Graduate Fellowships

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Large grants/fellowships supporting multiple years of graduate study (geosciences and biology)

NSF Predoctoral Fellowships

Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)

The National Science Foundation aims to ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in the United States and to reinforce its diversity by offering approximately 1,000 graduate fellowships in this competition. The Graduate Research Fellowship provides three years of support for graduate study leading to research-based master or doctoral degrees and is intended for students who are at the early stages of their graduate study. The Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) invests in graduate education for a cadre of diverse individuals who demonstrate their potential to successfully complete graduate degree programs in disciplines relevant to the mission of the National Science Foundation

NDSEG (National Defense Science and  Engineering Graduate fellowships) 

As a means of increasing the number of U.S. citizens and nationals trained in science and engineering disciplines of military importance, the Department of Defense (DoD) plans to award 180 new three-year graduate fellowships in April 2005, subject to the availability of funds. The DoD will offer these fellowships to individuals who have demonstrated ability and special aptitude for advanced training in science and engineering. National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowships are awarded to applicants who will pursue a doctoral degree in, or closely related to, an area of DoD interest within one of the following disciplines: Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering; Biosciences; Chemical Engineering; Chemistry; Civil Engineering; Cognitive, Neural, and Behavioral Sciences ; Computer and Computational Sciences ;Electrical Engineering; Geosciences; Materials Science and Engineering; Mathematics; Mechanical Engineering; Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering; Oceanography; Physics

The DoD is also interested in supporting the education of future scientists and engineers in a number of interdisciplinary areas that overlap the disciplines listed above.

NASA Graduate Student Fellowships in Earth Systems Science

Applications will be considered for research in any of the six focus areas established by NASA’s Earth Science Enterprise: climate variability and change; atmospheric composition; carbon cycle, ecosystems and biogeochemistry; water and energy cycle; weather; and Earth surface and interior. The purpose of the fellowship program is to ensure continued training of interdisciplinary scientists to support the study of Earth as a system. Particular emphasis is placed on the applicant’s ability and interest in pursuing academic training and research using observations and measurements from NASA’s Earth-orbiting satellites. NASA is especially interested in supporting investigations that fulfill a growing need in competencies relating to data assimilation and continuing improvement of remote sensing techniques.

EPA STAR Graduate Fellowships 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), NationalCenter for Environmental Research (NCER), invites pre-applications for the Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Fellowships for graduate environmental study for master’s and doctoral level students. The deadline for receipt of pre-applications is October 18, 2005. Subject to availability of funding, the Agency plans to award approximately 100 new fellowships by July 21, 2006. The purpose of the fellowship program is to encourage promising students to obtain advanced degrees and pursue careers in an environmental field. The STAR fellowship program has proven to be beneficial to both the public and private sectors by providing a steady stream of well-trained environmental specialists to meet environmental challenges in our society. It has also provided new environmental research in physical, biological, health sciences, and social sciences and engineering.

GRO Graduate Fellowships 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is offering Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) Graduate Fellowships for master’s and doctoral level students in environmentally related fields of study. The GRO Graduate Fellowship program, like its predecessor (the Minority Academic Institution or MAI program), is intended to strengthen the environmental research capacity of institutions of higher education that receive limited funding to build such capacity, including in particular institutions with substantial minority enrollment. This goal is consistent with the mission of EPA, which is to provide leadership in the nation’s environmental science, research, education, assessment, restoration, and preservation efforts.

EPA Marshall Scholarship Program  

In recognition of the global nature of environmental challenges and the need to pool the resources of many nations to solve environmental problems, EPA has joined with the United Kingdom’s Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission, which has been administering the esteemed Marshall Scholarship since 1953. Through an EPA Marshall Scholarship, up to three talented individuals with strong backgrounds in environmentally relevant sciences are selected each year to receive up to five years of graduate education assistance. The first two years are supported by the UK through a Marshall Scholarship to a university in Great Britain. Successful candidates may receive up to three additional years of support towards a doctoral degree, either in England or in the US. Applications are due each year on October 1. Go to the Marshall Scholarship web site for more information:

Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships for Achieving Excellence in College and University Teaching 

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.

