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Dive in and find funding opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students with an environmental focus!

For other funding, the University of Arizona provides access to database tools for use by university undergraduate and graduate students to search for external funding opportunities. These include federal, state, and local agencies in addition to private funding sources. More information can be found on the Arizona Research Gateway

Funding opportunities preceded by a "*" have upcoming deadlines and will only be available until the given date. Others are available at various times throughout the year and recur annually. For both types, details can be found in the provided links.

Deadline: March 15, 2021
The Apacheria Fellowship Program provides support for studies compatible with Frank and Arial Appleton’s founding mission of the Appleton-Whittell Research Ranch of the National Audubon Society (AWRR)- to leave the land better than you found it. This may include research being conducted in any natural science, especially that focused on grassland conservation, ecosystem restoration and rehabilitation, climate change and organismal natural/life history. Award made possible by the generous donations from the AWRR community as well as the annual AWRR raffle ticket sales.  Research fellowship- This cash award of $1000 is unrestricted in how it is to be used. Researchers may use these funds directly on research- equipment, textbooks, conference travel or indirectly on the facilitation of research- rent, car insurance, avocado rolls. The awardee may be recognized and asked to give a public research presentation, if possible. All are welcome to apply; however, consideration will be prioritized to those conducting research directly affecting AWRR.
Deadline: February 15, 2021
The National Forest Foundation (NFF) invites graduate students (pursuing a master's or doctoral degree) to apply to the 2021 Conservation Connect Fellowship Program. Conservation Connect fellowships aim to build experience, knowledge, and skills within the next generation of collaborative and conservation leaders to support each other and advance the field. We are striving to build a cohort of emerging leaders, connecting graduate students who will go on to do important work with communities and public lands in the future!
Deadline: June 18, 2021
Eligible members for the 2021-2022 Fellows cohort include University of Arizona students (undergraduate and graduate), University of Arizona faculty/staff, and local residents (Tucson/Pima County), and tribal community members. People representing traditionally underserved populations and communities are particularly encouraged to apply. No prior experience is required for the fellowship opportunity; applicants will be prepared to accomplish program goals through support from mentors within the program.   Fellows accepted into the program will be paired with a team of community and university mentors to develop and implement place-based projects that engage the campus and surrounding communities in developing solutions related to sustainability, environment, and/or climate action. Additionally, Fellows will engage in training coordinated by UC3 to develop skills related to building collaborative solutions to a range of problems. Student fellows may choose to pursue internship credit via the enrollment of up to 3 academic credit hours through university departments as appropriate, but this is not required.
Deadline: March 19, 2021
The Carson Scholars Program is dedicated to training the next generation of environmental researchers in the art of public communication.  Throughout the scholarship year, Carson Scholars work closely with faculty mentors who provide hands-on training and other resources to develop skills and strategies to effectively convey the value of their research and enhance their skills in communicating science to a variety of audiences. UArizona PhD, JD students, or UA master’s students in terminal master's creative or professional programs are eligible to apply.  Students should be in the second or third year of their program during the year of the scholarship.
Deadline: January 29, 2021
Calling all STEM sophomores and juniors! The Goldwater Scholarship awards up to $7500 to sophomores and juniors who are majoring in STEM fields and who have undertaken, or who want to pursue, a research-based graduate degree and career. The application for the 2021 competition is open. Complete your pre-application today!
Deadline: December 01, 2020
Do you have a passion for plants, microbes, or insects, and how they interact with each other and the broader world to shape the function of natural and managed ecosystems? Are you excited about learning how ecosystems work by drilling down into their biological parts? If so, BRIDGES, the University of Arizona’s new National Science Foundation-funded “Ecosystem Genomics” graduate training program is for you!
Deadline: April 01, 2021
Apply now for 2021-2022 CALS scholarships! Who: All CALS students. Undergraduate or graduate, any major, any campus: CALS has scholarships that you may qualify for. What: Over $1 million in scholarships for 2021-2022. When: Apply by 11:59pm, April 1, 2021. How: The entire process is done online via Scholarship Universe (SU). Before you apply, be absolutely sure to follow the CALS How-To-Apply Guide. SU has a matching question quirk that this how-to document helps you to navigate in order to maximize your eligibility. For more information on our scholarships in general, visit the Scholarships page on the CALS website.
Deadline: January 15, 2021
The Directorate Fellows Program (DFP) is a Direct Hire Authority Program that includes an 11-week Fellowship project for current students at the rising senior undergraduate or graduate school level.  Upon successful completion of the Fellowship program, along with degree conferral, participants may be directly appointed without competition to full time, permanent positions. Previous DFP projects included: species conservation planning, field surveys and species monitoring, landscape scale conservation partnerships, environmental law and policy, education and outreach, community engagement, digital communications, and many others that support the agency’s mission.
Deadline: January 30, 2021
The scholarship provides an unrestricted grant each year to a graduate student at one of the three Arizona public universities who is undertaking research in mycology or a related field. Students of microbiology, plant science, plant pathology, forestry, botany, lichenology, environmental engineering, ecology, or any other similar field of study that has a connection to the Kingdom of Fungi are welcome to apply.  There is no other obligation, although we would be eager to have the recipient give a short presentation at one of our meetings or attend one of our forays to instruct us about their fungal-related specialty. The grant is currently $1000 per year, and we hope to increase it in future years as our scholarship fund grows. Members of under-represented groups are particularly encouraged to apply, and we are proud of our record of supporting such applicants in prior years. Any of your students interested in applying for this award should submit a C.V. along with a one-page description of their research and how it would be supported by this grant. Applications should be sent by email to on or before January 30th. The grant will be awarded by March 1st, after a vote by our Scholarship Committee.
Deadline: February 01, 2021
The Environmental Fellows Program (EFP) at the University of Michigan (U of M) School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS), in partnership with the Environmental Grantmakers Association (EGA), is a 12-week summer fellowship opportunity that seeks to diversify the environmental field by cultivating the career aspirations of master’s and doctoral students from historically underrepresented groups by connecting students to work opportunities in environmental nonprofits, grant makers, and government sectors.