Finding funding for multi/inter/trans disciplinary conservation research requires more than just patience for sifting through multiple funding announcements. If you cannot express your research ideas well and sell them to the proposal review committee, they will remain unfunded. This section includes links to proposal writing guidelines, as well as searchable funding databases, specific funding opportunities, and examples of funded multi/inter/trans disciplinary proposals.
Please review funding web sites for further information about proposal guidelines, eligibility, contact information, submission deadlines, funding amounts, and formatting instructions. Following the instructions on the web site for proposal submission and meeting deadlines can increase your chances of receiving funding. Funding opportunities are subject to change.
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A. Guidelines and Tips for Writing Proposals
- Social Science Research Council
The Art of Writing Proposals
- Corporation for Public Broadcasting
Basic Elements of Grant Writing
- Institute of International Studies, UC Berkeley
Dissertation Proposal Workshop
- The Foundation Center
- Learner Associates Guide for writing a funding proposal
- Institute of Museum and Library Services National Leadership grant planning tutorial
- James Madison University Tips on proposal development
- National Science Foundation
B. Searchable Funding Databases
Select Main Search and then type in a discipline (i.e. geography, economics, anthropology, ecology) in the "All Fields" box. To refine your search further, choose additional qualifications in the requirements, citizenship, activity location, funding type, and sponsor boxes. If you get no results, eliminate some of the qualifications.
Cornell University: Graduate School Funding Database
Type in your academic field, keywords, and deadlines. Review the results.
EU funding opportunities in the Environmental Field
FAO Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF)
Locating funding for sustainable forest management projects is not always easy. Sifting through hundreds of potential funding sources and ensuring that your project matches donor requirements is time-consuming and often frustrating. The online CPF Sourcebook on Funding for Sustainable Forest Management has been developed to help users efficiently locate global funding sources for sustainable forest management projects.
The sourcebook compiles information on funding sources, policies and delivery mechanisms, with particular focus on projects in developing countries. Its contents come from various sources: donor agencies and countries, CPF members, international forest-related organizations and instruments, developments banks, private sources, regional processes, foundations and international non-governmental organizations.
A major component of the sourcebook is the database of funding sources which contains information on over 600 funds and is a valuable starting point in the search for funding opportunities. The sourcebook also provides a simple, moderated online discussion forum where users can post queries related to forestry funding, and where they can share information and network with other forest actors. While great care has been taken to check the information presented in this Web site, all information given here is indicative and must be confirmed with local offices of the funding agency or donor, since policies, organizational set-up and procedures are subject to change.
If you have access to the world wide web and are willing to fill in the online forms, this service promises a free customized list of financial aid sources. FastWeb is actually a searchable database of more than 400,000 private sector scholarships, fellowships, grants, and loans from more than 3,000 sources for all levels of higher education. First-time visitors have to register (first and last name and a user ID), then complete a profile, including background and fields of study. Registrants then receive a list of all currently relevant funding sources. The registration information is stored and can be used on subsequent visits. The entire sign-up process, and delivery of available funding sources, can be a bit tedious: about five to twenty minutes, depending on the connection speed. Approximately 500 new scholarships are added to the database daily, so registrants can stay current.
FundSource: A Search Tool for Research Funding in the Behavioral and Social Sciences
FundSource is a tool designed to help behavioral and social scientists find research funding. It has been designed to be specific to behavioral and social science research, freely available with no subscription costs, and responsive to your needs and feedback. The FundSource database includes short descriptions; contact information; and web links to programs in federal agencies, foundations, and international organizations that fund behavioral and social science research. Academic disciplines covered include: anthropology, archaeology, area/population studies, communication, criminology, economics, education, geography, linguistics/psychology, planning/policy studies, political science, psychology, public affairs, socio/legal studies, and sociology.
The Foundation Center:
This organization provides access to private foundation information, directories, books and periodicals, grant maker files, and bibliographic databases
This funding portal provides the latest index of research funding, scholarships, fellowships, and internships for post docs, graduate and undergraduate students, as well as listings of U.S. government funding opportunities.
The National Academies: Fellowships links page
This web page has links to several fellowships that conservation scientists, interested in interdisciplinary work, may be eligible for. These fellowships include: Ford Predoctoral Fellowships and Ford Dissertation Fellowships. You must be a US citizen to qualify.
NOAA Fellowships and Funding Opportunities
Check out this web page of the Coastal Services Center for further Marine Funding Opportunities.
Scholarships, Fellowships, and Postdoctoral Awards:
Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Law, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology
A compilation of resources by Francisco Alberto Tomei Torres, Ph.D. Check links for eligibility and to determine the award’s applicability to conservation-related research.