Canon Scholars competition  

The National Park Service, Canon Inc., and AAAS announce the  Canon Scholars competition for students in North, Central and South America who will be pursuing their Ph.D. research in national parks in the US, Canada and Latin America. Eight scholarships ($78,000) are available on the topics of

(1) biological sciences, (2) physical sciences, (3) social/cultural sciences, (4) technology innovation.

Policy-related training for scientists and engineers

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Engineering Fellows Program

Increasing public understanding of science and technology is a principal goal of AAAS, so it only makes sense that it recognizes the need for scientists who are well versed in communicating complex ideas to a general audience.  The 10-week summer program places graduate and post-graduate level science, engineering and mathematics students at media organizations nationwide. Fellows have worked as reporters, editors, researchers and production assistants at such media outlets as the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, National Public Radio, Sacramento Bee, and Scientific American. Participants come in knowing the importance of translating their work for the public, but they leave with the tools and the know-how to accomplish this important goal.

GSA–USGS Congressional Science Fellowship

Opportunities to serve as a Congressional Science Fellow are rare, unique experiences. This position will enable you to work directly with national leaders and put your expertise and experience to work helping shape science and technology policy on Capitol Hill.The Congressional Science Fellow will be selected from top competitors. Prospective candidates should be GSA members with a broad geoscience background and excellent written and oral communication skills. Minimum requirements are a Master’s degree with at least five years professional experience or a Ph.D. at the time of appointment. If you possess this professional background, have experience in applying scientific knowledge to societal challenges, and share a passion for helping shape the future of the geoscience profession, GSA invites your application. The fellowship is open to U.S. citizens or permanent U.S. residents.

For application information, visit, or contact

Ginger Williams, GSA Headquarters +1-303-357-1040,


Large grant supporting one year of conservation-related research

Budweiser Conservation Scholarship Program 

Anheuser-Busch and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation are seeking applications for the Budweiser Conservation Scholarship Program. This highly competitive scholarship program supports and promotes innovative research or study that seeks to respond to today’s most pressing conservation issues. The program provides scholarships to eligible graduate and undergraduate students who are poised to make a significant! contribution to the field of conservation. The program offers a minimum of ten scholarships of up to $10,000 each will be awarded to cover students’ expenses for tuition, fees, books, room and board, and other direct expenses related to their studies. Awards will be made based on merit and will take into consideration a student’s academic achievements and ability and commitment to develop innovative solutions that are designed to address real and pressing issues affecting fish, wildlife, and plant conservation efforts. To be eligible for consideration, a student must be a U.S. citizen, at least twenty-one years of age, and enrolled in an accredited institution of higher education pursuing a graduate or undergraduate degree (sophomores and juniors in the current academic year only) in environmental science, natural resource management, biology, public policy, geography, political science, or related disciplines. Recipients are eligible for one year of scholarship support. See the NFWF Web site for complete program and application information.


Large grant supporting up to two years of biological research

NSF DDIGs (Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants) 

Changes: In the Division of Integrative Organismal Biology, the Environmental and Structural Systems Cluster will end participation in this competition. As a consequence, doctoral research in the areas of ecological and evolutionary physiology will generally not be eligible for Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants.  The National Science Foundation awards Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants in selected areas of the biological sciences.These grants provide partial support of doctoral dissertation research to improve the overall quality of research. Allowed are costs for doctoral candidates to conduct research in specialized facilities or field settings away from the home campus, to participate in scientific meetings, and to provide opportunities for greater diversity in collecting and creativity in analyzing data than would otherwise be possible using only locally available resources.

Smaller grants/fellowships/scholarships to support research and travel (geosciences and biology)

Sigma Xi – Grants in aid of Research   

Application Deadlines: March 15 and October 15 annually. The Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research program has been providing undergraduate and graduate students with valuable educational experiences for more than 80 years. By encouraging close working relationships between students and faculty, the program promotes scientific excellence and achievement through hands-on learning. The program awards grants of $1,000 or less to students from all areas of the sciences and engineering. Designated funds from the National Academy of Sciences allow for grants of up to $2,500 for astronomy or vision related research. Students use the funding to pay for travel expenses to and from a research site, or for purchase of non-standard laboratory equipment necessary to complete a specific research project.

