expected to be familiar with all of the requirements, policies, and procedures described herein. Two things of note:

  1. Students and their advisors are also responsible for knowing and complying with the policies and requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences as described in the Graduate Catalog.
  2. In general, students must adhere to the course requirements and other requirements in effect when they enroll, as described in the edition of the NI Graduate Program Policy Manual that corresponds to the year they entered. Students may elect, however, to be governed by a later edition of the NI Graduate Program Policy Manual. To do so, they must submit a request in writing to the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS).

The Brains & Behavior Area of Focus is an interdepartmental program that promotes research collaborations and dialog through graduate courses, lectures, grants, and much more. Researchers and students involved in this program span across the following departments:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics & Statistics
  • Neuroscience
  • Philosophy
  • Physics & Astronomy
  • Psychology

The central components of this program are the Brains & Behavior

The purpose of the NGSA is to provide an association for graduate students across departments and disciplines that are focusing on neuroscience-related questions in their research as well as enhancing collaboration, support, and opportunities for graduate students in the Neuroscience Institute at Georgia State University.

Academia isn't for everyone. We all know the way to go about finding academic positions, but what else is out there? This section may be helpful to any PhD students seeking employment in non-academic positions.

Q: What are my options?

Helpful articles for getting started on your search:

11 Careers for PhD Students

PhD Jobs: How to Transition from Academia to Business

Leaving Academia: How To Get A Job In Industry After Your PhD

Q: Where do I get connected?

If you haven't already, then connect with your peers and future coworkers on:



Be a part of the Atlanta community and join the Atlanta Chapter of the Society for  Neuroscience

Attend lectures and events throughout the city, be a part of science education in the community and connect with like-minded researchers, the people you meet can help you move forward.

Q: What types of jobs are available?

Columbia University Center for Career Education has compiled an exhaustive list of potential opportunities.

Visit our NGSA page for a summary of careers outside academia as a dynamic resource for job postings.

One of the first places that scientists and engineers look for opportunities outside of the academic environment is research in industry. These positions can be a great fit for someone who still enjoys the day-to-day work of research but is looking to do it in a different context. These positions are often highly competitive and sometimes require candidates to have a couple years of postdoctoral experience. This is especially true in the biomedical sciences. Anyone searching for industry positions should take care to make sure their academic CV is transformed into something that looks more like a resume before submitting it. Use active verbs and concise descriptions of your research so that a hiring manager can quickly get a sense of the work you’ve done.

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