USDA web portal
A Guide to Grants, Fellowships, and Scholarships in International Forestry and Natural Resources
C. Individual Grant Opportunities
The Asian Development Bank/Government of Japan Scholarship Program
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) - Japan Scholarship Program (JSP) provides an opportunity for well-qualified citizens of ADB's developing member countries to pursue postgraduate studies in economics, management, science and technology, and other development-related fields at participating academic institutions in the Asian and Pacific Region. The scholarship is for one year with an extension to the second year of study. For scholars engaged in research, a special grant may be available for thesis preparation. In special circumstances computer literacy, preparatory language and other similar courses may be covered under the scholarship. Research priorities are postgraduate studies in economics, management, science and technology, and other development-related fields. Application forms are available from the International Office or can be downloaded from the ADB-Japan Scholarship page.
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Environmental Fellowship
This program provides an opportunity for Ph.D. students to work at U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Washington, DC, to learn how scientific and technological information is used in environmental policy-making. The program is sponsored by the AAAS and coordinated by the EPA's National Center for Environmental Research within the Office of Research and Development. The award lasts for one year and the deadline for submission is in January.
ANSTI postgraduate fellowships for Africa
The African Network of Scientific and Technological Institutions (ANSTI) offer a limited numbers of fellowships for postgraduate studies tenable in ANSTI member institutions. The fellowships cover fees, subsistence and international travel, and are awarded to sub-Saharan African nationals for studies outside the applicants' home countries. To qualify for a fellowship, the applicant must be below 36 years of age and possess a good Bachelor degree (at least 2nd class upper division). The fellowship is initially awarded for one year, but can be extended to two or more for masters or doctorate studies upon successful completion of the first year.
African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) - Research Awards
The African Economic Research Consortium (AERC), established in 1988 is a public not-for-profit organization devoted to the advancement of economic policy research and training. AERC's mission is to strengthen local capacity for conducting independent, rigorous inquiry into the problems facing the management of economies in sub-Saharan Africa. Each year AERC offers a limited number of awards with a maximum value of US$15,000 towards PhD thesis research and also provides a number of scholarships to aspiring students to do Master of Arts. To be eligible for consideration, the request must come from an African national intending to pursue a career in economic management, research and/or teaching at an institution in sub-Saharan Africa. The PhD research awards have two deadlines per year: April 1 for the June award and November 1 for the January award, while Masters Scholarships applications close on 31st March.
Postgraduate Training Fellowships for Women Scientists in Sub-Saharan Africa or Least Developed Countries (LDC) at Centers of Excellence in the South
The Third World Organization for Women in Science (TWOWS) with funds generously provided by the Department for Research Cooperation (SAREC) of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), has instituted a fellowship program for female students from Sub-Saharan Africa and Least Developed Countries (LDCs), who wish to pursue postgraduate training leading to a Ph.D., at centers of excellence in the South (developing countries), outside their own country. The general purpose of the scheme is to contribute to the emergence of a new generation of women leaders in science and technology, and to promote their effective participation in the scientific and technological development of their countries. Each fellowship will be offered for a maximum of three years and will cover travel expenses and a modest monthly living allowance, the amount of which will be determined in consultation with the host institution. The host institute where the applicant wishes to pursue her doctorate degree must be in a developing country other than her own. The fellowships are open to qualified young women science graduates (generally below 40 years of age) from countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and/or LDCs. The minimum qualification of applicants is a M.Sc. degree (or equivalent), or an outstanding B.Sc. honors degree, in the following fields of natural sciences: agriculture, biology, chemistry, earth & environmental resources.
Abdul Latif Jameel grants for - scientific research & innovation in the Arab World
The grant aims at enhancing civil Research &Development activities inside the Arab region towards outputs that contribute to the sustained social and economic development. Based on that, the grant is directed to research in medical, engineering, applied sciences, as well as other sciences of relevant approaches. The Arab scientists inside the Arab World are invited to apply for this grant. However, further reading indicates that anyone working inside the Arab region may apply for grants. Please check various stages needed for submissions, which start by submission of "Solicitation for Letter of Intent". All stages have different deadlines as well. For detailed information about the grant guidelines, relevant fields, and procedures are posted in this web site.
American Anthropological Association: Minority Dissertation Fellowship Program
The American Anthropological Association invites minority doctoral candidates in anthropology to apply for a full-year dissertation fellowship of $10,000. This program is designed to demonstrate the Association's support for promising minority graduate students in anthropology and to demonstrate its commitment to the long-range goal of increasing diversity in the discipline. You must be a member of AAA (at least one month prior to applying) and a US citizen.
American Museum of Natural History: Grants and Fellowships
The American Museum of Natural History offers competitive grants and fellowships in areas broadly related to its scientific and educational objectives. These areas include the fields of vertebrate zoology, invertebrate zoology, paleozoology, anthropology, and earth and planetary sciences. This site describes the programs that provide the support, and gives instructions to individuals who wish to apply. Four major programs are involved: Grants, Research Fellowships, Graduate Student Fellowships (including International Graduate Student Fellowships), and Research Experiences for Undergraduates. More information about each program is available on the web site.
Archaeological Institute of America: Fellowships
The Archaeological Institute of America awards several fellowships each year, with the exception of the Anna C. and Oliver C. Colburn Fellowship, which is awarded every other year. These fellowships are generally awarded to students in doctoral programs or to recent recipients of the Ph.D.
