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National and Federal Opportunities for the week ending October 16, 2020

WHITE HOUSE INITIATIVE ON HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES COVID-19 (“Coronavirus”) Information and Resources for Schools and School PersonnelHBCU Announcements Google To Provide Digital Skills Training At HBCUs As Part Of $15 Million PledgeThe first four schools in the program are Bowie State University in Maryland, Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina, Southern University A&M College in Louisiana and Virginia State University.The initial $1 million investment is part of a $15 million fund to upskill Black job seekers, which Google announced amid a wave of antiracism activism in June as part of its larger $175 million commitment to racial equity. Read MoreEDA and HBCUs: Cultivating Strategic Engagementfor Regional Economic DevelopmentThe Economic Development Administration (EDA), in collaboration with the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (The Initiative) and the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO), invites you to participate in its upcoming webinar presentation:EDA and HBCUs: Cultivating Strategic Engagementfor Regional Economic DevelopmentEDA’s webinar presentation is an extension of the White House National HBCU Week and Conference that was held virtually from September 21 – 25. It is designed to provide the HBCU community with valuable information describing EDA tools, programs, and partners, and how HBCUs can effectively engage with these to support the development of inclusive, innovative, and competitive regional economies. At the end of the one-hour panel discussion, EDA and HBCU presenters will participate in a 30-minute Q&A session with audience members. Registrants are invited and encouraged to submit questions in advance for the Q&A session to EDA at webinar, along with any resulting collaboration with EDA and its other regional partners, is intended primarily for HBCU personnel and leadership whose roles and responsibilities include economic and community development programming and strategic planning. You are asked to share this information with any of your colleagues whom you feel would benefit from this presentation.Please use the following links to register for an event in your region. Each HBCU is strongly encouraged to register for the regional event that includes its home state. NOTE: HBCUs located in Ohio and Missouri may register for any of the following regional presentations.HBCU’s within EDA’s Austin Region Click Here to register:Thursday, November 12 at 3:00 – 4:30 pm ESTEDA’s Austin Region includes the States of Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, LouisianaHBCU’s within EDA’s Atlanta Region Click Here to register:Tuesday, November 17 at 1:00 – 2:30 pm ESTEDA’s Atlanta Region includes the States of Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, Alabama, U.S. Virgin IslandsHBCU’s within EDA’s Philadelphia Region Click Here to register:Wednesday, November 18, 2:00 – 3:30 pm ESTEDA’s Philadelphia Region includes the States of Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of ColumbiaU.S. Department of EnergyInterest and Access: National Laboratories Fall Session OCT 27, 2020 | 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm ESTAn 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.Career VacanciesCareersTo view and apply for FWS positions, please click here: FWS Vacancy Announcements. If you have a question about a specific position vacancy, please contact the Human Resources point of contact listed at the bottom of the announcement.   For more information about FWS job and internship opportunities, please visit our FWS Recruitment Opportunities page. You can also find career spotlights about many of our careers and others within the Department of the Interior here.InternshipsStudents interested in wildlife conservation and stewardship are encouraged to apply for our paid internships through our partnership organizations. Opportunities with FWS and other conservation agencies throughout the country can be found on the following partner’s websites:Student Conservation AssociationAmerican Conservation Experience*Hispanic Access Foundation/MANO Project**You will need to use the agency filter to see our internships offered by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.Student OpportunitiesApply to Be a NASA Community College Aerospace Scholar and Inspire the Next Generation of the STEM WorkforceNASA Community College Aerospace Scholars (NCAS) wants to connect with two-year degree seeking community college students to inspire them to become the next generation of the STEM workforce. NCAS gives community college students an opportunity to learn from experts about NASA’s missions and current research in an online self-paced course. Students who succeed in the course may have the opportunity to attend a NASA experience where a NASA scientist would lead them in a competition with other like-minded students. To find out more or to direct students to the application, please visit the program website. The application will remain open through Nov. 18, 2020, 11:59 p.m. CST.Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) ProgramAre 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 OpportunitiesIBM Academic AwardsIBM Global University Programs’ IBM PhD Fellowship, IBM Masters Fellowship and IBM Academic Awards promote research, innovation, and the building of social, scientific, and technology-based collaboration with universities. The award programs are designed to support a spectrum of university needs: The highly competitive IBM PhD Fellowship Awards provide funding for PhD students in the final years of their PhD program, the IBM Masters Fellowship Awards provide funding for Masters students, while the IBM Academic Awards program provides support ranging from individual faculty to broader areas of emerging science and technology that contain significant interest to the university and IBM.The IBM PhD Fellowship Awards are nominated through a faculty member at the university to recognize and support exceptional PhD students. The IBM Masters Fellowship Awards are nominated through a faculty member from a historically Black college or university to recognize and support exceptional Masters students. IBM Academic Awards are nominated internally by IBMers in a spirit of collaboration with faculty and ongoing and future initiatives at universities. The IBM Global University Program Awards increase access for universities to IBM technologies for research and in the classroom. Both the IBM PhD Fellowship Awards and the IBM Academic Awards are global programs. How nominators engage with the programs differ. More details can be found both in the tabs above and the links below.For more informationSDOL H-1B Rural Healthcare Grant Program Funding Opportunity AnnouncementThe U.S. Department of Labor announced the availability of up to $40 million in funding in the Rural Healthcare Grant Program to address rural healthcare workforce shortages in communities across the country as this may be of interest to the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) community.The press release is available on DOL’s websiteHere is the link to the FOA posted on for more information. The FOA closes on November 13, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.Pre-Applicant Webinar and FAQs:On approximately October 7, 2020, a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page about the Rural Healthcare FOA will be available under the H-1B Rural Healthcare Grant Program heading at  A pre-recorded Prospective Applicant Webinar will be available at the same link.After reviewing the FOA, questions about the Rural Healthcare Grant Program should be directed to the contact listed in the FOA, Linda Forman, Grant Specialist, at Department of EducationYou are invited: Invention Education WebinarRegister 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. U.S. Nuclear Regulatory CommissionSolicitation of Volunteers to Serve as Grant Proposal ReviewersThe 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;; 301-415-6996Program Manager, Sr. Grants Administrative Specialist Program Management, Policy Development and AnalysisInternal Revenue Service (IRS)Internal Revenue Service (IRS)Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) WebcastIn 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/CollegeWhether 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
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