Wednesday, November 6, 2013

More Grants, Scholarships, and Awards

We posted a list of Illinois funding opportunities for students back in July, but since we are unable to offer our Annual Small Grants this year due to Sequester budget cuts, we hope this list of national and international opportunities can provide even more support ideas. If we missed your organizations’ scholarships, please contact us. In no particular order:

  • Our colleagues over in Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant provide access for Illinois and Indiana students to the Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship, the Great Lakes Commission/Sea Grant Fellowship, NOAA Fisheries Services/Sea Grant Fellowships, and the CILER Great Lakes Summer Students Fellowships. While most of these awards provide research funding or experiences for current graduate student, there are some undergraduate opportunities available. Check their website regularly for open fellowships and advice on applications.       
  • The Society of Freshwater Science makes several aquatic ecology awards to organization member graduate students. Award applications are due in February 2014 and range from support for taxonomic research to travel funds to attend annual meetings. 
  • The Soil and Water Conservation Society provides scholarship to traditional students as well as working professionals who seek to add to their professional credentials. Applicants must be members of SWCS. Full information is available here.
  • The Water Environment Federation (WEF) provides monetary awards to WEF members attending graduate school. Applicants must be members of WEF, pursing a career/degree in the water environment field, and use scholarship funds for tuition, board, or books, but not wages or a stipend.     
  • Engineering firm Brown and Caldwell offers several scholarships to students in engineering or environmental science fields. The Minority Scholarship is for junior, senior, and graduate minority students with a GPA over 3.0 attending an accredited college or university. The Eckenfelder Scholarship is open to all students, but has similar requirements as the Minority Scholarship. Applications are due April 15th of each year.       
  • If you’re interested in a master’s degree in environmental engineering and are willing to promise to work for two years in the that field, you should consider applying to the Environmental Engineers of the Future program. Applicants must have a BS in engineering from an accredited university and have chosen, and been accepted into, a graduate program by spring of 2014. Applications are due December 1. 
  • Even more engineering scholarships are listed on the American Society of Civil Engineers' webpage. While the requirements and deadlines differ among these opportunities, you do, generally, have to be pursing a degree in civil engineering.
  • The Society of Women Geographers provides several fellowship opportunities to “women studying for advanced degrees in geography or its allied fields.” Pruitt National Fellowship applications are due in February of 2014.
  • The American Geophysical Union awards several travel grants and scholarships to student members. While most of the scholarship applications are due in June, it is never too early to start planning and preparing your ideas.
  • Don’t forget about the U.S. EPA’s Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Fellowships. For master’s and PhD students, the awards provide tuition, stipend, and expenses for several years for research. They’re not currently accepting scholarships for the 2014 school year, but keep an eye on their website for future updates.   
  • And finally, the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program provides support to graduate students in many, many types of programs. While very competitive, these awards are still well worth pursuing and are due very soon!