Association for Women in Science: Predoctoral Fellowships
About 5-10 AWIS graduate fellowships in the amount of $1,000 are awarded each year. The four memorial awards are: (1) Amy Lutz Rechel Award, for an outstanding graduate student in the field of plant biology, (2) Ruth Satter Award, for an outstanding graduate student who interrupted her education for at least three years to raise a family, and (3) the Diane H. Russell Award, for an outstanding graduate student in the field of biochemistry or pharmacology. AWIS may also award Citations of Merit ($300). In general, female students enrolled in a behavioral, life, physical, or social science or engineering program leading to a Ph.D. degree may apply. See the detailed list in the application instructions to confirm eligibility of your field. All applicants except those for the Satter award must have passed their department's qualifying exam and expect to complete their degree by the date specified on the web site Satter award applicants may apply at any time in their PhD program, including the first year. Non-U.S. citizens must be enrolled in a Ph.D. program at a university in the United States. Previous applicants to this program may not reapply. Eligibility criteria are subject to change. The web site also has links to scholarships for undergraduate women scientists.
Banff Mountain Grants
Unique in the world, the Banff Mountain Grants Program supports projects that communicate the stories of mountain landscapes as places of ecological, inspirational, and cultural value, and that celebrate the spirit of adventure. This program is sponsored by Mountain HardWear. Individuals or organizations may apply for grants of up to $5000 (Canadian dollars) to fund projects that creatively interpret the environment, natural history, human heritage, arts, philosophy, lifestyle, and adventure, in and of the mountains. Projects must include a communications component (such as film, literature, photography) that brings the project before a public audience. Projects must show respect for mountain landscapes as places of ecological, inspirational, and cultural value. Projects should be world class in execution, celebrate the spirit of adventure, and reflect the spirit of our mission statement
British Institute in Eastern Africa: Research Grants
The Institute currently operates two grant schemes - Minor Research Grants and Haycock Memorial Fund Grants. The former are offered by open competition biannually - 30th May and 30th November closing dates. The maximum sum awarded to any individual is £1000. These grants are intended to support research in the fields supported by the Institute. For further details regarding eligibility and the scheme in general, please contact the Director and review the information on the web site Archaeology and history form the core disciplinary focus of the work of the Institute, and accordingly it gives greatest priority to research encompassing these fields. The primary focus is on the post-Paleolithic period up to the late 1980s; the Institute’s policy is to concern itself with the background to contemporary issues rather than with current controversies. Nevertheless, in so far as its resources permit, the Institute endeavors to support research on the peoples, cultures, traditions and languages of eastern Africa in cognate disciplines, such as anthropology, geography, environmental science, linguistics, museology and ethnography. The Institute also seeks to encourage interdisciplinary research by scholars from these disciplines working in collaboration with historians and archaeologists.
Borlaug Leadership Awards for MSc and PhDs
The Borlaug Leadership Enhancement in Agriculture Program (LEAP) awards up to $20,000 to outstanding MS or PhD students (enrolled in either U.S. or home country universities) from United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-assisted countries in sub-Saharan Africa. The awards support internships/thesis research of up to 12 months at a CGIAR international agriculture research center and also need to link a U.S. university mentor with a scientist at a CGIAR Centre. The fellowship program is funded by the USAID, to enhance the quality of thesis research of graduate students from developing countries who show strong promise as leaders in the field of agriculture and related disciplines. Borlaug LEAP Fellowships are awarded twice a year (March 15 and October 15) but can be submitted any time during the year. Applicants must submit a supplemental application form from CG Centre mentors. The application must include a description of leveraged funding from other sources. Applications are to be sent directly to the Borlaug-LEAP Office at the University of California-Davis.
Catherine H. Beattie Fellowship
This fellowship was 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 Missouri Botanical 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.
CIFOR/CGIAR – Tropical Forests Climate Change: West Africa
The main objective of TroFCCA is to contribute to national processes of adaptation to climate change, in particular, efforts to streamline adaptation into development, through the assessment of vulnerability derived from the impacts of climate change on tropical forest ecosystems and on forest dependent communities. TroFCCA–West Africa is advertising for applications from interested candidates for graduate research fellowships (12 months for M.Sc., and 24 months for PhD) for the academic year 2006/07 on topics related to the main objective of the Tropical Forest Climate Change Adaptation (TroFCCA) project in the region. Students from the region are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants should have at least an honors degree in any of the following disciplines: Ecology, Environmental Sciences, Geography, Agronomy, Soil Science, Forestry, Biology, Botany, Mathematics, Statistics, Economics, Sociology, and Anthropology.
