Non-ESF Sources of Funding
Funding Opportunities for Graduate Students

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American Wildlife Conservation Foundation Inc.

The American Wildlife Conservation Foundation’s mission is to enhance fish and wildlife resources, with an emphasis on North America, through funding research, education and conservation initiatives with the goal of ensuring that the present and future generations can continue to enjoy these resources.  Small awards up to $2,000 intended for supplies or travel are given each year.  Proposals are due by February 1 (proposing summer work) or August 1 (proposing work for next calendar year).

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program

Established by Congress in 1986 to honor Senator Barry M. Goldwater, who served his country for 56 years as a soldier and statesman, including 30 years of service in the U.S. Senate.  The purpose of the Foundation is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue careers in these fields.  ESF may nominate up to four individuals.  Dr. S. Scott Shannon, Dean, Instruction and Graduate Studies, is the Campus Representative.  Applications, recommendations, and nominations are due to the Goldwater Foundation by January 31, 2014; all materials must be received internally by January 15, 2014.  Students MUST contact Dean Shannon for consideration.  

DOE Office of Science Graduate Fellowship

The Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science (SC) has established the DOE Office of Science Graduate Fellowship ( DOE SCGF) program to support outstanding students to pursue graduate training in basic research in areas of physics, biology, chemistry, mathematics, engineering, computational sciences, and environmental sciences relevant to the Office of Science and to encourage the development of the next generation scientific and technical talent in the U.S.  The Fellowship award provides partial tuition support, an annual stipend for living expenses, and a research stipend for full-time graduate study and thesis/dissertation research at a U.S. academic institution for three years. The DOE Office of Science supports the training of scientists and engineers to prepare them for careers in fields that will make significant contribution in the areas of discovery-driven science and science for national needs in energy, environment, and national security.  See the website for complete eligibility information  

Edna Bailey Sussman Foundation

The Edna Bailey Sussman Foundation supports summer internships for students matriculated in graduate degree programs at ESF.  Dr. S. Scott Shannon, Dean, Instruction and Graduate Studies, is the Campus Representative.  Students MUST contact Dean Shannon for consideration.  There is an information meeting in mid-January if one is interested in applying; please check your e-mail for a specific date and time!

EPA Star Fellowships

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is offering Graduate Fellowships for masters and doctoral level students in environmental fields of study.  Subject to availability of funding, the Agency plans to award approximately 120 new fellowships by June 30, 2010.  Master's level students may receive support for a maximum of two years.  Doctoral students may be supported for a maximum of three years, usable over a period of four years.  Visit the website for specific topic areas.

Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships

Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships are designed to increase the diversity of the nation's college and university departments by increasing ethnic diversity.  See the website for complete eligibility information and web-based application materials.

Fulbright – U.S. Graduate Students

A U.S. Student Fulbright Grant allows for individually designed study/research or an English Teaching Assistantship.  You can propose a project and/or study plan that will take place during one academic year in a country outside the U.S.  Provides support for study/research/teaching in a single country (For exceptions, see World Region Summaries.  Eligibility: Recent BA/BS graduates: graduating seniors and recent bachelor’s-degree recipients usually propose projects for which they have had some undergraduate preparation and/or direct work or internship experience; Master's and doctoral candidates: will demonstrate capacity for independent study or research, together with a general knowledge of the history, culture, and current events of the countries to which they are applying; young professionals, including writers, journalists, and those in law, business, and other professional fields: may have up to 5 years of professional study and/or experience in the field in which they are applying. Those with more than 5 years of experience should apply to the Council for International Exchange of Scholars in the Fulbright Scholar Program.  Artists and musicians: applicants without a bachelor’s degree may substitute at least four years of professional training or experience. S. Scott Shannon, Dean, Instruction and Graduate Studies, is the Campus Representative.  Students MUST contact Dean Shannon for consideration, with an internal deadline of September 15 for electronic submission of application materials to Dean Shannon for local campus committee review.

Garden Club of America

The Garden Club of America strives to stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening, to share the advantages of association by means of educational meetings, conferences, correspondence and publications, and to restore, improve, and protect the quality of the environment through educational programs and action in the fields of conservation and civic improvement.  To further these goals, Zone VI of the Garden Club of America has established a Fellowship in Urban Forestry for qualified U.S. students. In addition, the GCA oversees the Rome Prize for Landscape Architecture, and the Francis Peacock Scholarship for Native Bird Habitat.