American Philosophical Society: 

The Lewis and Clark Fund for Exploration and Field Research

The Lewis and Clark Fund (initially supported by a benefaction from the late Stanford Ascherman, MD, of San Francisco) encourages exploratory field studies for the collection of specimens and data and to provide the imaginative stimulus that accompanies direct observation. Applications are invited from disciplines with a large dependence on field studies, such as archeology, anthropology, astrobiology and space science, biology, ecology, geography, geology, and paleontology, but grants will not be restricted to these fields. Grants will be available to graduate students, postdoctoral students, junior and senior scientists, and social scientists who wish to participate in field studies for their theses or for other purposes.  The competition is open to U.S. residents wishing to carry out research anywhere in the world. Foreign applicants must either be based at a U.S. institution or plan to carry out their work in the United States. Amounts will depend on travel costs, but will ordinarily be in the range of several hundred dollars up to about $5000. Deadlines:

American Museum of Natural History  

Modest short term awards are offered to advanced graduate students and postdoctoral researchers who are commencing their careers in the fields of zoology, paleontology, anthropology, astrophysics and earth and planetary sciences.

Collection Study Grants provide financial assistance to enable predoctoral and recent postdoctoral investigators to study any of the scientific collections at the AmericanMuseum. These collections are in Anthropology, Astrophysics, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Entomology, Herpetology and Ichthyology, Invertebrates, Mammalogy, Ornithology, Vertebrate Paleontology. awards partially support travel and subsistence while visiting the AmericanMuseum of Natural History. The amount of the award ranges from $500 to $1500.

The Paleontological Society 

Stephen Jay Gould Grants

THE PALEONTOLOGICAL SOCIETY invites applications from student members and members with postdoctoral research appointments for a limited number of $500 grants to support research in any field or aspect of paleontology. Who may apply? Undergraduate and graduate student members of the Paleontological Society conducting research in any aspect of paleontology, AND, Paleontological Society members with a postdoctoral research appointment and primary involvement in a program of paleontological research.

Explorer’s Club  

Exploration Fund

The Exploration Fund of The Explorers Club provides grants in support of exploration and field research. Grants in amounts up to $1,200 are made primarily to graduate students.


The flagship international educational program sponsored by the United States Government, the Fulbright Program is designed to “increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries…” With this goal, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 250,000 participants — chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential — with the opportunity to study and teach in each other’s countries, exchange ideas, and develop joint solutions to address shared concerns.

American Association of University Women  

American Fellowships support women doctoral candidates completing dissertations and scholars seeking funds for postdoctoral research leave or for preparing completed research for publication. Applicants must be U.S citizens or permanent residents. One-year postdoctoral research leave fellowships, dissertation fellowships, and summer/short-term research publication grants are offered.

Career Development Grants support women who hold a bachelor’s degree and who are preparing to advance their careers, change careers, or re-enter the work force.

Community Action Grants provide seed money to individual women, AAUW branches and AAUW state organizations, as well as local community-based nonprofit organizations for innovative programs or nondegree research projects that promote education and equity for women and girls.

International Fellowships are awarded for full-time graduate or postgraduate study or research to women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Supplemental grants support community-based projects in the fellow’s home country.

Selected Professions Fellowships are awarded to women who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and who intend to pursue a full-time course of study (during the fellowship year) in designated degree programs where women’s participation traditionally has been low.


Smaller grants/fellowships/scholarships to support research and travel (biology)

Budweiser Conservation Fellowship (about 10 awarded annually) Anheuser-Busch and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation fund this competitive scholarship program that supports and promotes innovative research or study that seeks to respond to today’s most pressing conservation issues. The Conservation Scholarship Program is designed to respond to many of the most significant challenges in fish, wildlife and plant conservation in the United States, whether it is the sustainable use of natural resources, including sportfish and game, recovery of an endangered species, or control of invasive exotic species, by providing scholarships to eligible graduate and undergraduate students who are poised to make a significant contribution to the field of conservation.

Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution 

Walter M. Fitch Prize

Beginning with the first annual meeting of the SMBE in 1993, the Walter M. Fitch Symposium has provided a forum for young investigators.  Members of the SMBE who are either current graduate students or postdoctoral researchers and who received the primary doctoral-level degree no earlier than one year before the first day of the month of an annual meeting are eligible for the Fitch Prize awarded at that meeting. On the basis of abstracts submitted to the Chair of the Fitch Prize committee, the committee selects about 10 individuals to enter the competition. Contestants may receive partial travel support from the Society.