CGIAR – Collective Action and Property Rights Research Fellowships
CAPRi can only fund research carried out in collaboration with a CGIAR research project in a developing country. An eligible candidate is a full-time Ph.D. student in the social sciences or humanities - regardless of citizenship or place of study. Applicants must complete all Ph.D. requirements except fieldwork and dissertation by the time the fellowship begins. The CAPRi program gives priority to the following research themes, based on their importance in natural resource management, policy focus, relevance to the CGIAR mandate, and their widespread applicability across resources and regions:
Accommodating Multiple Uses and Users of Natural Resources
Changing Market Relationships
Feminization of Agriculture and Demographic Change
Role of Environmental Risk
Canon National Parks Science Scholars Program
The Canon National Parks Science Scholars Program is pleased to announce its 2006 competition. The program is a collaboration among Canon U.S.A., Inc., the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the US National Park Service. Thanks to a generous commitment by Canon U.S.A., Inc., the program will be awarding eight US$80,000 scholarships to Ph.D. students throughout the Americas to conduct research critical to conserving the national parks of the region. Research projects in the biological, physical, social and cultural sciences are eligible, as well as projects in a new category — technology innovation in support of conservation science. Applications must be received by beginning of May.
El Programa Canon para Investigadores Científicos de Parques Nacionales se complace en anunciarle su convocatoria para el año 2006. El programa es fruto de la colaboración entre Canon U.S.A., Inc., la Asociación Americana para el Avance de la Ciencia y el Servicio de Parques Nacionales de los Estados Unidos. Gracias a la generosa contribución de Canon U.S.A., Inc., el programa concederá ocho becas de 80.000 dólares cada una a estudiantes de doctorado de las Américas que realicen investigaciones clave para la conservación de los parques nacionales de la región. Pueden optar a las becas proyectos en ciencias biológicas, físicas, sociales y culturales, al igual que proyectos en una nueva categoría – la innovación tecnológica aplicada a la ciencia de la conservación. La fecha límite para recibir las solicitudes es en mayo.
CICEET – Funding for Interdisciplinary Coastal Management Projects
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Founded in 1997, CICEET is a partnership of the University of New Hampshire (UNH) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). CICEET’s mission is to provide national leadership for the development and application of environmental technology that monitors, manages, and prevents the contamination and degradation of coastal waters and habitats. CICEET is problem-driven and solution-oriented. As such, all of its activities are rooted in the need to identify and help resolve the challenges facing coastal management. (One of the ways CICEET assesses the needs of coastal managers is via targeted surveys.) Whether the pathway is through a commercial licensing agreement or a public-sector outreach program, CICEET is committed to delivering useful information and effective technology developed through its Environmental Technology Development (ETD) Program into the hands of coastal management. While its administrative offices are located on the UNH campus in Durham, N.H., CICEET sponsors technology development in coastal states nationwide—primarily through its relationship with the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS). All projects funded through CICEET’s ETD Program are connected to at least one of 26 NERRS sites or their watersheds.
Coastal Management Fellowship
This program provides an opportunity for graduate students to work with state coastal zone programs to gain on-the-job education and training opportunities in coastal resource management and policy. The fellowship was established in 1996 and is sponsored by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Coastal Services Center. The award lasts for two years and the deadline for submission is 31 January each year.
CTFS Research Grants Program
The Research Grants Program of the Center for Tropical Forest Science (CTFS) of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute is intended to provide opportunities for senior researchers, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate students for any nationalities. Projects can be field-oriented, laboratory-based, or analytical, and scientifically, basic or applied in nature. Grants will range from $3,000-$30,000. The CTFS Research Grants Program will make awards for projects three months to three years in length. Grant proposals should include a Research Proposal (not to exceed 1500 words), a list of collaborators, curriculum vitae, proposed referees, and a detailed budget. Please check the web site for further information.
EarthWatch Institute Research Grants
Earthwatch Institute is an international non-profit organization that supports scholarly field research worldwide in the biological, physical, social, and cultural sciences. The Research Program at Earthwatch is responsible for soliciting, reviewing, and recommending research proposals for support. Earthwatch provides scientists with the funding and labor they need in the form of motivated, dedicated, paying volunteers. This unique funding model enables us to support research in a variety of disciplines, on the basis of a researcher's need for volunteers and Earthwatch's ability to find them. We support research covering a variety of topics and welcome a diverse scientific community. In particular, Earthwatch is interested in supporting typically under-represented groups, such as early career scientists, women in science, and developing country nationals. Field research grant awards are derived from funds contributed by Earthwatch members who serve as volunteer assistants on research projects. Earthwatch supports doctoral and post-doctoral researchers, or researchers with equivalent scholarship or commensurate life experience. The Research Program welcomes proposals from advanced scholars and professionals of any nationality. In general Earthwatch considers work in any geographic region. Earthwatch awards research grants on a per capita basis; the total grant amount is determined by multiplying the per capita grant by the number of Earthwatch volunteers participating on a project. Please visit the web site for more details.
PhD Scholarships in Environmental Economics
The Environmental Economics Unit (EEU), at Göteborg University and the Beijer International Institute of Ecological Economics offer full scholarships in a PhD program in Environmental Economics with next intake 2006. The program is supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and includes one year of general economics courses, one year of specialization courses, two-three years of data collection and thesis writing. The program is part of a PhD program in economics at Göteborg University, which is a demanding program, and this also implies a number of criteria. Candidates must have a very good analytical ability and good knowledge and understanding of economic theory and econometrics. We strongly recommend applicants to take a GRE-test and to submit a copy of the result with the application. We prioritize women in countries where they are underrepresented in academia. Finally, we encourage those who have shown a documented interest in resource and environmental issues, or professional training in environmentally relevant sciences.
