Opportunities for EEB-Bio grads at
This is only a partial list of grants to which EEB students have applied recently.
Certainly other opportunities exist, but this can provide a start. Please be sure to double check any dates that I’ve listed.
email: sprhall (at)
Also see Marissa Baskett’s excellent page,
especially for ecologists
Updated 19 September 2010 – many webpages do not have official deadlines posted yet
I. Pre-doctoral Fellowships:
The Graduate Research Fellowship provides three years of support for graduate study leading to research-based master’s or doctoral degrees and is intended for students who are in the early stages of their graduate study.
EPA STAR (Science to Achieve Results) – 5 November 2010
For master’s and doctoral level students in environmental fields of study. Up to three years of fellowship funding ($20K/yr), research funds ($5K/yr), and tuition support ($12K/yr)
A variety of awards, including National Research Service Awards; the goal is “to provide support for promising doctoral candidates who will be performing dissertation research and training in scientific health-related fields relevant to the missions of the participating NIH Institutes and Centers”. Follow the link to see if any of these apply to you
Note especially the Watkins Graduate Research Fellowship targeted towards underrepresented groups. Designed for upper level grads (post-candidate).
NASA Fellowship program (due probably March 2011, if like last year)
The link here is to a Graduate Student Researches Program. Look for matches in NASA interests and your own. For instance, they seem interested in funding microbial ecology and energy flow/biogeochemistry studies.
NOAA Educational Partnership Program’s Graduate Sciences Program –probably Jan 2011
Designed for increasing opportunities for students in NOAA-related fields to pursue research and educational training in atmospheric, environmental, remote sensing and oceanic sciences at minority serving institutions (MSI) when possible. The GSP offers between two years (master's candidates) to four years (doctoral students) of NOAA-related research and training opportunities.
National Audubon’s TogetherGreen Program – probably May 2011 (not posted yet)
Broad-based training, assistance,
and opportunities to help fellows conduct their own innovative,
results-oriented conservation projects, serve as conservation role models,
inspire and engage diverse audiences and communities, build leadership
skills, connect with other
National Research Council, National Academy, Research Associate Program – 4 deadlines per year
Prospective applicants select a research project or projects from among the large group of opportunities listed.
Department of Energy (DOE) Graduate Research Environmental Fellowships – probably 31 Dec 2010
From their webpage: “An important
aspect of the GREF project is the encouragement of interdisciplinary work
among colleges and universities, and the national laboratories involved in
global change research efforts. Proposed doctoral research projects that
bridge the gaps between the various GCEP programmatic research efforts are
particularly welcomed. GREF Fellows have two mentors: a university Faculty
Advisor and a national laboratory Research
Also DOE’s Office of Science Graduate Research Fellowships – probably due 30 Nov 2010
Many areas of biology and environmental sciences; from their page: “support outstanding students to pursue graduate training in basic research in areas of physics, biology, chemistry, mathematics, engineering, computational sciences, and environmental sciences relevant to the Office of Science and to encourage the development of the next generation scientific and technical talent in the U.S.”
Webpage will move here soon: new page for OPM PMF
From their webpage: ” The purpose of the Program is to attract to the Federal service outstanding men and women from a variety of academic disciplines and career paths who have a clear interest in, and commitment to, excellence in the leadership and management of public policies and programs.”
Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program – 15 January 2011
For pre-candidates, candidates, and post-docs using Smithsonian collections and resources
Porter Physiology Development Award, from the American Physiological Society – 15 January 2010
For minorities working in a
physiology-related field. From their
webpage: “The Porter Physiology Development Program provides 1-2 year
full-time graduate fellowships in programs leading to the Ph.D. (or D.Sc.) in
the physiological sciences. The program is open to underrepresented ethnic
minority applicants who are citizens or permanent residents of the
Internal Fellowships in EEB / at IU
CTRD Training Grant (Common Themes in Reproductive Diversity) likely 15 Feb 2011
For pre- and post-doctoral students interested in studying the development, evolution and expression of behaviors associated with reproduction
Dissertation Year Fellowships – nomination during 1 Feb – 1 March 2011
Each department can nominate one fellow per year.
II. Research funding:
Indiana Academy of Science’s Senior Research Grants program–15 September 2010 and 1 March 2011
- From their page: “the Indiana Academy of Science Senior Research Grants Program makes awards of up to $3000 to Academy members or students they sponsor to purchase supplies, support travel and field expenses, pay research assistants, and provide other items required to conduct novel scientific research.”
- Note: I think your advisor needs to be a member of IAS, so make sure that he/she is a member
Sigma Xi – 15 March and 15 October
- From their page: “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.”
- Note: you really need to be a member of their organization to apply.
Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant (DDIG) – due 19 November 2010
- From their webpage: “These grants provide partial support of doctoral dissertation research to improve the overall quality of research. Allowed are costs for doctoral candidates to participate in scientific meetings, to conduct research in specialized facilities or field settings, and to expand an existing body of dissertation research.”
- Everyone who is a candidate can apply. US citizens and foreign students.
- Note on eligibility based on discipline: "Please note that only proposals whose focus falls within the scope of (1) the scientific area of the Behavioral Systems Cluster of IOS or (2) any scientific area in the Division of Environmental Biology (DEB) will be eligible." Translation: if you’d apply through DEB, you’re OK; if IOS, then it has to be behavioral.
American Association for Women in Science (AWIS) – suspended in 2010, next deadline in 2011
but then I see Educational awards (fellowships) -- here are 29 Jan deadlines – just look closely
From their webpage: The AWIS Educational Awards Committee offers awards to women planning a career in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).
Explorer’s club – probably due 15 December
From their webpage: The Explorers Club offers grants to students conducting individual scientific or exploration research projects …Our awards typically range from $500-1500 US for both funds. A few awards may be granted up to a $5000 award level. Exploration Fund, for graduate, post-graduate, doctorate and early career post-doctoral students, provides grants in support of exploration and field research for those who are just beginning their research careers. Our awards typically range from $500-1500 US for both funds
Garden Club of American- various awards and dates – many 15 Jan
From their webpage: “ … to stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening, to share the advantages of association by means of educational meetings, conferences, correspondence and publications, and to restore, improve, and protect the quality of the environment through educational programs and action in the fields of conservation and civic improvement.”
American Philosophy Society’s Lewis and Clark Fund in Exploration and Research – 15 January 2011
From their webpage: “…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, biology, ecology, geography, geology, linguistics, and paleontology, but grants will not be restricted to these fields.”
American Association for University Women (AAUW) – various awards with various deadlines
These include the General Meeting Student Travel Grants but other more specialized travel awards
World Wildlife Fund’s Kathryn Fuller Doctoral Fellowship – due 31 January
Their interests: ecosystem services, carbon stocks in forests, climate change on freshwater resources
From their webpage: “As part of its commitment to advancing conservation through science, WWF established the Kathryn Fuller Doctoral Fellowships to support PhD students working on issues of exceptional importance and relevance to conservation in one of the WWF-US priority places.”
Awards in the range of $15-20K over 2 years for research funds
Internal Grants at IU
IU College of Arts and Sciences – various awards
Indiana University Graduate School – various awards
McCormick Science Grant – departmental nominations 1 February to 1 March 1, 2010
Annually two grants of $2,500 each to the graduate student member of a faculty/graduate student team whose research, either in progress or proposed, is judged to be most creative, visionary, and innovative
III. Other Compilations of Awards:
Marissa Baskett’s (at UCSD) page, especially good for ecologists
Resources at IU:
*Office of the Vice President for International Affairs (Student Grants)