Scholarships, Fellowships and Grants
This is a short list of scholarships, fellowships and grants for undergraduate and
graduate students in environmental fields. Note that many scholarships, particularly
competitive national opportunities, require nomination by the applicant’s institution;
students should see the designated faculty coordinators for more information.
Opportunities for Undergraduate Study
Earth Island Institute's Brower Youth Awards offers six awards annually, to assist with educational costs or to further the applicant's
environmental work. This prestigious award includes $3000 cash.
The John and Erma Stutzman Peace Fellows Program
awards fellowships to IWU freshman and sophomores interested in peace, social justice
and conflict resolution. Recipients will agree to complete a few relevant courses
at IWU and will also participate in an independent study and off-campus internship
in the United States or abroad, the costs of which will be subsidized up to $1,000
per student. For more information, contact Dr. Bushnell, Dr. Epstein or Dr. Munro.
The Morris K. Udall Foundation awards 80 scholarships of up to $5,000 and 50 honorable mentions to sophomore and
junior level college students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related
to the environment. Applicants must be nominated by their school; see Prof. Abigail
Jahiel for more information.
The National Science Foundation offers a number of funded opportunities for undergraduates to participate in summer
research projects in all fields of science, mathematics, and engineering.
The National Science Foundation's Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic
Sciences offers funding for undergraduate research in a range of disciplines.
The Windstar Foundation awards two $500 scholarships for undergraduates entering their junior or senior year
of college. Applicants must be U.S. students enrolled in an Environmental Studies
or Environmental Engineering
The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution offers two programs for undergraduates. Summer Student Fellowships support science
or engineering students interested in oceanography or marine policy; fellows pursue
an independent research program at Woods Hole for 12 weeks in the summer. Trainee-ships
in Oceanography for Minority Group Undergraduates support minority students studying
the physical or natural sciences, mathematics, or engineering.
Opportunities for Undergraduate and Graduate Study
Annie's Homegrown Inc. Environmental Studies Scholarship assists undergraduate or graduate students who are environmental advocates and are
focusing on classes in environmental studies. The program gives 25 awards annually
of $1000 each.
Brown and Caldwell, a California environmental engineering firm, provides annual scholarships for students
pursuing careers in environmental services.
The Environmental Protection Agency offers several fellowships and student programs for undergraduates and graduates
in Washington, DC, laboratories and regional EPA locations nationwide.
Echoing Green Foundation Public Service Fellowships provide a two-year award of $60,000, health benefits, and an online connectivity
stipend for social entrepreneurs who plan to start up and lead innovative, replicable,
and sustainable public service projects and organizations. Echoing Green accepts
applications from individuals who are 18 years or older; have an innovative, original
idea; are committed to working full time on their project for at least two years;
and are in the start-up phase of their projec
The Garden Club of America sponsors a number of scholarships for undergraduate, graduate and independent study
in areas including botany, ethnobotany, horticulture, wetlands, and native bird habitat.
The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation awards $30,000 scholarships to college juniors who plan to attend graduate school
and pursue careers in government or public service; scholars receive $3,000 for their
senior year and the rest for grad school. The Truman Foundation seeks future "change
agents" who aspire to leadership positions in federal, state, or local governments
or in the not-for-profit and education sectors. Applicants must be nominated by their
school; see Prof. Greg Shaw for more information.
National Wildlife Federation's Campus Ecology Program offers grants and other support for undergraduate and graduate students to pursue
projects related to ecological sustainability on their campuses and in their communities.
Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education provides research fellowships in areas related to global change. Applicants must
be college juniors, seniors, or graduate students and must be U.S. citizens. Areas
of interest may include atmospheric sciences, ecology, global carbon cycles, climatology,
Richard A. Herbert Memorial Education Fund offers two $2,000 scholarships annually to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled
in programs related to water resources.
Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarships offer several types of scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students to study
internationally. While abroad, scholars serve as ambassadors of goodwill to the people
of the host country and give presentations about their homelands to Rotary clubs and
Opportunities for Graduate Study
The Fulbright Program allows more than 1,100 Americans to study and conduct research in over 140 countries.
The U.S. Student Program is designed to give recent graduates opportunities for personal
and professional development and international experience. Study proposals may include
university coursework, classes in a music conservatory or art school, independent
research, classroom teaching, or a combination. See Prof. Sonja Fritzche for more
The Gates Cambridge Scholarship Program offers a substantial number of awards to pursue postgraduate study at the University
of Cambridge. Applicants are eligible to receive funds for study in a wide variety
of fields in science, humanities, and the social sciences. The annual value of the
Scholarship is in excess of $30,000 and may be renewed for four years for students
wishing to obtain a Ph.D.
The Gloria Barron Wilderness Society Scholarship offers $10,000 to a graduate student in a natural resources management, law or policy
program in support of research and preparation of a paper on an aspect of wilderness
establishment, protection, or management.
George J. Mitchell Scholarships support one year of graduate study in any discipline offered by an institution of
higher learning in Ireland or Northern Ireland. The scholarship provides tuition,
housing, a living expenses stipend, and international travel. Mitchell Scholars must
exhibit superior levels of academic achievement, leadership and public service.
Marshall Scholarships are awarded to approximately forty young Americans of high ability to study for a
degree in any field of study in the United Kingdom. Each two-year scholarship provides
for university fees, cost of living expenses, annual book grant, thesis grant, research
and daily travel grants, and fares to and from the United States. Applicants must
be nominated by their institutions; see Prof. Michael Theune for more information.
The Organization of American States provides scholarships for international study. There are two types of awards: 1)
those for advanced study at the graduate level and 2) those for research. The scholarship
provides for round trip travel, tuition fees, study materials, heath insurance and
Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans support applicants who hold green cards, are naturalized citizens, or who have two
parents who are naturalized citizens. Fellows may pursue a graduate degree in any
professional field (law, medicine, social work) or scholarly discipline, and in the
fine and performing arts.
Rhodes Scholarships support outstanding students wishing to pursue two years of study at the University
of Oxford. Graduating seniors and alums under the age of 24 are eligible to apply
and all educational costs are paid on the Scholar's behalf by the Rhodes Trustees.
See Associate Provost Roger Schnaitter for more information.
The Environmental Scholarship Guide offers a list of scholarship links and tips on winning them.
Michigan State University Libraries lists undergraduate and graduate grants and scholarships for persons of color, GLBT,
disabled, non-traditional and female students in a wide range of fields.
Sierra Student Coalition's Opportunities Guide lists several fellowships, grants, scholarships, awards and internships in environmental