EPA GRO Graduate Fellowships
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. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Center for Environmental Research (NCER), invites pre-applications for the Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) Fellowships for graduate environmental study for masters and doctoral level students. The deadline for receipt of pre-applications is mid-October (check the site for details). 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. The fellowship program provides up to $37,000 per year of support. This amount covers a monthly stipend of $1,667 for up to 12 months totaling $20,000 for the year, $5,000 for authorized expenses, and up to $12,000 for tuition and fees. The actual amount awarded per year will vary depending on the amount of tuition and fees and the number of months the stipend is required.
EPA STAR Fellowships
The STAR fellowship program was initiated in 1995. The purpose of the fellowship program is to encourage promising students to obtain advanced degrees and pursue careers in an environmental field. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Center for Environmental Research (NCER), invites pre-applications for the Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Fellowships for graduate environmental study for masters and doctoral level students. The deadline for receipt of pre-applications is mid- October (check the site for details). 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. The fellowship program provides up to $37,000 per year of support per fellowship. This amount covers a monthly stipend of $1,667 for up to 12 months totaling $20,000 for the year, $5,000 for authorized expenses, and up to $12,000 for tuition and fees. The actual amount awarded per year will vary depending on the amount of tuition and fees and the number of months the stipend is required.
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. Applicants do not have to be members of The Explorers Club and do not have to reside in the United States to qualify for an award. Please check the web site for application deadlines.
Field Museum of Natural History: Research Scholarships
The Field Museum recognizes the need to support basic research on our collections by interested students and scholars throughout the world. To this end, the Museum offers a modest number of grants and fellowships to visiting scientists and students for research and training on our scientific and library collections. Grants are open on a competitive basis to all individuals in the national and international scholarly community working on problems related to natural history.
Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad
This program provides grants to colleges and universities to fund individual doctoral students from the U.S. to conduct research in other countries in modern foreign languages and area studies for periods of 6 to 12 months. Proposals focusing on Western Europe are not eligible. In 2005, 150 fellows were awarded on average US $29,603 for a year of study and research abroad (range US $15,000 - $60,000). Applications are due in November the year prior to the award. Access the web site for more information.
Fulbright Student Scholar Program
The Fulbright Program is designed to provide opportunities for personal development and international experience. It allows students to design their own programs, including:
Library or field research
Independent projects in the social or life sciences
A combination of these or other projects.
Students are provided invaluable opportunities to meet, work, and live with people of the host country and share in daily experiences. The program promotes cross-cultural interaction and mutual understanding through engagement in the community on a one-to-one basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity, and intellectual freedom. Please check the appropriate web site above for more information. Applications for US students are due late September/early October each year.
Gates Millennium Scholarships
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation established the initiative to encourage and support students to complete college and continue on to earn masters and doctoral degrees in disciplines in which their ethnic and racial groups are currently underrepresented. The goal of Gates Millennium Scholarships is to promote academic excellence and to provide an opportunity for thousands of outstanding students with significant financial need. The scholarship covers room, board, and tuition. Students must be nominated.
Check out http://www.gmsp.org/(0lnrmq55z0jrlx2acihhny45)/scholarships.aspx for links to other similar funding sources.
PhD Studentships in Geography at the University of Nottingham
The School of Geography at the University of Nottingham invites applications for up to two fully-funded studentships in any area of geography. Students should possess, or expect to obtain, a good undergraduate degree and/or relevant Masters Degree. Potential applicants should give an indication of their area of research interest, and will be required to submit a research proposal with their application. Applications should be clearly marked ‘Geography Studentships'. Information on the School's research themes is available on the web site listed above. Double check with the department to make sure that studentships are still being offered.
Great Lakes Aquatic Habitat Network and Fund
The Great Lakes Aquatic Habitat Network and Fund invites applications for its grants program. This program provides grant awards ranging from $500 to $3,500 for specific project expenses for river, lake, and wetland protection. A high priority is placed on supporting citizen initiatives within the watershed boundaries of the Great Lakes Basin. Applicants outside the basin will be considered for funding if their project will demonstrably benefit aquatic habitats inside the basin. Projects should gather and disseminate existing information or conduct applied research to enable individuals or citizen initiatives to more effectively protect aquatic habitats.
Dissertation Fellowships in Hazards, Risk, & Disasters
This granting program supports research that is crucial to advancing the knowledge in the hazards field, as well as ensures that the next generation of interdisciplinary hazards professional has a source of financial and academic support to foster sound development. As a relatively small subset of many different disciplines, the interdisciplinary hazards field relies to an unusual extent on a continuous influx of young scholars committed simultaneously to their own disciplines and to the more practical, applied aspects of the field. This is a combination that can be awkward in today's traditional academic climate, and thus a program that helps solidify a student's interest in and commitment to hazards, via financial support, is a significant contributor to the ongoing development of scholars in the disciplines that underlie the field of hazards, risk, and disasters. Fellowships in natural and social sciences for environmental research may be offered in the future.
