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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: 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: 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 15, 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. 
Deadline: December 31, 2020
Encouraging students who have invested their future in the environment, EPAZ awards over $8,000 each year to graduate and undergraduate students in environmental programs in Arizona.  To qualify for the 2021 Scholarship, you must: Be an undergraduate or graduate student in an Arizona environmental program. Be pursuing a career in the environmental field. Have a minimum GPA of 2.5 and making satisfactory progress. Be a full or part-time student for the 2020-2021 academic year in an Arizona Environmental Program.
Deadline: December 04, 2020
The Explorers Club is proud of its history but also looks toward the future by recognizing the importance of new ideas and avenues of exploration. The Club is deeply committed to supporting the fieldwork of serious researchers and, as part of its public service commitment, offers exploration grants. This category of grant supports exploration and field research for those who are just beginning their research careers. The average award is approximately $1,500. (Graduate opportunities also available)
Deadline: December 31, 2020
The National Geographic Society currently offers three types of grant applications—Early Career, Exploration, and Requests for Proposals. All proposed projects should be bold, innovative, and potentially transformative and have a primary focus in conservation, education, research, storytelling, or technology. Projects should also align to one of our three focus areas. Deadlines vary based on opportunity (see website)
Deadline: December 15, 2020
The Southwest Section of The Wildlife Society is soliciting applications for the $500 Southwestern Wildlife Student Scholarship. This scholarship will be presented at either the 2021 Joint Annual Meeting of the New Mexico and Arizona Chapters of The Wildlife Society and the Arizona/New Mexico Chapter of the American Fisheries Society or the 2021 Annual Meeting of the Texas Chapter of The Wildlife Society. Please submit nominations electronically by 15 December 2020 to fidel.hernandez@tamuk.edu. Southwestern Wildlife Student Scholarship Description: The Southwestern Wildlife Student Scholarship is an award in the amount of $500 that is given annually to a graduate student who is currently enrolled in a natural resource-oriented program at a college or university in Arizona, New Mexico, or Texas and is studying wildlife. Wildlife includes all fauna and habitat components, excluding fisheries-related studies. Applicants should have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5. Women, members of minorities, or students who are the first in their family to attend graduate school are especially encouraged to apply. The Southwest Section’s Geospatial Advisory Committee encourages exchange of information regarding the application of geospatial technology to wildlife research. In support of the work of this committee, students who are extensively utilizing geospatial data, including satellite imagery or other products of remote sensing technology, and/or generating their own geospatial products through the use of drones, are also encouraged to apply. Incorporation of these technologies in an applicant’s graduate research is NOT required; applicants not using these technologies should still apply. Application Format: The application package should be addressed to the Southwest Section of The Wildlife Society Board and consists of a cover letter and current resume. The cover letter should be no longer than one page, and the resume no longer than two pages. Please use standard one inch margins and size 12 font. The application package should contain the following information: In their cover letter, applicants should briefly describe their graduate research project, state their academic and professional goals, and include details on past and anticipated future contributions to the conservation of biodiversity in the Southwestern United States, including Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas, and elsewhere. Applicants should also provide information on relevant leadership experience, either through academic or professional experiences or extracurricular activities. Finally, applicants must provide a brief statement of financial need, including personal indebtedness related to education, current scholarships, grants or assistantships, and whether the applicant has previously received the Southwestern Wildlife Student Scholarship. Resumes should contain detailed information on educational experience including: field of study; college or university where currently enrolled and those previously attended; expected date of completion; completed relevant coursework; and cumulative grade point average. Additional information on honors, awards, and/or scholarships previously received is also appropriate. Resumes should also include information on professional experience, whether paid or volunteer, including employers, locations, time periods, and brief descriptions of work responsibilities. Scholarship Criteria: The Southwest Section of The Wildlife Society Board reviews applications and determines awardees through a ranked review process based on the following criteria: Current cumulative grade point average and related educational experience and/or achievements receive the highest consideration during the review process. Contribution(s) to the field, especially current and anticipated future contributions to the conservation of biodiversity in states within the Southwest Section, receive secondary consideration. Demonstrated leadership through professional and/or academic experiences is also given consideration during the review process, as is the inclusion of geospatial data and/or technology in a student’s graduate research project. Demonstrated financial need and, in the interest of recognizing students from all states in the Southwest Section, the state of the prior year’s scholarship recipient, are considered as final determinative factors to distinguish among applicants who may otherwise receive equal rankings during the review process. Application Submittals: Applications for the SWS of TWS Southwestern Wildlife Student Scholarship should be submitted electronically to: Fidel Hernández, President of the Southwest Section of The Wildlife Society at fidel.hernandez@tamuk.edu Please write Southwestern Wildlife Student Scholarship in the subject line and include the submittal package as one email attachment (pdf is preferred) using the following naming format: Applicant Name_SWSTWS_SWScholarship_Year Example: FidelHernandez_SWSTWS_SWScholarship_2020
Deadline: March 02, 2021
The Udall Foundation awards scholarships to college sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to Native American nations or to the environment. In 2021, the Udall Foundation anticipates awarding 55 scholarships of up to $7,000 each.
African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) works toward inclusive, agriculture-driven prosperity for the African continent by strengthening the production and dissemination of more gender-responsive agricultural research and innovation. AWARD Fellows benefit from a two-year fellowship focused on fostering mentoring partnerships, building science skills, and developing leadership capacity. During the two-year fellowship, AWARD Fellows remain in their institutions, continue their research, and travel to AWARD training courses held in various locations across Africa.  Deadline: Unspecified Citizenship: See website Website: http://awardfellowships.org/