Fellowships for Environmental Science and Policy Graduates

Available Fellowships by Granting Agency

Center for Plant Conservation – Catherine H. Beattie Fellowship for Conservation Horticulture

This grant enables a graduate student in biology, horticulture, or a related field to conduct research on a rare or endangered U.S. plant. Preference is given to students focusing on the endangered flora of the Carolinas or the southeastern U.S.


Coastal Management Fellowship

Students completing master’s, doctoral, or professional degree programs in natural resource management or environmental studies are eligible to apply for this two-year fellowship. States submit proposals and applicants select the projects for which they consider themselves qualified. Coastal Management Fellowships are due January 27th; the Margaret A. Davidson Graduate Fellowship is due in December. 


Department of Energy Office of Science Graduate Fellowship Program

Fellowships support graduate studies and research in scientific and engineering fields, including physics, chemistry, biology (non-medical), mathematics, engineering, computational sciences, and areas of environmental sciences.


Environmental Research and Education Foundation

Environmental Research and Education (Waste Management)

Scholarships are awarded to recognize excellence in graduate-level waste management research and education for masters and doctoral students. Candidates must demonstrate interest in waste management research. Several scholarships so look to the individual one for requirements and deadlines. 


Hershman Marine Policy Fellowship

This fellowship offers graduate students first-hand experience in crafting marine and natural resource policies. Selected students will spend 9 months working in Olympia with Washington State Ocean Caucus agencies. Graduate students who attend WA universities and are enrolled in a marine-related field, including policy, law, social sciences, oceanography, and fishery sciences, are encouraged to apply.


Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship

Sea Grant’s national marine policy fellowship program provides eligible graduate students a one-year work experience on the staff of the U.S. Congress or with a Federal agency dealing with marine issues. Open to all graduate students with marine science or policy backgrounds. Applications open in the fall. 


National Science Foundation (NSF)

NSF supports research-based graduate study at both the master’s and doctoral levels. Fellows are “expected to become knowledge experts who can contribute significantly to research, teaching, and innovations” in their respective fields.

Graduate Research Fellowship

The Graduate Research Fellowship provides 3 years of support for students who are in the early stages of graduate study. (Seniors may apply, but first-year graduate students are typically more successful.) Candidates may be engaged in interdisciplinary studies, mathematical sciences, computer and information sciences and engineering, geosciences, life sciences, engineering, chemistry, physics, and astronomy.


Economics Program

The Economics Program supports research designed to improve the understanding of the processes and institutions of the U.S. economy and of the world system of which it is a part. This program also strengthens both empirical and theoretical economic analysis as well as the methods for rigorous research on economic behavior. It supports research in almost every area of economics, including econometrics, economic history, environmental economics, finance, industrial organization, international economics, labor economics, macroeconomics, mathematical economics, and public finance. Graduating seniors may apply, but first-year graduate students tend to be more competitive.


Mathematical Sciences Graduate Internship

The Mathematical Sciences Graduate Internship provides the opportunity for doctoral students to intern at federal national laboratories and research facilities. This first-hand experience of using mathematics in a nonacademic setting is perfect for students who are interested in understanding the real-world application of advanced mathematical and statistical techniques.


Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)

First year graduate students may apply for this 3-year scholarship to fund collaborative global change research at universities and national laboratories. Interdisciplinary work among colleges, universities, and national laboratories is encouraged, along with applications from underrepresented students.

Applications are due mid-October (10/16-20 based on field).


Udall Scholarship

Udall Scholarships

The Udall undergraduate scholarship is open to second and third year undergraduates interested in conservation and environmental issues who intend to pursue careers relating to the environment.

The Udall undergraduate scholarship is also open to second and third-year Native Americans and Alaska Natives pursuing health-related careers or Native American tribal policy. This option is also included under the Udall graduate fellowship, due mid-May (5/19).

Both aspects of this scholarship provide funding for undergraduate education as well as networking opportunities. The undergrad applications are due the beginning of March.

Udall also offers a Congressional Internship in DC for undergrad and graduate Native American and Alaska Native students interested in tribal policy to better understand the interaction between Native leadership and the federal government. Deadline 1/31.