H.J.Heinz Company Foundation Fellowship Program – Univ. of Pittsburg
Heinz Fellowships will be granted to two individuals from developing countries who demonstrate potential as future leaders in the public, government, non-profit or private sectors. The goal is to improve, early in a career, the successful candidate's capacity to contribute to the development of their country and enhance their understanding of the United States. This is accomplished through a year of auditing selected courses and participating in practical professional activities while based in Pittsburgh. Courses taken as part of the Heinz Fellowship do not earn credit towards an academic degree. The competition for a Heinz Fellowship is open to men and women from developing countries whose records of accomplishment early in their careers indicate strong potential for leadership and achievement. Applicants must have completed a university degree, be suitably proficient in speaking, reading and writing English and should be working in some subsection of sustainable development, governance, public health or conflict resolution. Preference will be given to those applicants in the earlier stages of their careers.
International Foundation for Science
The IFS Granting Programme is open for project proposals from developing country scientists who meet the eligibility criteria and conduct research on the sustainable management of biological resources. The IFS Mission Statement should be interpreted widely, to include topics in both natural and applied sciences such as agriculture, soil science, forestry, biodiversity, environmental chemistry, natural products, food science, animal husbandry, veterinary medicine, aquaculture, marine resources... as well as social or economic aspects of the sustainable management of natural resources, or the production and transfer of knowledge for sustainable development. An IFS Research Grant has a maximum value of USD 12,000. It is awarded to an individual researcher, for a specific research project, presented by the Applicant in the Application form. The IFS Research Grant is intended for the purchase of the basic tools needed to conduct the proposed research project - equipment, expendable supplies, and literature - and to arrange fieldwork activities related to the proposed project. The grant cannot be used to pay for the aspiring Grantee's own salary or for honoraria, or to cover tuition fees or living expenses. It is expected that the IFS Grantees already receive a salary and are employed by or otherwise attached to a developing country research institution. The timeframe of a research project should normally be 1-3 years. After having completed an IFS supported research project, and submitted a project report, Grantees may apply for renewal grants. In total, a researcher is eligible to receive three (3) Research grants from IFS. Grants are also available for research teams.
ISRS/TOC PhD Fellowships for Coral Reef Research
The Fellowship is available to students worldwide, who are already admitted to a graduate program at an accredited university. The intent of the fellowship is to help Ph.D. students develop skills and to address problems related to relevant applications of coral reef ecosystem research and management. The Fellowship can be used to support salary, travel, fieldwork, and laboratory analyses. The student can work entirely at the host institution, or can split time between developed and developing country institutions. Funds up to US$15,000 per award are available to support up to six Ph.D. students in the general area of coral reef ecosystem research.
International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) Fellowships
International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) offers fellowships through the Freezailah Fellowship Fund to promote human resource development and to strengthen professional expertise in member countries in tropical forestry and related disciplines. The goal is to promote the sustainable management of tropical forests, the efficient use and processing of tropical timber, and better economic information about the international trade in tropical timber. The maximum amount for a fellowship grant is US$10 000. Only nationals of ITTO member countries are eligible to apply. Further details and application forms (also in French or Spanish) are available at their Web site under ITTO at Work – Capacity Building.
Lindbergh Grants Program
Each year, The Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation provides grants of up to $10,580 (a symbolic amount representing the cost of the "Spirit of St. Louis") to men and women whose individual initiative and work in a wide spectrum of disciplines furthers the Lindbergh’s' vision of a balance between the advance of technology and the preservation of the natural/human environment. Lindbergh Grants are made in the following categories: agriculture; aviation/aerospace; conservation of natural resources - including animals, plants, water, and general conservation (land, air, energy, etc.); education - including humanities/education, the arts, and intercultural communication; exploration; health - including biomedical research, health and population sciences, and adaptive technology; and waste minimization and management. A Jonathan Lindbergh Brown Grant may be given to a project to support adaptive technology or biomedical research which seeks to redress imbalance between an individual and his or her human environment. The deadline for grant applications is the second Thursday of June in the year preceding the awarding of funds.
Mia J. Tegner Memorial Research Grants in Marine Environmental History and Historical Ecology
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In the face of increasing evidence that the world's oceans are in trouble, Marine Conservation Biology Institute (MCBI) established the Mia J. Tegner Memorial Research Grants in Marine Environmental History and Historical Marine Ecology. These grants are among the first in the world awarded specifically to help scientists document the composition and abundance of ocean life before humans altered marine ecosystems. This information is crucial for helping lawmakers, regulators, managers and activists set appropriate targets for marine conservation efforts. To date MCBI has awarded 17 grants, each $6000. This program provides funding for high-quality, results-oriented research projects in the areas of marine environmental history and historical ecology. To our knowledge, this is the first dedicated program for funding research in this neglected and important area of study. Applications are usually due at the end of January, see the MCBI web site for more information.
