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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 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.
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:
Deadline: January 10, 2021
The Graduate Women In Science (GWIS) National Fellowship Program helps fund research in the natural sciences and promotes academic and professional careers for women in science. Awards will be made to women holding a degree from a recognized institution of higher learning, of outstanding ability and promise in research, who are performing hypothesis-driven research at any institution in the U.S. or abroad. Funding Requests of up to 10,000 will be considered. Citizenship: Unrestricted Deadline: January 10, 2020 Website:
Deadline: December 01, 2020
In an effort to foster education and innovation in the area of societal production and utilization of energy, the Link Foundation invites applications for two-year fellowships for students working toward a Ph.D. degree. Deadline: Dec 1, 2020 Citizenship: Unrestricted Website: 
The Schulman Scholarship indicates outstanding students in UA dendrochronology courses who have demonstrated high potential for making future contributions to the field of dendrochronology. Upper division students in the Departments of English and Dendrochronology are eligible. Candidates are recommended by the department concerned, subject to the approval of the appropriate deans and the Office of Student Financial Aid. The award value is $400 annually in each field.
The Douglass Scholarship indicates outstanding academic achievement and high expectations of future contributions to dendrochronology. The late Mrs. Ida Whittington Douglass and Elizabeth Hale Strickler established this fund to benefit upper division or graduate students in the fields of dendrochronology and astronomy. Recipients are named by the departments concerned and approved by the dean of the College of Science subject to approval of the Student Financial Aid Office.
Carson Graduate Scholarships are designed to support outstanding UA graduate students and their research. The scholarships are awarded through a competitive process to current UA students who are committed to interdisciplinary research and communication. Grants of $5,000 per year are awarded to each of the Scholars to support their research.
The Climate & Society Graduate Fellows Program provides support for currently enrolled UA graduate students whose work is focused on the nexus of climate research and decision making. Up to four fellowships of $5,000 are awarded annually.
The Office of Undergrad Research maintains a database of opportunities within the College and provides information on identifying opportunities, selecting research interests, and connecting with faculty.