IASA Young Scientists Summer Program 2009: Summer Fellowship in Austria for Graduate Students in Natural and Social Sciences, Math, Policy and Engineering

Each summer, the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), located in Schloss Laxenburg near Vienna, Austria, hosts a group of graduate students -- primarily doctoral -- from around the world in its Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP).  These students work closely with IIASA's senior scientists on projects within the Institute's 3 theme areas: energy & technology, natural resources & environment, population & society.  Eligibility: advanced graduate student status; field of study compatiblewith ongoing research at IIASA; research and career would benefit fromworking alongside 50+ contemporary young scientists from a score or moreof other nations, and senior scientists from around the world; interest in the policy implications of the discipline.  On-line application form, along withmore information, is at  Detailed information about each program is on the IIASA Website:

Intercollegiate Studies Institute

The Intercollegiate Studies Institute offers a variety of fellowships.  See the website for complete eligibility information. 

Deadline:  January 16th of the year to be awarded

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Scholarship Program

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Scholarship Program will award scholarships to seniors and recent graduates *who have already received the scholarship as an undergraduate student* planning to attend graduate school for the first time starting in fall 2009.  Each award covers a portion of educational expenses, including tuition, living expenses, required fees, and books for the graduate degree chosen.  The amount and duration of awards vary by student based on the cost of attendance and the length of the graduate program as well as other scholarships or grants received.  The maximum available per student per year of study is $50,000 and the maximum length is six years.  See the website for complete eligibility information 

NASA Fellowships

Students and faculty may explore and experience unique space and aeronautics content through NASA's education opportunities for higher education in many different categories and grants.  Check the website for more information about specific programs, eligibility, and application deadlines.  Some grants may require the institution to match funding and/or apply through

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship

The Department of Defense is committed to increasing the number and quality of American men and women who will lead state-of-the-art research projects in disciplines related to national security. The National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship is a highly competitive, portable fellowship that is awarded to U.S. citizens and nationals who intend to pursue graduate study in one of the 15 supported disciplines.  NDSEG confers high honors upon its recipients, and allows them to attend whichever U.S. institution they choose.  NDSEG Fellowships last for three years and pay for full tuition and all mandatory fees, a monthly stipend, and up to $1,000 a year in medical insurance.  See for more information. All materials must be submitted By: 5:00 PM EST on December 20, 2013

National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program

The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees in the U.S. and abroad. The NSF welcomes applications from all qualified students and strongly encourages under-represented populations, including women, under-represented racial and ethnic minorities, and persons with disabilities, to apply for this fellowship.  Fellows benefit from a three-year annual stipend of $30,000 along with a $10,500 cost of education allowance for tuition and fees, a one-time $1,000 international travel allowance and the freedom to conduct their own research at any accredited U.S., or foreign institution of graduate education they choose. Deadline:  November 4 – 8, 2013 (depending on discipline).  

National Institute of Health Grants and Fellowships

A list of funding from fellowships to federal grants on various topics of health.  May require applicant to go through and their institution.

NOAA-NERR Fellowships (National Estuarine Research Reserve System)

The National Estuarine Research Reserve System’s Graduate Research Fellowship provides master’s degree students and Ph.D. candidates with an opportunity to conduct research of local and national significance that focuses on enhancing coastal zone management.  Fellows conduct their research within a National Estuarine Research Reserve and gain hands-on experience by participating in their host reserve's research and monitoring programs.  Fellows receive a stipend of $20,000 per year.  Apply through through the institution.

Deadline:  Early November

NOAA Seagrant Graduate Fellowships

The National Sea Grant Program sponsors a variety of marine research, outreach and education projects, most through the state Sea Grant Program.  Each program announces the availability of funding on an annual or biannual basis.  Check the website for more information about specific programs, eligibility, and application deadlines.  Some grants may require the institution to match funding and/or apply through

NSEP David L. Boren Scholarships and NSEP David L. Boren Fellowships

The NSEP David L. Boren Scholarships (undergraduates) provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad.  NSEP David L. Boren Fellowships (graduates) provide up to $30,000 to U.S. graduate students to add an important international and language component to their graduate education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency.

Deadline:  January 28, 2014

P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship Fund

The P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship is awarded annually to women who are citizens of countries other than the U.S. or Canada for graduate study in the U.S. and Canada. The maximum amount for 12-months of study is $6,000.  Qualifications: must be matriculated in a graduate program in the U.S. or Canada; at least one full year of coursework must be completed prior to application.  Restrictions: U.S. or Canadian citizens are ineligible; scholarships are not awarded for research, internships, or travel; doctoral students who have completed candidacy are not eligible as first-time applicants.  See the website for complete eligibility information.

Deadline:  August 15-December 15, 2011

Rocky Mountain Nature Association

The Rocky Mountain Nature Association announces its annual summer fellowship for graduate level researchers in Rocky Mountain National Park. 

Deadline:  February 1


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