New Zealand International Doctoral Research Scholarships
New Zealand institutions provide the opportunity to study under internationally recognized academics and researchers in a wide range of disciplines. Qualifications attained from a New Zealand university rank with the best internationally. New Zealand degrees have a reputation globally for being practical, modern and desirable. In some niche areas, such as biotechnology, forensic science and marine engineering, New Zealand degrees are acknowledged as world-leading. Students educated in the New Zealand education environment are earning a reputation as a new breed of innovative thinkers and are enjoying success the world over. See web site for more information on the value of the award and the application.
New Zealand Postgraduate Study Abroad Award
The New Zealand Postgraduate Study Abroad Awards (NZPSAA) are available to postgraduate students enrolled in either doctoral or master’s degree programs at a New Zealand institution whose research programme would benefit significantly from a short-term period of study or research abroad. NZ postgraduate students may apply for funding to cover short-term (up to six months) study or research abroad in the following categories:
seminars, workshops or courses
conferences, if attendee is presenting a paper
cooperative research with researchers abroad
independent research at facilities not available in New Zealand (e.g., research institutes, libraries, etc.).
To be eligible to apply students must be enrolled full-time at a New Zealand institution and hold good standing in a postgraduate degree programme, both at the time of application and throughout the tenure of the award. International students are eligible to apply, but priority may be given to New Zealand citizens and permanent residents. Awards are available to students in any field of study. The value of the award will vary widely, up to a maximum of $10,000, according to the costs of the proposed project. See the web site for information about applying.
National Network for Environmental Management Studies (NNEMS) Fellowship
This program provides an opportunity for graduate students to gain research and training experience directly related to their studies. The NNEMS fellowship offers a range of activities designed to help students refine their professional skills and enhance their knowledge of environmental issues. The fellowship was established in 1986 and is sponsored by EPA's Office of Environmental Education. The deadline for submission is in December of each year, and it varies in how long may be applied.
NERR Graduate Research Fellowship Program
This program offers graduate students the opportunity to address scientific questions of local, regional and national significance by conducting research within the National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) system. Research projects are based on the reserves' local needs, the reserve system's national priorities and the students' interests. This program is sponsored by the NOAA National Estuarine Research Reserve system. The deadlines for submission is November 1st of each year. The award lasts one to three years.
NMFS: Population Dynamics and Marine Resource Economics Graduate Fellowship
This program provides support for graduate students working towards a Ph.D. in fisheries population dynamics or in marine resource, natural resource, or environmental economics. Two to four fellowships in each of the two areas of study are generally awarded each year. The fellowship was established in 1999 and is sponsored by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and the National Sea Grant College Program. The award lasts for 2-3 years and the deadline for submission is in December of each year.
NOAA: Marine Debris Grants
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, in cooperation with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, invites proposals for the marine debris grants program. The program provides grants to organizations working on projects to improve understanding of the impacts of marine debris on marine and coastal resources, and to reduce and prevent debris in the marine environment. The program seeks to support projects that have a strong likelihood of reducing marine debris caused by derelict fishing gear or any other man-made or processed solid material discarded or disposed of, that enters the coastal or marine environment (not to include abandoned vessels or liquid waste). The program provides competitive grants to finance creative and innovative proposals that seek to work with marinas, ports, and the fishing industry to significantly reduce the occurrence of debris in these areas. In addition, the program is accepting research proposals that address the biological, social, or economic impact of marine debris on species, habitat, and coastal businesses. The programmatic focus areas are: marine debris research; clean ports and marinas; and clean oceans. Eligible applicants are institutions of higher education, other non-profits, commercial organizations, and state, local, and tribal governments whose projects have the potential to benefit NOAA trust resources through marine debris research and prevention projects.
NOAA: The Great Lakes Commission-Sea Grant Fellowship
This program provides an opportunity for graduate students to work with members of the Great Lakes science, policy and information/education communities to advance the environmental quality and sustainable economic development goals of the Great Lakes states. The fellow will contribute to and benefit from research coordination and policy analysis activities. This program is sponsored by the Great Lakes Commission, the NOAA National Sea Grant College Program, and the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network. The award lasts for one year and the deadline for submission is February of each year.
NOAA: John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship
This program provides an opportunity for graduate students to work with hosts in the legislative branch, executive branch, or appropriate associations/institutions located in the Washington, D.C. area. Established in 1979, the fellowship provides a unique educational experience to students who have an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources. The program is sponsored by the NOAA National Sea Grant College Program. The award lasts for one year and the deadline for submission is in April of each year.
NSF Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences: Cultural Anthropology Program
The objective of NSF's Cultural Anthropology Program is to promote basic scientific research on the causes and consequences of human social and cultural variation... The program supports social scientific research of theoretical importance in all theoretical and empirical subfields within the discipline of cultural anthropology. Senior and dissertation research support available.