Center for Plant Conservation – Catherine H. Beattie award –  

Created to promote the conservation of rare and endangered flora in the United States through the programs of the Center for Plant Conservation headquartered at the MissouriBotanical Garden. The research grant enables a student in  biology, horticulture, or a related field to conduct field research.Preference is given to students whose projects focus on the endangered flora of the Carolinas and the southeastern United States. Selection is by a panel of botanists appointed by the CPC.

New England Botanical Club – Graduate Student Research Award (1-2 are awarded annually)

The New England Botanical Club offers each year up to $2,000 total in support of botanical research to be conducted by graduate students. The awards are made to stimulate and encourage botanical research on the New England flora, and to make possible visits to the New England region by those who would not otherwise be able to do so. It is anticipated that two awards will be given, although the actual number and amount of awards will depend on the proposals received. The awards are given to the graduate student(s) submitting the best research proposal dealing with systematic botany, biosystematics, plant ecology, or plant conservation biology.

New England Wildflower Society/ National Science Foundation  Conservation Fellowship

Torrey Botanical Society – Graduate Student Research Award (1 awarded  annually)

The Torrey Botanical Society supports student research with an annual award of $2,500.00.  The award, limited to graduate students in botany who are members of the Society, must be used to help pay the costs of field work.  Applicants will be judged by the Council of the Society and recipients will be announced before 1 April each year.

Botanical Society of America – Graduate Student Research Award

The Botanical Society of America’s “Student Research Awards” were established in 2004 to support and promote graduate student research in the botanical sciences. To be eligible, an applicant must be a member of the Botanical Society of America (BSA), a registered fulltime graduate student, have a faculty advisor who also is a member of the BSA.  BSA Graduate Student Reseach Awards and/or the J. S. Karling Graduate Student Research Award may only be received once per individual.  $500 Research Grant

Nine awards given each year.  Nominations open Sept 1, close March 1.

BIO (systematics)

American Society of Plant Taxonomists  

The ASPT is pleased to announce the society’s annual competition for research grants for graduate student investigators.  Support is available for students (both master’s and doctoral levels) conducting field work, herbarium travel, and/or laboratory research in any area of plant systematics.  ASPT Graduate Student Research grants do not include support for institutional overhead or stipends.  No grant will exceed $1000; it is unlikely that proposals from previous recipients will be funded.  Proposals will be funded on the basis of merit, regardless of the research area within systematics (e.g., if all of the best proposals emphasize field work, grants will only be made in that area).

Systematic Biology: 

(1) Awards for Graduate Student Research

As a further step toward playing a more active role in the systematics community and in recognition that graduate students embody the future of systematics and the Society, the Society of Systematic Biologists (SSB) announces its fourth annual Graduate Student Research Award competition. The purpose of these awards is to assist students in the initiation (first two years) of their systematics projects and in the collection of preliminary data needed by them to pursue additional sources of support (e.g., Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants from the National Science Foundation) or to enhance dissertation research (e.g., by visiting additional field collection sites or museums). Applicants may be from any country, but must be members of SSB, and are advised to join the Society as soon as possible to facilitate their applications. Previous awardees may not re-apply, but other previous applicants are encouraged to re-apply. Awards will range between $US 1,000 and $2US ,000 and up to six awards will be made.

(2) Mini-PEET awards to enhance transfer of taxonomic knowledge

SSB is pleased to announce the availability of four awards to enhance the transfer of taxonomic expertise, modeled after the highly successful PEET program at NSF. The primary purpose is to pass on taxonomic expertise in general, therefore, unlike the NSF PEET program, awards will not be limited to taxonomically understudied taxa. Applicants should NOT be a member of a laboratory group currently supported by an NSF PEET award.

The awards are designed to allow SSB members (students, post-docs, and faculty) to spend a summer or semester apprenticed to an expert in a particular taxonomic group. This could include either a trip to the taxonomists’ laboratory, or pay for the taxonomist to visit the applicants’ laboratory for a period of time. Requests for support may be in any amount up to $4,000. The entire application should be no more than two pages long, not including the curriculum vitae. Application deadline is March 31 of each year.

