Author: US Department of Edu.             10/9/2020              WHIHBCUs




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HBCU Announcements

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The National Trust for Historic Preservation is now accepting applications for funding through the HBCU Cultural Heritage Stewardship Initiative.

The HBCU Cultural Heritage Stewardship Initiative is a central component of the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund and is supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Ford Foundation, the JPB Foundation, the J.M. Kaplan Fund, and The Executive Leadership Council. This program intends to strengthen the stewardship capacity of HBCUs and ensure these vital institutions are equipped to preserve and maintain their deeply significant historic buildings, landscapes, and other assets.

HBCUs are invited to apply for funding to support the development of new Cultural Heritage Stewardship plans for their historic campuses, buildings, and sites. Through the Initiative, the National Trust seeks to partner with up to eight HBCUs to provide targeted assistance to increase their capacity for preserving and improving campus facilities.

Interested applicants are invited to learn more during the HBCU Cultural Heritage Stewardship Initiative Webinar on October 16, 1 p.m. (EST). Register online.

Learn more about how to apply to the HBCU Cultural Heritage Stewardship Initiative grant program, or contact

U.S. Department of Energy

Interest and Access: National Laboratories Fall Session  

OCT 27, 2020 | 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm EST

An opportunity for Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) and Minority Businesses to engage the DOE National Laboratories and learn about FY 2021 initiatives that will benefit each group.

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Career Vacancies


Special Career Announcement

Fish Biologist Positions Announced! Application Deadline October 13 or first 350 applications

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service announced dozens of Fish Biologist vacancies (GS-7/9/11) across the United States in Ecological Services Field Offices, Fish & Wildlife Conservation Offices, Fish Hatcheries, and one Regional Office. Qualification requirements are listed in the vacancy announcement.

Click here to view the vacancy announcements.

Student Opportunities

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month by Working Toward a More Diverse Future


Jailene’s fellowship is one of several offered through a joint partnership between FWS and Hispanic Access Foundation’s (HAF) MANO Project. That partnership is connecting talented college students and recent graduates to careers at FWS, and it’s helping to build the next generation of conservationists that’s more reflective of our ever-changing population.

“Engaging young people and diverse communities to explore careers with agencies like FWS is important to the long-term future of our nation’s refuges and other public lands,” says Michelle Neuenschwander, director of the MANO Project. “Our work is about the next generation. We need to create experiences and opportunities today in order to cultivate the passion and workforce for tomorrow.”

During our program, interns are introduced to a variety of real-world public education, interpretation, conservation, and rehabilitation activities. The activities take place through work assignments at FWS sites and through informal and formal training sessions by FWS employees. While working with FWS, participants also receive specialized training, mentoring and ongoing support from HAF to effectively carry out their assignments and to build or enhance skills in a manner consistent with local site priorities. Interns gain an understanding of the opportunities for careers in natural resources and build skills and experience required for success in these careers.

Internships and fellowships through the partnership have taken place  across the country at FWS sites such  as  San Luis National Wildlife Refuge Complex in California, John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum in Pennsylvania, Silvio O. Conte National Fish and  Wildlife Refuge in New  England and Makah National Fish Hatchery in Washington state. Interns and fellows also work at various regional offices and, as in the case of Jailene, at the national headquarters.

“I was fortunate enough to visit the National Wildlife Refuges [at] Occoquan Bay, Back Bay and Great Dismal Swamp while it was safe to travel,” Jailene says. “The beautiful natural resources, and stories of black and brown kids having meaningful experiences on refuges, inspired me to commit wholeheartedly to the work behind the scenes and work my way towards implementing the Urban Wildlife Conservation Program myself someday.”

Wildlife conservation extends beyond habitat protection and species recovery; connecting people with nature is also a critical component. Through this partnership, together FWS and HAF are connecting people to our public lands, offering unique opportunities to young people, strengthening its workforce and embracing the future.


Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program

Are you a rising leader interested in confronting the nation’s most pressing challenges through public service? Apply for the 2021 Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program. PMF is the Federal government’s flagship leadership development program for advanced degree candidates. The two-year fellowship offers full salary, benefits, and leadership training to develop a cadre of future government leaders. All academic disciplines are encouraged to apply. Don’t miss your shot to become a PMF!

The PMF Class of 2021 Application is NOW OPEN until 12:00pm (Eastern Time) October 14, 2020. Visit for more information.

The announcement can be found on USAJOBS ( by searching for “Presidential Management Fellows” or by clicking the following link: Eligible individuals can apply by going to the “How to apply” section of the announcement and following the instructions. NOTE: You do NOT need a account in order to apply for the PMF Program.

To learn more about eligibility and how to apply, please review the “Become a PMF” section on the PMF website at This section also provides a number of resources, including a “PMF Applicant Handbook,” which details the annual application process, explains eligibility requirements, and required documentation, and the “Assessment Preparation Guide,” which prepares applicants for the on-line assessment. These resources, along with our “Apply Brochure,” can be found below.