NSF Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences: Physical Anthropology Program
The physical anthropology program supports research in all the subfields of physical/biological anthropology, including general human biology, anthropological genetics, human and primate paleontology, skeletal biology, and primate behavior and ecology. The program supports scientific research of theoretical importance in all theoretical and empirical subfields within the discipline of physical anthropology. Senior and dissertation research support available.
The Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) program seeks to train PhD scientists and engineers with the interdisciplinary background and the technical, professional and personal skills needed to address the global questions of the future. Through the use of innovative curricula and internships, and by focusing on problem-centered training, these programs give their graduates the edge needed to become leaders in their chosen fields. Students who win an IGERT Fellowship receive stipend and tuition support, as well as funds for research materials. Support varies for each program, so to learn the specifics for the program you are interested in visit their site or contact them directly. The IGERT web site has a searchable database. You must be a US citizen or permanent resident.
NSF IGERT in Multinational Collaborations on Challenges to the Environment at the University of Washington
This program focuses on 5 interwoven environmentally-related themes, specifically 1) water quality and wastewater treatment; 2) .eco-materials. (or reducing the environmental cost of materials processing and use); 3) biodiversity, with a focus on botanical and aquatic systems; 4) goods and services from forest ecosystems; and 5) environmental social sciences. Together, we will implement a coherent and powerful set of interdisciplinary experiences for our students that will enable them to emerge as imaginative and effective leaders in our communities. Simultaneously, our program will offer new insight to all partners on the strengthening of graduate education across the disciplines. The program has opportunities for graduate students interested in a wide variety of fields, including, but not limited to, civil and environmental engineering, materials science, biology, anthropology, electrical engineering, forest resources, social work, aquatic and fisheries sciences, environmental health, computer science and education. Only US citizens or permanent residents may be considered for IGERT funding. Please see the web site for further details about participating in this program.
NSF Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training (IGERT) in Urban Ecology at Arizona State University
The main objective of the Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training (IGERT) in Urban Ecology is to educate a new kind of life, earth, or social scientist who is broader, more flexible, more collaborative, and more adept at linking science and social issues. Training is built on a model emphasizing collaboration and teamwork. Fellows earn degrees in one of six core departments in the life, earth, and social science disciplines and participate in team research, courses, and seminars that emphasize integration among collaborative components beyond the student's home discipline. Collectively, these activities afford skills that are broadly applicable to careers in public and private sectors and in academia. Fellows earn Ph.D.s in one of six core departments: biology, plant biology, geography, geological science, anthropology, or sociology. Dissertations are integrative and multidisciplinary and include a substantial collaborative component. Only U.S. citizens or permanent residents may be considered for IGERT funding.
Organization for Tropical Studies Research Fellowships
The Organization for Tropical Studies invites applications for research fellowships. Awards are intended to assist thesis-related field research in tropical biology and similar fields. Proposals will only be accepted for research at OTS field stations (La Selva, Palo Verde, and Las Cruces), with the exception of one annual fellowship for research at the Cocha Cashu field station in Peru. Research fellowships are available in amounts up to $3,000. Pilot awards for exploratory research are available in amounts up to $1,500. Awards are intended to cover budget items such as travel, food, and lodging. Capital expenses such as equipment will receive lower priority. OTS fellowships are open to graduate students enrolled in degree programs at OTS member institutions and to OTS course alumni.
The OPEC Fund – Scholarship Award
The OPEC Fund for International Development is proud to launch its Scholarship Award to support mid-career professionals from developing countries and OPEC Fund member countries. The recipient will receive a scholarship of up to $100,000, over a maximum period of two years, toward the completion of a Master’s degree, or its equivalent, at an accredited educational institution. The recipient is expected to select a subject study that pertains to the OPEC Fund’s core mission, such as: sustainable development, economics of development, poverty reduction, environment, and science and technology fields.
Ramsar Small Grants Fund for Wetland Conservation and Wise Use
Suitable project proposals are those which contribute to the implementation of the Convention's Strategic Plan 2003-2008 for the conservation and wise use of wetlands; provide emergency assistance for Ramsar sites; or provide 'preparatory assistance' to allow non-Contracting Parties to progress toward accession. Eligibility is restricted to countries on the List of Aid Recipients established by the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), effectively meaning developing countries and countries with economies in transition. Projects may be proposed and implemented by any agency, NGO, or individual, but proposals MUST be endorsed and monitored by the Administrative Authority (the Ramsar implementing agency) in the Party's government, and seldom is more than one proposal approved from the same Party in any year. Successful proposals receive 80% of the allocated funds upon signature of the contract and the remainder upon submission of an adequate final report.
Resources for the Future
RFF offers a variety of professional internships and academic fellowships and internships. Academic programs at RFF promote research and policy analysis in RFF's discipline fields by supporting work at colleges, universities, and other institutions, both in the United States and elsewhere, and by bringing researchers to RFF to contribute to projects underway and to the formulation of new lines of inquiry. Predoctoral, postdoctoral, and internship funding available on a variety of research topics.
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