(3) Scholarships and Travel Awards for Scientists from Developing Countries

to Obtain Modern Systematic Training in the US – SSB is pleased to announce the availability of four scholarships for scholars from developing countries to attend workshops and courses in systematics, or to visit a molecular lab for training.  The emphasis of this program is the transfer of knowledge to the scholar’s home country. This means that the student should currently be in their home country, or have definite plans to return in the near future.  Courses such as the Molecular Evolution Workshop at Woods Hole, the applied Systematics Course at BodegaBay, the Systematic Workshop at the AlanWilsonCenter, MasseyUniversity, New Zealnd, are examples of courses that are appropriate for this funding, in addition to other equivalent opportunities

BIO (Mixed Zoology)

Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB) 

Grants in aid of research

The Grants-in-Aid of Research program was established by the SICB in 1996 to provide small awards to graduate students in support of their research in the fields of integrative and comparative biology. Awards are made payable to the individual recipients. No part of an award may be used for the payment of indirect costs to the recipient’s institution. All funds must be expended directly in support of the proposed investigation. Any equipment purchased shall be the property of the institution. Awards are made in amounts up to a maximum of $ 1,000.

Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles (SSAR):

Proposals are now being accepted for the  SSAR Grants-in Herpetology Program. This program is intended to provide financial support for deserving individuals or organizations involved in herpetological research, education, or conservation. Grant proposals will be considered in the following categories: CONSERVATION OF AMPHIBIANS AND/OR REPTILES, RESEARCH, LABORATORY RESEARCH, HERPETOLOGICAL EDUCATION,  TRAVEL, INTERNATIONAL, BIBLIOGRAPHIC RESEARCH.

American Museum of Natural History  

Modest short term awards are offered to advanced graduate students and postdoctoral researchers who are commencing their careers in the fields of zoology, paleontology, anthropology, astrophysics and earth and planetary sciences. Grants are available from a number of special funds: Frank M. Chapman Memorial Fund, Lerner Gray Fund for Marine Research, Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Fund, and the Collection Study Grant Fund.

Approximately 200 grants are awarded annually to meet modest financial needs not normally available from private foundations or granting agencies. Research projects need not be carried out at the AmericanMuseum.

(1) Frank M. Chapman Memorial Grants

The Frank M. Chapman Memorial Grants support and foster research in ornithology, both neontological and paleontological.

(2) Lerner-Gray Grants for Marine Research

The Lerner-Gray Grants for Marine Research provide financial assistance to highly qualified persons starting careers in marine zoology. Support is limited to projects dealing with systematics, evolution, ecology and field-oriented behavioral studies of marine animals.

(3) Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Grants

The Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Grants offer financial support to individuals for research on North American fauna in any phase of wildlife conservation or natural history related to the activities of the AmericanMuseum. Projects dealing with ornithology should be submitted to the Frank M. Chapman Memorial Grants.

(4) Collection Study Grants

Collection Study Grants provide financial assistance to enable predoctoral and recent postdoctoral investigators to study any of the scientific collections at the AmericanMuseum. These collections are in Anthropology, Astrophysics, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Entomology, Herpetology and Ichthyology, Invertebrates, Mammalogy, Ornithology, Vertebrate Paleontology. awards partially support travel and subsistence while visiting the AmericanMuseum of Natural History. The amount of the award ranges from $500 to $1500.

Entomological Society of America  

American Arachnological Society  

North American Benthological Society  

The California Academy of Sciences 


 Smaller grants/fellowships/scholarships to support research, travel, internships (Geosciences)

The Marland Pratt Billings and Katharine Fowler-Billings Fund for Research in New England Geology  

The Billings Fund is now inviting applications for student field work grants. One or more grants (probably in the range of $500 to $1000) will be offered in time for the field season. The purpose of these grants is to foster continued field work in New England, much of which builds on the pioneering contributions of Marland and Kay Billings. These grants are limited to funding expenses related to field work (e.g. field equipment and supplies, transport, accommodations, and the preparation of maps) and would not fund a new hard disk for a computer or lab fees for sample analysis, etc.