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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: 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: January 22, 2021
Maryland Sea Grant (MDSG) is excited to announce a new, year-long State Science Policy Fellowship program partnering with state agencies and University System of Maryland (USM) leadership. This unique fellowship opportunity will place science Ph.D. or J.D. students or recent graduates in coastal sustainability, coastal management, and environmental policy positions within Maryland.
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: March 24, 2021
The Southwest Climate Adaptation Science Center (SW CASC) Natural Resources Workforce Development (NRWD) Fellowship was developed to provide graduate students with opportunities for training and practice in developing use-inspired and actionable science to inform natural resource management decisions. Each year, the fellowship will have a different science theme. The science theme for the 2021-2022 NRWD Fellowship is:  Endangered streams: building strong and authentic bridges between science and practice to understand impacts of future water flows on aquatic ecosystems.
Deadline: June 21, 2021
Hispanic Access Foundation’s MANO Project is offering enriching fellowship experiences in Phoenix, Arizona for Latinx college students and upcoming professionals who are passionate about the outdoors, forestry, community engagement, public lands, cultural resources and natural resources. We'd like to ask for your help in sharing these opportunities with talented Latinx students and recent grads who may be interested in getting work experience with the US Forest Service. We’re currently accepting applications for two of our 2021 6-month Resource Assistant Program fellowships at Tonto National Forest until June 21, 2021 with the US Forest Service. 
Deadline: February 28, 2021
he Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation has a number of scholarship programs: the Joe Rudd Scholarships, established in 1979 in honor of a prominent natural resources attorney in Alaska; the RMMLF Scholarships, established in 1993; the Frances Hartogh Diversity Outreach Scholarships; the Richard H. Bate Scholarships; the Catherine J. Boggs Scholarship; the James M. King Scholarship; the new Mary A. Viviano Scholarship, and the new Equity and Inclusion Scholarship. Scholarships are awarded each year to support students who are interested in studying natural resources law and range from $1,000 to $15,000. This year the Foundation has almost $260,000 we are looking to award to deserving students. JD APPLICATION DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 28, 2021 LLM/SJD APPLICATION DEADLINE; MARCH 15, 2021
Deadline: March 28, 2021
University of Arizona continuing undergraduate and graduate students in the Environmental, Health and Safety field may now apply for the Southern Arizona Environmental Management Society. This year, a total of at least $6,000 in scholarships will be awarded. 
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 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 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.