Non-ESF Scholarships, Fellowships & Grants
Minority Fellowships and Scholarships:
- The National Wildlife Federation's Campus Ecology Fellowship Program offers a nationally recognized opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to pursue their vision of an ecologically sustainable future. Through tangible projects to green their campuses and communities, Fellows gain practical experience in the conservation field and first-hand knowledge of the challenges and opportunities inherent in successful conservation efforts. In addition to joining the national network of current and alumni Campus Ecology Fellows, students also receive a modest grant, project support and recognition of their accomplishments. Campus and community stakeholders benefit from the Fellow's assistance with the research, design and implementation of projects that produce measurable results to help reduce consumption and pollution, restore habitat and support other environmentally sound initiatives.
- The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution offers special educational opportunities in oceanography for minority undergraduates who are enrolled in U.S. colleges or universities. Through this Minority Fellowship program, WHOI's aim is to provide promising students from underrepresented groups with a meaningful first-hand introduction to research in oceanography, oceanographic engineering, or marine policy. These awards provide a training and research experience in Woods Hole for students who have completed at least their junior year of undergraduate study and who have academic interests in physical or natural science, mathematics, engineering, or marine policy. Minority Fellowships may be awarded for a ten- to twelve-week period in the summer or for a semester during the academic year, and may be renewed the following year.
- The Ecological Society of America's (ESA) SEEDS program offers Undergraduate Research Fellowships for students underrepresented in the field of ecology. The fellowship is intended for students who have a sincere interest in pursuing an ecology career, have gained some experience in the field, and will be a sophomore, junior, or senior during the term of their fellowship. SEEDS fellows conduct a year-long independent ecological research project with the help of a mentor scientist. The mentor is an Ecological Society of America (ESA) member, working outside the student's home institution. The most unique aspect of the SEEDS Fellowship is that the student-mentor match is a highly individualized process. SEEDS staff work with fellows once they have been accepted to find a mentor who is working in the student's interest area, and, if desired, also in a relatively close location to facilitate the year-long format of the fellowship. http://esa.org/seeds/
- CEA-CREST offers students exciting opportunities for focused and interdisciplinary research in the environmental sciences. Student Fellows participate in the center research teams, the interdisciplinary curriculum, and the university accredited internships with off-campus agencies. Teams of senior scientists from biology, chemistry, geography, geology, and engineering advise student collaborators in the following emphasis areas; coastal marine population dynamics, monitoring changing ecosystems at multiple spatial scales, molecular genetics in evolution, ecology, and conservation, biogeochemical processes, and hydrology of regional aquifers and riparian areas in arid zones. Funding for CEA-CREST comes from the National Science Foundation Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) Program. http://ecatalog.calstatela.edu/content.php?catoid=4&navoid=94
- The National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science (GEM) The GEM Fellowship programs are designed to offer opportunities for underrepresented minority students to obtain MS degrees in engineering and Ph.D. degrees in engineering and the natural and physical sciences through a program of paid summer internships and graduate financial assistance.
- The purpose of the National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program is to ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States and to reinforce its diversity. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in the relevant science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees, including women in engineering and computer and information science.
- Ford Foundation Fellowships for Minorities are designed to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. Predoctoral fellowships support study toward a Ph.D. or Sc.D.; Dissertation fellowships offer support in the final year of writing the Ph.D. or Sc.D. thesis; Postdoctoral Fellowships offer one-year awards for Ph.D. recipients. Applicants must be U.S. citizens in research-based fields of study.
- The fundamental objective of the Mellon Minority Undergraduate Fellowships (MMUF) is to increase the number of minority students, and others with a demonstrated commitment to eradicating racial disparities, who will pursue PhDs in core fields in the arts and sciences. The program aims to reduce over time the serious under representation on the faculties of individuals from certain minority groups, as well as to address the attendant educational consequences of these disparities.
- The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) is the nation's leading organization supporting Hispanic higher education. HSF was founded in 1975 with a vision to strengthen the country by advancing college education among Hispanic Americans-the largest minority segment of the U.S. population. In support of its mission to double the rate of Hispanics earning college degrees, HSF provides the Latino community more college scholarships and educational outreach support than any other organization in the country.
- In 2006, The Morris K. Udall Undergraduate Scholarship Foundation expects to award 80 scholarships of up to $5,000 and 50 honorable mentions of $350 on the basis of merit to sophomore and junior-level college students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to the environment, and have demonstrated commitment to careers related to tribal public policy or health care, and are Native American or Alaska Native. The Udall Foundation seeks future leaders across a wide spectrum of environmental fields, including policy, engineering, science, education, urban planning and renewal, business, health, justice, and economics. The Foundation also seeks future Native American and Alaska Native leaders in public and community health care, tribal government, and public policy affecting Native American communities, including land and resource management, economic development, and education.
- The American Indian Science & Engineering Society (AISES) promotes excellence, leadership and opportunities in education and professional development for American Indians and Alaska Natives. Among other programs, they administer several scholarships in partnership with other organizations. These scholarships are intended to supplement the unmet financial needs of qualified American Indians pursuing degrees in science, engineering, and technology.
EPA Fellowship Opportunities:
- 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 environmentally related fields of study. The deadline for receipt of pre-applications is November 23, 2004. Subject to availability of funding, the Agency plans to award approximately 100 new fellowships by July 21, 2005. Masters level students may receive support for a maximum of two years. Doctoral students may be supported for a maximum of three years with funding available, under certain circumstances, over a period of four years. The fellowship program provides up to $37,000 per year of support. See: http://epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2004/2005_star_grad_fellow.html for more information.
- GRO Graduate Fellowships
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) program, is offering Graduate Fellowships for masters and doctoral level students in environmentally related fields of study. The deadline for receipt of pre-applications is November 23, 2004. Subject to availability of funding, the Agency plans to award approximately 20 new fellowships by July 21, 2005. Masters level students may receive support for a maximum of two years. Doctoral students may be supported for a maximum of three years with funding available, under certain circumstances, over a period of four years. The fellowship program provides up to $37,000 per year of support. See: http://epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2004/2005_gro_grad_fellow.html for more information.
- GRO Undergraduate Fellowships
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is offering Greater Research Opportunities Undergraduate Fellowships for bachelor level students in environmentally related fields of study. The deadline for receipt of pre-applications is November 23, 2004. Subject to availability of funding, the Agency plans to award approximately 15 new fellowships by July 21, 2005. Eligible students will receive support for their junior and senior years of undergraduate study and for an internship at an EPA facility during the summer between their junior and senior years. The fellowship provides up to $17,000 per year of academic support and up to $7,500 of internship support for the three-month summer period. See: http://epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2004/2005_gro_undergrad_fellow.html for more information.