National and Federal Opportunities


U.S. Department of Education

You are invited: Invention Education Webinar

Register today and plan to join us October 27, 1:30-3:00 PM ET, as we hear from Inventor Hall of Fame Inductee Dr. Radia Perlman plus invention, innovation and entrepreneurship education content specialists and practitioners.  In collaboration with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office and The Lemelson Foundation, we are excited to feature these speakers and to share helpful resources with you.


American Association for the Advancement of Science

New Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Webinar

The AAAS Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference team has released their most recent webinar, Back to School and “Out” of School in a New Paradigm of Teaching, Learning, and Conducting Research for viewing on demand. The latest in a series of webinars features a trio of panelists from the education sector to discuss approaching the current school year given the current climate. Throughout the webinar, participants learned of a variety of resources for strategies, research, and funding.

Gregory Triplett of VCU opens to discuss open research and simulation opportunities. These topics get refined by Linda Akli of SURA as she presents on the resources available from XSEDE. Mary Ann Leung, co-founder of SHI, closes out our presentation a slew of additional resources and programs students can apply for.

The webinar can be viewed for free here. More information, including slides, are available on the event page. Alternative viewing options are available upon request. Previous entries in the series can be found on the ERN webinar listing. You can engage in the community via @ernconference on Twitter and on LinkedIn company page.

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U.S. Department of Energy

DOE Requests Responses to Bioeconomy Workforce/Career Development Request for Information

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) has released a bioeconomy workforce/career-development Request for Information (RFI). The RFI intends to identify existing bioenergy workforce development assets and gaps in the bioenergy industry and academia. BETO supports groundbreaking technologies to produce biofuels, bioproducts, and biopower (bioenergy) from non-food sources of biomass and waste resources.

One example of how BETO has been instrumental in supporting cutting-edge technology is through the groundbreaking collaboration between DOE’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), LanzaTech, and Virgin Atlantic. This collaboration led to Virgin Atlantic’s ability  to fly the first commercial flight fueled by recycled waste gas from a steel mill. LanzaTech first converted the gas to ethanol and then, using technology developed by PNNL, upgraded the ethanol to fuel that has been approved for commercial aviation—an alcohol-to-jet synthetic paraffinic kerosene. You can read more here.

To better understand how to prepare a skilled and diverse future bioenergy workforce, BETO is reaching out to our academic and industry partners to aid in identifying existing bioenergy workforce successes within the bioenergy industry and academic learning environment, as well as gaps that impede skill development and/or recruiting qualified individuals.

The RFI can be found on the BETO website. Feel free to use the RFI Template Word document to respond to the RFI questions. Additional comments and recommendations are welcomed. Submit your response to no later than 5:00 p.m. Eastern, November 2, 2020.


U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Solicitation of Volunteers to Serve as Grant Proposal Reviewers

The NRC is soliciting volunteers to serve as grant proposal reviewers.  Proposal reviewers are needed for the following subprogram areas:  faculty development, scholarship, fellowship, and trade school & community college scholarship.  Each reviewer will be assigned 5 – 8 proposals to review and be expected to participate on a review panel teleconference.  Proposals will be evaluated and rated against specific review criteria outlined for each subprogram area.  All proposal reviewers must certify no conflicts of interest for the proposals they will evaluate.  This review process will begin in the next few weeks.  We ask that only serious and dedicated individuals volunteer to assist us, as we will be on a tight review schedule.

Please note, just because you submit a proposal for a particular program does not preclude you from reviewing proposals submitted from other institutions for the same program.  All reviewers must certify no conflicts of interest for the proposals they will evaluate.  If you are interested in serving on a panel as a reviewer, please respond to this message with the program you’d like to review for (i.e., faculty development, scholarship and fellowship, trade school & community college scholarship).  If you have a known conflict, please provide that information as well.

Feel free to forward this message to others that may be interested.  Please contact Nancy Hebron-Isreal (information below) with any questions.

Nancy Hebron-Isreal;; 301-415-6996

Program Manager, Sr. Grants Administrative Specialist 

Program Management, Policy Development and Analysis


Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Webcast

In case you missed the first webcast.  The information will be repeated.

The White House Initiative on the Historical Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) in conjunction with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) invites you to attend the “Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program in the Midst of a Pandemic” webcast.  The repeated webcast will be held Thursday, October 29, 2020, 4:00pm – 5:00pm (EST).  Registration is requested.  To register, send email to:  Please include:

  • Name of University/College
  • Whether the university/college has participated in the VITA Program in the past (Yes or No)

The purpose of the webinar is to share valuable information to HBCUs that would like to provide free income preparation service to their students and community which it serves.  Although the VITA Program is mainly a vehicle used for students to receive free income tax preparations, the program also provides an opportunity for financial education and ensures that the university/college receives outreach messages from the IRS; such as updates to the CARES Act.

The IRS is keenly aware that due to COVID-19 the VITA Program will have to be delivered differentially than it has been in the past.  Whereas, in the past, the Program was delivered in a face-to-face format.  During the webcast, the IRS will share ideas on how to deliver the program via a non-contact, virtual model.  These models can be enacted even if students are not on campus.  The IRS’ goal is to maintain the safety those that volunteer in our sponsored programs while providing a valuable service.

The White House Initiative and IRS look forward to your presence on the webcast